I think my readership must be down. Or I’m boring and no one has anything to say about anything I write, because I don’t write about anything I THINK any more. Ian for one did comment on that a few weeks ago. It could be down because I don’t comment on other blogs right now, since I’m really busy and don’t have a lot of time to read. And lately, I have only been able to read in Google Reader, since for whatever reason I can’t actually access a lot of blogs (Pony Girl, Coconut Belly off the top of my head). I don’t mean to NOT write about things my little blond brain thinks about.
But sometimes I think my thoughts might be better left to their own devices. Here, I’m surrounded by folks that argue and debate for sport. I don’t really crave any of those things. I’m on a different politcal and sometimes moral spectrum, and I come from a different place, demographically speaking, altogether. I wonder sometimes, when I hear them talk about other people (people that I might agree with, or a stance that I might take) how differently they’d feel about me or if they’d say the same things to my face? I know they wouldn’t intentionally hurt my feelings, but sometimes I do wonder how you deal with people that often come off as complete know-it-alls because they’re well read or well versed or good arguers simply for the sake of arguing. So my idea of dealing is to put my head down, pretend to not hear what they say, or simply leave the room. Maybe it’s my own problem for feeling this way. I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea- I’m not getting personally attacked. But I am definitely in the minority here, so I figure it’s best just to zip it. I am not normally like that, so that’s a big life change for me. Regardless, I love everyone here, even if they are as liberal as Nancy Pelosi!
I hate grasshoppers. I’m certain none of you know how much I really hate grasshoppers. I. Really. Hate. Them. Zach knows. I mean, I’m terrified of them to begin with, but they destroyed my entire garden. I had nurtured it, and had gotten a few tomatoes when they ate it. THE WHOLE THING! All the tops off all the onions. All four tomato plants. All my pepper plants, including the jalapeno. They chewed and are still chewing on the lilies, my geraniums, the iris plant, my petunias, and have eaten every lily bulb that I planted. I put limes out in the flower bed the other day to keep the cats from peeing in there, and they even ate some of the lime. Bastards! The sweet revenge is that the chickens LOVE to eat grasshoppers. So I get to put my chickens out every morning, and watch them destroy grasshoppers. They peck out their ugly, alien-like eyes and then they eat them. It’s beautiful.
Speaking of beauty, the chickens are getting big and they’re sooooo pretty. They totally make me smile! I seem to have misplaced my camera or I’d show you some photos of them. I also need to introduce y’all to Captain Coward, my rooster.
Our calves sell tomorrow morning. I hope the market picks up some between now and then. Maybe that’s overly wishful thinking? You can watch the sale on RFDTV. Yes, a video auction! How cool is that? We could certainly handle selling some horses too, that would be helpful. Come to the ranch people! Visit us! Buy some of our gentle, quiet, kind and trainable ponies! Oh, and you can now follow Ducheneaux Quarter Horses on Facebook. I really hate it that the slaughter plants are closed. The kill buyer sets the floor for the horse market, and right now, that floor is really, really, LOW. The best laid plans of mice and men…or something like that. All these animal rights groups that had this idea that not slaughtering horses was the best thing for them, want no part of cleaning up the mess that they made. Ok. Now I’m rambling.
I rode Little Gump (Dino), Gump’s half brother by another father, for ride #2 yesterday. Today I’ll put yet another ride on him. I can’t wait! I’m learning so much and growing as a horseman- daily. If I can get my horses to ride around half as good as Buck Brannaman’s horses, I will have some of the handiest horses going down the road! I’m so fortunate to have Zach in my life, as he desires to take this journey with me. Doing things together is the best way to do things, no doubt. I promise I haven’t forgotten about putting up some video of our first ride. I will do that, someday. But for now, I have horses to ride and colts to start and they’re not gonna get better if I’m sitting on my tail, blogging.