My Classmate Does Horse Racing

I went with a few friends to watch some race horses put on a show one day as part of a local carnival. The event was to raise money for the school. While watching the horses, we saw one of our classmates riding on it. We didn’t know that she rode horses, but she was pretty good at it. She was able to go at fast speeds and jump around like it was nothing. After the show was over, we went up to her and asked her how long she had been riding. She told us that she had been doing it for a long time, since her early childhood days.

I became interested in riding on that day, and now I’m training to race my own horse. The same classmate that I saw at the show is my trainer. She’s a little strict with me, but fair. (more…)

New Surveillance Cameras Catch the Vandals at Our Lake House

We have a nice cottage that is surrounded by tall oaks and pines next to a large lake. The view is spectacular. The lake house has all of the public utilities, and is one of the few places in this remote area that does. We do not visit the place for many weeks at a time and had to purchase HIKVISION CCTV kits to secure it. The cottage became the target of thieves and vandals. We knew that it had to be the same people breaking things, spray painting the wall and stealing stuff left outside. When they actually broke into the cottage, we decided to add video surveillance.

We chose from the HIKVISION CCTV kits that have IP cameras that connect to the Internet. We have motion-sensing cameras installed that alert us when someone is on the property. We used the CCTV camera out back to zoom in on the dock to see teenagers taking a rowboat we left out of the water on the dock. They put it in the water and went out on the lake. That was not too bad. However, they spray painted things on it when they got back. We had our vandals and thieves, especially when other cameras caught them breaking a window and stealing some small items left outside.

We turned the surveillance footage over to the local police. We were far away when it happened, so we gave them access to the surveillance archives that hold the security camera footage. It all sounds high-tech, and it is, but the process is really simple for even amateurs to use. The police were able to recognize them as the children of another lake house owner about a mile away. The parents said they had no idea their boys were up to such things when they visited the lake. Now they know, and our incidents at the cottage have stopped. The vandals were escalating their behavior, so the surveillance cameras saved us money.

I Am Pretty Much Working for a Little Girl

It is not the nine year old girl who signs the checks obviously, that is her father and he is some sort of banker in Charlotte. They have all sorts of big banks in the big skyscrapers downtown and there are a lot of them who are pretty rich. This one has one kid who is treated like a little princess, she has a beautiful little horse and she has the riding pants and one of those equestrian riding jackets along with a funny hat. I have no clue what they call it. At any rate she goes around on shows every weekend, but neither of her parents is willing to drive the rig that she used to transport her horse. In fact I have not ever seen this sort of truck, which is a cross between a camper and a horse trailer. Of course you have a place for the horse’s owner to sleep and you have a place for the horse and then you have compartments where you keep the tack, saddles and bridles and so forth.

In fact this is all very expensive and time consuming stuff. (more…)

Finding the Perfect Flat in Edinburgh

I knew that I was going to have to get a flatmate if I wanted to be able to live closer to school. I was traveling nearly 70 minutes one way, and the commute was just really dragging me down. I knew that if I moved closer, I would be able to walk to my classes, but I had to make sure that I could find affordable Edinburgh student accommodation before I got too excited. I knew that it would be more expensive living right in Edinburgh, which is why I decided to have flatmates for the first time in my life.

I figured giving up over two hours of commute time was worth having a few others live with me. I knew that if they were anything like me, their noses would be in their books when they are at home, which might not be that often between classes and work. I was able to find a site where I was able to look at different flats that are perfect for someone like me. I didn’t even have to find my own flatmates, which was another concern of mine. Since the housing is for post graduate students, I knew that studying rather than partying would be the priority for the others too.

Looking at the private room I would have, I knew it was perfect. While it is not extremely large, it does have everything I would need. The kitchen and other areas are for everyone, and anything I would need is there, including laundry facilities. My bedroom has a bed, comfortable seating, a desk, a nice sized wardrobe, and a nice view. I get Wi-Fi too, which was my other concern. I knew I was making the right decision, and it is so nice to have that commute time to study and rest now!

Turning a Gift Horse into a Race Horse

My uncle who owns a horse ranch gave me a horse for my 21st birthday. Most people give people my age a car if they want to give something expensive. I got something that uses horse power, but it wasn’t quite what I expected. I wasn’t prepared to take care of a horse, and I really didn’t know what to do with one. My uncle suggested that I should try putting the horse through racehorse training so it can be a professional racer. He believed that with enough work, the horse could make it to some of the big horse races and win.

My uncle and I took the horse to a local facility that trains horses to race. The horses go through a rigorous process of speed building and jumping to make them faster and build up the strength in their leg muscles. (more…)

Our Wedding Was Lots of Fun!

When my boyfriend asked me to marry him, it was the happiest day of my life, up to that point. I knew from our second date that I would someday marry him, and he told me that he knew from the first date! He told me that I could put together any kind of wedding that I wanted, including corporate entertainment ideas, because the only thing that mattered to him was that I would become his wife on our wedding day. Well, it’s typical for a guy to not care about the details, just as it is typical for a girl to plan every single detail even before she is asked to become a wife!

I had my wedding planned since I was in my late teens, and not much had changed in the six years it took me to get engaged. (more…)