Thursday, April 9, 2020

The Horse With the Flying Tail

If you have never seen this movie, then you're in for a treat.  If you love The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit, then you'll also adore The Horse With the Flying Tail.  This is a true story (a documentary) and it won an Oscar for Documentaries and was produced by Disney.  It's the story of Nautical, a horse with humble beginnings that went on to win with rider Hugh Wiley in the most prestigious locales in show jumping.  Love the scenes from Aachen (on my bucket list).  This was made in 1960.  If you have free time, then enjoy!  See the movie here.

Just some side notes.  The movie was released as a double bill with Swiss Family Robinson and was also shown on Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color in 1964.  The movie portrays Nautical as being a non-descript stock horse but in fact, he was sired by an American Quarter Horse, Muchacho de Oro out of an Army Remount mare of mostly Thoroughbred breeding.You'll see clips of a very young George Morris, Frank Chapot, Bill Steinkraus and others.  It's like taking a walk back in time.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Support Your Local Tack Stores

It's important during these hard economic times to support your local tack stores and not the conglomerates that will likely weather the storm.  The local mom-and-pop stores may not fare so well.  I realize many are not shopping at all, but if you do need to order, support the small businesses if you can. Here is a list of some that immediately came to mind.  There are many more but this is a good start.  Many have websites and others you can call directly to order.  Many are offering sales, percentages off your entire order.  The Tack Room in Camden, SC, for example is offering 15 percent off your entire order right now.

The Farm House (SC)
Chagrin Saddlery (OH)
The Tack Box (VA)
Horse Country (VA)
The Tack Room (SC)
Horse & Rider (NC)
Stablemates (MD)
Malvern Saddlery (in PA)
Champion Saddlery (in Virginia)
Mary's Tack and Feed (CA)
LA Saddlery (CA)

New Stay at Home Ideas

There are many ways that you can adapt to our current "new normal" way of life - staying at home - while this pandemic passes. 

1) Adopt a New Workout Routine
Have you thought about adopting a new workout routine from home?  Can't get to the gym?  Classpass may become the new gym.  Check out their website here for the classes and workouts they offer from home. Signing up is free and many of their offerings are free of charge.

2) Peloton is Not Just for Bikers
While better known for its spin classes, they also offer thousands of strength, yoga, stretching, boot camps, and cardio-based workouts on its app as well as meditation exercises and coaching for outdoor running that don't require the purchase of Peloton equipment.  They have extended it's 30-day free trial to 90-days for those that sign-up by April 30th.  You'll have access to their library of classes.  Why not get world-class tips and training from home for free?  Check it out here

3) Cooking Classes
How about taking a cooking class from home?  Why not learn to be a great cook?  There is no excuse now.  The Great Courses Company is offering cooking classes from some of the masters.  You can sign up for a 30-day free trial here.  

4) Join a Virtual Book Club
Need a little motivation to get you through some of those classic books you've always wanted to read?  Prefer a little comraderie with your books?  Then join an on-line Book Club.  There are many to pick from so here's a list to get you started. You might enjoy Andrew Luck's Book Club.  Who knew? Sports and literature?  I am impressed.  Here's what he's reading right now.

5) Online Stitch Classes for Needlepoint
Want to enrich your stitching habits?  The Enriched Stitch is offering online classes via Zoom to improve your needlepoint skills.  All you need is a computer and access to Zoom (which is very easy to use).  You can find the calendar here with the instructions.  April has several offerings right now.  Go for it!  

6) Play Games
I ordered a Backgammon Board last week and it should arrive soon. Years ago  I played backgammon and will teach hubby how to play once it arrives.  We also used to play Rook which is a ton of fun for a group.  Try playing games after dinner with your crew.  Rook is totally worth ordering a set of cards from Amazon or a local retailer.  You can order a set of cards here or here.

Please take this pandemic seriously and stay at home. A friend ventured out to a local garden shop yesterday and found it packed with people.  We are in the middle of a pandemic!  People have the virus and have no symptoms. It is spreading.  In my small county, we have 10 reported cases which means we have an 95 percent chance of being at epidemic stages. We have three ICU beds in my local hospital.  This is serious stuff. No one is immune.  Please stay at home for the next few weeks.  There is plenty to do from home!

Monday, April 6, 2020

Ideas for a Home Garden

As I mentioned briefly last week, hubby made a garden plot for me and I plan to create a home garden.  I've always wanted one and have never had time to do it but this year, to get fresh lettuce, I'm thinking this is the best way. 

I wanted to put it near water (an outside hydrant) in an area that it would not "mess up" when it's not a garden or create more work when I am not gardening. It's too early to plan here (we can get frost into early May) but I want to make it look good.  And I am certain that the "critters" will be getting into it (we have foxes, groundhogs, deer here) so at some point animal proofing will be required. 

Here are some home garden ideas for inspiration this Monday morning.....and I am aiming very high!

And here's a link if you need more direction.

 Stay safe and stay home!

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Susan Roberts' Needlepoint Trunk Show

I often follow the trunk shows and buy my needlepoint at various vendors when they have the trunk shows, for a discount.  Right now Susan Roberts' canvases are being shown at Knot the Point for 20 percent off.  You can call to order Tues-Sat and shipping is free.  813-467-8935.  Here are some to drool over until you place your order.

(Go on to Instagram and look at some of her finished pieces for some great ideas on how they finish, ways to change color to get your own look:

I love her foxes and rabbits. This is a brick cover, to be used as a door stop.

I think my favorite is the hunt scene belt and the lounging rabbit which I recently saw done and fell in love with it.  No reason not to stitch now!

Friday, April 3, 2020

Oh Keeneland

Before the pandemic, this was the weekend we had planned to go to Keeneland. The Blue Grass Stakes, one of the last prep races for the Derby, would have been run tomorrow.  One of my close friends and her husband were joining us, so it was going to be a fun one.  We were to leave yesterday.  Today we had tickets to be at Three Chimneys to see Gun Runner.  He's on my bucket list and I loved watching him run in the big races. What a handsome fellow too!

I was so excited as this is my favorite trip of the year.  We have it down to a science. Dinner at Malone's on Thursday night. Friday is a stallion tour, a visit to Liquor Barn to find Bourbon and even a Bourbon Tour if we can fit one in.  And then there's always a visit somewhere along the way to L.V. Harkness. 

On Friday night we go to Dudley's downtown for dinner.  Saturday is all day at Keeneland. Then, exhausted, we return home on Sunday. 

Going to Keeneland is magical.  It's so refined.  People come to actually watch the races.  The ladies are dressed, the men are too.  No drunken stupor here, at least not where we sit.  We had our reserved seats and of course, the outfit.  The weather looks to be almost perfect for this attire.  Oh well!

Subconsciously, I ordered this needlepoint yesterday.  It's out of stock but at some point I will get it.  (Hint, Pip and Roo Trunk Sale going on now, 20 percent off at Louise's Needlepoint.  You can call her to order and there are many canvases on her Instagram (@louisesneedlework).

I guess it reminded me of Keeneland......

Trying not to be Debbie Downer today.  

Zenyatta and Mike Smith - True Love

To lift the spirits, watch this race if you are able.  This is the 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic which Zenyatta won. She is the only filly to win the Classic.  Her birthday was this week and she's now 16 years old.  This was her finest hour.  The race will bring a smile and perhaps a cheer. 
Her Breeders' Cup Classic win against the boys is one for the history books. She was in last place (she always came from behind) but this was unreal.  Her stunning victory will make you smile and we can all use one of those right now.  Stay safe my friends.  Stay home.  Enjoy what you have.  Cherish your memories too.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Learning How to Enjoy a Simpler Life

It's certainly getting more difficult to put on a happy face every morning as I try to stay in touch also with reality but at the same time try not to get too bogged down by all the bad news.  These are indeed the times that try men's souls.

These are not normal times and our lives as we once knew it may not return to that normal. Normal may be very different in a year or two from now - we'll have to wait and see what that will look like.  But for now, try to find something positive in life, the joy in the simple things like spending more time with your loved ones than you ever imagined.  Hubby laid out a garden plot for me yesterday while I was working and I did not even know it.  He has tackled every chore on the farm I ever wanted tackled.  He's going to run out of things to tackle very soon!  We enjoy our dinners together, watching The Crown on Netflix.  Last night we dined on pizza by the fire at the cabin. 

Life on the farm is pleasant, peaceful, the grass is greening, the birds are singing.......  We saw a double rainbow early evening yesterday.  A double!

(Pinterest Photo)

Part of me thinks that this virus is nature's way of putting life back on earth where it should be.  Nature is screaming at us - we have destroyed the planet, we've over populated it, we've killed the animals, we've polluted the air, the rivers, the land. "So take this," she says.  And look what is happening now.  Will some of us now begin to listen who have been in denial for so long?

And I love this....... remember, there have many times in our world that we questioned why so many were suffering.  Somehow we all will get through this.....

“And people stayed home
and read books and listened
and rested and exercised
and made art and played
and learned new ways of being
and stopped
and listened deeper
someone meditated
someone prayed
someone danced
someone met their shadow
and people began to think differently
and people healed
and in the absence of people who lived in ignorant ways,
dangerous, meaningless and heartless,
even the earth began to heal
and when the danger ended
and people found each other
grieved for the dead people
and they made new choices
and dreamed of new visions
and created new ways of life
and healed the earth completely
just as they were healed themselves.”
~Kathleen O’Meara
‘And People Stayed Home,’ written in 1869,
after the Great Starvation in Ireland.
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