Wednesday, May 20, 2015


March 1998:

BORN in Manitoba, Canada.

June 1999:

Got a new brother, born in the same hospital room as I was.

May or June 2000:

Broke a bone in my arm... the one between the wrist and elbow. Just don't remember which arm it was!

December 2000:

Got my first and only sister, born at home in Manitoba, Canada.

July 2002:

Moved to Texas, USA
Got a second brother, born at our new home

February 2003:

Moved to Manitoba, Canada

February 2004:

Got a third brother, born at home

May 2005:

Moved back to Texas

April 21, 2006:

Ailisa was born!

Fall 2006:

Got my first pony, a 16/17yo Shetland/miniature horse cross mare named Bossy
The family got our first horse, a Quarter Horse mare, Lady

March 24, 2007:

Saw the American Lippizan Stallions in Waco, Texas for my birthday

Spring 2007:

Bossy foundered, was euthanized
Sold Lady

May 2008:

Moved to our current home

March 2009:

Bought a mare/filly team, Sue J & Lasans Spirit

July 31, 2010:

Rode Lasans Spirit for the first time

March 2011:

Became a teenager

June 2012:

2 teenagers in the house!!

July 2012:

Sold Lasans Spirit

April 11, 2013:

Started Beyond The Stretch, blog about racehorses

May 15, 2013:

Completed my 25th blog post

September 2013:

My sister gained a black Morgan, Black Musician

December 2013:

3 teenagers in the house!

January 22, 2014:

Completed my 100th post on the blog

February 15, 2014:

Turned the blog from a pure racing blog to a mixture of my life and my favorite racehorses

April 11, 2014:

1st anniversary of the blog
On the road to Athens, Texas, for my first Endurance Intro Ride

April 12, 2014:

Completed an 11 mile Intro Ride and came home

May 29 or 30, 2014:

Completed my 200th post

October 2014:

Saw the Parelli's for the first time

December 1, 2014:

Completed my 300th post

March 2015:

Earned my driver's license
Met the young man who is now courting me

May 1-3, 2015:

Went to my first reenactment, in Jefferson, Texas

May 9, 2015:

Completed my 2nd 11 mile Intro Ride

May 17, 2015:

The courtship is made official.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Piglet Time

So, today, May 19, the young sow we call Mrs. Smelly (or Mama Pig... whichever works) finally decided to deliver her litter of piglets.

And she had 6 cuties! 6 brand-new baconators born this morning!

Oh... and if anyone knows where a good, functioning teleportation device is... as in one that beams people across the planet.... that would be awesome. Trucks aren't quite fast enough for the purpose I have in mind... and planes just absolutely ridiculous. Thanks, y'all!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Time For Amazing

Remember... around May 4... I posted I might have an announcement to make soon?

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Well. It is here.

I am now being courted by a funny, fantastic young man who lives over 3 hours away (still in Texas, fortunately) and is just about perfect. I'm praying that opinion never changes.

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He rides, ropes, shoots, is a bit of musician and dancer, and (okay... the dancing and shooting parts weren't exactly on the radar...) has a very fun personality.

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So hopefully we get to see each other AT LEAST every weekend... (we hope) and in the meantime we're writing, calling, texting each other. Writing, mostly.

I have never, ever, felt so much peace about someone in my LIFE. So, yeah. This better work or I won't be trusting myself anymore. Not that I do much right now, anyway.

But right now, I'm very happy to just know there is someone for me and I can have fun with my life. Ranching and standing up against them Yanks are exactly what I'd love to do. Not to mention having somebody to count on 24/7 and get through thick and thin in.

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I'll just be workin' on followin' those Charity verses in I Corinthians.

I guess I'll be grinning for the next while. <huge smile>

Now it's time for consolation ice cream because he's gone back home after spending a weekend up here. I'll get to see him next weekend, though!! <I don't think my face fits this grin>

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Oh! And Sue got shot off of for the first time this weekend! And did awesome, which was surprising since she was riled a little about shots going off around her from the ground! (I got to shoot at my brother with blanks... and nearly went deaf in the right ear for an hour...)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Poetry Time: Dawn Ride

"Dawn Ride"

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I'm riding over fresh dew
Galloping on next to you
Over hills and woods through
The sun shining down
On me and you

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My horse is flying
The daylight rising
The stars are setting
And we're onto a new day
A new day we're getting

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Can't we just ride
Can't I be by your side
And go on and hide
For one day
Just here abide?

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I'm home here
Without any fear
I'm always waiting near
In the saddle
For you to be here.

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Oh, to see the rise
Of a new day with these fresh eyes
With you, my prize
We smile together
And look to the skies.

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The dawn of our day
The dawn of God's day
We race of through a ray
Of lovely sunlight
That is ours to stay

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And now we're talking
In whispered voices, balking
Others are laughing, hawking
But in the sunlight of day
We go on walking

It's the start
Of our two hearts
Beating so never to depart;
We can never stay
Far apart.