Instant Stress Relief

Damn! Work was a challenge today and there’s other stressful stuff lurking. But I feel, as I like to say, “way mo’ better” now.

My favorite bee fly, Poecilanthrax lucifer, even held still for me!

I knew I was in no shape to ride but knew I’d feel much better if I could hang out with the equines, so I headed outside, where it’s been a beautiful day. I got stopped in my tracks, though, when I got to the little field of asters between the chicken house and the tack room. It was practically moving, so many insects were enjoying the flowers! I felt like I was in some Disney movie where the protagonist has all these things flitting around them.

Those are just the ones that held still! I breathed deeply and enjoyed the moment before heading toward the horses. Soon stress melted away as Fiona stuck her head under my hand.

So fuzzy.

Then she made me laugh. She tugged my shirt when I tried to pet Apache.

Pay attention to ME!

I did eventually get to play with the other horses, who were BUR FREE! Apache was a little sweaty, since his winter hair has come in and it was warm outside. But he felt good to lean on and hug.

Looking good!

He also made me laugh. As I was trying to get a photo of his glorious tail flowing in the wind, he created more wind for me, the smelly kind.

I fart in your general direction!

Mabel wasn’t funny, but she was sweet and friendly. She’s a whole new mare. I feel like her name should be Mabel Grace now, looking at how she moves around the pens and glides across the pasture.

Swishy!

All these guys enjoying their late afternoon made me smile.

Fiona is still saucy.

Dusty still seems a bit subdued, but enjoyed his hugs, love, and massages.

No burs, though!

He needs a buddy and misses Drew, I think. Apache is not nice to him, but Mabel hangs out whim lots. Thank goodness! Drew will be home in just over two weeks, not that I’m counting.

Little man and big girl.

It was great to hang out and relax with my buddies. I’ll be ready for another round of challenges tomorrow.

Bye!

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

4 thoughts on “Instant Stress Relief”

  1. Smiles at the asters with so much life around them. The little critters were seen and appreciated…. And Mabel! She doesn’t look like the same horse you started with! What a beauty she turned into with your love and care! Hope tomorrow’s a good day for you, beginning to end.

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  2. I don’t understand much about your seasons. You are having tons of insects ( like our Spring) and horses are getting winter coats!!! Confusing for me in New England. those 2 things dont go together!

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