Archive | April, 2016

This is mine, what is yours?

16 Apr

Sometimes an unexpected gift arrives that brightens your day. Today that happened for me! I’ve been off work for a few weeks as I wait for surgery, and a friend and colleague dropped off a gorgeous orchid. She didn’t know that orchids are my favorite flower which made it even more special.


15 Apr

My young teenage daughter loves to create art. Painting, drawing, sketching, photography, textile art, all in her realm of possibilities. The painting below of John Lennon was her first black and white painting last fall.   

Thoughtful Thursday 

14 Apr

What do you see? 

You bought a what?!

13 Apr

As I stood beside this gorgeous 16.2h American Quarter horse, I welled up with tears. I felt so overcome with emotion and was glad we were alone in that moment. We bought a horse! The search did not take as long as we thought it might, even though we were searching for a bomb-proof, gelding, under 10 years of age, that was trained, could jump a small course, barefoot and without any vices.

It was disappointing to realize that people actually stretch the truth and perhaps even lie to sell you a horse. We turned down several and one “calm” mare, sent my daughter to the hospital via ambulance. How sad that people will lie to make money. I was terrified as I watched the mare gallop away, clamping hard on the bit, as my daughter used her strong legs to hang on until the moment came when she knew she better dismount before coming to the fence or road.

Not in a hurry to sell him, RW’s Mom contacted me to say she had a horse that seemed to be what we were looking for. She would keep him for another year if the match with my daughter was not a good one. He fit every one of the items on our list…and so the meeting and ride would tell the truth. RW was even more than we hoped for. Handsome, calm, fully trained, 6 years old, easy keeper, no vices and a gorgeous liver chestnut colour to top it off. We were over the moon excited to have found our first horse.

It has been six months since he joined our family and we love him more each day. His big kind eyes, his soft energy, his willing attitude. I have yet to ride him, but I love to groom and graze him just the same. As soon as I have healed from upcoming surgery, I will learn to do some groundwork with him, take him for walks and take my time learning to ride. I’ve ridden a few times, but I’m not skilled as my daughter. I’ll be happy to go on a trail ride with him and eventually work up to a canter in the arena. He’s bigger than any horse I’ve mounted and even with a bomb-proof temperament….I’m still a bit intimidated (hence the desire to do some groundwork with him to feel more confident)

And what you’ve all been waiting for….meet RW Rigby…Nuther Royal Machine.

Turning a corner in Montmatre

12 Apr

While walking around Paris, we happened upon many breathtaking views and beautiful buildings and this was one of them. As we strolled the winding, steep hills of Montmartre browsing in the boutiques, patisserie and enjoying a cappuccino, we turned a corner to find this. Silently we stood in awe, taking in the historic basilica Sacré Coeur.

streetview of Sacre Coeur

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