When I Ride…

Morning Rituals…

Morning Feeding

It is my ritual.

Slip out of bed, walk softly to the kitchen door, open it for the morning’s fresh air. At the sink, fill my Pyrex coffee pot up to the stainless band that holds the handle on, set it on the stove and light the burner. While I wait for the water to get hot, I sweep the kitchen floor then walk back into the bedroom and splash water on my face. A little moisturizer and back into the kitchen to wait for the water to get hot and stare out the kitchen window.

What’s out there? I grab the binoculars and look into the pastures to see what I could see. That is how I first saw the Bald Eagle. It’s how I noticed Preacher was holding his leg funny. It’s how I saw someone had run over one of the jackrabbits.

R.I.P. Jack

Dang it!

What the heck? Why does anyone have to drive so fast on a ranch road that they can’t stop in time to miss a jackrabbit?

Well, come on , Punkin. Let’s go move him off the dirt road. Gently setting him out in the pasture so nature can takes it’s course…we then walk back to the kitchen. Water is boiling…I reach for a tea bag.

Morning Tea

I have the luxury of someone else feeding the horses so after some moments of reflection…(dad gum reckless drivers)…

I walk to the barn to saddle the first horse.

Morning rituals keep me grounded and grateful. Jack might be in hare heaven but on this new morning, scrubbed clean by a nice hard rain…it’s a good day to be alive. Rest in peace, Jack.

This entry was published on May 13, 2011 at 1:32 pm. It’s filed under contemplations, horses, nature, Texas, wildlife and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

5 thoughts on “Morning Rituals…

  1. After a sad day for the earthquake in Spain. Observe your photos and letters is good for the soul.
    So we can learn that each new day is also happiness.
    God. thank

  2. I observed your photos, I wanted it to say in my previous comment. Pardon for my Inglés…

  3. Pany on said:

    Fantastic photos!

  4. the morning light on the horses … exquisite!

    Have a wonderful day! MJ

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