The end of January. I feel quite pleased with myself.
The edges of this one are ragged, and I think I'll zig-zag the edge, but I will be sorry to have the edges of the circles disappear.
Another long day today. A barn day, and I rode the red pony rather than the yellow one. He is a knobby Appaloosa with no spots, looking a great deal like a quarter horse instead. He has not done a lot of dressage, so he is unclear on many concepts, and we are working on them together. This generally means a lot of transitions, and a lot of leg yielding - sideways motion while maintaining forward motion. I tapped him with the whip to get him off my leg and he popped into the air bucking and snorting! I didn't plummet, just dropped my whip, but we proceeded to attempt some very advanced moves until I convinced him it was inadvisable. It was kind of fun having him so lively, it is easier on the legs not to be pushing so hard. I was very proud of myself that I didn't fly off. I'm sure my day will come, it is inevitable, but I'll enjoy my triumphs until then.
At Dave's Soda and Pet Food City (a Valley institution) Little A and I stocked up on hamster food and bedding, and a red and blue parrot kept talking to me, so we got a person to help and Lola the parrot climbed up my arm and nibbled on the snaps and zipper on my coat, talking all the time. It wasn't English - more "narp, murble squawk, grunch" but we had some kind of communication going on. I expected her to be fluffy and soft, but she was quite stiff, almost armored in her feathers. It was odd talking to an individual with such a great deal to say - like listening to children in a foreign language and knowing it is important, and unable to crack the code.