Guess who has real internet back?!
That’s right. This girl right here. I forgot how lightening-fast loading photos should be. I’ll try to make this quick because I have 776 blog posts to read. (…or not. Forgive me if I just read the recent ones?)
Oh, modernization. I have to say, though – I am so glad that I “lost” internet, and gave myself the option to post due to that fact. Turns out I love it more than I even thought! It was also easier to adapt to not lounging around with the computer in the mornings. Like this morning! It was pretty easy to wake up after going to bed at 9:00 sharp. I woke on my own at 5:15, and my wake-up call wasn’t for another half hour.
Am I the only one who finds it so refreshing to wake up that much earlier than you need to by your own will?
- 3 T. steel cut oats (microwaved in the same amount of water first)
- ~1/4 c. rolled oats
- ~1 T. chia seeds
- 1/2 c. almond milk
- ~1 T. Tera’s Whey Bourbon Vanilla Protein Powder
Except it was so cold this morning (think 40* again!) that I made sure to heat up the oats, and the hot peaches were welcome, too. As was Green Mountain’s Southern Pecan coffee. This has been my go-to flavor lately, even though I haven’t been mentioning it.
I am beginning to love overnight oats. And these babies were no exception – they were definitely the real deal.
It’s amazing what a power outage, internet outage, and weather change has done to me.
But I was ravenous pretty much all day, so I couldn’t wait for my panini lunch and hopped right on that train as soon as a realistic lunch hour rolled about. This may seem repetitive, but I have some tempeh to use and this is my favorite way to have it. And possibly my favorite sandwich anyways, I don’t know who I’m trying to kid.
This tempeh & jam combo used some local apple rum walnut conserve, and I added in some chopped walnuts, too.
A delicious peach and a goodie-bag mix of Snyders, banana chips, and honey roasted almonds was also had.
I enjoyed all of this deliciousness sitting on gravel outside because it was warmer outside than it was inside. Sad, but true. I enjoyed the fresh air, though. I can’t wait until we have a picnic table outside.
Know what else I love, no questions asked? Black bean cutlets and BBQ-roasted veggies with bulghur.
So simple. So delicious. And eventually, I’ll even get back to posting some fun nutritional tidbits – I’ve been slacking lately! I mostly do it when I think of something, I don’t like racking my brain because then it’s not fun and enthusiastic for me. I’m bound to have more ideas when I go see what you all have been up to lately, though!
The Teddie Chronicles
I’m really glad I’m not the only one enjoying this new blog section 🙂 I seem to be bringing people out of the woodwork! It’s so exciting to meet other foodie equestrians 😉
I didn’t quite stick to plan this morning, as I didn’t lunge Teddie saddled as I had hoped. I’m not too worried – I have plenty of time (and so does he – he’s still young!) and don’t want to rush things. He’s a fun project for me, and I have just as much fun working him from the ground as from the saddle.
Instead, we just lunged in a halter again, but he was stellar after our initial little chain-breaking mishap.
He was pushy in the aisle again, so I decided to stop in the aisles and brush him first to work on patience. This was different from usual, where I’d go right in the indoor and start groundwork, and brush & such afterwards. I’m just going to say he was so excited to get to work that he didn’t feel like stopping with me to unhook a little plastic chain that goes across the aisle to get into the indoor from the aisles.
It’s more of a “visual deterrent” than something actually meant to keep horses in…just a flimsy plastic chain connected to the walls with a flimsy eye-hook hardly screwed in.
Anyways…when he finally realized that yes, I really did want him to stop with me and not go straight in the indoor and through the chain, his butt had already swung around and pulled the eye hook the rest of the way out. I thought he’d scare himself, but the second he realized he was being rude he stopped and I gently reprimanded him with a tug, a firm “No.” and quick back-up.
I thought for sure I’d have my hands full with today’s lesson.
But that wasn’t the case! We’ll say he felt bad for being so excited to get to work 😉 He really was great in-hand and on the lunge the rest of the time, though. My decision not to saddle him was just from being alone again. I guess I never really clarified that when horses are run through those auctions, there’s plenty of times people have no idea what the horse has done, how long they’ve been undersaddle for, etc. I’d rather take it slow and play it safe the first few times.
As I said to the woman I bought him from and always say…I’ve no problem with a green horse, as long as there are no screws loose. As soon as a screw comes undone, count me out 😉
So far, my observations and what we’ve learned about him:
- he’s very sensible. when something scares him, he doesn’t lose his mind. He’ll simply stop, stare, sniff, and get over it. He doesn’t seem to be one of those horses who gets scared of one thing, and all of a sudden everything has a boogie monster in it.
- He’s a quick learner. Granted, most of this is likely probably just remembering what he’s learned a while back. He’ll stop as soon as I whoa and turn to him, back when I say back and walk towards his chest, lowers his head, gives in both directions, moves over, and lunges great. Better than wanting to push through me when asking for a whoa.
- He’s still very nudgy and mouthy, just like a spoiled baby. He doesn’t bite, just a lot of lip action. He’s started to learn that I don’t want him in my business all the time and he’s not going to get a treat every time I say good boy and he does something right.
- He seems to like to work and enjoys the company; really wants to please. All I need to do is call his name when I want to catch him and he’ll come running. I wasn’t sure if he was charging at me the first time, hah.
- He’s still really intrigued by the other horses, and seems to just want to meet everybody. I’m thinking he’ll be a handful the first time we share the indoor with one of them.
Some answers to some questions:
- Lunging is a technique for training horses, where a horse is asked to work at the end of a long line and respond to commands from a handler on the ground who holds the line
- Tack is the saddle, girth, pad, bridle, bit, etc.