Saturday, July 23, 2005

When Horses Attack

Dedicated to John:

"A lady decides to try horseback riding, even though she has had no lessons or prior experience. She mounts the horse unassisted and the horse immediately springs into motion. It gallops along at a steady and rhythmic pace, but the lady begins to slip from the saddle. In terror, she grabs for the horse's mane, but cannot seem to get a firm grip. She tries to throw her arms around the horse's neck, but she slides down the side of the horse anyway. The horse gallops along, seemingly ignorant of its slipping rider. Finally, giving up her frail grip, the lady attempts to leap away from the horse and throw herself to safety. Unfortunately, her foot becomes entangled in the stirrup, and she is now at the mercy of the horse's pounding hooves as her head is struck against the ground over and over. As her head is battered against the ground, she is mere moments away from unconsciousness when to her great fortune, Bobby, the Wal-Mart greeter, sees her and unplugs the horse.

Thank Goodness for heros."

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Sparklers are the Heat!

A million dollars to whoever can tell where this picture came from. I'll give you a hint:


Ok, enough torture. I just spent forever trying to rescue my tack room from four years of dirt and horse grime. After everyone from group left, my mom and I went outside, played with a box of sparklers (don't ask) , and went on a safari for Ellie. He's such a nerd. Anyone who wants a grumpy....overweight wad-o- hair just let me know. I did, however, get ready for the beach trip today by eating potato chips and dip.

Rachael's Quote of the Day: "Artillery is the King of battle: the King cannot swim, however, which is why we need you guys."
-(USMC arty specialist to a group of Navy officers in an Amphib
Warfare Indoc course.)

Friday, July 15, 2005


So, I had my teeth surgery today. Now I can bum around the house and have a good excuse. I'm not even supposed to exercise (cryin' shame). The only setback is that I can't have any hard food for awhile. Only soups and liquid stuff. Oh, and I look like a vampire. I actually grossed myself out when I looked in the mirror (no lame comebacks allowed). Hopefully in a few days it should look normal again. Till then I'll be in hiding...or finding some way to ride my horse. If anyone wants to volunteer, come right on. Love ya'll!

Rachael's Quote of the Day: "Time's fun when you're having flies."
-Kermit the Frog

Monday, July 11, 2005


Behold, the power of horse clippers, a pair of wire gloves, and two very determined people. I think John and Carroll did a rather good job with Wuga. Besides, she's such a sweet kitty and all...I can't imagine them having any problems. I guess it does save a hefty bill from the groomer (if you're able to avoid any emergency room visits). I would like to schedule an appointment for you to come clip Ellie and the barn cat Wommy (p.s.- hope your insurance is paid up). More photos to come!

Rachael's Quote of the Day (dedicated to Chase): "Even overweight cats instinctively know the cardinal rule: when fat, arrange youself in slim poses."
-John Weitz

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Just A Blurrr

The weekend is finally over. And what a good weekend it was. I have never eaten so many chips and chocolate in my life. The show was a lot of fun despite the scorching heat, long waits, and hyper horses. We arrived at the show grounds Thursday night and had just enough time to ride the horses before the arena closed for the 7:00 am show the following morning. Tammy decided to bring her horse (who hadn't been ridden in 4 years...till Thursday night). He actually did really well. Two 5th places out of 10-15 horses. Cole did well also. We got everything from 1st to 6th...well, except a 4th place. For some reason they just wouldn't give us a white ribbon no matter what we did. I was able to talk to some trainers and get really good ideas to help improve ole watch out! I know ya'll were saddened by the fact that you couldn't come. So the next time a show comes to town and it's 100 degrees, I'll be sure and invite you. As soon as I get my photos back I'll start posting them. Cole and I had a photo session while we were waiting on our class (actually, I was harrassing him while he was trying to eat lunch). Some turned out pretty good.

Tammy did great on Cole...despite making Jordan dump out his water in the "Water Glass Class."(He blames her anyway. I think it's just an excuse). Yes, you heard it right. They actually have a "water glass class." I'll let you ride in it one day.

Rachael's Quote of the Day:
Interdum feror cupidine partium magnarum Europae vincendarum.
-Sometimes I get this urge to conquer large parts of Europe.