Wednesday, November 27, 2019

WW: Finding a New Normal

Now that the house is done and we're acclimating to life without a million ongoing construction projects, I'm sliding back into a new routine with the horses. My new job means I get home a little earlier (God bless) so if I hustle I can squeeze in a short ride before DH gets home and then still spend the evenings with him. Sometimes the weather doesn't cooperate, but when it does....
Rode the baby horse last week for the first time in 6+ months

No interest in dying so I tossed her out on the lunge first.

But she was perfect!

And then she snuggled with DH

Ruby was up the next night

Also thought a lunge would be a good idea before I attempted a "real" ride

Also perfect

Working on her sideeye game haha

We liked our mudroom camera (for the dogs) and external security cameras so much I bought more for the barn

DH did chores one night and I didn't check his work. Probably should have, because this is what I found when I opened the door 🤣

"Who, me? No I'm not bad. I even tried to poop IN the wheelbarrow for you!"

Luckily there was nothing for her to get in to so after visiting all her friends and pooping in the aisle she went back to her stall to eat hay lol. 

Got the barn cameras up!

Now I can stalk them from the house. Or from work (when I switch to night turnout in the summer). Pretty cool!

They spend so much time sacked out sleeping 🤣

Rode Cinna again this week and she really wanted to be friends with the goats.

I got right on without lunging and she was excellent - even had some super canter transitions!

This one was an absolute mudball last night

She warmed up great and then found a WHOLE NEW GEAR of trot that felt so fancy.

But then she decided cantering nicely was totally optional and she'd rather porpoise around like a lunatic 🤦‍♀️ horses.
So that's where we're at! Riding all winter in the Midwest without an indoor is hit or miss -- my footing is holding up great (FB memories reminded me a few years ago my arena is FOUR YEARS OLD already! 😱) so as long as it's not stupid cold/windy or stupid icy, we'll just keep on keeping on! Once we have a better baseline of fitness (aka being able to ride for longer than 30 minutes without being huffing and sweaty 🤣) I'll try to resume lessons so we can be ready for 2020!

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Transformation Tuesday: Furniture Edition

So we've been "moved in" for a few weeks now, and things are going really well! We're got probably about 70% of our stuff moved in and piles and piles of stuff to donate/throw away (we're filling our trash can every week lol).
The horses are fine. Bored, but fine 😅
Something new for us in this process has been restoring some antique (and some modern but beat up) furniture. Quite a few aspects of the house were designed around some antique furniture I inherited (although we won't talk about my despair over the still ruined buffet, that I still haven't found some one to restore it yet). Thankfully, most of our other projects have gone much better! I didn't really take adequate "before" photos but DAMN did they get much better in the afters!

This was a dining room table that came from my great-great aunt. The top was pretty beat up, although the legs just needed some polish and old English. 

Plz ignore the train wreck that is my tack shed - all the construction moving of supplies has me ITCHING to do a reorg this winter with all my new space and leftover construction materials lol. But the photo was intended to show the desk/vanity. 

We picked this up off the side of a local gravel road a few years ago - DH saw some potential. It had free spray painted on it 🤦

This was actually a pew DH refinished a few years ago, rescued from the old church on our property. I used it as a ladder to reach my upper rack of bridles (bad me) and it needed some TLC to be glued back together.

Looks great in the guest bedroom though!

Detail on the dining room table leg.

We winged it on the stain color from Walmart (not a ton of selection lol) and it ended up being basically a PERFECT match!

Top is the new stain, side is original finish.

Sanding down the desk

First coat of stain on the top, and then we just stained over the original finish (which apparently you can do with this product 🤷‍♀️ #winning)

I really love the inlay detail on the drawers

The handles at one point were brass, but were SUPER tarnished

I had a can of gold Rust-Oleum, so I went ahead and gave 'em the old razzle dazzle 😂

These chairs were also in my tack shed being stored -- thankfully they ended up still being in pretty decent shape (we originally thought we might need to reupholster them) so some polish and old English and they were good to go!

Plz ignore the diaster behind it 🤦

After it's second and final coat of stain

Those handles really pop!

Made that to show a friend the progress!

I have zero before pictures of this, but it was a spectacularly beat up boring old end table that I planned to put out on the curb. 

Instead, DH spray painted (I know, I was horrified) the bottom half black (we already had the spray paint), sanded down the top and stained it with leftover trim/door stain from the house, and naturally I had to make the handle gold too lol.

It actually turned out... Not terrible? I needed a nightstand anyway and we used what we already had, so the investment is like...30 minutes of work haha.

We ended up rearranging the bedroom to feature this between the windows. I'm so tickled with it!

Had to do some decorating and also buy stuff to protect the freshly refinished top 😁

We also hung some artwork this weekend - I'll need a chair or something for it, and probably a mirror, but I'm pretty happy with the results of our roadside trash and a $13 can of stain, lol.
Still some more stuff to move over but it really is looking like a home now 🤗

And hopefully that means soon I can get back to... Ya know.... Riding 😂 thanks for putting up with all my non-horsey posts for the last 6 months!