It feels incredible to be able to ride almost endlessly throughout the country via horseback. I feel as if I am living in a time that has long passed in the Wild West.
It is a feeling of freedom. Of noticing the things I would not see in the city or highways here. So many different flowers, birds, perhaps a sloth trudging by. I may hear the howler monkeys, as I pass by, warning the others of our approach.
I look back and feel relieved at my decision to visit and live here. What a life it is. I FEEL REBORN, YOUNGER TOO. I don,t really miss anything from my past life, except family and good friends.
Here in the mountains, this morning it appeared to be continuing for the rest of the day. The rains started up a bit, then stopped.
The horses were confined in their stalls., munching their cut grass. I was disappointed at the prospect of not riding today. Now I look to see the sun peering at me.
I better go saddle up to take my ride. The weather goes from hard rain, even thunder, then after a short time, it,s like it,s been sunny all day.
I used to like the Coastal Beaches, walking around the towns. Now even when enter or exit the airport in Managua, Nicaragua, that blast of Heat combined with humidity is not acceptable to my body, anymore.
Having researched the effects of warm weather, it does affect Seniors differently. Seniors may become more susceptible to Heatstroke, Dizziness, High Blood Pressure, etc.
When living in Las Vegas, the dizzy spells became more and more frequent. As most realize, Las Vegas is a hot desert. The dizzy spells slowed down when I moved to Matagalpa, considerably. The move to the farm completely eliminated them, except very rarely on my higher elevation, fresh aired, farm.
This is Lucero. He is now 10 years young. After I had paid the owner, he advised me the horse was very tender mouthed. He arrived with a bitted MOUTH, in the back of a truck. I never replaced it in his mouth.
Instead used a halter. Lucero was afraid of everything! Plastic bags, people, bridges, noise. Also, anything that resembled or was water! Oh, cows as well, which free graze on the side of roads in my community, on any road here that has grass alongside it! Needless to say, it took many many months to progress to being my trustworthy loving pal. Lucero roams free all day, stabled at night, greets me verbally. I love him for I treasure his trust.
The owner saw us riding one day, he stopped and I saw he was shocked. The question he asked was, ”How did you change him? Sold him because no one could calm him down. He was so stubborn and unmanageable”! Then he did the unthinkable, He offered to buy him back at 3 times the price. You all know what the answer was……Julie Hoffman
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I am excited to share this farm with others. For years I have been surrounded by construction workers, architects, etc. Now only the handyman and some others. I have had some nice guests here, some I wish had stayed. I realize I do need people around. People I can associate with. I have never had guests here who did not enjoy being here. I know soon others will join me here, some Residents, Some Owners of my Dream Lifestyle. All the hard work was worth it! Looking forward to meeting you All!
Taking today to relax, walk around the farm, take a look at the Red Beans. We put up some scarecrows the other day: Birds will not be picking on them. Notice the coffee beans appeared. They are green now. When they are ready to pick, they will become a brilliant bright red! Really pretty. This year will be planting another 300 or so plants. It takes 3 years for plants to start producing. The rows of banana plants just planted are looking good. After my walk, relaxing today after the ride yesterday. Wonder if the sun will appear. One thing I love is the rainy season. The air is so fresh and clean, New plants turn up everywhere, seeds brought by the many breezes we have here!
Truly had my head in the clouds yesterday! It was drizzling, the clouds low. I was on my steady horse Luna. I wore a long raincoat that also covered Luna,s back. He seemed excited, going up the mountain, passing beautiful red flower vines. I had to duck on some parts of the trail to miss the branches. It was for just a short while. Rode to a favorite Nica family I know in the city of San Ramon, an hour and a half ride with breathtaking scenery riding in a higher elevation, riding through mud and puddles. It took a 3 hour ride. During the stop in San Ramon, I ate and took a nap. Some rides, you Don,t forget. This was one of them!