Friday, October 31, 2008


Always dangerous. Especially at this time of year: Election time.

"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it, and then misapplying the wrong remedies." Groucho Marx

"Even a good decision, if made for the wrong reasons, can be a wrong decision." Governor Swann, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Curse of the Black Pearl.

Double, double toil and trouble
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble. Macbeth Act 4, scene 1, 10–11, etc.

Boss: Sorry, Luke. I'm just doing my job. You gotta appreciate that.
Luke: Nah - calling it your job don't make it right, Boss. Cool Hand Luke

And that's the way it is, 3.25 days prior to election day.


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Halloween Show

Well, we survived the show. And exceeded our goals (maybe I should have set them a bit higher). Na, that is what next show season is for.

It was a blast. Luke and Heather did well in the Level 2 Jumpers (three foot, three inch fences). They were first one day and had fun the others. Not bad for the pasture pony who only gets out once or twice a week. Luke and I did well too. He was the star, babysitting me like a good pony. I wasn't too bad either. I remembered to jump all the fences in the correct order, (unlike the show in July). I didn't stop at any fences. (Note: Luke never stops, only I do). AND I nearly cantered an entire course without breaking to the trot. Very pleased with our progress.

Here are some photos of the week. Our barnmate, Linda, also took some photos of Luke and me, but I don't have those yet, so I will post when I receive them. We didn't participate in the costume contest, because our last class didn't finish until about 30 minutes before hand. I also couldn't find that last piece.

The barns ribbons. One of the blues is Luke's.

Our headless monster (above) and our barn setup (below).

Heather and Lumley, the motorcycle speeding patrol. They won again this year.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

It's Let's Show Halloween Time

Well, Luke and I are off to the annual Halloween Show. He was a very good boy today, but didn't place. We moved him up a division and he has to work a bit harder. I ride on Friday and Saturday. Photos to follow. Hopefully, by Sunday, but Monday at the latest. (There it is writing, now I HAVE to follow through).

The costume class is Saturday night. If I can find one more piece to the outfit, we are going as Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore and a honey bee.

Ta, Ta for now.

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Boating Saturday

Just a few photos of our outing on a friend's boat on Saturday. We had a wonderful time. We cruised from Sacramento's Miller Park down to Cliff's Marina near Freeport and back home. A few minor glitches, but a beautiful day none the less.

Heather piloting the vessel.

Sara intently watching Heather.

And here I am piloting the vessel. I didn't crash or ground the vessel.

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

12 of 12 October

Welcome Back, to 12 of 12. No excuses for missing last month, other than busy, busy, busy on a new and exiting endeavor that is taking more time than I anticipated. There are no commuting photos, (the crowd roars) but there are traveling photos.

(For those new to 12 of 12, it is the brain-child of Chad Darnell. It is quite simple as well. Take 12 photos on the 12th of the month.)

So, here is October 2008: A Day in the Life of Me.
Nephews, Carson and Logan. Grateful that Auntie Liz finally got up out of bed so they could play in their playroom that serves as a guest room. Fresno CA 9:15am

Brandt and Kelly working in Kelly's office. 11:15am. Fresno CA

What was leftover from breakfast. 11:30am Fresno CA

Preparing to depart. Loading up the vehicles. Nice visit for Brandt's birthday. Now, to head home. 11:35 am Fresno CA

Meet Chili Dog. She is your typical "Little S*** Yapper Dog". Brandt was able to make friends with her. I didn't even try. Fresno CA 11:30 am

Another pose. Chili Dog wanting to know when those mean humans who make me mind will be leaving. Fresno CA

Nephew Logan showing off his Halloween Costume. Reminds me a bit of Dark Helmet fame from Spaceballs. Fresno CA 11:45am

Nephew Carson in his costume. Comes complete with grenades.
Fresno CA 11:46am

And here they are together 11:47am Fresno CA

And we are home. Lemons are getting big. 5:15pm

Someone is glad we're home. Luke not letting me get too far away. 5:20 pm Elverta CA

Indiana Jones, Jr. making sure the horses are cooperating with the photos.
Elverta CA 5:25pm