Carr Fire – Game Plan

I realized that I did not write a post this morning. Just want to let you know that I am safe from the fire. It is still burning at 163,207 acres, with a 45% containment, as of this morning. The winds are moving the fire further away. The city of Redding is not in danger anymore, other smaller communities are. It is a good thing that the the Carr Fire is getting a little more contained by the day. Neighborhoods have Raking Parties! Neighbors gather together with rakes, and help each other go through the ashes. Phew. It almost feels wrong to have been spared from the worst of the worst. We’re still wearing face masks outside. The smoke is thick.

It’s been a super busy day today. I took care of the horses at work this morning, and then my own. I’ve given away some of my trees and plants. I won’t be able to take them with me when I move to another state. You can’t bring plants. Which is sad in a way, but a dear friend of mine is going to enjoy them a lot. That makes me incredibly happy. Then I didn’t do all that work for nothing. My friend makes these most exquisite metal work. She made this rose for me, isn’t absolutely beautiful? I feel so blessed to have so many amazing people in my life.

I’m a minimalist and I purposely don’t have a lot of “stuff” laying around, but I do highly appreciate the few decorative items that I do have. The all have a special meaning. This rose from my friend will definitely be one of those precious things with a special meaning.

I’ve started to downsize things that I don’t need to take with me to my new home. Yesterday I sold two saddles, and some other tack I had in my tack room. This morning I notified the lady I work for, and she was so understanding, and kind. I know it will be troublesome for her to have to train someone new, but she was so sweet.  She knows how serious I take motherhood, and moving closer to my daughter is something that she could understand.

There’s a gentleman coming to look at my horse Ghost on Thursday. I have not put an ad up on Fancy yet, still there’s two people interested in her. I am mostly concerned about getting Ghost into a good home, since he isn’t trained, that is more challenging. Not so many people can responsibly take on an untrained horse. I am keeping my fingers crossed for the gentleman that is going to look at him on Thursday. Our phone conversation was very promising. I think he would be a great match. Finding wonderful homes for Ghost and Fancy is my number one priority these next coming days. After that everything will be relatively easy. I’m fairly sure it will be easy to find Fancy a home, even though her hooves is not 100% yet. They will be soon, and she is a very nice, trained, registered horse, with zero vices that I’m aware of. In fact she’s the easiest horse I ever owned.

When I’ve found the horses new homes, I’m going to sell my truck, and buy a car. Buy then I pretty much should have my other possessions figured out, and packed the things I want to bring. I’m going to donate a lot of things, and clothes to Goodwill. I usually do that every spring, and every fall. I don’t like collecting things that aren’t being used. The move is going to be fairly easy. I might even have a job, with housing lined up. Nothing is set in stone, but it felt promising. It’s less than an hour from my daughter’s new home. My timeline is to be on my way by the end of this month, if everything works in my favor. Now you know my game plan. I believe it is totally doable. I am a doer. When I decide something, things happens, and I can be rather stubborn (or goal oriented) about it. It’s been a productive day today. I hope you had an awesome day!

..and I’m going to have to figure out a new name for this blog, NorCal won’t do when I don’t live in NorCal anymore…I’ll have to think about that one.

Love,

Ms Zen

Sunday 

The Carr Fire was 145,015 acres,  and 41% contained according to the last numbers from yesterday. I’m still wearing a mask outside, but besides that, I do not feel immediately threatened anymore. The fire have been moving towards the west side for about a week. There’s no longer any fire close to me. My bags are still packed, and I am ready to go if the wind changes.

How is your weekend so far? I went to school all day yesterday, and updated my Pediatric CPR and First Aid Certificate (AED education included.) It was a few years ago since I did it last time, and I like to have something that important fresh in my mind. When seconds matters to save a life, you can’t afford to hesitate. In the state of California there’s no law requiring a teacher to have CPR and First Aid Education! I think that is insane!! I could not imagine not having it. It was a great class, with wonderful teachers. I’d say that it was better than the last time I took it, at a different location. 

There are a lot of things you don’t control in the world.  But one thing you always do:  you can change your perspective to how you can solve problems and add value for others.  Because then your prosperity is assured. (I don’t know who said this, but I read it at some point, and saved it in my “inspiration file”, and found it this morning.)

My daughter have recently expressed a desire to spend more time with her dad, and start school there. It has not been an option for her until now (she’s always lived with me.) I am raising a strong daughter, and I want to support her in any way I can. In reality it’s going to mean some major changes for me. Since her dad lives 11 hours away, close to Las Vegas. It’s a lot going on right now. I’ve been meditating over a solution to this for the past weeks. Without much success, until last night, when I realized that I’m going to have to relocate closer, to be able to have a close relationship with her. It’s the only option. I love my life, but I am pretty open minded, and I can be happy anywhere (as long as I get to spend a lot of time outdoors!) I can see myself being very happy working with children again, or in the countryside helping someone with their animals/ horses. I’m going to see what doors the universe is going to open for me. I don’t know exactly what the next few weeks are going to have in store for me, I do know that in the end something good is going to come out of it. I know my priorities. I have many things that I love, and are very happy spending my time doing. I got that going for me 😉 

I am going to have to find new homes for my two horses. It’s not realistic to bring them. Even though I would of loved to. I am definitely bringing my best friend Gretchen. 

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A short post to let my friends, and family now that I’m doing good. Have a wonderful Sunday!

Love,

Ms Zen

Sunday Stills – For The Love Of Horses

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This was my daughter and I, five years ago, on the day. The photo popped up in my Facebook feed. It made me smile. I could say that it was one of my daughter’s first rides, but that wouldn’t be true. She is ten months old in the photo. I rode my favorite horse (the one in the photo above,) until I was seven months pregnant with her, and then I waited two months (doctor’s order,) after she was born, until I started riding again. This time with her in a baby carrier in front of me.

“Det ska böjas i tid som krokigt ska bli.” – A Swedish proverb meaning that it’s a good thing to start early with important activities. Freely translated.

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I thought it was a fun idea to take a photo today, exactly five years after that first photo was taken. So this is my daughter, and Fancy earlier today.

I’ve never been working with horses professionally, by choice. It’s my passion. It kept me sane through all the crisis, and happy highs throughout my life. I worked hard for the privilege to have my own horse. I don’t take it for granted. For my daughter it’s a part of her life. She loves them as much as I do, and she is very interested in every aspect of life with horses. I’ve always found it to be interesting to learn about how horses communicate with each other. I can watch horses being horses for hours, without getting bored. Especially wild ones. My daughter is exactly the same. I feel very blessed that we share this passion.

I hope that your weekend is nothing short of wonderful ❤ I made an extra effort to have a relaxing day today. I needed it. This is part of the Sunday Stills Photography Challenge.

 

Love,

Ms Zen