This is my last week in northern California. Difficult to really understand. After a somewhat chaotic Saturday, yesterday was a great day. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that my horse Ghost (originally from a hoarding case with minimal contact with people,) has good days when he’s like a puppy dog, and not so good days when he’s scared of everything. Well, Saturday was a not so good day. Sunday was a GREAT day. Different as night and day. I did explain this to the lady that came to see him yesterday. Everything she said, and did, made me convinced that she is the perfect person for Ghost. She was not timid around him, but still very soft, and present in the moment. She also brought a horse that she trained herself, that came from a similar situation as Ghost. She told me how she trained him, and I saw how the horse acted in different situations, during the time she spent getting to know Ghost. I felt very good about it. So did Ghost. He showed his best side to her. It was relatively easy to ask him to get up in her trailer, next to her horse. I am so pleased with how wonderfully it turned out in the end. That relationship, Ghost and this lady, was definitely meant to be. She sent me a text later telling me that everything was good, the trip, and the first hours in his new home went excellent, and that she LOVED his good mind. How could I not be pleased with that? Finding him the perfect home have been the biggest question on my mind, because of his background, and unique personality. He is in the perfect, for him, home now.
I still haven’t bought a car, that was another goal for this past weekend, but I’m not stressing out about that. I have the cash, and cash is king. It will work out. I still have a few days.
Castle Lake, and Castle Lake Trail, with Mt.Shasta in the background. Yesterday the Carr Fire was burning only a few miles from the little town of Castella, where the trailhead to this amazing hike (in the photo above) is located.
Some of you have asked about the fire. These are the latest numbers for the Carr Fire, burning around us.
Size: 201,680 acres
Expected Full Containment: Unknown
Structures Threatened: 528
Residential Structures Destroyed: 1,077
Commercial Structures Destroyed: 22
Other Destroyed: 500
Residential Structures Damaged: 191
Commercial Structures Damaged: 26
Other Damaged: 65
Today is also the day when my daughter starts first grade. It’s a big thing. I talked to her for a long time before she went to bed last night. She is very excited. She talked about her teacher, the excitement about making new friends, and showed me her new first day outfit. She also told me that she was not going to be in the same class as her step sister, even thought they are the same age. She did not seem sad about it. They are still going to take the bus together every morning, attend the same school, they share a room, and a bunkbed, they spend all their free time together. From a teacher’s point of view, I am very happy that they are in different classes. I am happy for my daughter that she has a new sister, and I am happy that they get to spend a lot of time together, but from a learning point of view, it is a great thing to separate them during school hours. Maybe some parents think this is shocking, but I know from experience as a teacher, how it holds some children back form reaching their full potential, if they are in the same class as a sibling. Now my daughter have to make her own friends, which she is really good at. She can focus better on the teacher, and actually learning. I know from talking to her on the phone how challenging it is to get her attention, and keep it, when she and her new sister are together. A teacher with maybe 30++ kids in the class would not be able to get her attention. My daughter is well prepared for this day, in every way. She can read and write a little, and is motivated to learn more. Besides English she knows some Spanish, and some Swedish. She excels in math, and knows her numbers up to ten thousand, forwards and backwards. She is interested in geography, and history, having traveled to 48 states herself. I do hope that her teacher sees her potential. She is not shy, but just like me, if she’s focused on something, she’s quiet. A busy person might not understand how much she really knows. I’m looking forward to meeting her teacher, hopefully sooner than later. We have a long line of teachers (and even a principal) in my family, myself included. I know to appreciate a good teacher. It feels weird to not be the one taking my daughter to her first day of school, but I have done everything in my power to prepare her. In the best way I know, and I will be there for her very soon.
Have a wonderful, amazing day out there!