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horses… and leaves

November 2, 2015

welcome, november!!

i cannot remember a time since moving to colorado

that we have not had a freeze before november’s arrival.

traditionally, halloween ushers in a doozy of a weather spell

which includes sudden wind, dense gray clouds and finally, snow.

not so this year.

it is gorgeous out there!


now, lest you think that i am formatting this post

without my contacts in, let me assure you

that the blur here did not escape me.

instead, it filled me with stupid joy!

it is the result of putting the camera on auto mode

to quickly try to capture the suddenly early golden hour

(4:15??  grrrr, daylight savings…)

but still having the lens itself on manual.

so yes, a mistake most certainly, and yet one of those times

when i learned something through happy error.

(although it really is best to click on it and see a larger version)

* * * * * * * *

we had some lovely friends drop by a couple of weeks ago

to meet our little herd of equines.

the equines absolutely love to meet new friends,

especially when said friends delight in meeting them!


it was love at first sight, i believe.

the horses mobbed our guests.

which was apparently just fine.


rose, typically stand-offish and a bit reluctant

to show affection, felt a kindred spirit here.


her son caoinlean trusted mom’s instincts

and moved right in for his turn.

if you’re thinking that the equines prefer females exclusively,

guess again.


attention is attention, and they are shameless

in seeking it.

one little lady was particularly shameless

in exposing her infatuation…


meadbh (maeve), we discovered,

is a sucker for a man with a beard.

she could not stop nuzzling.


oh, a beard and crocs, people.

definitely crocs!

now, is it only me or is she looking directly

at the camera as she poses?


after getting a lot of close up shots

i suggested that we walk down the drive along the arena

and get some photo opps with a little distance,

knowing full well that they would follow us out there.

and follow they did…


distance is not their strong suit…

i believe it’s safe to say that we all enjoyed

each other’s company–  immensely!

* * * * * * * *

in other horse news, sara has been riding caoinlean

and he is proving to be every bit as reliable as we thought he’d be.

we took him to the neighbor’s arena and worked him in deep wet sand,

exposed him to cattle and traffic zipping by,

all after a three-week hiatus from riding.



his only response, really, was

“what else can we do?”

given the glorious weather here,

it’s only natural to spend time outdoors

with the horses, although they are ever-hopeful

that we are actually there to let them into the turnout

for a little grazing session…


sorry guys…

sara is going to ride tireachan


and i am going to, ahem…

tidy up rose.


much better, yes?!

to be fair, rose is really not a prima donna.

it’s me.

i used to play with dolls as a kid.

now i have a big, fuzzy, four-footed living doll.

* * * * * * * *

in dog news, i found the perfect t-shirt

to go on my christmas wish list.

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(available at

it is embarrassingly appropriate.

it’s not just me.

sara needs one, too,

given that she just brought this home:


she’s in charge of adopting the big beasts,

and i’ll take care of the little ones.


so my house has gone completely to the dogs


and my heart with it.


because when you mysteriously tweak your wrist

and the best thing to do is sip tea and read a good book

while you rest it,


they fully support your decision!

* * * * * * *

so, as i said at the beginning,

i rushed outside last evening when i realized that

the “golden hour” was considerably earlier than it has been.

in theory, it’s only an hour earlier,

but in reality it’s a good two hours earlier than my last shoots.

where does time go?

i have this notion that i could deal much better with cold and snow

if we could only have it along with more hours of daylight.

this notion, though, is only tested around april,

and at that point i’m so over the snow that daylight is no longer the issue.

so never mind.

at any rate, the world outdoors began to glow

so nikon and i ran out to catch the drama

while the show was still in progress.






because with the cloud bank over the mountains

that sun dropped as suddenly as the old

space capsules used to drop from their orbits

into the sea.

(just sorting out the age differences amongst us here…)


with blossoms and bugs still going strong into

the last months of the calendar year

i know it’s only a matter of time before

the quiet of winter envelops us and the colors and warmth

we enjoy right now become pleasant memories.


life is about enjoying the present moment,

and i intend to do just that.

happy november, my friends!!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. November 3, 2015 1:03 am

    OH MY! Janet, Chad and I sat here and read it together, out loud! Laughing at everything you wrote, remembering it so clearly, so lovingly, like it was just yesterday!
    We often talk about our time there, the licking of the Crocs, the beard nuzzling…
    What a TIME! 💘 A lot of love lives there on that farm. And stays with us when we go.
    Your doggies…so precious.
    Sara looks good riding caoinlean!
    Is it a Great Dane that she rescued? What a cool looking hound. 😉
    LOL at the Tshirt. I bet you end up with one for every day of the week! Really, how cute is that!
    It’s truly a joy to see your digs again, the familiar wooden porch looking out at everything still green, and autumny in the golden light. Are the rabbits still frolicking around there? Everyone, I think, is enjoying these last warm days. It was 70 here today!
    But, the snow boots and parkas and shovels aren’t far behind. And we will marvel at those kinds of days, too, won’t we?
    So much love to you ALL at the happiest place in Colorado!

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      November 3, 2015 4:13 pm

      what a very grand time we did have!! so much love and laughter all around! it was so special to watch you and chad connect with the horses (and donkeys!) so quickly! next summer you must come when they are all grazing out in the back– it’s so wonderful to take folding chairs out there and just sit and watch and listen to their steady munching of fresh grass, while intermittently wandering around with camera in hand capturing photos of muzzles buried in blades of grass and alfalfa (as opposed to peering directly into your lens!).
      yes, that is a great dane sara brought home, to go with her other dane, her saint bernard mix, and her terrier mix. after looking at the t-shirt selections there is no doubt that there is one for every day of the week!
      this morning there was a glittering of frost out in the horse pens as well as down the drive out back. the tiny low-growing grass clumps were glowing white in the morning sun. i love that it is happening in stages this year rather than a sudden killing frost– so much more gentle!
      come back, won’t you please?! xo

  2. pencilfox permalink
    November 3, 2015 4:03 am

    such a lovely post….
    so glad that the red dirt prairie girl and the poet-photographer enjoyed their visit there.
    seems the gypsies really loved THEM.

    i’m a sucker for longdogs, you know. and you’ve got the best crop of ’em….

    and i ALWAYS enjoy perusing your posts.


    • sassysistersink permalink*
      November 3, 2015 4:19 pm

      so happy to see you here again, marie! you would have loved standing back and just watching lynn and chad with the horses– i think their faces tell the story well! as for the longdogs, my goodness do we have a wide variety! the most beautiful thing is how they have become family. there are piles of pups draped everywhere in all manner of combination– it gives me a gladsome heart to see these previously ‘discarded’ pets relax into the security of their forever home!

  3. November 4, 2015 12:17 am

    i smiled the whole time reading this post! I especially love the photos of Lynn with Caoinlean and the donkeys and Meadbh with Chad. A lap full of cozy pups and a cup of tea sounds like the perfect way to heal a wrist. While we’ve had frosts here, and snow on the peaks, it’s not nearly as cold as it should be by now. Just hope it doesn’t suddenly slam into single digits like it did about this time last year, killing so much of our plantings before anything had gone dormant. Happy November, Janet!

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      November 6, 2015 4:23 am

      yes, we had the same loss last year with the early November frost. we have cooled down a bit this week, but the snow forecast for today did not materialize. we did get plenty of rain, however, which has created plenty of mud! I’m glad we had such a beautiful evening when Lynn and Chad came by, and you would have been all smiles watching and listening to them meet the herd! it was such a good time!
      I hope you get a proper Montana winter this year. while I’m not such a fan of snow and ice I am more aware than ever how much we need the moisture, not to mention the ski industry for both of our states. I don’t mind staying at home periodically with a cup of tea, a good book, and a lap full of dogs. no, I don’t mind that one bit!!

  4. sageandspirit permalink
    November 4, 2015 12:44 am

    I LOVE the tshirt! And I love how everyone was all smiles while meeting the magical horses! What a wonderful time for everyone!

    And your “golden hour” photos….gorgeous. This is such a beautiful time of year, so glad you could enjoy it among family and friends and fur!

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      November 6, 2015 4:29 am

      after looking through those shirts I think I may need more than one!! so funny!
      it was a fine time here with Lynn and Chad, and I’m already looking forward to the next time!
      as for golden hour photos, they’ve been on hold these cloudy and wet past few days. won’t be long before we’re taking snow and ice photos– brrr!!

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