Wednesday, April 23, 2008

What Makes Us Happy

If you look at Silk, Siete and me, very different things make us each happy today. The horses were very itchy, rolling around in the dirt and rubbing their bellies. Since it’s almost 80F degrees right now, and it will stay pretty warm tonight, I decided it was a good day for bathing.

Siete went first, and I have to say that this is not a horse who takes to water. She tolerated it, but she was very glad when we were done. What made her happy was to roll in the dusty corral and get covered in hay and a thick coat of dirt as soon as I turned my back.

Silk, on the other hand, was very happy to get wet. She loves water and really enjoys a bath. She gets weak at the knees when I soap and rub her tummy. We took much longer and had a great time. Of course, when we were done, she took one look at Siete and followed her lead. So, what made Silk happy was to get clean and then be a piggy. She probably hopes that as a result of her antics, I will give her another bath.

Now, I know that I am not supposed to find happiness in material objects. I confess that what made me happy today was a new pair of muck boots. I have always gone for the fourteen dollar kind of rubber boots, which often get holes in their soles. Yesterday, I broke down and bought the muck boots of my dreams. They are made by the Muck Boot Company. I opted for the garden variety, not the equine line. They are lighter weight and green, not black. Green is my favorite color. Most of all, they are incredibly comfortable. Dare I say, delightfully cushioned? I haven’t taken them off since I put them on at 6 am. So what made me happy as I cleaned the stalls and the corrals and both of the horses, was my new green boots.

I just finished reading a book by Anne Rudloe called “Butterflies on a Sea Wind”. She’s a conservationist from Florida who studied Zen. So, as I sat on the patio with my feet up, resting and admiring my new boots, I thought about what she wisely wrote: “Life is not about being happy and whole because things work out the way we wanted. Life is about being whole regardless of what happens.” Lucky for me, on this beautiful day, I am able to appreciate the whole enchilada and realize that this is about as good as life gets.


Heidi the Hick said...

Ohhhhh I do love a good pair of much boots. Just makes life so much better!

Carolynn said...

Love the bathing stories, love the horses, love the boots, love the quote(!), especially love the....pj's?

Enjoy your gorgeously warm day!


Tamara of In the Night Farm said...

Happiness is indeed found in the simplest things.

I dearly love my busy life of horse training and endurance conditining, but let's face it: some of my favorite moments are spent with my eyes closed, sunshine warm on my face, cheek to cheek with a snoozing horse.

Grey Horse Matters said...

Love the boots! They look comfy and the girls were clean for a few minutes anyway. They were probably happy to get the winter washed off them and now they can concentrate on the Spring dirt. It was a beautiful day to take a rest and reflect on how happy you and your horses are.

djbrown said...

Spring and new muck boots go together like (sorry) a horse and carriage!

Janet Roper said...

Love the boots, love the pjs. Your picture simply reeks of contentment!
Janet Roper

billie said...

Sounds like a perfect day! We have the black version of your boots - aren't they wonderful?

Pony Girl said...

Always good to get new boots....I love that you had fun bathing the girls in the 80 degrees...sounds like a special day!

Callie said...

Look comfy, actually. Glad the girls, well at least Silk enjoyed her bath and the weather was warm enought to get a bath.

Esther Garvi said...

My horses are starting to appreciate showers more and more for every time. Arwen used to find it uncomfortable, but now she actually comes to me on her own will and stands on the place where I usually shower her. When I bring out the water, that seems to be exactly what she wants!

Strawberry Lane said...

So glad I'm back ... and saw your new muck boots! Now that would make any day a ... perfect day.
Love the photo. That's what it is all about! Feet up, book in hand, muck boots on and horses munching away in easy sight.

Have missed reading your events and can now start catching up.

Thanks so much for checking in on us. We survived ... and that's good!