Windward Farm, Washougal, WA- our work in progress, our money pit, our home!
Well, I drove 100 miles round trip to pick up a hat my dear Mr. CC ordered, only to find it was the wrong hat and color (gee...a quick look in the box might have saved me a long drive Mr. Store Owner...grr), but we then stopped in a small town along the way and found the place we are going to get married this summer---a park right on the Columbia, tiny, green, full of flowers, private and right across the road from a fabulous brew pub for a post ceremony dinner! Perfect!!
A couple of days ago, though, I did something I'd never done before: on a run in a park in the middle of town (500 acres), I encountered a yearling black bear. He was calmly making his way down the hill toward the creek off the trail I was on. 20 feet from me and my dog, who was perfect, silent and alert, but stuck to me like glue. It was awesome!
Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!
I discovered that on a little shelf *right* where the crossies in my barn attach, is the under-construction nest of a wren. I saw her fly by me with horse hair in her beak and into the nest. I keep trying not to look at is so I won't scare her, but it's pretty cool!
I got to jump a Holsteiner gelding. He managed to jump me out of the tack. His jump is sooo round. It was my first time jumping a full warmblood in many years!! Even though the jumps were small, I had so much fun!
"Choose to chance the rapids, and dare to dance the tides" - Garth Brooks
"With your permission, dear, I'll take my fences one at a time" - Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Yesterday I saw a pack of serious road bicyclist pedaling down the road. Close to the leader of he pack was a man with one leg. With one leg pedaling he managed to keep pace with a very fast group. It was a beautiful sight and really very inspiring.
Well, it's decidedly less inspirational, but I saw a grown dude pour half his drink into the golf club bag of his buddy's as a prank. Don't know either of them but it seemed like something they have done before.
And here I was, :-0
We (Mrb and I) also played fetch with the dogs about 45 minutes later than we usually do, and it was almost dark out. Kinda fun to watch the dogs with their excellent vision track the tennis balls that we could barely see.
We also rescued an owner surrender from animal control. Not an unusual thing for us, but a new experience for that particular dog for sure! He's a cutie, despite peeing on every corner in the living room so far....
(A decidedly unhorsey) MrB knocks over a feed bucket at the tack shop and mutters, "Oh crap. I failed the stadium jumping phase."
(he does listen!)
I am in Hawaii this week and have seen and done some of the neatest things in the last few days.
Walked on the bottom of a crater.
I went bodyboarding today and had my bell rung. Had the time of my life doing it and can't wait to try it again.
My life motto now is "You can't fix stupid!"
Are you going to cowboy up, or lie there and bleed
I was sitting on an old picnic table while my friend was holding her horse, who was eating grass. The horse started itching her nose on the corner of the picnic bench which was attached to the table, and her noseband got caught slightly. The mare jumped back and the whole picnic bench with me on it went straight up in the air at least 3 feet then came down! Everyone was fine-just surprised. We laughed and laughed-wished we had a vid of it!
One of my pet rats made a nest in a drawer in my bed frame. In it., she had:
A lollipop from who knows where
A baggie of Disney pins from the Disney drawer next over, which she had opened and had pins all over
Various papers from my desk, all chomped and made into nesting.
A couple tea bags from the top of the desk, a couple were open
Labels off packages
I cannot figure how she dragged all that stuff from various places to this drawer.
She also found a glass of Sprite left over. She balanced on the edge of the glass with her back feet, leaned into the glass, scooped it with her front paws, then sat up and drank out of her paws. I was watching her do this in amazement. She looked at me like, what, can't you do this too?? Lol
Not today, but a few days ago we had a REALLy bright rainbow that went all the way to the ground in a pasture. I was just pulling in the driveway. It was late and the sun was very low, in a clear sky to the West. Rain was coming from the East, and just getting to where the truck was. I took pictures, but the rainbow looks a lot fainter in the picture (taken with my golf swing, point and shoot camera) than it really was. I had never seen one all the way to the ground before.
Not new, but started last spring, two magpies have taken a shine to my mares mane and tail. I'm watching both of them now, scratching and pulling hairs out of her tail while she's relaxing flat out. Girl likes gettin' her hair did. Neat to watch, but turns her tail into a bottle brush.
Oh!, and I finally have some brown patches of grass poking thru the foot and half blanket of snow! Come on spring!!
Today? Nothing special. Drive to work. Work. Drive home. Work at home.
The other day though, as I was hacking my horse on the barn's property, we flushed a road runner! I'd never seen a real one before. It was running just like in the cartoon!
Then that same day, driving home I saw a flock of wild turkeys, which is really not unusual, but there was a huge male all fluffed up with them. Beautiful bird!
Today I took my pup to a sheep herding place and we began learning how to herd! It was lots of fun and Paisley was fairly respectful of the sheep. We both have a lot to learn and it was good to get started today.
Another first today:Paisley's first experience at the beach! She was great! She got to run off leash with her new herding buddies and some other dogs that were there. She chased waves and got wet and sandy. She didn't go too far and she came back promptly every time I called her. She stole a couple of toys from other dogs but gave them back right away and politely. One thing I realized, a plus to her not caring much for strangers...she ignored all the other people on the beach, no visiting or jumping on people, she just trotted by like a lady. So proud of my baby girl!