Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I don't know where to start....


We planted this hibiscus this spring...
the blooms are probably at least four, if  not five inches across. 


I don't know where to start, and even with starting, I know I probably won't post regularly for a while. 

As of today, I am done going to therapy...but not done with the exercises.  She thinks I am to the point that I should be able to continue on my own.  I am sleeping much, much better than I did for a while. 

I have my latest crumb quilt quilted and got the binding sewn on today...all I have left to do is flip to the back and sew it down.  For people not familiar with making a quilt, it is normally the last thing to do to finish a quilt.  I first sew the binding on with my sewing machine, then flip it to the back side and sew it down by hand...some people do both steps with a sewing machine but I just enjoy doing it by hand while I watch TV.  This encloses the raw edges of the quilt.

Sarah and Lorelei are coming tomorrow evening for a couple of nights...it has been too long since we have seen them.  They went to Myrtle Beach for a week, and just got home last weekend. 
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Oh!  Got a book for you to read...last week I finished The Eighty Dollar Champion:  Snowman, The Horse That Inspired a Nation.

It was just the best book.  Snowman was in the truck, ready to be taken to the glue factory.  He had sores and hair rubbed off from harnesses...had been a plow horse.  Harry arrived too late to bid on any horses in the auction, but for some reason Harry caught his eye.  It might have been just how calm he was while all the other horses were showing signs of stress.

He bought him for $80 to use at local boarding school where he gave riding lessons to the girls...Harry cared for Snowman and his health returned.  He was so calm anyone could ride him....

No one had any idea he could jump.  Then at the end of school every year, Harry has to sell part of his horses cause he does not have room to keep them all at his farm.  He always looks for good homes for them.  A doctor was looking for a calm horse for his child to learn to ride on.  Harry felt this doctor would be good to Snowman, and Snowman was wonderful with children. 

After the doctor had him a few days, Harry got a call.  The doctor thought Harry had tricked him...Snowman had jumped the fence.  Harry of course thought a gate had been left open.  So, the doctor keeps him.  One morning, Harry is going out to the barn, and guess who is there?  Snowman!

He takes him back to the doctor, and goes around the entire fence and can see that there is no place for him to get out.  He had jumped.  So, he has the doctor put him in a smaller enclosure at night where he cannot get a good run and jump the fence.  Snowman still returns to Harry. 

This time, Harry somehow ties a tractor tire to Snowman...he can drag it and still get around.  It is rubber, and won't hurt him.  No way is he going to be able to jump the fence while dragging it behind him.  WRONG!  He is back at Harry's farm, dragging the tire behind him.

So, if you get a chance, grab this book and read it.  Read about Snowman's road to being Champion...while at the same time the kids can do anything with him. It is one of the best books I have read in a while.

10 comments:

CDH said...

What a nice story about Snowman! Hope you don't stay away from the blog world too long.

Ginny said...

So how are you and what is going on...are you happy with the therapy setup now? You are not going to post as much,are you feeling badly? I have missed both you and Lorelei!!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

We've missed you, Rose! I do hope you are improving and feeling better every day.

Now the book, I can't wait to find this book and read it. You gave such a great description and it sounds wonderful. I love horses and I just know this will be a good read. Thanks for telling us about it.

Take care of yourself and enjoy your visit with Sarah and Lorelei!

Sandra said...

glad you are sleeping better and the horse sounds good from here... love that hibiscus...

Deb said...

Yay for a good nights sleep!!

Judy said...

I'm glad you're doing better and I hope you continue to improve. I can't wait to see the quilt. I've been doing some quilting in my free time. I did post the tossed nine patch tho it's not done, I still need to put the batting and backing on it. I'm starting a sampler quilt from the books I'm reading by Jennifer Chiaverini her Elm Creek Quilts book series. I'm going to sew it all by hand and not machine, I've always wanted to do that. You might like those. I'm going to see about this book here it sounds good.

Mary said...

Glad your shoulder is so much better and you are getting some quilting done. The books sounds very good.

Mary said...

Forgot to say that the flower is gorgeous. I love the two shades of pink in the petals...lovely!

Montanagirl said...

It sounds like my kind of book! I might just have to find it and read it.

Dee said...

I am glad you are doing better and hope the therapy is bringing relief. The flower looks like it was hand painted:) Quilting is like rug hooking getting the edges finished is important. ;)

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