Quick Updates

Olivia   February 24, 2017   25 Comments on Quick Updates

All the rain has really put a crimp on my riding so I don’t have a lot I can blog about. Here are some quick updates though.

Nilla is doing very well in training. I made it out to visit her and take a lesson in January and then it rained for every weekend of February so I haven’t been back since. I was going to go out this weekend, but she’s getting chiro on Friday so riding’s out. As much as I miss the mule, I don’t want to drive 6+ hours round trip just to pet her.

The faces this mule makes. (All pictures courtesy of @laurahermanson ) #mulesofinstagram #mules

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She looks so good though. I can’t wait to ride her again and get some more lessons with Laura. And I really hope I can just not mess everything up once I get her back.

Eugene and Levi are pent up balls of energy. I’ve been throwing them out to gallop around like nuts. I did get a ride in the other day and tried him with a bosal. Since his trainer rode him with a simple rope halter and single lead rope, I figured we wouldn’t die. He was really good even though it was too small. I think I may eventually be able to ride him without a bridle at all as he’s really very responsive to leg and seat. It’s something I want to work towards.

Eugene and Levi are a lot of fun to turn loose. They’re such youngsters at heart so they play quite a lot. Sometimes they get Dijon all riled up too and then I have to shut it down.

I found a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera on the street and played around with it. It reminded me of being a kid and playing with old polaroid cameras. I handed one of the films to my husband and he also nostalgically started flapping it even though they don’t need that anymore. Anyone else remember how fun Polaroid were? No? Just me? Did anyone else have to walk 2 miles to school every day? Each way? Uphill? In the snow? Yeah, I know I’m old.

I don’t think I would have bought one, but now that I have one, it’s really fun. The pictures are terrible quality, but that just makes them seem retro to me. I’m going to get some more film for it so I can keep using it.

25 thoughts on “Quick Updates

    1. Olivia Post author

      I totally lucked out. My husband says I “stole it,” but it was on the sidewalk and if I didn’t take it someone else would.

    1. Olivia Post author

      I’m excited to get her back, but I also wish I could leave her there longer. Maybe one day I will be rich enough to afford full time training and showing.

  1. Stacie Seidman

    I hope the weather turns for you guys soon. CA is getting a beating!
    Nilla looks amazing! I’m sure you’ll keep her going just fine once she’s home.
    I LOVE my Instax camera! I got it for Rio’s birthday party for the “photo booth” area. I figured it would be fun if people could take their pics home with them. I do wish I had splurged for the one with memory though so I also could have had copies… Next time.

    1. Olivia Post author

      I didn’t know there was one with memory. That would be cool too. I think I’m just going to stick with this one since it was free.

  2. beka

    I have one of those cameras! I don’t actually mind the photo quality – I think it’s great. What I had a hard time with was figuring out what setting to turn the damn aperature/flash feature to. I didn’t realize that it told you and wasted like a box of film.

    1. Olivia Post author

      I thought that was weird too. It’s like you can turn the knob, but it will just pick a setting on it’s own so picking is pointless. It only had three films in it so I’ll have to buy more to experiment.

  3. irishhorse

    The horses/mules look happy, but the camera is a find! What fun. It is so silly that people want to go “old school,” first putting filters on a digital photo, now the vintage-style camera (which doesn’t seem that vintage to those of us who remember the original!). But with the original it was that anticipation of seeing the photo develop that was the best part!

  4. Micaylah Strukelj

    So back when I was in middle school, I was on ASB, and we had a photo booth at the school dances. I got to take the pictures with a Polaroid camera and it was super fun. Still have those photos. Watching them develop was fun.

  5. Wendy

    Can’t wait for you to get Nila back. 🙂 I really miss polaroid cameras–loved taking photos all over my farm pretending I was a ‘real’ photographer, lol!

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