Archive for August, 2011

107, 108, 109, 110

amywink August 27th, 2011

I *wish* that was a count of the driving hours I had completed since my last post.

However. It isn’t.

It’s the temperatures we are expecting having this weekend. The last weekend of August.

The heat is ghastly and so is the drought. It’s a terrible thing to be envious of the East Coast this weekend and their date with Irene. But there ya go….envious. Makes me wonder how we might develop some kind of water pipeline system to divert water from regions that have too much to those regions that have too much.

We may get a nice cool off next week…..with temperatures predicted to only be 100.

The drought is bringing out lots of wildlife we don’t usually see and last week on my drive out to see the horses, I spotted a very very large owl resting on a fence post. He/she was kind of enough to stay put while I turned the car around to take some photos.

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Once I got home, I checked my Sibley Book of Birds to find that my posing friend is a Barred Owl. We have regular backyard visits from Eastern Screech Owls and a Great Horned Owl, but this was my first Barred Owl. I hope she makes it through the drought.

I did, by the way, hit 81 hours of driving in July, with my last lesson. If it cools down sometime, I *may* be able to make 100 hours by November 30. I’m hoping next weekend will be cool enough for a nice drive. If not, maybe we’ll have a hurricane…..Come on, Jose…..

Steady Improvements

amywink August 10th, 2011

So, it’s very hot. VERY hot. 105+ hot outside. We’re breaking records daily: 100+ days, now at 57, 100+days “in a row”, now at 24 or so….

So Will and I are taking a driving break until the heat cools down….hopefully that will be sometime in September.

I do have some nice circles to post, from my lesson in mid July and later on from a drive with Will. I was *reallllllly* tensing up my hands in my lesson, causing all sorts of catastrophic failures as far as circles were concerned but Francine manage to get me to relax and suddenly, my circles got really good. Here’s the series of maps and you can see, I think, the lines overlaying each circle:

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After those triumphs, I manage to get a nice figure 8 out of Will on our drive the next day.
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In my last lesson in July, Francine started me on the serpentine, using the entire dressage arena. This new thing was quite the challenge but as I worked on it, I could really tell how the exercise would improve my turning in the figure 8!

Here’s a series of those, though they are not as pretty as my circles…..yet!!

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I’m not sure when I’ll have my next lesson but I can see steady improvements here and hope to get back to it shortly…..though I also hope we get some temps under 100 and a nice juicy tropical system sitting over Texas for weeks.