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Monday, September 1, 2014

A Working(wo)man's Holiday

Happy Labor Day!!

In honor of the holiday, not much laboring will be done today - just the minimum chores.  Then some end of Summer fun. The animals are not going to be thrilled when they see me head out the door again today.

You'll be home BEFORE dinnertime, right??!!
They lack for nothing, barring a few hours of attention - don't let that face fool you. 

This has been a busy and slow weekend for me. On Saturday, I barely left the house (library), spending most of the day stitching very slowly in the studio.  Yesterday was a different story entirely!

Up and out of the house, to make it to the barn for an 8 am lesson.  By the end of that hour, the humidity was already climbing - yuck!  But that was just the start of the day.

Shortly after turning the horses out, we had a beginning roper's clinic for kids and adults.  First, we learned about ropes and building a loop.  Then, the ropes started twirling overhead and snaking through the air.  We snared traffic cones, roping dummies and each other - practicing head and heel catches. 

Only after a quick lunch was it time to try out our new skills horseback.  This is when you wish you had three arms.  Some of these horses had never seen a rope, let alone have one thrown from their back and everyone did great!  Of course, care was taken to introduce them to the ropes and 'calves'.   

I was riding Cookie, a large Paint, whose past career focus was three day eventing - dressage, cross country and stadium jumping.  Jen, our instructor, had concern that he might not take to this, and maybe I should switch mounts.  Nope, this was a learning experience and  he handled it like a champ!  

Here is a picture of all of us at the end of the day. 

A good time was had by all!!  By the time I got home, tended to the animals immediate needs, I was more than ready for some pampering - a (short) soaking bath!  With these...

Seventh Sojourn products are all handmade - they have fabulous flavors and wonderful soaps.  They are at the Bristol Renaissance Faire, which is where I'm heading today for the last day of the season, and restocking on these bath products!

However you choose to spend the day - don't Labor too hard! 

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