September 1st, 2008

Adventure before dementia

Toni And Smudge Are Overjoyed!

Years ago (when I first met Toni), she was competing 3 horses at National Level ... Show Jumping and Cross Country.

Secret and Squiffy, who I have mentioned here, were the 2 horses I knew, both were beautiful animals - both in looks and character ... And both adored their Mum.  Toni was heart-broken when Squiff, and later Secret, were fatally injured.  Squiffy was only 17, whilst Secret was 28 ... but they were her family ... and her friends.

She has talked about getting back to serious competeing for many years, since she lost Squiff and retired Secret.  But something has always come up.  One of her daughters was iil ... she lost her job ... her husband had a heart attack ... one of her horses was injured ... she broke her leg ... The list goes on.

Anyway - Sunday she took Smudge to his (and their) first ever TREQ (?sp) competition ... Orienteering, cross-country, and specific disciplines.

Before they went she just wanted to actually enjoy things, and for Smudge to be safe and happy.

Well ... They came FIRST!!

Yay ... and Yay agin.

I am so pleased for them.

James - silhouette

Coping With Life.

A friend sent me this great cartoon - and list of thoughts about Noah's Ark ... Whether you believe the story (as I do .... From the book of Genesis) ... or just think it is a nice story, hope you like the list of thoughts about it!

btw - My favourite thought is #10 .... What's yours?

Everything I need to know about life, I learned from Noah's Ark

.... The Woodpecker will have to go!


One : Don't miss the boat.
Two : Remember that we are all in the same boat.
Three : Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark.
Four : Stay fit When you're 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
Five : Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
Six : Build your future on high ground.
Seven : For safety's sake, travel in pairs.
Eight : Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
Nine : When you're stressed, float a while.
Ten : Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
Eleven : No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always a rainbow waiting

May your troubles be less,
may your blessings be more,
and may nothing but happiness
come through your door!
Live well, Laugh often, & Love with all of your heart!