Monday, March 16, 2009

Back among the living

I did not get a flu shot this year. I meant to, but somehow I never quite got around to it. Consequently, I have spent the last four days regretting that particular lapse of judgement. Oh, I have been sick! I am still not entirely well, but today is a definite improvement. I am up and moving, albeit slowly, and I do feel as though there is a light at the end of the tunnel. One thing is for certain--I have learned my lesson and will never, ever skip my flu shot again.

My new little Okie Rio arrived on Saturday and he was the one bright spot in an otherwise miserable weekend. He hung out with me yesterday when I was feeling too ill to do anything but lie on the couch. His bright eyes and mischievous expression cheered me up every time I looked at him. I am so happy to be his new owner.

I already own several horses painted by Chris Nandell, but this is the first Overo paint. That probably wouldn't be significant if it wasn't for this article which appeared in a 1983 issue of Just About Horses. JAH was only published four times a year back then and I would obsess over each issue, reading it from cover to cover until I had all the articles and pictures memorized. I spent a lot of time studying the horses pictured in this article. I particularly liked the Stock Horse Stallion and the Ginger, but honestly, I would have loved to have owned any of them. My new Okie reminds me of my fourteen year old self, reading JAH and dreaming of owning a Chris Cook Paint horse. That seemed utterly unattainable to me then, and perhaps it's a good thing I didn't know it would take me twenty six years to achieve that hobby goal!


  1. Glad you are feeling better!

  2. I'm glad you're better too!

  3. That horse on the left of the article is my old champion Money Talks. I was so grateful to Chris for creating him, he won like crazy. Eventually I had to retire him and he was sold to Germany. I wonder where he is now?