Saturday, December 31, 2011

Good Times, Finally

After my birthday epiphany, I have understood myself better and allowed myself to feel how I feel. Actions are voluntary, feelings happen. Contrary to the way I was raised, feelings cannot be inappropriate or disgraceful, only what you do about them. Some people find solace in denial. I am not one of those.

Accepting Yndi as she is, telling Roger that she can stay at his place longer than 30 days if she needs to, has taken the pressure of him and off Yndi.

Yndi's weakest link is her confidence. Therefore, much of her training has been focused on that. Doing what she can do easily. Schmoozing with people, a little Reiki treatment. She is really a nice pony. I am proud to own her but not attached. Yet.

She has a fantastic trot!

I am listening to Grave Peril, by Jim Butcher, read by James Marsters. Buffy the Vampire fans will know James Marsters as Spike.

Here is a summary I sent to Diana yesterday on FB PM:
I have a cold. Otherwise OK. Silver was very active this morning, it was fun. Mon-Tuesday we went to Mt Hamilton. I thought of you and thought you would like the quiet, with moss and lichen hanging from the trees. Wednesday I took Hubby to IKEA for recreational shopping. We don't do that often, but IKEA is a good place for it,with a snack bar and a cafeteria eatery inside. We had Swedish potato chips. Yesterday I took him out to Knightsen to meet Yndi and Roger. It was a good day. Then I spent the rest of the day drinking tea and watching Fringe on DVD. Today I go to see Yndi by myself. Whoo! It takes 80 minutes to get there! I have a lecture series on US history in my ipod and I am trying to learn all the words to Lydia The Tattooed Lady

Monday, December 19, 2011



Yesterday was hard, but it become clear, in the end, why it was so. Dave wanted to get me the perfect birthday gift but I couldn't tell him what I wanted because I didn't want anything. He said "We'll go online tonight, that carriage driving place, and you can pick out something for Yndi."

So, all day, what do I want. I just miss Maggie, Janow's loss is not far away yet. I took Lydia Dog for a 2nd walk at Indian Hill Ranch, seeking sunlight to lift my spirits. My friends were there. We cried for Maggie.

Dave was ready for cyber-shopping so we sit down and I look at the screen. "I don't want to buy something for Yndi, I want to buy something for Maggie." I ask for a rain check.

Now I understand why I have been so distressed by Yndi's behavior. When I watch you work with her, it is amazing. I know that having her with you is the best I could do for her. My anxiety and uncertainty is my grief for Maggie in disguise. Now that I realize this, I can see that Yndi gets mad, but not mean. She resists, but is not aggressive. These things are huge and important. I have tremendous faith in you, more each time I watch you. I need to have patience with Yndi and with myself. Yndi deserves nothing less.

She could benefit from some Reiki. Can you please ask Rose Marie to see her? I will bring my checkbook next time I come.


Friday, December 16, 2011

Here are the Pictures of the Morning

Silver cleans herself under the chair.

Lydia guards my lap from cats and rabbits.

Silver returns to the BUNker.

Wiskers watches from afar

Mary Shelley watches from nearer.

"You guys are so boring."

There used to be a lap here.

Whiskers comes closer.

Mary Shelley wants something. Don't guess wrong. Or else.

No New Pictures, Just Stupid Thoughts

That's it. No pictures, again. I should take pictures of Silver or Lydia.......

I hope Yndi becomes a nice driving pony.

This whole thing started three years ago. Lessons, training......getting the trailer fixed....That took way too long. Then, new horses. Two in a year. I could not keep them alive. Now Yndi, who is very attractive with great gaits.......and a pistol.

Roger believes she will be a nice driving pony. Consistent work and patience.

Watching Roger work with her is absorbing and amazing. I have more confidence in him than I can put into words. Having Yndi sent directly to his care and training instead of going to Indian Hill....good decision.

But still, I am not driving around. Not with Janow, not with Maggie, not with Yndi.

Joseph is having a terrible time. When your child is having a rough time, you are too. His rough times are tougher than most. Other people don't believe me, they think I am being dramatic. All teens have terrible times, Josephs are worse.

I need to try to contact the police and find out what parents rights are. as far as I can determine, the law provides rights for minors to protect them from adults. If those are the only legal rights in place, then parents cannot make a child do anything they don't want to eat the dinner I prepare and not something else in the freezer. Like turn off the Xbox and go to bed. Like do your homework.

The yelling ruins whole evenings, whole days. This is domestic abuse. He is bigger and stronger than I am, I cannot make him do anything.

I want, with all my heart, to take his Christmas gifts back to the stores.

The guy that Dave got to draw up the house plans for submission to the county for a building permit, is taking too long for Dave. He is very anxious. I am finding it hard to maintain interest with the other stuff going on.

I am back in physical therapy. My right hip has frozen and I have sciatica in the left leg. I need to find an acupuncturist to help with the chronic inflammation and the migraine headaches.

This time I spend, on the floor, with my animals, is my favorite time of day. I have taken pictures, I will upload them later. Right now. I do not want to get up and find the chord.

Thursday, December 15, 2011


Yndi has proven to be very tricky. I am having to step up my game. She can be pretty resistant. She can barge into you, step on your feet, whop you with her head, and rear. Marion helped me a lot, showing me how to lead her. I've been leading horses since 1973, but it seems I had more to learn.

Roger has been incredible, waiting for her to get over her hysterics and then getting her to go on. The training is under there, he says, but from what I have heard on the grapevine, it may not have been the kindest training. Roger says that explains a lot of her behavior, but he thinks she can get over it. She is getting kind training now, and makes tremendous progress in very short times.

Yesterday he switched her bit to Maggie's French link. Her mouth measures 4", but Maggie's bit is four and a half. the shape of her head seems to make the four inch bit too small. She was better after the switch.

Yndi is a very pretty girl, with a fantastic trot, though not muscled at all. Maggie was a funky looking pony, though I thought she was beautiful. Maggie's trot was not so good, but regular and even. She didn't canter. Maggie was SO reliable, so steady. Yndi is not reliable at all. At least not now.

At this time, I have no attachment.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Good Day

This is Yndi. Pronounced Yindy, rhymes with Mindy, no Mork.
She is my new pony.
Yndi is a 16 year old Gotland mare. She has been a broodmare all her life, but, the economy is bad, breeders are breeding fewer foals because they can't sell them. In Yndi's case, the breeder is getting out of pony breeding and investing her resources in something else.

I think Yndi got lucky. I know I got lucky. Now she gets to be somebody's personal pony and get all the attention.
She is trained to drive, but very rusty. She will be at Roger's for training, to brush up on what she knows and get me up to the challenge of driving her myself. I might have been able to do it myself, but why take the risk? Roger will make sure we are OK.
On the other hand, sales have been bad. Marketing costs have equalled gross. That means they are more than net, and that means I am in the red.

So: This pad and others, and some really cool sweatshirts can be seen and purchased in my etsy shop.
Click here for Etsy. From my store, you can search other stores and see a wide variety of very cool one-of-a-kind items. Perfect when you want to give something nice that they couldn't just go the the nearest box store and buy.

Friday, December 09, 2011


Yesterday was a big day!
First: the auto parts store for truck parts.
Then: the post office to pack and ship gifts. We packed it all in fixed rate boxes in the parking lot.
And then: Milpitas High School for the Junior Naval ROTC promotions.
Then......To Knightsen to receive Yndi!

Sunday, December 04, 2011


This is a down pillow. When I said "down," this isn't quite what I had in mind.


Thursday, December 01, 2011


It did this at our house. Lydia saw the fence come down out the sliding door. The was pretty upset. "Yap yap yap yap!"

It broke a valve on the auto watering system. Lots of water, but Dave saw it fast and stopped the water.

My friends living up in the hills have worse problems.