Been There, Done That

commentary on many different thoughts

Month: December, 2013

Oh the men came to Texas from old Tennessee

John Wayne’s version of The Alamo had a stirring title song alright!

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This, and the Long Barracks 

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are all that is left standing of the original compound.

Forever Young

Moses 94

It’s been three years.  He was the horse of a lifetime, and they broke the mold when they made him.

Eye Candy

I know I’ve run this one before, but he’s still yummy.


Just Because

Just because I felt like running this one again.


Honor the Past

Today is Pearl Harbor Day.  Please take a moment to honor the thousands of men and women who lost their lives so that we might be free.

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When we were growing up in Germany, 6 December was celebrated as the feast of St. Nicholas.  You put a shoe outside your bedroom door when you went to sleep, and during the night St. Nicholas left some sweets in your shoe if you’d been good, or a lump of coal if you’d been naughty.

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And, so, in a nod to my early central-European upbringing, I wish you happy St. Nicholas day, and may your shoe contain many sweets.  (PS – shake out the shoe before you put it on!)

Connemaras Rule

This is Star – Special’s third and last son!  He’s half Connemara, and boy does that show!  What a good fellow.


You Want Big?

This is Thomas, Special’s second son.  He tops out at 18 hands, and is starting to fill out.  Covers a bit of ground – and air space!


And this is what he looks like from above!

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Thanks Pam for a great weekend.

The Color Purple

Ladies’ Day at the Cleveland, TN, arena.  Alvin in charge.


Different Perspectives

What a difference perspective makes!  Here are two shots of Alvin and me at the Academy National Finals (finally!). And before we get started, yes, I know that there’s a copyright on the one photo – that’s part of the point.  I will explain in person and in private – not in a public forum.  Sandra Hall Photography gets photo credit for both shots.

Anyway, this is the photo I received.  Alvin is  his usual sparkly self, stepping up like the terrific Saddlebred he is.  Thank you Alvin for taking good care of me.


This is the photo I personally preferred, and, in fact, ordered.


From my dressage and hunter days, I thought this was an AWESOME medium trot by Alvin! My teacher explained that it’s a matter of perspective, and why we didn’t place higher – he’s not supposed to be extending out – he’s supposed to be UP! What a difference the show specs make!