Weekend Coffee Share

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I can’t believe it’s already the weekend. This week have gone by faster than fast. How was yours? Please have some coffee with me, and tell me all about it!

I started out Monday being slightly tired, after a fun, action filled weekend at the rodeo. I took it a  little easy (for me,) on Monday (my friend E tells me that my life is always like boot camp, compared to hers.) I had to spend quiet some time to clean up space on my computer, to be able to download all the photos I took at the rodeo. I believe this is my favorite.

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I’m not done editing the photos from the rodeo yet. I’ll do a little at a time, and share them here as I go.

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My daughter was mesmerized by the events most of the time, but still, I think this jumping thing she did after everything was over, was her absolute favorite.

On Tuesday afternoon I went to see a friend of mine that lives a couple hours north of me, in Weed (CA.) I really enjoyed the drive. I drove over Shasta Lake, passed by Castle Crags, and Mt.Shasta to get to her. Seeing all that beauty up close makes me think of Tim McGrath’s song Humble and kind. Natures beauty does something to my soul, every time. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen a beautiful place, it’s almost likes it grows a little every time, even if it took my breath away the first time. There is still some snow on Mt.Shasta, but the surroundings are green. 

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We’ve been making our new place a little more ours this week, both on the inside and the outside. I pretty much been dividing my time this week between my daughter’s school work, the horses, and the new place. It’s been a great week, with pleasant weather in the 75-85’s, a little hotter a couple afternoons. We’re supposed to have rain for three days now, which I welcome with open arms. I bet my garden are going to LOVE that. 

This is the humble beginning of my annual garden.

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Squash

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Cherry Tomatoes

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Spinach

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Garlic

My daughter have shown an interest in growing corn, for a couple years. It’s something she mentions on, and off. When I planned my garden this year, I hadn’t heard it for a while, so I did not make any plans for it. This week she’s been talking about it every day. Maybe because we’ve been working in the garden more. So we decided upon a place where she could grow a couple rows of corn. I prepared the spot yesterday. It’s an extension of the garden we’ve already made. I watered the ground there to make it softer, dug it out, filled it with a layer of old horse manure, another layer of tree shavings mixed with goat/sheep manure, and a top layer with soil from my compost, before planting the corn. I hope it will do the trick. It’s the firs time I attempt to grown corn, so that’s a little exciting. I admit that I could of done more research. I am usually better at researching everything I plan to grow, before planting. I didn’t this time. I wanted to get it in the ground before the rain. Rain will be unusual for us from now on, and I wanted to take maximum advantage of it.

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Our tiny corn field. I also planted some cucumbers right next to the fence. 

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The tiny cornfield, in front of the fenced in garden area. In the back of the garden is my container garden, currently consisting of; 4 pomegranate trees, lavender, cilantro, oregano, and basil. I just planted the kitchen herbs from seeds. I’m planning on adding both more fruit trees, and more herbs, to my container garden throughout the season. My container gardens have a tendency to get HUGE. I sold my whole container garden by the end of last season. I’m a little bit wiser, and know a little more about what I want in my garden now. It’s exciting to build it up again. I believe that container gardening, is something that’s just going to get bigger and bigger, as more people see the advantage of growing their own food, and how simple it can be.

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FTB Fancy Tradition

Ghost and Fancy, are enjoying their days in the new pasture. They are both looking great right now, and are in good spirits, showing more energy and Joie De Vivre than before. I work with each of them a couple times a day, about 15-30 min at a time. Depending on what we do.

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Ghost is in a period of processing things, and have asked me to slow down a little with introducing new things. I try to listen. He needs more time to feel completely comfortable with ropes, that’s a thing we’ve been working on a lot, with good progress, but he still needs time. He have no problem having my hands (he loves being touched and often begs me to just stand with him,) or my weight anywhere on him, but man made materials are scary. He had a little episode yesterday morning. I had just finished grooming him, and was going to play with him at liberty (without any equipment on.) He loves playing at liberty, and is very tuned in to me. Sometimes I think he tells me that he would love to be a trick horse. Anyways, before taking the halter off, I purposely let the lead rope slide over his back. He knows that I’m about to take the halter off, and knows that he have the lead rope attached to him. No surprises. He is usually cool with the rope sliding over his body. I’ve done it a lot, to desensitize him to this most scary object, that certainly could eat him..but yesterday he completely fell apart, and jumped up in the air, crashed into the round-pen, and started to run around like crazy. He is a very sensitive horse, and have days like this. He had very minimum interaction with people for the first (almost) 4 years of his life. Until January this year, when I bought him. Even though I feel terrible when he have episodes like this, it clearly tells me that his mind is not ready to proceed our training. We need to stay in the stage we are longer. That is OK. I’m in no rush, as long as we move in the right direction. If I feel that I can’t connect with him, it would be different, I would look for someone who could, but I feel that we do connect.

He ran around with the rope hanging over his back, dragging on the ground. He is responsive to my directions, even though he was freaked out, he respectfully changes direction when asked. Taking control over a horse’s hooves, by frequently changing direction is the easiest way to gain control over a situation. When this happens, I start to exaggerate breathing deep and slow, until he follows my lead. After he calmed down yesterday, we took a break, doing nothing together. He responds very well to this form of reward. Initially when he starts to relax, after a scary episode, he isn’t ready to be touched yet. After doing nothing together for a few minutes, I left him alone in the round-pen. To give him an opportunity to digest things. I came back ten minutes later, took the halter of, and caressed his whole body, inside his mouth, in his ears, on his legs, everywhere. It’s to make him feel my love, and also to tell him that it is OK, that I will always take care of things in a safe way, and listen to him, but he has to trust me. After that I opened the gate to the round-pen, and took him for a walk on the property, without a halter. He follows me with his head on my shoulder. When I stop after a few minutes, and sit down on the ground, he licks my right cheek. That horse has the biggest heart. Just being with him teaches me a lot. 

Fancy on the other hand is getting really comfortable with her new life. She is thriving. I’ve cleaned her up, and given her a job. My daughter rides her 15 min every day. Fancy still need to gain more weight, and get stronger, but light exercise (that will increase with her getting stronger,) is helping her to get stronger faster. She is so proud to have a job, and she takes excellent care of my daughter. My daughter have never ridden a horse as big as Fancy, and is not 100% comfortable with her height yet. My daughter knows how to ride by herself, but for now, she wants to be lead around. That’s OK. She insists that Fancy is her horse, and that she is going to ride her every day. My daughter is proud of herself for riding a big horse, despite her fear of height. I love seeing her conquer her fears, and grow in the process. It is a win/win for everyone. Fancy feels important, and is gaining health by the day. Ghost watches us with huge eyes from the other side of the fence. It’s very obvious that Fancy enjoys having my daughter on her back (photo here,) and I believe he understands that. I feel at peace, and very grateful.

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Thank you for having coffee with me. I really enjoyed your company. How is spring in your area? Is everything green? Are you enjoying having coffee on the porch this weekend? Tell me about it in a comment!

Love,

Ms Zen

 

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34 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share

  1. Some great photos here. I’m glad both horses are doing well at their new home, even if ghost is taking longer. The pictures of ghost, though are great.

    Stupid question – After clicking on the rodeo picture I took a quick look at your Instagram. How do you get the photos from your camera on there? I can only get phone photos posted on Instagram.

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    1. Thank you Trent!

      The Instagram question is a good one. I am sure there’s better ways to do it than the one I’m using. I’ll happily tell you how I do, and if you find a better way, you tell me? Deal? I had the same issue, only being able to upload photos form my phone, but I realized that others obviously uploaded their camera photos. I started to open photos that I’ve saved on other places, like this blog, and Facebook, via my phone. When I opened the photos that I’ve saved on other places, I saved it to my phone, and uploaded them to Instagram. Like I said, I’m sure there’s much smarter ways to do it. LOL. I do know that some cameras can connect directly to Instagram. Mine is not that advanced. I hope it helps. Thanks for dropping in to share some coffee with me 🙂

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      1. I have plugged my phone into my computer and moved photos over that way. It is possible, but inconvenient. I’ll have to try your way and see if it is any easier.

        Thanks. I hope you are having a good weekend 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Russell! It’s been a busy week, and I haven’t been in front of my computer that much. Going to catch up on all my favorite blogs now. Starting with yours. I hope you’re having an amazing day!

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  2. Such a busy week you’ve had. Dividing your time between garden, house, daughter, horses is a lot! Glad to hear the progress everyone is making.
    Just a tip about the corn. Because the pollen is wind-born, the patch might be too small for proper pollination. When the tassel flowers open with pollen at the top, break off a few and ‘dust’ the silks down below to aid germination for a better yield. Just watch for raccoons that seem to know just when to raid the harvest in the middle of the night!

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    1. It’s been very busy indeed. I’m going to take this weekend and just relax, read a good book, and maybe play with some photos. It’s going to rain, so it’s perfect 🙂

      Thank you for the tips about the corn. I really appreciate it. Maybe it’s not too late to make the “corn field” bigger? I have room too to expand it further. I’ve realized that I’m going to need a bigger fenced in area anyways, to be able to safely expand my container garden. I think I’m going to work on this next week. I really appreciate your tips. Thank you. I will watch for raccoons..

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  3. I love all your photos and your blog. That rodeo photo is AMAZING! To get that shot, WOW. I love Fancy too. That big white blaze and those eyes! You have a winner there and now Ghost has a great friend. You do so well with him taking your time, sensitive horses can be difficult but it is so rewarding when you gain their trust and you two have a nice bond it sounds like. He is so silly, you captured so well his playfullness! I have been very busy too. You are inspiring, I don’t have the land you do but want to plant a small container garden this year, I hope to do that this next week. Even to grow a few things will be fun to get back into gardening. I love home grown tomatoes, maybe some bell peppers and I want a separate small herb container. It’s fun to hear about your daughter too, conquering her fears! ❤

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    1. Thank you so much my friend! I love going to rodeos (and other horse events.) I’m almost always happy, but rodeos is one of the few things that makes me really excited.

      I am so happy that Fancy joined us. She fits right in. It helps me to have one horse that is uncomplicated, it makes it easier to be patient and do things right by Ghost. He can be very playful 🙂 Sometimes when I see that he’s in that play mood, I call my dog Gretchen in, and tell her to move him to different places. That is a lot of fun, watching her herd him around. He is fast, but so is she! Fancy knows by now that it’s easiest to just walk over and stand by me, when I call Gretchen in. I think Fancy enjoys watching the action as much as I do. Both Ghost and Gretchen knows how to play!

      Best of luck with your container garden. Both Tomatoes, bell peppers, and herbs are so great to grown in containers. I actually planted a different variety of tomatoes in containers today. Just for fun 🙂 I’m going to work on expanding mu container garden next week. I think I decided to make the corn field bigger, and fence it in, along with a bigger area, to have plenty of room for additions to my container garden.

      Thank you so much for all your kind words. ❤

      Maria

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            1. What did you watch? I just noticed that a movie I’ve been waiting for to come out on video rental, just came out this morning, “12 Strong”. I read the book around Christmas time, and been waiting since then. The book was amazing, so I have high expectations for tonight’s movie 🙂

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  4. Some great photos of the rodeo and the horses at home. Your veggies look as though they are doing well. I bet your corn does as well. Again I have enjoyed the experience of your horse training – from my seat thousands of miles away. Ghost is lucky he has someone gentle like you and Fancy lucky to have your daughter to look after. I imagine it must seem like a long way to the ground when you are seated on her back. Thanks for coffee and hope your week is good.

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    1. Thank you so much Irene 🙂 I actually found out that my corn field might be too small for the corn to pollinate properly, by a fellow blogger/gardener. I doubled the size, and planted more corn yesterday. I should of done more research before planting, but I hope this will do the trick 🙂

      Thank you for your kind comment, and company. It’s always a pleasure having coffee with you. Have a wonderful week. Hard to believe we’re already in May!

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  5. Love your garden updates! Your veggies look so healthy. I have a small sunny deck that I container garden on, but I can’t wait to work a sunny patch in my yard once we get some deer proof fencing up. Your pictures are motivating me 🙂 Also, your picture of Mt. Shasta, wow!

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    1. That makes me so happy to hear! Thank you! Sharing, both giving, and receiving inspiration, about topics related to our amazing nature; camping, hiking, gardening, and photography from those places is something I really appreciate.

      I love container gardening! I planted 30 (future) fig trees, (only babies now,) yesterday, in containers. I used three different methods of propagation. I’m planning on writing about it tomorrow, on my blog. I’m experimenting with different methods of propagation of fruit trees, to see what’s most efficient, and what works for container gardening in particular. Considering our drought, and many peoples limited space, in combination with food prices, I believe container gardening is just going to get bigger and bigger.

      Have an awesome day!

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