Best of 2009, Sunday Stills

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 10, 2010, 2:58 pm


Oh, what a difficult thing to ask! My favorite two photos from the '09 Sunday Stills? Life would have been much easier this morning had I remembered to label all of my Sunday posts.Then again, it may have made things even worse if I'd had a larger selection of mediocrity, eh?Thankfully, one of those that I came across was this shot taken out in my backyard. One of our little vine maples was simply ablaze with color! I love the vertical lines of the alder trees that frame those tiny little leaves.
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Name It. Win It.

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 8, 2010, 3:40 pm


I'm having the worst time. For someone with a somewhat creative brain (I did create hot dog casserole at one time in my life...that's got to constitute as creative, right?), I simply cannot for the life of me come up with titles for my photographs.For instance...I titled this "Arlington '09"...which simply does not seem to describe what is happening here, or give any air of romantic feel, or most importantly, stir a rapid heartbeat and sudden urge to purchase it at all costs.Photo 1So you see, I
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Technology Challenged Loser's, Raise Your Hand!

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 7, 2010, 3:12 pm


Darling is having fun with my new video camera. What, you say? Did she steal my video camera???I know. First my horse. Then my other horse. Then my still camera. Now my video camera! But in truth, my computer doesn't have the horse power to run the program that is needed to actually create videos from this camera, so I'm completely dependent, once again, on that teenage punkster of mine. Dang, how I hate being held hostage!So the video you see is from the other day, and not of yesterday's super
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Blast From The Past!

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 6, 2010, 4:03 pm


Don't you just love watching old movies? I came across a video from spring '08 this morning. Hardly classifies as 'old', but it was fun to watch anyway. Probably about ride 30 on Sandy while down at Curt's. What a nice boy he was! I'm about to take off right now and head down for a lesson. I'll be bringing my new video camera along so I can get some hydra bull action. Y'all have a good day. I'm off to ride!Oh...you gotta watch Marvel the Mustang while you're here, too! Maybe this is where my obsession
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'Twas the Day After Birthday...

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 4, 2010, 4:15 pm


Waking up with a ball of left over fondant still rumbling about in your tummy is not my idea of fun. I climbed out of bed, wobbled and wove my way through the house in a near diabetic coma only to come face to face with a yellow submarine still sitting on my kitchen table. Must be everyone thought it was so pretty, they couldn't bear to eat it, right? Must be.I yawned, smacked my lips a bit, scratched my tummy and then stretched in an effort to wake up. What day is this, again? Oh, yeah! The Day
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Desperate Horsewife Bakes a Cake

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 3, 2010, 4:42 pm


Warning. Graphic photos to follow. This blog post may not be suitable for all audiences. If you are easily offended by poor kitchen skills, this blog post is not for you.You still here? Well, don't say I didn't warn you!Today is Darling's birthday. Sweet Sixteen! Oh, okay, sure. Get it out of the way. Sing the little song.Alrighty then. Down to business. Today on Sunday Stills, the subject is Food. Perfect! I eat food. Often what I create in the kitchen does not resemble it. Still, I was bound and
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Tika Takes A Journey

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 2, 2010, 5:03 pm


Here's the thing about hauling a horse out to destinations unknown. If they're still a bit nervous and frightened and not wanting to be with you...put them into a strange situation and you'll find them clinging.Most of the time.Tika is not an exception to that rule. She feels pretty spunky at home, but at the riding club she looks to me for leadership, because where else can she turn? Yesterday, we went to yet another new location. We hauled an hour down to Curt's place where we worked on lunging
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And That's How My Last Day of 2009 Ended

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 2, 2010, 12:56 am


I wish I could say we had a lovely view of the blue moon last night from the Pacific Northwest. Alas...my view was nothing more than this...It almost looks like snow, doesn't it? But it's not. It's nothing more than wet grass, reflecting the light shining from the porch lights. And that's how my last day of 2009 ended.But it's not how it began. It began with my feeding horses, then driving Darling to the doctor. She's been struggling with sinuses and breathing, so we decided to check to see if asthma
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Blue Moon Party!

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 1, 2010, 2:41 am


For some of you, it's nearly here! Don't forget the Blue Moon New Year's Party! Just sign up using the Mr. Linky on the Blue Moon post. Then take photos of the moon as 2009 comes to a close and 2010 shows up!Can't see the moon? No problem. Just take what you can and show us what it looked like in your part of the world as the new decade dawned. Heck, it's raining here, so no clue what will end up in front of my lens, but I hope to have some fun with it!If you're reading this and haven't got a blog,
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This Day, Last Year

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 31, 2009, 2:51 am


This day, last year, I had Steve Holt! in training for the Mustang Makeover.Today, I have no horses heading to makeovers, but I have got Tika in training, and as you know, I'm fond of looking back to see what life was like at this stage of the game with previous horses.We had the four letter S word most of December last year. The ground was slick and white, so no hauling about like I'm able to do this year. Still, we had the round pen at home, which worked quite well for getting the long legged
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Steve Holt! visits the Vet

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 30, 2009, 2:59 am


Today, Steve Holt! went to the vet. I've noticed that he's got an eyelid that appears to be a bit puffy, and when you look at him straight on, only one eye seems bright and wide open. He does not appear to be bothered by it. His spirits are just the same as they've always been; he's goofy and and curious and enjoys life. He eats and pees and poops (important things, it seems, as these are the first questions out of both the vet tech and the vet's mouth upon visiting the clinic.) So what is wrong
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Blue Moon

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 28, 2009, 7:14 pm


Ever wonder where the "Once in a Blue Moon" phrase comes from? Apparently it's when there are two full moons in one month. A blue moon doesn't happen very often, but we're about to experience one on New Year's Eve. I don't know about you, but I just love photos taken in the moonlight. Big, full moons reflecting off the snow, illuminating the surroundings in an eerie glow, shadows cast about by old barns or livestock standing out beneath the stars. Pretty, pretty stuff.Of course...clouds are rolling
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I'm Dreaming of a Pink Christmas...

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 27, 2009, 2:09 pm


Best Christmas Gift Ever. Hands Down. A pair of pink rubber boots that cost about $10. City Boy bought them for me when he was unemployed. Not expensive or fancy, but the color had me laughing the moment I pulled them out of their box. I loved them and wore them to the grocery store that very morning.There's something about the color pink that just puts a smile on faces. Take Darling, for instance. Sure, she's dressed in holiday red, but ask her what her favorite gift was and she'll tell you, it
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Scars are Tattoos with Better Stories

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 23, 2009, 9:06 pm


Since showing the videos this week of Tika, I've heard it a lot. "What's that bump she's got?"Well...it's a wattle. Or is that waddle? I'm not sure, except it flaps around down there and is a bit odd. It's like what you'd see on a turkey, except not the snood part, but the wattle part. I think I spelled it with a double D before, but now that I think about it, a T seems to fit. Tika's wattle was visible while in the corrals, but why she had it couldn't be determined until she was here at home. A
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Mustang Diaries Archive on December 22, 2009, 2:54 pm


Last night we hauled the boys up to the riding club. Darling was getting anxious to start going over fences again with Steve Holt!, so while she was warming him up in the round pen, I set up a vertical in the arena. I didn't have a tape measure, so called out to Darling if it was too tall. She didn't think so.Unfortunately, Steve Holt! disagreed. Darling came trotting up to it and he slowed right down, nearly stopping, before lifting his daddy long legs slowly over the top. Except...they didn't
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Yawn...

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 20, 2009, 3:21 am


Today was filled up with paperwork. Lots and lots of paperwork. We had a Mustang U board meeting and are attempting to get our federal non-profit status in place. Filing fees go up as of January first, and that would be money better spent on feeding horses, so we're pushing to get it done. Have you ever filed this sort of paperwork? You gotta love the IRS. They like to use terms such as 'the consequences of your actions' as opposed to 'we're sending your lily white hiney to jail if you screw this
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No Longer Free

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 18, 2009, 1:57 pm


He'd stood up there on the ridge watching us intently. The others had slipped back over the knoll and out of site as we climbed up the hill towards them. But not this colt. He was keeping his eye on us. Ears flicked forward, he looked every bit the part of a young herd stallion.Of course, it was nothing more than a training exercise for the young colt. A long yearling, we surmised. Very aware of his surroundings, but too young for it to mean much of anything.As we reached our destination, we stood
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It's a Girl Thang, Baby!

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 17, 2009, 2:54 pm


I just finished reading Pony Girl's post on mares, and had to smile. I've only adopted mares here. Oh, sure, I adopted Steve Holt! and Sandy, but they were assigned to me and of course they were difficult to part with after spending 90 days with them. I'd never have selected a gelding to train for myself though, and while I love them both...they're not girls. Girls have something that boys haven't got. Some magical little spark deep down. Snotty? Cranky? Difficult? Yup, some times. But there's a
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Ditch Visitor

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 16, 2009, 4:18 pm


Let's just say the day didn't work out like I'd hoped. When I got up in the morning, I called the weather hotline to see what was up with the schools. While the temps were high, the ground was ice, and as it turned out, buses were delayed by an hour. Darling would be happy with an extra hour of sleep. While I normally would drive her around the corner on these dark, cold mornings, she walked to the bus stop on late arrival days, and this morning was no exception. Once she left the house I got busy
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Western Saddle and a Video

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 15, 2009, 3:04 pm


The snowfall continued throughout the day yesterday. Not much, and it really didn't amount to anything. Perhaps just shy of an inch? But this morning, as the air warms and the snow melts, our world has turned to ice. How is it ice can form in 40 degree weather? The ground is still hard and cold from the past two weeks of dreadful temps, and the melted snow turns instantly to ice. But yesterday, with no ice and only a little bit of snow, Tika and I picked up the training level a notch. She'd stood
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