Thursday, March 15, 2018

Thursday's Threads

OUTFIT DAY! But it's kind of a boring one. No riding outfit for obvious reasons. The good thing, is my ring does seem to be melting. But it's going to be awhile before it's actually rideable again. I have some silly outfits on my radar, but I need it to warm up a little for most of them. It's pretty cold here with highs just barely in the 40's for the foreseeable future. Still better than the 20's I guess. Anyway, here's what I wore to work today:

Comfy and warm was the name of the game today.

Sweater: Sisters
I like the colors on this one. It has that unicorn feel to it the way the colors kind of blend together.  Plus that cable down the center is totally like a unicorn horn, right? I got this one from Modcloth I think last year, but I never had a chance to wear it. Today was the perfect day, because I paired with what's below...

Belt: Swanky Saddle
Photos don't really do this cute buckle any justice at all. It has an iridescent finish on it, so when it moves around in the light it throws all different colors.
If you're looking for one of these on the Swanky Saddle site, you won't find this finish. It's available in gold or silver, antiqued or shiny but not this fancy finish. And here's how I wound up with it... I emailed Jodi (owner of Swanky Saddle) when I saw these adorable buckles on their Instagram and asked if it was possible to do them like the unicorn bits and spurs we all are loving right now. While this metal can't iodize (it's my understanding only titanium will give that unicorn finish) Jodi set about trying to get something similar. And this was the result. I was SO excited when it arrived because I thought I was just getting the regular gold one. Such a fun surprise! If you want one like this, you can order gold or silver and then send am email requesting the iridescent finish. This is not any sort of affiliate sale or anything. I just really love Swanky Saddle stuff! And Jodi is awesome to work with. Visit my Instagram (stacieseidman) to see the amazing necklace I got of Rio's face.
Anyway, back to Thursdays Threads!

Jeans: AG Jeans
These are just some boring dark blue jeans. But they're super comfy and I love them! I was going to wear some purple jeans, but ahem.... they didn't fit. Anyway... blue is lovely, isn't it?

Shoes: Dirty Laundry
Another item that would not photograph this morning... These are a really pretty olive green satin. The ribbon laces are black. I'm a sucker for shoes that kind of look like paddock boots (so comfy, right?) and if you make them green, I will probably buy them. So here they are.

Arm Party!
Lefty is wearing an adorable mantra bangle also from Swanky Saddle. It says, "Roll me in fairy dust and call me a UNICORN". Obviously, I love it.
I was wanting to wear a stack of mantra's on righty, but alas... my jewelry is a mess and I couldn't find them. (Hangs head in shame...)

Instead, righty is repping Nicole's Creations! Probably better than a bunch of mantra's anyway. These were handmade just for me by Nicole. I subscribe to her monthly jewelry service, and each month, I get something really gorgeous made just for me. She stops by here from time to time to see where my style is at, and then designs something I will definitely love. I am not sharing this info for anything in return, just another small business that I really love and wanted to share.

That's it for today. Maybe by some miracle the next storm passes us by (or just drops a bunch of rain) and I'll have a riding outfit next week? I wouldn't count on it, but never hurts to remain optimistic.
Any favorites from today? Have you ever gotten anything from Swanky Saddle or Nicole's Creations?

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

What's Up Wednesday: Power outage edition

Well half of this week was spent camping out in the house. You may recall that last Wednesday we were hit with a Nor'easter that left my house in the dark. And cold. Really cold. I think you all know how I feel about being cold. My dogs also hate being cold.
There's Pia in there I promise... This was the first night with only a flashlight!
The horses don't seem to care too much at least. The worst part though, aside from the cold, is that I have well water. So no power also means no water. I had filled a couple unused trash cans with water for the horses so they were set for about a day and a half at least. I did not otherwise prepare. I was complacent. Didn't actually think the power would go out. At least not for THAT long!
At least it was pretty? Kinda? The problem with this storm is that it rained for several hours before snowing. And since it wasn't actually that cold out, the snow was very wet and heavy. Trees and power lines were down EVERYWHERE.
These ring lights really came in handy!

Pugs? Or space heaters?
When I drove to work Thursday morning, only about a lane and a half of my road was plowed because of all the trees in the road. It was like slalom!
We didn't have power at work either, but the generators there are enormous, and everything ran just fine. Literally everything. You'd never know we weren't running on real power.
So years ago, I was supposed to be getting a hard wired generator, but then the guy never finished the job. Thus, I still don't have one. Because I was complacent and didn't think I'd lose power in the winter! Anyway, I posted on Facebook looking for recommendations for a different guy to go through for a hard wired generator. Well, I should have thought that through a little better... A mutual friend tells original guy (we'll call him OG moving forward) that I'm looking for a generator. OG is the same dude that installed the ones at work and at my dad's house, so he's kind of our guy for this stuff. Anyway, OG calls up my dad and says he can get my place totally running that day on a rental. So I call him back. I ask very specifically if he can run the well pump, all the furnaces, and my tenants apartment. I'm assured that it will all run. ALL OF IT. PLUS lights everywhere. Assured. I asked multiple times and got the same answer. So I tell tenant, yay we'll be running tonight! Lol. OG doesn't arrive until about 8. So I missed dinner waiting for him since all my food was rotten. Boo. But worth it right, if we're going to be up and running! I'm sure you see where this is going.
I did get heat in the house and barn. And I got a few lights in my kitchen. That was it. NOTHING in the apartment and as it turns out no water still. UGH. Hey, at least we got warm? Well not my tenant... but she stayed at her sisters so all was ok there. I felt like such a piece of poop though after telling her she would be all good at home. Thank goodness she's a nice person.
Funny thing about the water... We all thought it was running off the generator Thursday night. But Friday morning? Nada. So then I was late for work because I had to drive to my moms to use her shower. And in the process, I managed to fall down the stairs. (I'm a faller, not really that surprising. But insult to injury, ya know?)
Does that knee look swollen to you?
Anyway, work was fine. I filled up about 15 gallons of water at lunch to refill the cans at home for the horses, and then once more before I went home for the day. So the horses were good at least for a bit. Friday night I hung out with the puggers on the kitchen floor. I read a book and they did pug things.

Saturday morning I went out to get more water for the ponies. Not sure why they decided to both be really good drinkers and also absolute water slobs when we had no running water.... But alas. That's how it goes. When I got back with the water, I came back to a non-working generator. Hahahaha. I had to laugh. I mean why wouldn't it stop working? Anyway, OG came and got it going again. AND THEN the most exciting thing happened! At 3:30 on Saturday all the power was back in my neighborhood! Unfortunately, I couldn't get back on the grid until OG came and switched me back over. My meter wasn't set up for a generator, so he had to remove it temporarily. Thus, I couldn't put it back myself. I let him know as soon as I found out that the power was back, and he said he's be by in a couple hours. So I waited. And waited. At 6:30 I checked in for at ETA since it had been 3 hours, and he said 2. (Also, I'm paying hourly to rent that thing, so...) He was pretty snotty and said he'd be there later. No real idea when later would be. So I missed another dinner waiting for him to show up. Somehow despite missing so many meals, I'm not in fact any skinnier. Sad tale.
OG eventually showed up at 9 and got me back on the grid.
A few years ago, when Super Storm Sandy blew through, I was sans power for 10 days. But back then it was September. So it was warm, and daylight lasted into the evening. Plus my pool was open so I could steal all the water I wanted from there for flushing my toilet. It was MUCH less awful than these three days in the winter. FACT.
Anyway, I was really happy to have life back to normal on Sunday. I did a walk around the yard to assess the damage. There were some limbs down but nothing terrible fortunately.

Then did the sad task of cleaning out the fridge and freezer. But the brightside was that I discovered two full packages of Hershey's bars and a box of thin mints from last year in the freezer. Those things don't go bad!

And of course I did the horse laundry and groomed the boys. I also refilled all the containers I could find with water, because we had another Nor'Easter heading our way for Tuesday.
Monday was uneventful. There was work, followed by pony grooming, and some basic enjoying of a functional tv and snuggly pugs.
As promised, it was snowing when I woke up Tuesday.

My work never closes. We have warehouses all around the country, so we can keep doing what we do no matter the weather. We did wind up closing our local warehouses, and most of us opted to work from home.
I told my barn helper to stay home, since he commutes pretty far. So I did barn chores quick before sitting down to work. My coworkers were super clingy though:
True to form, I still managed to trip and fall working from home. I never set up the wifi on my printer, so I had to plug it in to print orders. Yep. I fell over the cord. At least the carpet was a soft landing. I only bruised one knuckle!
Well maybe two actually... Either way, it was fine. I was actually pretty busy all day, and kind of liked being able to work with Friends on the tv in the back ground... We wound up getting a little less snow than predicted and the power stayed on! So all ended well. They're saying there's another storm heading our way for next week, but I'm hoping that thing fizzles out. I was trying to plan a Badger visit for next week, but I think that storm is going to keep me here. Hopefully in a couple weeks I'll finally get back down there!
But you know what's REALLY up this Wednesday?! It's Jamp's 19th birthday!
We celebrated with a cupcake, selfies, and lots of groomies.

So that's what's up this Wednesday. What's up with you? How was your week? I hope it was better than mine! (Though really it wasn't that bad other than being cold and a little smelly.)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Truthful Tuesday

Well... This is the view today:
I opted to work from home today. By the time barn chores were done I wouldn't have started work until after 11 at the earliest if I drove into work. So home office it was for today! It's been pretty busy. Our local warehouses are closed, but all the others around the country are open. So here we are. Fingers crossed the power stays on! The news people seem optimistic about that so hopefully they're right.
Anyway, you're not here for me to whine about the weather (that's just an added bonus!) so I do have a confession for you. Occasionally, I give strong independent women a bad name. This is one of those times.
I don't drive Jorge my truck all that often. He takes over when the weather is bad since Bette (my car) is only rear wheel drive. Due to his infrequent use, he only has about 5200 miles on him despite his being almost a year old. He's been due for an oil change for a little bit, but I haven't had the chance to bring him in. So last night, the engine lights comes on (good timing with the storm and all). I pull out the book to see if I can figure out how urgent this light is. Upon reading, it tells me that if the message "oil change required" pops up then you have no oil. As in none at all. Uh-oh? So I check the oil. It's definitely not empty. I put a little in just in case, but the level was fine. It's pretty dirty though (it's a diesel so that's not surprising). So I'm glad my confession is not that I have no oil at all in my truck. But I am confessing to not taking good care of Jorge. Everyone keep your fingers crossed that it will get me to work and then to the Ford dealer hopefully tomorrow. (They don't seem to be in today, so I can't get an appointment yet. Stupid snow.)

Anyone else ever neglected their vehicle? How did that work out? What do you think the chances are I make it to work tomorrow?

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Thursday's Threads: Riding outfit only edition

Kind of a lame Thursday's Threads post because I kind of forgot to take outfit pictures this morning. But also, I have no power, which means no running water or heat so I look AMAZING let me tell you... At least outside looks pretty?

 It doesn't sound pretty. The trees cracking all around last night sounded like fireworks! Eeek. 100% of my town is in the dark. Hoping it's back by tonight because it's supposed to drop down into the 20's tonight. Brr.
Fortunately, I grabbed some snaps of my riding outfit on Sunday, so all is not lost!

I had to add a coat before I got on though. That wind was blowing cold!
Also, Jampy and I wore matching boots:
Ok, let's look closer!

Helmet: Charles Owen JR8
I don't really like the harnesses on these JR8 helmets, but the sparkles obviously over rule that issue. It fits well too, so that's the most important thing.

Jacket: Ariat
This guy got stuck in the black hole that is my laundry pile for awhile. But he's clean and back in action! I rather like Ariat apparel.

Hoodie: Lit Cube
Why yes, this IS a Gilmore Girls inspired sweatshirt. Thanks for noticing! I love it. It's oversize and comfy and warm and all the things you want in a sweatshirt.

Belt: Brooks Belts
This belt matches the breeches so well, you almost can't see it! It's your run of the mill elastic belt. I could probably make this if I had and could work a sewing machine. But since I do not and cannot, I had to buy it.

Breeches: Kerrits Winter Cargo breeches
I'm not a big fan of Kerrits breeches, but these were on super duper sale, and I loved the heathered gray. Also, I am a bit too... fluffy for any of my winter breeches, so figured I'd give them a try. They're ok. I liked riding in them, but the cargo pockets on the side make the legs have less give to them. And that's where I could use all the give I can get. I maybe should have gotten a large instead of a medium. They'll do though.

Boots: Pioneer
They are tough to photograph! Navy, I promise.
Ah! The part you've been waiting for! The boots! I have mixed reviews here. I think overall positive, but there is one pretty big negative. Let's start there and get it out of the way. They say patent leather is really grippy. And that's not a lie exactly.... If you rub patent on patent, you get a great grip. If you rub patent on smooth saddle leather? Not so much. However, lots of boots are slippery when they're new, so I'm not sure it's fair to judge yet. And I think a little of this stuff should help me out of it the slippery is a permanent state:
I'm not a big fan of saddle tight type stuff, but I like this one a lot. It doesn't ruin your tack, and wipes right off with a little saddle soap. Unlike actual saddle tite. That stuff is gross. I was planning to try it with the boots on Rio but he was off so didn't get the chance. Will report back whenever I can try again.
And now the good! These boots are SO COMFY! Maybe not quite Regal comfy, but for boots that seem really stiff they weren't. The didn't dig into my legs anywhere (so hopefully that doesn't mean they'll wind up too short...) and I had no blisters or anything to speak of after my ride. I wore them to lunge and ride Jamp, lunge Rio, sweep up the barn, and feed the horses. So they were on for a few hours doing all different things. They are a little stiff, to be expected, but very comfy! And they're pretty awesome to look at too, if I do say so!

That's it for today... short and sweet! Were you in the path of this Nor'Easter? How did you make out? Any favorites from today?

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

What's Up Wednesday

I think you know what's up. It's snowing. AGAIN. And not like the cute little dusting we got Sunday either.

Nope. This is real snow. Like 8 to 10 inches of it. Gross. Fortunately, it's not sticking just yet. I'm hoping to jet out of work in an hour or two before it gets really bad. Yay for being able to work from home! Though if I stay till three, that "work" might be minimal. Don't tell the boss.
Anyway, enough whining about snow, let's talk about the past week!
I managed to ride almost every day last week after work. It was glorious! Well... as glorious as riding Jamp in the dark can be. He IS afraid of his shadow so there's that. But it was just so nice to be in the saddle.
Riding this time of year is so funny. You can't really work on anything since your horse has no fitness. It's kind of like rehabbing but you can lunge out the crazies if you need to. But if you do that, you can't spend much time in the saddle or you just might cripple your horse. Probably for the best since rider isn't too fit either. So long story short, we haven't really worked on anything other than moving around and starting back to some level of fitness.
All this was for naught though unfortunately. Friday blew in... literally. We were hit with a Nor'Easter on Friday which luckily for us in southern CT came in the form of rain. But very high winds too. Sustained winds between 20 and 30 mph and gusts upwards of 60. I thought for sure the ring would be a swamp. But Saturday morning, it looked like this:
That's not bad! A little wet in places, but nothing crazy. Unfortunately, the wind was still blowing like crazy. It blew the doors open on the hay barn at some point over night, but I was really lucky and the hay was far enough back to stay dry. And while it did blow the door off one hinge, it's still functional and it was all fixed up yesterday. It also did this:
I dunno... that looks expensive to me. I'm waiting until after today's storm to deal with it. No sense fixing that twice.
Since it was still crazy windy, I didn't ride Saturday, but I was fairly productive. I had cleaned out the trailer tack room a couple weekends ago, but I hadn't stripped the shavings that were in it. So I did that first.
Then the mail came with my new rat traps, so I got those all set up and placed.
I caught the little jerk last night! Definitely recommend these traps. We'll see if any more rats show up. And if they do, we'll see if they can catch another one. I'm not sure if rats are like mice, but I swear the mice figure out it's a trap. I keep having to get different ones to catch them. Hopefully not the case with rats, but I hear they're pretty smart. Time will tell. Fingers crossed they just don't show up anymore?

I also got caught up on the horse laundry. Washed all the horse show towels, plus two weeks worth of Rio's wraps, some saddle pads, etc.
And then I dragged the ring! I really need to move the jumps and do a better job, but this is good enough for now. Especially since it's just going to need it again when/if the snow melts.
Look! No mud!
And then finally, I spent some time grooming the boys. They're shedding out really well, and starting to like fancy horses again instead of wooly mammoths.

Shiny boys! And then it was night time. I didn't have any crazy plans like last weekend. Instead, I got to work weeding out the dressers. The great clothing purge of 2018 is nearly complete! Just in time to start the spring/summer version... It will be nice when it's all done though.
Sunday, though pretty chilly and still kind of windy was a better day to ride. And I figured possibly my last for a bit since the evenings were looking chilly for this week. I lunged Jampy before I rode him and he was a bit of a cuckoo bird. Thankfully due to lack of fitness it didn't last long, and I was able to hop on for a quick ride. Since there was no mud, I figured I'd give my blue Pioneer boots their first ride.
He would look so fancy if only he's close his mouth...
I'll talk more about them tomorrow on Thursday's Threads but the quick and dirty is that they are very comfortable, will break in super fast, but patent leather is awfully slippery.
I threw Rio on the lunge line tacked up in hopes of getting on him too. Unfortunately, he was VERY unsound. So instead I sent the farrier a text. Hopefully he'll be here at the end of the week to take a look. If he can't fix it, I'll call the vet. He's comfortable hanging out and walking around, so I don't think it's an emergency situation. Hoping for an abscess or bruise or something simple. But it's Rio... so, we'll have to see.
And that was the last of my riding. I was hopeful Monday, but the ring was already crunching up when I got home from work. So we just groomed instead. Same with Tuesday. And now it's snowing. Should stay in the forties for the foreseeable future though, which makes me hopeful I'll be back in the saddle soon.
In other news, my Boy-O-Boy items arrived on Friday! They're GORGEOUS and I have to say, the quality is amazing.
I should have ordered a little bit bigger belt, but with breeches it's fine, so not a big deal. I LOVE the metallic gold, it's subtle enough to be pretty and not gaudy. And the browbands looks fab on the custom bridles I got from FSS.

I haven't oiled the bridles yet, but that's hopefully going to happen no later than this weekend (maybe tonight if I'm motivated). I can't wait to ride in them! I think the boys are going to look extra handsome.

Well. That's what's up this Wednesday. What's up with you? Is mother nature messing with you too? Get any fun new pony stuff you want to talk about?