Elizabeth’s practice saddle …


While working on a practice course yesterday afternoon, Lilith decided to refuse a fence she had no problem with earlier in the day. Lilith stopped, Elizabeth didn’t – flying over the fence. She wasn’t hurt, though Elizabeth laid on the ground for a few seconds talking to Lilith about the refusal. Laurie gave her a quick concussion test, which she passed. Andrea wanted her daughter to call it a day as Elizabeth remounted Lilith to finish the practice. They restarted the course from the beginning, cleanly clearing the offending fence. A big smile and kiss by Elizabeth to Lilith for a run well done. And, a couple of apples as well.

Elizabeth was no worse for wear this morning before heading to school.

Easy Like Sunday


May your Easter Sunday be a blessed one, when all things are made new again and all is possible.


With her baby grand piano finally home, Andrea is a happy woman. She played one of her favorite tunes, “Easy”, early this Sunday morning. Her voice, in excellent form, filling the house. It captures why our Sundays, and most other days, are easy.

A rendition of “Easy” by the very pretty Ivete Sangalo, in concert at MSG, can be found here.


About the photo -

Pictured is Candace (Happy Girl), belonging to Tara. Photo was taken last September, at sunrise.

Traditional Friday Catblogging

The winter start of this week has given way to a springtime end. And, there’s nothing better than watching birds to start the day.

Midnight on bird watch


Or, being sun-splashed.

Egypt catching the sun


May everyone have a good weekend.


A Bella Portrait

A portrait. Of Bella, Andrea’s younger sister.


Super pretty, super smart. An accomplished equestrian. Very married.

Attending a wedding reception, the both of us were sitting and chatting in a corner, watching everyone else.


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Film Flashback: Ford Mustang

Ford Motor is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Mustang, by far its most enduring model line.

The first Mustangs were introduced during the 1964 model year, produced in limited numbers. In 1965, the Mustang went into full production. One of the many buyers of the ’65 Mustang was my dad. It was a car he couldn’t resist, and the price was just right. Though the Mustang was meant to appeal to fast car aficionados, ours was a family car.

my dad’s 1965 Mustang, my dog Peanuts


washing the Mustang


Under the hood, a 287 cubic-inch V8 with a 4-barrel carburetor and power steering included. A couple of the older cousins, on my dad’s side, were so impressed with his Mustang, they had to buy their own.

the other Mustangs


Stella owned the dark 1966 Mustang shown above, Ernie had the one parked in the driveway (also a 1966) shown above. Both models had V6 engines rather than the 287 V8.

My dad thought when Ford had made the Mustang larger, with a bigger engine, they had ruined the car. And, he was right in that respect. Its sales began to decline in the early 1970s. Ford muddled and fiddled with its design, eventually reducing its size by 1976. The resized Mustang was no larger than their other “pony” car, the Pinto. Both shared the same engine and transmission, possibly even the frame.

Though there was talk about returning the Mustang to its roots and going back to the 287 V8, it didn’t. And, while the newer Mustangs may have some of the lines of the early Mustangs, they’ll never be like those early models. With a lot of power and the best engine ever made.


About the photos -

These photos were taken by my sister, Ginny, in 1966 using roll film. Scanned from print images.


It’s the place nobody really wants to be.

 second floor, mezzanine level at Evans Army Hospital, Ft. Carson


University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), Aurora


Memorial-UCH Hospital, Colorado Springs


Laurie’s and Andrea’s advice to avoid a doctor’s visit or a hospital stay is, “don’t get sick.” More important is to listen to your body.