We’ve been running around the great state of Colorado to ranch rodeos for the past two weeks, so that’s the reason for the AWOL. I have pictures of that coming up! In the meantime, this is what life (in between bulk-size boxes of Otter Pops) looks like.
We tried to put Ninja in with our saddle horses because she was getting lonely, but Miss decided to be a major you-know-what and promptly ran Ninja through a barbed-wire fence. Mares are awesome like that. Her cuts weren’t too bad, and she’s almost all healed up now. We gave her some shots, and cleaned her cuts every day, and put special cream on to help with the proud flesh and to keep flies out. She’s really good now when she’s caught, but she doesn’t like the rope when it isn’t around her neck. What a weirdo! She’s a sweetie, though, and I love to give her grain because she just gets so happy! But then my sweetie yells at me, because I’m making her spoiled. Which is true. And he doesn’t yell, but points out that I’m making her spoiled. Because it’s true.
Once she’s all the way healed and Wally gets cut (aka de-testicled) we’ll put them together out in the pasture so that they don’t have to be in the pens anymore, but we don’t want any unwed teenage mother situations, so we keep him and little Ninja separated. We keep them in because it’s been very recent that they have learned to be caught, and it’s a pain to have un-catchable horses out in pasture. And because we didn’t want Ninja running wild with a bunch of cuts on her front, because she has a habit of getting into things.
I also hung new curtains in the house (finally!!!). They’re off-white and long (and not too expensive, thank you Ikea!) because I couldn’t find a fabric that I liked that was less than $17 a yard. I found cool little horseshoe hooks that are meant to hold bridles in a barn, but I thought they looked neat for in the house! The next phase is getting rid of all of our color accessories–I just want cream, white and brown in our front room, thanks to the yellow paint that wasn’t supposed to be yellow :)
The last ranch rodeo Bert was in was Steamboat last Thursday. I’m convinced that every time I take pictures of the events themselves, it’s bad luck because they always do way better when I keep my camera in my purse. Here’s a picture of some of the cowboys lined up before the rodeo, our guys are all the way on the left end. The good news is that Bert rode his bronc, so that makes me happy :) Even if after riding his bronc, he ended up between a gate and the ground. He gave a thumbs-up when he got up, though, and he wears his protective vest, so all’s well that ends well. We got to see some of our friends from Walden, too, which was fabulous! Ah, rodeos.
Oh, and we got to swing by the outlets in Silverthorne just so I could make out like a bandit at J.Crew. I rarely buy clothes–especially compared to when I was younger!!!–but J.Crew is my favorite store in the world, and that outlet happens to be the best. Juuust in case you were wondering and didn’t know this fact about me. Three words: Pink Linen Shorts. Two more: On Sale. Three More: On Sale TWICE. Sign me up!
And Bert came with me, and if you’ve never seen a cowboy loitering around the men’s section of J. Crew looking at the way-too-short man shorts with a rather appalled look on his face, I’ll vouch for you that it’s pretty priceless. He does, however, make a good point about the shorts. Who wants to see six inches of hairy man thigh?? Literally no one. Who wants their shorts to be identical from their wife/girlfriend’s? Again, literally no one. Some of those shorts were even a length I wouldn’t want to wear. I may be a long inseam girl, but mostly because I’m against PDOBC. Which is Public Display of Butt Cheek. I am baffled by this. Break out your linen starburst-colored shorts any time you want, fellas, but keep your junk covered. Please. Because who wants to see that? Literally no one.
On a more long denim-clad and button-downed note, we went to the ranch rodeo in Colorado Springs on Saturday because the ranch had another team in it and VIP passes for all of us :) I took pictures there since I’m not a jinx unless Bert’s in the rodeo, so I’m hoping to upload them sometime in the next few days and share them, ranch rodeos are so fun!