Friday, 4. March 2011 7:11
I’ve been amiss in my Thankful Thursday posts. With building my Rum Felicity and Catt Paw Massage websites there has been plenty of online creative processing. That and along with working on a web presence for my friend, Simrat’s online art home, and facebook posts and meanderings I’ve been pretty busy.
I need though to acknowledge some wonderful things that are happening in my life. So here goes.
1) I feel so fortunate to be employed by Montanya Distillers.
They are great people with a driving force to succeed. What other kind of people would I want to align myself with. If you apply yourself you can’t fail. Apply myself is what I am doing and I feel like my employers recognize this and appreciate it. Yet I have had a couple set backs thanks to San Juan Mountain weather, having to cancel rum tastings in Grand Junction and Montrose last Friday. Heather and I are suppose to be taking off today to get those tastings done. I wake up this morning look outside and argh… more snow! The Mountains look socked in. I hope its just a dusting and we can make this trip as I don’t want to cancel on these folks again. This is the first time I’ve been bummed by the snow. I’m thinking that no more trips planned around the state until after April. Do all my driving this summer and settle back into phone calls this winter. With that said, I am going back to Arizona first week in April to do tastings there which brings me to my second item to be thankful for.
2) My car is a good little car, but its not a long distance car by any means. Its wonderful in the conditions I live in here in Silverton, yet it struggles a bit out on a road. I worry that if I take it too far from home, I’ll get stuck somewhere and have to call my son-in-law to come get me. So, I have this Montanya trip planned for April to Arizona. Its a good gig, worth the effort in the potential income it could generate. So what did my company do? They are renting a car for me to take on this trip so that I can get our product established in Arizona. I know that other companies do this sort of thing… it’s just never been done for me before. I am so thankful!! I want this job to blossom for all concerned, I’m loyal and dedicated to the company and it feels good that they recognize something in me and are willing to take a risk on me. Well its not really a risk… but some folks would see it that way.
This brings me to the third item.
I’ve been looking at horses for a while now – trying to decide whether I want one or not and if I do, which kind. Well I settled on the fact that I do want another horse. Its really hard though, because I am in love with a certain kind of horse a certain quality and personality. I’ve been spoiled by the likes of Asad, Kindlewood, and Madrid. Elegant athletic, comical and loving companions. These horses knew how to be friends. They also had a certain beauty and grace that made the heart and soul sing when you gazed upon them. So as I studied different breeds and individuals I became aware that what I really wanted was something similar to them in type and being. As much as I admired other horses and types of horses, my heart would start when I came across certain ones. In the process I tried to buy three different horses and either was turned down or became apprehensive and backed out. I have a real fear of facing the pain that disease can cause for my horse after the devastating effect Kindlewood’s suffering and death had on me. I could not bring her son home, because I was too afraid, and he reminded me of horses of the past. A risk I just could not make myself face. I needed to move forward not backward. I just could not look upon Pro everyday and not see him , but rather see his mother and her death, and the loss of his grand sire and grand dam. Not fare to him and too painful for me. Heather said it yesterday… Mom, you had to sever yourself from them in order to move forward with a horse. How profound of her!
So move forward I have… and this is where I have landed.
Just a gorgeous 3 year old filly named Shades of Gray. A registered Spanish Mustang, gaited and appy. Definitely my type of elegance and fluidity. I have never liked gray horses. But I have fallen in love with this girl. She is appy but she is turning gray which means that she will lose her spots someday and become a white horse. I see fine China!!
Isn’t Shade one of the most feminine and sweet girls you’ve ever laid eyes on. She’s a girly girl and I love that about her! I am back to being excited about the future and making plans for how we will live together. What kind of gear we’ll use together and what kind of education we’ll share together. New journeys… new adventures.
Shade will remain in South Dakota at Don and Terri Harwood’s until June 2012 then she’ll make her journey to Silverton to play with me in the mountains for the summer, learn about human idiosyncrasies like climbing up on her back and such nonsense. Then she will spend her first Colorado winter on pasture near Silverton. I’m thinking of bringing her in off pasture in February of each year and boarding her for three or four months each spring where I can take lessons and brush up on my dressage training as someday this is what I want to do with her. Haute Ecole…
Dreams… I want to thank Don and Terri Harwood of Blue Moon Spanish Mustangs for making this new dream possible. I’m so full of gratitude.
4) I want to thank everyone who has traveled this journey with me and have remained good freinds and valuable support. Those who felt the impact of my experiences and shared their warmth and kindness as we waded through the muck together. YOU all mean the world to me!
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