Sunday, November 17, 2013

Getting On With Life.

This morning when I let the horses out the first thing Trax did was go to Danny's pen.  At first I thought he was still looking for his friend.  Then I realized that he was just checking to see if there was any senior feed or hay cubes left laying around.

He has moved on, and so have I.

It is interesting to see how the herd dynamics change when you add or remove a horse, and my herd is no different.  Trax is gravitating towards Sassy, and she is enjoying the company.  Sassy "belongs" to Killian, everyone on the property knows that, but Sassy likes to play.  Killian does not play.


Killian does not "do" friendship, or frolic, or fun.  He does food, and leadership, and "get away from my mare", if he thinks his authority is being challenged.

Trax loves to play, and now Sassy is his new playmate.  For some reason, Killian seems to be cool with Sassy being friends with Trax, I guess because Trax is the low horse.

No longer having Danny here, does make some things easier.  I no longer have to separate my herd for fear of someone getting hurt. This makes morning feeding time so simple.  I just let everyone out to graze.   I won't have to buy senior feed any more either.  Of course it doesn't mean I don't miss him, I'm just trying to focus on the bright side of things.

To keep myself from dwelling on being sad or depressed I dove into a project that I have been wanting to get done, actually a few of them, and was pleasantly surprised when Simon jumped in to help.  In fact he practically took over my big project and is doing a wonderful job with it.

We are building a fire pit in the back yard, so we can sit around a fire in the cooler evenings with friends.  I'm not sure why we want to do this, it isn't like we entertain a lot, but TC brought home a huge iron cone from a rock crushing plant, which we have set into the ground, and now we just need to get our paving stones laid around it.

I think it is going to look really cool when it is done.

Our other project was sort of an impromptu project.  TC is even worse about yard sales and estate sales than I am.  Yesterday as we drove into to town to dump our trailer full yard trash (tree limbs and such) we saw a couple of sales and ended up stopping on our way home.

One was right down the street from us, and I got a barely used wool fitted saddle pad, a brand new pair of shipping boots, and an extra large doggie door that had never been used, for 40 bucks.  We also got a couple of little things there for a very good price.

In Apache Junction there was another one. This was an actual estate sale. Everything in the house was for sale and the find of the week was this headboard.

Our bed sits atop a craftmatic adjustable base, which I love love love.  Because of this, a conventional bedroom set or frame will not work around it.  This head board just mounts to the wall and is exactly what we have been looking for.  It is custom made out of solid cedar.  The man who passed away had made it himself, and I was honored to be able to take it home.  65 dollars.

Then we went to one more which although they had some quality stuff the attitude of the people left such a sour taste in my mouth I was ready to go home and get back to the fire pit.

The last event of the day was Simon's championship football game.  They didn't win, but they put up a good fight and earned second place in their division.

So now it is on to my yard chores and hopefully some riding time today. I took Friday off to deal with Danny and now it is Sunday and I cannot believe how fast this weekend has flown by.  Oh, I also found out that on Dec 2nd I will be switching to second shift. 3:30 to midnight.  Since I'm usually in bed by 9 pm, this should be interesting, but on the bright side, I will have my mornings back again!

I do want to thank all of you who commented on my last 2 posts.  Your words helped me so much.


  1. Just doing my blog catching up now, I am so sorry for your loss Cindy. It is never easy, but I am glad you are finding some comfort in your herd and other projects around the home. He will be missed, I am sure. <3

  2. I love that headboard! And the fire pit is going to be awesome. I'm glad everyone is settling into a new routine. Distracting myself is how I deal with things too.....

  3. We used a crusher cone for a firepit once- make sure if there is any residue on it that you make your first fire a hot one and burn it all off.
    My herd saw Stella get injured and go crazy, so I think they knew, and didn't call out for her. I still have a heavy heart when I see pictures of her, but it does get easier with time.

  4. great finds! I am glad you are keeping your mind and self occupied and positive focus, it is a hard , and will be but knowing you did the very best helps some and life goes on as fast as it always has

  5. I am so sorry to read that it was Danny's time. It's never easy. The subtleness of the changes we make to accommodate those special horses becomes abundantly clear only after they are gone.

    Interesting that you would notice the attitude of people at sales. I do the same thing and if I don't like it, I don't buy anything and leave too. Glad I'm not the only one that thinks like that. :-). LOVE that headboard. What a find!!!