Sunday, February 8, 2009

Time is waiting in the wings

Yesterday, my son and I went to the dollar movies around noon and saw Yes Man with Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel. It was great! I don't usually like Jim Carrey movies, either. It's about a guy who never wants to go anywhere or do anything. Then he attends a seminar where he is convinced he must say "Yes" to everything. Of course, bad things happen that ultimately lead to good things, etc.

More and more, I've been trying to live my life this way. Although I will say no sometimes, and I'm usually reluctant to commit to "hard and fast" plans in the future, I really want to do as much as I can with my life.

After the movie, we went to a few stores to get my son some clothing and stuff. Finally, we got home around 4:00.

This morning, I had decided to ride today, in case the weather goes bad and I can't ride tomorrow, so I ran out to the barn. I groomed and saddled Scout as fast as I could and we headed out. He is so hairy that there's not much I can do grooming wise, anyway. Look at all that hair on his fat belly!I rubber curried him to try to get some of the dirt out of the saddle area and then I used the wire curry to smooth the hair down. I picked out his feet and brushed his face, neck, and body. I quickly saddled him and rode out, around the neighborhood and the back forty, then through the trees up to another neighborhood and road, where we came back around, towards the barn. I rode on past the barn and did another loop. Besides spooking a little bit at the neighbor's turkeys flying around in their pen and gobbling like crazy, he was awesome! He happily walked, trotted, and cantered for me. The next time we went past the turkey ruckus he only looked over there and it was me who jumped. lol. He was good enough that I even pulled out my camera and snapped some photos.
Here is the headless horseman who went riding with us.
You can see from the skies how threatening it looked.
Scout turned and sort of looked back for this shot. The little heart charm turned so all you can see is the ring on the side of the browband.
I rode for almost an hour and got back about 5:10. Oh no, I'm out of time! I unsaddled and quickly curried him down. His hair had turned all curly from the light sweat!
Next, I fed all the horses in record time.
Then I ran back to the house to get ready for my evening out. I changed my clothes, primped for about 5 or 10 minutes, grabbed a piece of cold pizza, and headed out the door to the car.

This time I got to the concert hall two hours before showtime. I waited for the ticket window to open and I bought a ticket. I got first row, Mezzanine, just off center for $8.00 instead of the regular price of 65.00. Gosh, it pays to go as a student and alone! At least, I keep telling myself that.

The concert was awesome! There were three vocalists accompanying the orchestra. The vocalists were great, two women and a man. They sang songs from Broadway musicals, Rent, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, and many others. My favorites were the medleys from Jesus Christ Superstar and Mama Mia.

I think I will try again later in the month to see the "Sounds of New Orleans" and also the upcoming Beethoven Festival. This is a nice perk for going to school!

Time is waiting in the wings - Song: time, artist: David Bowie, album: Aladdin Sane

10 comments:

Melanie said...

Val-
Scout always looks like he is a happy little horse, with a good (but fun!) attitude. I love the belly shot!! It looks like you took a picture of a bunny or something else that is all fuzzy,but not a horse...lol!!!

I am glad that you got to spend some quality time with your son, your horses, and yourself. :)

allhorsestuff said...

What a nice day with some great times!
The l o n g shadow of the headless is awesome!
KK

lytha said...

wow what a coat. he's not cold at night!

thanks for the ride photos, the sunset made everything so vibrant.

~lytha

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Yeah, Scout is my crazy boy! He's kind of like Peter Pan, never going to grow up. He's 14.1hh, or 14.2hh with long feet and a short tape. hehee.

I like that headless photo too.

Yeah, it was a really busy day but I got everything I had planned on doing, done! I even rode 3 times in 4 days!

I notice in the head shots that you can really see all his face and neck hair sticking out and his wild mane. The hair on his spots sticks up too. It won't grow much longer than that. Crazy, isn't it? My horses are shedding by day and growing it back overnight. For months, it's messy with hair everywhere around my barn. No wonder the swallows love to build nests in my barn with all that lovely horsehair to use.

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

I'm glad you got a break from the bad luck and had a nice day. My daughter's dorm is right next to the campus amphitheater, so she only has to walk across the street to see concerts and plays. I'm so jealous.

Dan and Betty Cooksey said...

Full day. Any ride is a good ride as long as you come home safe.

I'm glad the concert turned out to be such a good time for you.

Regards,

Dan

Andrea said...

Just look at that fuzzy belly!! LOL!! I love winter horses.

And what a great ride!! The skies did look threatoning!! Dark clouds moving in. It sounded like a great ride. I am glad you got to go out. I would have loved to have gone and listend to those vocalists!! How awesome!

The Wades said...

Glad to hear Yes Man is good. It looks pretty funny, but you can never tell.

Good for you making it a priority to go see the concert. Sounds like it was amazing.

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Laughing Orca Ranch said...

I feel like a mushroom over here, while you're next door running here and there and keeping so busy. I don't know how you do it all. But you sure are living a full, productive and fun life. I'm so happy for you, Val.

And I really enjoyed seeing the photos of Scout from your ride. He's so fuzzy and soft. No need for our wooly horses to have blankets on with thick fur coats like those. hehe

~Lisa