Sincerely, Summer

I initially wrote this on August 17, 2013 and am re-posting it here for reference.

Hello all!

Making good progress!

Making good progress!

I’m sitting here listening to the tinker of the keys on my keyboard harmonizing with that of the pitter-patter of rain on the rooftop and thinking to myself what a blessing the rain is bringing me today. Firstly, much cooler temperatures is always a welcoming relief, and also, I just plain needed a day off. Although this so called day off still comes with stall cleaning and feeding, for there is no break from those chores where horses are involved, the lack of riding gives me that much less to do. Don’t get me wrong, I love riding! But when it comes with grooming prior, bathing afterwards, and cleaning the tack after each use, not to mention the physical exertion and time involved to perform such a duty, it can be tiring and succeeds in delaying the everyday chores that still need to be performed and can easily turn my work-outside-in-the-heat day into 12 hours! All that to say, the rain is a welcoming, much needed break for me, especially after I have been here by myself for the past 4 days while everyone else was away. I thoroughly enjoyed that time, for who got to ride all these great higher level horses that take up residency here? This girl! And I had some very successful and satisfying rides on them too! Pepper included! Something must have clicked this past week with him, for he is just blooming into a wonderful Dressage mount! Can’t wait to show off to Eliza everything we have accomplished while she was away. Why yes, you are dealing with a horse trainer at heart!
I’m also thankful for the desk that my family helped me maneuver into my room as an exceptional painting work space for me! I already have one painting almost under my belt, with just a few minor tweakings to be had. And there are more blank canvases where that came from! Now, what to paint next? Pepper? Oceanscape? Landscape? Can’t decide. Waiting for that inspiration.
Let me talk about the happenings since I wrote last. I had the pleasure to travel to Maryland with Eliza and Emme to see Debbie McDonald give a clinic at Scott Hassler’s stable, Riveredge. It was a thrill to see Grand Prix horse after Grand Prix horse enter the arena and receive helpful tips from the Olympian. The horses were all at about the same level in their training, but yet, they are all so different in personality, movement, looks, strengths, and of course the rider. It was fascinating. I would love to have a taste of riding a horse like that, but that’s still a ways off for me. Someday. Still so much to learn. And I can’t even describe the caliber of how nice that facility was. Eliza summed it up well, “If someone gave me a blank check and told me to build my dream barn, I couldn’t even dream up a place that is this nice. It wouldn’t even come close!” The place was trimmed with copper, accented with cast iron, and embellished with old, thick, solid wood from numerous forgotten barns all over the country! It had a built in clubhouse with leather furniture, 5 bathrooms, a fully operating kitchen, wrap around porches, a second story, and a couple towers thrown in for good measure. It was the farthest thing from a barn in looks, but had about 50 stalls in it, an indoor arena that had about 30 garage doors along the side that could be opened or closed depending on the weather! Even the gutters were impressive! And there was not a cobweb in sight! Just plain unbelievable! If anyone knows of a benefactor, feel free to send them my way!

Riveredge

Riveredge

Clinic with Debbie McDonald

Clinic with Debbie McDonald

Choir has started up again after taking a few months off for the summer and I had the pleasure of meeting with the director beforehand to coordinate singing some solos. Super excited! I love having that avenue to let my voice ring out to the glory of God, and I am known to hum or sing multiple songs as I groom or clean stalls in the barn. But anyone who knows me would know that is nothing out of the ordinary!
And now I must sign off as my eyelids become droopy at 7:30. I know…it’s early, but such is my life now. What happened to my night owl-ness? Oh boy, I must be tired… now I’m making up words….. Thank you for being such a wonderful audience and reading the ramblings of my life these days. I miss you all and hope to visit your neck of the woods again someday soon! Until then, I wish you the best in all your future endeavors, and stay tuned to keep up with mine!
God bless!

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