And just like that the holiday season is upon us. The year is wrapping up. There's just one month to go!
The month started with my rider mileage patch coming in the mail. I have 800+ competitive miles, but they're scattered between AERC and ECTRA, and the AERC miles are about half and half LD and endurance. This was the first time I've managed to get 250 of them in the same category! I was ridiculously excited.
My birthday was on the 10th. My amazing friends pooled their money and got me a new camera, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000. It's technically a step down from a DSLR to a point and shoot on steroids, but it has a ton of in-camera features that have put the fun back in photography for me. The features include panorama, HDR, time lapse photography, stop motion animation, and a burst mode so fast it might as well be taking video. Speaking of video... the camera does that too, in hi-def and slow motion! I am having fun just playing with photography again. Mike and I went hiking at Baldpate just so I could play.
Speaking of gifts, Herbie got a new sweater.
Julio was not so lucky. He got a sweater too, but he also got surgery. He came to us in 2013 with a bump on his head. Over the last two months, the lump started to change and grow. I panicked and scheduled him at the clinic to have the whole thing removed and biopsied. Thankfully, it turned out to be nothing more than a benign cyst. Phew!
Dancer continues to do well in his new home, and has started jumping bigger fences with his 13 year old rider.
Booger continued to do well in training. She has started to trail ride, and has even conquered her first under-saddle water crossings.
Mike and I took an impromptu weekend trip to West Virginia, where we ate great food, drank good beer, and saw some of our favorite sights.
I took the dogs hiking at a new-to-us trail just around the corner from the house.
The horses continued to enjoy their retirement.
I worked with some of my usual client horses, including Arrow and Wink. I fired a client whose unruly horses were never going to improve without her being consistent and committed. Over all, the business continued to go well.
Winter was suddenly upon us. It snowed heavily the days leading up to Thanksgiving. The dogs are cold and spend their days huddling and waiting for spring.
I'm looking forward to snow days full of hot cider, puzzles, books, and cuddling. Let it snow!