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Verb(ing) – XIV

Jul 29, 2016 | Category: Miscellaneous

Reading
As always, I’m reading a couple things at once. I’m enjoying some summer chick lit, Distant Shores by Kristin Hannah. This is the first of her books that I’ve read, and I’m really liking it! After this, I’m going to start the mega-hit, The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins. I see that they’re turning it into a movie – exciting! Finally, I am working my way through Vicky Moon’s The Private Passion of Jackie Kennedy Onassis: Portrait of a Rider. This one is always listed on Amazon for very expensive (even used!), but I ended up finding one on ebay, much cheaper, that was in excellent condition!

Portrait of a Rider
 

Remembering
Two years ago my husband and I were wandering around gorgeous Saratoga Springs, New York. Upstate New York is unbelievably beautiful, and Saratoga, for any lover of horseracing, is perfection. You may remember my post from 2014, but we had a wonderful time at the historic track, dining and shopping downtown, and visiting the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. “The Spa” is definitely the place to be in July and August!

Saratoga
 

Decorating
I still need to tell you all about my horrendous bathroom renovation that lasted months. But the good news is that it’s finally finished, and I am decorating! Pictured below though is an awesome vintage print of Triple Crown Winner, Whirlaway. My mom grabbed this for me for $5 at an estate auction. I hung it in my office and placed the first ribbon I ever won on it. Love the simplicity.

Whirlaway
 

Running
This is me, running from the work week! Happy Friday! This week just felt long and strange. I could never quite figure out what day it was! And it was so incredibly hot here in Maryland. It’s not uncommon for us to reach temperatures close to 100, but I’m glad we’re back down into the 80s today. Enjoy your weekends!

Running Away

  
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The Good Life

Jul 26, 2016 | Category: Personal

Of course I’m biased because it’s all I’ve ever known, but the country life is the best life, the simple life. The only way to live! My husband grew up outside of Washington, DC, so when we met, he was all city. He had never seen a horse up close. The only wildlife he ever saw was the occasional squirrel. The poor guy had no idea how dating a “country mouse” like me would change his life.

Fruit StandFast forward fifteen years and here we are, working on our fixer upper farm out in the country, not far from where I grew up, but hours away from his childhood home. And while James misses certain aspects of the city, he has come to love life out here. Watching him experience things for the first time has served as a wonderful reminder to me of all the things I love but have taken for granted.

Last weekend we were getting a few bales of hay from my mom’s farm, (not far from ours), when I mentioned grabbing some corn and squash at a farmer’s stand. This is just a small roadside stand; it’s not part of a huge farm, but one that’s more of a hobby these days. The owners have full-time jobs off the farm, but still find time to bale hay and grow some veggies.

James was so enthralled by the “honor box” and remarked, “We could never have anything like this back home.” Then he looked up at me, smiled, and said, “This is another reason why I really like the country.” And my little heart just sang! I hadn’t given the honor box and the little stand a second thought – I had grown up living this kind of life. But to watch James’ love for the country life grow has been so amazing.

Thanks, little fruit stand and honor box, for reminding me how much I love it out here.

 

  

Book Review: Horses & Homes

Jul 22, 2016 | Category: Literature

I love a good coffee table book, and Horses & Homes by Jenifer Jordan is just that. It was a very quick and easy read and provided some interesting insights to decorating your favorite indoor and outdoor spaces.

Horses & Homes

I believe Jenifer took the photos herself, and they are lovely. However, I would have liked more content as I’m just a lover of words like that – ha! Interspersed between chapters are beautiful, famous quotes about our favorite animal, as well as a few paragraphs of Jenifer’s thoughts and info on the featured decor. Being a reader and being nosy, I wanted to learn more about the homes and their equestrian residents! My favorite chapters were “Hunting,” “Racing,” “Polo,” and “Gardens.”

If you don’t mind purchasing this book used, you can grab it inexpensively on Amazon, (which is what I did)!

Happy Friday!

  

Horse Country Saddlery

Jul 18, 2016 | Category: Lifestyle

Earlier this year, I had a friend send me a snapchat of some awesome equestrian home décor. I wrote back immediately, and the exchange looked like this:

Me: Where are you?
Friend: Horse Country in Warrenton
Me: Huh, never heard of it.
Friend: What?! YOU of ALL people have never heard of it?

Yikes!

So that’s when I pulled up good old Google and did some research. I learned that Horse Country Saddlery is in Warrenton, Virginia, and it is every equestrian’s dream – especially those who foxhunt. And since then, I have come across it mentioned in books, magazines, online everywhere, etc. Even though the store is a good 2+ hours south of my home, I knew a visit was in order.

James and I have spent all of our vacation money (and then some) on home renovations, so this summer is going to be low key (which is fine by me). It had been quite some time since I had taken a day off work, so I blocked off last Friday so we could take a day trip south.

On the way to Horse Country, we stopped at various antique stores to do a little browsing. I did not run across any of the pieces I am on the hunt for, but it was still lots of fun, nonetheless. After a bit of driving and one Starbucks run later, we pulled into the parking lot at Horse Country! I was so excited that I practically catapulted out of the car!

Well friends, let me tell you, the store did not disappoint. The only sad thing about the whole experience is the fact that I’m not a millionaire and could not drop the immense amount of cash that I wanted to!! The store had everything you could ever want – and multiple levels of it. Décor, tack, apparel, foxhunting “pinks,” fancy hats, and books, books, books!

Just a friendly warning, prepare to be overwhelmed for a moment when you first enter. I stood there for a minute not exactly sure in which direction to head! I even said this to James, who was attempting to have a conversation with me, “I’m sorry, I’m not listening. I’m getting in my zone right now. I think you need to leave me alone.” And he did. Praises to a good husband who gets it.

You’ll be happy to know that I eventually snapped out of it, made a plan so I could examine (and then re-examine) absolutely every square inch of the store, and thoroughly enjoyed myself. My husband purchased his very first helmet (eek!!!), I bought the horses a bag of treats (because I knew they’d be so disappointed if I came home empty-handed), and we found a horseracing-themed trash can that goes perfectly in our newly-renovated hall bathroom.

Enjoy the pictures below, and if you’re in the area, (or even if you’re not), stop by Horse Country! But just make sure you have a few hours to spare. Stay tuned for more of my Friday adventures including Salamander Resort and Horse & Style Magazine!

Horse Country Sign
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Long Weekend

Jul 14, 2016 | Category: Personal

Don’t you love it when Thursday is your Friday? That’s me right now. I have one more hour before I can sign off and enjoy another three-day weekend! After months of being under construction with the home renovation from heck (more on that later), it will be nice to unwind and relax now that everything is basically back in place!

Below is a picture of my Bailey boy; I took this a few weeks back when we rented a backhoe to do some work around the farm. What a brave guy! He is such a boy – he always seems so interested in farm equipment and tools – loud noises don’t bother him at all!

Happy Early Weekend!

Bailey Backhoe

  

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