Sunday, October 21, 2007

much like a drowned rat

Did I mention it was supposed to rain on our glorious mom and me horse camp trip? I think I did. And I'm here to report that mother nature kept her promise - it poured.

It poured when we loaded up, it poured when we unpacked. It poured during our meals, the rain woke me up in the night. It poured, it poured, it poured. But we had a great time.
camping with mom
I survived staying in a cabin with eleven 9-13 year old girls with another beleaguered mom. (Our leader 'mysteriously' volunteered to take the 2 extra girls to another nearly empty cabin. She's brilliant folks.)
Lexi, the archer
We took an archery lesson.
royal ridges
But the best part was riding. It's been years since I've been on a horse; I have to admit I was pretty nervous climbing up on Alex. We tromped through the mud, deep into the woods covered in a blanket of moss. The fog hadn't completely lifted, and for the first time all weekend, a hush came over the troop. I longed for my camera, but settled for staying in that moment, in the silence and the quiet rain.

It was worth developing webbed toes.

[Hey all. I'm having a 'procedure' tomorrow morning on my esophagus - part diagnostic and hopefully therapeutic too. Maybe a biospy. I've been assured that I will be properly wiped out on pain meds and a sedative, so I might lean on some earlier posts - back when only a teeny, tiny handful of people read my blog - to fill in for the next day or two. Or maybe I'll wing it, doped up. I'm also in the market for any prayers and positive thoughts you may feel like sending my way. Thank you, kindly.]
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GodshallMama said...

i'll be praying for you! please, please, please let me know if you need anything.

kevstephb said...

Good gosh! We didn't talk about that today (the procedure) I hope all goes well and will be waiting to hear how it went as soon as you are able to let us know. Call or email if you need anything

Amanda said...

Lean all you need, friend. We'll be thinking of you!

Spagirl said...

I'm glad you had a good time at camp despite the rain. I did think of you as it was pouring down! Good luck with your procedure today. We're sending everything positive your way. Keep us posted. (pun intended)

Stu said...


Glad you had fun with the girl. She will remember it forever. I still remember camping moments with my Dad from long ago.

Hope the procedure went well. I think a doped up blog post would be interesting, sort of like philosophy while drinking.


lapoflux said...

Good luck tomorrow - will be thinking of you. Hope it's not scary and that you reover quickly.
Glad to hear you had a good time at horse camp - I was thinking of you when we had a huge rain storm Friday night and hoped you were dry ;-)

susiej said...

What a great memory you just created for you and your daughter -- you'll laugh about this for years, and you'll forget all about webbed toes, if it wasn't for this post to remind you!!

Take care. Praying for you.

Oh, The Joys said...

Sounds like a great time despite the rain though.

I'll be thinking of you.


Daisy said...

Webbed toes! That's funny -- I actually laughed (and then coughed profusely afterward). ;) I can't wait till I'm not sick anymore! This is ridiculous.

Great post btw, the scene on horseback in the quiet rain is enough to make anyone want to hoist themselves up onto a horse!

Take it easy on the "procedure" and let us know how it goes.