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North Lawrence, New York, United States
I am a Parelli Level 3 Student and an Academic Associate Professor and Director of Libraries. I can be described as lover of life, a horse and animal fanatic and advocate, lover of education. I am constantly striving for knowledge and learning opportunities. Although I've been around horses my entire life, I started Parelli Natural Horsemanship in November 2003 but didn't start this blog until May 2006. I am also interested in all aspects of healthier living, essential oils, Animal Reiki, and other holistic methodologies. Natural Horse Lover Farm is located in Northern New York between the St. Lawrence River and Adirondack Mountains. Heaven on Earth.

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Progress!


We have had a lot of exciting things happening at the farm. Rick has been busy installing the ceiling of the classroom/lounge (which is an extension of the loft floor too). 

Bob Watson of Watson Electric has been busy installing, lights, plugs, and doing a great job.

Here are a few photos!





Sunday, April 06, 2014

Soaking up the sunshine!

 
I have really had two stellar days of eating and exercise. And, it seems two days of some seriously good sleep. I believe that these things are all interconnected. I am feeling very good, mind, body, and soul. I still struggle with some moments of sorrow from the passing of dad but it has gotten better. I have been playing serious catch-up at work and home as I have gotten really behind on many things since helping with his health issues that started back in the fall. And, the lights are not installed yet and no sign of the contractor at the moment. HMMM.

Today's plan is to start with a workout on my NordicTrack Incline Trainer. I have not decided "where to go" yet, LOL. Other activity plans are horse and dog time outside! My dad's girlfriend Deb is coming over for some barn R&R. The horses are a great stress reliever. She loves to groom them and clean stalls and they love it too! I had a great dream of galloping on Lola last night, maybe she is creeping into my dreams telling me something. :) The horses are doing well, Whiskey is healing from his scuffle with Lola, and Fosse is anxious to learn something new this year!

For food today, healthy but quick breakfast (shredded wheat, banana, skim milk, a little raw sugar), lunch will probably be something quick and go-to like cheese and an apple or maybe a little PB since I will be outside, and dinner is bbq chicken (vegetarian option for me, chicken for Rick and Deb), salad, spaghetti squash, and homemade sweet potato oven fries.

Drink your water today, get in some activity, and most importantly, soak up the sunshine! We have had a long hard winter but I see a glimpse of spring, finally....much needed spring.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Let there be light...almost!


Lights and some supplies arrived, the work begins this week. The plan is for the contractor to come back on Thursday and start installing. Rick will be removing tack and other things from the horse barn area. I have been removing hay in the loft in such a way that it should facilitate easy access up there. Let there be light!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

JOY...


My favorite YL Essential Oil is JOY. I recently lost my father (fairly unexpectedly) as you may know from previous posts and had to make some very difficult decisions to allow him to die with dignity and without pain. Then, I have had to manage every aspect that comes after death (all while continuing to work at my full-time career and run my household and horse farm). To get through those very difficult times, I used JOY (and other oils on different days) diluted with V-6 over my heart and on the bottoms of my feet. And, in the evening I diffused it. It was my way to self-heal and celebrate my father who gave my live a great deal of joy. I started using YL last fall and cannot say enough good about the products, the community, and the company. My family loves and my animals do too. If you have any questions, please do reach out, you won't regret it. --Young Living with Savvy Horse Girl #1565607

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Valor....essential oils and the soul




I am wearing YL Valor diluted with YL V-6 today. I have been using essential oils in this manner for almost a week. The carrier oil helps the oils last longer and this kind of on-body aromatherapy has been great for my soul. If you are interested in learning more about essential oils for you or your animals, please let me know! You can enroll in Young Living under my sponsor ID #1565607.

"Valor® is an empowering combination of therapeutic-grade essential oils that works with both the physical and spiritual aspects of the body to increase feelings of strength, courage, and self-esteem in the face of adversity. Renowned for its strengthening qualities, Valor enhances an individual's internal resources. It has also been found to help energy alignment in the body. "

http://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/essential-oils/blends/valor-essential-oil

Friday, March 21, 2014

Time to live purposefully and enjoy it!



Well, it is time to start thinking about my health, wellness, and horsemanship again. I still have many things to do regarding my father's death but feel far more ready to live my life more purposefully again.
 
My WW Meeting is today at noon and I am looking forward to it. I plan to weigh-in, get over it, and move forward! I have a good sense of what I will be eating this week (although am still planning), and have lots of exercise planned. I have been a vegetarian since November 1st and that is working very well for me.  I am never sick after a meal unlike before when I'd be ill most times after eating. I also splurged during this very stressful time (probably because my own mortality started whispering in my ear) and bought a NordicTrac Xi11 Incline Trainer. It was a nice addition to my other home gym items, a NordicTrac Elliptical, free weights, exercise balls, and many videos.  The plan is to set up the home gym in my barn's heated lounge when it is completed....a totally cool woman cave in the making ladies!

If you were wondering, I have been using Reiki, essential oils, and my Photonic Red Light as support mechanisms during this difficult period in my life and have also added crystal healing therapies. And, I will continue to do so as I find myself again. I use these methodologies with my animals too and with great results.  (Hey, I never claimed to be normal!) Oh, and fun news, I will be getting Reiki level 2 attunement in early May!
 
I am also starting to think about how to proceed with my horsemanship.  It has totally stalled out, I am almost at a loss as how to begin again but, I'll figure it out, I just need tome to focus and a map to do so.  Any ideas, let me know! I need to not only get back to relationship building but, riding, true play time, and having fun and confidence again. I wish I had a Parelli buddy locally (like my best buddy Clare Evans from Virginia) to be with me and get my motivation and play drive going!
 
Whew....Anyhow, I am looking forward to getting back to being myself! No, wait, being a better me!
 
(P.S.  The arena lights are still not installed but that is coming soon, I hope.  Severe weather has been a factor.  And, we still have a lost of ice and snow here with no end in sight! Sigh.)

Monday, March 03, 2014

RIP Dad, I love you.


I have been absent for most of several months on here.  My father had been experiencing several heart-related issues (among a host of other health ailments). I spend countless hours with him while in the hospital and before he went there.  His girlfriend Debbie was with me. The hospital trip meant 2.5 hours drives (one way) including a ferry ride across Lake Champlain to Burlington Vermont's Fletcher Allen Hospital. Through this, I maintained my work schedule and did what I could at the home but could not have done all this without the love and caring of my devoted husband, Rick.  He had to stay behind and tend to our farm and home during very severe weather events for most of this and it was hard for him, he loved my father so very much but had to be the rock and stability at home for our animals and our lifestyle.
 
On March 3, 2014, I had to pull my dad from life support and allow him to die.  He was very ill, septic, on a ventilator, blood pressure very low and not recovering, and abiding by his wishes and the need to give him peace, I made this terribly difficult decision. My mother and Debbie were with me and we were with dad while he passed.
My dad had so many friends and he would have been honored to know the out-pouring of love and affection that occurred by so many. My father was a great man who came into my life at the right time and in the right place. Things were not always perfect between us, especially when I was a teenager but, our lives grew together in the later years... when I finally grew up.

He embraced my husband as the son he never had and showed unconditional love for both of us. He also had many loves in his life and was a kind, gentle soul. I will miss him dearly and will love him always.

In times of loss, many have found comfort in Walt Whitman’s poetry. Perhaps you will also. I particularly like this passage:


“The smallest sprout shows there is really no death.

And if ever there was it led forward life.

And does not wait at the end to arrest it.

And ceas’d the moment life appear’d.



All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses,

And to die is different from what any one supposed,

And luckier.

(Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself” 6.123-130)


I post this here as it is part of my life.  There are many other facets to all that occurred during this crisis but, I will spare you those details. 

(I have back-dated this post to March 3rd for proper placement in the timeline but it was written on March 23rd.)

Here is his obituary as posted in the Poughkeepsie Journal

Michael Lee Scott SARANAC LAKE - Michael Lee Scott, 62, resident of Saranac Lake, New York (former resident of Tivoli, NY) passed away on Monday, March 3, 2014 in Burlington, Vermont. He was born on August 23, 1951 to Ellamae Ann Salatti and Gilbert Edward Scott in Aberdeen, Maryland. He was a graduate of Solvay High School in Syracuse, New York and the Culinary Institute of America in New Haven, Connecticut.

He had a career working in retail and the restaurant industry. He was a writer who enjoyed writing science fiction novels. Michael enjoyed camping, fishing, music, movies, and playing games. He was an animal lover and enjoyed the company of his pets and those of his daughter Michelle. He loved a good meal with family and friends. He laughed often and made others feel happy no matter the circumstance.

Michael was a devoted Freemason and member of the Masonic Fraternity, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, The Knights Templar, and the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.

Michael Lee Scott is survived by his beloved partner Debra Bootie, his pets Ziva, Elvira, and Lula, his daughters Michelle L. Young and Heather Scott, son-in-law Frederick J. Young, grandsons Ian Alexander Anderson, Zachary Hunter Anderson, former wife Judith A. Scott, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He was predeceased by his mother and father.

A Masonic Ceremony, Eastern Star Ceremony, and Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014 beginning at 10:30 am with a luncheon at noon at the Monumental Masonic Lodge #374, 7 North Road, Tivoli, New York 12583.

If you have any inquires you can contact Michelle Young at 315-389-5817.Please send memorial donations to: Monumental Masonic Lodge #374 A & FM, P.O. Box 211, Tivoli, New York, 12583.

The family invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting www.awrfh.com.