A Visit to Hammonasset State Park

Jake’s favorite place.  Didn’t think about the temperature and possibility of an icy pond when looking for the Mergansers.  So we headed to the beach for Jake.  He wanted to play with the adorable puppy but after his last romp with a dog there it wasn’t in his best interest physically.  So, as persistent as he was trying to meander over to the little female Golden, he just had to eye her from afar.


Our Saturday Drive

Saturday. we ventured through CT, MA and NY as we sometimes do when mounted shooting and horse events are sadly on hiatus.  Didn’t find too many horses; but were pretty excited to see blue skies, Mergansers, a Red-Shouldered Hawk and Bald Eagle. Our first stop to let Jake out was at the Stevenson Dam servicing the Housatonic River, Monroe/Oxford area.  We met a man sitting alone who asked to give Jake a donut.  In the end, our wariness about any stranger giving Jake food was dispelled.  The poor man had lost his dog recently and his wife of 38 years, last Friday. We seem to always meet people in distress or transition.

New Job

Well, after searching for a long time, will officially begin a new job this week.  Something I am familiar with and enjoy.  … back where I am comfortable.  I have already met some very nice people and will be replacing a very helpful and great secretary; someone I feel will be a life-long friend, Denise.

Of course, can continue my photography – as always!  I have the best of both worlds.


Our Abbey

Spring 2003 – January 13, 2017

Abbey lived life her way.  She had a safe place to live, plenty of food, catnip, toys (she never used) and her own little world. I named her Abbey hoping she would gather a little sense of calm and peace but it never made a difference.  By choice, she lived on the perimeter of our lives.  Like someone who is renting a room.  Abbey was not a lap cat and rarely played.  Her only game was carrying around a little purple, furry thing.  We adopted her to keep Sweet Pea company yet they were adversaries for 10 years.  Abbey, was quirky with a tough reputation.  Long ago she taught me to give up trying to trim her nails.  After going through us and several groomers, she had to be taken to the vets for nail trims.  Lets just say getting her there was always an interesting challenge.

I kept a collar on her with a bell, just to know where she was.  She rarely cried.  But she slept with us and would occasionally allow pets and brushing, if only for a few seconds. Maybe her favorite thing in life was drinking from the bathroom faucets.

Our house, once again, has an empty feeling even with three of us here.  And, we miss her.

My parents will take care of her now, along with all the other pets we loved through the years.

They are never with us long enough.

CT Renegades Clinic – April 22, 2017


The 1st 2017 Cowboy Mounted Shooting clinic sponsored by the CT Renegades.

Held Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Old Bethany Airport and will focus on ground work and riding.

To participate you will need to fill out 3 forms.

Anyone interested in learning more about Cowboy Mounted Shooting please contact:  www.ctrenegades.com.

Complete information on clinic:  www.ctrenegades.com/05-07-16-new-shooter-clinic

Clinic Forms:  http://media.wix.com/ugd/15e1a6_a4ee39339c0347939d1fc23259a909f8.pdf

If you have more questions, please call Heather Hicks (413-427-8505).