Shaken but not stirred…

Great start, rough ending and insanely proud of my girls. #whatditch? — with Chloe – “Jersey Girl” and Jen Garber. Novice level at Larkin Horse Trials in Nassau, NY First after dressage, then a clear stadium round which still left her first after stadium… and then some confusion on the cross country which left Jen unsure (and rightfully so).  On approaching jump 4, the fence had a “4b” but no “4a”.  She thought she missed “4a’ and lost her momentum going to “4b” (looking back for the “4a” jump).  By the time she saw the “4b” jump, a ditch, it was too late. Chloe stopped and Jen flew into the ditch.  Frank’s photo capture of this is quite funny and cute, especially since Jen and Chloe were not hurt.  She never once ‘blamed’ the numbering of the jump, but this jump was confusing to several riders, some of which also ended up falling off or getting refusals.

Jen’s fall eliminated them from the competition.  Jen was tearful and in slight shock (based on the trembling lip and outburst of crying and laughing) but they both recovered with poise and dignity of true sportsmanship.  …and I am unbelievably proud.

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2 of the cutest butts ever…

I liked this…

From Humans of New York

“If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?”
“Try your best to deal with life without medicating yourself.”
“You mean drugs?”
“I mean drugs, food, shopping, money, whatever. I ain’t judging anybody, either. I was hooked on heroin for years. But now I’ve learned that every feeling will pass if you give it time. And if you learn to deal with your feelings, they’ll pass by faster each time. So don’t rush to cover them up, or you’re never gonna learn.”

Aruba!! 2015

Aruba is one of my favorite vacation places.  It is my third time with Frank, where the last two times, Kelly and Jennifer came with us.  The 4 of us vacation so well together.  The girls have matured enough so that they have a great relationship — silly and goofy too.  And they are so much fun to spend time with.  Frank is also one of the most laid back easy going dudes too — letting us keep the hotel room lights on (to do puzzles) and tv blaring while he falls asleep at 10 p.m. The Hyatt Regency is a spectacular hotel too!

This structure is visible from the cement boardwalk and are breakfast spot, Gilligans.

This structure is visible from the cement boardwalk and our breakfast spot, Gilligan’s.

Sitting on a beach chair by the huge Hyatt pool

Sitting on a beach chair by the huge Hyatt pool

My babies in the ocean where our hotel walks out too (past the pool).  Jen (16) and Kelly (17). <3

My babies in the ocean where our hotel walks out to (past the pool). Jen (16) and Kelly (17). <3

Hyatt Regency pool at night as viewed from our hotel room (727) balony)

Hyatt Regency pool at night as viewed from our hotel room (727) balcony)

Snorkeling at Savaneta Road where we parked on the side road and Kelly and Frank did hour and a half of snorkeling....

Snorkeling at Savaneta Road where we parked on the side road and Kelly and Frank did hour and a half of snorkeling….

... and Jen sunbathed on a chair and I collected shells -- these were my finest finds...

… and Jen sunbathed on a chair and I collected shells — these were my finest finds…

This guy got us everywhere...

This guy got us everywhere…

Farewell Aruba, hope to be back soon! -- from downtown bridge overlooking a mini harbor.

Farewell Aruba, hope to be back soon! — from downtown bridge overlooking a mini harbor.

a push, a shove and a rush of blood…

I was pissed.  But I am over it.  Life’s to short.

This is what transpired earlier today… which started with a facebook post from Lek along with some sadly graphic but important pictures of elephant torture.

On the 13th of March every year is the day that Thailand celebrates the Elephant’s Day ! I will dedicate my page from now on to reveal the suffering of the elephant. I want to share the picture to let the world to know what is behind the elephant show and circus and entertainment , how the elephant so suffer from this !

Today, too many hundreds of thousands and beyond of tourists still pay money and expect to be entertained by the animal ! The world is complete with the black heart and no understanding. How can our message reach them , how can our message teach them. This picture, these eyes of suffering, speak thousands of words to the tourist. Your voice will help to save the elephant ! Please do not hesitate to speak strongly !
with NuNa Silpa-archa

Then through several posts, this one person, Jess something made this statement that got a rile out of some people including me.  I’m sure she will retaliate again tomorrow but i don’t really give a shit anymore.

 Jess Sathiest 99% of this human population are selfish, self-absorbed & apathetic assholes. They know cruelty exists, they simply don’t care. Their needs are far too important to concern themselves with the suffering of the animals who are tortured. They pay the abusers to watch a show, or to be entertained & by default they expect these animals to perform. Their warped thinking is: “If we pay for it we have a right to see these animals perform for us.” This is why I am misanthrope. I despise my race & will never show any empathy or have any sympathy for any form of human suffering. My heart & my fight belong to the animals. Humans need to perish. Education is not they key because most humans possess a neanderthal mentality that no amount of education can change.

Libby Helton Jess im sorry you hate the human race and you are certainly entitled to feel how you feel but I too stand by what I said. We will agree to disagree. Your country is diff than mine. We don’t have such horrid traditions such as you described. Thank you for educating me on some of them. I’ve learned something new and that being said we all want the same thing. Animal abuse and cruelty need to end.

Jess Sathiest Danny Henriksen I have no idea what the point of your post was?? Where in my post did I say anything about stopping what I am doing and giving up the fight?? I expressed my loathing of the human race and said I feel no empathy or sympathy for them because my heart and my fight was, is and always will be for the animals. I also said that the human race was not worth ‘educating’ because it does no good – they already know the truth they simply don’t care. All I read in your post is what you do, so if you needed a platform to get out to the world how much you do then you accomplished that, but your comment to me was pointless. I too am an animal activist and I too march and protest and even sign petitions. I cant see it making much difference or any difference for that matter, but I still do it. However, I do not believe humans have the capacity to change so instead of believing something like this with all my heart (as you indicated you do) I prefer to try and help the animals around me that I can actually help. I cant save all the animals of the world but the ones I can help I will help.

Cat Ghislaine Garber Wow. For those who have no faith in the human race… i feel sorry for you. Does that mean we give up and stop fighting for animals? People are making a difference in trying to help and protect and save these animals… and forests… and pastures. .. etc. But things don’t just change overnight. I will continue to be involved and support the cause. As a species we have so much to learn but I have hope.

Jess Sathiest LOL Cat Ghislaine Garber why on earth would you feel sorry for people who don’t share your mindset?? You should instead direct your pity at the ones like yourself who have the faith and hope in this human race. I certainly don’t need or want yours or anyone else’s pity for how I feel. I am quite open about my loathing for this race and have no hope for us. So you believe what you want to believe and hope for, but keep your pity for yourself, okay? Good!

Cat Ghislaine Garber Sadly the intent of Lek’s post is getting lost. Jess Sathiest you perplex me. Do you loathe and hate yourself as well? Or are you the only good human alive? I the don’t read realism in your views I read pessimism.

Jess Sathiest LOL Cat Ghislaine Garber you amuse me with your mundane garble. I am misanthrope, look up the word & educate yourself to what misanthrope means. To your last bit of garble – realist or pessimist, both suit me fine. As long as I’m not delusional in my beliefs  Im off to bed now, it is soon going to be midnight here. Go amuse someone else. TaTa.

Cat Ghislaine Garber Nah Jess Sathiest I don’t need to look anything up. Plain and simple you are mean and insulting and use misanthrope and other semantics to justify your rudeness. I have you figured out just fine. For someone who hates the human race you sure like to be around them or you wouldn’t be on here. You like to hear yourself rant and get a rise out of others. By the way you and you alone in this series of posts define the word loathsome. Not the Lek’s of the world. Sweet dreams. But you probably don’t have those either. Over.and.out.

Be a humming bird…

“One day a terrible fire broke out in a forest – a huge woodlands was suddenly engulfed by a raging wild fire. Frightened, all the animals fled their homes and ran out of the forest. As they came to the edge of a stream they stopped to watch the fire and they were feeling very discouraged and powerless. They were all bemoaning the destruction of their homes. Every one of them thought there was nothing they could do about the fire, except for one little hummingbird.
This particular hummingbird decided it would do something. It swooped into the stream and picked up a few drops of water and went into the forest and put them on the fire. Then it went back to the stream and did it again, and it kept going back, again and again and again. All the other animals watched in disbelief; some tried to discourage the hummingbird with comments like, “Don’t bother,
it is too much, you are too little, your wings will burn, your beak is too tiny, it’s only a drop, you can’t put out this fire.”
And as the animals stood around disparaging the little bird’s efforts, the bird noticed how hopeless and forlorn they looked. Then one of the animals shouted out and challenged the hummingbird in a mocking voice, “What do you think you are doing?” And the hummingbird, without wasting time or losing a beat, looked back and said, “I am doing what I can.” ~ Wangari Maathai