Another Year

Today is my Birthday 🎉. I am celebrating it with my husband. We are enjoying a night away from home and kids.  I use to think that time passed really slow and I was always in a hurry to grow up. Now I would like to slow down time. The older I get, the faster time travels. I thought it took me forever to get to my twenties. My 30’s I think time might have traveled just right. That’s the decade for me that I did a lot of traveling and had a great time in my life. When I hit my 40’s, time started going by faster and now that I am a few years in my fifth decade time is speeding and I feel that I don’t have enough of it to accomplish the goals I still have in my life.

Another year passed. Another Birthday. I will admit it was a tough year personally, but it is gone. I need to start riding The Arizona Trail before I start saying  another year.  I have all the equipment I should need. I’m still working on the distribution of weight for my horse Hondo. I need to start some day trips on a few of the nearby passages carrying everything to judge the distribution.  Well before I can say “another year”, it is starting tomorrow!

Tomorrow Hondo will be getting his final check marked on his list of things to do before going on an our trail adventure.  Saturday we are going to go and ride 12 miles with full gear on a trail that is classified as strenuous to include extreme inclines / declines. There will be parts of the trail that I will dismount due to the incline or decline, but this will be our final test prior to going on the AZT!

No more “Another Year”. The adventure has started!!

TC –



Time to be Thankful….

My husband and I were sitting in the Doctor’s office with the weight of the world on our shoulders. The Doctor entered the tiny examine room and the first thing he said was “All tumors he removed are benign”….. wheeeewww … there was a giant relief in the tiny room and my husband and I could feel that heaviness lifting off our shoulders…. We asked all the normal and maybe not so normal questions for the next few minutes so we could have an understanding about my future health. When we left, my husband and I hugged so hard just from the relief we felt. Up until that point, I didn’t realize how stressed my body really was… My body just wanted to go and celebrate and then sleep for a week!

I prayed and thanked my Savior for the blessings that he has continued to give my family. I never take my blessings for granted, I know he protects us and never gives us more than we can handle. I have questioned that many times throughout my childhood and I have even forgotten that a few times in my adulthood, but prayer has gotten me through a lot in my life and it has helped me to accept things that might have destroyed me if I had let it….

Here are a couple of picture of Hondo and myself. We are working on some spring cleaning (shedding, clipping, etc….)

I have never realized how tall Hondo was until my husband asked me to stand behind him and look over. I asked Joe to take a picture of his line back and I could barely put my head over his withers. I am 5’4″ and Hondo is about 16 hands. When I was looking for a trail horse, one of my requirements was a horse right around 15 hands due to it being easier to mount and jump off if I had too. Luckily Hondo’s other features out weighed his height!

As almost every rider will say… My favorite view!  From the back of my horse 🙂

Have a great day…


Fingers Crossed

Tomorrow is the big day. I will have my post-op appointment and find out my results. I’m feeling pretty good about my prognosis. Physically I am starting to get my energy back, the pain and most of my symptoms have disappeared so I’m feeling very optimistic.

In the meantime, I haven’t been able to ride and I hope I get the go ahead tomorrow. Today I started going through all my equipment (again). I received my new backpack and I’m trying to figure how to best keep Hondo balanced. I have never ridden with a backpack so I will be taking quite a few test rides with it on.  I learned on my night in the desert that I have a slight problem involving my sleeping bag.

When I packed to go in the desert, I had a hard time with my sleeping bag.  I tried to just hang it from my saddle horn and it was just too bulky. When I tied it to the back of my saddle, it got in the way of me mounting and dismounting.  After that night I figured I would stick it in my backpack.  I hadn’t yet received my backpack prior to my practice run.

Today when I went through my things, I put my sleeping bag in my backpack. It took a lot of shoving and pushing, but it is now in there.  My husband said that it will be to bulky with me wearing a backpack with the sleeping bag in it.  I told him, think of it as an air bag!  If I fall off and land on my back, it would be very soft… he wasn’t amused 😋

My dilemma is my sleeping bag…. If I get the clearance to ride tomorrow, one of the first things I’m going to do is practice wearing my backpack with my sleeping bag in it…

If anyone has a suggestion, please let me know….

Until next time… Happy Riding..



I have found out that waiting means different things. Right now I am struggling with waiting.  I haven’t said a lot about my personal life, but at the moment it is very hard to be me.

I unfortunately have had to have two surgeries within 2 months of each other. The first surgery was fairly routine to help me be able to eat without having too much gerd. The acid in my stomach was burning my esophagus up and I kept getting the acid in my lungs also. I couldn’t lay down and if I did I would aspirated stomach acid in my lungs. I have had to sleep sitting up for over a year. Finally they decided to cut the part of my stomach out that makes the acid.  Currently my food is now digested by enzymes in my lower bowel as my stomach is the size of a lemon now.

During the surgery, the surgeon found several very large(over 9 cm) cysts where my ovaries were supposed to be.  They completed obliterated my ovaries. I had had a hysterectomy over 10 years ago, so I only had my ovaries and tubes left. As I talked with a Gyn surgeon, he stated he wouldn’t know much until he got in there. What he could see was that one of the cysts was laying next to my bladder and wasn’t sure if it had attached itself or not.  He also mentioned that I had quite of few lesions and some scar tissue that needed to be cleaned up.

Of course, my main concern was if they were malignant or not. The surgeon stated he wasn’t going to put me through a biopsy because it all had to come out anyway. Well I had my surgery last week and they said it takes 8-10 days for the pathology to come back with the results.  He did state after my surgery that he didn’t see anything blatant that appeared malignant, but it is always safe to wait for the results.

I am waiting on the results and it is definitely harder than I thought. While I’m waiting, I can’t ride or do much of anything because I am on a no lifting and rest only for the next 14 days. This is tough…. I can’t even go feed Hondo, all I can do is go see him for a few minutes each day.  As soon as I get the go ahead, my planning for the AZT will be in full force.

Hopefully all will be well in the next few days….

Until then,

Happy Riding…. TC



Shadow vs Shedding

Groundhog Day is a traditional holiday originating from the U.S. that is celebrated on February 2nd. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then the spring season will arrive early, sometime before the vernal equinox; if it is sunny, the groundhog will see its shadow and retreat back into his den, and winter weather will persist for 6 more weeks.

I personally think that Groundhog Day is quite amusing. The festivals, the celebrations and all the fanfare that goes into predicting spring is on its way.  I enjoy a great celebration.

One thing I can always count on to tell me when spring or even winter is coming is by my horses coat. One day I will go out and start grooming my horse and suddenly he is losing his winter coat.  Sometimes it takes him several weeks to shed or sometimes it takes only a couple of days. I believe when it takes him longer to shed out that spring is just around the corner. When he sheds out very quickly, spring is here.

The same goes for winter… I have gone out and started grooming my horse and he suddenly has a winter coat, that tells me winter is here.  If he slowly acquires a winter coat, winter is on its way. I think the animal kingdom is the best predictor of weather, not some calendar day that tells us to look for our shadow.

It always goes back to watching the animals, they tend to be able to predict events that us mere humans depend on machines to help us. Look at frogs, it is said they croak longer and louder when a storm is on its way.

Birds tend to fly higher when the weather is clear, but when they fly lower a storm is building. It is said that when the pressure builds, it hurts the birds sensitive senses. If your a watcher of our feathered friends, it might be better to go watch for them right before a storm!

I can give you tons of examples, even about how animals can predict earthquakes, but you get the idea… so shadow vs shedding to predict spring… what do you think?

Until later……




AZT Official Energy Bar

The Official Energy Bar of the Arizona Trail

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