From the Front Porch

Some topics are never easy to talk about, and from what I’ve been reading, opinions about them are as diverse as we are and passions can run high.  That doesn’t mean that I am going to stop writing posts about certain topics – no matter the fallout – I still think debate is healthy and important and necessary.

But, for today, I thought that I’d share the things that remind me that the world does not revolve around Washington, D.C., and our own political philosophies shouldn’t always take front and center.  I am lucky to have four-legged friends who truly know that disagreements are only that, and most can be resolved with common sense.  They understand that yesterday’s dustup can’t and won’t be today’s grudge, that they are still a herd, and when one is hurt, then the rest suffer.   Sometimes, all that matters is a front yard full of Bermuda grass and some four-legged friends who are happy to share their wisdom, along with a little joy on a chilly morning as seen from my front porch.

Empress (and critters)

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24 Responses to From the Front Porch

  1. Adgirl says:

    Awesome. I’ll be right over to shampoo them and braid their tails.

  2. melthehound says:

    Well said. Those are some beautiful ‘critters’ you have there.

  3. Donna says:

    so peaceful, thank you for sharing

  4. baronessbeachcomber says:


  5. LuvMyGals says:

    Great front porch! Thanks for sharing the view.

  6. Viewer 5 says:

    Mel is coming down to Aiken, with his owner to run on Bermuda grass (sexy!) and ferret out some small critters. With carrots.

    I love that little prancy Ferrari boy. Thanks so much for sharing. You are awesome.

  7. klmh says:

    Nothing more peaceful than looking at happy horses in the pasture. Thanks for the beautiful pics. It looks like you have several types. Is the palomino a cobb? The high stepper a thoroughbred or a gaited horse?

  8. It appears that WordPress has managed to straighten out the comment/reply thread problem EXCEPT for my post regarding the POTUS/SCOTUS dispute on Wednesday. A friend said that I had probably come under someones’ radar in Washington, D.C. and may very well end up in Gitmo for my heresy. 🙂

    • princesspindy says:

      LOL, when my friend and I get into heated discussions about politics on the phone we always start saying each other’s full names and addresses loudly and slowly, just so ~whomever~ is listening knows which one of us to arrest!! We laugh~~!!~~but you never know!

  9. Abby does look like she’s palomino, but Haflingers are genetically considered light chestnut with flaxen manes and tails.
    The neighbor’s mini has a quarter horse for a pasture mate. Little Bit likes to walk under Reilly.

  10. melthehound says:

    Empress, I’m looking at your Top picture here. I thought horses always had one hoof on the ground even when running. No?

    • No, he has all four off the ground – it happens when they are in a canter or full gallop. It’s probably most noticeable in something like horse racing. BTW, I was very lucky with that shot. 🙂

  11. melthehound says:

    Yes, You were.

  12. IceMeNot says:

    Are any of these Arabians? Can I come sit on your front porch? I’d help muck out stalls, but carrying 50lb bales of hay in my younger years makes heavylifting hard. I could lift a cool glass of spirits!

    • No to the Arabians. Yes to the front porch. Bring a book, we have very comfy chairs out there.

      • IceMeNot says:

        Ok. I looked it up and it appears you are near the Masters! Oh how inspired I feel every year, but this, watching golf with the beautiful flowery backdrop! I would love to live in a peaceful place like yours, but fear I would get bored for lack of city life!
        I love to look at your pictures. I know somehow here out West with a herd of Arabian beauties. I was told they are good horses for beginners. I wonder, how do old hips and backs do on horses? When I golf, I take lots of advil! lol

        • IceMeNot says:

          Damn, I know someone, not somehow! It is impossible to edit on this Ipad!

        • Aiken is certainly more Mayberry than it is Manhattan. As Yankees by birth, Rednecks by choice we had to learn how to slow down our pace a little, and develop a strong sense of irony and good humor.
          As for “how do old hips and backs do on horses?” – Advil is also the answer for a couple of hours in the saddle.

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