Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Winter Doldrums: A Photo Journal

Truth moment here, guys. The thing I really want to work on this winter? Teaching Guinness changes. Unfortunately, we aren't quite there yet. We're hovering on the edge of being there, but I have some serious work on myself to finish before we can get there.

That's kind of frustrating.

Add to the hard work of fixing my position the nasty hovering-just-above-freezing-while-dumping-gallons-of-rain-on-me weather we've been having, and going to the barn is just an unpleasant thing right now.
I mean... Do you want to walk a half mile through shin-deep clay mud to get your equally disgusted horse?
I'm kind of over being an active person. Can't I hibernate like a bear?

Fun fact: Bears can eat as much as they want and don't get diabetes. Seriously. I want to be a bear. Or a little dog, she has it pretty easy...
Even though I don't like napping, I have to admit they've been looking pretty tempting...
"But why such long claws, Grandma?"
Being myself, though, the activity has continued. The dogs are still being run, even in the oppressive rainy dark of ... 5pm.

Misty sleet. 40 degrees. Mmmmmhm. Horrifying.
The horse and my position woes are still being worked, though some of our barn etiquette might have been completely relaxed.

What? You don't let your partially clothed horse freely wander the barn and snarf out of the hay cart at will? One of these days, that horse is going to bite down on a napping cat. That day, things will get real.
And some days, we take a much needed break at the local pub for a pint or two.

Yes. My local pub allows dogs. They are sort of local celebrities...
Will someone do a frozen dance to the weather gods already? I have had enough of this crappy warm, muddy, rainy, inconsistent winter! Give me frozen solid mud, deep white blankets of snow, and consistently cold temperatures! Please!
I'm dying for a good snow-ride!

30 comments:

  1. AMEN, SISTER!! Even here in Pennsylvania the farm is a sloppy mud-hole. Sigh.

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    1. Mud is the worst! Literally the worst!!

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  2. 100% agree! Love that your pub welcomes your pups!

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    1. Me too! It's one of my favorite places because of that (and the fact that it's walking distance from my house!).

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  3. Yeurgh that mud looks nasty!!!
    Love your pups & that the dogs can go to your local, awesome sauce ☺

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    1. Total awesome sauce! :) We had three dogs at our table that day. People love it!

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    1. Argh! You're killin' me! :) I actually don't like to buy nice boots because it doesn't matter what brand you buy, this mud will kill them. And, the fancier boots are often more of a pain to clean. (Deeper treads = murder me now)

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  5. yea the mud is making things so miserable at the barn.... by the time im finished slogging through my chores i don't even feel like riding ugh...

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    1. Your motivation lasts all the way through to the slogging? Mine usually dies the moment I pull up and see the mud from the car. It's really impressive I even get out of the vehicle.

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  6. Oh, so many blahs! That mud is really depressing :/

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    1. Seriously. It brings all enjoyment to a wet and squelchy stop.

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  7. We're all wet and squishy here too. I'm buying cute boots :) I love that your pub allows dogs!

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  8. I guess I must be the only one not put off by the mud! My horse is a disgusting mess every time I pull him out of the field and it ends up being quite therapeutic scrubbing it all off of him haha.

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    1. Pretty much just you, yep. ;) Pig actually hates mud. He tries to carefully leap from dry spot to dry spot to cross the pasture, and rarely comes in caked in mud. The look on his face when he steps in the deep stuff is pure disgust. Poor PrissFace.

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  9. We are in winter limbo too. I HATE it. Wonder if Santa will bring me an indoor for Christmas? I'll share!!

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    1. An indoor is the BEST Christmas present!!

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  10. Srsly the mud is driving me bonkers too. This weather is so depressing and nasty. I'd rather it be cold, frozen and at least sunny! Not too cold though haha!

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    1. I don't even care. I'll take -10. I have coats. And gloves. Need more socks, though.

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  11. Ha, I almost took a picture just like you mud one. It is so bad this year. I actually bought new boots... okay two pairs, just because the mud is so all consuming right now. I watched Roscoe take a step and then his back feet slid down a slight incline. His face was like " what the hell?"

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  12. Yeah, ANYTHING is better than mud. That pub is awesome! I'm sure you will get the changes soon :)

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    1. The pub is a great place to go when dressage woes hit!

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  13. Ha! I wrote a post complaining about the weather too!!

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    1. I know! Almost all of us have! What is with this weather?!

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  14. Ew, that mud. I don't envy you one little bit!

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    1. I'm waiting to lose a boot out there. It almost happened Tuesday...

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