The weather has finally taken a turn in Texas. Instead of feeling like you’re walking around in someone’s hot breath all the time, the cool taste of fall is back in the air. I love that feeling. It makes me want to sit on my porch all evening and stretch my arms wide open into the chill and let my body begin again. Some people associate January as a time of fresh starts and new beginnings, but for me that’s the first hint of colder weather coming.
Last year this time, I was pre-occupied with dreading a lot of important firsts. The hard to get through holidays are looming and while I can’t say I’m looking forward to dates like my anniversary and my late husband’s birthday, I know that I’ve got through them once and I’ll get through them again. I’m mixing a lot of good up with the bad in the next four weeks, and am determined not to sentiment drag me down.
With that in mind, here is a completely unorganized list of things I enjoyed last week that isn’t literary in any way.
Last week I hacked one of my favorite horses at the barn, Simon’s “brother from another mother.” It’s like hacking a unicorn. I adore him.
While attempting to shop for Halloween decorations (did you know that Christmas starts October 1st – because I sure didn’t), I got the dogs new babies. 3 dogs in the house means 3 babies – one for each so no fighting. Except Pascale wants all the babies. She waited until the other two dogs were distracted, and hoarded them in my bed.
So now I sleep with one Panther and 3 stuffed animals every night. I told y’all I was going backwards in life.
My (awesome) leasee has been telling me for weeks to ride Simon sometime, I decided to hop on him Saturday. Since I wasn’t sure if he had already been ridden or not, I just hopped on with the neck rope and planned to walk/trot around. It has been 3 months since I sat on that horse, and he packed me around tackless like a pro. Best nerd horse ever.
Though I’m still on the lookout for more Halloween decorations, my front porch got a fall makeover. I love mums. They always make me think of the big AA horse shows in North Carolina that I aspired to.
Yesterday some friends and I headed to the Austin City Limits music festival. I hadn’t been for the past two years, and didn’t realize how much I missed it. Tim hated crowds and we never had the same taste in music, so ACL has always felt like something that was “mine”. My friends and I almost overheated in the sun watching Chris Stapleton, ate too many tacos and danced in the cool night air to Mumford and Sons. It was a fantastic day.
Another cool thing that happened is the amount of kind and non-judgemental posts I got on my post about selling Roman. It’s one thing to blog about mistakes you’ve made with your heart horse that you’ll never sell, but taking on a project and then realizing it was too much for me is something I never planned on doing while feeling so public. I really appreciate everyone being so kind about it, probably more than y’all realize. So thank you!
And that is your quick and dirty roundup of Lauren’s life, since I know I’m just so incredibly interesting that y’all can’t stand to be left in the dark. 😉 Upcoming points of interest include a Halloween party, trip to Vermont and hopefully selling my sweet Roman creature.