Wednesday, March 7, 2018

a bit of reading, riding, and sewing

Besides this novel taking up space on my e-reader, I have whittled my spring reading list to the following, in no particular order:
1. Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriquez (begun and discarded halfway through)
2. Diamond Head by Cecily Wong
3. The Art Forger by BA Shapiro
4. Tangerine by Christine Mangan
5. The Sewing Machine by Natalie Fergie
6. Nutshell by Ian McEwan
7. Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner
8. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
9. Sunburn by Laura Lippman
10. Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
I am also reading Dressage Naturally...Results in Harmony by Karen Rohlf, as well as studying her video series and practicing some exercises she discusses. Riding well is a balancing act between allowing the horse to express him/herself and directing that energy in a way that results in better movement and a more harmonious ride. Those of my readers who ride will nod and many of my readers will think back to awful experiences when a borrowed horse ran away with you, or bucked etc. Speaking of, I am riding almost at 90% of my former abilities. I am still having pain and the right hip angle is not as open as the other, but I am okay to ride as long as no one is judging my form! It is a pleasure to be back in the saddle.
slick Nick-this is NOT what he looks like now as it is shedding season. Soon he will be glorious again.

Sewing continues as summer temperatures loom in the future. I am making a few shirts (B 6026) and have plans for some shorts (M 7726). I will check back in with a sewing post soon.  For some odd reason, I have had trouble with the shirts in both fit and collar attachment.  My techniques have been...um...creative.

10 comments:

  1. So glad you are mostly mended and able to ride. Lance has a torn suspensory on top of his Inflammatory Airway Disease, and I am fighting a blue funk. I NEED my saddle time, and the universe seems to be conspiring to take it away from me....

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    1. Michelle, I wish you were close so you could help me ride Nick while Lance heals. I'm so sorry. I know what you ar e going through, as most horse owners do.

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  2. Nick looks handsome as always, and like always, I want to roach that dang pony mane and see that glorious neck! I was going to try the Katherine Tilton shirt, but bought the wrong size range (2.99 sale) and after looking at it when "meh" and it's buried somewhere. Those will be cute shorts. Good to see you post a blog and happy trails TSAB!

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    1. No roach! To see the neck, go to the other side. :-) The pattern is nice but I found myself annoyed that the pattern itself and the instructions do not include shirtmaking details. I have added a placket and will need to add some trim on the next collar. Lazy instructions.

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  3. Thanks to Library Bingo, I read some categories of books I don't get to as often. I read a lot in January and February, but now with more daylight, I'm feeling spring and need to be outside pruning and shoveling and enjoying all the spring flowers . I even sewed a shirt but I'm not loving it yet. It needs to be shorter for my 5'3" self. Happy trails.

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    1. What pattern did you sew? Enjoy spring cleanup :-)

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    2. Pamela's Patterns Pleated Flowy Tee. It's long, as in tunic length on me. I don't wear tights and it's not quite that long to wear with only tights. The fit is good, the proportions need some work. I might do a blog post on it if I can get it to that point. On the plus side, my boob darts turned out well.

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    3. I have been working on a Pamela's Pattern cardigan! I like this pattern line. I'd love to see your final tunic after you do yor alterations!

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  4. I really enjoyed reading the sewing machine. I think you will like it! Our horses, donkeys and elderly mule are shedding out (there is hair everywhere) which is good because it's about to get hot in Florida!

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    1. Hi Adrianne, Your life sounds similar to mine, but more humidity for you. I am using a Furminator this year and it works well in certain areas. It is a shedding comb with a handle, designed for dogs and horses. My guy likes it for a limited time so I suspect it is scratchy.

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