I have to Thank each and every one of you for your insightful comments. Your assistance is bringing great clarity to the direction I find myself wanting to head.
I tell ya-sometimes having too many horses to work with is just as bad as not having one good enough to take you where you want to go. So to keep me inspired over the winter, I went through the herd and picked out 10 head that I want to accomplish specific goals with. Some of the others I will have to fit into the schedule because they still need to be started riding. Obviously, with no indoor facilities, riding time now becomes a matter of if and when.
Since our lovely little blizzard/ice storm, it's simply a matter of waiting until the ground becomes safe enough to ride again...hell, in this country, that could be next March-LOL. Lots of time to think about what I want to accomplish next year. Small matters that also weigh in is where exactly Megan and I are going to spend our summer. I have discussed the possibility of spending the entire summer in Colorado. One day, my mom thinks that is a good idea and the next, she is all sorts of pissed off about it. That is something that will have to work itself out. I know my mom needs me around for certain things, but I'm finding my little home-town stifling. If I hadn't promised Megan she could graduate from this school, we would so be out of here and living in Colorado with My Honey.
Things are just getting rather weird around my tiny little town. While I would not say that I have very close friends here, there are people that I do get along with and since the "little party" incident over Halloween, I can tell the subtle difference in people. No one has come right out and asked me about it...oh, that would just be to easy wouldn't it?
After some investigation(on my part) into how the party came about and how the cops found out about it...I rather feel that my daughter was set up. I do believe Megan when she says she did not plan that party. Did she handle it right? No, but then she is a just turned 15y/o that was trying not to get certain people in trouble. The little witch that ran her mouth about me being out of town and told everyone that Megan was having a party, managed to get off scot-free, except that my mom and I know she was the instigator. Megan is paying the price in the lose of her cell phone, no attending extra-curricular activities(unless she is involved), no friends allowed and knows that it will be quite awhile before she is allowed to stay by herself again.
I expected a lot more pouting and general pissiness over the new rules, but I think my daughter actually took a deep breath and sighed in relief. She is a kid that gets easily overwhelmed and although all kids initially resent the law being laid down, she is one who obviously appreciates the relief of being able to tell her friends NO-without having to make that decision herself. All in all, she is a good kid, with a good heart and in some ways I would be way more worried if she never tried to break any of the rules. Living life in complete safety and within every rule just doesn't seem like much of a life to me. After it was all said and done, Chris and I did have a pretty good chuckle...it was a pretty sad attempt on the part of those that showed up. And if some of those people who are acting weird are pissed off because their kids got into trouble...they can just kiss my A**. I was 700 miles away and they were right here. I still found out more information that they did. Amateurs!!