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This has been a very busy week. Saturday was my first plant sale of the season, and I’d call it a success. I did end up with a slight case of heat stroke, but it is Florida after all. October is the month when we usually see a break in temperatures. I will be very happy when that happens.
I spent so much time getting ready for the sale last week that I’m having to catch up this week on everything I neglected. I hate playing catch up. I feel like I can never get ahead. And on top of it all, I need to go grocery shopping, which means we’re eating out more than I would like. Our budget is tight enough as it is, eating out tends to shoot us in the foot.
We also had to say goodbye to an old friend this week. My horse, Dolly, passed away early Monday morning. She was 32 years old. My parents had purchased her 19 years ago from an older couple in our 4-H club to be a trail riding companion for my horse, Marley, and me. I had tried to sell her when I moved to Florida 12 years ago, but ironically I couldn’t find a buyer because no one thought a 20 year old horse had many years of use left in her. She may have been slower at 32, but she was still rideable and full of spunk. She stayed in Ohio for a couple of years until my husband and I bought our place 10 years ago. She thrived her in Florida, going on trail rides and eventually helping me teach my son how to ride. I even rode her in a couple of obstacle challenges (obstacle courses for horses and riders). There wasn’t anything that old mare wouldn’t go over or through. She was the horse anyone could ride. I sent her to a Girl Scout camp for a few summers, where she was spoiled completely rotten. She was definitely a favorite of the girls there. But old age had started to catch up with her. She had stopped sweating and the supplements seemed to get less effective every year. This also led to weight loss in the summer as we struggled to get her to finish her meals. I was constantly researching and trying new things to keep her in her best health. This summer we had finally found a diet that kept her weight and energy up. She looked and felt great. We even joked that she’d live to be 50 years old just out of spite.
Realistically, I knew our time left with Dolly was short. I had lost two healthy horses in their teens, while my collection of geriatric horses seemed to grow. Ultimately, I know it is all part of God’s plan. I need those geriatric horses and they need me. An old experienced horse is worth its weight in gold. Feeding those old horses can get expensive, but it’s kept me in check during a time when I really didn’t need to be focusing on a younger horse. And I still have Marley to help teach my kids to ride until the time that we are ready for a younger horse. Who knows, maybe I’ll even get Maverick back into shape and the kids can start to show him. I’ll resist the urge to get another horse right now. There’s a hole in our herd where Dolly once was, and it hasn’t quite hit me that she’s really gone, but she’d be too difficult to replace to even try to any time soon.
Now on to the hop…
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from the Last Homestead Blog Hop
Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:
1. How to Make Incredible Fruit Leather from Healing Harvest Homestead
2. Spicy Fresh Corn Quiche from Olla-Podrida
3. Vegetable Scrap Stock 3 Ways from The Crafty Cat
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