Not a leg to stand on…

Seems the last year and a half of my life has been nothing but issues! The toe problem on my right foot is ongoing, though the pain has been less. But now, I’ve got pain in my LEFT leg!

A couple weeks ago, I went to do my Monday weight workout. It seemed like a great workout! Except the day after, my entire left leg hurt. And only the left leg. It hurt in my hip, my thigh, the left side of my knee and down on into my shin.

I elected to rest it for a week. No improvement. Poor quality sleep, as pain made it difficult to nod off.

OK, if inactivity wasn’t going to help, might as well carry on! I definitely don’t want to lose the progress I’ve made with my knees! So I did another workout, going cautiously, which gave me some information, the Abductor/Adductor machine definitely hurts! But all else was OK.

I tried a pool workout two days later. Nope, that HURT! Moving the leg through water resistance was painful. I dressed, left the gym and drove straight across the street to my doctor’s. And was lucky enough to score a next day appointment.

Doc examined me, had me do a few moves like bending over and touching my toes and rotating my torso. Checked my reflexes. He thinks I may have a pinched nerve in my back! Sent me to the hospital for X-rays, THAT was painful! My leg was sounding off the whole time. Doc prescribed a short course of steroids, which took the pain away for six whole days and also physical therapy for my back. Unfortunately, the earliest PT appointment is later this month.

He said I should stay as active as I can, listening to my body. Pain’s been better since the steroids, but still painful enough that getting through a shower has me gritting my teeth. I really didn’t need anything else slowing me down….

Wrote the above last night, pain is growing, worse this morning. Ugh! Here’s hoping I can stand the pain for nearly two weeks more. If I seem slow on listing or posting, well, slow on EVERYTHING right now!

Come Down the Mountain – Vian Smith

Most fiction from the pony book genre starts with a boy or girl who desperately wants a horse. He or she usually acquires a horse. And proceeds to successfully tame, ride, show or race the horse.

Come Down the Mountain is a bit different than the norm in several ways. The most obvious is the dust jacket artwork. There’s nary a horse to be found, a quite unusual approach by the publishers!

Doubleday 1967 American hardcover edition of "Come Down the Mountain" by Vian Smith
Doubleday 1967 American edition
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Beswick Shetlands

I’ve always felt that Beswick artist Arthur Gredington nailed it when it came to sculpting British Mountain & Moorland pony breeds. His Shetlands are true to breed type and a great deal of mischief gleams from their eyes!

The Beswick 1033 Shetland Mare and 1034 Shetland Foal are a pair, while the 1648 Shetland Stallion is part of the entirely separate Mountain & Moorland pony series.

Beswick 1033 Shetland mare
Beswick 1033 Shetland Mare
Aniow Anklesocks
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Mid-October, I had a bad fall

Falling isn’t fun. The older you get, the less fun it is. It’s downright scary!

So I have these wonderful Stegmann wool clogs, the best slippers ever. Not too warm, not too cool, they have decent arch support and I can wear them with or without socks. They aren’t cheap, but worth it for sheer comfort. And I can also step outside in them at need with no worries.

Eventually, they wear out. The uppers part from the bottoms and my old pair was quite bad and I worried about tripping and falling in them. So I bought a brand new pair off eBay for half price.

One night, just after starting to wear the new slippers, I tripped and fell! I guess I wasn’t quite used to the feel of the new footwear yet. Just what I was hoping to avoid by buying a new pair! Brand new footwear can be trickier than old, comfy shoes!

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What’s a gal to blog about?

Before anyone goes and subscribes, I thought you might want to know what sort of things I might write about.

Anything. Everything. But hopefully neither too much or too little!

One thing I’d like to do is post pictures of previously sold figurines along with whatever information I remember about the piece. I have a lot of old pictures kicking around on the computer. I might not remember a thing, but no one objects to eye candy, right? If anyone has further knowledge about a particular sculpture and comments, then we all learn!

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How I’m Doing: Part 2

In part 1, it was my knees keeping me away from live showing. But as the commercial says, but wait, there’s more!

Getting to live shows is becoming a problem. I suffer from dry eyes. I guess I’m not the only one, the shelves at Wal-Mart are chock full of various eye drops. So many that I actually took a picture of the exact one I use so I can remember what to buy. My smart phone *is* my memory these days!

My eye doctor has me on artificial tears, anti-inflammatory eye drops, fish oils, a heated mask followed by a massage of my lower eyelids and a humidifier going in my bedroom. None of which is really solving the problem. I am putting drops in my eyes so darn often it looks like I’m crying half the time!

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How I’m Doing: Part 1

As I’ve not been terribly active in the model horse hobby in recent years, I thought people might like to know what’s up. I still have my collection, but add new pieces infrequently.

2015 Horsing Around 'Sioux' in bay roan
Horsing Around ‘Sioux’ by Brigitte Eberl

As I collect fewer figurines, I’ve switched to hunting for horse books from my childhood or books I might have loved reading as a child if I’d had access! I clearly missed out on a lot of great horse stories over the years.

Books from left to right: Tall and Proud by Vian Smith, Challenger by Patsey Gray, Vicki and the Brown Mare by Sam Savitt and Red Embers by Dorothy Lyons
To be read…

This whole nostalgia reading kick means you may see various horse books for sale in addition to figurines, as I read and resell.

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