If We Were Having Coffee Together

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If we were having coffee together right now, at 6 am, my hair would be wet. I just came back from a long walk with my German Shepherd Gretchen. Every morning I take her for a long walk, (and after she’s done her business) I walk her through the obedience/personal protection exercises my trainer patiently teaches us. I take great pride in my dog. She is family, life insurance, and my best friend. I expect a lot of her, and put a lot into her. My hair is wet because it’s raining today. At least this morning, it’s suppose to clear up later.

If were having the coffee at my house, I would with a half laughter say I hope you like your coffee strong. It’s very likely that you think it’s too strong. I’d be happy to make some new coffee the way you like it. Please remind me, how do you like it?

I would offer you one of my spelt/flaxseed ciabattas, with cheese, that I made last night. I’m usually starving after my morning walk. Since you are a close friend of mine, someone I trust, (otherwise you wouldn’t be in my house,) we would be comfortable sharing a moment of silence in between taking bites of our sandwiches.

I would ask you questions (without being nosy) about your week, and listen carefully to your answers. Would you tell me about your latest project? I love listening to almost anything that someone is really passionate about.

If you’d rather listen I would tell you about my week. I would tell you about the books I’ve read. I would tell you about the conversations I’ve had with my daughter about the importance of keeping an open mind, and learning new things. I would tell you about getting my truck back from the mechanic a couple days ago. Almost certainly I would passionately tell you about my time with my new horse Ghost. He is a very sweet horse, inexperienced, and cautious around some things, but definitely tuned in to try almost everything. I’m doing my very best to gain his complete confidence. I think breaking a horse is an ugly term. When people ask me about how many horses I’ve broke, I always tell them that I pray that I haven’t broken a single one.

Ghost is doing great, (compared to no-one but himself.) He didn’t have much handling when I got him three weeks ago (tomorrow.) He leads on a loose rope, follows me through obstacles, over obstacles, I can touch him all over his body (and inside his mouth,) he lifts all his hooves for a few seconds (we’re adding a second or two every day. It’s a process. Without his hooves a horse can’t escape a predator. Horses are prey animals, so this is a big thing for an un-handled horse.) We’re working on getting comfortable around ropes, something he is very uncomfortable around. You see, my horse, is a topic I could talk to you about all day. If you seem to be interested I would tell you more about my approach to training, and how I’m trying to help Ghost become brave around anything he might encounter in his daily life. I would tell you about how happy it makes me that he is able to relax in my company. How well he responds, and the level of focus he is able to have.

I just found out two days ago, that he is a year older than I thought. He will be four next month. That is a very good thing. I would take it much slower with a three year old, than a four year old. Ghost is already showing me that he wants to work, he wants to do things. Being four, his body and brain, is more mature, and ready. I want to do everything I can to set him up for success. I really believe in him. I see him as a part of my family, for the rest of his life. I truly hope that I am going to be able to give him that. I did get an offer on him yesterday. Not that I would ever consider selling him. The person who inquired about him bought a horse that I trained several years ago, and he is coming up in age, and he is starting to look for an addition to his horse family. He loves that horse so much. It makes me very happy to see. I visited them yesterday. It warms my heart to see such a good match, knowing that I was a small part of it. If you asked, I would give you all the details. Otherwise I would ..

.. ask you a question. If you have a horse, a dog, or any other animal, it would likely be about them. How is….he doing? And how is the kids? Depending on your kids age, I would probably inquire about their school. As a teacher, education always interests me. I would probably ask several questions about that. My own daughter left yesterday, to spend a few days with her dad. It’s always difficult to see her go, but I am so happy for her that she can spend time with her dad. This past few months she’s been blessed with more time with her dad than in her whole life prior to now. It makes me incredibly happy. It’s difficult to explain. Her dad is a Marine. Retired now, but he is not exactly living a regular life. That he makes time for her makes me happy. She adores him, and despite that her dad and I don’t share the same values (the reason why we’re not together,) she will never hear me say anything negative about him. I’d love for them to have a good relationship. I didn’t see my dad much, it makes me happy that she gets to see hers. I’m doing everything in my power to make their relationship smooth. I do miss her tremendously when she’s there..like today.

I really enjoyed having coffee with you. If you’re not in a hurry I would offer you some fresh fruit before we say goodbye. This post is part of  #WeekendCoffeeShare. I hope you’ll join me for coffee again, sooner than later 🙂

Love,

Ms Zen

PS. If you would like to see snapshots from my everyday life, I suggest following me on Instagram. There’s plenty of pictures of the things Ghost and I do together, and short funny episodes from our life. Naturally my German Shepherd often hogs the pictures as well.

Categories: Coffee at my house, German Shepherd, Ghost, GSD, Horse Training, Horsemanship, Mindful Living, NorCal, Northern California, Weekend Coffee ShareTags: , , , , , , , , ,

13 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee Together

  1. Thank you for sharing your table with me this morning. It was lovely to hear about your progress with Ghost, and about your daughter’s growing relationship with her father. Things are going well and I sensed a great deal of contentment in your voice as you shared your thoughts. The ciabatta was delicious, and yes, the coffee was a bit too strong for my liking but I would never ask someone to make another pot just for me. The pleasure of your company sufficiently sweetened my cup! Have a beautiful weekend~~
    Sandra

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    1. Thank you my friend ❤ Things are going well. I believe I am happier than I have ever been before. If there is such a measure. I would be very happy to make the coffee exactly as you like it next time around. I certainly hope that we can share a cup of coffee in real life at some point. I actually thought about contacting you the last time I was in Reno. I went to your Facebook page to send you a message, but saw that you weren't feeling very well. I didn't want to impose on a bad time. I hope your health is better now. I love seeing the photos you share; both of your adorable grand daughter, nature, and other portrait sessions. I enjoy nature, animal, and candid photography very much…as you know. Your progress with editing programs are inspiring as well. I don't spend that much time editing photos. I probably should learn more about that aspect. Enjoy your weekend ❤

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    1. Thank you so much! English is my second language, and I’m working hard to improve my writing. Your kind words means a lot! So does Gretchen, and Ghost, thank you 🙂 I really enjoyed sharing a cup of coffee with you 🙂

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