Bourbon, Blues, & Horses

Bourbon BlueBourbon, blues – bet you were thinking I was going to say something about New Orleans? Nah, I got the blues tonight and in what is, I am sure, a spiral deeper into such things, I have compounded the matter with a bit of bourbon. Well, okay, a bit is probably in most folks accounting of such things an understatement. So what does any of this have to do with horses? Well, that is what this entry is about and relates to so many things included medieval reenacting and jousting, clearly the horses, and coping with having MS in my life, so read onward… Continue reading “Bourbon, Blues, & Horses”

Resolutions – Part I

Weighing ScalesI realize it is a bit early to be started with resolutions, but I have one or two things that are really bugging me. I figure why put off until tomorrow that which can at least be started today. Largely, despite a couple of false starts, going back to even before I got married in the spring I have done nothing but be lazy and get fatter. I have had enough and I have got to do something about that before it gets out of hand.

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Ups & Downs

margaritavilleI have been asked a couple of times in the last week or two how come I had stopped blogging. Honestly, I did not realize I had. Matter of fact, I only thought it had been a couple of weeks since my last blog entry here in the back of my mind all along. Imagine my surprise when I got on here and realized that today actually marks a full thirty days since my last blog entry. I realize the truth of the song that just played, “Some people would say there is a woman to blame, but I realize it is my own damn fault.”

A bunch of long stories short and then on to better blogging, because as I noted late last night sometime, “Life is Beautiful!”

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Busted Flat

krisSo I am mulling over this blog in my head for the last couple of days and I finally have decided to put proverbial pen to ink. I kept trying to think about just exactly how to start this blog and finally it dawned on me, as it is definitely hitting the way I am feeling right about now. Busted flat in Baton Rouge, headed for the trains, feeling nearly faded as my jeans… – which we all recognize as the famous opening to Me and Bobby McGee, much more famous because of the version that Janis Joplin did, but in fact it was written by Kris Kristofferson. Oddly enough, while Kris himself did have some short-lived fame, his own musical career was probably eclipsed by his songs being performed by others. Continue reading “Busted Flat”

Hobby Expense

MeleeIt occurs to me that today I am engaged in what is probably one of the most expensive hobbies a person can have. I realize this after fighting on the ground Saturday and thinking about how many cool bits or updates to armour I have that I would like to make part of one of my two kits (like the used Sallet Helm, a mere $300) but especially when I think of today and know that I have both the vet and the farrier coming out to deal with Angel and Jack this afternoon.It occurs to me that today I am engaged in what is probably one of the most expensive hobbies a person can have. I realize this after fighting on the ground Saturday and thinking about how many cool bits or updates to armour I have that I would like to make part of one of my two kits (like the used Sallet Helm, a mere $300) but especially when I think of today and know that I have both the vet and the farrier coming out to deal with Angel and Jack this afternoon.

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Hereby Resolved

New YearAs the end of 2008 is rapidly approaching I thought it time to make a post sending it off. The more I have thought about that post though, the more I have come to wonder what happened with 2008. First of all, I know it is ‘cliche-ish’ to say this, but wow it went by fast. I know, some of you are thinking reality is I am just getting old and it seems to do that and maybe you are right. Continue reading “Hereby Resolved”

Thankful…

Be ThankfulI recently noticed over on a blog that I stumbled upon by accident a list of things that the blogger was thankful for during that day or week or some such. Long story and I am not absolutely sure how I stumbled on the blog, but I know her name is Lori-Lynn Hurley and I am pretty sure I found her on Facebook through people I may know. Anyway, she is a Transy alumni, has artistic tendencies, and is a very active blogger at The Dream Life. I decided that was a really good idea, especially when I recall that I have category called frustrations here on Mephistos, but nothing where I categorize that feel good things as a general rule (though I suppose the ones that are get stuck in the life category generally – but not all of life is a positive thing). Taking her thought process as the lead, I am going to create a thankful category to balance Continue reading “Thankful…”

Reflections

Walnuts on Tree
I started this blog on mephistos.com sometime late last fall. I had been doing a bit of blogging off and on another site, as well as the original post that was initially completed on the wordpress.com hosted version of what eventually became the basis of this blog.

Anyway it occurred to me last night when I was walking through a park near to my new residence with Bitzer on our nightly walk for exercise and some vain attempt to get in shape, look good, and live forever that I had been blogging for a total of just about one year now. It further struck me that one of the first blog notes I had ever written, maybe the second or third one was about a day that I took Jack, the horse for a trail ride just about this time of year. It was reinforced in my mind by having walked beneath a walnut tree and finding the green hard husk that contains the shell and eventually the nut itself. I of course had to pause and pick up the nut, as that faintly citrus smell mingled with the unique smell that makes it a walnut, is somehow one of my favorite fragrances in the world.

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Why Don’t We Ride?

So after figuring out the goofy computer/network issue this morning I got ready and went over to the farm where the horses are. Bitzer of course came along for those that may be wondering. I started with getting Angel out of the temporary pasture. She was not keen, as is her usual, about going over where the electric fence had just been. Aside from that, we were on our way to the area.

Angel got a good grooming, feet picked out, and a lot of time spent on getting the tangles out of mane and her tail. I was originally thinking that I would only get her out and groom her and not ride her. However, I had someone around that was wanting to get on her. As she had not been ridden since the fall, I didn’t think it would be prudent to just let an inexperienced rider get up. So, I saddled her up and took her for a short little jaunt. My feeling of need to get up was, as should be expected, completely unmerited with her. I quickly got off and the other person rode her around for a short while, Angel doing her excellent job of baby sitting. Oh, and as I know of a couple of you reading this will be interested, the girth had to be fastened one notch larger than usual for Angel.

After giving Angel scratches and some treats, I turned her back out. Then I proceeded to get Jack. Mad Jack more specifically. He likewise got a good grooming though maybe not to the same level as Angel, as I knew Jack would be, well, Mad Jack – and hence would get all sweaty from his extra exertions.

As anyone who has ever seen Jack when he is typically himself when he is mounted – he did not really disappoint today. As soon as I was on, without any leg anywhere he shot off like a bullet. And of course he immediately turned back toward the pasture where his buddies still were. And of course as soon as I turned him away he wanted to do his little rearing and such. After he settled just a bit we had a good 30-40 minute ride. He did of course want to keep his speed up the whole time. And when done, as predicted, he was a good deal wet. He got a good rinsing and walking out, before being returned to the field as well.

It was a good beautiful day and the riding was great and much helpful for my mental state. I should definitely get out to ride more often in the coming weeks.