Monday, April 28, 2008

coasting into the week

I'm not sure why, but that's what it feels like.

Saturday I took my daughter on a pre-birthday drive down to S. Pines where we ate lunch in a favorite restaurant, hit the tack store and the bookstore, tried to go to the Java Bean but they'd closed, and then headed home to prepare for her party which was yesterday.

We had fun looking at the new "bug-eye" fly masks, picking out purple grooming tools, and getting one of those Himalayan salt rocks to hang by the barn.

I also discovered a debut novel called The Outlander by Gil Adamson. With a black horse running on a snow-white cover, a Michael Ondaatje quote front and center, and copy flap comparing it to Charles Fraziers' Cold Mountain and early Cormac McCarthy, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. I haven't started it yet, but I have high hopes for this book.

The party was nice and ended with a late-afternoon thunderstorm. It's still raining today, so unless they've forecast inaccurately and this clears out, we won't be riding.

My plan for the day is to do some yoga, feed and muck, finish the last 1/3 of the tack room spring cleaning, and then take a few hours for writing time.

I'm also going to breed my online Hanoverian stallion Griffon to my daughter's Hanoverian mare Cherry Baby, and watch some Battlestar Galactica with my son.

Meanwhile, the luscious rain is taking care of pasture management, arena maintenance, and pollen control.


Anonymous said...


the new book sounds fabulous. i may have to take a look too! always a joy to read your blog.. stay in it! butter scrambled eggs with chives, dorette

billie said...

Hi, Dorette! Those scrambled eggs sound lovely - I'd go make some except we are out of eggs and I'm waiting until Thursday's farmer's market to buy more!

Grey Horse Matters said...

First, I would like to wish your daughter a very Happy Birthday. Second, the book you found sounds great, I am going to check it out today, I"m reading the book you recommended Agate Hill and am enjoying it. Thanks for the suggestion.
Third, Seems you have a nice day ahead of you even if it is raining. We have rain here too, and the wind is howling out there. I left them all in today and they are quite annoyed with me, but I bribed them with some lunch hay just now and for the moment I am back in their good graces, let's see how long that lasts! These ponies are really a bunch of spoiled characters.

billie said...

Thank you, Arlene. I have 3 annoyed geldings right now. I opened their paddock to the arena so they can run around in there, but they seem to be marching up and down the paddock looking disgusted!

I'm glad you're enjoying Agate Hill. I have The Outlander up next. We can compare reads if you end up getting it.