Monday, October 17, 2011

Cold Weather; A Love Story...and Some Art

It is finally chilly here in good ole' Missouri at 41 degrees this morning! Forecast: fricken cold at night and not much warmer during the day....YAY!

I am super stoked because it has been 80+ since the beginning of October and its messing with my equilibrium. My body craves sweatshirts and long pants and HOT coffee and long hikes and trail rides in the woods and fuzzy horse necks...but in 80 fricken degrees that is impossible.

Everyone (who loves fall) is miserable. Sweaty, hot and disgusting is just not awesome when all you want is to bundle up and be cold :) I'm awkwardly weird, I know.
I am NOT a hot weather person. I LOVE fall, and am madly in like with winter. Save for February. February is the most pointless month of the year. Nothing fun happens in February, and by that time, even I am sick of wintery snow and icey grossness.

I can't remember a time when I didn't love the cold. There is just something wonderful about a deliciously chilly morning at the barn...watching the horses' breaths poof out of their fuzzy noses; appreciating the brilliance of the firey leaf colors, or the sharp blue quality of ice and snow; loving the sound of horses munching hay, all warm and toasty in their stalls or paddocks; hearing the crunch of leaves or snow underfoot; feeling absolutely cold, but ALIVE!


I think thats why I love fall and winter so much...I feel SO alive! I can't describe how much I appreciate life in the winter. Maybe its because, for some wildlife, its a daily struggle to stay alive and I appreciate the fact that I can be warm and my horse is well fed and warm as well. Or maybe its just the absolute beauty that is fall and winter. To me, Summer is FUGLY...brown grass...thunderclouds in the sky...sweaty beasts and people. Gross.

Plus, I freaking love hot coffee, piles of blankets, soup, fireplaces, hoodies, winter boots, thick socks, bathrobes, dog sweaters, christmas trees, sleigh bells, snow, scarves, and fuzzy horse coats. None of that is possible in summer! What do I love in summer? Air conditioning. Thats about it.

Speaking of fuzzy horse coats, Yankee is slowly growing his in. And by slowly, I mean it basically just stands on end right now and got a titch thicker. No real length growth has been acheived. TB horse coat fail. Good thing his momma loves him and has blankets for him when temps drop below freezing this week.

In other news, been doing a bit of dressage work...bareback. I think I am just gonna go sans saddle for a while, I'm really liking it...its giving me some wicked abs. Been working on getting silly TB to relax at the trot and get some beautiful transitions. Sucks not being able to rid emore than 3 days a week, all in a row, so I am going to try to make time for him today and wednesday, as well as the weekend.

In other other news...I've been artsy!! I'm trying to get people's portraits done like I promised, but since I'm just doing sketches, for free, they are low on the priority list, lawl. However I did do one of Miss Gogo for Andrea, SprinnklerBandit and my friend Sela... also uploaded a pic of my first project for ya'll to see...finally.

My Project, finished

Gogo mare

Izzy, for SpinklerBandit

Chance, for a non-blogger friend, Sela

Kleinmare, for Stacey

Have a splediferous Monday and don't forget to hug your horses :)


  1. I'm so happy I can finally wear jeans now. The coldest we've gotten is 65 all day when it was really cloudy. People were wearing coats haha!

    Sweet pictures!!!!!!

  2. Winter is NOT cool!!!! And yay, I have another art friend!!!! Hello!

  3. Dude, I love fall and winter. I have the cutest long sleeve polos from Horseware Ireland, and I am dyyyyyying to wear them again. I only wore them a few times last year!

    Amber is slightly fluffy right now. She won't get much more fluffy. Now THAT is a coat fail. She's a QH, she's supposed to be a little more self sufficient in her insulation. Although I think she may be planning on using her fat layer in place of the fur.

    I love Gogo's art. :( She and Andrea have been on my mind ever since I heard Andrea had her put down, and I definitely spent several minutes hugging Amber yesterday with that on my mind...

  4. Luv your artwork!
    I love riding in the winter when sun is out, so that happens about twice, lol! Fall riding is the VERY best! I HATE the cold frigid days with wind, but snow I'm happy to take anytime. As long as I dress right, riding is super fun in winter.

  5. Not to mention bareback is warmer too. :D

    I have to politely disagree about the cold lol, but it's so subjective. I don't understand why people (at my workplace) want to debate and argue over it so much.

    Personally I can't stand the cold. I shiver when temps drop below seventy degrees and when I'm cold I'm sad and unmotivated. I guess that's why there are seasons so everyone can have what they like for a while. If we didn't have the bad we wouldn't appreciate the good.

    Your art is so beautiful! Andrea is going to love Gogo's picture. You did a really good job on it. :) I really like Klein's too.

  6. You are one of the first people I've ever known that LIKES winter.