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The Living Without Series

This is a series of posts that I wrote back in 2006 on living with less stuff. Check them out: liv011Living #2liv031liv04

Coal Creek Farm on Facebook

The Chicken Doctor

April

The Architect

Clay

Fox Eye Ranch

Want to play another game of What Is It? I thought you’d like to see some of the sights at Fox Eye Ranch where I served brunch to some very hungry horse back ridin’ ladies.

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This was mighty purty.  What is it?

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Honestly, I don’t know what this is or what it means.  I think there might be a dead cow body under them thar rocks.  The plastic steer head?  Does that make it more spiritual?  I don’t know.  What is it?

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I love the dust on this and look at all those wonderful organic shapes.  When I was in design school I always went with the organic shapes over the hard rigid forms.  I took a class called Packaging Design which was a required course for any Industrial, Interior and Graphic design major.   My professor in that class, Lois Greene, whom I admired and aspired to be like,  told me she knew by the look of my first project that I was an Industrial Design major and then she told me how much she appreciated my organic forms.  I promised myself never to love anything but organic forms from that day forward.

Who knows what this lovely organic thing is?

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Dear God, what is it?

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Is it a dot to dot picture puzzle?  What the heck is it?

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Okay, it’s pretty obvious what this is.  Can you smell the leather?  Look at how orderly everything is.  Go ahead tell everybody what it is.

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Here’s some of the ladies at the clinic.  Do you see what might be missing?  Yeah, a saddle.  What are they learning?  I just know I heard a lot of , “Relax, take a deep breath.  Guide and become one with your horse.”  I do know this, by the time I left the clinic I was very relaxed and felt one with something.  Can anybody out there tell us what these ladies were learning?

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This is the where I served lunch and that is Stuart going into his stall.  I fell in love with Stuart after he rested his big head on my shoulder.  And then I fell even more in love with him after watching my daughter feed him peppermints.  What is this strange attraction to horses called?  What is it about a sweet horse that makes me want to love them forever?  What is it?  Stuart, I’ll never forget you.  I LOVE YOU!!!  Run away from Fox Eye Ranch and come live with me!!!

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That very cute girl with the snazzy boots is Taylor.  I fell in love with her too.  She was so darn cute.  She told me all about her horse and how she cares for him.  Her horse had a hard begining.  The previous owner had ruined his hoofs.  Taylor rescued him and has cared for him, being careful not to push him too hard.  On this day her horse just happened to have a pretty nasty case of hives because he’s very curious and can’t stay out of things that he’s allergic to, so Taylor  put him in his stall and was keeping a close eye on him.  There was something about Taylor that I don’t see in many 13 year old girls.  Something more mature, more calm, more patient.  Does caring for a horse bring out these wonderful qualities in a girl or was it just Taylor?  What is it about horses that makes people even more wonderful?

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