2. I have been
3. There is a couple who live on the dirt road that curves around behind our property; they live about a mile and a half away -- around the back, then up to the top of the hill. Their property is very steep (not at all horse friendly) with a spectacular view. They are wine lovers and we seem to be spending a lot of time together on the weekends at winery events, in their wine cellar or on the deck. This past week their daughter and her family came to visit and we met them at a fund raiser held at a local winery. There were three small grandchildren, ages 3ish to 10ish. The middle child, Alayna, peppered me with questions during dinner about our animals, her blue eyes wide with interest. Of course, a visit was arranged this past week and they came by one afternoon while I was at work (rats). Brett said that the oldest boy was polite but uninterested. The youngest girl scampered up and down the creek embankements, with her parents in hot pursuit. But Alayna met all the animals. She led Flash to the tie rail where she helped groom him. She watched Brett pick Flash's hoof and declared she wanted to try -- Brett held the hoof (very heavy for a wee little girl) while she carefully and thoroughly brushed out every crumb of dirt. ...someone is going to have a pony on their Christmas list.
4. It has been really hot this past week. We rode at 5:45 this morning to beat the heat -- and it was 65 already/still. When I got home from work it was 100. Yech.
5. Do you ever have trouble reading a book because you intensely dislike a character? I'm having that problem now. I am reading "The Language of Paradise" by Barbara Moss which is very well written but I cringe inwardly reading about the husband and have a horrible sense of foreboeding. I'm only half way through the book -- we'll see if I manage to finish it or not. I think I need to or this character is going to keep sitting in the back of mind, bothering me.