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Summertime Thunderstorms and Wild Iris

July 10, 2010

Finally finished.

 After finally finishing the stain on the horse shelter and tack room this morning, we got all tacked up for a ride that I can’t wait to share with my daughter.  It is a long one, about 4 plus hours up a big ridge from where you can see both sides of forever.  But then the gathering clouds began to rumble dropping a few huge drops here and there.  The dog was sceptical and the horses were pacing.  We still wanted to go, we had our lunch packed.  When the lightning started striking and the rain dotted our saddles with fat water spots, we untacked in a hurry and headed for the house.  The horses headed for the new shelter.  Very satisfying.

Now we are cozy inside, coffee is brewing and we finally have a chance to kick back a little.  When the days are as fabulous as they are out here, it is difficult to drag oneself inside.  Luckily, I have floor-to-ceiling windows that keep me connected to that weather out there.  So, this break is nice and useful.  My publisher requested certain edits of Cole Creek that I need to work on and Genavieve is busy reading The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky.  So in reality, I must thank the weather for driving us inside and giving us a break from its relentless call.   We will do the ride tomorrow, keep the lunch packed, the coats tied to the saddles and our excitement in the anticipation stage.   

But alas, the outdoor world was too compelling.  The weather calmed down a bit and we hiked up to the very knoll that is featured in my novel Cole Creek.  We went up along Bartlett Creek, through meadows of  wild iris and other flowers, past a black bull who was hanging out near some rich creek grasses.  We stood upon the rock that I wrote about and as if on cue, the wind picked up, the rain began to pelt, scrubbing the land and highlighting the various hues of the sagebrush.  We booked it down the mountain and entered the house just as the bread maker gave the signal that our pizza dough was ready.   

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Cesar permalink
    July 10, 2010 2:06 am

    Wonderful to read about you two competing with nature. Love, Dad

  2. July 10, 2010 3:16 am

    We are having a great time. We checked out the lodge for the family reunion. The place has space for about 30 people. It is lovely.

  3. Helen permalink
    July 10, 2010 7:04 pm

    HI Julie and Puddles,

    I love that picture of Julie in the wildflowers. You look great because you are so in your element. A frontier woman for sure!

  4. Carolyn permalink
    July 10, 2010 11:21 pm

    Hi Julie and Gena–I am afraid she may have left by now. I am so glad she could come. Glad you checked out the place. would you check out sleeping arrangements–like how many to a cabin? etc. how much, etc. With what is going on here, I am afraid if I am going to make it. time will tell. Love you all.

  5. Marv permalink
    July 11, 2010 10:10 pm

    Could you forward a bouquet or two of your wild flowers? Need them for tomorrow already!!!

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