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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Red Bluff Round-Up Parade 2018, part 3

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The last photos from the round-up parade. You can see part 1 here, and part 2 here.

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If you see yourself, or someone you know, in any of these photos, feel free to share this post. Share buttons after the post. If you’re in one of the photos, and would like a free digital copy, let me know in a comment, and I’ll send one to you.

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A few years ago, (maybe 4, or 5 years ago,) I attended a horsemanship clinic at Cottonwood Creek Equestrian Center, in Cottonwood (close to Red Bluff.) By chance I happened to be seated next to this lady. We were both attending the clinic as audience, and while the trainer worked with the participants, we had plenty of time to talk. I quickly discovered that this lady new more about horses than anyone I ever met (I’ve bee around horses all my life.) She invited me to her ranch, and I did visit her there a few weeks later. I watched her work with some students that she had. I was very impressed by her horsemanship skills. I took some pictures of her and her friends at a breast cancer awareness event that same year. I haven’t seen her since then, and I was so happy when I saw her at the parade last weekend.

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A colorful part of the parade 🙂

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Isn’t she absolutely beautiful, Miss Redding Rodeo?

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Our local search and rescue team was represented by these two handlers, and their dogs.

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Growing up I wanted to be a part of the mounted patrol. That is one of the few things that I really wanted, that I never even gave a try. Don’t ask me why. I’d say that I’ve done pretty much everything else that I dreamed of as a little girl.

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Impressive horses those Clydesdales, don’t you think?

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I hope you enjoyed the parade 🙂 The photos from the actual rodeo are still on my camera. I’ll start going through those tomorrow. It was a weekend full of fun, and good times. It always is at Red Bluff Round-Up.

Love,

Ms Zen

Red Bluff Round-Up Parade 2018, part 2

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This is the second post from Red Bluff Round-Up, last weekend. It is the largest three day rodeo in the country. These participants were part of the parade, in downtown Red Bluff, Saturday morning.

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When you take pictures of rodeos, and things connected to rodeos, you always get hate emails, and comments, about animal cruelty. That’s OK, everyone has the right to an opinion. Anyone who knows me, know that I care very much for how animals are treated. I think it is worth lifting positive aspects, besides the pleasure of watching beautiful animals, and the festive atmosphere. The young lady in the photo above had some challenges with her horse, just before I took this photo. They actually went down. She handled the situation like a master horsewoman, calm, and supportive of her horse. I posted a public album on Facebook with my photos from the parade, for the participants, and their families to enjoy. I did not share that story, but she saw this photo, and started a conversation with me. I was already impressed by how she handled the situation, but when she talked about her horse Sam, it was obvious that she loves him very much, and that she knows a lot about horses. It made me very happy to see the inside beauty of this beautiful equipage. BTW, it is both of their birthday today!

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If you see yourself, or someone you know, in any of these photos, feel free to share this post. Share buttons after the post. If you’re in one of the photos, and would like a free digital copy, let me know in a comment, and I’ll send one to you.

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Look at that smile!

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The rodeo posts are a little longer than my usual posts, there’s so much fun to share!

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These Andalusian Horses are absolutely gorgeous. Always a favorite in the parade. They look so proud of themselves as they dance their way down Main Street.

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The weather on Saturday was just perfect for the parade, it was sunny and in the 80’s. A beautiful day.

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This was the last photo of the beautiful Andalusian Horses, and a natural end to this post. I have photos for one more post of the parade, that I’m going to share later today. I hope the sun is shining where you are 🙂

Love,

Ms Zen