Thursday, May 24, 2012

Getting Back Into Riding . . . If Only in My Dreams

The past few nights, I've been having vivid dreams about riding and caring for the horses. It is probably due to me getting more upright, flexible and mobile, while taking advantage of the boot, physical therapy and exercising. I even walked out to the barn once with help from Jerry and a walker. Yesterday my farrier came and I stayed out there for almost two hours. I also gave Rita a good grooming. We both really enjoyed it!

Jerry continues to lunge my 32 year old, Rudy, at least every other day
and they both seem to be benefiting from it.

Sometimes he takes me out in the car so I can watch.

Over the past two months, some individuals have been sending healing thoughts, get well wishes and asking how I'm doing. It's really nice to know that people care. Thanks especially to those of you that have reached out to me during this trying time. Your friendship and kindness really means so much!

"When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.  The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares."  ~ Henri Nouwen

"We are the captains of our own ships sailing the sea of life, but in times of a stormy weather, you will discover true friends when they don't hesitate to be a lighthouse."  ~ Dodinsky

Still spending part of my days in the chair; here's my current studio setup.

Jerry shot my leg last Thursday at my first physical therapy appointment. Only a week later, it looks much better. Still lots of swelling after exercise, but everything is going really well. I've been meditating nightly which is helping me heal more quickly, both physically and spiritually.

Although the time did go slow for me during my convalescence, I can't believe it is almost June! Now that I'm feeling better, things are really speeding up! This shot of Rita was taken by my friend, Jen, last August. She will have a collection of her photos at The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair at the Caracol Jewelry  booth. If you are local and you go to the show, be sure to stop by and have a look.  Her art is awesome.

Memorial Day weekend unofficially starts tomorrow. It kicks off the summer here in the states. I just started working on some of my stock photography again. I think this one of my folks, is appropriate for the holiday weekend and summer season ahead. "I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! YAY!"

No matter what your plans are, have a safe and enjoyable weekend. Take some time to reflect and be grateful for all those who have lost their lives so that we may enjoy the many freedoms we hold dear.

Wishing You Many Blessings, Sandy


  1. Thank you so much for the updates on how your are doing. Moving around is such a good thing, even though it is slow. Your dreams of riding will be coming true in the not-too-distant future. I thought there would be a much bigger visible scar on your ankle. And also soon the swelling will cease. Love your toe nail polish too! BLessings to you and yours, hugs, and good for you and meditation. I find it helps in so many areas of life. You have done great with your healing. Bravo!!

  2. Sandy, I am so very happy to see that your ankle is healing so quickly, and you are becoming more mobile. It must feel good to be able to get out and groom Rita.I love seeing your photos, and I agree with you - your mom and dad enjoying their ice cream {and each other, it looks like} is perfect for the Memorial Day weekend. I send you love and good vibes always!

  3. Glad to hear you are on the mend. I'm sure Rita and Rudy miss your presence in the barn. I wish I was closer to help you but you can count on a visit this summer:) Thank you for the mention too!

  4. Dear Robin and Kathryn, thank you so much for your regular comments here and for your pep talks and encouragement throughout my healing process. You both have made my day, more times than you could know! My parents do look happy together in that photo don't they? They are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this Saturday! And Jen, it was my pleasure to mention your work here. I will be looking forward to you coming out to visit us this summer!


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