Online Advice, Take Two

Firefox has a first page feature called Pocket that offers a bunch of different possibilities to snare the procrastinating internet user.  Most of those (over the long haul) involve advice: clothes, home decorating, cooking foods/diet, fitness, health, etc.   Many of these Pocket advice articles start with or include a number: the five best (vacation spots, Read More…

Online Advice

Online advice is everywhere, and I do realize that as someone posting online, and sometimes giving advice, I’m part of the trend I’m about to complain of.  Naturally, I don’t think I’m the kind of problem others are, but equally naturally if I’m staring at myself in a mirror…that’s not really what I look like Read More…

HomeWork II: Plumbing

We are using the same plumbing HVAC contractor we’ve used before, but the plumber himself is not Dean, whom we’d worked with for years (who had already retired and then returned to work once.)   Josh, a long lanky plumber with a good sense of humor, Dean’s assistant if the job needed one,  left the contractor Read More…

Ride 39: Busy Day, Rode Rags Anyway

Following the good news at the vet’s, I planned of course to ride as soon as the horses had had their day or two off to recover from all those shots and the dental work.  Next day, Tuesday, I had a trip to the dentist’s and didn’t feel like riding.  Besides, they were both obviously Read More…

Vet Trip: Good News For Tigger

Tigger went in for regular immunizations, Coggins test (for Equine Infectious Anemia, annual test required federally), dental work (“floating”…actually means grinding teeth down…more on that later) , and a lameness exam.   I also wanted to talk to the vet about his change in behavior in the last six months.  Rags went in for the same Read More…

Ride 38: Rags Remains Unconvinced

My plan for the week was to ride Rags after the rain passed, if it wasn’t too muddy…however, the little norther came howling in dry and far too blustery for a ride Monday or Tuesday. Wednesday through Friday was another attack of gut trouble.  So today I got back on him when not feeling quite Read More…

Another Footstone On the Fitness Trail

I can’t really call one size down in jeans a “milestone”…so, “footstone” or maybe “furlongstone” (that actually has  a nice feel to it…furlongstone…)   But this morning I switched out of one size jeans into the next size down.  These are (gasp, gasp for some people) men’s jeans, which I like because a) they’re better made, Read More…

Ride 37: Rags Tries It On…Nappy Sunday

I don’t know why the English (and Scots & Irish) call “wanting to turn back” or stopping at a fence napping, but they do.  Rags has not previously been really bad about that, but today…today he was *determined* to turn back and we had several tussles that involved stopping, whirling around to try for it, Read More…

Ride 36: More Than Two Miles in 35 Minutes.

Rags is developing into a teenager horse in some ways.  Megan Elphick, whose YouTube channel I visit regularly, commented on training horses that they go through a stage when they begin to think they know how to do stuff and the rider is superfluous except as a passenger.  They’ve learned some basic dressage, and they’ve Read More…