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my girl, rose

January 9, 2013

when a sunrise like this sings over the horizon,

it’s a call to do something wonderful with the day.


wouldn’t you agree?


as much as i like structure and discipline to ensure my own accountability,

sometimes i am wise enough to take my cues from nature–

open to bursts of wild, spontaneous inspiration.


and so, in keeping with the colors of the day,

i made a cup of morning coffee that perfectly reflected the pergola and tree branches

outside my kitchen window


and called charlie and jan up at the irish rose farm.

i needed to come up for a visit and to see my best girl, rose.

the weather cooperated, with sunshine and temps in the 40’s,

so it was a lovely drive and quite pleasant outside.

the two baby horses were happy to demand ALL of our attention.

i kid not.

this little gal could be a lap horse.


zoe was never farther away than this.

pardon my momentary tangent, but zoe is obviously not a gypsy horse.

she is half arabian/half saddlebred,

leggy, fine-boned, and with a gorgeously chiseled face.

her inordinately high-strung mother was brought to the irish rose farm

to have her foal in a nurturing, loving environment.

mama left the farm after weaning but zoe got to stay on for a while,

literally growing up with the band of gypsies.

she’s now an honorary member of the breed with the disposition to match.

i wouldn’t have believed this had i not seen it for myself.

she is precious.

anyway, back to my story about the beauty peeking out from behind.

sensitive rose was a little intimidated by all of the attention given to the babes.


she came around, though, when she realized that I really came to see her.


i love this horse.


she’s so beautiful, even in her polar fleece,


but it is her spirit that won my heart.


i adore her.


she is my greatest source of inspiration going into this new year.


she has lady godiva locks,

a cindy crawford mouth,

and betty davis eyes…

along with a big heart.


for a moment we had three generations together for a family portrait:

grandmama rose, mama lizzie, and baby ceilidh.


mother and daughter are a lovely duo, yes?

i wanted to share a photo of rose’s lovely winter moustache with you,

so i grabbed a quick, blurry snap:


hey, rose…

that one didn’t turn out so well.

may i take another one?




i take it that is a “no”…


hey…  did she just wink?


i love my girl, rose.

life is good.

and beautiful.


i think i’m diggin’ this retirement gig!


13 Comments leave one →
  1. Anne Barela permalink
    January 9, 2013 7:58 pm

    I’m thinking this retirement thing is agreeing with you, too! Congrats!

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      January 9, 2013 8:05 pm

      thanks, anne!
      so far, so good!
      come on out to the farm and see all the ‘kids’!!

      • Anne Barela permalink
        January 9, 2013 8:11 pm

        maybe when I do the big “r” you’ll hire me as a helping hand…. 🙂

  2. January 10, 2013 3:04 am

    yes: my thought when i saw that sunrise: “the day is blessing your retirement.”

    i love rose, too. even WITH mustache! she is so beautiful. and so are you. inside and out.


    • sassysistersink permalink*
      January 10, 2013 3:33 am

      i cannot tell you how much that means to me right now. love you, friend.

  3. Mary permalink
    January 10, 2013 4:15 am

    Truly beautiful Jan! I do have retirement envy. 🙂

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      January 10, 2013 4:37 am

      the time just has to be right.
      we’ll celebrate yours in style!!

  4. Katie Goldsberry permalink
    January 11, 2013 3:17 am

    I just want to know … when does Rose become part of the Janet family? 🙂

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      January 11, 2013 3:26 am

      well, gosh… funny you should ask!!
      that’s exactly what we talked about!
      the answer is: whenever the time is right.
      this is the year to move forward with intent.
      in that sense, she’s already mine given how much i love her!
      think good thoughts for us, katie!

  5. January 17, 2013 11:26 pm

    She’s gorgeous! Congratulations on your retirement. I can’t wait to see all the artsy goodness that comes of it! ;D

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      January 18, 2013 12:48 am

      thanks, amy!
      i’m inspired, and even i can’t wait to see what comes of it!

  6. Laurie permalink
    January 28, 2013 11:50 pm

    two beauties!!!
    i can’t wait to see one of them in person . . .

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      January 29, 2013 3:57 am

      ME, TOO!!!!!!!!!
      SO looking forward to that!!

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