Thursday, March 8, 2012

Was it a week or a season?

What a difference a week can make.  Last Wednesday, driving home from work (I work nights and leave for home at 1:00am, it's an hours drive in good weather) was one of the absolute worst drives of my life.  I think that is saying something since I have been driving since I was 15 and I have always had to commute on bad roads.  I would hate to try to tally up the number of hours I have spent behind a wheel.  We had an ice storm last week and several times on the way home that night,  I had to come to a complete stop, only to have the car slide sideways off the road all by itself.  Luckily, the gravel on the edge stopped me each time, but it was a horrific ride.  It didn't start out that way of course or I would have stayed at work, but the ice came down so fast there was nothing to do but keep going.  As it was, I made it all but the last mile to my house.  I was finally confronted by a tiny incline that, even with 4 studded snow tires and extra weight, my little car just could not do.  I finally gave up and walked the last mile.

I normally leave Tanner at a friend's place while I am at work.  Dropping him off and picking him up mean driving several miles in the wrong direction each day. I have always felt the the extra miles are worth it in knowing that he is safe and happy rather than stuck and anxious at home.  Last week was the only time that I have never made it there to pick him up.  He was safer where he was and I don't think I would have made it there and back.

This Wednesday, it was nearly 60 degrees, sunny and beautiful.  With all of the crazy weather plaguing the world in the past year and the terrible storms that just ravaged the South, I know I am not the only one wondering what will come next.  When we do have these rare, perfect days, we need to make the most of them.  My riding buddy and I took full advantage and actually got out for a trail ride.  I rode one of her horses, Hawkeye, who is a challenge to ride and great fun.  I really enjoy riding him and we get along well.  He was in rare form since he has not been out all winter and he is a real power-house, but we worked through it and had a great ride.  I haven't been able to do as much riding as I would like since Tessa got hurt, it was nice to get out and have some fun on a horse.  Gabe goes to the trainer on April 1st, I'm looking forward to it.  I haven't been able to enjoy this kind of view enough lately...


  1. You were lucky you got home safe!.How affrighting.
    It's wonderful you can enjoy a good distressing ride now.

    1. Hay Virginia, we are all waiting to hear if your donkey is pregnant!

    2. Hi Mel,I still not sure. I spoke with vet about ecography,he said he might need to use a sedation for it.So I decide to wait.Don't like sedation unless necessary.
      So I'm still waitting.I see a bigger belly but she's changing hair and because the white line she has, it's difficulty to say.She still jumping, running and playing a lot with her 11month baby.(if the date of birth it's correct on papers)
      I'm not allowed to make another fence yet,It could be difficult if I have to separate them now,so I'm going to wait for the moment.
      Do you have a blog? do you bread them?

    3. Hi Virgina, no blog. In the last 10 years, we have had 12 foals. I just love having a foal to play with!
      When the time comes,Mother might chase the Big baby away and save you the trouble of having to separate them. Its just something you will have to watch for.

    4. Thanks Mel,if this moment comeI'll be runing to by an electrical fence. :( I would prefer to wait for permissions and make a bigger place for all,so they can be more comfortable an run more.. I'll be watching

  2. Yikes! I hate driving in icy weather, or when it's snowing. I'm so grateful to be retired and not ever have to do that again. Glad you and Tanner are okay!