This is how a cowgirl goes on vacation.
Days Inn. 25 minutes from home. It’s funny how things change. How priorities change. As we change and grow. As we morph into new lifestyles and ways of being. There was a time when a vacation meant a plane, visiting family, or another country, an adventure. All of that still has it’s place. But, let me explain. It had been a week …more like two… of a sick baby yearling horse (better now), working with the new rescue horses, “riding” a couple of those semi-trained ones, pregnant mare checks (she still hasn’t had that baby!), I could go on but you get the point. Basically, it’s just life here at the barn amplified a little bit. We needed a quick and easy get-away. As I was saying, oh how priorities change. Luxury, by definition, now is a quiet uninterrupted night of sleep. No tractors, no hay deliveries, no pregnant mare checks, no sick yearling checks. No 6 AM feedings in the freezing.
And lots of reading to catch up on. An indoor pool (in the middle of winter). For my daughter who loves to swim. Myself, a stack of books to read by that pool. For both of us, no stalls to clean, no dirt, no lessons, no boarders, no trail rides, no tourists.
Other luxuries? Let’s see, I already addressed sleep. Oh, controlled heat. No fire to start. Just set that thermostat and relax. Water pressure. A nice shower anytime we want. It’s hit and miss at our place unless you shower in the middle of the night. At any point in the day, water troughs are filling, horses are bathing…all leads to almost zero water pressure in the barn apartment. Time. Time, for sleep, time for relaxing, time for crafting. We did get those valentine cards done!
All of those things I’m whining about above, we love them. Honestly. We could move back into our old house. If we wanted to. We wouldn’t. We love our life. But every cowgirl needs a weekend of “luxuries”! Notice, she’s reading horse books even here? We know where her heart is.
So we can enjoy the occasional quick couple of days of “luxury” and rejuvenate ourselves too!
…see you back at the barn…
“We need a renaissance of wonder. We need to renew, in our hearts and in our souls, the deathless dream, the eternal poetry, the perennial sense that life is miracle and magic”.
–E. Merrill Root
6 thoughts on “Cowgirl luxuries”
Recharging the batteries is a must, fab way to do so. Hope mama mare gives you a baby soon & you can go back to slightly fuller nights sleep ☺
Not whining, reflecting 🙂 We don’t have quite the workload you guys have when it comes to our urban farmlette, but we rarely get away, and now that we might have kids on the way, the milking will no doubt amplify this. Sometimes I take the kids to the indoor city pool for a few hours in winter, and it might as well be a beach in Tahiti! I agree, live evolves and the point of a vacation is is to “vacate” one’s life so we can return fresh and grateful. I think it sounds like a perfect weekend away and glad you had the space to take it. The Valentine production looks quite industrious! Better late than never 😉
I like the idea of a “vacate” instead of, or in addition to, a vacation. I’m going to start using that term! “I’m going on a vacate this weekend”…then everyone will know not to bother asking where we went, what we did etc and expect exciting answers :). The valentines were done just in the nick of time…just slow getting the post up!
I bet you both enjoyed every minute of it! And then got back barn life happily!
Indeed we did. Thanks!
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