My daughter has been spoiled enough to have a few Snack Fever boxes straight from Korea. She has been thrilled so far. Anything chocolate is, of course, welcome. She’s also enjoyed the gummies and chips, but I think her absolute favorite things are the band items! We can’t wait to see what’s in next month’s box! Sometimes she even shares with me.
Yesterday was perfect for Wordless Wednesday, but I didn’t post because I have a lot to say!
My new filly, Cherokee Lady, usually plays in the corral during the day. With the gate to the big pasture closed. My friend, Charlotte, lives right there and is kind enough to let me board two horses with her. She generally keeps an eye on everything. I arrived yesterday to find that Cherokee’s stall was empty…and the gate to the big pasture was open. We are still not completely sure how that happened. Charlotte and I were also unsure of how to get Cherokee back where she belongs. I was relying on Oreo, my daughter’s horse, and oats to get the baby to come visit with us.
Oreo did not let me down! I yelled for her, she stopped eating hay and starting sashaying in my direction. We looked closer, and Cherokee was in Oreo’s pocket! They both got oats, Charlotte and I breathed a huge sigh of relief, and the world was right again.
I have a super big announcement to make! Yes, there’s a new baby in the family! She’s a darling who never cries; she does, however, whinny.
I saw a post on Facebook about a filly, Abby, who needed a home. Abby and her mother were rescued from a kill pen in Oklahoma, and her picture caught my eye. I took a closer look. And then another look. I was very interested, but I wasn’t sure how to make things happen. Horses can be quite expensive, so I hesitated, but I kept going back to Abby.
I already own one horse, Oreo, who lives across town. After chatting with the property owner, it turns out that there was room for one more with Oreo. That’s when I made a decision to go ahead and buy that filly. Then things miraculously started falling into place. The first step was to contact the people at the hub and make arrangements to pay her adoption fee. That was accomplished fairly quickly. Other details had to be arranged like a vet certificate, board until I could get her off the lot and hauling. That’s when things got really interesting.
The vet check was handled easily, but I got a bad case of sticker shock when I called horse haulers! The range was between $500 and $850! Abby was paid for, my mind was made up, so it was crunch time. I was already in love with Abby, and she was coming home.
I messaged friends in my area who have horses and “know people.” It didn’t take long for a friend to message back. Jeannette was a true hero! She offered to make the nine-hour trip (for gas expenses) on her days off from work. I was gobsmacked at this point. Her days off exactly coincided with when Abby needed to be off the lot—-one week’s board was free, and Tuesday was the deadline. Abby was about to take her freedom ride!
Jeannette set off early Monday morning, but the weather was threatening to slow things down. I worried (as usual), but I knew my friend (and hero) would get Abby home safely. The original plan was to spend the night before coming home, but snowy conditions changed the plan. Jeannette got Abby to her place in the wee hours of the morning, unloaded, fed and watered. I’m sure Jeannette crashed hard after that!
I took a personal day off from work (Tuesday) to welcome my horse home. I was so glad to meet her. I was sad for her because she came on one of the coldest days of the year! We are still getting snow with super cold temperatures.
Abby is safe and out of the elements. She also has a new name—Cherokee Lady.
We (parents and teachers) know how special our students are. We know their personalities and can appreciate them as they are while we do our best to teach and nurture them.
I had way too much free time this weekend. I ended up writing a rap song for my seventh graders. Yes, a rap. I decided my kids needed a little bit of comedy, so I actually performed the song and allowed them to video me—something I never do! I worked in every kid’s name, so it was specific to them.
They seemed quite happy, and I even heard from some of the parents about the rap. I’m glad I made my kids smile. For now, though, it’s back to work!
If you’d like to see my version of crazy, a student put it on Youtube with the title “Crazy teacher went Eminem.”
I was able to purchase a Skype call for my daughter from one of her favorite bands. Blood on the Dance Floor members are awesome. Fallon is lovely and charming; Dahvie is friendly and funny.
My daughter saw Dahvie before in concert, and I remember one thing he said. “You didn’t come here to be judged.” He was able to draw people together and give everyone a sense of belonging. All of us need to find our tribe, right?
Have you ever wanted something others might consider frivolous? Did you do/buy/get it anyway? I can happily answer affirmatively for both questions.
If you know me at all, you know I enjoy learning and reading all of the time. Months (years?) ago, my daughter showed me information about a country I ‘d never heard of—Sealand. Since it’s a tiny “island,” I’m not sure I would want to actually visit, but I’m willing to be part of the community in my own small way. I did quite a bit of research to find out more, and, from that moment, I dreamed of having a title from Sealand.
I did it! Did I laugh at myself? A bit. Am I sorry? Nope. I was so happy the day the mail came from Sealand.
I told a fellow teacher this morning that I feel like a fake. (She had just complimented my new clothes.) I usually dress casual/comfortable, but lately I’ve branched out to wear dressier styles. I still (and will always) love my skorts from Christopher & Banks (below), but I’m getting a bit braver with fashion.
I enjoy seeing what’s available from Lisa at My Big Sister’s Closet, and once I was inspired to call the shop to place an order. Miss Lisa herself was on the other end of the line. She found out my preferences, took my card number and put together a few items for me. She then texted me pictures of the options, I made decisions and texted back. It was that simple. The package arrived withing the week, and everything was perfect. I could get used to having a personal shopper!
I was lucky to find leggings at Maurice’s in the mall, so I bought three pairs in black. (Not even sorry!) The turquoise/black/grey tunic (below) is from Dollar General!
In case you can’t tell, I hate posing for pics, but I wanted to show some of my new tunic tops. The leggings are great because I prefer to cover my legs, and autumn weather is finally here. (Thanks to Miss Trisha for taking the photos.)