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It was a day unlike any other, though so full of comfortable routines. Up at the crack of          dawn to meet at the barn and head out to an equine event. I have done it so often through the years but every time is a new adventure.

The comfortable routine of all gathering in the kitchen to discuss our days events while cooking a sumptuous dinner. Though we have only been housemates for three weeks, Hanni, B, and I have found a comfortable routine of camaraderie. For their part, the dogs have adopted an amazingly calm and comfortable sense of the day. Thelma, Chuck, Alice and I are up and moving first in the house. They all dash out to greet the wet green grass while I start my coffee. Skeedles the cat comes in from a night of carousing; we have some quality time while she eats and tells me all about her nightly forays.

Food aggression and possessiveness has disappeared so juggling three dog bowls is manageable. They eat while coffee is dispensed for me.

This morning all routine went out the window. I was up and out of the house by 6:40, my four-footed companions ate and went back to bed before I was through the door. Ava was taking my mare, Night, to a schooling event.

Our stories intertwine, a subtle pattern emerges and we all find a comfortable warp and weave. We move through time, though some of those moments are when you find heart-stopping beauty in youth and teamwork.

A Twenty-one year old competitor and her little girl. Do what you love!!

13 comments on “Ripples in the routine…

  1. Touring NH says:

    What a beautiful shot of Night and Ava. It is nice to have ripples in the routine every so often.

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    1. Thank You Laura! Every once in a blue moon I get a good one. They are such a perfect partnership.


      1. Touring NH says:

        You frequently get good ones, you don’t give yourself enough credit!

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  2. Doppleganger says:

    Night is 21??!!!! Wow ! Look at her, she looks great….Good for you ! Good for her !

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    1. Thank you Doppleganger. She certainly is the energizer bunny! It was so hot and muggy but when she stood in the start box for her count-down to go cross country, she was ready to go. They are a great partnership.


  3. Early mornings – and having a bit of time to get out and savor them is the best.
    What a great line: “Skeedles the cat comes in from a night of carousing; we have some quality time while she eats and tells me all about her nightly forays.” Now that’s real. You are certainly a close observer of nature and life

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    1. Thank you Phil. Never trust anyone who doesn’t have pets!!

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  4. That’s what it’s all about; doing what you love.

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    1. Indeed! Thanks for dropping by Allen!


  5. badfish says:

    Very touching…story, photo, message!!!

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  6. Marie Keates says:

    I’m not really a morning person but since I’ve been working the early shift I’ve discovered a lovely calm about the really early morning. Lovely action shot.

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    1. Thank you Marie. Mornings in the summer are so different from those in winter, I don’t mind when Alice pokes me and insists we get up and greet the day.


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