Sunday, February 19, 2006
Horse Capital Day
What a great day off it has been so far.
The weather was unbeatable. Sunny and crisp but warmer than it has been.
Keith and I both had the day off, which doesn't happen too often, as we both work weird hours and rotating days off.
I got up and made pancakes and fresh cantaloupe and grapes for the nine people who occupy this house on weekends (My family of 5, my sister Carol and her 2 munchkins and Andrews friend).
Then Keith , Andrew and his friend, Heidi and myself headed out for a walk with Binzen. We went to Blue Heron Loop. Which is a nice dyke walk in full view of the Golden Ears Mountains. It's about a five minute drive from the house. This is my 'Church without Walls'. A place where I can feel the presence of God all around me, and the glory of his creation.
The photo above is taken at the spot where we sprinkled Coppers remains. Andrew spread him on the ground as I read out the Rainbow Bridge story. So he will spend the rest of eternity romping through the long grass, in the constant sun . Surrounded by our glorious mountains and forests. A place where we walk often and will think of him every time we pass this spot.
We were soon laughing and feeling cheered at the crazy antics of young Binzen. He didn't care that the river was lined with ice. He romped and goofed around in the cold water as though it were a summer day.
We passed several horses out for their Sunday trot. Whenever we see horses approaching, we always leash the dog. Just to be safe. Wouldn't want him to spook a big animal like that. Who knows what would happen.
But as we were down on the creek, we hadn't noticed this horse and rider approach. Before we knew it she was right up along side of us, with Binzen on the loose. Of course the dog goes flying up to inspect the huge creature. The young rider stopped her horse. When Keith called Binzen to "Come!" I didn't think he would listen, with such an interesting distraction. But guess what? He came back to us. We were so relieved and so pleased that Binzen has really learned from his obedience class.
Once we completed our stroll, we piled into the car and headed to Dairy*Queen. We had the shrimp baskets. It was ok. Pretty good for fast food. But I don't think I would get it again. We had our ice creams and headed home.
It was a perfect day.
Thanks for joining us.