I am trying something new this week -- a link to A Rural Journal's Random 5 Friday. I found the link through blogger buddy Buttons. I'm going to put my own spin on it, mixing the random stuff with answers to questions I've received throughout the week in the comments. Some of the questions are outside the usual scope of this blog, so this will give me an opportunity to answer. If you have a question, throw it out there and I'll answer it next Friday (if not sooner).
1. My dad wanted to know if I like my new job. Fortunately, the answer is yes. The move has been good all the way around. We love our new home, our neighbors and living in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Monday thru Friday I drive down from the mountains to the Sacramanto delta - a big weather difference. It is typically 15 degrees warmer at work so I've messed up on the wardrobe front a few times -- dressing for brrr cold and arriving to 80F. I like the company (honest, mission driven, high quality), the people (smart and friendly) and the work (challenging).
2. Lori asked if we bring the horses into the barn at night when the temperatures dip into the 30s. We leave the horses in the pasture as much as possible. They have shelter there so unless there is a storm, they are out. We have hardy beasties here. .... well, except for the dogs. They come in at night when its cold.
3. Lori also asked if I have tried turning Winston in a tight circle when he pulls his backing up and out of the arena tricks. Yep, I've tried that. We turn but the second we stop, he starts backing again. The most effective thing I've found with him is to ask for leg yield. It requires concentration on his part so he focuses on moving sideways instead of bucking or running backwards.
4. Brett painted the breakfast area a cheerful red. We love it. The color makes me smile and it brings out the beautiful cherry wood in the table.
5. I think our furniture works better in this house than in our home at Aspen Meadows. Our furniture was designed specifically for that house so I think its funny that it looks better here. Maybe it was waiting for this old farmhouse too.