And, another fine week it has been! I try not to have any complaints but the snow has been tough on us all. I’m the first to gripe about weather casters telling everyone to stay home but I will admit that last weekend was a bear. I’m the first to admit that if we’re going to have a storm please God let it be on a Monday, preferably before noon and not more than 3 inches. I had to make the tough decision to close Friday just after the lunch hour. There was no one out, the roads were bad, the snow still coming down and that-was-that. I had no hopes that there would be any business, rightfully so, and more importantly I did not want my staff out in the storm. This has only happened once, maybe 4 years ago, and we literally locked “her” up for three days because of ice and snow. So, the good news is, it was only one day and Saturday was close to normal. And, then came Sunday with more of the same only with ice…. Oh well, it is winter in Michigan.
Although Niki and Pico have been “homebound” due to the snow I’ve been able to still get in some good rides on the “ponies” thanks to the luxury of an indoor arena. Both Picasso and Z love to “dig” in my jacket pockets for their treats and then lick the apple juice off my hands, dog-like and very gently, with huge horse tongues. We, the 3 of us, are good buddies. Horses are “flight not fight” animals and we’ve cultivated an extraordinary bond over the years that bring us much comfort and joy. They have also afforded me another wonderful friendship with our 90 year young groom. Courtney is at the barn 3 days a week to get them cleaned and ready for me to ride. She also does their weekly vitamins, a.k.a. in horse language, supplements. She is bright and spry and I know that they love her as much, if not more, than me due to the multitudes of carrots and apples she brings to them. And, unlike me, who just cuts big hunks of carrots, she cuts them into delicate sizes so that they are easier to eat. She has gone through the thick and thin of horse ownership with me for nearly 20 years, starting with a lovely mare Tasha, who, Courtney rode before her hip replacement. They are not my horses but ours. Lucky horses, lucky GIRLS!
Monday is President’s Day and a Federal Holiday so get your banking and mailing done ….Originally established in honor of our first President’s Birthday, George Washington on February 22, 1732 it became an official holiday in 1971. It is always celebrated on the third Monday in February to acknowledge him, “The Father of This Country.”
Sharon and crew have some awesome Chalk Board Features starting tonight. Check them out at www.djbistro.com
WE WISH YOU MANY MILLION DOLLAR DAYS
LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE BISTRO!!
XO, MARY, NIKI, PICO, PICASSO AND Z