The Mystery…..

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The evidence above…..an empty jar of something I have canned…..

The investigation begins as all culprits are in bed when I enter the house from the nightly barn chores…..

First…what did the suspect sneak up from the pantry to eat?

After further investigation (the sniff test) it appears to be some sweet summer peaches which have been devoured!

There are 3 to be pondered….the man of the house, the tween, and the boy

The man of the house would likely never take the time to go into the basement pantry to fetch himself a snack.  Even if he did, by some weird twist of fate, he would never finish off the jar….X he’s off the list

We are down to 2

Let’s see….the boy asked me after school if we were close to winter (today was unseasonably warm)…I say yes

Suspicion arises…was he asking as he knows we “can” special items for the winter???  Could it be the cute cuddly boy who snuck into the basement to grab himself a sweet summer treat??

But wait!!….if memory serves me correctly, when he wanted a new jar of grape jelly we made the other day, he had no idea how to open the top.  Could he have observed me so closely from his perch on the couch that day opening the jar that he now knows how to do it?

keep him on the list

Next up the tween….she came home early from school with a sore throat and not feeling well.  However, she ate many frozen orange juice ice cubes and some soup for dinner.  She was milling about bossing her brother around and complaining she wanted me to bake as I have been neglecting them on their homemade desserts when I was pushing them to get ready for bed before I went to the barn.

The suspicion deepens…she knows how to open the jars, she helped me can them and was eating them hot from the syrup.

BUT…..she would NEVER even at the age of 12, go into the basement alone at night.  This child has a certain fear of the dark and will not go upstairs to her room or into the basement which is an entertainment area with wet bar and bathroom in front and storage area in the back, by herself.

Mystery Solved….the tween coerced the boy into entering the basement with her in promise of a delectable summer sweetened treat before bed.  The final piece of evidence was their favorite bowls in the sink with spoons in them, both empty and pleasantly giving off the aroma of ripe peaches!

NEVER underestimate the power of a mother!!

 

Night Lesson

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Chase, Bailey and me!!

My heart skipped a beat when my daughter came home from cheer practice and said “I need to ride mom”.  I could not saddle up the horse fast enough. 

You see my children do not carry the same yearning for horseback riding as I did at their age.  They have been around horses since birth and sometimes I wonder if that is why.  I did not get a horse until I was 10 and felt like I missed out on many years of riding so I spent every waking moment with that horse.  I have trained under a few different horse trainers and I train horses.  But I am not as relaxed and laid back as my mother.  I think of all the bad things that could happen and was very strict on their riding forcing them to behave and worrying about the horse reacting if they were too nervous or explaining what their fast actions could cause the horse to do.  So you see, it was my fear feeding their fear.  So when I try to push them to ride more, I have to remember it was my fear that pushed them away in the first place.

I have given lessons to many children.  Our horses have shown in the local shows and Bailey in his younger days could not be beat.  He is a teacher and a true show horse in every sense of the word.  He knows his job and would teach the kids I was giving lessons to or having show him.

My kids do ride and they ride well but not as often as I would like.  They clean stalls and do afternoon feedings of the animals during the summer and on weekends.  They brush, fly spray, and bathe the horses.  But I would like them to eventually show our horses at the Fair and in local horse shows and enjoy the things I could not as we did not have the funds when I was growing up.

So that explains why I was so happy to hear those words tonight.  And I gave Chase a great lesson and she was happy to be able to ride around on her own for an hour before it was too dark and getting very chilly for her barefeet!!  Maybe this will be the start to her inner “horse” calling 🙂

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squaring her shoulders and staying straight

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Working on rein hold for showing