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Ups and Downs

Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else.  
–Will Rogers 

My fence passed inspection today – Yeh!

While working on switching out a rotting deck railing and missing flashing between my deck and house, my contractor discovered that the deck was not properly attached to the house — like no rim joists, no sill plate, which has resulted in some leakage and rotted wood — a lot of rotted wood. I’m now wondering if the “unique fabric” covering the ceiling in the basement, which I thought was so creative, is actually covering water damage. – Dang!

The deck can be fixed by making it free-standing with footings. The house damage will be fixed and something will be added to still bolt the deck to the house at the corners. It will be done the way it should have been built in the first place. – Yeh!

This deck and house work will be expensive but unavoidable if I want to prevent the situation from getting worse. – Dang!

My Last Will and Testament, Health Directive, and all that jazz are all completed and signed and I can now die in peace. – Yeh???

When I went out to my car the other morning I discovered that my two electronic garage doors were open. I never open both doors and I know I closed the truck side after I got home from my trip. – Dang it! Quit messing with me!

My opener’s frequency has been changed and my security system is fully functional. – Yeh! 

Did I mention that I was terrified about trailering my horse for three hours by myself to get to last weekend’s trail ride? I was. I almost didn’t go. – Dang!

But I did go. – Yeh!

One would think that as a person does more and more things that they are afraid of doing they would experience less and less fear when faced with new challenges. Unfortunately, in my case, this has not been true… so far, anyway – Dang!

Hmmm… Need to finish this on a positive note.

How about a few more trail riding photos? These photos from one of the other riders turned out so much better than mine!

The woman who owns and rents out the cabin was in the lead.
I love the mossy green of this one.
Lunch and butt break.
My friend’s pretty little Arab mare
Pretty scene…
And more prettyness

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5 Comments

  1. I hate it when the garage door opens on its own. It does happen for some reason, and really freaks me out!
    Good for you for doing things that you never thought you would do, like haul your horse on your own for a very long trip!! I have found the more I do things the better I am about it, especially hauling horses! I kinda have to though since I have to do it for work too.
    Beautiful pictures, love the fall colors!

  2. Glad your fence passed inspection and I know Java is enjoying her new freedom. By the way…I am always nervous about trailering my horses. I think it helps keep my mind in the right place though. I hope your garage door behaves.

  3. Some things I’ve lost my fear of, but mostly I think I’ve just gotten used to it. I sometimes think my blog should be called “the adventures of a chicken-hearted daredevil”, except it’s not always all that *darey.* 🙂 I think you’re really brave btw– ch ch ch changes.

  4. Well look at you girlfriend! You’ve been getting lots done….with lots of Yeahs and Dangs thrown in for good measure. Life is like that, though.

    Sorry I’ve been MIA here. Just been so darn busy, I just can’t catch up as much as I try.

    I’m so proud of you with the trailering. That’s on my list of things I want to learn to do. You’re my hero now!

    And what you said, “One would think that as a person does more and more things that they are afraid of doing they would experience less and less fear when faced with new challenges. Unfortunately, in my case, this has not been true… so far, anyway”

    is such a true statement. It’s the same for me. I think the more fears you conquer, the more you have, because you realize more fully the risks you’re taking, and then realize there are even more risks tacked on to the original risks.

    Life can be a a very scary place. gah!

    Great photos. I love seeing you riding. You look so…..natural and at peace. 🙂

    ~Lisa

  5. Lisa – I completely understand the busyness as I am suffering from the same dilemma. I encourage you to take up the trailering as soon as possible. I so regret letting fear stop me for so many years. The freedom of being able to take your horse whenever you want, wherever you want is so worth the discomfort that the fear and nervousness causes. And you can always get back your peace when you ride.

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