Wednesday, November 12, 2008

My Winter Romance

Tonight ended up being rather different than I had expected. Life throws you alot of things that are un-expected, but in some cases, it throws you something wonderful and you end up blogging from cloud nine.

I (finally!) got the time to go and see Horse trainer Melissa, and start the re-learning to ride process, in hope of getting good enough to participate in the sport of Bareback and Bitless", (which is NOT some kind of strange sex, but rather where one rides sans saddle and bridle) and also to learn to ride sidesaddle, and jump, all of which I have been wanting to learn since I was about five.

Getting there was like trying to find Brigadoon, the fog was so thick, I said to Melissa "Is this the first TEST? I can find the place, you share your ancient Horse Knowledge with me???"

And once I did get there I felt like Dork Princess wandering around the barn (Ok, "barn" doesn't cover it, HUGE honking heated indoor riding arena with stalls and plants for goodness sake) calling out forlornly...Let me in..let me in....

A nice lady let me in, and she and a gentleman and another nice lady (I knew they were nice as I had met them before) and welcomed me. Really welcomed me. They were really nice. Too nice. They, have you ever heard the expression "Smiled Toothily"? They Smiled Toothily...Come they said, Melissa has your horse all ready for you....

And there was Melissa, with one of the most beautiful horses I had ever seen. Black and White Pinto, half arab, half saddlebred. (One can tell) Tail and mane braided up so they would not trail on the floor. Ok, I'm in love. THIS is your lesson horse????

Not exactly. I hadn't been on a horse for a long time now, had a bad incident that scared me for a long time, but getting on this horse was like coming home. SO smooth, so easy to ride, responded to every cue instantly. This is what riding can be, I thought. I know I have never been on a horse this good before.

The nice people watched, and cheered me, and Melissa called out tips, and I rode, western tonight, as it has been a while, as I said. The nice gentleman said he had a camera and went and got it and took pictures for me.

Then Melissa said "She for sale your know"

HA! I said, I don't know as much about horses as you do but I sure do know I don't have that kind of money lying around. (think 1000's and not under 10)

Well, no, says Mel, but you could lease her, she needs the work.....

Leasing around here means one pays for board or a portion of it and in exchange, rides whenever one likes, without being responsible for any vet bills or feeding or anything, as long as one is acting reponsibly. And this far out into the country, a lease is often very reasonable, as there are always horses needing work. I've done it before, but never with a horse of this caliber....

Not being able to think of a reason this sounded like in any way a bad idea, I now have a horse.

Meet "Winter Romance"



Adventures indeed.

Love and Horsies,
Lorraine

118 Comments:

At 7:56 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

Wow, she's stunning!

 
At 7:57 PM , Blogger Siri said...

What a beauty, and what a nice horse, too!

I love your expression - pure delight! Good on you, Quiche!

 
At 8:00 PM , Blogger Beez said...

Ahhhh

*happysigh*

That's a winter romance to write about. Just beautiful you two.

 
At 8:00 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

Oh She's BEAUTIFUL!!! And YOU TOO; though in the foto it looks like your eyes are closed! Oh I'm so happy for you Q! Way to go!!! Fod's but she's gorgeous! Bet your Bengal alliance is all 'sniffy every bit of you' when you got home! Can you hear their noses "Oh MAN< it's BIG!!" We're stayin here!

 
At 8:01 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

She is gorgeous. Talk about serendipity.
Now, Dan really has to work on that time machine so you can spend hours with her too.

 
At 8:04 PM , Blogger Siri said...

I can hardly wait for the side saddle pictures, too. Careful with the jumps, though - wear a helmet - we need that brain of yours intact!

Night, Fiends - work calls in the morning....

 
At 8:04 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I am so happy, wait till we get pics of her in action, she moves like poetry. Melissa rode her for me so I could watch.

And I am really looking forward to spending time with Melissa, (She has agreed to not only teach me to ride, but to "babysit" me when I am just riding, until I know enough to be on my own, if I ever do) And also her friends, who belong to the Cool Horse crowd and not the Snoots.

 
At 8:05 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Yes helmet!!!!!! And jumping is NOT the next lesson!

 
At 8:07 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

you get to jump?!!!! oh I SO want to do that!

 
At 8:15 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

Oh, how wonderful!

 
At 8:18 PM , Anonymous jacquib said...

I cheated, missed the suspense and came straight here.

Now you're talking romance Quiche. It's just the best feeling when you get a great horse.

Dan, I'm sorry, I hope I didn't imply you were cheap. I was projecting, I would have been looking for a free ride :)

 
At 8:18 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I get to jump not soon.

 
At 8:20 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I have been asking for a pony since I as five, and have been horse crazy my whole life. I want this back, and want to learn.

I am thinkng Olympics 2012....

 
At 8:23 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

I'm so happy for you!!! Everytime I see your beautiful face smiling so it brings tears to my eyes! You so deserve this!!!

course; i'm premenopausal; everything either makes me cry or sweat. LOL

 
At 8:24 PM , Blogger Jen said...

De-lurking to say yeah! Nothing beats a black and white paint. My Adam is 1/2 Friesian, 1/2 Pinto (a Frito), and the most wonderful horse I've ever had, in 30+ years of riding. In the past 7 years we've had 2 bad rides, TOTAL. I wish you the same, or better, with your beautiful girl. However, I cannot second the helmet recommendation strongly enough. Brains work best inside your head. And helmets aren't just black anymore. My daughter's is pink and SPARKLY! Hard to beat if you're six, and there are lots of other options if pink isn't your thing. Best wishes and have fun. Even us dressage types are capable of it!

 
At 8:28 PM , Blogger Dean said...

This was obviously an example of the cunning marketing strategy used by the international horse cartels. Seriously, congratulations.

Ans "Bareback and Bitless" does sound kind of like a movie title. Not a movie about horses, either. :)

 
At 8:34 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Wow.

Beautiful horse.

I love that you have found a way to bring this love back into your life.

Winter Romance indeed!

 
At 8:37 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hi Jen, and welcome.

Half Friesien half pinto???? Jealous I am, Friesian are MY breed. If ever...life would be complete, they are the BEST horses going. Do we get a picture?

I didn't wear a helmet tonight as this was very simple, very calm riding, nothing fancy, only one short canter, yes, I ought to have worn one and will,and certainly won't attempt anything fancy without one.

Drop me a note if you want to talk some Horse, yes? (tho the FIends are going to hear PLENTY)

Hi Dean! Don't forget Feather Fortress and Max Randy have Plans for a faux dvd...

 
At 8:37 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Her pet name is Rommy...

 
At 8:42 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

oh lorr, what an absolute beauty! if i ever get up your way i would love to ride again - if you can after a nasty incident, then perhaps i can too. i would just love to have the confidence to ride english again - be sure to take lots o pics as you progress - sidesaddle, jumping (envious sigh). with, ahem, helmet, as my nasty incident involved landing and skidding on my left ear, which i swear had dirt in it for over a month- and couldve been easily avoided. have fun1

 
At 8:43 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Rommy is a good name.

I can't wait to hear more about your riding adventures.

And Leopard reports?

 
At 8:45 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

i love we all thought it was the leopard & she say's coyly "it's bigger than that?" i'm thinkin' what could be bigger than leopard luvin??? Well it seems quite obvious now! LOL

why side saddle? isn't it easier to stay on the horse (& weight distributed evenly on them) when you ride regular? (spoken by someone whos been a horse twice in her life; both times as a pre-teen in parades)

 
At 8:52 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

As to why sidesaddle, I guess, why not? Always wanted to learn...

A friend and I went to ride a couple horses her friend had, and I did not know , but they hadn't been ridden in a long time and were only green broke.

Her horse freaked and went over on top of her, mine freaked and I barely stayed on and kept him down, I thought she was dead, and I could not get mine to a point where I could get off, and there she was UNDER hers...She walked away, but she could have died.

Took a long time to go back, and only the trust I have in Melissa got me there.

Yup, bigger than a Leopard. Sally not much, he sniffed his steak again tonight which is good, but it will be pretty slow going.

 
At 8:59 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

oh; i thought you were meaning that it was the right way to ride or something. i get it. i love listening to them breathe.

 
At 9:00 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

She is absolutely beautiful Lorraine.

..and thanks for the earworm Jess! I LOVED it... I'm sick, I know!

 
At 9:07 PM , Blogger Malena said...

wehoooooooooooooo once again we are doing the same thing at the same time. You are riding, and soon I will be getting bucked off...in a wedding gown.

Really fiends, we don't plan this stuff. We just do the same thing on the same day and then go, Oh WOW WE DID IT AGAIN!

 
At 9:09 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

No, just ANOTHER way to ride, they are all grat. And I do have a fantasy about a photo shoot or vid of me riding sidesaddle, muiti coloured hair streaming out behind....In Olden days dress....

Ticia, I ingnored your ear worm comments, or I would have ended up with one.

Speaking of Mitch Benn..Macbeth! I SO always wanted to write that, sigh...

 
At 9:12 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

The connection you two have is amazing....

My best friend and I are connected, but it stops at telephoning one another at the same time....

 
At 9:13 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

Ooh.. and I'm REALLY delurking now (check out my new pic!)

{Lorraine, I would have ignored the earworm too - if I could have!)

 
At 9:14 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Wow, just looked at the links from Malena's blog - I can see why you are enamored of Fresians. What a horse. Amazing manes and tales.
Malena, you will look stunning in a big gown on them

 
At 9:15 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

De-lurk away! And love the new pic!

 
At 9:16 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Ticia, we have puppy love going on!

 
At 9:16 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Sally, what is this you speak of with big gowns, I am confused a bit, which I admit, this late after this log a day is not that hard....

 
At 9:18 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

See Malena's comment above

 
At 9:20 PM , Anonymous kali_licious said...

ooooo what a pretty baby she is!
I bet she collects up beautifully.

I'm having mad horse withdrawals now.;) Hopefully I can go get slobbered on over Thanksgiving holiday.

 
At 9:22 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Well, missed her comment somehow and have to tell you I have NO idea about what she is talking about, hee-hee...

Often happens..

 
At 9:24 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

Sally - you inspired me! I saw your cute picture and thought "I have one just like that!"

 
At 9:27 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Pretty Rommy!

Happy Fabulous!

:)

Hi, Jen! Hi, Dean!

See, I've learned better than to click a link from Jess to the Weebl site. My daughters and I still will break out into "Hot Tamales."

 
At 9:28 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

In a world of cats and horses...the doggies gotta tick together ;0

 
At 9:30 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Damm. Feel a hot tameles ear worm coming on. Thanks.

 
At 9:32 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

I agree Sally!

And I feel the Hot Tamales song coming on too... Let's all do a WEST COAST mattress dance to the Hot Tamales song!!!!!!!!

(Help! I've obviously gone over the edge....)

 
At 9:42 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

And, having performed a fiendish duty, I shall retire for the night.

CX

 
At 9:43 PM , Blogger vampi said...

your blog is turning into all creatures great and small. i love it.

growing up, we lived in a duplex at the end of a culdesac with a farm and field behind us. the yeard were huge and the people behind us had a horse. they let me ride it a few times. it was amazing. haven't ridden since, but i'd love to. i'd be too terrified to jump. can't wait to read more about Rommy.

so now i have this whole 80's soundtrack in my heard because f romy and michelle's high school reunion. romy, rommy, it makes sense in my little world...

 
At 9:45 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

Okay, I'm listening to the MySpace of Emily Wells... Lorraine you might like her.

I just discovered her yesterday and I'm waiting to have money to buy her CD...

wonderful instrumentation...

 
At 9:52 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Ack! 80's matress dance ear worm coming on!!!!!!

Hmmph.

Will check that out Ticia, and thank you....

Still can't believe have a horse. My five year old self is vindicated.

 
At 9:56 PM , Blogger Malena said...

WHEN I go modeling in the spring riding on the horses, I will assumably get bucked off. It's happened before. BIG SURPRISE THERE! I'll video it so we can all laugh as I hack in my body cast.

 
At 9:56 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

I have not read any comments yet but I just wanted to say that I am SO happy for you Q! The connection one can have with a horse is just your kind of magic! So wonderful!

 
At 9:59 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

It is a special kind of magic, Gayle, horses are it.

You are goiing to model in the spring on horseback, Malena? I would not worry, any horses they use in a shoot will be fine. You won't need to know how to ride, I am sure...

 
At 10:04 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

So in June when we have our party we will all have to go out and visit horses somewhere.

Morgans are my thing and if I ever win the loto some Morgan will be my friend. Or maybe adopt a Mustang. One needs land for such things. Not too many apartments that allow Mustangs! My problem is that I am likely to have a horse, cow, goat, pig, chickens and Fod knows what else if allowed. :)

 
At 10:20 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

I just grew a brain after sweltering for 3 days....sitting on a stool in the bath with your feet in cold water is very cooling, and quite lovely reading.

I'm coming out for a few minutes break then going straight back in to cool in. Bliss.

 
At 10:23 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

my bee nightmare.

 
At 10:23 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

Off to sleep...maybe to dream of horses! I havne't been on a horse since I was about 12. My stepmom used to ride and I'd trot around the pasture sometimes (not often). I did love riding though!

Nighty night!

 
At 10:32 PM , Blogger Adri said...

Lorraine! Sometimes I think we must be animal twins! I've been thinking strongly of finding somewhere to ride recently, now that (I hope, I hope) work is settling down a bit.

What a beautiful horse!

 
At 10:37 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

The only bad thing about it indeed is you might be paying for the rent and because of work not being able to go and have your romance with the horse.
Otherwise, It is a perfect solution indeed.
You both look completely happy with each other. Romance indeed. :)

"Bareback and Bitless" sounds like it might be the type of exercise they might take you mind entirely from sex for inducing pains in awkward areas.

You SO need a purple helmet with sparkle skulls on it.

 
At 10:42 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

I'm with Chantrelle.. Off to bed for me as well. Take care fiends...

 
At 11:25 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

ooooooOOOOOOOooooo....

How...

beeYOOOOOOitfullll!!!...

sigh.

love, twu love....

 
At 12:31 AM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Right now its 34 freakin degrees celcius where I am sitting typing this in the house. That's 93 degrees F I think The only slightly cool area is if I lie on the tiles in the kitchen.

I am melting.

I keep checking the progress of the cool change. I wish it would hurry up and get here, but its hours away yet apparently.

PLEASE, SEND SNOW. NOW.

 
At 12:48 AM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

See - you put a thought out to the Fiend universe and something happens.
Not snow, but showers of rain, and a cool wind. Yah. Still as hot as hades in the house, but it will cool down now.

 
At 1:06 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

She looks lovely, and I'm so pelased for you (Just hope you can find the stables more often than Brigdoon...!)

 
At 1:07 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Magic!
Get writing.

 
At 4:51 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Gasp!! Beauty! \o/ Will you shower her with sugar lumps, and ride her over fences? Polish her hooves every single day, and take her to the horse dentist?

Earworm? What earworm?

You look very happy. :) I myself love the blond mane against the black and white coat. What a pretty girl.

You riding sidesaddle in a big cape with bagpipes. That's what we're aiming for!

Okay, now back up: I've got a bone to pick on this no-cellphone-equals-weird business. See, the thing is, when you don't have a cellphone, it can't ring. I call that a blessing. I am free, me. Free. Mind you, every so often, when we're driving somewhere, I sort of wish we had one...but then the feeling passes.

I'm FREE, I tell you. Mwahahaha! Plus no one really calls me anyway. ;P

Hello, delurkers! :)

 
At 4:57 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Well, I do have one (cell phone) but keep it turned off because the reason I have one in the first place is to be able to call for help in case of danger/accident, etc. And a cell phone is no use with empty batteries.
Oh and - of course - I hate telephones. Sneaky intrusive things.

 
At 5:18 AM , Blogger Jess said...

That's very sensible.

Mainly I don't want to pay for a subscription. No one offers pay-as-you-go over here-- even those plans which claim to be pay-as-you-go aren't really. At best you can pay for a certain number of minutes ahead of time, but you have to use the up before the end of the month-- otherwise you lose them, and essentially end up paying for minutes you didn't use. No thanks.

 
At 5:23 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

I have a pre-paid chip in mine and since I actually use the phone to call home when I am away abroad, I have no problems to use it up regularly (and the time frame is far more reasonable than 1 or 6 months anyway). Plenty of people follow that scheme here.

 
At 5:43 AM , Blogger Jess said...

I wish we could do that here! Whenever we go see hub's parents they loan us a phone and top it up with a ten-pound chip, and the minutes last for yonks. It's Aces.

 
At 5:48 AM , Blogger Phiala said...

Jess, you can too. There are several different competitors. I have Virgin Mobile, and pay $5 a month (yes, really). Minutes are pricy, of course $0.20 or $0.25, I think, but they never expire as long as I keep the account open by paying them every 3 months. I use it when I'm travelling, and for emergencies, and it's perfect.

You can buy Virgin Mobile phones and phonecards at Target, Walmart, etc., or online.

 
At 5:58 AM , Blogger Amy said...

Yay for your pretty horsie!

I think I was in the minority as a child. Once I found out that ponies did not come in pink and didn't smell like strawberries, I lost interest in them. Not to mention their complete lack of sparkly eyes and cute pictures on their butts. =)

I have a cell phone, but no land line. I don't use it much though, I'm not that fond of phones. Its still got the T-Mobile ring tone that it came with on it. Though, I should change that one of these days...I keep thinking its my phone when a commercial is on.

 
At 7:19 AM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Goooooooood Morning, Fiends!

RE: cell phones
I don't think you need a subscription, or even a phone card, to make an emergency (911) call. Abuse centers give old cell phones to clients for just this reason. It just needs to be in working condition. That's why you can donate your old cell phone to your local abuse center.

We have a family plan, and lots and LOTS of rollover minutes, but we know longer have a long distance plan on our land line. My husband's ring tone is Ms. Fabulous singing, "I'm a shy fox, I'm a sly fox, and I'm far more clever than you!" My ring tone is "Paquin Rendezvous" from Bedlam Bards "Serenity" inspired album, On the Drift. Not that either of us can hear our respective ringtones while walking around. :/

 
At 7:27 AM , Anonymous Marla said...

YAY!!! She's beautiful, and you have more animal love in your life (and since they heal us when we love them, it is always a good deal).

 
At 7:37 AM , Blogger DataGoddess said...

*de-lurk* Oh, pretty horsie!! And I second the need for a purple helmet with sparkly skulls.

 
At 7:46 AM , Blogger louisa said...

Afternoon Fiends, silly busy with work at the mo but wanted to let you know I just noticed Prince of Stories has been selected for the December Indie Next List

Full moon tonight and the plan is to find an old graveyard (we have very vague directions) and take pics in our Graveyard Book t-shirts. Fingers crossed it's not cloudy.

Hello all the delurked!

Right. Back to the books and the pining for a pony....

 
At 7:53 AM , Blogger Arwenn said...

Purple riding helmets:

http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid=m38&_nkw=purple+riding+helmet&_sacat=See-All-Categories

Just add skulls......and maybe bats

 
At 8:07 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hi Adri! Nice to see you again! Get a horse, they are the best.

Nathilie, I do need a purple helmet, truly! The best time for me to use the ring, and for Melissa, is apparently, after 7 at night, which while Boss is back, is perfect for us.

Adriandalen, we will want to see these Graveyard pics!!!!!

Datagoddess and Maria! Hello and welcome! And many thanks! Apparenly there is a link I am seeing for these purple helmuts...

Ok, Jess, I can see your point. says the girl who sleeps with her and checks e-mail in the night....

HEY!!! I'm a ringtone?????

I will give her carrotts, and polish her shoes, and we will take down her mane and tail, and Kitty will shoot us, but I don't have to take her to the dentist, that's the beauty of the lease...

Must get to work, but I am hoping to find time to follow these links...

 
At 8:08 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Ph, did I meantion how SORE STIFF AND HARDLY ABLE TO MOVE I am today?

No? Thought not...

Arggghh!!!

I will get fit!!!!!!!!

 
At 8:18 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Ha yes. I remember that morning after (or worse: the morning after morning after) effect to any sport (which is the reason why I never do any.

 
At 8:20 AM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Ms. Fabulous, Louisa is getting her picture taken with her Graveyard Book t-shirt on, not me. I have yet to get one.

Welcome Marla and Datagoddess!
New Fiends! New playthings!

Uh...I mean NEW PLAYMATES!

::mutter, mutter, mutter:: I've really got to do something about this. ::mutter, mutter, mutter::

;)

 
At 8:29 AM , Blogger Dread Val said...

From the 10 freeway, morning Fiends!

Quiche, you and the horse are both beautiful!

More later traffic just opened up and went from 3 mphbto 72!

 
At 8:55 AM , Blogger Adri said...

re: cell phones-- I have to have one because I run a business (a very wired, connected, I'm always around business). The thing is, I have no problem at all not answering it. I send all of my calls to voicemail unless I'm expecting them!

Speaking of work, I should be around to play with all of you wonderful Fiends at least through the end of the year. Then conference season starts up again. DOOM DOOM.

 
At 8:58 AM , Blogger Jess said...

VROOM! Go Val, go! Drive like the...erm...wind.

Speaking of playthings, can I just say that Lastfm is like bad crack? I can't stop listening to stuff and clicking, clicking, clicking with the mouse...

I just discovered these guys. Boy, do I like 'em.

 
At 9:15 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

You haven't been NaNoing, have you?

 
At 9:42 AM , Blogger Rubius said...

Gorgeous Horse Lorraine. Jealous I am, but even happier for you.

You deserve a horse,.. particularly after singing 'Ride On' as fabulously well as you do. Your Wild Queen album has my very favourite version.. maybe when kitty comes to shoot you, you could do a mini-video for hte song???

Cell phone I have not (it's lovely I tell you) ... and that is on purpose. I have had one... and the frustration of it running out of battery, reception, cutting off on people, etc, pretty much equaled the benefits. I got rid of it when I moved to a place where I had no reception whatsoever and I have been happy without it ever since (except for those few random moments when I really wish I could make a call to tell someone I'm running late).

Welcome delurkers!!!

 
At 9:59 AM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

Ok, OKAY. This is where I put my foot down.

You and your Doctor Doolittle nature, Quiche!
Leopards, horses, wildebeests, i mean, where do you draw the line?

Yes, I will take Kali, but NO I will not take Horsey.
just sayin'.

hahahaha
you know I love you, girl.

maybe today is the day i will get my Madonna/Who/Beck blog posted.
then again, maybe not!!!!
Val & Malena, come to punk rock DJ night tonight @ the Cha CHa, going to be spectacular.

 
At 10:03 AM , Blogger Dread Val said...

Punk rock DJ night? Sounds cool. When tonight is it? :)

 
At 11:23 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Wildebeests???? To be fair, Kitty, I have none. Tho, these days would not rule it out.

Ok, you take Kali and leave me the rest. (Kitty is in LOVE with Kali, and so, I think Kali is going to LA with Kitty, she is meant to be a star, and I cannot hold her back. And allergy wise she is a bit of trouble, unlike Bengals, AND there will be another Bengal along soon...)

Sure we can do a Horsie Vid when Kitty comes, easy!

Adriandalen! New Fiends are NOT playthings! Remember last time?

Right, lunch over, back to work..

 
At 11:30 AM , Blogger Arwenn said...

...there will be another Bengal coming along soon????

Did I miss something?

 
At 11:31 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

There is ALWAYS another Bengal going to come along soon, Arwen, simply a matter of time...

 
At 11:33 AM , Blogger Arwenn said...

Gotcha......didn't want to waste all of my excitement on the horse if there was a new member of the feline household.

I'll happily go back to daydreaming about the horse.

 
At 11:38 AM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

From bees to bengals to horses -- the life of Fabulous Lorraine.

~Emily

 
At 11:44 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

And Kali is ever so cute; Batman might fall in love with her too...

 
At 11:49 AM , Blogger Adri said...

"There is ALWAYS another Bengal going to come along soon, Arwen, simply a matter of time..."

This is so true and so much trouble!

You go from this (Zanzibar)

To this (Zanzibar and Rocky)

To this! (extreme cute warning: kitten pile! These are my friend Julie's cats)

 
At 11:56 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

How precious Adri! That pile of kitties is just too cute.

 
At 12:02 PM , Blogger Dread Val said...

Okay, have had coffee now.

Let me tell you about my Adventure last night of changing out the headlights of my Mini. This was an endeavor that took me nearly an hour. I've decided that my advice on how to make this NOT suck will be my belated birthday present to Boss, since he also has a Mini. Quiche, I'd like to share this here, because I get the feeling this chore may devolve to you:

1-First of all, don't. Seriously, this is something you want Jörg and Dieter at the dealership to do, because it's unbelievably finicky.

2-If there's no one else around to foist this off on, and your local dealership is closed, then go get some single malt before you start. And get a low stool. You'll see why, soon.

3-After you get the hood up, find the headlight in question. Don't pull the small lightbulb that's easily accessible, because that's the fog lamp bulb. Alas. You want the one with an oval plastic cover. Yes, you will have to put your head awfully close to the battery to pull this cover off. If you have unruly hair like me, it'll get eaten.

4-Instead of standing next to your Mini and trying to crane your torso at a 35° angle to see how on earth you can move the little springy metal wire clip out of the way to pull the bulb out, and banging up your fingers... and slicing them on the wire --
This is where the stool comes in. Get the stool, and sit on the stool with your back to your Mini. Then lean backward, with your head over the battery and ominous-looking warning labels in German. Ignore them. They're to keep away the faint of heart, which we, as Mini owners, are certainly not.

5-Now you can properly see the clip keeping the bulb in. Use more force than you think you'll need or would be safe to undo the clip. Take a shot of the single malt to give yourself courage. Yank.

6-Look carefully at the direction the bulb's facing in relation to the wires on its socket. Remember which way it faces. Go fetch the new bulb, and put it in the same way. Then go test this by turning on the car's lights, because you most likely will have forgotten and done it wrong. Repeat as necessary.

7-Get back on the stool. Sacrifice more hair to the battery. As far as I can tell, it's necessary for success, so just go with it. Yes, it IS almost impossible to get the bulb, the plate, and the wires and the clip all back in. Have more single-malt while you contemplate this. Then put in the bulb and plate, making sure to turn it clockwise enough so it doesn't fall right back out of the hole.

8-Prise open the metal wire as you put it back over the wires and socket. Cut yourself on the wire. Curse. Use force and shove. Go turn on the lights and test to make sure you've not shoved too hard. If successful, put the cover back on, and close the hood. Then test again to check that the bulb's not dislodged.

9-Pour a drop of single-malt over your cut finger, and drink the rest.

 
At 12:05 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

oh... the cuteness levels.

Overwhelming sugary sweetness... my teeth.. my teeth.

Freakin Adorable.

I want me a pile o kittens.

Jumping isn't that hard.. and jumping isn't nearly so scary... once you have trotting and cantering down it is a breeze (course I didn't jump the high hurdles, just the low ones... and logs and stuff in the woods.) I LOVED jumping... years ago when I did it.

 
At 12:09 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

lol... VAL... That's great... next time though we could help you with the hair sacrifice... we could all chant and burn hair in effigy... and then maybe the motor will require less of your hair.

 
At 12:32 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Nathalie: take a wild guess! ;D

Val, you make me rofl. You glorious loon! :D

On the other hand: Jiffy Lube, babe! Jiffy Lube. You have to sit there for an hour and a hlf, but at least it's someone else's hair being eaten,

AIEEE! The fluff! Adri, I'm dying of the cute, here. I'm all, like, this guy. \o/

 
At 12:33 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Ahem:

1. ...an hour and a h[a]lf

2. ...someone else's hair being eaten[.]

Curse you, typeface demon.

 
At 12:35 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

10. Forget about it all. down the single malt (or have a dedicated drinker do that for you). Call the local repair shop.

 
At 12:48 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

You are NOT supposed to link to webcomics!!!! damnit... I don't need that distraction!!!

hehehehe

 
At 12:58 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Webcomics?

You mean like this?

 
At 1:00 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Or like this?

 
At 1:33 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Or indeed this?

 
At 1:35 PM , Blogger Dread Val said...

'Glorious loon' -- I like that, thanks, Jess!

Dread Val, Glorious Loon of Cabal's Cabal, and Fiendish Designated Drinker.

 
At 2:13 PM , Blogger ravyn said...

Lorraine, i'm late to the party but CONGRATULATIONS!

Yes yes yes Helmet EVERY time EVERY ride. You never know what will happen on a horse.

And bravo for getting back up after a bad incident. i got back up on a horse about 7 months after i broke my leg. It was wonderful.

Sounds like you've found a good trainer in Melissa, hang onto her!

Jumping, i LOVE jumping! (Yeah so what if it was a jump lesson where i broke my leg). Start easy and stay within your training level *and* the horse's. Sheesh even jumping just 2.5 feet is fun, it's just high enough that the horse can't cheat by just striding over the fence (i had one like that, LOL)

Also, if you're game, try some dressage. i love that too, it makes me feel so confident on the horse. And it's beautiful to watch.

 
At 2:23 PM , Blogger louisa said...

gggggrrrrrrrr stupid city graveyards with their big locks and high walls and very pointing railings, think that'll keep us out??? well OK it did tonight but we'll be back!! yes indeed we will and the next time we'll even remember to bring the camera with us, just you wait and see!

 
At 2:51 PM , Blogger Siri said...

And a ladder, Louisa - don't forget the very tall ladder.

I wanted to see those pics. too.

 
At 3:00 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

well really, Louisa, couldn't you have melted through those gates like Bod?
What a skill that would be.
Bummer, I was looking forward to those photos too. Great cartoons everyone.
Val, strangely, changing the light-bulbs in my car that is bigger than a mini is much the same challenge.
Next time it shall be done with a single malt on hand - good thinking that.
Gidday to all new Fiends.

 
At 3:13 PM , Blogger louisa said...

[pouty sukly kicking of imaginary stone] James Bond never needs to bring a ladder with him.

And yes, the Melting would be incredibly cool, and though certainly would have come in handy this evening, still wouldn't have transported my camera from the hall table into my forehead-slapping hands. The skill of Bod's that I covet most however is the ability to Fade.

 
At 3:40 PM , Blogger louisa said...

Oh and in the midst of my ranting I forgot to mention that the full moon tonight was beautiful.

Bedtime now in this time zone so I'll wish one & all a good night, bonne nuit, oiche mhaith

 
At 4:52 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

VAl, very funny, but Quiche's don't change Mini headlights. Mini's have dealerships....

Hi Rayvn, I do want to jump, but this is not happening SOON. I like dressage, and will explore that too, I want to do all riding, but mostly bareback and sidesaddle at the moment....

 
At 5:27 PM , Blogger Dread Val said...

Very, very wise, Quiche. I see you have learned from my mistakes already! :)

And hello to all you delurking Fiends I missed earlier! Don't let Ariandalen play too hard with you…

Dragonsally -- only 93°? Dude, suck it up! :)

Am staying late at work tonight, so I can go see this punk rock DJ Kitty speaks of. Totally not dressed for punk or clubbing at all, but I'll soldier on anyway.

 
At 5:32 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Val, normally I would be in heaven with those temps, but they just came on so suddenly and unrelentlessly. Its over 10 degrees (celcius) cooler today and my legs are complaining about being cold. sheesh, stupid body. Never happy.

 
At 5:41 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Have some fun tonight, Val! You must tell us bout it...

We are not hot here. Not at all.

 
At 5:43 PM , Blogger VCON said...

so then.... where are we?

 
At 6:04 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hi Vcon, and welcome! We are in the Midwest where it is Winter. I think. Pretty sure we are not in Florida or Austraila or LA where it is warm and feet do not freeze.

Sleepy new post up, my tired Fiends...Wait, Fiends may not be tired. Me tired.

 
At 6:48 PM , Blogger Horse Instructor said...

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At 7:34 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

oh i wanna see! Rommy is so gorgeous!

 
At 7:37 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

You will see her.

I deleted the last comment in error, very sorry...

 
At 7:43 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

truly; i'd rather see photos of YOU on her anyway. anyone know if mixing vodka & cranberry juice will induce a migraine??? oh well; in the interest of science I shall experiment (& keep the migrane med's handy) I'm having my sugar fix for the day. Been good only having 20grams per day. Falling off the wagon today; I deserve it. I'd be on the couch too but I don't have one of those fancy lappy top thingys nor can I use my phone for such correspondece. Happy to be listening to Foo Fighters "Pretenders" loud as I can and relaxing...

 

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