Samuel Jerome and Richnightder

Samuel Jerome and Richnightder
Our boys in Haiti

Monday, October 11, 2010

oarring on the wrong side of the boat

My dearest friend Jan tells a funny story about her mother, a family reunion, a lake, and a canoe ride that involved an inept attempt at rowing across the lake.  Jan's mother sat in the back of the canoe and happily told Jan that she was, and I quote, "Oarring on the wrong side." 

I'm not even sure if I'm spelling 'oarring' correctly, but nonetheless, you get what I'm saying.  Today Marc is home since it is Colombus day and of course being the diligent federal employee, he gets a lovely three day weekend at home with his fun family.  From the moment I got up today I have felt as though I have been oarring on the wrong side of the boat.  It's one of those days when nothing seems to be going right. 

Thomas is struggling with school work that he knows, Madison is not working effectively as she keeps butting into everyone elses business, Adam actually just finished his day and Jerome went off to the doctor with Marc since he has a headache.  Hmmm, a possible remnant of his ear infection from last week or so??  My kitchen is a disaster, the laundry is piled up, the horse stalls need cleaning and even though it's just Monday, my week is already jam-packed.  When and how do I get everything accomplished?

Hence, I feel as though I am sitting in a boat, "oarring" on the perpetually wrong side, going no where fast!  Does anyone else feel as though this is happening to them too?  I just can't seem to get anything done.

Madison has another dressage lesson today at 2PM.  She will not be riding our mare as she had to go to the vet this weekend with her right eye swollen shut.  Seems she either had a nasty bee sting or possibly even got kicked by one of the other horses.  So, one horse on the slightly sick-and-injured list.  That means Madison will be riding one of the trainers horses.  We are still trying to decide on a new dressage horse for Madison.  So far, she has test ridden a Tempel Farm Lipizzan, an Andalusian and a kind of ordinary Thouroughbred mare. 

She..and I...have fallen in love with the Lippizan, Acatina.  Unfortunately I am not sure I want to shell out a substantial amount of money for her at the front end of her training.  She is a gorgeous and comes from the premier Lipizzan farm in the United States.  Not only is she trained for 1st and 2nd level dressage, but is going nicely over jumps.  I have fallen for this horse like I did for my horse, Tommy 9 years ago.  Sometimes when you meet a horse you love, you just know it!  Unfortunately, Acatina carries a hefty price tag that I am uncertain of dolling out right now.  I have to decide on this quickly as the trainer will be hauling Acatina back to Chicago on Wednesday to return to Tempel Farms since someone is flying in from the West Coast to view her.  Once again, I feel as though I am 'oarring' on the wrong side of the boat.  Either that or I am rowing into a stiff wind!

What I really need right now is a lemon, some salt and some Tequila and then damned be the boat or the oar!


Tifanni said...

Ugh-I totally get you. I'll fix you an extra strong margarita next week :)

Thyris said...

I saw your boys and thought what a handsome twosome. The tone of your blog is very everyday life, down to earth, I like that. Oarring on the wrong side of the boat and getting no where fast. Ok here's my comment you oar long and you oar wrong (side of boat). Hey do me a favor check out my lastest post on my blog