Soooo much to comment on after missing three days, and now being back in the land of the living, quite literally!
I'll go in reverse:
Maple: I have to say that I would have given a LOT to have a horsey-mom that is committed and devoted to not simply me riding as a kid, (which believe me, would have been enough!) But, riding well, having confidence in myself and my horsemanship, and seeking out great instruction...though honestly, I think if you and DD can get to a place where you don't play off of each others frustrations, YOU seem to be exactly the "excellent trainer" she needs...especially because as MOM, you know ALL that "hangs her up" & what no doubt motivates her! My hope is honestly that she can continue to learn from you; @ least until you find the RIGHT trainer to take over...hope the cold is gone and was quite happy to hear your pay situation fixed itself!! :0)
Apachie: so thankful both horses are back safely at home! Loved the part where you wrote that you could tell that they tried to get back into the part of the fence they broke through but couldn't figure it out! Brought all sorts of very cute horsey images to mind! Thank God for good samaritans who understand the importance of assisting two lost horses in finding their way to the correct home! (rather than someone just calling animal control, probably giving the horses a terrifying trailer ride to some animal holding place while you searched the world for them, or worse...some horse theives, etc...!).
Paige: totally hope you're feeling better and Robert's ranting was temporary! That is tough... Chin up, however, as so many good things are in store, and just think, you'll get to enjoy in all with your neutered, NON SPRAYING KITTY who is a HUGE "you" fan...that's a great thing!! Also, I somehow spaced you telling me way back when about your son! I apologize, as I had thought for the past little bit that you did not have kiddos!! He lives with dad most of the time, am I right, or am I losing what little memory I have left?? Do you have visitation this summer?? That will be super if so!! My son finished his SOPHOMORE YEAR THURSDAY!! I cannot believe it! He's a bit pissy knowing he WILL BE STARTING A PART TIME JOB THIS SUMMER, especially since with the economy as it is, in Tucson, all the cool teenager jobs are literally taken by 35 year old men and women trying to support their whole families on these fast food place/mall jobs (breaks my heart to have adults, just like my husband is [!] working for those wages...though his job is as a laborer building barns and welding arenas and fences, as he'd tank any company in a mall or store in five seconds, Haha...he has ZERO SALESPERSON IN HIM!!( chuckles quietly to self as imagining DH working at The Gap! Haaaa!)
Oops, be back soon. Must go investigate what animal or person (yup, my gun IS in hand) just landed heavily on my shop roof???
"The argument from intimidation shows nothing but intellectual impotence." Ayn Rand