Monthly Archives: February 2012

Arabian horses up for adoption

Hello all! This morning I read this blog post by a friend and fellow blogger, Cowboy over at One Cowboy’s Way. Since horses are my passion (especially Arabians!), I felt compelled to reblog this story in order to share it with as many people as possible. We need to find homes for these wonderful horses because they need our help something terrible!

I read the original postings on Arabian Rescue Mission’s website and a news article Cowboy posted. The condition of these Arabs is shocking, but they will come around with some TLC! Let’s share this story and try to save some more horses! Remember, every little bit helps. 🙂

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Ponies with Personality!

original art by Jeni

These caricatures capture our horses' personalities perfectly!

Howdy! This morning I felt compelled to turn out some quick sketches of my horses. They each have a distinctive personality, which I tried to illustrate for each horse. It almost looks like a comic, haha!

Gamble, the newbie, is surprisingly bold when it comes to new things. Although she is still a bit spooky at times, she approaches new situations with ears perked forward and a bold forward stance. This is a good sign! Hopefully…

Coda is…well, she’s special. One moment she is the most loving, affectionate horse in the field. The next second she has jumped four feet in the air and teleported to the other side of the field because a leaf moved. That’s okay, I love her anyway.

Princess is prissy. She knows that she is obviously the best and is the first to let you know what she thinks. Princess is so fancy she thinks in cursive.

Money is the old guy in the bunch. He is content to stand around and eat all day, every day. He’ll do what you tell him to do, but his first concern is always eating.

The caricatures I drew this morning are based on actual, real-life events. After I took blankets off this morning (because it’s supposed to be in the 70’s today…really!), Gamble started showing everyone how brave she was. She began approaching the strange blanket, snorting at it, and generally checking it out. While Gamble was doing that, Coda noticed it (even though she saw me put in on the fence 5 minutes earlier) and bolted across the field in 2.3 seconds. Princess looked at them like, “You morons. It’s a blanket, deal with it…” Money is the most easy-going of the herd. While the girls were making a big thing out of a blanket on the fence, Money just flicked one ear towards them while he munched on his breakfast.

Those are our horses! Do any of your horses have a very distinctive personality?

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For the Love of Words

Love: The Elusive Four-Lettered Word

Love is such a small word in size, but its true meaning can move mountains. Many of you will probably agree that the word love has been overused, abused, and not really understood by youth. In fact, love can be quite difficult to define because of its elusive meaning. So, when I say that I love my husband, my children, my family and friends, or my animals, I mean something real. This is not the love that teenagers think they know. Love is more than a feeling, it is a way of life.

Barbed wire heart

Sketch of a barbed wire heart I drew in 2007

How Does One Measure Love?

On Valentine’s Day my husband tried (with great difficulty, might I add) to tell me how much he loves me. After a few moments of silence, he finally said that no one word can accurately describe our love. Well, I must agree! 😉 Part of the reason this is true is because the word love is so overused…here I go again. Hah! What is sad to me is that people attribute more meaning and passion to the word hate than they do love. People don’t talk about hating just anything, that is reserved for truly vile situations. By contrast, people croon love over last night’s spaghetti, the sunshine, lover, friends, and so many other things.

Original Art by Jeni

This is the card I drew for my husband on V-day this year ❤

So, there’s my spiel on that! I won’t bore you further with my disappointment in society’s definition of love. Moving on…

Love Words

The passion, vigor, romance, and feeling the word love is supposed to evoke seems more and more lost. So, here are a few of my favorite words that might help describe what love is to me and how I feel my love for others should be described.

Romance

Adore

Cherish

Treasure

Desire

Admire

Respect

Appreciate

Affection

Friendship

Loyalty

Devotion

Passion

Joy

Love and marriage

Sketch of hands w/ wedding bands inspired by Renaissance Art drawn by me

Powerfully Passionate

As you can see, love takes on many meanings to me, but my love for one is not necessarily the same as my love for another. There are many different kinds of love…perhaps that is why society has chosen to abuse this four-lettered word.

So what if this particular post was sappy and cheesy? Love is on my mind today! We are so very truly blessed, no matter what turbulence or drama is happening in everyday life. It is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day problems, issues, and annoyances.

art by Jeni

Pen & ink drawing by me...because I'm so lucky! 😉

Instead of thinking about the things that make you hurt, angry, upset, or annoyed, think instead of what you do have. Family, friends, the love of others, someone or something to cherish…look for the love, and you will find it. What do you think about that? 

Is Squidoo Profitable?

Have you heard of Squidoo? I found this blogging platform after searching for more ways to make money online by writing at home. Upon the initial discovery I read many stories of wild success, so I was quick to sign up and try it out.

Image representing Squidoo as depicted in Crun...

Image via CrunchBase

For about six months I have had an account on Squidoo. It is supposed to be a profitable online blogging platform. Squidoo partners with other online entities by providing affiliate links to Amazon, eBay, Zazzle, CafePress, Etsy, and so much more allow writers to earn commissions when sales are made.

Sounds great, right? Well, to be honest with you I have had a hard time with Squidoo. I like to see results quickly…but I think this platform is more of a long-term thing. I enjoy writing “lenses” as they are called on Squidoo, but I quickly lost interest after I first signed up.

Well, Squidoo didn’t forget about me! Thankfully I have decided to take part in a training session of sorts called “RocketSquids Bootcamp.” It is great because I’m learning how to use the platform better and how to make more profitable lenses. This past week we were directed to create a product review.

Riding

If there's one thing I know, it's horses and horseback riding!

Product review articles are the most profitable because you can provide direct links to the products in a professional-looking manner. My article focused on the Best Horse Supplements in my opinion and experience. You can check out my product review here and let me know what you think, any honest feedback is appreciated!

Although the point of this type of article is to sell a product and earn a commission, I don’t really feel like I am a  sales person so to speak. I just wrote about supplements because I felt that I could give an honest review of the products I mentioned.

Have you tried Squidoo? If not, would you?

Beloved Blogs for the Liebster Blog Award

As many of you may now know, this blog received the Liebster Blog Award. Accepting the award means that I must also nominate at least 5 fellow bloggers for the award to continue to spread the love. When I received the award I learned that “Liebster” means beloved or dearest. How sweet! 😉

Eddie and I

Speaking of beloved and dearest...

This award is specifically designed to honor bloggers with less than 200 followers. It is meant to help us newbies make new connections and pave the road to blogging success! So, I will pass the award on to some of my favorite blogs I follow…although I am not 100% sure if all of them have less than 200 follwers, I think we can fudge that rule a bit. The point is to share, care, and help promote each other! Let fellow bloggers know you are there reading, enjoying, and loving their work!

Fire

These bloggers are on fire!

And now…drumroll, please…it’s time for my nominations! Please rest assured that these blogs are listed in no particular order, I love you all the same! 😉

Robotic Rhetoric

Robotic Rhetoric is a great place to go to read some pretty funny posts. The writing is witty and great for a good laugh in both the blog posts and the comments section. I always enjoy reading from here, so of course I wanted to nominate this blog!

No Swivel Chair

This blog is written by an awesome twin I used to work with at an amazing restaurant. I remember working with her and now I really enjoy reading her work and checking out her stunning photography. She writes to document her travels since she decided to leave her desk job and travel the world–how exciting! Rachel, you are nominated! 🙂

Four Kids and the Mom

Another one of my favorites, fourkidsandthemom is a fun blog with heartwarming stories, adventures, and ideas. The blog is upbeat, optimistic, and written from a perspective that only a mom can see…certainly that hits close to home with me! Another nomination: Check!

The Chocolate Dictionary

This is another blog I recently began following, and I’m glad I did! First of all, chocolate is in the title of the blog, so it must be a winner! Secondly, blog posts are original and amusing “chocolate” definitions that any chocoholic is sure to appreciate! Oh, yea…nominated!

Seebeegirl

This is yet another fun blog that I have followed for quite some time. You’ll find more heartwarming stories (I’m a sucker for those!), lots of cool pictures, and some great fantasy-type posts of information. I really enjoy reading through this blog, so of course it is on my list of nominations!

Live Like It’s Heaven on Earth

Another blog that I have followed for a while is Live Like It’s Heaven on Earth. I enjoy this blog because a lot of the writing is upbeat and positive. It’s kind of personal, insightful, and introspective at times–but so is my own blog! Most importantly, this writer embraces happiness. That is definitely worth a nomination!

The Nomad Grad

I love reading this blog about Hilary’s travels! Her writing is witty, honest, and all-around fun to read. It almost makes me feel like I’m right there with her, wherever she is! The subjects are not about boring tourist sites, either, but about real-life encounters out in the world. Thanks for making me feel like I’m traveling with you, you are nominated! 😀

Liebster Blog Award

Here is the Liebster Blog Award -- feel free to copy it and place it on your blog, nominees!

As I said before, I don’t know how many followers my 7 nominees actually have…but I love your work nonetheless! 😀 Now that you have been nominated, beloved bloggers, here are the rules you must follow to keep the Liebster Award in circulation among up-and-coming new blogs:

  1. Show your thanks to the blogger (that’s me!) who gave you the award by linking back to them.
  2. Reveal your top 5 nominations  (or as many as you want)  for the award and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
  3. Post the award on your blog — heck, write an entire post about it!
  4. Bask in the love from all of your loving supporters! ❤
  5. And, best of all — have fun and spread the karma.

Thank you to all of the readers, followers, and stumble-uponers. None of this would be possible for any of us without you! Also, thanks again to adollyciousirony for my Liebster nomination! I hope that we can all continue to share our work with each other and find fulfillment through our blogs!

Horses were my first love

Horses were my first love, blogging was my second ❤

There are lots of articles about the Liebster floating around out there — here are some of them:

Do You Know the Correlation Between Weather and Chocolate?

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE chocolate. Without chocolate, my life would not be complete! Chocolate was my first love and it is the only one that has never judged me, hurt me, or picked on me. Haha, just kidding…but chocolate has been there for me no matter what! 😉

A chocolate bar and melted chocolate. Chocolat...

Image via Wikipedia

So of  course when I saw an article discussing how weather affects the production of chocolate, I had to read it. Interestingly, cacao trees can only be grown in the hot, humid environment very close to the equator.

Severe weather can be disastrous to the cacao trees and the subsequent production of chocolate. Since weather patterns seem to be growing more extreme and downright unusual, I worry about the future of chocolate.

A cacao tree with fruit pods in various stages...

Image via Wikipedia

After reading the article (cited below), I have learned a valuable lesson. Don’t take anything for granted, not even chocolate! It doesn’t matter if you see it in every grocery store, gas station, or stop-n-go, the production of chocolate is tedious, time-consuming, and very dependent on weather conditions.

How Weather Around the World Impacts Chocolate – weather.com.

It’s Valentine’s Day…and I Got a Liebster Blog Award!

First of all…Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Many of you all will be exchanging gifts in the holiday spirit. Just remember the true meaning of this special day and show some love!

Children's Valentine, 1940–1950

Image via Wikipedia

That’s what today is all about, recognizing the people who mean the most to you in your life. Your spouse, parents, children, friends, and anyone else you love should be celebrated in some way on this day of love. That’s how I look at it, anyway!

Speaking of spreading the love…

The most EXCITING thing happened to me yesterday! This blog was nominated for the Liebster Blog Award, thanks to adollyciousirony!

Happily Ever After 71011

The Liebster Blog Award!

I couldn’t believe that anyone would nominate me…just lil’ ol’ me! 😀 For that I must thank you, it really means a lot to know that others actually read what I write…and like it enough to nominate this blog for an award.

Thank you SO MUCH, everyone! To all of my readers, thank you all for continuing to follow me and supporting this page. It means more to me than you can imagine! Without you all, none of this would be possible. 🙂 To show my thanks to adollyciousirony for the nomination, here is a peek of the blog:

allaboutlemon

As you’ll find out about allaboutlemon, it’s a great place to go for fun while surfing the web! There are many categories and pages to explore, such as arts, animals, humor, poetry, and many more!

allaboutlemon

Click the heart to visit allaboutlemon.com!

For anyone interested in reading the original post about the nomination by adollyciousirony, click to read I Am Beloved “Liebster Blog Award”!

I think the Liebster Award is a great way to keep us all connected in the blogging world! We should all keep this going, because it is a great tool (and confidence booster 😉 ) for new, up-and-coming bloggers. This award allows us to show our support for each other! 🙂

These are the rules nominees must follow:

  1. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
  2. Reveal your top 5 picks  (or more)  for the award and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
  3. Post the award on your blog.
  4. Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the blogsphere – other bloggers.
  5. And, best of all – have fun and spread the karma.

So, I will be choosing my five (at least!) favorite bloggers to nominate in the next few days. There will be another post soon to recognize some of my fellow bloggers, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

Anthropomorphic Valentine, circa 1950–1960

Image via Wikipedia

Thanks again, everyone! Have a fantastic Valentine’s Day! I know I will… 😉

Best Childhood Game Played in my Old House

Our childhoods are often defined by where we lived. Those early years help shape us into the people we are today. Your childhood environment played a part in the person you became, whether it was a farm house, mansion, cardboard box, duplex, or apartment. Fortunately, I grew up on a farm. Unfortunately, my childhood house was comparable to a cracker box.

Farm

Image Credit: Fields and Footpath nearby to Lower Vicarwood farm, Mackworth, Derbyshire

My childhood home rested on a large farm, nestled among rolling hills back on the bend. We lived near a big creek and our pasture had a natural spring in it as well. There were lots of things to do and plenty of places to make memories on that farm.

The house itself was nothing special, just a temporary living situation while our real house was being built on the property. My Dad was determined to build that house all on his own without taking out a loan or mortgage to help with the cost. As a result, the house house still is not complete 20-some years later… Anyway, we lived in a small mobile-type home beside the house being built.

Reservoir

Fishing at the reservoir in Scottsville

It was small and ugly, but it was my home. Our rooms were tiny, the walls were paper-thin, and the doors seemed like cardboard. Although much of my time was spent outside playing, tending to the animals, or going horseback riding, sometimes we did play inside. We would roller skate up and down the hallway, do gymnastics on the couch in the living room, and build forts by the piano.

My favorite memory involves my best friend, Emily. We used to play a special version of “hide and seek” that was perfect for the small space. One of us, the “hider,” would go hide down the hallway somewhere while the other walked down the hall. When walking down the hall, the “seeker” had to close their eyes tightly and run their hands along the hall walls.

At just the right moment, the “hider” would jump out and grab the “seeker.” This usually resulted in frightening the “seeker” silly, complete with shrieks, screams, and giggles. It was great fun for us because we liked scaring each other.

Being scared was a fun feeling and getting to see your best friend scream and jump was hilarious! We played this modified version of “hide and seek” quite often.

Do you have a favorite game, activity, or special memory from childhood? Is it a traditional game, or did you make up your own version?

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Sunshine, Rain, and Even Snow are Fine…But Please Keep the Wind Away!

Sunshine is amazing! Who doesn’t love a beautiful, sunny day? The rain has its own time and place that we must respect. Heck, there are even times that the snow is enjoyable! But the wind? Please keep that one to yourself, Mother Nature!

Storm

Calm Before the Storm

The weather can affect your mood a great deal, as it does for many of us. Despite the time of year or the season, there is nothing quite like a beautiful, sunny day. On the other hand, many people associate rain with a lazy day snuggling on the couch. We are conditioned by society to be influenced by the weather.

Since the beginning of time humans have been affected by the weather. It’s in our very nature to react a certain way to sunshine, wind, rain, or hail. So, of course it’s no surprise that the weather dictates our days.

Coda

Coda munching some hay on a sunny day

Interestingly, the weather also affects the behavior of animals. Have you ever noticed how your pets act differently prior to a storm? Your dogs may get anxious or hide, the cats suddenly all want to come inside, and the cows lay down out in the field. Then you look outside and see the leaves turned up and come to the conclusion that rain is coming.

Flame Kitty

Flame Kitty hanging out on top of the screen door

My favorite type of weather is a warm, breezy day with extra sunshine. The animals are sane for a change, sometimes even downright lazy when the sun is really beating down. Horses graze, roll, and lounge in the sunshine on pretty spring or summer days.

The worst kind of weather comes with high winds. It doesn’t matter if it’s raining, snowing, sleeting, or just plain windy, that is when everything seems to go awry. The horses act incredibly spooky when the “wind trolls” are out and about and even the dogs and cats are extra frisky. I don’t mind the rain, but please keep the wind to yourself, Mother Nature! Hahah!

Evie & Princess

Evie riding Princess

Somehow even the sanest and safest horse we own acts a little funny when it’s windy. Normally, you have to work to get him moving because Money is an old guy! He needs a little extra encouragement, but that is all part of his charm. 😉 Last time the girls rode him when it was a bit windy, I didn’t give it a second thought because they were riding MONEY. What’s he going to do? Nothing! Or so I thought…

Until he decided he was done being ridden for the day. The first and only time I’ve seen Money canter (since we’ve had him) was on that windy afternoon! It was a really slow canter, I probably could have jogged beside him and kept up with him, but still!

Money broke into the canter with Evie for several strides. She rode through it and laughed it off. We all thought it was pretty funny. That kind of behavior is expected from Princess and even Coda, but Money? Haha. Looking back, I wonder if Money saw the dreaded “wind trolls,” or if he just felt like kicking up his heels a bit?

Annabelle & Money

Annabelle riding Money

What kind of weather do you prefer, a warm sunny day or a crisp snowy morning? What is your least favorite type of weather?

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Every Little Bit Helps

Sometimes you hear a story so touching that you are just compelled to act. Well, that has happened to me. Even when you think that you can’t do anything to help, it is important to remember that every little bit helps. It doesn’t matter if you can’t do a lot about it, even simply sharing the story is better than doing nothing at all.

Yesterday I visited Central Virginia Horse Rescue (CVHR) to pick up our newest pony, Gamble. I saw first hand what the rescue is doing and only caught a glimpse of the many equines getting a second chance thanks to CVHR. Gamble is getting her second chance with us. Her story has a happy ending. Sadly, even horses that have been rescued do not always reach such “fairy tale” status.

Gamble

Gamble's first day at SCS

One special horse at CVHR needs a third chance. Buddy was surrendered by his owner to CVHR. The owner could not sell him and considered sending him to auction before giving him to CVHR. Buddy is a gorgeous black and white paint colt who is very sick with a lung infection. Although Buddy resides in a safe place, he needs a very expensive surgery to save his life. CVHR is desperately trying to raise funds for Buddy, but they can’t do it alone.

Buddy at CVHR

Buddy at CVHR before he was really sick

Buddy’s story has also helped me remember that many other horses are going through hard times. This is not the first nor the last time a horse will need our help. It’s the very least I can do to share this story and let you all catch a glimpse into the life of a horse rescue. The stories are  not always happy, but we try our damnedest to help each and every horse reach their fairy tale.

Even if all you can do is share this story, please remember that every little bit helps. We must all come together and try to help this horse reach his fairy tale. Won’t you help save a beautiful, loving horse get a third chance at a happy and healthy life?

Please share this story if you can. If you are able to donate anything towards Buddy’s surgery, please visit CVHR on Facebook or here to learn more. You can donate via PayPal to donations@centralvahorserescue.com or mail a donation to 389 Boydton Plank Road Brodnax, VA 23920. Do what you can! Remember, every little bit helps. 🙂

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