Wow! It sounds like things are looking good for everybody.
Cacowgirl - good luck with the saddle fitting and organizing. Now you got me thinking about making some fresh bread too. In the winter, I use my breadmaker all the time for bread, buns, cinnamon buns and zucchini loaves. It's awesome!
Farmchic - glad to hear your new boarders are working out. Did you have the trainer sign a contract?
Alex - thank you again for all you do for these kids. It sounds like you really understand them and they need that.
Roadyy - sad situation for Jessa's mom, but glad she made contact. I am hoping she finds a way out of her mess and makes a better life for herself and her daughter. With your support, she can do it.
Stan - sounds like you have some good leads on a new home for Stella. I hold have done without our description of an old guy in speedos. Pass the mind bleach! LOL!!
Tjtalon - sounds like things are going pretty good with Tommy and getting back in the saddle. Hope you get some "magic horse breath" soon to help you forget those crazy days at work.
Pretty quiet around here. I've been working on schoolwork quite a bit and met a couple of colleagues for tea this week. It is good to bounce ideas around a bit before the school year starts. A colleague and I are planning on writing a paper about a new course we co-wrote and taught (Mythbusting Science) and I have been asked to write a junior high / middle school version of the same course, so it could be a very busy year.
I rode Koolio in the western saddle yesterday and worked on lots of leg yields and turns on the haunches. As always, he was a champ. Every time I challenge him, he rises to the challenge. Sam had a small cut on the side of his back cannon bone last week that now looks a little infected, so out came my medical kit. He loves the extra attention he gets when I doctor his leg. As if he doesn't get enough already...
My animals are so funny because they all seem to feel cheated on when I spend time with the others. Maude, the grown garage cat is put out when I spend time with Fred and George, the barn kittens. The dogs are jealous when I spend time with Maude. Koolio is jealous when I spend time with any of the other horses or dogs, and Sam gets jealous when I spend time with Koolio. Poor DH complains that I give any and all of the animals more attention than I give him (which is kinda true). It take me forever to do a walk through the yard because everyone wants a scratch, pet and a cookie. They do make me feel special...