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Day 77: Mud

We're practically swimming in it. And not just a few puddles here and there. We're talking thick, sticky, boot-sucking, ankle deep mud.

I'm thankful for the rain. I'm thankful I no longer have to pull my hundred foot hose over the entire yard watering my trees, herbs, flowers, and vegetables. I'm thankful for the filling of our well.

But I don't like the mud. It makes boot-tracks over our driveway and tack room. It's almost impossible to push the wheelbarrow through the muck to clean stalls and chicken coops. And no matter how hard you try, you always walk back into the house dirty.

The horses hadn't been ridden in two weeks. Today I took Kaylin and her pony for a "trail ride" down the road. The pavement is the only place we can ride without the horses slipping and sliding. Of course, there is the danger of cars.

Luckily, most people in our area are really great when they see us riding down the road. They slow down and give us as much room as possible. We usually get a friendly wave from these folks, too.

Then there are the people who think it's funny to blow by us at 50 mph, honking the horn for good measure. I'm glad our little pony takes this rude behavior in stride, and it doesn't faze her too much. I, however, want to follow them home and leave a few road apples in their drive. (For you city folks out there, "road apples" is what you call horse manure that's found, well, on the road.)

Tomorrow they are calling for sun! I'm looking forward to it.

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