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Sometimes we need to do something for the pure enjoyment of it, not because it's on our list or because we feel obligated. I used to train horses and barrel race (rodeo event). But I'm in a season now where I don't have a horse of my own and haven't ridden in almost four years.
For a girl who used to ride every night after work and travel to shows on the weekends, I would have never foreseen this turn of events. My friend, who is a trainer and has several horses, has asked me numerous times to go riding with her. And I always let life get in the way of making it happen. Until this past Friday.
I put it on the schedule and not even our frigid twenty degree weather was going to get in my way. I had a wonderful time. Muscles I'd forgot I had are currently screaming at me, but I'll never again go that long without doing one of the things I love. Here's the view from the back of the sweet horse Nellie I was blessed with on the ride.
And coming in after almost four hours in freezing temperatures made me oh so glad for a hot bowl of elk stew my friend had waiting on the back of the wood stove for us.
When I saw this post from Oak Hill Homestead on last week's hop for Chicken and Mushroom Soup, I instantly knew it was my pick for the feature. There's nothing like a hot bowl of soup to warm you up or make a house smell like a home. And homemade soup is a frugal way to stretch a dollar.
Kick back, put your feet up, and enjoy all of this week's great articles. I'd love to hear which is your favorite!
What's one of your favorite things to do that you don't do often enough?
Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.