Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Settling In

We have moved. The place is gorgeous and peaceful. Last weekend we got our new Dixon ZTR Ram Mag riding lawn mower. It rocks. It will still take us about 4 hours to mow, but at least the mower is fun to operate. It's zero-turn radius (ZTR) so you can spin in little circles, or go around trees and still get a close cut.

Last weekend I also had a clinic with David Blake. He rode Zoe on Saturday, and I rode her on Sunday. I almost cried watching David ride her. She looked awesome. She is coming along so well and starting to look like a mature horse. She is accepting the bit nicely and this weekend was so willing and beautiful. I had a great ride on her on Sunday. I couldn't be more proud of her and her progress. It made me feel great to see it.

Not to ignore Jimmy, he is doing great as well. I have been riding him about 3x per week. Monday was a beautiful day and he wouldn't let me ride him in the indoor, so went for a nice ride down the road. It made him happy. :-)

We close on the sale of our old house on May 1. Can't wait for that to be over.

Some fun country stories:
Our first weekend in the house we had a tornado go through nearby. We were huddled in our basement eating dinner with friends during the worst part. We were relieved that the house we had owned for only a week was still standing undamaged afterwards. Of course, the place has been there for over 100 years, so hopefully it is a good spot.

A duck went into our garage and wouldn't come out. Sven and Fred had to work together to herd it out. Only in the country!

More tornado threats last night, but nearly as close as a few weeks ago. It just made me dream about tornados coming. How much fun is that to dream about tornadoes over and over? Ugh.