Post #1622

If there’s one truth I’ve learned about myself in the last 5 years, it is that I am resilient and tenacious. I know that terms like “grit” and “resilience” are all the rage right now. How you can develop more. How to develop it in your kids. Whether it is the *it* factor that determines […] more

Winter 2017-2018 IRL

Can you believe winter is over? Can you believe that I’m actually saying that? It’s true. This winter came and went like a blink, in part because the weather was so mild as compared to the last couple of years. But, some of my strategies of winter prep this year also had something to do […] more

Book Annoucement

I am Orvetta Black. As promised in my sabbatical post, I’m letting you know that my very first book is published! (even though it has nothing to do with vetmed, running, or horses). I’m proud of it but I’m also scared of what people I know and care about will think (that includes you Dear […] more

Changing Herd Dynamics

Something very interesting is happening to the herd dynamics of my little 2 pony herd. Farley has always been the boss mare over ML. Consistently keeping her little baby (and then teenage) attitude in check, never letting her get away with anything, always fairly and consistently enforcing the rules. And always with the right amount […] more

The power of a sabbatical

Let’s talk about sabbatical. I just finished one that lasted approximately 8 weeks (from Thanksgiving to New Years) and I find myself emerging on the other side more creative and balanced, less anxious, and with a clearer purpose of what I want and how to get it. Oh sure, this sabbatical started without my permission. […] more

Not a Gift Guide 2017

Merry Christmas! As has become my tradition I’m going to share with you the things I bought this year that I really enjoyed. Trailer Jack Stand I bought this as an impulse buy when getting tire covers for my brand new trailer tires. This stupid looking plastic cone that my trailer jack rests on when […] more

Time off – it does the body good

I haven’t been very good about writing here, mostly because I’m uninspired, tired, and not doing any riding or running which doesn’t lead to much of that third (w)R. Instead of waiting until life is full steam ahead again and the inevitable stories that come with it, I’m going to break the silence by writing […] more

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