I'm a free-spirited photographer, soon-to-be yoga teacher, gold medal aunt, aromatherapy lover, and grand adventurer who loves nothing more than warm evenings on the porch with her husband, dogs, cats and a good bourbon.
The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire.
~Sharon Ralls Lemon
Our boy Freckles made a bad turn when we moved the horses from our pasture to a friend's so that ours could be fertilized. Freckles who from estimates is around thirty-three years old, AMAZING for a horse, has a special diet and cannot eat hay anymore. Last year he was able to substain his weight on grass. This year he cannot though he has been enjoying feasts on clover. We are now feeding him several times a day- old folks food- rather a mix of really good stuff to get him fat again. He has been checked again by the vet. His back teeth in one cheek almost gone.
Freckles has gotten old.
Really old. With a great attitude. A kind spirit. And still a little spark in his step.
We were very worried last week that it might be Freck's time. None of us live forever after all. But for now he seems happy, comfortable and maybe even gaining a little weight back.
So while it is very sad to see our pets aging out I try to just apreciate each day with them. Not thinking about what tomorrow will hold.
Friday night Toonces got Freckles ribbons from races won years ago. The fastest horse...sweet Freckles...and had their photos made together.
Freck is still a proud dude!
and this one cracks me up...Spirit is so nosy. He can't stand not being in the middle of things.
If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.
A looong over due post.
I've been wanting to post our strawberry picking day with Will. Today I am going to do some of my current "favorite things"...just like Oprah. But you guys don't get free stuff.
Fresh strawberries here in May is one of my favorite things.
Toonces and I have been smoothie freaks with the fresh berries.
Joe- Joe if you see this post I am going to put the reconstructed porch at the bottom today. The decking gone and rock put in it's place would also count as a favorite thing for me right now. I love it.
Today the rain is gone. The sun is shining. My grass looks like a jungle. It has rained for weeks it seems. I have bushes so big and out of shape they just look crazy. But my Hasta and roses and peonies, etc. all look smashing. The rain did shorten my season of clematis.
Today is a real farm day. The ferrier is coming. I need to wire up my muscadine vine that is spreading rapidly. I have to stake up my morning glory vines to get them started in the direction I'd prefer for summer. Summer. I am so happy it is on it's way.
Freckles had a set back with his weight when he was in the other pasture while his was being fertilized. He looked so bad we all had to wonder how much longer the poor guy had left. But he is a fighter and now, back home, he is gaining his weight slowly back. He has a special diet. If he survives another year he will not leave this property. He can just live in his stall while the fertilizer settles. He is just too old to take the move.
Bless his heart, most horses do not survive as long as he has.
Family news....baby Beasley is growing right along. Due the first of August. Seth G Beasley graduates pre-school next Wednesday and will start kindergarten in August. Caleb graduates 7th grade, which in our system leaves elementary to go to high school, June 2nd. And Jackson will be moving on to middle school. Ben is an awesome baseball player but I haven't had a chance to get to a game yet and Isabelle is still playing AAU basketball touring the Carolinas. My grandmother was featured on a local cable channel last night making her wonderful chicken and dumplings. She turns 92 next month and looked fantastic on television!
okay so here are a few of my most favoritest things right now...
Enchanted Forest Soaps.
I love natural soaps but the avocado lime in this one was the best goat milk soap I've ever used. I haven't tried this oatmeal honey but I didn't want to make a picture of the tiny green blob left in the bathtub. Toonces even loved the avocado. It was so creamy. My skin would be soft and smooth for hours. The smell would brighten the room. It was the best soap ever in my opinion and I hope to get back to Roanoke soon to get some more!
I had wanted a salt bowl for a long time and bought myself one in January when I didn't get it for Christmas! It is olive wood and it holds my kosher salt I cook with. It is so nice to have it that handy. Only once have I messed up and double dipped after I had rubbed it into raw chicken. And yes I did throw out the rest. I've been very careful since then to NOT do that!
This one came from Williams Sonoma.
OMG- style and comfort. And friendly! Why wouldn't these be a favorite?
And there you have just a few of my "favorite things" !
Now for Joe. Pics of the porch after we removed the boards and changed to rock. One of my favorite parts of it all is that the sides are now bricked up where as before little critters, like possums, would run under the deck and hide. Calista cat is not thrilled at all that her spot is gone and rarely goes back there now. The other three love it and stay out most of the time.
See Baby cat over on the dog house?
Please excuse my bags of dirt and mess as I am still working on my flowers and pots but wanted to show Joe the work.
Also, I missed shouting out to my parents May 15th...their 48th wedding anniversary. That I totally forgot. Two years and they get the big party! and D-man, Darius, turned 11 on the 13th. Happy Birthday my big boy