the horses

Greetings and salutations, everyone; yes once again it is I, your popular host, Mani the purebred border collie, here today to talk about the horses, and some other things. You may remember me from such posts as “Small Thoughts”, among so many, many others.

Here I am in a characteristic pose.
At least the sun is shining. But it’s really windy and not very pleasant to be outside.
And it’s supposed to get colder next week.

This is driving you-know-who right up the wall. Nothing but cold, cold, cold, when it would normally be pretty warm here, at least from time to time.
So the guy I live with decided to have the furnace checked. I worry about things like whether or not I’m going to get my dinner, even though I get it on time every afternoon, but the guy I live with worries about a lot more things than that. Probably because he has no one else to talk to, here, except me.

The furnace-checking person came today, and he was really nice. The guy I live with traded stories about working outside and going into all these peoples’s houses.
I watched the whole thing from the door to the crawlspace, a place I’d never really seen. The guy I live with went in there, too, and they talked about the awful crawlspaces they’d been in. Ours is pretty nice, actually.

So the upshot is we’re getting a new furnace, later this summer. The guy I live with is a lot less worried about having to pay for a new furnace than he is with the idea of living with a fifty-year-old furnace if it winters are going to be this (and here I have to delete the adjectives used by the guy I live with) cold for so (again deleting adjectives) long.

But when they were down there, the guy I live with saw something he didn’t recognize. He turned it over, and brought it out of the crawlspace.
This is a horse. I know, because I’ve seen one. They’re pretty big and scary.

The guy I live with only vaguely remembered his wife drawing this, because his memory was of “the other” horse drawing. This one:
Now we have two pencil drawings of horses. I’m not sure what the guy I live with is going to do with them; there’s no room to hang them on the walls.
He thought he’d given the second drawing to someone, but obviously not.

Sometimes he offers things to people and they never come to get them, which I think is very weird. Maybe they forget, or maybe they hope the guy I live with will drive all over town making deliveries.

I suppose we could offer them for sale at our roadside dumpling stand.

I guess that’s it for today. I’ll leave you with a picture of me hiding behind the sansevierias on the Italian green marble table in the living room. The guy I live with is “into” sansevierias. (Even if they’re now in the genus Dracaena.)
Well, I’m not really hiding; I like to sleep under the living room window, just like other purebred border collies who lived here did.

Until next time, then.

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18 Responses to the horses

  1. tonytomeo says:

    Equestrian people seem to be a popular subject for human people to draw. Have you ever seen a drawing of a human person done by an equestrian person? What do canine people draw? Heck, what do feline people draw? Do I really want to know?

  2. Paddy Tobin says:

    The drawings are very beautiful.

    • paridevita says:

      They are. The guy I live with called his sister and asked where his wife might have seen these horses, because he wasn’t sure where it was. He remembers her taking the pictures, though. And horses in pastures are not uncommon here.

  3. What beeuteefull drawinss of THE Horsess!! Pleese Guy due not give them away or sell them…they are too precious! There has to bee sumwher you cuud hang them…2 simpell framess wuud make them *pop* an you cuud look at them furever!
    HURRAH on gettin a mew furnace. Ourss inn this buildin iss allso 50 yeerss old an Managemint keepss ‘patchin’ it….they cuuda bott a mew one innstead an started fresh….butt NOOOOOO!
    An Mani you look ADOORBSS snoozin under THE window.
    BellaSita Mum used to have Sansevierias long beefore mee. Shee said they are lovely plantss.
    Take care an stay warm mee frendss!
    ***nose bopss*** BellaDharma an 🙂 BellaSita Mum

    • paridevita says:

      He probably will give the horse pictures away, if he finds someone who wants them. He’s given away most of his wife’s drawings. Some to a museum.
      It’s pretty nice out, right now, at nine o’clock at night, a little windy and warmish, but it won’t be nice for the next three or four days.

      • Mani iffin Guy can not find a guud home fore THE sketchess BellaSita Mum wuud love to have them. Shee wuud get 2 matchin framess an hang them on our livin room wall to THE left of our Horsie Lithograff…
        Just an offer; no pressure….
        **purrss** BellaDharma

      • paridevita says:

        These are both framed, and pretty heavy.
        They would be very expensive to ship.
        The guy I live with has quite a bit of experience shipping drawings.

  4. Wow, those horse images are fabulous! Maybe the guy you live with can rotate them into the current art collection periodically. Seems a shame to get rid of them. Our Mum got rid of the Sansevieria when she became single. 🤣
    Your Denver friends,
    Norman & Elsa 🐾

    • paridevita says:

      The horse pictures are definitely going to be given away, but to someone who wants them, not to someone who just takes stuff because it’s free.
      The guy I live with was going to get more sansevierias this past summer, but didn’t. There’s a nice nursery, Southwest Gardens, that has a bunch of them, and that’s where the ones on the marble-topped table came from.

  5. Heidi says:

    I was just wondering today how you were doing this winter! Because, today I have been enjoying reading your Penstemon book. It’s really so great, and I wish I had overwintered more penstemon seeds in autumn. As for the local weather, it’s been a bit depressing without the sun on days like today. I’m certainly excited for the first spring bulbs to emerge. I do hope you will visit my garden this year! Oh and I also had to replace my furnace…. and although my wallet was drained, it was a reassuring feeling to have a safer and more energy efficient source of heat.

    • paridevita says:

      The guy I live with says thanks about the book.
      This is probably the most depressing winter the guy I live with has ever seen here, and he worked outside for fifteen winters here. We just came back from our walk. It was 22F (-6C) and 89 percent humidity, with some wind to make it even better.
      I didn’t mind it at all, and once the guy I live with got used to it, it wasn’t so bad for him.
      Since he tends to worry, which he thinks may be something a lot of people who live alone tend to do, he thought it might be a good idea to check into getting a new furnace. They’re coming out next weekend to do measuring and stuff, and then it probably won’t be installed until this summer.
      The guy I live with has also thought about solar. He said if we don’t see the sun for two months that might not help so much (but he doesn’t know anything about solar).

  6. Well so much fore that idea!!! Wee hope yore Guy can find a home fore “THE Horsiess” close to home then!

  7. Mani they HAVE a good home…Mistur Guy just needss a bit more space!!! Mew mew mew…… 😉

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