When I Am An Old Horsewoman
I shall wear turquoise and diamonds,
And a straw hat that doesn’t suit me
And I shall spend my social security on
white wine and carrots,
And sit in my alleyway of my barn
And listen to my horses breathe.
I will sneak out in the middle of a summer night
And ride the old bay gelding,
Across the moonstruck meadow
If my old bones will allow
And when people come to call, I will smile and nod
As I walk past the gardens to the barn
and show instead the flowers growing
inside stalls fresh-lined with straw.
I will shovel and sweat and wear hay in my hair
as if it were a jewel
And I will be an embarrassment to ALL
Who will not yet have found the peace in being free
to have a horse as a best friend
A friend who waits at midnight hour
With muzzle and nicker and patient eyes
For the kind of woman I will be
When I am old.
-Author Patty Barnhart
For your humor today I thought I would share what the man of our house bought me as a gift for my birthday yesterday. Mind you we have been together since 1997 and have 2 beautiful children. Over the years, I have learned to adjust to the Mothers day card that says Happy Birthday crossed out as it was a grab and go mistake, or the size XL bought online for a Christmas gift but in a childs XL not adult, and even the wonderful gift of a cluster ring bought on a late night TV jewelry show as he thought it was pretty and it would be if I was in my 90’s. But yesterdays gift really took the cake.
First off, I do love a good hand lotion and have used the hand lotion above in the past. And while I work like a man most of the time on our farm, I am not a man so the Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap and Lotion really don’t interest me.
Ah well there’s always next year 🙂
Ok, I admit it…I love water in pools, surrounding the Island we live on, in ponds, lakes, streams and everywhere in between. But when it comes to drinking it….UGH…I have to force it down. I don’t know why. I’ve always felt that way. I would rather drink a glass of milk than water. Knowing the body is made up of over 70% water, I am well aware of the importance it has in my daily life. So I thought I would share a few ways I trick myself into drinking at least 6 to 8, 8 ounce glasses a day.
Lemon Peel — it’s no secret I love lemons and they are a happy thing to me. So I will save lemon rinds after my daughter has juiced them or from a recipe and I cut them small and slip them into a water bottle or my cup. Seeing that bit of yellow makes me happy and it adds just enough lemon flavor to the water. Limes and Oranges work well too but I love the Lemon!!
Small bottles or glasses — seeing a smaller bottle tricks my mind into thinking this is just a little bit so drink till it’s gone which I will. Then I will refill it and wait a bit and do it again. Breaking it into small batches you drink all day helps with the digestion process and less running to the bathroom which happens after you chug an 8 oz glass.
Splash of cranberry or grape juice — let’s face it color is more interesting than clear. So I splash a tiny bit to give the water a hue of color which makes it more appealing to drink in my mind.
Decorative water/sports container — if I am running around and need to drink I will fill a pretty container and keep it with me in the car. It is easier to drink while driving or at a light from a bottle that has a controlled top or tip on it. Again, I pick a pattern/colors that appeal to me so I like looking at it and it invites me to drink it (yes, I have to do this stuff!!)
Water is so important to your body. When I don’t drink enough I can feel the affects immediately with dry hands, dry lips, fatigue, hunger (which is truly thirst), and even a cloudy mind.
I hope some of the tricks help you in reaching your daily ration of water!!!