Sunday Stills – For The Love Of Horses

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This was my daughter and I, five years ago, on the day. The photo popped up in my Facebook feed. It made me smile. I could say that it was one of my daughter’s first rides, but that wouldn’t be true. She is ten months old in the photo. I rode my favorite horse (the one in the photo above,) until I was seven months pregnant with her, and then I waited two months (doctor’s order,) after she was born, until I started riding again. This time with her in a baby carrier in front of me.

“Det ska böjas i tid som krokigt ska bli.” – A Swedish proverb meaning that it’s a good thing to start early with important activities. Freely translated.

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I thought it was a fun idea to take a photo today, exactly five years after that first photo was taken. So this is my daughter, and Fancy earlier today.

I’ve never been working with horses professionally, by choice. It’s my passion. It kept me sane through all the crisis, and happy highs throughout my life. I worked hard for the privilege to have my own horse. I don’t take it for granted. For my daughter it’s a part of her life. She loves them as much as I do, and she is very interested in every aspect of life with horses. I’ve always found it to be interesting to learn about how horses communicate with each other. I can watch horses being horses for hours, without getting bored. Especially wild ones. My daughter is exactly the same. I feel very blessed that we share this passion.

I hope that your weekend is nothing short of wonderful ❤ I made an extra effort to have a relaxing day today. I needed it. This is part of the Sunday Stills Photography Challenge.

 

Love,

Ms Zen

 

Weekend Coffee Share

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Another weekend, time sure fly by faster than I can blink. I don’t know where it goes. How about some coffee? How was your week? 

I’m very happy to report that we have some kind of truce in the horse pasture. Ghost have not been biting Fancy since last weekend. He is still bossy, but she doesn’t have new bite marks. Which is a great relief. I’m continuing to spend time hanging out, grooming, and doing nothing, with him every day. He had a lot of changes this year, and I believe he needs some quiet time to digest things. He is after all a young, and very sensitive horse. It seem to go in the right direction. I just need to be patience. I’ve also added more good fat to his diet, (in the shape of stable mix. It has almond hulls in it.) He do not need to gain weight, he is just perfect, but I do think it’s beneficial for his overall well being. He just gets a little bit, Fancy gets a lot more, since she needs to gain weight. I separate them when I feed them. To make sure Fancy gets her share. She is gaining weight nicely. When I work in my garden, I let her eat the grass in that area as well. You have to look very closely to see her ribs now. I like the progress very much. Her coat is also coming out of its dullness. She had rashes, and big patches missing when I bought her a month ago. I’ve given her three medicated baths since I got her. Her skin problems are gone, and her coat shines now. She is a very sweet horse, meeting me every time I enter the pasture.  

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We’ve had a comfortable week weather wise, not to hot. We even had rain one day. The garden is doing good. I’ve been doing a lot of mulching there this week, using organic matter available around the property. I read an awesome book about weedless gardening a couple years ago, and that is how I work now. It’s a lot of mulching. The plants are happy, and I do a minimum amount of weeding. The mulching serve many purposes; feeding the plants, suffocating the weed, and absorbing moister (a big thing here where it gets really hot/dry for six months out of the year.) It’s also an outlet where I use my compost (garbage,) horse manure, and the endless supply of leaves we have laying around. I can highly recommend Weedless Gardening, by Lee Reich. (I’m not an amazon affiliate, I just really like the book. It has helped me a lot. His other books are a great read as well, especially Grow Fruit Naturally.)

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Any fun plans for the weekend? I’m planning on spending a lot of time outside. I’m going for at least one hike, hopefully two. The horses always need their time, and the garden need more mulching. I have a rather big garden now, it takes time. The other day I thought about what I have in my garden this year. I’m always adding new things as the season goes by, by at the moment this is what you can find in my garden; 

  • A variety of salad greens (kale, baby spinach etc.) 
  • Three varieties of tomatoes. I was just guessing about the amount of plants last week, it is actually closer to 40. Still small. 
  • Two varieties of sweet corn.
  • Eggplant
  • Squash (I believe two different kinds? The labeling got a little mixed up, with some loving help of my daughter.)
  • Cucumber
  • Bell pepper
  • Kitchen Herbs; basil, oregano, cilantro, lavender, sage, dill, parsley. (Will be adding more this coming week.)
  • Garlic
  • Celery
  • Watermelon
  • Pomegranates
  • Figs

I like having both a regular garden, and a container garden. It’s like having the best of two worlds. LOL. On my wish list is to add some citrus trees to my container garden. I’ve been drooling over different greenhouse designs this week. I love geodesic dome green houses. I could live in one of those! I know we’re just in the beginning of the gardening season, and the season is long here. I’m having so much fun, so the planning part of me naturally start to think about how I can make it last longer. I’ve had a couple greenhouses on another property I’ve lived on, but right now I don’t have one. At some point in the future, when I own my own place, I want to have a permanent one. For now I’ll probably get one that can be moved easily, later this season. I’m investing in expanding my container garden, so I need to make sure my container fruit trees doesn’t die over winter. It would be nice to be able to grow vegetables longer as well.

My daughter and I visited the new butterfly house at Turtle Bay Exploration Park, in Redding (CA,) yesterday. It was nice. My daughter liked it a lot. (Honestly, we have more butterflies in our rose garden.) We did have a fantastic day though. Picnic under the bridge, and a fun time exploring the park. She even made a new friend. She is very good at making friends. 

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Spontaneous dancing at Santiago Calatrava’s Sundial Bridge, the world’s largest sundial, Redding (CA.) Located in Turtle bay Exploration Park, the same park as the butterfly house we visited.

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I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to this week! What’s the weather like? Is spring in full bloom? Or like here, almost over? Thanks for having coffee with me. As always, I enjoy the conversation, and your company very much!

Love,

Ms Zen

The Picture Of A Strong Woman

My mother was a strong woman, with a big heart. My sister and I always knew that we were her number one priority. She didn’t have to say it, she she showed us every day. She dedicated most of her free time to us, and seemed to be very happy with her choice. She encouraged us to work hard, try new things, travel, and step out of our comfort zone.

I never questioned her authority, she was firm, but her eyes was always smiling. She believed that participating in gossip, and negative talk about others (even when it was true,) would give you a negative prosperity debt. She also believed the opposite, that by thinking, speaking, and treating others in an uplifting, honorable way, you become a happier person. She was a doer, but always humble, and kind. She was just as stubborn as my daughter’s mother. She focused on what she could do, on solutions, no matter the situation. She was no angel, but willingly admitted when she was wrong, and made her best to make up for her mistakes. She didn’t make excuses. I never heard her curse, or saw her angry. I did see her cry, but mostly I saw her smile. Her smile is my strongest memory of her. To me, she will always represent the picture of a strong woman.

Being a mother is the most wonderful feeling in the world. I know that now. I know that my mom experienced that. Thinking of that makes me happy. When I look into my daughter’s eyes, I see my mother’s eyes smiling back at me. Happy Mother’s Day!

Love,

Ms Zen

 

 

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