I'm back!!! I know I had a few people following this thread before, but I'm not one to assume I make much of a lasting impression on people, so who knows if anyone really cares lol. But I will update anyway.
So much has changed in my life, which is kind of expected, I guess. I have been gone for over two years. Everything seems to have settled now, so hopefully I can enjoy some regularity in my life FINALLY! Where to begin...
I never did find a barn I liked. Truth be told, I kind of gave up for awhile. I'd try out a place here and there, but nothing really stuck. I know a lot of it is that I'm picky. I keep expecting to find a place that I like as much as my old place. But liking my old place didn't come immediately, and it's hard to remember that sometimes. I go back and forth between things that are more important to me. The two big things are distance from my house, and having an indoor. I know I'll most likely have to give one up for the other, but they are both big things on my list so it's been tough.
Mainly though, I needed to take a break from riding. I moved out of my parent's house awhile back and it was obviously a new level of responsibility. I really wasn't making the money I needed to be. It was stressing me out, trying to hold on to riding, and I knew I would always come back to it. So I let it go for a bit. It's been tough, but it allowed me the room to breathe and not stress about needing enough jobs to afford gas and groceries and riding. I've missed it, but it was a necessary move to make, and it's helped a lot.
I only have one job now and it's all I need, which is such a nice change of pace. It's another dog walking job, but with a MUCH better company than I was with before. I've been with this company a little over a year and it's been great. I make enough money and I get treated well. I got promoted recently to working in the office, which meant a pay increase and I spend less on gas. So, more money in my pocket! It is such a load off my mind to not constantly feel like I need to be looking for another job.
My biggest news is that I got married in November!! By far, this is the best thing that has happened to me. My husband is an amazing man and he makes me so happy. A lot of the changes in my life are thanks to him. When I look at my old posts and remember how stressed I was all the time, I can't even believe where I am now. Things are so much better than I ever thought they could be. If anyone wants to see wedding picture I can post some here :)
Because life is not perfect, there is a little sadness going on right now. We have a lot of older family pets that haven't been doing well. We've had all of these animals for most of my life. These are the pets I grew up with. In early December we lost one of our 16yo cats, Elsa. We have had her since the day she was born. We also still have her father and brother (her mother passed a few years ago). She'd had a lot of health problems so it was time for her to go. Then, last week, we lost our jack russell Jillie Bean. She was around 14, I think. She'd been having kidney problems for awhile, then she got heart disease, and then started developing a neurological problem. We thought we had a bit more time with her but she had a seizure and passed. My brother loved that dog more than anything. I hadn't seen him cry since he was little and it was heartbreaking. Now, our 13yo greyhound Zoey, has bone cancer. She had an accident a long time ago in which she ruptured a disk in her spine. Because of that she was not 100% in control of her hind legs. She was very mobil for a long time though. She could run better than she could walk, and when she really got going she could jump over things. But things obviously got worse as she's been aging. Last week she stopped using one of her hind legs completely. They (my parents) got her on some meds and it was helping. This past weekend she had an upset stomach so she missed a dose, and in the blink of an eye she'd regressed to the point where she couldn't use either of her hind legs at all. One leg started to swell and the vet found that it had been fractured. Since she couldn't go anywhere on her own, my parents would've known if she'd done anything to fracture it. This led the vet to suggest that it might be cancer. They took her to a specialist yesterday and it was confirmed. The only thing they could do to treat is to amputate the leg, and even then it would only buy her a few months. Adding chemo could buy her a year. It's just not worth it when she won't ever be able to get around on her own again. Her quality of life won't be there. So my parents are having a vet come out to their house in the next few days to put her down. We always knew we'd probably lose a few in a short time because of their ages being so close together, but I don't think any of us were prepared to have 3 go in less than 2 months. We've still got one 16 and one 17 year old cat, but they have been healthy in their old age thus far so hopefully Zoey will be the last for a bit.
Now that I've made you all cry, I'll end on a less depressing note. I'm not riding again yet but I am looking seriously again. Right now I'm waiting to hear back from a place that has both big things on my list: it's close by AND has an indoor. It's actually closer to me than any of the other barns I've looked at. They don't do much advertising so even though I've driven by the place a ton, I never knew they offered lessons. One of my co-worker's daughter's rides there. She said the indoor is pretty small, but I'm not looking to be able to do an 6 fence course in it or anything. I just don't want to have to skip a ton of riding if it decides to rain all summer or something. One interesting thing is that the place is also a dairy farm, so that may take some getting used to. Hopefully I hear back from them soon because I am so ready to be done with this break.