Everything sublime is as difficult as it is rare. Baruch Spinoza

Monday, May 4, 2009

Beautiful Days & Day Lilies

Things turn out best for people who make the best
of the way things turn out.

John Wooden

We had an absolutely beautiful weekend in Minnesota. Those Golden Days we get too few of.

I was able to divide and transplant some day lilies, with much more still to go, and we got the gardens cleaned up and the lawn mowed. It was all good. I missed the big goofy dog while digging around in the dirt, as he was notorious for laying and rolling in my flower beds. Perhaps I'll see more blooms this year because he won't have smashed half the plants.

Kristina was out both days and it was a pleasure to see Zing looking like he knows what he's doing. We have about another month of his brain being so firmly planted elsewhere. The springtime urge to breed diminishes greatly by June. He really is not difficult, but the idea is there. And he's ridden in an arena which is separated by about thirty feet from several willing mares. With three of them, the testosterone is palpable on the farm. I think about cutting stallions, but they are all three good boys and I can't wrap my mind around any of them as geldings. 

I'm actually going to leave the farm today! We have dinner and a concert at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis tonight. My son is Chef de Parte at Level Five. He's really the supervisor of the restaurant and of the catering business, but he must keep a chef title because it's important in the French system. He was a sous chef for several years and he may want to go back to that someday. Anyway, I actually have to clean up. I don't know if I have anything that's not barn clothes that will fit me. I should find out before we are ready to leave.

So the ordinary of my life rolls on. It's another glorious day, there's work to be done and life to be savored.  Time now to get to the business of it.


  1. You have a don that is a chef? I swear...we really have wayy too much in common. Our daughter graduated from the Cordon Bleu in Paris and then went on to study in Australia. How odd is that? I totally understand about cutting a stallion. We deliberated for ever about our Haflinger as her was such a good stallion...a little maintenance but well worth it. Zing is the gray, right? I have always wanted to have an Andalusian or Lippizan...such incredible movers!

  2. I really should proofread before I press the send button. I meant to type "son" and "he"! Have a great time in Mpls...

  3. I am too many degrees north....ugggg

  4. Strange how completely different lives can have intersections.
    Zing is a bay Arabian. He's WF Last Of Roses. Ari is the grey and he is a gelding (but don't tell him). Zing is my orphan baby.

    Jules, spring will come!

  5. your little quote is so true. State of mind and making the most of what you have is an important trait in the quest for happiness.

    PS: my ex husband was a chef, but I dont hold that against other chefs.

  6. Enjoy you're evening out! You deserve it!

  7. So glad you had a nice spring weekend. There is something about gardening that makes you feel good.
    Have a wonderful time tonight, sounds like fun.

  8. Getting out in the garden is the cure for a good many woes. I'm glad you are finally having some lovely weather.

    Does it really make that much difference gelding a horse? I own cats, not horses, & feral animals are a real problem to our wildlife so responsible owners [like us;P] always do the right thing & have the snipping done.

    Hope you had a lovely evening. All work & no play, you know. :)

  9. Being married to a chef would be hard work. I wouldn't want it.

    It makes a difference, it removes the hormones. Some geldings retain a slight instinct and are wonderful for teasing mares. But most have no idea. My stallions range from macho to not so much. The saddlebred is not very overt in his masculinity. Zing is very aware, but he is a docile temperament and Topper is very proud and male. He can be a handful at times, but he is not all that hard to deal with. Not if you know him.

    Thanks everyone, I think I'll have a good time!

  10. I hope you had a wonderful evening! I haven't been to the "new" Guthrie yet - I've been next door (to the Mill City Museum) and I am not sure if I like the dark look of the new building. (Although I am a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to my architecture!)
    WHat did you have to eat?

  11. We had a great time. I had poached chicken over fried potatoes and smoked ham with bernaise. Mark had smoked duck gumbo. More later. it was a late night and I'm off to a late start.

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  13. Since you have one of his quotes, here's a cool John Wooden video


  14. Thank you for the video link.


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