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and then, ka-boom!! it was fall.

September 29, 2013

ha ha, pun intended!

i sort of missed summer,

so when i woke up last week and realized it was fall

it was a bittersweet moment.

i actually love living in capris and flip flops,

and when the heat kicked on as the temperature dropped

perilously close to freezing

i found myself digging out the sheepskin lined boots

and woolen blankets.


colorado is known for its weather extremes

and sure enough we’ve had warm days since.

that, combined with about ten inches of rain

in the last month,

has the landscape puzzled as new spring green grasses

burst forth from dark, harvested fields

and the deck plants riotously launch new flower stems

topped with jewel toned flowers.

such a tease!

i figured it was time to catch up on what’s been keeping me

away from the computer lately

and show you what’s been going on.


i’ve grown increasingly mobile,

and can now make it out to the back of the property…

just give me an hour.

brandt made the first trip with me and picked an enormous alfalfa bouquet

that was about four times this size by the time we got it back to the horses.

they are not spoiled…


the garden is winding down,

and despite the neglect it suffered this summer with all that went on

it managed to feed us nicely.

at last week’s sunday family potluck

we were all asked to label our margarita cups…


so i did.

our little junior horsewoman came out for another training session,

and given her pick of who she’d like to work with chose sunny and meadbh.


sunny has a soft spot for the kids,


which is apparently mutual.


auntie jill, who just happens to be the kids’ PE teacher at school,

has kindly offered to bring the kids over after school once a week

while the weather holds.


i’m sure that several of you could caption this photo in a way that would get a good laugh out of me.

feel free to in the comments…

the next two are the stuff that horse-owning grandparents dream of:



too bad that oma was still hobbling in with the darned walker and couldn’t take these herself…

thanks, auntie sara.

now, i ask you–  does this strike you as a fall photo?


ok, maybe the angle of light gives it away.

i pay attention to stuff like that.


the following series of grainy photos were taken last night

in a sudden burst of studio conversion madness:


all i said was, “we should insulate just one short wall of the barn and put up wallboard to see how it will look…”

then the tribe was on it.


these two “christies”–  yes, that’s their name, but they each spell it differently

which leads to no confusion whatsoever,

helped in the capacity of ‘gofers’–

gofer wine, gofer pizza,

gofer peppermint candies to crush and put along the baseboard to discourage mice (?!)

gofer hot tamales…

good stuff.

they are critical team players.


this allowed the construction engineers to proceed in rapid fashion.


they had a great supervisor.

(boy are they glad that i can now do stairs!)

(at night.)


because without that there would not be another length of insulation

stuffed behind (hah!) the top of the wallboards!


in retaliation they forced me to pose for photos after we cleaned up.


this one is the “ha ha, now BRING BACK THE CRUTCHES!!!!” pose.

i could have spent the night up there…


so, today i decided it was “hi ho, hi ho–  time to get back to work!” with the horses.


well, gosh!

it’s miss rose!


although skeptical of my clanking gait,

she submitted to a round of dolling up.


her eyes ALWAYS intrigue me,

and you need to click on this photo–

i captured a fly IN FLIGHT in front of her

and its shadow on her face.

i’d like to say that was skill,

but skill is not how or why i take pictures.

this is a surprise.


this is a face that believes there might be carrots in a pocket somewhere…


and this is the slobbery smile that now contains said carrot.


this girl has a forelock that has no rivals.


all in all, it was a wonderful afternoon of fluffy clouds and fuzzy ears–

just my kind of day!


oh!  one more thing–

one of the newbie chicks has reached henhood,


and is rewarding us daily with lovely rich brown eggs.

i’m not certain exactly which one it is,

but my money is on coco,

the cuckoo maran that wore a startled expression at the edge of the nesting box last week.

one can only imagine.


be well, friends!


8 Comments leave one →
  1. pencilfox permalink
    September 30, 2013 12:21 am

    i’m trying hard to leave a comment. the blog will not allow it.


    • sassysistersink permalink*
      September 30, 2013 1:43 am

      I am having this problem on several blogs and it is maddening! My issues are primarily with google accounts. It shouldn’t have to be difficult to make a comment.
      But I’m glad you were here!

  2. pencilfox permalink
    September 30, 2013 12:23 am

    OK. that’s crazy. the blog would not allow my REAL comment to post but it allowed THAT silly comment!

    so here’s my REAL comment:

    NEVER would i laugh at you. NEVER. i’m just happy you are on your feet. and smiling. that means a lot at our age. [OOPS. sorry. but, really….i’m THAT AGE, too.]

    i really am glad you are on your feet.


    • sassysistersink permalink*
      September 30, 2013 3:09 am

      always feel free to laugh right along, though!
      i rather enjoy stepping into the humor pool with BOTH feet!
      hah ha!

  3. September 30, 2013 11:08 pm

    Your beautiful yard looks like the prime of summer, but the slanting light is a giveaway! Such wonderful progress on your studio and everyone seems to be having fun working on it. There is no other horse like Rose with her kohl-rimmed eyes and silvery-white lashes on one eye. I bet she loved getting attention from you. 🙂

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      September 30, 2013 11:52 pm

      thanks, diana! we are having fun around here and looking forward to cracking the paints open in the studio real soon! it certainly doesn’t have to be “finished” to be put to use, and i doubt that a project like this one will ever be considered complete– now we have purchased new windows to replace some of the old small ones! and rose? yep– i love that girl!

  4. October 5, 2013 5:02 am

    You are beautiful and inspiring. Love these glimpses into your healing and your daily doings. xxoxoxoxo

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      October 5, 2013 11:36 pm

      thanks, Allison! it pleases me no end to have you drop in for these glimpses. it would be lovely to see you and little O. sometime when i fly in or out of s.j. or perhaps even enjoy a magical outing with our friend Laurie! the Internet is a marvelous thing when it brings friends together!

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