Half of the Hermits are in Florida right now. Carol and Russell are busy, still in Texas. Mandi is busy, still in Cameron. It isn’t all work that is keeping me busy right now. Let’s discuss, shall we?
Last Friday May 17th, my 17 year old son Matthew took a very important test for his future. He passed! He is now a certified welder! I’m very proud of him! He has been working at this for 3 years since he was a freshman. He passed both visual tests, and both strength tests! How amazing is that?! Now, he is exempt from his end of year exams because he kept his grades and attendance high. Way to go, kiddo!
Sunday, I took a wagon ride with my cousin Nanette through Cameron. It was such an awesome and laid back day! Her mule, Mose (pronounced like Mow-z) did, in her words, “A hello job!”
We got to talk a lot about days gone by. I have always said that my Pa taught me to ride. I need to amend that actually. My Pa taught me to sit. Nanette taught me to ride. We rode those ponies all over this town for miles and miles. Somewhere I have an old picture of me from about the fourth grade riding in one of the parades. That was common for us.
We rode around the courthouse square, had our picture taken by people who were taking pictures of downtown Cameron, laughed A LOT! Shared training, riding, horse/mule/donkey stories, talked about life over the years, kids growing up, me growing up, and just whatever came to mind.
I realized that day just how much I had missed her for all of these years. We are both in a place to spend more time together again. With all of my experience, “learnin’,” and miles on a horse, I have not been on the back of one since 2011. That’s a long time for someone like me. It isn’t because I haven’t had the chance. I always pass. I found out Sunday in talking to her that I always pass on these fabulous horse riding offers because they are not my Ricci (pronounced Ricky for those who have asked) who passed in 2017. That’s their only flaw.
I have to find a way to let that go somehow. I was always told that if you’re lucky, you get the complete love, trust, and connection with one horse in your life. She was my one. I guess I came to a place of just giving up. Maybe there will be two. It would be an anomaly! Or maybe, I will just find a couple of nice riding horses for my backyard. We will see.
What About the Work?
We are now waiting on the delivery of a cute little storage building at the Hermit Haus! We were shooting for delivery today, but with the weather, it is postponed until (hopefully) tomorrow. Depending on how much rain we get and the stable-ness of the ground, it may have to be next week.
It was all bright, sunny, and warm here until about 30 minutes ago. Now it is dark, cold, and raining. That building will get here one of these days!
The Rattlesnake has had some damage to the siding, and that was supposed to get started in the next couple of days. Of course until it is dry, they can’t do that.
Work is picking up here as The Hermits are branching out, and I was accepted to Blinn College in Bryan for the Fall semester. That’s a huge step on the path for what I want to do. My focus will be veterinary medicine, but minor in business.
I’m still going to take those business classes I need to finish what I started! Now, I go through getting all of my transcripts, and paperwork for the honor society I was in. Wait, what? Yes, I was in the honor society in college. My membership became inactive after my second consecutive missed semester after our wreck. I had to focus on working our way back out of that devastation, and that led me where I am today!
Does That Mean I’m Leaving?
Well, certainly not in the near future. I have at least two years to go. I’m not making ANY plans until I get into school, and see where I am being inactive for almost 5 years. I have a lot to think about, lots of advice to mull over, and I have to decide what is right for me. That’s the big thing.
I’ve had some great offers of work from people I knew and people I know now. The former offers seem to still stand with a few of them. It would all be after graduation. Or I could decide to stay where I am, and work part time with a vet. It just depends on where I am. I know where I feel pulled to, and I know what I want to do. Now, I have to see about making those meet in the middle. I still have some time to think on this. Sometimes you have a dream that won’t die. It’s best not to try and fight it. That dream can become a nightmare if you don’t at least try. I’m on the cusp of it being a dream or a nightmare. Now is the time to try. I’ll always be a hermit though. Some things that I have learned about myself won’t change.
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