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No leprachaun at the End Kim . . .

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Well, I was sitting (sort-of) here reading Kim's latest blog post (looking for the rainbow) and I'm thinking to myself, not only is the cup half empty, but the jerk that drank from it while I wasn't looking probably backwashed in it and left enough drool around the rim to give the entire family strep throat!
Ha, well, in all honesty, most days I prefer to look at it as half full, but it really depends on what is happening in my life.
For example, a few weeks ago I FINALLY (after YEARS of wanting to) purchased a horse. She's gorgeous and has great ground manners. Unfortunately, the people that sold her lied through their teeth. She's very green (aka, she'll damn near kill you when you climb on her), and as I sit here writing, my tailbone is still nearly shattered, my knee is a colorful mess, elbow is still swollen and my left arm is missing some skin.

Luckily, it's been a couple weeks since my riding "incident" we'll call it... and I'm trying to get the hang of sitting on a 'roid pillow. Who knows how long it'll be before I can sit down on my own two cheeks.

At the same time, I found myself, just this morning, reading old blogs, posts, threads... and discovering that quite a few of our longterm members have run away. I was kind of frustrated by it because I try (more than you realize) to respond to all of the members on the site.
I try to keep up with how everyone is doing, how their kids and families are doing. I notice when they stop visiting or leave particularly for long periods of time, but sometimes I don't say anything at all. I just wonder to myself if they're alright or what's happening with them, etc. Like my old friend lynn who really had a rough year, or my friend Melissa who was a mod for awhile. When they're gone for long periods, I wonder if I've said something to offend them, or if its just a matter of life getting too busy setting ones priorities.
I try not to post things that are negative or not upbeat on the site because as Kim said, the news is negative enough and we need something to look forward to, something to brighten our days when everything else seems to go wrong, which is what tends to happen in everyday life.
While it's obvious that I sometimes let things get to me, Kim is absolutely right, it is essential that we look to the positive side in life. I challenge you to find at least 3 things everyday that are beautiful or make you smile- Just Because.

Here are my positive thoughts for today, It's fall (my favorite time of year), the tree's are gorgeous, the house smells of cinnamon, pumpkins, & fresh apples.
I can dress as a car accident victim for halloween and I won't even have to apply Make-up! **Whoohoo*

Now all that's missing is the rich little leprechaun at the end of that rainbow!

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  1. brchbell's Avatar
    Hope you recover faster than I did! Horses can be wonderful but when you have one untrained or a bit of an attitude you can find yourself flying places! The one that sent me flying seems to have a problem with music. We went riding and I suddenly broke out in song and she went berserk! I know my voice isn't what it use to be but it's not that bad! It ends up that the person who sold her had let her granddaughter use her for horse shows and it didn't work out and the horse remembers her ordeal when ever she hears music. Maybe one of these days I'll try it again but I still have vivid memories of the pain!

    Your right on some folks having disappeared! I think so many of us just get busy and don't have time to check in as often and finally just forget all together. Hopefully things will slow down and they'll find their way back soon!

    Hope you recover quickly and hope your new horse learns a few manners! Good luck finding that Leprechaun too!
  2. Happytosave's Avatar
    Liss, I hope you aren't hurting too much. I have never ridden a horse but can only imagine how wonderful it is to own your own and be able to go and ride whenever you want. Since I have been active on the site, I notice the history and how some of you have been "together" from the beginning. I know it sounds unbelievable but we only connected to the internet before my son went to university in Sept/09. It has given his dad ( who is housebound) and I a new way to learn and communicate. Thank you for the amazing work that you do to make Budget101.com so wonderful. Probably for the last 18 years I have counted my blessings every day, so today, I am grateful for a husband of 32 years who is still great ( not good health but never complains) a son that has enriched our lives and mostly that I have a job in these times when still a lot of downsizing is going on. Don't get me wrong, I can still be crabby and whine and wish things could be better, but I know how fortunate I really have it. It is always better to think happy thoughts. Take care of yourself!
  3. wilbe95's Avatar
    LIss sorry to hear about the horse incident. Bet you can't wait to get back on, it will be awhile but the challenge that you will conquer has got to be there .

    My three things for the day are:
    1. The one still has a fever, but yesterday Dad stayed home and I had to travel for work, when I stopped for lunch I left my wallet at Subway. I am so thrilled that the DH was home because Subway called him to have me stop back to get my wallet before I actually left the town-nothing missing either!
    2. It is raining out, but no snow just a couple hours west of me had a blizzard warning last night, just rain for today-I can be so happy about that, makes my morning walk a little wet but at least it isn't in the freezing snow .
    3. This post!!! What a great way to wake up and see your sense of humor in spite of your injuries.

    I have wondered as well about the folks who have not been back here for awhile, isn't it amazine how quickly you bond with someone and really miss them when you don't hear from them in awhile. Even if it is on the computer. You have a great site and you have a wonderful way of making everyone feel like a part of the family.
  4. FreebieQueen's Avatar
    Bet you can't wait to get back on
    LOL, actually, I got back on her a few minutes after I got my wind back. I had to have a couple people help me up because I couldn't bend my leg or arm, but I sure as hell didn't want her to "learn" that throwing someone off whilst running full speed will end the day and she won't have to work. That's not a good lesson for a horse to learn.

    So, I'm sure that's how my tailbone ended up in the shape it's in, I wasn't able to put my feet back in the stirrups, (unfortunately, Gumby isn't in the family genes!).

    I've longed her several times since, but figured I shouldn't actually ride again until I can sit on my own 2 cheeks without the assistance of a pillow.

    Thank you for the amazing work that you do to make Budget101.com so wonderful
    Thank you so much!

    The one that sent me flying seems to have a problem with music. We went riding and I suddenly broke out in song and she went berserk!
    OMG! that's aweful! Isn't it amazing how 1 little itsy bitsy thing can make them go Insane in the membrane!

    In hindsight I probably shouldn't have bought her when I walked her past a piece of vinyl siding laying on the ground and all you could see were the whites of her eyes as she was rearing and nearly ripping my shoulder out of the socket, lol. I figured she was just a bit barn sour and needed to be worked in a round pen.

    Now I'm thinking I'm the one needing my head examined, but I refuse to sell her, I don't want her whipped. I'm using a mix of Monty Roberts & Parelli training methods with her.

    The one still has a fever
    Ugh, that poor kid. Have you tried a hot mustard pack? It seems to work really well.

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  5. FreebieQueen's Avatar
    I have wondered as well about the folks who have not been back here for awhile, isn't it amazine how quickly you bond with someone and really miss them when you don't hear from them in awhile.
    Yeah it is. You wouldn't think that when you wake up in the middle of the night you'd be thinking to yourself,

    "I hope so & so didn't go back to her abusive hubby, I wonder if so & so's kid still has the flu.. hmm.. do I have any herbal remedies for that?, I wonder. . . "

    lol, it's easy to get attached to people, even online.
  6. jaime's Avatar
    Liss, Hope you are feeling better! What a ride (no pun intended). I think that everyone has just been very busy, but I agree with the idea that we all need to be positive and supportive, especially in these times. I have a blessing to add for today...my hubbys biopsy came back negative, my daughter (13) actually hugged me in front of her friends as she seen me leaving the busy hall of her middle school and neither do has puked LOL
  7. wilbe95's Avatar
    my hubbys biopsy came back negative,
    YEAH This is great news to hear!

    my daughter (13) actually hugged me in front of her friends
    Makes it all the more special!
  8. fosterfamily5's Avatar
    OK, Now I really feel guilty for not being around. I miss you guys........ I'm going to spend some time catching up. It's comforting to know I might have been missed.
  9. wilbe95's Avatar
    I'm going to spend some time catching up. It's comforting to know I might have been missed.
    Glad to see you on again and look forward to you catching up with us again
  10. JoAnn's Avatar
    A group Hug is what we all need at times....
    So sorry to hear about your little mishap Liss. Hope you're feeling better.
    Well Ladies, I'm guilty of not being around here much lately too. I have messaged Kim and Jamie about being so busy. Sent Liss a message awhile back too. I certainly hope things slow down for me also..
    I have missed everyone here so much....

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