Wednesday, July 28, 2010

When Bugs Attack

They're coming for me.

In fact, they already have.

I don't know what it was about today, but I have had the day from the Planet Fly, cicada, dragonfly....take your pick.

Bugs are taking over TMF. And for whatever reason, they're determined to let me know they're alive and well.

Earlier this afternoon, I had watered my (weed-covered but veggie yielding) garden, and was walking back to the house. As I crossed the driveway, I heard a buzzing noise, that got closer, and I slowed my pace, I started to get a little concerned. And I had good reason.

A cicada launched itself at my chest, and immediately ricocheted down my tank top! A bug the size of a golf ball is buzzing around under my "It's Time for a Hug of War" tank top, and I begin screaming bloody murder, leaping like a drunk gazelle all over the driveway, frantically beating and swatting at my shirt - all while Mojo looks on from about 10 feet away, without an ounce of concern on his face.

Yes, a bug that looked like this:

Decided it wanted to take up residence with Victoria's Secret. Nice.

Later in the evening, I had just fed the horses and was ambling back to the house (are you sensing a theme here?), about to get Matt from the train. As I'm making my way across the mud paddock, I was hit square in the forehead. By what, I didn't know.

Until it decided to lodge itself in my hair and freak out over being stuck.

Yes, a dragonfly decided to do a kamikaze dive into my updo, and it wasn't happy.

Neither was I.

Screaming bloody murder commenced again, all while clawing at my head, attempting to get my hair down in order to set the wayward (large, buzzing) dragonfly free. Shaking my head, running in a haphazard zig-zag pattern to the hose (if it was really stuck, the hose was the only alternative), the dragonfly managed to free itself and calmly lift off and float away, content after scaring the living daylights out of me. Again, the animals at the scene weren't worried in the least - they got dinner and a show tonight.

I'm heading out for night check now with a giant blue buzzing light. I dare you to come get me now, bugs - go ahead, make my day!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

A Horse of a Different Color

(Hint: Play video song above for full effect!)

Yesterday was a special, special day. It was a hot day - a really hot day - but that didn't diminish the joy and love in the air.

A very special friend of mine got married to a wonderful guy yesterday. The ceremony and reception were both in New Haven CT, and the reception was at Carousel Point Park, right on the water and with a genuine antique carousel from 1916 that was available just to the guests of the reception.
Anyway, Lisa is remarkable to me because she has an unwavering Faith that carries her all over the world, helping others see how great a life with God can be. She met Peter during her travels, and he shares the same drive and ambition to serve God by helping others.

Isn't that cool?

Before Lisa left for her first overseas assignment approximately 6 years ago, she insisted on seeing me before she left, and she only had about 10 minutes of time to give. We met in NYC, and she stuck something in my bag and said, "God told me you needed this." We said goodbye, and she left.

What was it, you ask? It was a CD - of a musician called Jeremy Camp. That's his song, above. That CD changed my life. It was guidance I needed at the time without being stifling, almost like it was offered to me and it was my choice to take the advice given, or not. Matt is now a fan of Jeremy Camp also, and one of his songs ("Trust in You," above) is featured on our wedding video.

Matt and I were delighted to be a part of their wedding day...and here are some photos and video!

Yeah, I couldn't help myself.
Neither could Matt. (video)

Look at the love between these two. It's just so tangible.
A random pirate ship...ahoy matey!

Wedding Crashers
Look who made it on the carousel! Our girl is famous!
It's no Leaning Tower of Pisa, but we made the most of it...
The elated Bride and Groom!

And, I have to show you just how cool these two are. Check out their first dance!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Get Hitched

No, not to a wagon!

My family and I were up in VT this weekend, at Okemo Mountain, where my brother got married to a lovely gal by the name of Kristin. It was a chaotic weekend, but one filled with good tidings, champagne, and glittery shoes. Instead of blabbering on about it, I'll just show you!
Our great family friend, Father Bob, Dad, my niece Emily, and Mom
The happy family at the rehearsal dinner
The hardest part of my day....don't trip!
The Getaway
Let the party begin....
Matt and I loving the view
What makes me happiest
Mom and Son Dance

That's all I've got! I was a little busy tending to the bride and groom, watching Emily, and letting the pro photographer do his job. Oh, and keeping my dress up. Safety pins and duct tape were involved.

Vermont is for lovers....and we got to experience it firsthand. Congrats to Jay and Kristin! xox

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Someone stopped by to say hello.
Isn't she pretty? Or maybe it's a he, I don't know. But either way, what a nice surprise!
This is much better than the dead frog Mojo left under our car.

Say it with me now: ewww.
Butterfly stuck around our front window as if to show off her beautiful wings, make sure we appropriately admired them, and then she flitted off to brighten someone else's day.

Of course, she loved posing for pictures and even flutter her wings for the full effect, so I could capture all of the facets on this little creature.

Nature rocks sometimes.

Halter Tag

Boys will be boys!

That's Siggy on the left, and Zeus on the right. They do this daily, sometimes several times a day. We call it Halter Tag, and they take great joy in making faces at each other and attempting to eat the other one's halter or flymask. Video!

You can now guess why we let those two wear the junky fly masks and less expensive'll notice when they decide they're done playing, both tongues make an appearance and they look rather sheepish.

Here's to a playful and fun weekend ahead for you, too!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Handsome Ransom

We have a new horse here!

He has feet the size of dinner plates and his head is roughly the size of my torso. He's broken through 2 stall ties and has a mane most women would envy.

His name is Ransom.
He is a 9 year old Friesian/ Quarter Horse cross, and despite his size, he's a big mush. He's owned by Meaghan, a sweet young lady headed off to college in the fall, and the only people she trusted to take good care of her first love was us. Isn't that nice? (Video below!) You can actually hear Topaz flirting with him...she loves those younger men!

He fits right in to the herd, although it's hard for him to keep up with the speedy Thoroughbreds. And you can always tell when he's running, because you can hear him clomping and galumphing (is that a word?) from miles away!

But he is a handsome boy, our Ransom.

Size Matters!

My veggie garden is a mess.

A big mess. Weeds everywhere. I get out there with all the intent I can muster to weed, and then I see what looks like a jungle within the wire fencing, and my eyes glaze over.

Next year: mulch. Or those black tarpy things. I've learned that weeding once will not save you from weeding every darn day until you're pushing up weeds yourself.

However, I've managed to reap some rewards! Let's have a look, shall we?
Ah, blueberries, my favorite! Beautiful!
And some healthy, crisp green beans to go with them!

I've also been picking tomatoes daily, have one little zucchini growing, and my watermelon vines are...still vining, I guess. I'm waiting to see something resembling a watermelon starting on those. Oh, and I have corn growing too! I know, it's just 19 cents at the grocery store for corn, but I just wanted to see if I could do it. So far, so good.


I also have a few veggies that belong in the Coney Island Side Show, and I wanted to share them with you.

My carrots have huge, green leafy tops. They're beautiful. When do you pull them out? I saw an orange top (finally!), got all excited, pulled on it and....
Hmm. That wasn't exactly the payoff I was hoping for.
Ah yes, the miniature carrot. It's cute, isn't it? Zeus thought it was tasty, and I guess that's all that matters. But I think I pulled it out too soon. Shucks.

But then, this morning, I happened to be scoping out my green bean bushes, and came across this.
That, folks, is the world's largest green bean. The one next to it is a normal size.
Even Hoops and Yoyo don't know what to do about that. Can't you feel their bewilderment?

So, there you have it....the Garden Update in a nutshell. Or in a really odd looking mini carrot.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Message in a Bottle

It's really hot here. I'm sure that's not news to anyone. Doesn't it annoy you when someone says, "Is it hot enough for you?" Ya think?

When I'm mucking, teaching lessons, or riding, staying hydrated is really important. Our horses, of course, have unlimited access to fresh, cool water at all times, and I like to follow suit. So I usually have a bottle of water stashed in one of the stalls in the barn.


Well, that used to be round. I loved this water bottle! It has our logo, it keeps the water cold, and it's big enough that I can share a little water with Zeus, who seems to like to eat or drink whatever I have.

However, I don't think this was Zeus' doing.
I think this is the handiwork of Siggy. Don't you love how he's autographed this water bottle, in the shape of his jaws?

The bottle actually traveled from the barn stall and was found in the grass by our riding arena. So not only was it a great toy, but it's perfect for travel!
Would anyone like a truly one of a kind, authentic, autographed TMF water bottle? Siggy swears he took really good care of it.