True Friends

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Disco and Mysty

It is said it’s always easier to workout with a friend.  Friends help each other stay motivated and make the time pass faster.   I believe my horses feel the same way.  While I know they look forward to their “alone” time with their mom (yes, I truly believe that!!), I also know they like riding in a “herd”.

Horses are herd animals and that explains why I have to have 3 not just one.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!!!

Jackie riding  Bailey!!  Couldn’t leave him out of the post

 

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Sunset Fishing and Friends

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Chase at the end of our street (that is Canada in the distance)

The man of the house had to take a quick overnight trip out of town tonight for work leaving me to handle daughters voice lessons, dinner, homework, studying, and nightly animal chores/stall cleaning.  My neighbor stepped in and took the kids on their bikes to the end of our street so they could fish and hang out in the Niagara River.  This is a little over a mile from our ranch.

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Chase and neighbor Parker

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Parker helping bait Chase’s pole

These pictures are a reminder of what young friendship is all about and a reminder of how blessed we are to live where we live 🙂

“If you want something make it happen or make an excuse”

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Aunt Dottie with her mom and 2 brothers (the tall one is my maternal grandfather)

This is my great aunt Dottie.  I’ve mentioned before I come from a long line of independent women.  Aunt Dottie was the only girl in a family of 4 boys.  She is an adventurer.  In her mid 90’s now she still swims in the Lake, takes Tennis and is on a softball team.  She teaches water aerobics and does yoga.

She had 3 daughters and raised them on her own.  Sadly her oldest died of a brain aneurysm at an early age.  She worked hard and enjoyed all the good things in life like flying a plane and skydiving.  I love to listen to her stories of her life.

Her wisdom is an inspiration.  Her simple philosophy of life should be taught in schools.  She always said to us children to live life and not be afraid of failure.  If you get knocked down, get up.  You don’t deserve special treatment nor for anyone to take care of you if you are healthy enough to take care of yourself.  If you want something, make it happen or make an excuse.  I remember thinking it was mean when I was a child to say something like that.  As I’ve gotten older, I appreciate those words and the truth behind them.  And I am sharing those wonderful words of wisdom with my children.

She is coming to visit us in August and I can’t wait to see her and listen to her adventures over the last year!!

I am not sorry…

It seems I am always apologizing when we go out with friends for being the first to say it’s time for us to leave.  I may seem like the “downer” in the group as I don’t drink like I used to, want to stay out much past a wonderful dinner and after dinner drink and I turn down many invitations to join great friends for a night out.  It’s not that I don’t enjoy it as I truly do.  I love getting out with our different groups of friends for a dinner at a new restaurant and socializing.  But after a great conversation over a nice dinner and drink, I am ready to head home.  So out come the words “sorry guys we have to get going”.  My friends are used to this from me now and sometimes they will try and convince me to stay for one more drink.  But most know it’s a waste of their time. .

Last night after dinner at a new restaurant in Buffalo and heading upstairs to the “hip” bar simulating a bar in the arctic carved out of ice, I was trying to figure out why I was counting down the time in my head to go home.  I enjoyed being there with my friends and had a great couple of hours over dinner and drinks.  But it hit me….I like my friends, even love some…but I love my home life more!!  I like being there to tuck my kids into bed.  I like knowing they find comfort in knowing their mom and dad are home and they are safe and sound.   I like knowing my barn is secure and all of our animals are fed and set for the night.  I like feeling fresh and not over tired the next day after a few hours out so I can enjoy what ever the day brings.

So after a brief stay in the arctic setting I decided I am not sorry and I will not apologize anymore when I feel I want to leave.  I very nicely leaned into the group of our friends and said…time’s up for me.  I’m ready to go home talk to you all soon!!

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