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Around here

Sitting on a fence right now listening to my horses sneeze, swish their tails and stomp around. The baby birds have been flying out of their nests and tasks have been flying off my to-do list. Spring has sprung away and summer has landed. This spring I was busy putting all of my ducks in a row and this summer is going to be action packed. I’ve been working on a top secret project for the last year and now it’s time to unleash it. Funny how I’m literally sitting on a real fence right now while I feel like I’m sitting on a different kind of fence perched above two sides- preparation and execution. Funny how scary it is to be getting so close to making the big dream in my head a real thing in real life. Is it going to work? Are people going to like it? Am I missing something? Am I delusional? Can I actually really do this and pull it off? Moo just tried to push me off the fence. Which is exactly what I need. I need to push myself forward and execute quickly. These feelings of being uncomfortable or scared are simply just the push I need to channel this pent up energy (aka anxiety) into action. It’s so easy to talk about things and dream about things, but actually making them happen can be a whole different scary story. Now Moo just tried to bite my boot. He’s probably reading my thoughts and thinking, “Get off your ass, stop being scared, stop blogging and go back to work.” Ok Moo, reading you loud and clear.

But first, before I go, I just want to recap in photos how glorious this spring was…



















Horsin’ around

My life is complete. There is nothing else that I want or need in the world (besides some sweet kids one day, some baby chickens, an arena, a tack room and some new cushions for our dining room table chairs). Other than that, I am perfectly 100% happy. Horses and dogs can do that to you. As I put it to one neighbor yesterday, “Animals make life make sense to me.”

This last week, all I did was horse around. We ordered all of our pipe corrals, got a whole bunch of decomposed granite, leveled it all out with a tractor and then installed all of the corrals. A long time Topanga resident, Jimmy, put it all in for us and he did such a great job. There was a big rush to get everything done because we were supposed to pick up Gracie on Thursday. Matt had to go out of town for work, so I had to get most of it all done by myself with the help of Jimmy. On Wednesday everything was still in piles on the ground, but we pulled it off and everything got put up in time for Gracie. I had to go get a tow hitch put on the ol’ Tahoe and then I managed to hook up the trailer and then actually drive it on PCH and the 405 freeway to Palos Verdes all by myself. I was white knuckled to whole way there and back. I’m pretty much the worst driver, as evident by the minor accident I caused last week on Rodeo Drive (thank god it wasn’t the Bugatti we passed earlier, but I still feel so bad because I hit someone’s brand new car). LA is so terrifying to drive in! And then you add a horse trailer and I’m pretty much a disaster waiting to happen. But fortunately, Gracie and I survived and we made it back to Topanga in one piece. Gracie was not happy about leaving her old barn and it took five men to get her into the trailer, and then she proceeded to stomp around and whinny to tell us how unhappy she was to be in a metal box on wheels. I don’t blame her. She settled down once we got moving. It was so fun to drive with Gracie past the views of downtown LA and then come out of the tunnel in Santa Monica at PCH. Even though there’s usually a lot of traffic, you can’t complain about driving up the coast with the beach on your left. I still haven’t gotten over the novelty of turning up the canyon to head up to Topanga. Gracie and I blasted Edward Sharpe’s “Home” as we SLOWLY winded are way up the hill. We pulled up and all of the corrals were finished and Gracie’s home was all ready for her. Matt surprised me by getting home early from his trip. I was so happy he was there when we pulled up! Gracie has a huge princess pen with an in and out barn stall, but she’s too funny because she’s afraid to go inside the barn. Even with hay in there, she refuses to set foot in the scary barn. She’s been pacing quite a bit because she’s anxious being in her new home, but she’s slowly starting to relax. We brought Lady over to her new corral and the two of them have had a few bitch fights, but they’re starting to get used to each other and I think they’re both happy for the company and the entertainment.

We’ve had quite a week with our Lady Bug. I rode her very lightly on the Loop around our house and on a pretty flat ride to Red Rock, and then she turned up really lame on Monday. I didn’t even canter her or take her up anything really steep. She really didn’t want to move her back end and looked like she was in a lot of pain. I called the vet out and they did a lameness test and x-rays. It turns out that Lady has a really funky looking rear knee from an old injury. On the xrays her patella looked like a baby’s face in a sonogram, and it’s supposed to look smooth. Her ligaments also looked like there was some significant scarring. The vet’s diagnosis was pretty bad. He said that she will probably never be able to do the type of trail riding that we had in mind. : ( Which is basically the worst news that you can get considering that we just got her and we just started to completely bond with her. We’ve had her on bute the last couple of days, which is probably why she looks better, but I swear she’s doing way better. I’m crossing my fingers and praying to God that she just strained a butt or back muscle and that the vet only thinks that it has to be the old knee injury because it looks so weird on the x-ray. I’m really hoping that she’s going to be fine, otherwise it looks like we’re going to have a third really large dog that literally eats up a whole lotta green. Matt is really sad because Lady is a horse for him and his mom, and now we probably won’t be able to ride her for awhile, if not ever. Ugh. We’re so bummed. Let’s just pray that she’s going to be fine. She’s been walking around her stall today and bearing a ton of weight on her back legs now, so she might just come out of it.

Right now I’m sitting on our porch and it overlooks the girls in their stalls. It’s funny how we traded in our ocean view for a view of horses, mountains and trees. All of which are our favorite things. I absolutely love the ocean, but I also absolutely love the serenity and stillness of the mountains. They’re so opposite and both so beautiful. I’m slowly turning even more ‘granola’ than I’ve always been. I swear that the energy here is different. At the beach it’s gorgeous and it has it’s quiet moments, but it’s also full of energy and very turbulent. It’s hardly ever really still. I always had a little bit of anxiety in my throat the last few years, but here, under the trees and in the mountains, I haven’t felt those feelings. I feel so at peace here. As though this is exactly where I’m supposed to be, with Matt and our animals.

Yay! Lady just rolled in her new stall and she’s been playing in her water. Gracie isn’t pacing as much. I think the girls are finally settling in. I think we’re all finally settling in.


Thinking about love

Wow! Life is crazy and good! It’s amazing how letting go and accepting the journey can result in the most positive, amazing and unexpected outcomes. I’ve always been a little bit resistant to change and now I’ve been shown the light! Change is fantastic!

I loved our life in San Diego so much that I was afraid of leaving behind all of the good, but God/the Universe/Mother Nature/a greater power had something else in store for us. I’ve always been an extremely visual person and a big dreamer and all of a sudden a ton of my thoughts and dreams are becoming a reality. I’m incredibly overwhelmed with gratitude and awe that this is all happening. One thing is certain- it all starts with Love.

My whole life I’ve been in love with animals. My whole world involved around them and they taught me how to love and truly care for something outside of yourself. I worked so hard in school because I wanted to make my parents really happy so that I was allowed to ride horses and maybe one day have a horse of my own. I continued to work hard through high school because I wanted to get into a good college so that I could have a career that could support a lifestyle that included horses. Then my love of dogs lead me to build a dog training and walking business. I would not have been able to achieve anything without my Love, Matt, and the devoted love of my mom helping me to run the business. It all starts with love.

Matt and I have talked about our dream house for hours and hours over the last few years. We’ve always imagined a decent sized property so that we could have our own little zoo filled with animals and our kids. We imagined a property with big trees and a creek and a space to build a barn for our horses, music and art studios. We talked about which styles of houses that we loved and talked about how we wanted to renovate an old house and fill it up with friends and family. I always thought that this was going to happen down the road… in at least 5-10 years, but it’s happening now! All of the hours of dreaming and planning are manifesting now. Next week we close on our dream property that has all of the details mentioned above. There’s a creek and big sycamore and oak trees and a preschool across the street with kids laughing.

And to top it off, we already found my dream horse to complete the vision. Her name is Gracie and she’s a beautiful warmblood mare who’s perfect for me! She’s not too easy and will keep me on my toes. We have a lot to learn together and I’m so excited for all of our upcoming adventures. The timing has been just right because her owner is a friend of Matt’s mom who has owned her for ten years and has been her only rider. He’s so in love with her and has been looking for the perfect home for her. He could easily sell her for a few thousand dollars, but out of love and loyalty to Gracie, he’s giving her to us for free and entrusting her into our care. When he told me that he’s giving her to me my eyes welled up with tears of happiness and thankfulness. I’ve dreamed of a horse like Gracie for so long and I can’t believe that she’s going to come live with us at our new house. I can’t wait to lavish her with love and paint our house in love.

Matt and I are dreaming like crazy these days and envisioning afternoons picking veggies in our garden and cooking big family style dinners after going for long rides on our horses. We’re thinking about how we want our future to be filled with laughter and adventures with our family. I think about loving Matt with my whole heart and holding his hand when our hands our bony and veiny with age. I am so thankful to be with a man who wants to make our dreams a reality by planning, talking and working towards them everyday.

I’m in utter awe of the power of dreaming and being in love. It’s truly magical.