I am going to clean up my friends list a little bit. There are some that only update once or twice a year, neither of us comment on each others journals, or I'm just not feeling a connection with, which I feel is perfectly normal and harbor no hard feelings whatsoever. I understand getting suddenly unfriended can be upsetting, and that's not my intention!
Of course, if you and I are regularly leaving comments on each others journals, I'm not unfriending you. Don't fret!
Also the reason for this entry is because I didn't want to unfriend anyone without saying something first, and I feel like a private message from me explaining why would be awkward and kind of rude? Maybe this is awkward and rude? I don't know...
No big deal or anything, but I jumped Madrid tonight. Just a small cross rail, but !!!!!!
More details to follow soon.
Thursday night I received a terrible call from Hayley that Dio jumped out of her truck window when she was in a parking lot! It was storming (he's terrified of thunder), and he managed to squirm through her window, and took off. He blindly runs when he is scared and she quickly lost sight of him as she ran after.
Color me devastated. Isaac and I were heartbroken and were very skeptical we'd ever see him again... The area it happened is heavy in traffic, though he took off towards a huge field that leads to the interstate and is also filled with coyotes. We were helpless to do anything other than wait while Hayley got everyone we know to go search for him. Thankfully, it was still light in Colorado...
However! I got a call from a wonderful man that was on his way home from work. He saw Dio standing in the middle of South Platte Canyon with his leash still attached. He went home and called me immediately, saying his feet were bloody, and he was trembling, but okay.
Best phone call of my life! I literally shouted with joy. Poor Hayley was beside herself with happiness, too. When she initially called, I told her I wasn't mad at her (I can't imagine how bad she felt!) and she was so upset. Obviously I trust her, or I wouldn't have her watching them! She said his paws were worn and torn up from running on the pavement, and Heather (another vet tech) was meeting her at CVH to wrap them up.
Oddly, the guy who found him had lost his dog on Monday, but found her on Tuesday. I made a comment that he immediate "payed it forward" by finding Dio. When I get home I am going to send them a thank you card. Why? Because a surprising amount if people would (and maybe did) drive by without stopping to help.
Another odd thing, aside from managing to cross and extremely busy intersection without getting hit by a car, is that he was headed in the direction of our old house which was roughly a mile away. He did live there for four out of his five years, but I'm rather shocked he was going in that direction. Hayley was in the vicinity, but he has originally took off in the other direction.
Don't worry, Hayley told me she "will never drive with the windows down again!". Truth be told, I drive with the windows down a little bit, enough that he could get out of he tried. I won't be doing that anymore, either...
So very, very happy that he is safe. I cannot fathom what people with human kids/relatives must go through if they are missing. I would have be absolutely crushed if Dio wasn't found... So thankful for that man who stopped.
Aside from being awake for 43 hours, our plane rides were uneventful. From Philly to Newport News was in a very small prop plane. At first I wasn't to thrilled about the idea, but it was actually really fun! Now I want to take adventures in prop planes. Well, adventures that don't involve falling out of the sky.
It's so so good to see everyone. I can remember first meeting Isaac's family and being overwhelmed due to the sheer amount of people. Now it's completely comfortable to sit amongst the chaos of the household. Of course, knowing them for seven years helps.
I really miss seeing these faces all the time. I don't regret moving, I just wish everyone was closer, or we were able to fly out and visit more often.
Had a lovely evening bareback trail ride with Jane last night. I took Lena out because I did a gymnastic cavaletti school (thanks for the idea harnessphoto!) on Madrid. It was peaceful and really relaxing. I love that we have miles and miles of trails on the property. No need to trailer out when there is 1200 acres to ride on!
Schooling went well with Madrid once he figured out how to pick up his legs. He almost face planted a couple of times because he was so preoccupied looking out the arena doors. By the end of the session he was paying attention and had a lovely gait. When he wasn't going over the cavaletti he was stretching down and his back was really swinging. Great to see! The Pony has some real potential. It might be interesting to see how he goes over some cross rails. (Note to self: have Jane take him over a few and see how he does. I'm not by any means a jumper, so it's best that I not do it with him.)
At the moment I am sitting on the patio, enjoying a cup of coffee while the dogs munch on some raw marrow bones we picked up at the farmers market (for $3 each! Such a steal!) last week. I'm waiting for Sunshine, Jeremy and my aunt and uncle to arrive and then we're heading out to grab breakfast.
It was very nice to wake up this morning thinking it was Sunday and realizing it was only Saturday. I have another entire day off! Thank god.
Mine needed a new battery and alternator - $177
Isaac's battery connections were loose - no charge
I love love love our mechanic/old neighbor.
Something so refreshing about the wind blowing across my face and my hair about as I drive home from the barn; a cool evening with another gorgeous sunset casting shadows over the rolling hills and silhouetting the mountains.
...this is what makes life good.
Good thing Isaac didn't work today! Had to take his car because mine wouldn't start. Not the battery, so I'm sure it's something expensive. Can't complain too much, though because it's a '97 with 171K miles and hasn't had any major issues until now. Just figures it happens when we just spent $800 dollars on plane tickets to go back to Virginia at the end of the month.
Fingers crossed our awesome mechanic will figure it out and it's cheap!
Two steps forward, one step back. New game plan in the works.
On a positive note, after our frustrating ride Madrid walked right into the big scary wash stall. Twice. Even stood like a doll to be hosed off.
The mini vacation did not help. :/
I should be sleeping. Why am I not sleeping?!
Damn you, insomnia.
This is going to be a long week.
Similar to the one I took with my phone. Like the yellow-orange glow that clouds + sun produces during a storm.
Some angry clouds
This is unrelated to the storm, and me dicking around with my camera. For some reason I like it??
Sitting on the porch, as a thunderstorm begins, contemplating what it is I want to do with life. Not a career but life; I'm so worn out. There is so much to do, but I can't bring myself to do any of it.
So I will just lay in the hammock and stare at this tree instead, being slightly disgruntled that the sun is shining while it storms.
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ETA I didn't realize the photo was so big! (used LJ mobile app) I put it behind a cut.