Wednesday, June 20, 2012

all the time in the world

I know I have failed at keeping this blog up. Terri, thank you for your sweet comment wondering how I was doing. To be honest, I have had a rough time lately. My husband lost his job about 3 months ago and I was laid off last week. It's depressing that the one thing that always makes me happy (Lucy) is also the one thing that I absolutely cannot afford without a job. I am hopeful that a new job will come along soon (PLEASE) but it has been tough to remain upbeat when I know how rough the job market is.

So, any good thoughts would be appreciated.

In the mean time, I am shooting a few weddings and doing some other design work. I would love to paint some more saddle pads, too, so if you know of anyone looking for a cool gift or for a way to stand out at their next event, send them my way! :) Kenny and I are also doing a lot of work on the house. I have learned how to use a tile saw and helped Kenny pour concrete to build new front steps on the house, which we then cemented repurposed tile onto. It looks great!

I am almost fully recovered from my fall a week and a half ago. My right elbow is still bothering me and I think when I get a new job/health insurance, I will get it x-rayed if it is still hurting. When I was young I broke my left elbow falling off a horse and it was the same type of pain, very minimal unless I bend my arm *just right*, then quite a lot of pain. I didn't get my arm looked at for two weeks the first time I broke my elbow and it did have a fracture in it. I am not too worried about my elbow but I am going to be careful with it. It would suck to have a cast right now because it's REALLY hot, I want to ride, and it's my right arm and I am right handed! My leg is totally fine now, just a really cool bruise is all that's left!

Lucy has been doing wonderfully. We've had some nice dressage schools. Lauren noticed that the new bit I got for her was rubbing the sides of her mouth just slightly, so I bought some bit guards and she went even better in that bit now that her pony lips are protected :) I am doing some temp work at the local Dover store for their tent sale tomorrow through Saturday, so on Friday I plan on having a jump school after "work" and then Saturday I will bathe her. Sunday is the event at Groton House, and we'd love to see/meet anyone local. My dressage is at 12:42, jumping is at 1:46, and XC is at 1:56.

Here are some cute photos of Lucy making friends with a bunny yesterday after our ride:





23 comments:

  1. OMG BUNEEE! I used to have rabbits, they are sweet and crazy. So, being laid off SUXXX and it's that much harder to enjoy your 'retirement' while waiting for the next job. We've been there, my Hubbie and I and it always just works out. Keep your chin up and I'm sure you'll get something GREAT soon! Good luck at Groton! I wish we were local so I could just ride up and cheer you guys on!

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  2. Oh Kate, I'm so sorry about loosing your job, how stressful!! **Hugs**... hopefully some awesome opportunities come your way soon!

    Good luck at your event, I hope you get to leave all your worries behind and have a fantastic day.

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  3. That really sucks, Kate:( I'm sorry. At least you are a fantastic photographer!! Im sure it will all work out, you and Lucy will find a way. Definately interested in a custom saddle pad for my trainer; how do you feel about recreating custom logos? You can email me at lmjhorses@aol.com...when you have time:)

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    1. Thanks Lily! I sent you an email.

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  4. I'm so sorry you are having such bad luck. I will keep you in mind about a saddle pad, may need one (:

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  5. Oh no, hugs! We're about the same age as you guys and my husband (very much our primary breadwinner) lost his job 3 months ago, and I panicked about my pony too. Knots in my stomach, couldn't breathe if I thought about it, almost throwing up panicked. I had wonderful people who lined up to help me with him if we needed it, and it seems like you'll have those sorts of good people there for you too. He recently started a new job that he loves much more than the old one, so it all turned out for the best. I hope it turns out the same for you!

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    1. There are so many people in our same situation. I'm really glad your hubby found a new job! My parents kept telling me I needed to "cut back" and I knew that meant "get rid of the horse" :( They don't understand that she's not something I can just get rid of at the drop of a hat. Even if I did put her up for sale, I don't think she's the type of horse I could easily find a new person for.

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  6. Sorry about the job situation. I hope something comes along soon. I have found that things like this always work out for the better in the end. It is just getting to the end part that is tough. Have a great ride at the show!

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    1. thanks Amy! things are looking up and I do feel very strongly that I am a lucky person with a lot to look forward to :D

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  7. Oh Kate! I am so sorry. I had the feeling that something was wrong, but I thought maybe you were sore. They say that when one door closes, another opens, and I so hope that damn door opens soon for you and Kenny and Lucy. Hugs to you, dear.

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  8. Sending some good mojo your way!! Adorable pics of Lucy and the bunny. We, sadly, don't have horses around, but we have several bunny families living in our woods...really enjoy watching them play.

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    1. the bunnies are SO cute. I had a bunny as a kid and though wild bunnies are obviously not pets, they are still so much fun to watch.

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  9. Sending good thoughts your way - on the job and show front. Lucy looks lovely, as always!

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  10. I'm loving the bunny pics.

    I hope the both of you find something soon - it must be keeping you awake all night worrying about money :(

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    1. both Kenny and I have developed quite the case of insomnia! not fun.

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  11. Sent you a FB msg about a saddle pad!

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  12. have you thought about painting things other than saddle pads? I know I've been looking for a cool belt...would be fun to have a unique painted one.

    And really sorry to hear about the job situation. I'm sure things will work out!

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    1. I am not sure painting a belt would work, because it would have to be a fabric belt, and belts are stretched when tightened, which would not work with the paint. I could always try it if you're interested!

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  13. Sorry about the jobs, that sucks. Hopefully something will come your way soon.

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  14. So sorry to hear about the jobs, it must be a very worrying time for you. But everyone I know who has ever been laid off has ended up in a better situation so keep the faith. I love your blog and enjoy hearing all about Lucy, you're an inspiring team! Hang in there!

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    1. thanks! times are tough for many people and I am very blessed to have a supportive family and group of friends, so even when everything else is not going well, I can still keep my chin up!

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