1) having just read a bunch of comments on social media underneath a post about liking Michelle Obama's speech I've kind of lost my faith in humanity. The name calling. The crazy, crazy undercover theorists. The hate. The spite. Politics with a heavy dose of reality TV. Personal opinions which are everyone's right, are just that. Personal. Not a single one has ever got changed by name calling or listing tabloid 'facts' with no proof.
2) online bullies - be it passive aggressive adults, CAPS LOCK ON type of adults or mean and horrible petty kids have one thing in common. They are weak in person and incapable of dealing face to face. just can't believe it's allowed to go on. Don't you know it's now illegal? That you can report the weasels and get them in serious trouble? What about if we ALL do that, report the trolling bitches and together had a major crack down online? Might make the Internet a better place for our kids...
3) that still nobody has stomped all over tax on personal female sanitary products. That there are girls out there that can't afford them. It's not like it is a choice!!! That the deadly toxic shock syndrome is not taught properly in sex education in schools. If you'd like all daughters to grow up not thinking they are in anyway second rate, then never mind a female prime minister/president, how about basic care being at least tax free if not free all together ..?!?
4) I live in a small countryside area, bordering on rural. And still at the local school are kids who have never seen a chicken in real life. Or touched a cow. Or a pony. Or felt how soft a duckling is. Or come face to face with a lamb. How high is that number in city schools? I think I need a small assorted farm to drive to schools...
5) We watched a TV programme this evening where they actually had (painfully slow)step by step instructions for making an omelette. An omelette! Surely all adults can make an omelette?! Rant over ;)
I do not suffer from depression; I overthink. I do not suffer from anxiety - I overthink. If people are sometimes nice and yet sometimes not so nice - I will overthink them. They will become a problem; I will make assumptions about being judged or not so worthy. When really I've learnt, it tells you more about them than about me. Same for situations. You've read the billions of memes and quotes about over thinking, online somewhere - they really do have a point. Surround yourself with good people - and you will feel so much happier. Do not look for the drama, merely remove it from your world..look for the sweet moments. Keep yourself in your own bubble - focus on yourself - and do what makes you happy, if not all the time, at least once or twice a day. If I keep busy, I find I do not have time to overthink, to listen to the what ifs. I refuse to use anxiety/depression/overthinking as an excuse to not function in the world, to not have basic people skills, or to not go out and achieve something. To those of you who overthink, you think far too much because you care far too much. And really, that's no bad thing.
1) I might be in a minority but I hate heat and I've not enjoyed 'the hottest day of the year' at all. I do not process heat at all, and suffer with heat stroke/heat exhaustion. I throw up, faint, or sit wobbly on the edge of the sofa trying to not do either. Every insect in the world bites me and none of my animals are remotely happy in heat either. Don't care if you are the 'oh don't complain about the sunshine' bridgage. I'm willing cooling weather here asap!!
2) Speaking of animals and the heat, there is a massive well known campaign about dogs in cars or dogs walking on hot pavements. Not quite so much about cats, chickens or horses -etc- who also suffer from heat exhaustion. Don't ride your horse in the midday (or most of the day) sun. Certainly not fast. I could have cheerful slapped someone I saw out riding today. As always media is allll about one part and not about the other.
3) I don't know what Elizabeth Arden put in their skin protectant but it fixes everything. Big bites. Sun burn. Rashes. Dry skin. Cold sores. Wind burn - you name it, it helps sort it. I am not paid for this review (sadly) but OH it's invaluable in our house.
4) the ponies are loving their lavender wash. A cap full in fresh water wiped over them is not only refreshing, but calming, bite soothing, and a lovely cleanser that adds towards fly protection. Genius product.
5) ah yes flies. The biggest pain of a horse owners summer. Honestly - give me two foot of mud any day over the horrendous horse flies about this year. Due to the wet weather since last November flies are prolific this season. The golden horse fly we have at our fields is as big as my thumb and vicious as heck. I know - it's bitten me several times now. Through my clothes!!!
6) mmmmmm. Politics. Maybe as an outsider it just seems clear as heck, but America is puzzling me ( me and England generally) over what on EARTH is going on over there for the Presidential vote. Wow. Just wow. No you're right - none of my business as a Brit. But. Blimey. Is it a reality show?! And the Labour Party over here - really? Bickering amongst yourselves and having to choose between two no three no two really dynamic (!) people makes it look almost laughable. I despair. Shall we disband every current party and begin again??
7) Its been busy here, photography wise. I've done a handful of shoots at completely new events, and at places I've never tried before. Loved it. Fell in love with photographing a dog agility team last week - great opportunity for fun photos, beautiful dogs and such nice people too. Coming up are a lot of family shoots, pre wedding shoots and lots of pet portraits, (hurrah!) which are my favourite shoots I think.
8) schools out. Hurrah. More time to ride further and to train ponies with the girls. We have several adventure rides planned. There are trips, visitors and breaks abroad, shopping, eating and horse shows. Picnics and far too much ice-cream I expect.
9) Discovering it's a bit tough going out and not drinking. People don't understand, and go out of their way to 'encourage' you to drink. I don't need to drink, I don't need to lessen your guilt either! There's an issue over what to drink - six pints of water is honestly no fun- and the feeling of not fitting in. Is society aware of the pressure? Do you know the guilt you put on non drinkers? I'm kinda used to being 'the odd one' due to not eating meat but some meals out recently have been hard hard work...
10) Heres to flowery quilts, iced coffee, funny texts and tea-and-conversations with clever people. It's going to be a good week :)