Sunday, December 12, 2010

Summer in December

Today is gorgeous.  We have a day of summer in December -- teeshirts for us, baths for the horses, naps for the dogs.  Tomorrow is supposed to warm as well and then it starts cooling off with rain expected by the weekend.  Camille took this picture of the dogs on the patio.


Brett and I rode together after breakfast, starting out with a walk on the bridle paths.  We went around the block which is about 20 minutes if you march.  I was able to keep Jackson on the buckle the entire time and he had happy forward energy.  The arena work was hit and miss.  His trot work was very consistent and supple.  He did great with his leg yields: bent around my leg but straight in his neck, leading ever so slightly with his shoulders, crossing, and not losing forward.  Good boy!  In canter, he struggled to get the correct lead.  It seemed to be an anticipation problem so I tried giving a strong half halt as I asked and that helped a lot.  I could feel him click his brain back on and then get it right.  Overall, it was a successful ride.

After Jackson was clean and dry and put away, I went back to the house to help Camille make toffee for her chemistry class.  I spilled sugar on the stove and Camille dribbled sugar water on the floor but other than that we did pretty well.  Brett decided to get out the shop vac and clean the tack room.  He came up to the house with blood dripping from his forearm.   That man cuts himself open all the time.  I covered the cut with a non stick pad and wrapped it up with vet wrap.  He said he cut it on the key in the tack room door but couldn't explain how beyond that.

I have to go down the mountain after the kids clean out the rabbit area.  The kids are going to their dad's house and I need to make a quick stop at the mall (ugh).  I hate to leave on days like this.

7 comments:

  1. I think I want to live where you do! lol. We'll be in winter until April.

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  2. Wow. Ever lucky!!! We had freezing rain over the weekend and today the temperature dropped significantly. And like Linda, we will be in cold until April. Brrrr!

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  3. I've been listening to the weather reports for the mid-west and feeling kind of guilty. You guys really got hammered!

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  4. Annette, I just found your blog. I live near Palm Springs. Your mountains look familiar...are you in Hemet? Yes, our weather has been gorgeous here, but it was in the 80's and HOT!!! I'm looking forward to some rain this weekend so I can get another crop of my sweet peas planted.

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  5. Cheryl Ann: Thanks for following my blog! No, we don't live in Hemet but you are headed in the right direction from your place. We are in mountains between Lake Elsinore and San Juan Capistrano.

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  6. Good gawd. Toffee for chemistry class?!? Only in California, I'm guessing...

    I envy you your warm, dry weather. I've only just come in from outside where we're currently working on building an ark.

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  7. Yes, only in California. The toffee project was actually extra credit. She had to make something with a sugar solution that changed and then write a report on sugar crystal size blah blah blah.

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