• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Can I keep my Countdown here?

This topic is closed.
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Can I keep my Countdown here?

    I had just lined up a new webserver when my home computer died... I plan to keep a journal/blog/diary of my adventures getting ready for, getting TO, and riding at the WEG; Along with 'behind the scenes' entries for the duration.

    I have been invited to ride the Spanish Norman mare Victoria of Fox Run (currently in residence at the KHP, and has been for a few years) for the IALHA breed demos through the entire run of the Games.

    We will be presenting in historically correct medieval dress, Doma Classica, and... drumroll... Western Sidesaddle, which I am really tickeld about because it is a uniquely American style of riding.

    I am also the assistant to the coordinator of the IALHA demos. Head Gopher, to be specific. I am absolutely BLESSED to have been given tickets to opening & closing ceremonies, ALL of the dressage (!) and several other events, including some of the driving.

    It's ok if you hate me. I would have to hate me if I were not me.

    I was planning to start my journal online on Sunday, as that makes it exactly One Month until my Departure date.

    There are quite a few challenges to get through between now and then... It's going to take some minor miracles...

    Mods, is it OK to keep it here instead?
    InnisFailte Pinto Sporthorses & Coloured Cobs

    Bits are like cats, what's one more? (Petstorejunkie)

  • #2
    Can't wait to read it! Good luck with all the organizing!

    A Wandering Albertan - NEW Africa travel blog!


    • Original Poster

      T-30 to Departure.

      There is a LOT going on between now and then too, beyond trying to get ready for WEG. Like that wasn't *enough* to angst over.

      I am ordering Western Sidesaddle outfit & accessories this coming week. Doma Clasica jacket & vest need to be found SOON.

      Dieting. Walking & riding.
      InnisFailte Pinto Sporthorses & Coloured Cobs

      Bits are like cats, what's one more? (Petstorejunkie)


      • #4
        looking forward to reading it!


        • Original Poster


          There are some days I just don't believe I can do ANYthing the easy way.

          Tonight I feel like I need a Fairy Godmother if I'm going to make it.

          I had to cancel lessons today. First time EVER I've had to cancel day-of, for anything other than weather. So not only do I have to put $$$ into the truck now (tires) but, I'm out lesson money too, which is my 'spending money' for things horsey.

          I did stick very, very nicely to the diet. I did ride two horses, albeit brief rides. I am almost done refinishing/refurbishing the dressage saddle that I'll hopefully post for sale tomorrow.

          The HM EE Stirrup Irons did not sell. The Western has one more day to go, so far, not looking good. I can't seem to sell ANY of the stuff that was in pretty hot demand when I bought it! lol!

          On the bright side, will have a wee bit of OT coming up, that will help. A holiday (Labor Day) and some training here and there. I don't know if lessons will continue when my students go back to school.

          I am working on converting a western bridle to be big enough for Tori's head. Black with silver, and red rawhide knots. Should be stunning with the outfit. I'm just SO excited about the SS stuff.

          OH--I will be wearing a fancy Feria jacket. We decided we are SHOWING OFF for the world, it is far more like a parade. No need to adhere to the (quite somber) rules! So just (*just* ) have to get the jacket tailored. BUT, I dont have to BUY it. So that is good.

          I still have to find someone to watch Eamon. I am loathe to put him in a kennel. Working on farming out a couple of the horses so it's easier here.

          So much to do... so little time... TONIGHT I feel like having a nice little panic attack (probably because I have no wine.) But I have to have faith that things WILL come together. They have to. The plane ticket is non-refundable.
          InnisFailte Pinto Sporthorses & Coloured Cobs

          Bits are like cats, what's one more? (Petstorejunkie)


          • Original Poster


            ( )

            I have figured out that if I do not eat between now and departure, not only will I be able to afford WEG, but I will also fit into the outfits.



            I had lovely, lovely lessons today. One of my students took a second lesson on her other horse, and I think it was a pity lesson, because she knows how broke I am and how much it's going to take to get to KY. But it was FABULOUS. I rode her Lipp mare in the double, had a BLAST, and then put her on, and she rode in the double for the first time. The mare is an upper level schoolmaster, with the biggest gaits I"ve ever ridden (including full drafts and 17.1h WBs,) so I have said I'd love to hop on her between now and WEG to help me get in shape. Who needs an AbMaster when you've got a littleBIGhorse??? She was lovely.

            Three lessons in cool, breezy, partly cloudy to mostly sunny... just exactly what Maine in August is meant to be. And both students Got It. By the end of lesson, both of them had just wonderful rides. Nothing pleases me more than a soft, supple, forward horse and a smiling rider.

            When I get to work tonight I order the Western outfit. I will prowl around Ebay for 8 hours or so trying to find other pieces I need.

            One of my students offered to take Eamon if he gets along with her dog. I might take her up on it. Of course, then he has to get along with her dog. I am having a heart attack over boarding him. He was always a confident dog--but was never an *only* dog before. Boarding two, sharing a run, wasn't going to be THAT big a deal... but he is very needy right now, and I cannot imagine boarding him for the *first time* for three weeks when he's never been boarded before. Not where he is emotionally anyway.

            Horse and cat care is *almost* wrapped up. I'd be happier if one of the saddles sold... (i.e. would PAY for all that hay they'll be stuffing themselves with!!!) but... I need a couple of gate panel$ and 100 gallon trough to complete plan$. Why, oh why, does everything COST???

            I have decided I need a Fairy Godmother if I'm going to get there... Challenges pop up daily. I never seem to be able to do ANYTHING the easy way. More like 'what doesn't kill me makes me stronger... '

            BUT, then I have days like today. I have the most amazing students, with the Most Lovely horses on the planet. And it PLEASES me so much to teach them. I could die happy tonight. You can't take it with you.

            And as long as I manage to GET THERE, I will count this as among the Greatest Adventures of my life.

            InnisFailte Pinto Sporthorses & Coloured Cobs

            Bits are like cats, what's one more? (Petstorejunkie)


            • #7
              Oddly, I've had a hellacious day, but at one point earlier, I was thinking, "Please let other people somewhere be having a better day than I am." I'm delighted that part of the world's Good Things today landed on you.

              The money will work out somehow. I realize that isn't and shouldn't be a general life philosophy, but for this event, for this once-in-a-lifetime chance for you, I really think it will. And the Lipp mare sounds like a great exercise program.

              Loving every minute of the vicarious journey! (And I must admit, I'm looking forward to actually SEEING those costumes.)


              • Original Poster

                Argh! I did not realize how badly I was wishing for a Fairy Godmother until I saw I posted it twice on two different days...

                T-Minus 25 to departure.

                This is enroute: http://www.wwmerc.com/popup/Images/CL70b-top-skirt.jpg

                In the black & red.

                Planned to meet tailor/seamstress friend on Wednesday to have the fancy Spanish Jacket worked on.

                Working on other pieces, here and there.

                Have started to lose sleep occasionally over things. Not in a truly panic/anxiety way, more in an excited way... the 'to do' checklist rattles around...

                I'm also having a major meltdown that thanks to the wonders of modern Rx I've gained 20lbs in the last 3 mos despite the same diet, the same excercise as I did to lose 70lbs. It's very, very frustrating at this particular juncture. I *want* to look elegant and professional. I guess I'll be the poster child for why the Spanish Norman is an excellent choice for the Baby Boomers experiencing the middle aged spread...

                It's really bugging me, and I have to figure out how to let it go. This is such a big deal for me, the chance of a lifetime, and I hate that I look my worst. I didn't think I was that vain, but I am. It does no service to the horse or the riding... It's just hard. So much of this sport *IS* about appearance.
                Last edited by pintopiaffe; Aug. 29, 2010, 02:49 AM.
                InnisFailte Pinto Sporthorses & Coloured Cobs

                Bits are like cats, what's one more? (Petstorejunkie)


                • #9
                  Pintopiaffe - it's okay to lose sleep. I totally understand. Can I share my 'Countdown'?

                  Preparing for WEG is a daunting task. I will be there with 5 Nokotas and 1 Spanish Mustang. They will be ridden in the Opening Ceremonies in a Native American presentation which will include riders, dancers and drummers.

                  In exchange for loaning our Native horses for the Opening Ceremonies, we've been given demo spots in the Equine Village. I've done numerous breed presentations over the years - so I was quite comfortable about the format.

                  Until....The Equine Village schedule was posted!

                  Instead of 10-15 minute breed presentations, we've been scheduled for 30 minute slots in the Clinician Corral and Village Arena. Oh my! This is a whole 'nother ball of wax! On Sunday, 9/26, we are in the Clinician Corral (Breeds Barn Arena) immediately preceding John Lyons. Gulp!

                  It's been a whirlwind pulling together a program for this entirely different format. But by George, I think I have it!

                  The 1st block of presentations of Nokota & Spanish Mustang is called "Counting Coup" and will be conducted by Native American models/actors/riders - Joaquin Gonzalez and Megan Jade. It will be a Native Horses/Native People presentation. And for fun, we'll have 4 of our Nokotas & Riders in Ranch/Cowboy attire doing battle with the Indians.

                  And during the 2nd block, the presentation is called "Within the Circle" - with professional trainer/clinician Jack Leiser of Texas doing a presentation of Nokota and Spanish Mustang, and the unique challenges of working with Native and range-raised horses. The "Circle" refers to the symbolic Lakota medicine wheel. Jack does primarily Natural Horsemanship, but also has a strong foundation in dressage. His background is uniquely suited for Native horses.

                  Whew! How's that for arranging demos by the seat of your pants in the 11th hour? But I'm very excited to get such talent on board for the project. 'Counting Coup' and 'Within the Circle' are going to be awesome! Much better than just a run of the mill breed presentation!

                  Sleep, however, remains elusive. lol!


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by pintopiaffe View Post
                    It's ok if you hate me. I would have to hate me if I were not me.
                    haha, I don't hate you. But I'm a bit envious nonetheless. I'd love to read about your adventures and wish you'll have the time of your life! Will we get pics of said famous mare you're riding?


                    • Original Poster

                      Oh, Mao! I hope that *my* schedule allows me to go to your stuff!

                      I am SOOOOO excited to see the opening ceremonies--and most especially the AMERICAN horses in it. I'm so proud of them. Yes, my other loves are Iberian and Arab and Trakehner... but I'm such a fan of the breeds that are truly American.

                      I'd love, love, love to get to the 2nd block for sure. The Colonial Spanish filly sure is DIFFERENT from my others. My little medicine hat mare is the most similar in personality, but the Colonial Spanish Filly is too damn smart for her own good, and has the most *opinion* of any horse I've ever met! She will start kindergarten when I return from KY.

                      I don't know my schedule yet, and am not sure when I will. That is part of my stress.

                      On the one hand, I literally get off the plane and from there on am in the hands of the coordinator. OTOH, I am not really all that comfortable with not Knowing The Plan.

                      I have MUCH to do these coming couple of 'days off'. (Days off from the real job, but I teach... which is busman's holiday. )

                      OH--and YES, there will be plenty o' pics. My nephew is sending me his 35mm SLR 'old fashioned' (film) camera from Japan. That will be for ME to take photos. And one way or another I'll have a digi cam to hand off to people to take pictures OF me. This is the adventure of a lifetime, and as opposed as I am to being caught on film... ( ) there are too many friends and family who are helping me get there but cannot go, and they must live vicariously through my journal and photos.

                      I'm really stressed about my weight. Medication changes have meant a weight gain which depresses me beyond belief. We might be on the track to straightening things out, but it won't be in time. It's more than *just* vanity, though I am the first to admit to that, but it is also a matter of fitness and strength and balance. Just frustrating. To have worked SO hard for so long to lose 70lbs, to KEEP it off for almost five years, only to gain back nearly half in three months.

                      I have to figure out how to let that go. It's a HUGE part of my stress. I am doing *all* I can, but I can't let it go. It is bothering me.
                      InnisFailte Pinto Sporthorses & Coloured Cobs

                      Bits are like cats, what's one more? (Petstorejunkie)


                      • #12
                        Pintopiaffe - deep breath.

                        You were invited for a reason. Because the people who extended the invite knew you'd give this 1000 + ten percent. You will. You are. It will be great!

                        I look forward to meeting you! And thanks for your excitment and enthusiam. It's SO contagious!

                        I hope you'll pencil in a party with the Crazy Horse Farm group. Native Horse people are a lot of fun, once they have a beer or two in them. lol! It will be so much FUN!


                        • Original Poster

                          Thanks for the kind words Mao. It's just frustrating when it truly is out of your control.

                          Speaking of deep breath... notfreakingout, notfreakingout, notfreekingout...

                          YES I AM!!!!

                          The SS blouse is backordered.

                          They didn't say how long. They didn't tell me until TODAY. eek:

                          I am going to be not happy if I have to wear a froo-froo Dale Evans type outfit. Just Not My Style.

                          Deeep breath....

                          Seeing one sewing/costume person t'mow for the medieval tunic. The deepest purple velvet... SO yummy. I think it'll be lined with gold satin. Trim is silver & gold... Gold Lion's Head will go on the front.

                          notfreakingout... notfreakingout...
                          InnisFailte Pinto Sporthorses & Coloured Cobs

                          Bits are like cats, what's one more? (Petstorejunkie)


                          • Original Poster


                            Ok. Ok.


                            THREE hours of scouring the web later, I *might* have the 1880's western blouse, and the riding skirt ordered from another vendor.

                            I mean, I ORDERED them, but as with the last place, Lord only knows if they're actually IN STOCK.

                            Now, if they ARE available, I'll have saved $40. Not bad. Just not holding my breath that they are available. They seem to be sold out on LOTS of sites. But at least those places TELL YOU THEY ARE BACKORDERED OR NOT IN STOCK.

                            We'll see.

                            Crossing everything. Fingers, toes, eyeballs...

                            Had less than 1100 calories and 30g of carbs for the day. Did not ride as it was still 88 degrees at 1730. That is just ASSININE for up here. Instead I went in to town for some AC and WiFi. I hadn't slept much anyway, as the boys decided to break out and raid the back of the pickup (on the OTHER side of the gate) for beep and haystretcher about 2 hrs into my attempted "sleep." Will ride a couple of mine t'mow, and the Abmaster Lipp mare again t'mow at lessons.

                            Will *attempt* to not freak about the clothes or the freaking lack of ebay sales, and sleep for a bit t'night.
                            InnisFailte Pinto Sporthorses & Coloured Cobs

                            Bits are like cats, what's one more? (Petstorejunkie)


                            • Original Poster

                              t-23 to departure. <deep breath>

                              My wonderful nephew who is in the Navy in Japan sent me his 35mm SLR (film) camera to use. Yay! It's got a kick @ss lens on it too. Not huge telephoto, but not bad.

                              Got one Rx filled via mailorder, which actually is a big relief, and one BIG thing checked off the 'To Do' list. First time doing it that way with new Doc, new Insurance etc. Little things coming together help.

                              Meanwhile went to dig in my closet for clothes to spectate in--and was HORRIFIED to find a huge leak, and TONS of mold and mildew and destroyed clothes! I wear a uniform, and pretty much either barn clothes or pj's at home... so I hadn't looked in there in a long time I guess. I don't know if I'm going to even be able to salvage any of it. Did NOT need casual wear expenses on top of costume expenses.

                              Waiting to hear from second vendor if I can get the 1880's blouse in time... I did find a backup in the new Back in the Saddle catalogue should all else fail. Plans C & D, so to speak.

                              Off to teach--one of my students is doing the velvet tunic.
                              InnisFailte Pinto Sporthorses & Coloured Cobs

                              Bits are like cats, what's one more? (Petstorejunkie)


                              • #16
                                Remember, detachable lenses have to be under 6 inches long for a camera to be allowed in. That's one of the many rules governing the Do Not Bring In list.

                                A cheap suggestion for spectating clothes: Goodwill. Amazingly good selection and quality, at least in my nearest sizable city, and bargain basement cost. Nobody would ever guess by looking at a lot of that stuff that it came from the Goodwill store.


                                • Original Poster

                                  Ahh DT--great minds think alike!! I am actually headed to Goodies and Salvie's t'mow.

                                  Lens is definitely short enough. I think it's only 80mm. You get too big and you need a tripod or stick anyway.

                                  A big, huge, enormous, gigantic sigh of relief... Eamon came out with me for lessons today, and not only was he a delightful, polite companion, (since he's already horse-smart) but he also got along fine with Falcor, my student's ancient Airedale. So he will have a place to be with another dog, with family--a wonderful 11yo boy who loved on him today, and I plan to do something *special* for to have him pay particular attention to Eamon while I'm away... I'm SO relieved. I guess it's just sappy, but Eamon lived with his brother and mother, and then another brother for all 9 of his years. Then starting 2 years ago this coming Veterans' Day, I lost the special dog, then Mum, and then Malarkey just a few weeks ago. I've NEVER left Eamon *anywhere*. And he's been pretty needy (understandably!) since he's been alone, I could not IMAGINE boarding him. Would have been different had it been the two boys... but not now... I think he'll still be a little confused and worried (everyone else has never come back once they left... ) but I keep telling him I *will* come back... and I think he'll be so much better on a farm with a *family.*

                                  PHEW. That is a huge, big, weight off my shoulders.

                                  The Medieval Tunic is on it's way to becoming...

                                  So far, so good, the 1880's Western blouse, and Doma Clasica skirt are
                                  (supposedly) on their way...

                                  Feel like a lot was accomplished today.

                                  We'll see...
                                  InnisFailte Pinto Sporthorses & Coloured Cobs

                                  Bits are like cats, what's one more? (Petstorejunkie)


                                  • #18
                                    PP, loved the blouse/skirt outfit you posted - Did you find one similar in style?

                                    And the deal is, you stress now and have the BEST time while you're there!
                                    "If I am fool, it is, at least, a doubting one; and I envy no one the certainty of his self-approved wisdom."


                                    • Original Poster

                                      MEP--that's what I'm *hoping* ...

                                      Because... Holy CRAP I leave three weeks from today!

                                      I did manage to get the 1880s blouse ordered in the tan/white/black. (see lower right in the photo HERE

                                      God Bless Sacramento City Dry Goods. Absolutely excellent customer service & communication. I'm SO thrilled with them.

                                      On my way now to get the jacket altered for the Doma Clasica outfit.

                                      Ran all over town today to find lining for the medival tunic. Could NOT find the gold satin I wanted... but ended up with something that might be even better. It's a champagne sort of very light gold (white gold?) with silver and metallic embroidery. Should look very well with the dark purple velvet & silver & gold trim.

                                      Days seem to be flying by. Making a big run tomorrow all over creation again to drop off lining, pick up a 100gallon water tank, back to town... then eventually back to work at midnight.

                                      I did not sleep at ALL last night, it was so hot. Can't wait for Earl to hit so it cools down some.
                                      InnisFailte Pinto Sporthorses & Coloured Cobs

                                      Bits are like cats, what's one more? (Petstorejunkie)


                                      • Original Poster

                                        Holy Freaking Crap Batman.

                                        I leave TWO WEEKS FROM THIS MORING.

                                        Things that are giving me heartburn, include:

                                        Only one more paycheck before leaving. Pitiful at that. ALL of it will go to hay for while I'm gone. Which leaves pitifully LESS from this week's to accomplish anything still needed.

                                        Top Hat was lost by UPS. MY FIRST UPS FAIL EVER. At least on this end. They KNOW me. They know my farm. They even used to bring cookies for my special dog, and they knew him. I've no idea what happened. The tracking said "Delivered" at 1614 on Tuesday. And "left in garage."

                                        SNORT. If I *had* a garage, you can be sure it would be a barn.

                                        The 1890's blouse and Doma Clasica Split Skirt were backordered. They were due to arrive at SacCity today, and Dale is shipping them 3rd day at no extra charge. Have I mentioned GOD BLESS DALE!!! He (she?) even humoured me with an update this morning, and will send a UPS tracking # for me to angst about tomorrow when the order is shipped from SacCity to here.

                                        Meanwhile, I have to qualify for my new post sometime next week. Not enough stress in my life to begin with... now I have to shoot a target I can't even SEE at 30 yards...

                                        Things that have gone RIGHT:

                                        The Top Hat folks have already shipped a second one, at no cost, even while we deal with the UPS claim on the first one. Wow. Above and beyond.

                                        Dale, from
                                        Sacramento City Dry Goods
                                        What a GEM of a find. I am a brand new customer, buying two SALE items, and Dale is going above and beyond anything expected as far as customer service. Wow. I am a customer for life. (oh, and I saved $40 over the original place I ordered--which is a LOT in the grand scheme of things!!)

                                        My hair arrived. One of the mot fun little acoutrements of this whole adventure was the decision to keep my hair shortish, and use a hair extension for the turn of the century outfit. I have THE CUTEST clip of banana curls. They look so real it's scary. They are the perfect compliment to the rest of the outfit. WAY FUN.

                                        I go some really good deals on closeout and GoodWill clothes for the duration. I have very little in the way of casual clothes, since all my jobs are now uniformed. I scored a $3 light denim short sleeved shirt at Wally*World and a $2.50 skirt at Goodies. I will be bringing several casual skirts, as I have more of those than slacks. I SCORED two GOOD pair of walking shoes at a salvage/surplus place. KILLED me to spend $30 between the two, but somehow two year old fake crocs weren't going to make it for three weeks of hiking around KHP.

                                        But the biggest thing so far about this Entire Adventure, is that I have learned to ask for, and (hopefully gracefully) accept help. When I enter the ring, it won't be just me. It will be Marie who tailored the Doma Clasica jacket and is making the top hat for the Western Sidesaddle. It will be Michelle, who is making the Medieval tunic and taking care of Eamon for three weeks. It is Laurie who is pre-buying a lesson package that will let me buy hay and have a wee bit of breathing room. It's my Mum who bought the plane tickets. Its' Vicky who is putting me up and giving me the ride. It is my nephew in the Navy in Japan who sent his camera for me to use. It is my brother who gave me his truck two years ago, that means I don't have a payment and only have liability insurance--which makes it doable.

                                        There are a LOT of people going into that ring with me.

                                        Last week I had a little meltdown. I thought that I had made the wrong decision when I said I *could* do this. I'm scrimping HARD. Harder than I ever have. And it feels like it's too late to back out... lots of non-refundable things already paid for. But my wonderful Mum slapped me around a little. She reminded me just how many people had a stake in this. How many people I am BRINGING there with me.

                                        I am humbled and honored. I only hope I can do them proud.

                                        Two weeks. 14 days. And I saw yet another HUGE rainbow today on the way home.

                                        WE can do this!!!
                                        InnisFailte Pinto Sporthorses & Coloured Cobs

                                        Bits are like cats, what's one more? (Petstorejunkie)