we just spent a lovely weekend in michigan with my in-laws. my husband's brother and wife were also visiting from california, so it was quite the family get-together. we had a baby shower for them since they're due on two months before us. it got me geared up for my own shower. once the west coasters left for the airport sunday afternoon we headed to our friends' to ride horses. tom and paula live on a nice sized plot of land in the country where they own two of their own horses, sonny (shown above) and coin, and board three others. i forgot to get a picture of it, but their stable is called "T's Rockin' Ranch" and has an engraving of a guitar--very appropriate since tom's a vintage guitar collector.
even though I've been around horses plenty of times in my life, it's still amazing to see what large and powerful creatures they are up-close. their massive limbs and large eyes. it's intimidating. i like the whole lifestyle surrounding horseback riding--the woven blankets, the expensive leather saddles engraved with the artist's names--the whole bit. I left thinking I'd like to live like tom and paula when i get older--in the country, with a large back porch overlooking the trees, horses bought and boarded, woven saddle blankets, and a few vintage guitars.