It’s already Friday! Time for some randomness.
1). Smoke blows in and out of our area at random reminding me not all the fires in our area are out – and won’t be until the snows come. How quickly we (meaning me) forget when we (meaning me again) don’t directly deal with this issue on a daily basis. I suppose since they’ve all but taken the reporting of the fires off the news around here and the smoke, until recently, hasn’t been obscuring the mountains….Well, out of sight, truly out of mind in my case.
I’ve heard old time ranchers and others, living in this region long before I was born, speak of our on going lack of water as a “100 year drought”. I’ve recently heard it described as a 1 in a 1000 year event. It’s really that bad. The good news is: I’m betting there will be far more people on my “Snow Wagon” this season than ever before and that makes me pretty happy. But first, we need our Autumn rains to really soak in good. I pray daily for that.
2). The search for property continues. I’ve looked at so much and haven’t truly fallen in love with anything. “Anything” in my price range that is! With the incredible influx of people to this county over the last twenty years, it has drastically driven the land prices high. Real high. At times I’ve been discouraged but mostly I feel like the right piece for us just isn’t for sale yet. I’m praying on this too.
4). I learned a couple weeks ago that pouring bleach on the soles of your horse’s feet can actually toughen them up enough to walk over rocks. Well, driveway gravel anyway. My farrier told me this and thought I’d give it a try. Wow. Why did I not know this before? Course I wasn’t on Indy at the time, adding additional weight, only leading him to the arena from the barn but still. What a difference.
5). Two weeks ago or was it four now? Anyway, a little while back I got to take my sweet, adorable, just-started-third-grade niece, cowboy boot shopping for her birthday. I was so in the moment I didn’t think to take one picture. Not one. She only had one request about the style and as she told the clerk: they must not be “pink”. “I’m not into pink anymore”, she informed him. She picked out the last, in her size and off the boys shelf mind you, pair of brown leather boots with a camo pattern on the shaft. I told her she not only looked like the real deal but also like she was ready to work! It didn’t hit me till later than night, that the place in town where we purchased her boots is the same place I got my very first pair many, many years ago (Girls shelf, but also brown.) The whole experience made me even more happy/grateful that I’m home.
Have a great weekend!
*Note I began this blog post well over a week ago for last Friday and didn’t get it finished and so: My heart and prayers go out to those affected by the flooding on the East Coast. I know I speak for everyone out this way when I say: If we could take that water from you, please know that we would! Be safe friends.