Thanksgiving seems to have become the door to opening the holidays instead of a day to give thanks. I know times are tough but surely there is one little tiny thing that all of us can find to be grateful for on Thanksgiving. With that being said, here are my 2011 top ten reasons to Give Thanks on this special day - starting with Number 10:
Number 10. From late spring until (this year) August, I faithfully watered them every evening. It took me almost an hour to water them all. My husband had suggested getting a soaker hose to use instead of hand watering. But I found hand watering them to be such a soothing task - standing there with the hose, daydreaming about whatever came to mind, watching the horses grazing, looking out at the mountains. I'm thankful for the beauty they provided, waving in the wind against the fence:
Number 9. The Cabin. After a 15 month absence, I'd forgotten how much I missed it. I went up there in October to meet a friend and ended up spending a couple of days by myself. I got back in touch with this home away from home and also got to validate myself, who I am and what I am. I'm thankful to know it's there, waiting for me when I return:
|The Cabin on a prior Thanksgiving|
|The Perfect Camping Spot|
|Lisa and Quincy|
|Bob and Me; Georgia and her horse Paisley; Kyle and her horse Elbe|
Number 5. Around our house we have a word for our animals that are the best of the best. We call it Noble. Poco holds the honor of this title. He is the most incredibly sweet, dependable horse I've ever encountered. I'm thankful to have Poco, one of the Noble:
|Poco one of the Noble|
Number 4. My friend and trainer (frainer), Rachel Koehler, also one of my Cowgirl Pals. As a trainer Rach has that knack of telling you what you need to hear in a way that makes you happy you heard it. I've taken lessons from her for years and our relationship has blossomed from that of trainer to friend. I'm thankful to Rachel for helping me become the rider I always wanted to be and helping me set my sights on where I want to go in the future:
Number 3. He opened doors for me this summer and allowed me to go places and do things I'd only dreamed of. I could go on and on about him but if you read my Posts, you already know how much I love this guy and how thankful I am to call him mine:
|Rachel test riding Bob|
Number 2. Returned twice, we were his third rescue family. He could have been afraid of us, he could have been defensive and wary, yet he trusted us. They don't come much sweeter than this guy. We lost him in September. We are thankful have had him in our family. He is missed.
Wishing You and Yours a Happy Thanksgiving!