While I was gone, two wonderful bloggers, Nuzzling Muzzles and Train Wreck passed the Arte y Pico Award to me. THANK YOU ladies.
I think this award has made its rounds, so I will simply say THANK YOU and proudly display it on my blog.
In the same vein-I received the print that Train Wreck awarded me(and the gift card) and I can tell you all...the photo of that print does not do justice to the wonderful talent this lady has. I cannot wait to get this print somewhere to get it matted and framed so that I can put it on the wall.
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I will be hanging this print in the perfect spot-right beside my computer desk!!!
I promise I will get it matted and framed ASAP and get a picture of it hanging on the wall for the blog-these things have a way of taking time in this area though-so hopefully sometime this month(??).
I bought a new set of tools so that I can finally get some of my other stuff hung up too...
Meet another one of my addictions--Tools. I love power tools. This set not only has the drill I needed to hang my pictures on the cement wall, it has a cordless circular saw, a flashlight AND the sawsall that I need to finish repairing the trim on the house. YAY!! Its sad...I am so easily pleased!
20Meter did a fun post about Spurs...do you use them and if you do what do you use them for? Well, I have spurs...
An ancient pair that I have had for 20+ years. I have some beautiful new turquoise ostrich straps for them, that my brother made me...I just haven't got them put on.
I have went through several cycles with my spurs. I never wore them. Then I wore them all of the time and then I never wore them. Now, I use them occasionally, often times I just use one. I know that sounds strange, but I only use them if I have a horse that is being really difficult about moving off my leg and usually they are only difficult on one side. As soon as they learn to move off of pressure-I lose the spurs. I used to run barrels with them, but don't anymore. After watching a video of myself whopping my horse in the belly with them, I decided that all I was doing was knocking the air out of my horse and making it more difficult for him to run.
Moon does not tolerate spurs-AT ALL. I made the mistake of using them on him several years ago and he promptly cow-kicked my foot-repeatedly-while I was mounted. He always has had his quirks.
Well, summer has hit us full force and it has killed my momentum. This has not been a nice year. Yes, we got rain-lots of it. The country needed it so desperately. But along with it has come tons of flies, mosquitoes, humidity and now hordes of grasshoppers.
The horses are miserable. In spite of having fans in the barn, releasing fly predators on the manure pile, hanging fly traps-EVERYWHERE, fly masks, fly sheets and regular sprays-they are miserable. During this time period-there is no riding. If you get up early enough or wait until the sun is setting to beat the flies-the mosquitoes eat you alive. OFF doesn't even seem to slow them down.
I'm ready for some Fall weather.