Saturday, January 18, 2020

Winter Diary Number One

A wintry mix is headed our way so a planned trip over the mountain was cancelled.  So besides work and farm chores, here are some other interesting tidbits for this dreary Saturday in January.......

One of my favorite chefs is Jean-Georges Vongerichten.  His cookbooks are fabulous and his combination of spices is unique.  (Hint, you need to have them in order to cook from his recipes, so buy them before you dig in).  There was a good article recently in the NYT about him (worth reading) which makes me want to read his memoir. If you not tried his cookbooks here are some links

(Vong Book)

My self-imposed shopping ban is still in effect but if you don't have one you might want to snap up this equestrian-themed sweater from Talbots for less than $35.

 And I'd love to add these black satin cigarette pants to my holiday wardrobe now greatly reduced (less than $40). These are classic!

Or these adorable espadrilles that are 70 percent off from See by Chloe.  They are perfect for spring and summer.  Think spring right?

And the final report on the tragic breakdown of race horse Mongolian Groom came out this week (from the Breeder's Cup Classic at Santa Anita in early November).  You can read the article about the report here.  The horse had bi-lateral lameness in both hind cannon bones which made it almost impossible to detect lameness without further scans (MRI, PET) or if he had been lunged in a circle (in a round pen) it might have been detected.  In essence, he had stress fractures in both of his hind legs at the same time. One of them caused his breakdown.  The surface at Santa Anita was not a factor - this would have happened somewhere else.  There were videos of him from earlier workouts which showed that he was not sound behind but the vets did not see them.  The story in Blood Horse is worth reading.  May he rest in peace.

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