Another weekend bites the dust. Shoot!

Do any of you make “To Do” lists? Well, I do and I managed to knock a few things off this weekend, but still fit in some doing nothing time.

The weather on both Saturday and Sunday was gorgeous, although at this point of extreme dryness and dead pasture and bushes, I’d rather have a weekend of rain. But since we had sunshine, one does have to make the best of it.

Much of Saturday was just slow moving relaxation. Saturday morning, I went to an art show called “50 on 50th”, held in Edina, MN. Portions of Edina are pretty upscale and I always feel like a country bumpkin when I see all of them, there, fancy, city folk.

My friend Sue had her art at the show. I really wanted one of her leafy tree branches but she had sold out most of her art pieces in the first hour the show was opened so I’ll wait and see what she has at her summer sale. You can see a video of Sue’s welding process on YouTube.

After that, we ate at the Edina Grill, where I had a delicious chicken salad and had a primo view of the passing peoples.

Back home, played Java frisbee for a bit, tried to get my bike rear brakes to work but they seem to be broken, got my planters filled with black dirt, rested and enjoyed the sun for awhile, put planters around the pool and house, and yelled at Java to get off the pool cover.

She is so anxious to be back in the water. The snow melt must have put quite a bit of water into the pool as Java’s weight on the cover brings the water up through it, and she thinks it’s very amusing to splash across the surface. I try to keep her off but it’s somewhat of a losing battle and well, kind of funny, and you know how much I enjoy something funny.

A good splash, must be followed by a good roll.

And all of this fun was followed by grilled hamburgers and baking a batch of cookies. There’s nothing quite like a beer and chocolate chip cookies to make the day so gosh darn perfect.

Sunday after church, I first rode Luke, who was his usual hard working self.

Then I rode Murphy, who was his usual lazy self. It was his first time under saddle but he’s so lazy, I just got on him and rode. Murphy felt kind of odd and I plan to try some glucosamine to see if that makes a difference. He wasn’t off-off, but he wasn’t quite right either. This is me scratching my head trying to figure it out.

The neighbor and his little bitty daughter came over to see the “horsey”. Murphy was very thankful for the petting break.

These are my two lovely boys after I’ve washed them and they’ve thanked me by rolling in the dirt. Just lovely…

Murphy is the master of funny faces. And note in the background that Java is looking for the perfect pile of manure to roll in.

I hope to do an actual trail ride in a couple more weeks. Yeah!

The saddle girth and the two pads I used were so hairy and sweaty that I decided to try and clean them up a bit.

I first tried removing as much of the hair as possible.

I then used some of the Super Poo horse shampoo (hey, I didn’t name it!) so if there was any residue, it wouldn’t be some detergent that would irritate their skin.

Then I hosed the shampoo out and hung everything on the fence to dry.

I went out to check the fence line and discovered an extender was pulled off a t-post but realized I hadn’t shut off the fence and didn’t feel like getting jolted so I left it for another day to fix. The horses won’t be out in that pasture for quite awhile if we don’t get any rain. Nothing is growing out there.

I finished off the day with coffee ice cream with Heath bars broken up on top. The best!

Food, frolicking, and special folks made for another great weekend!

Java and I took a walk at the Rum River at 9 AM. The temperature was only in the low 40s and there was a chilly wind. Quite a switch from the 70s and even 80s that we had earlier in the week. But mostly sunny so that made it still gorgeous out.
The clouds painted soft-white, cottony color into the slow moving river.
Java watched a pair of ducks take off from the water.
Then went back to sniffing along the river edge.
Off in the woods, tree shadows reached across our path. Eeery…

After our walk, Java and I sat in the car looking at the trees and listening to the frogs and birds serenade us. I drank my coffee and ate my two chocolate chip, oatmeal cookies. Hey, they have oatmeal in them so that makes them unequivocally — breakfast food. After taking in nourishment, we headed for the library. 
I had a book to drop off there and a reserved book to pick up. The instructor for the class I recently took mentioned this author, Kenneth Atchity. The book looks interesting and the title, “A Writer’s Time”, how could I resist?
Java drank a lot of water after her walk at the Rum, so I took her for a walk on a trail behind the library. The trees there are mainly oak. The shadows reminded me of the spidery pattern of a cracked wind pane.
One tree had a branch hanging straight down; the darkness of the bark stood out against the layered blues of the sky.
After the library, it was about noon so I stopped at Panera for a sandwich, salad combo. Java immensely enjoyed the baquette that came with the salad. Note to self: if you plan to eat a sandwich while driving, don’t get chicken salad. Very messy.
I drove to Fleet Farm to get wormer and a bucket of Strongid C for the horses. I know, I’m a bit late on the worming, but not by much by Minnesota standards. My vet isn’t even coming out for shots until May. I also picked up horsey treats and a new red collar for Java. She looks so lovely in red.
Upon returning home, I got to work on Easter.

I’m not nearly as imaginative as Far Side of Fifty. I love her idea of egging the neighbors. My preparation consisted of making Polish Beet Relish to put on eggs, ham, and sausages.

Boiling some eggs and coloring them. I tried to get creative and failed miserably.

I also baked a couple loaves of bread. And practiced my choir music for tomorrow’s service. It’s going to be quite the vocal workout.

One of the wonderful things about where I work is that we are closed for Good Friday. So I managed to fit in a ride on Luke yesterday. No photos while riding as it was very windy, making for a somewhat rough ride, with a few unexpected turns and bursts of energy. Yee! Haw!

Also cleaned out the garden of the 3 foot weeds and turned the soil with some help. The weeds were bad because I didn’t put anything in the garden last year. I figured why bother if the place is going to be sold during the summer. More shadows…

But it didn’t sell. So the new tactic is that if I do put in a garden that I won’t reap the benefits of until July or August, the house will certainly sell before then. I may be filled with more optimism and joy lately, but I’m not silly enough to believe that all “irony” has been completely eradicated from my life. 
But like I’ve said before, I’m arriving at an appreciation for both the sun and the shadows.

It reached the low 70s today.
Cloudy and muggy but an event just the same.

The warm, humid weather has brought out the gnats already.

As I rush around after work each day, it seems like there is too much to do and not nearly enough time. I’m sure no one out there can relate to this feeling.

It would be so nice to work part time… just for a year… if only…

With so much spinning in my head, I needed some quiet walk time. Time to listen to frogs and birds and look in the woods for interesting angles

And textures


And fuzz

Java was her usual blurry bundle of buzzing busyness.

While I found some peace to take back home with me.

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