Cabins, Birthdays, and Horses

It has been far too long since my last post. What can I say others than my little blog has completely slipped my mind!!

During this time, the snow has melted and we are still on the hunt for our country home. Little by little more houses are being listed, but they are fewer and further between since they're in the country. We put a bid on one and lost it, and are just crossing our fingers for another!

In February we had a short cabin retreat for hubby's b-day, which was badly needed! Just two hours away we were in a beautiful forrest in one of our amazing provincial parks. With all the snow, the roads weren't the greatest, but we made it.

Our lakefront cabin was perfect! It was older but super cute and cozy.

We had a wood burning stove, which I LOVED, and a mineral hot tub. The back window views overlooked a river that branched off from the lake, still running despite the freezing temps,  and we could watch birds on our little balcony. With the cold weather, we were able to fully enjoy the cabin features, including the solitude, which was most appreciated.

What I call 'perfection'.

What I call 'perfection'.

The best feature - this place was dog friendly, so little Daisy got an adventure too! She did great. While she was quite nervous at first, once I got all her stuff out (including her favourite pillow and my robe on the bed), she was settled in after the first hour. She had lots of short little walks (getting more firewood, and exploring the area around the cabins), hung out on the bed watching  the birds, napped, played, and was overall really content. She made it more fun for us. To say I didn't want to leave would be an understatement. I was truly in my element.

Exploring the outdoors

Exploring the outdoors

There's a bird feeder on that little table outside - Daisy enjoyed watching all the birds that visited.

There's a bird feeder on that little table outside - Daisy enjoyed watching all the birds that visited.

But, we returned home, and life continued on. Daisy turned two years old at the end of March - we got her a "pup-pie" as a treat, which was very well received!

She's so patient!

She's so patient!

To keep my spirits up during our house hunt, I've decided to take horse back riding lessons! I'm super excited, and hubby and I went this past week for a 'toe dipper' lesson. We got a tour of the barn (I've never seen such a clean barn), met my coach, some of the horses, and each did a short horse ride to test our confidence level. I think I did pretty good!

Heading to the riding area.

Heading to the riding area.

Hubby isn't enrolling in lessons, but I will. I'll be happy to have him watch and be my moral support... he's truly the best... so encouraging and supportive. I'm very excited for this "new world of horses" as I like to call it! I don't have much experience riding, with my first encounter with horses being quite scary. I went for a friend’s b-day when I was around nine years old. Since I was the smallest one of the group, my feet didn’t reach the stirrups and I was forced to go along with the group, trotting against my will, and just hoping I would survive! Luckily, I did survive, and when I went to a summer camp with friends at 14 years old, I signed up for horse back riding lessons there. I was given the oldest horse of the group and spent the week learning the basics. I really enjoyed that. 

Now, I am ready to immerse myself in this new world, challenging myself to learn something different. I simply want to enjoy the experience and have fun with it. 

My coach and her horse Blaze made me comfortable. This moment made me pretty happy.

My coach and her horse Blaze made me comfortable. This moment made me pretty happy.

Getting a feel of the movements - and getting used to sitting up high.

Getting a feel of the movements - and getting used to sitting up high.