Weekend Coffee Share


This week is intense! Do you dare to have coffee with me? Nothing bad happened, on the contrary, it’s been an awesome week. Here, grab a cup, and I’ll tell you all about it. Last week I told you about how I’ve been looking at horses, to find a companion for my horse Ghost (pictured above,) that also would be a great match for our family. I didn’t find one last week, but this week I did! I decided to place an ad on Craigslist, and I got a few replies. My hope was to not only find a new family member, but to make a difference in a horse’s life, that really needed a home. It’s easy to just go and buy a horse, but there’s so many out there, good horses, that for different reasons find themselves in bad places. (I did not write that in the ad! I only wrote that I was looking for a friendly companion horse to my gelding, sound enough for light riding.) Through the years I’ve fostered around 20 abused horses, that I’ve helped nurtured back into good health, physically and emotionally. This time my intention is to keep the horse for life. Therefor I really needed to make a good decision. I wanted the horse to be gentle enough for my 5 year old daughter to be around, and preferably be able to (eventually) take my weight as well, so that I can work with the horse. (A horse that only has kids riding it, sometimes forgets some of its training/manners.)  

A woman emailed me about a mare that she got from a really bad situation, that now was gaining weight, but still needed lots of TLC. Everything she said about the mare, and the pictures she sent, it just felt right. I went to her place to meet her yesterday, and I’ve never met a sweeter horse. Fancy is a 12 year old, registered Quarter Horse, with a great conformation. This is not a backyard bred horse, she has a long line of excellent cutting horses behind her. She does need to gain more muscle weight, and her front hooves needs work. She is broke to ride, and extremely kind. I’m not sure if she ever had her own human caring for, and loving her. By the end of my visit I saw her eyes lit up a little bit. In the beginning, it was almost like she was sleep walking. I’ve seen this before in broodmares, that only been baby (money) making machines. I can’t wait until I see more light in those beautiful eyes. We have lots of love in store for her. Fancy is calm enough for my daughter to groom, and ride. I can already see her brushing Fancy for hours, and braiding her mane and tail. I’m going to let you wait for pictures of her until next weekend. Please keep in mind that the photos of her now is going to be very different, compared to what she will look like by the end of the summer. Her front hooves might give you nightmares. Please remember that her nightmare have ended. She is on the way up. When she first was rescued, she was so emaciated that it was only a question of time before her inner organs was going to give up. She doesn’t look that bad now.

Need some more coffee? I’ll get you a refill. I think I need one myself. Fancy, and Ghost, they haven’t met yet, are coming home next week 🙂 I pounded in a few extra t-post along the fence line, making sure that their new pasture is safe, and ready for their arrival. I’m looking at a round-pen tomorrow. I’m going to need a place to work with them separately. Hopefully it will be in place at their arrival, or shortly after. It is so exciting!! A fellow blogger asked me if I’ve considered starting a Youtube vlog. I have been thinking of one day making short videos of rescue horses, and mustangs I work with. Not as a professional horse trainer, but more what an ordinary person who loves animals, can do for animals in need. I don’t see myself as a horse trainer, I’m just a girl who loves horses, and enjoy spending a lot of time with them. In my case is my stubborn dedication, calm presence, love, and lots of time that is the key.

Is your coffee OK? How is your week? We had sun in the beginning, but it’s raining right now.

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I’m planning my vegetable garden. There will be lots of work for me to do there, as soon as I get the horses settled in. As you can see in the photo of my future garden area above, the area is currently covered in weeds. Below is some photos from the backyard, closer to the house. The vegetable garden is going to be behind the backyard, safe from playing children, and dogs (hopefully.) The horse pasture is next to the garden area, and I will be able to see my horse as I work in the garden 🙂

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Is spring in full bloom at your place? I love April, it’s one of my favorite months here, before we hit the three digit temperatures. Any fun plans for the weekend? I’d love to hear more about your week! 




Ms Zen

Published by Sagittarius Viking

It’s all about experiences, and the healing power of nature. Life is about choosing happiness. I entered the magic world of photography when I was five years old. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I believe that you are what you eat, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. A Sagittarius loves to travel, have an open mind and, and a philosophical view. It motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. A lot of that perfectly describes me. The fact that my ancestors, on both parents sides, were vikings, doesn’t exactly lessen my desire to explore. Maybe a slightly more mindful exploring, compared to the average viking. My blog, and my art prints is a results of my (inner and outer) explorations. Love, Maria

42 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share

  1. How exciting! Things seem to be settling into place nicely. How will you till the garden? All that greenery will be a good start to a compost pile. 😉 And by next year, you’ll have nice rotted manure to add. The magnolia is lovely!

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    1. Yes 😊 I’m very happy with everything. I actually have a compost that is a couple years old already. I’ve saved it in big containers. It’s worth its weight in gold 😊 I will probably till the garden by hand. I haven’t decided yet. Or I might rent a small tractor. I’m still thinking about it. Thank YOU 🙏 Happy Friday!!


  2. Thought I’d pop in and see the WPC! Love your horse and always enjoy your IG photos! I had a horse when I was 9-10 years old and often think about her. I managed to keep a couple of old Polaroids of her. Beautiful photos, too! Also, glad to see an active weekend coffee share! Have a great weekend and thanks for the coffee!

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  3. Today was the first time I ever visited your blog. It is interesting! It’s been a swell week here despite the powerful winds over Lake Ontario and elsewhere in Canada that impacted the conditions. Spring is far from in full swing although next week the temperatures could well climb higher. I was curious how people responded to this week’s photo challenge here so some of this weekend shall be spent looking at bloggers’ responses to the smile challenge which Ben wrote. I am learning how to work my new camera and I am at the very start of getting going with new photographs. It has been a pleasure seeing your post responding to the smile challenge.

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    1. So happy to have you here! A warm welcome to you. I love the weekly photo challenges, and discovering new blogs. I always add several amazing blogs to my blog roll every week, after finding them at the weekly photo challenge.

      I wish you a wonderful, less windy week 🙂 Best of luck learning more about your new camera. That sounds like so much fun!!


  4. That’s so exciting you found and will rescue a lovely horse for a companion for Ghost. I love your blog and your photos too. I own two horses that have some disabilities, but are servicably sound. Sound enough for trail rides and light arena work. They are my therapy, what keep me centered and sane with my busy life with family and work. It’s nice to get a cup of coffee and read your posts! ❤

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    1. It was such a great pleasure to have coffee with you. Horses means the same thing for me, they are what keeps me sane and centered. They’ve helped me through my mothers death, two divorces, and a whole lot of other things. The horses probably consider me their rescue. LOL. What kind of horses do you have?

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      1. I own a 14 year old draft/quarter/thoro cross. She actually is a PMU baby that I bought when she was 2. I always wanted a young one to break and I got to do that with her, and much, much more. We trail ride all over our town here in Norco, CA. She has a broken stifle that is long healed and calcified which makes her lame in her right back leg. Something I found years after it happened, however she broke it, it was a hairline fracture she is lucky to be alive and is serviceably sound. I have another horse that was my sisters. She moved to Idaho 2 years ago and didn’t want to take him. He is now 22 years old and is a warmblood. He use to be a show horse, hunter/jumper but is now retired. He has battled EPM which he is recovered, and last year had laminitis and is insulin resistent and I work closely with my vet with his diet and care. He is very sound now and I ride him in the arena English and on the trail western. He is really fun to ride and is more sound than my mare who I do not ride in arena, just the trails at a walk. They are so much fun! I work full-time night shift, so I spend my mornings with my ponies and babysitting my granddaughter. I too have lost both my parents and my ponies were a godsend through my healing process. My husband has been so supportive with my horse obsession, I’m truly blessed. Sorry for the long response, I could write a novel about my ponies! You could visit my blog if you like as I blog a lot about my horses and my family. LOL – Diana 😀

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        1. Awe, I’d read that novel in a heart beat! I’ve tried to open your blog, following the link in your bio, but the link is broken. Do you have a link for me? I would love to read your blog 🙂

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          1. Hopefully that will work. That’s strange it doesn’t work. I thought wordpress kept all the links usable? Hmm… I’m thinking of upgrading. I think I will as I so enjoy blogging even though I get busy and miss a lot of days. It’s certainly would be worth an upgrade and they make it affordable! You are encouraging me so then I can complain about my blog site as they say they have really good support for the paid sites! Lol


            1. That one worked! Thank you, looking forward to getting to know you better. I remember trying to visit your site another week, after a comment you left on my blog. I remember thinking that maybe you didn’t blog anymore. I’m happy to find out I was wrong!

              I have the personal plan. I had the business plan once, on another blog. The personal plan is perfect for me. I didn’t use all the features on the business plan. I have asked, via chat, for support a couple times. Someone get back within seconds, and I’ve had every problem I’ve presented solved. I’m very happy with WordPress.

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    1. Thank you so much Nancy 🙂 I am excited to get to know Fancy better. I do believe she will be the perfect addition. I hope that she will find us to be perfect for her as well. I will promise her to do my best to make that happen.

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    1. It was so nice to have coffee with you Irene 🙂 Thank you for your kind words. I promise to share some photos of Fancy, and Ghost. I’m bringing them both home this coming week. Have a wonderful Sunday ❤ I hope the sun is shining on you. It shines here in northern California.

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    1. Thank you so much Antoinette! I am excited. It’s always a little adventurous moving horses to a new place, but I am super happy about it. I’m having a round-pen (a training arena,) delivered today. It’s an investment I’m very excited about. I’m going to have good use of it for these two darlings, and other rescue horses in the future. My dream is to be able to gentle/train a couple wild mustangs a year, to get them out of BLMs holdings facilities. They have a much greater chance of finding a home if they are trained. It’s a matter close to my heart. This is likely a few years into the future, but the round-pen is a step in the right direction. I like seeing that things are going in the right direction, it makes me work harder. I’m very visual.

      Have a wonderful rest of your day ❤


  5. I am SO excited to hear more about Fancy!! That just made my day, talk about a dream come true. Spring is not here yet, sadly, they say we’ll have 60s by the end of the week. Keeping my fingers crossed. Thanks for the coffee!

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    1. Thank you for your most kind comment Kathleen ❤ There will be many posts about Fancy, I promise 🙂 I am excited myself. A little happily nervous as well, it's a big thing to move a rescue horse. Mostly I am just super excited.

      I hope you will enjoy some warmer weather soon. We all need that sun 🙂 We've had lots of rain, but today the sun is breaking through. I'm going on a hike in a little bit, and later today I'm having a round-pen delivered for my horses. The day have good prospects 🙂 Enjoy your Sunday!


    1. Thank you Colline, I do believe I have. She is calm, and will have a good influence on Ghost, and at the same time she will get the TLC that she needs. It feels like a good match.
      I can’t take credit for the beautiful flowers, even though I enjoy them very much. They are in he backyard of the new house that we’re moving into this month. I did not plant them, but they sure are beautiful. I hope you get to see some flowers soon 🙂 Have a wonderful Sunday!


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