where is waldo?

I don't know where Waldo is, but I've been hiding too. 

I had the best Valentines Day week ever playing in the snow in the beautiful north woods, snowmobiling with the love of my life. Good luck finding me there. We didn't sit still very long.

Happy Helmet Heads
(yes, it was snowing)
My job is plain ol' sucking the life out of me. At the end of last year I redesigned the org's website. I'm still working with a programmer doing a ridiculously arduous customization of a new CMS system (among zillion other responsibilities). Trust me when I say, you don't want to find me there. My family has been seen tip-toeing.

Holidays, birthdays, and family to-do's, with so many thing's, it's hard to snooze.

You won't find me at our trainers. I can count on one hand how many times we've seen Cierra since she has been at school. No worries, we have a solid relationship with our trainer. Cierra is doing great, still sweet as ever. Such a smart & willing girl to be ahead of the general training benchmark. Brad has not ridden her, that special day is yet to come.

We are having a real Wisconsin winter this year. With my new-ish winter sport passion, you might find me in the backwoods, or on the local trails that wind through beautiful private land, only publicly accessible by snowmobile. I only wish some of those trails would be open for horseback riding, the other three seasons. Why only three? Have you seen a horse around snowmobiles? I'll leave that for another post.

Don't think for a second that our horses are less-loved in the winter, they are just less ridden. My hubby takes care of them alone most days. You could find me there? I'll be taking care of them too. When I am home, in the dark, or on the weekends.

Pretty sure I covered the "not riding" and "winter weather" whine. There was no need to bore you further. I feel slightly better after talking with our trainer, guess it's not just me that doesn't ride over the winter months. Apparently it's not that unusual around here. Sadly, it's unlikely you would find me on horseback. Too many barriers.

We recently headed back to the Nicolet for a weekend trip, to close out the season. You could have found me at Cathedral Pines, soaking up the serenity.

Cathedral Pines in the Winter
I apologize if I caused any concern with my absence. I wonder about others when I don't see any posts for long stretches, just like sweet blogger friends from C-ing Spots Appaloosas & All Horse Stuff did. Great blogs & awesome horsewomen! You'll be able to find me soon. We have a planned indoor ride coming up. It will be one hundred and twenty nine days since my horse has been worked with, and I've been in a saddle. For some reason that number sounds slightly better then, over four monthsBut who's counting? Stay tuned & you'll find me. 


Shirley said...

I hate it when life gets in the way of life. Hope your winter goes away soon and you can get some quality horse time in!

The Dancing Donkey said...

I think I have managed to get on one of my horses 3 times this winter. We all need Spring.

C-ingspots said...

Oh, it is so good to hear from you!!! You sound too, too busy!! Don't you just hate that our jobs interfere so fiercely with our lives!!?? What is up with that? I for one, think it sucks...we have much better things to do with ourselves and our time...like you and your honey at that beautiful winter retreat!! Wow, now that looks wonderful. *sigh* I've been wanting to get away for a little downtime myself lately, kinda climbing the walls with boredom lately. Your job sounds overwhelming to me. I don't think my brain could handle that kind of mental stress anymore. I can so understand my your family tip-toes. :) Us girls can get cranky sometimes. I sure hope your work environment chills out soon, and your life gets back on an even keel so your brain can relax and be happy again. Snow mobileing looks so much fun!! I've never done that. One good thing, spring's almost here!! *happy dance** Things are looking up my friend!! Your butt will be back in that saddle before you know it, and then you'll be a happy, happy girl!! In the meantime, I'll keep you and your family in my prayers for happy and calm times. Soooo good to hear from you...I've missed you!! Bye for now! Happy thoughts to you. :)

C-ingspots said...

Oh, just one more thing...I love that picture of the two of you!! You both look so happy!! :) Just beautiful.

aurora said...

Yes, I definitely need some quality horse time ~ and agree the weather has to change for that to happen!

Lorie, you are so sweet. Thanks again for missing me/my ramblings. I'm so glad I did the arm reach photo thing, to capture the essence of that special trip up north. I hardly have any photos of me & hubby together, and this one takes me right back.

Sherry Sikstrom said...

Seems like that is going around, I have been so busy I cant find me let alone look for others! Hang in there spring will come... wont it ?

C-ingspots said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog. Those whip marks on Eagle's butt are permanent ones. I have no idea who or how they got there, but he's fearful for valid reasons, unfortunately. But you're right about him healing. He's come a long ways since we brought him home. The scars aren't deep, but they're visible in the summer when his coat is sleek. I know it was inflicted by a man because he's much more jumpy and distrustful of men than of women. He trust me, but if I'm not very confident, he comes very skittish and spooks easily. If only (when) I can be fully relaxed in the saddle, we will be alright. If I'm nervous, it's no good. I'll keep working on it because he's not going anywhere. Take care, hope your job is slowing down a little...