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A few of my favorite pics from last month’s jumping show:

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Say cheese!

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And since spring has finally sprung, I took some pictures of our flowers earlier (also, it was an excuse to be able to make that horribly lame pun in the title):

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Bonus Lucy picture:

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Happy May Day, everyone! 🙂

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Let me explain.

No, there is too much. Let me sum up. 😉

The past few months have been busy with work, weddings, and assorted “stuff.” Add a hefty dose of procrastination, and, well, here we are. I’m not quite even sure where to start at this point.

Work-wise, things are still going well. This summer was pretty busy, as I expected, but nothing overwhelming. I have to say, it’s nice to have a boss and co-workers who don’t freak out over everything. Looking back, we made and processed a ton of nougat (lots of huge orders for the rest stop, plus quite a few tourists coming through), but we always managed to get everything done without anyone having a meltdown. I was still pretty pooped at the end of the day, but nothing compared to when I was at The Big Nougat Factory That Shall Not Be Named. Things have slowed down a bit since September, but Christmas season is approaching fast, and we’ve already started on the nougat logs (they’re fun to eat, but a pain to make). At least I’ll get a break after Christmas.

As far as the critters go, I unfortunately have some sad news: we had to put Twilight to sleep back in July. Her arthritis had gotten really bad and the pain just wasn’t manageable anymore. Needless to say, it’s been a little rough on everyone. 😦 Lucy had a pretty bad bout of anxiety for a couple of weeks afterwards. It didn’t help that just a few days after Twilight passed we all went away for the weekend to attend a wedding. Lucy stuck to me like glue for days after we got back. She’s doing better now, but she is definitely a lot cuddlier than she used to be, even with the others. Before, I was pretty much the only one she’d snuggle with, and even then only occasionally. Now she wants cuddles at least once a day, and she’ll even ask other people for petting.

Blue is still as energetic as ever, though she’s certainly settled down quite a bit lately. She still has the occasional spazzy moment, but overall she’s much more focused. We mostly worked on jumping over the summer, and both Fred and Lucie have been very pleased with her progress. For the last month or so we’ve been focusing on dressage, which is what she’s had the most trouble with, and miracle of all miracles, she’s been improving significantly there as well. I might finally be able to do eventing with her this year! In the meantime, I’ll just enjoy the little victories. 🙂

In other news, there were two weddings this summer: Thomas and Melodie got married in July, and Olivier and Sissi in August. Both weddings were accompanied by lots of rain, which was mildly inconvenient, but supposedly it’s good luck. In any case, everything went well, everybody was happy, and I got lots of good pictures, so yay. 🙂 That said, I hope the next wedding I go to doesn’t last until the wee hours of the morning. I was kind of a zombie after those two.

Sandrine was here for 3 months before heading over to Wales, where she plans to settle permanently. *sniff* My little sister is all grown up and leaving the nest. Okay, she was already pretty much gone with those 5 years in the States, but this is the Big Move. Naturally, this has been a mixture of exciting and mildly terrifying. But mostly exciting (I hope).

Oh, and guess what? I HAVE A NEW CAR!!! 😀 I finally saved up enough to buy a very nice (slightly) used car at the start of the summer, and here she is. Folks, meet Lizzie!

20160708_110356bThis car is a real blessing, let me tell you. For one thing, IT HAS AIR CONDITIONING. You never appreciate stuff like that until you have to go 7 years without. Driving in the summer suddenly got a lot nicer. Particularly when we went to the beach one day and got stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the way back.

Anyway, that’s pretty much what’s been happening lately. Pictures to follow at a somewhat more civilized hour. Right now, sleep beckons. Good night/morning/whatever…

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Happy Caturday!

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I know it’s been a while; update coming later today (fingers crossed)! In the meantime, hope you enjoyed the cuteness. 🙂

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Have a few of Lucy playing with string:

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And this is why you should never try to make your bed with the cat in the room:

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“This is a job for… Super Lucy!”

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“Move? But I’m comfy here.”

Happy Friday, everyone! 🙂

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Meowy Christmas!

Twilight and Lucy hope your Christmas was purr-fect!

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New kitty bed is Twilight-approved

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“Why yes, I am actually comfortable like this.”

Hope you all had a fabulous Christmas, and may you all be very, very blessed this coming year! 🙂

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“Talk to the Paw!”

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I know, it’s been a while since I posted anything. I (mostly) blame work. Things have been crazy busy on that front and are just now settling down. A good thing, too, or I don’t know if I’d last until the end of the month.

Anyway, the weekend before last was my uncle’s 60th birthday bash, which he’d been planning at least since last Christmas, and I have to say it was a great success. I was able to get the weekend off, so for once I didn’t have to miss out on the festivities. He rented a lodge out in the Beaujolais region, which made for a fantastic setting.

After dinner, we warmed up the dance floor:

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Then we had a bit of dancing with traditional music:

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We took a little break for cake and presents:

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After a fun trivia game centered around my uncle’s favorite things (art, music and food), he shared a sample of his compositions with us (really good, by the way):

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And then it was time for more dancing:

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I stuck around until 2 am-ish, at which point my bed started beckoning loudly.

After breakfast the next morning, I brought the camera out again and started snapping pictures of things in the courtyard:

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Then one of the other guests joined me for a walk around the neighborhood where I found lots of picture-worthy sights:

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And now, just for giggles, my latest Lucy cartoon:

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