I agreeeee! One day I WILL have a tiny pony!
At the first barn I ever took lessons at, way back in the day, there was a olllllld bay Shetland named Lilly and she was just the most adorable thing. Her owners rarely came out to see her, so I'd always try to arrive 30 minutes early for my lesson so I could groom her and feed her. We were real buddies.
Then one day she foundered and was put down.
I found out when I showed up the next day for my lesson. It was really really sad. :(
But anyway, in her memory plus because ponies are the best, I will one day have a tiny pony. Or two. Or three. Also POAs. I adore POAs.
Lacey's getting her first massage on Saturday at 1pm!!
Still haven't told her.
She's going to be so excited!
Other exciting this from today: when it's cold, "Scary Tree" [Lacey's arch-nemesis-tree..it's going to try to eat her one day, apparently] turns into "Bird Tree" because it has low branches and it's easy to access - I put suet out, bird feeders, the whole deal. And the birds FLOCK to it.
Today I had a little Downy Woodpecker get within 5 feet of me as I filled her suet feeder! It was wonderful. Woodpeckers are so great. I've never been that close to one in the wild either! It was a really awesome experience. I could see the definition between her feathers!!
It makes me feel really good to be able to care for them in a way they love.
And Atti had his first "carrying things" experience today! I'm hoping to, one day, have him pull a cart or be a pack goat and the first step is wearing stuff. I had previously avoided putting anything on him due to growing bones and whatnot, but he's going to be 2 in March so he's getting closer to when it's "ok". It's still not a great idea for him to pull weight or carry heavy things before he's 3, but carrying light things and getting used to wearing stuff is ok!
I need to get him some kind of surcingle though...I just did this with baling twine, which worked ok...but there's 1000% room for improvement!
I figure that if I start out with 'scary' stuff, like rattly-shifty buckets, then later on, when I introduce "the real" stuff he'll be carrying, it'll be easier since he's used to "scary" stuff. We'll see if that theory works! Haha
And again, I'm feeling grateful for Gman today.
I realized that I've been feeling a little irritated with him lately due to how, now that I'm greeting at church, I just don't seem to see him anymore. It's definitely not his fault, it's just life, but it was something that needed to be shared.
And I just really truly appreciate how I feel [and KNOW] that he hears and cares about what I'm saying, even when I'm sharing a problem.
Maybe this is saying something about my family/most of my friends, but most of them just don't want to hear about issues when I bring them up. It's not like I bring up problems all the time or anything, either. I'll share something, politely, along the lines of "this is happening and I'm having a hard time dealing with it", and most of the time I end up getting "instructed" about how wrong I am to be feeling that way. Or I get blown off.
But with Gman, I share something with him, he listens, says that what I have to say is valid+he agrees or understands, and then TRIES TO FIX IT if he can. Doesn't tell me I'm wrong, doesn't just placate me, doesn't ignore it altogether, doesn't make me feel dumb/high-maintenance/crazy for having shared. If anything, I always feel better/empowered after sharing my feelings with him.
Guys, his one day wife is going to possibly be the luckiest human on the earth. I hope she appreciates what she gets.
And I hope that if I ever have sons, that they grow up to be THAT kind of guy. I had no idea guys..or even humans, really..could even be like this before I met him. And that a HOT++++ guy could be like this too! Since when is the most attractive person you've ever met ALSO the most quality person you've ever met?
And with that, Emily turned into a soggy-sappy ball of mush. I am a fool for this kid. A regular fool.
Anyway, I hope you guys are doing well!
I need to take some pictures tomorrow! This thread is getting rather scant in the photo department....