Wednesday, November 12, 2008

B-days and Anniversaries

Your concern and well-educated, helpful responses to my last post made me realize yet again how lucky I am to have such a great group of friends in the blogosphere. This week marks the one year anniversary of this blog, and I’ve had over 50,000 visitors. When I started writing it, I really had no expectations about what I was doing here. Honestly, I often see my blog as a wonderful warm-up exercise for the rest of my writing that I do each day. The great bonus was to meet all of you, from all over the world, and confirm daily how many really good people there are who care and help each other and see things from very unique and wise perspectives. You are a gift to me.

Sunday was my birthday, and a very dear old friend of mine drove 900 miles to celebrate with me. He just left this morning, so life will go back to its usual bumpy, chaotic state. Siete is still on stall-rest with orders from the vet to feed no grain, no carrots, and only 9 or 10 pounds of first-cut hay a day. What an unhappy horse! I’m waiting to hear from the head vet at the practice about his views on her radiographs and the recommended treatment. Hopefully, I’ll know more by the end of the day. It’s making me pretty antsy, but I’m grateful that he’s getting involved since I really trust his opinion.

I did have a crazy un-horse related thing happen last night. It made me realize how life can change in an instant. While I was cooking dinner on the stove, I put two pie crusts in the oven at 450 degrees for five minutes to brown them like the recipe said. Suddenly, I looked down and saw that the oven was on fire! Some of the crust had dropped down into the heating coils of the oven. I put out the flames and sat down on the kitchen floor, just shaking. If I had been in the family room or upstairs, the whole kitchen could have caught on fire. My husband is away on a business trip, so I called him. He said he was very happy that I was sitting on the floor in the kitchen as I talked to him and not standing in our driveway with the fire department. It reminded me of how fast something can go wrong and how fortunate I was to have been in the right place at the right time.


allhorsestuff said...

Wow Victoria!
Glad that you noticed that and are fine along with your animals and house too!
Am Thankful for you!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I love it that our heart ties make great efforts to make ourt hearts sing..your friend, that is lovley for a present!

I can't inmagine putting my mare on a diet..she'd absolutly be unhappy...but You did say that Siete,she was unhapy.
Hang in..glad you are trusting your professionals opinion. Sorry for the false start on it though!

the7msn said...

I can still remember how I found your blog - Blogger listed you as a Blogger of Note, and boy were they right. I've been reading it and enjoying your thought-provoking equine observations ever since.

And happy belated birthday. I hope the coming year is filled with good health for your horses and precious little drama (in the barn and in the kitchen) for you.


Grey Horse Matters said...

Happy Birthday Victoria! Glad you had a special visitor come for your special occasion. Congratulations also on the 1 year anniversary that your blog has been up and running. We don't know what we'd do without your stories and insights into the world of horses. I'm anxious to hear what the top vet has to say about Siete, and I hope everything will be alright.
As for the fire in the kitchen, well, you were lucky you were right there. This only convinces me yet again, that cooking can be dangerous and I better stay away from it as much as possible!

C-ingspots said...

Remember to count your blessings! I don't believe in luck - just blessings. And when bad things happen - those are usually lessons...for many reasons. I'm happy that you were in the right place at the right time too!
Oh, and Happy Birthday and Happy anniversary!! More of life's milestones.

billie said...

Happy birthday and congrats on the blog anniversary - it's great that you've kept it going for so long. :)

And hope Siete has a solid dx very soon.

Cactus Jack Splash said...

Have a lovely birthday. So glad you friend could come out and that the fire was not worse.
Also congratulations on your blogs one year anniversary

Esther Garvi said...

Happy belated birthday, Victoria! What a drama! Give Siete a big kiss from me! Maybe now would be good time for a cute little goat companion...? :-)