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Thanksgiving musings

Thanksgiving musings

November 30, 2014

Enjoying the beauty close to home. Enjoying the beauty close to home.

 

Thanksgiving was really sweet, sharing with friends and family right here in Boulder County.        We were serenaded by my son Jamie and his friend from the bottom of The Silo. Great singing in the dark after an outrageously yummy vegetarian feast.

It’s been a heck of a year or so. I’m finally starting to feel like I can move forward with life. The home office  had problems plus issues from  the September 2013 flood.  It was saved, but what a process! Between my health, saving the office and repairing the yard, I feel like I’ve been side lined for over a year.

I finally feel like I’m back in the saddle.   I mean that both metaphorically and actually.

This summer was my best riding ever. We retired our mare, Regala due to an incomplete recovery from a torn tendon. We found a new gal for my husband, John, to ride. She’s a level headed, well gaited, Quarter horse in her prime. John and I and groups of friends covered a lot of miles in the “gang plank” geological formations north of Ft. Collins.  We toughened ourselves up and the horses too.

My black Arab, Sharouf, fell in love with galloping in the dry river washes. My job was to relax and trust him and enjoy the riding. We covered 24 miles one day, just the 2 of us. Some of the time the wild flowers were up to my boots!   I experience a certain quality of intense sensation from both the kinesthetic and visual realms  when out riding. I’m not sure if it really counts as synesthesia, but I sure feel ecstatic when I’m not suffering from anxiety or concerns about a wreck.

The new gal, Rosie The new gal, Rosie        . Out in the vast terrain of Red Mt open space. Out in the vast terrain of Red Mt open space.

Now that the days are short and I have to be inside more, it’s time to tackle the project that’s been on hold for a few years.  I am developing a nationally certified course for Physical Therapists interested in chronic pain treatment. I hope I can figure out a way to talk about this with enough clarity for anyone to understand.  I know that it’s hard to put it into words, because that’s the feedback I’ve been given. You all say it’s hard to describe.  So, if you want to give me input, I’ll welcome it as I venture forth into this new professional adventure.

I hope you are well and enjoying the start of the holiday season.

Warm Regards,

Rachel

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