Friday, November 24, 2017

Azul Island in Real Life

Cueva del Fantasma, an extraordinary cave in the heart of the Venezuelan jungle.

Or, Azul Island, where the Island Stallion hangs out.

You decide!


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

New items on the Bel Joeor Metier Etsy shop!

This blog has been moved to Posts will be cross-posted until December 1, when this blog location will become defunct. Make sure to update your bookmarks!

I've added a bunch of new bags in time for Black Friday!

Remember, through November 30, enter code OPENING2017 at checkout for 10% off your order.

These aren't all of the things I added. Click on the pictures to go through to the items they represent.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Bel Joeor is moving!

I've been thinking about this for a LONG time, and now it's official.

Bel Joeor is moving!

Please bookmark the new site,

Until December 1, I'll cross-post each new post on both this blog and the new site. Each post here will have a reminder to follow me to the new site.

After December 1, all new content will be exclusively at the new website.

I'm excited for the change, and I'll see you over there!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

House Post: Sometimes, home ownership is the worst

So, a couple of weeks ago we had this big huge storm. It wreaked havoc throughout northern New England; some record high number of people were without power. We lost it for about 48 hours.

It was very exciting, really. I have not that many complaints; loads of people were without power for far longer, and I had other resources to make food. The fridge and new chest freezer came through fine, and it wasn't really cold yet so we didn't miss the heat.


We did also have two trees come down in our backyard. One was long dead. The other was mostly still alive. Both fell in nearly the perfect way so as not to cause damage, and only be frustrating.

One tree is obvious. The second is a bit tough to see in this picture, but you can see it leaning against the back fence if you follow the fenceline to about the center of the picture. Directly behind that fenceline is a steep slope, at the base of which is the tree.

Earlier this week, a friend stopped by with his chainsaw and took down the leaning tree so as to relieve pressure on the fence.

So then we had two trees in the backyard more fully than before.

Little brindle mutt for scale.

Then, yesterday, while I was at work staying warm and cozy and eating leftover Halloween candy, the husband took apart the trees.


And, you know what? We got lucky. There was no real damage. The dead tree could have come down right on our neighbor's house, and it's been on my mind to get rid of. Everything worked out about as well as it possibly could have.

But seriously, what a pain in the ass, and a not-insignificant chunk of time spent taking care of this that would have been better spent on other things! Sometimes houses are dumb.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

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HOW YOU KNOW YOU HAVE A HEART HORSE from Three Day Adventures with Horses

LandSafe Clinic – Day 1 & LandSafe Clinic – Day 2 from DIY Horse Ownership
I loooooooove these clinics and these are terrific recaps.

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Horse shopping is so hard.

Lund Saddlery Calfskin Stirrup Leathers Review from Patently Bay
Lund is getting a lot of attention right now, and these leathers look gorgeous.

I need to do my own version of this...

Equestrian gifts for under $20 from Hand Gallop
A really great list, and I'm not just saying that because my own things are on there.

Dante and the vacuum from Viva Carlos
Horse vacuum = living the dream.

Best of HN: This OTTB’s Second Career in Horseback Hawking is #Goals from Eventing Nation

Horse Hunters Episode 1 & Episode 2 from DIY Horse Ownership
Goooooorgeous farms. I covet.

Product Review: Dublin Performance Tights from Journey with a Dancing Horse
Color me intrigued. I was sold at "fleece lined," tbh.

58 Equestrian Gifts under $25 from The Printable Pony
Awesome list!

Grids and Gymnastics from In Omnia Paratus
Pole grids are my jam, especially in winter.

Half Halts and Forward from Not So Speedy Dressage
I struggle with half halts and keeping forward, so this was good to think about.