My Spirited Summer


Hey blog world! I’m having a wonderful summer! As you all know I’m back to work in heaven! Spirit of Newfoundland is the best workplace ever! I love everything about my job and my co-workers. I thought today I’d tell you a little bit about my summer at work.

My co-workers are awesome! I’m so close to them that I consider everyone at Spirit as my 2nd family. Hillary, I was particularly close to. We worked pretty much side by side! I think of her as my big sister from another mister. She finished her work term last week and I was really sad to see her go! Work is 10% less fun without her! She was “cracked” as we say in Newfoundland. Cracked means someone who is foolish. That’s our Hillary! She was really silly and made me laugh a lot! Blaine, the custodian brightens my day. I really enjoy having chats with him. It’s one of the highlights of my day! Kara and Amelia are very kind and helpful. If I need anything at all I can go to either of them and they are always eager to help. Also I appreciate how compassionate Kara is. Twice I’ve had involuntary shaking episodes on the job and she witnessed them. She made certain I was alright, offered me water and let me take a break. Trev is really sweet. He makes me smile! It made my day when he said I was one of his favorite girls! You’re one of my favorite guys Trev! My bosses, Peter, Paul and Kathie are kind, funny, easy to get along with and all around wonderful people whom I’m very happy to be working for.

I’m outcast by much of the neurotypical (“normal”) community because of my Aspergers and my globophobia (fear of balloons) is laughed at. I really appreciate that at Spirit I have no worries of ridicule or bullying. Everyone is understanding and accepts me for who I am! I wasn’t sure of what reactions would be regarding my globophobia. I was a little afraid they may think it childish. It means a lot that instead they are understanding and compassionate. Kara removed the balloon that was in the coat room when she read about my globophobia on my blog and how uneasy and apprehensive I felt being in there with the balloon (it’s like sharing a room with Freddy Kruger!) and when I went to Spirit’s new summer show “It’s My Party and I’ll Bawl if I Want To” they didn’t use the balloons in the show because they knew I was coming.

My job this year revolves around social media. I do Facebook posts for Spirit of Newfoundland, Happy Camper (a delicious, healthy, international food truck on New Gower street that’s owned by Kathie) and the Screech Room. It’s lots of fun! It’s like scrap booking! I get to pick out pictures and come up with neat little captions for them and post them. Also, every Monday I do a blog post on what’s going on with Spirit and Happy Camper that week.

Once I have my posting done, I do whatever else is needed of me like inventory, polishing silverware and packaging screech cake. Screech cake packaging is lots of fun! I bring my iPod with me and jam out to Manafest as I work (he’s my favorite Christian rap artist!)

My favorite task is taking pictures of the shows! I’ve been to every show at the Temple this summer, including the non Spirit affiliated performances (A Paperboy’s Blues Night and Rebecca Caine (a Broadway actress who has played Cosette in Les Mis and Christine in Phantom). It’s been an absolutely magical summer of theatre! I loved every minute of every performance that I saw! If you haven’t been to any of Spirit’s summer shows yet you still have a chance! Click here to view their schedule and make your reservation! Also click here, here and here to read my reviews of Spirit’s three summer shows!

One of my favorite things about work this summer is all the memories I’ve made!

  • I met local singer Julia Halfyard and her adorable kids Estelle and Seth. We played with bubbles, talked about mermaids and I read them a story. It was so much fun!
  • A few weeks ago Kara, Paul and I had an impromptu Motown dance party! Paul requested Sam Cooke’s cover of “Tennessee Waltz” and when Kara put it on he started dancing, then Kara joined in and soon I did too. We had a time!
  • Hillary and I drove to the Happy Camper to take pictures of the food. As we waited for it to cook we sat in the car and made a video of ourselves doing an a capella round of “Rufus Rastus Johnson Brown/C.H.I.C.K.E.N”. It took several takes because we both burst out laughing so often!
  • I got to meet Rebecca Caine! I was working the day of her show and Peter was kind enough to let me sit in on her sound check! I was a mix of starstruck and nervous when I went in and met her. It was such an incredible experience! She’s very wonderful and down to earth. We had a lengthy chat and she gave me a hug! I painted her a picture as well Colors of the People and was thrilled that she loved it and said she’d hang it in her studio!
  • I have been everywhere in the Masonic Temple except for the backstage area. I’ve seen 19 Spirit shows and have been in the building numerous times but have never been backstage! That changed yesterday when Kara took me back there. It was so cool!
  • I had my first taste of Happy Camper! I had been dying to try it since it opened last summer and I finally had the chance last month! We got to bring some food back to Spirit after the photo shoot Hillary and I did and everything I tasted was delicious! Especially the Asian chicken noodle bowl. It’s my favorite item on the menu.
  • I brought in gluten free baked goods on several occasions. Everyone at Spirit works really hard and they deserve a treat every now and then. I made sure they were gluten free so Hillary could enjoy them too. She can’t have gluten. It made me happy seeing the smiles on my friends faces when they saw the goodies.
  • I got to help Peter with some final prep for “It’s My Party”. I helped him get things organized and did some research on Woodstock to help him write a segment on it for the show.
  • I had to take a supplementary world history exam a few weeks ago. Mom called me at work and told me about it two days before I had to write it! I wasn’t pleased that I had very little time to study. As soon as I got off work I asked Evan permission to use his/Peter’s office and spent the next several hours in there cramming, making admittedly cheesy jokes and putting the Russian Revolution to the tune of “One Day More” to help me remember the info!
  • If you go in the dressing room, tacked onto the wall you’ll see a picture of SpongeBob thinking about his grandpa and how he used to rant about young people and their silly, nonsense flying machines. I colored that! SpongeBob and coloring are two things you’ll never be too old for in my opinion! A few times this summer I colored pictures in my favorite SpongeBob coloring book and gave them to my friends at work as a nice little gesture to brighten their day. It made me happy seeing my friends so happy with the pictures I colored for them and I felt really special when Kara taped hers to her desk and Evan tacked his onto the dressing room wall!
  • I got to bring my Best Buddy, Allison to a show for the first time! We saw “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” together! We’d been planning a Spirit night since we were paired up together but plans always fell through. I was so happy that things finally worked out and we finally got to see a show together! It was phenomenal!
  • I brought my wonderful boyfriend Glen to his first Spirit show this summer as well, “It’s My Party”. We had a lovely evening! My favorite part was our slow dance to Shelley Neville singing “At Last”. Time stopped!

I have three more weeks of dazlious wonderment left and I’m so excited to see what they have in store! Thank you so much to everyone at Spirit for making this summer unforgettable! I love you all, you’re perfect, never change! See you Monday!

Leah

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Trapped in Sacred Heart 


Hey blog world! Yesterday on Facebook I came across a photo that asked “If you had to be trapped in a TV show for a month what show would you choose?” I thought that I’d share my answer here.

I’m no Superman, but I’m a huge “Scrubs” fan! I would love to spend a month with the gang at Sacred Heart!


One thing I’d like to do while I’m there is hang out with the janitor. He’s my favourite character! He seems like a lot of fun to be around. I really like J.D but it would be fun to  help the janitor mess around with him a bit.

Speaking of J.D, since I started watching the show I’ve wondered what his beloved appletinis taste like? An appletini is the drink he orders whenever he goes out for drinks with Turk. I’d like to go out with J.D and try one for myself, of course I’d have a virgin version.

I’d love to see Rowdy too! Rowdy is J.D and Turk’s taxidermy dog. They love him to death and treat him like a real dog. I’d like to see him in person and pet him (and then wash my hands really well!)

One really important thing I absolutely NEED to do during my month at Sacred Heart is show the hospital’s lawyer Ted

   that he matters. I feel so bad for him when I watch the show. He lives with his mom, can’t get a girl to like him, hasn’t many friends and Dr. Kelso  treats him like he’s nothing! Once for example he made Ted give him his ketchup because “ketchup is for winners.” Ted is rarely happy, he keeps a gun in the bottom right drawer of his desk and has attempted suicide once by jumping off the roof of the hospital. He didn’t succeed because he landed in an open dumpster full of garbage bags which broke his fall.

I would sit down with Ted and tell him that Jesus loves him. Although he may feel like nothing, he’s something special and God has plans for him. I’d write out my favourite Bible verse, Jeremiah 1:5 on a piece of paper and tell him to take it out and read it when he feels sad. Jeremiah 1:5 says “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart, I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” It means that he’s an original masterpiece and God knew what he was doing. He didn’t just make Ted because he wanted to, his life has a purpose! I’d reassure him that one day things will get better. I’d start making things a little bit better by being his friend.

If you had to be trapped in a TV show for a month which show would you choose and why? Tell me in the comments!

Leah

Perfect Day

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Today Was a Good Day.”

Hey blog world! This week’s weekly photo challenge asks this:

show us what makes you happy. Share your ideal day, recount a memorable day in the past, or share your favorite things.

This is what my ideal day would look like

Breakfast: chocolate pancakes NutellaTetley. Chocolate chip pancakes with nutella is my favorite breakfast. It’s chocolate heaven! I’d have a cup of Tetley orange pekoe tea to go with it. Honestly, I can’t function in the mornings until I’ve had my cup of Tetley!

Carrie: I would read for an hour or so after Breakfast. I love getting lost in a good book! On this perfect day I’d start “Carrie”. I’m slowly learning to like Stephen King. “Nightmares and Dreamscapes” had some enjoyable short stories and “The Running Man” was awesome! I’ve been intrigued by “Carrie” for a while. I first heard about the book when I read an article about the musical adaptation on broadwayworld.com. Carrie’s story is one that I could really easily relate to. She’s a misfit who is always being bullied. Story of my life! I’m looking forward to reading this book and seeing what happens to Carrie.

Me and Glen Next I would invite my Boyfriend Glen over to spend the afternoon. He’s such a gentleman and I love him very much. He’s lots of fun to be around! We’re very happy to be together. We’ve been a couple for 8 months.

Bubbles One thing we would do together is blow and pop bubbles! It’s one of my most favorite things to do. It makes me so happy! Glen too. Both of us laugh and squeal with joy when we play with bubbles!

Larry 2Bob Next we would watch a VeggieTales movie together. VeggieTales is our favorite movie series to watch! VeggieTales is a series of animated, Christian, direct to DVD movies that have singing and talking vegetables that tell stories with Biblical values like loving your neighbor, trusting in God etc. It’s absolutely hillarious and the songs are so catchy (especially “Stand“! It’s an earworm!) I’m not sure about Glen but my favorite VeggieTales movie is Meaningful Life. This is such a beautiful movie. I nearly cry every time Stuart (Larry) sings “Precious Girl” to his adopted daughter. I hope some of the classics will arrive on Netflix soon so I can share with Glen the VeggieTales stories I grew up on Rack Shack and BennyJosh and the big wallDave and the Giant Pickle

Tacos 3 Tacos for lunch! I don’t get to have them often so it would be a nice treat. For desert we would have our favorite Cheesecake!!! Glen and I both adore cheesecake! It’s to die for! Both of us will do absolutely anything for a piece. Glen likes cheesecake with fruit. I have two favorite kinds. I love fruity cheesecake too (especially mixed berry) and oreo cheesecake!

Just Dance To burn off our dinner we would play our favorite video game. We play “Just Dance” together every time Glen comes over. It’s an exhausting game but it’s lots of fun and we’re pretty good at it! We record ourselves and love watching and laughing at the playback!

karaoke We’d sing karaoke next. Our favorite songs to sing are from Frozen. We do a stellar performance of “Love Is An Open Door“!

sunshine, lollipops and rainbows Next I would expose my new hobby to Glen, splatter painting! I got really into it recently and now sell my art to raise money to help restore the Masonic Temple (click here to visit my Facebook page to  browse my artwork and maybe even buy a piece.) It’s so much fun and really freeing to throw paint onto the canvas. It’s a great stress reliever! The end result always looks so cool! I think this is something Glen would really enjoy too so I’d get a canvas and paints and we would make a splatter painting together.

spirit I would end my perfect day by going to a dinner and show with Glen at my favorite place in the world! Spirit of Newfoundland! It’s my happy place! When I come to Spirit it’s like Alice walking through her looking glass. As soon as I walk through the doors I become instantly happy! Any stress or sadness I’m going through just wash away. The food is delicious and the entertainment is second to none! Glen had the time of his life last time I brought him. He can’t wait to go back again and I can’t wait to bring him.

A photo full of awesomeness! From L-R Peter Halley (the president and artistic director of Spirit), me, Shelley Neville (an actress), Glen, Sheila Williams (an actress), Deborah Wells-Smith (co-writer of many of Spirit's shows)

A photo full of awesomeness! From L-R Peter Halley (the president and artistic director of Spirit), me, Shelley Neville (an actress), Glen, Sheila Williams (an actress), Deborah Wells-Smith (co-writer of many of Spirit’s shows)

What does your perfect day look like? Tell me in the comments!

Leah 🙂

 

What Is Beauty


Hey blog world! Last year, my favorite subject in school was writing. One of the things we had to do in that class was write in a journal. I was just looking back through some old entries and found one that I thought was worth sharing here.

Dear Journal:

In French class this year we studied “Cyrano de Bergerac”. A pre-reading question we had to answer was “In your opinion what is beauty?” Here’s my answer.

To me beauty isn’t a physical, outer trait but rather an inner trait. I don’t care much for outer beauty. It’s nice but it’s not what matters. A beautiful person has a good heart, is kind and caring and always thinks of others. They do good deeds and put others before themselves.

I surround myself with beautiful people. I don’t want any drama or negativity in my life. I have the most beautiful friends I could ever ask for and am very happy to have them.

Want to see a living example of my definition of beauty? Look at a person with special needs. My special needs friends are the most beautiful people ever! They are the sweetest, kindest, most caring people I know. For example, at special olympics events, there are no such thing as competitors. Everyone cheers everyone on! Special olympians are such amazing sports! Another example is my friend Dominique who I went to high school with. She was so compassionate. I loved that about her! I ate lunch with her everyday and If I had a hot microwaveable dinner for my lunch she would always warn me “Don’t burn yourself!” One of the teachers told me that once when a teacher was up on a chair trying to reach something Dominique said to her “Don’t break your neck!” It’s so sweet that she cared about others and their safety.

My voice teacher, Peter Halley is beautiful too. He never gets angry or mad, is understanding of my challenges, there for me and prays for me when I’m going through tough times, very patient with me, always very sweet, goes above and beyond for me and others, I could go on and on about how beautiful Peter is!!!

I try my best to live by my standard of beauty. I have a good heart and love to help people. I do a lot of raising money for various causes (the Janeway Children’s Hospital, Special Olympics, Masonic Temple Restoration Fund etc) and whenever I can I do a good deed for someone who needs it.

My definition of beauty is a wonderful thing and I wish more people could try and be beautiful by my standard. The world would be a much better place.

What’s your definition of beauty? Tell me in the comments!

Leah

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Aspie


Hey blog world!

My favorite art form is abstract. It’s so creative and original! I love that there are no rules, you can just let your creativity flow. My favorite artists are Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock and Dominique.

I’ve been a Warhol fan for as long as I can remember. His pop art paintings are so vibrant and colorful and looking at them makes me happy! Marilyn Monroe is my favorite of his paintings. Marilyn We have this print at work and I love looking at it! I would love one of Andy’s paintings for my wall.

Recently, Rebecca Caine (a phenomenal Broadway actress who originated the role of Cosette in “Les Misérables” and Christine in “Phantom of the Opera”) compared my artwork to that of Jackson Pollock so I googled him later that evening. I was amazed by what I saw! Splatter art is so cool! “Convergence” convergence and “Shimmering Substance” shimmering-substance are my two favorite paintings of his.

Dominique is very special to me. I got to watch and sometimes help her create her masterpieces! She’s a lovely young woman who was my best friend in High School. I’m not sure what her challenge is but she has special needs. Her favorite thing to do was draw. It was amazing watching her let loose on the paper with her crayons! She always seemed to know which colors worked well together. Her pieces always looked so colorful and beautiful! I wanted to frame them and keep them! Sometimes she would pass me a crayon and politely ask “Draw cat please.” or “Write Dominique’s name.” I’m not the best at drawing and my handwriting is terrible also but I did my best and she was happy. That made me happy! One of my favorite things about Dominique’s art was that she had her own unique way of signing things. I don’t know where she learned it but somehow she learned to write the word “poo” and would frequently write it in her drawings LOL!

Recently I’ve dabbled in abstract art. I have poor motor skills because I’m missing the corpus collosum (a wide band of fibres that connects the left and right side of my brain) so I can’t draw for the life of me so abstract is where I shine. It doesn’t have to make sense or look like anything! Abstract is the true meaning of creativity. I can make my paintings as unique as I want!

Splatter painting is something I always wanted to try so a few weeks ago I went to the store, bought a canvas and a few paints and set to work. Rebecca Caine, whom as I said above is a Broadway actress who originated the role of Cosette was going to be performing at the Masonic Temple the next day so I decided to make her a painting. I went outside and braved the wind and the rain and created “The Colors of the People” Colors of the People. I used Les Mis inspired colors and threw paint onto the canvas to the beat of “Do You Hear The People Sing“. It was a lot of fun to throw paint onto the canvas and I was really impressed with the end result. I thought it looked really neat! I presented this painting to Rebecca the following day and was thrilled when she loved it! Making her happy made me feel really good inside.

A few days ago I was inspired yet again and decided to do another splatter painting. sunshine, lollipops and rainbows. I call this one “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows”. That song by Leslie Gore is one of my favorites and it gave me the inspiration to reflect on canvas how this song makes me feel. Happy, alive and free! This is my favourite of my creations. This was up for auction last night at “A Paperboy’s Blues Night”, a fundraiser to turn Kevin Lewis’s memoir into a play and the winning bidder was Newfoundland comedian Mark Critch! I was honored!

This is my most recent piece, I splattered it a half hour ago. I call it “Elphaba”

 . For this piece, I took inspiration from the musical “Wicked”. I used colours that were reminiscent of the character Elphaba Elphaba(she’s green, she wears black and I used silver for a magical touch) and threw paint to the beat of her signature song “Defying Gravity“.

I’m very proud of each of my paintings. Making them makes me happy! As does seeing people’s happy faces when they see them and hearing their lovely comments! What kind of art is your favourite and who is your favourite artist? Tell me in the comments!

Rebecca Caine


Hey blog world! Tuesday night was absolutely incredible! I took my Mom out to Spirit of Newfoundland for her Birthday to see Rebecca Caine, a Broadway and West End actress who originated the role of of Christine in “Phantom of the Opera” and Cosette in “Les Misérables”. She was spectacular!

As you know I work at Spirit. Tuesday afternoon as I was working, Peter, one of my bosses came over to my area and told me that Rebecca would be coming in at 1:00 for a sound check and if I wanted to I could go in and meet her and listen to her sound check. That was so nice of him.

1:00 came and Peter gave me the ok to come into the Grand Room (where the sound check was taking place) and meet Rebecca. I can’t even describe how I felt when I met her! Being the huge Broadway fan that I am, it was incredible to get to meet a Broadway actress! I was absolutely star struck! She asked me how I was and I answered “A little nervous but good.” I was very excited and happy and couldn’t believe this was actually happening but weirdly at the same time I was slightly nervous too. I overcame that very quickly. She’s a very lovely and kind lady.

We chatted for a while about Les Mis and Phantom and she asked me if I had any questions. I asked her what Michael Ball   is really like. He too is a spectacular performer whom Rebecca has had the chance to perform with on a few occasions. She said he’s really funny. That’s what I thought. He seems like a really nice and down to earth guy. I would love to get to meet him someday!

I had something very special to give her. Splatter painting is something I’ve always wanted to try. I gave it a go on Monday. I braved the wind and rain (which didn’t start until I started painting. Much appreciated Mother Nature!) and sat on my back porch and created this splatter painting for Rebecca

  I used Les Mis inspired colours, red, black, blue and silver, turned on “Do You Hear the People Sing” and flicked paint onto the canvas to the beat. I really hoped she’d like it. She didn’t. She loved it! That made me really happy. She said she would hang it in her studio! I was on cloud 109!

Then she began her sound check and sang. Oh my firetrucking God! What a gorgeous voice she has! I couldn’t believe what I was hearing! I couldn’t wait until later that night to hear her full set.

A few hours later it was mealtime. This was a dinner and show. Again, I’ve already done so, so I won’t critique the meal. I will however say a few words on the Cosette. That was the specialty drink at the bar that night. Watermelon, Lemonade and New Amsterdam Vodka, of course I had a virgin version. I thought it was ok but was too sweet for my taste. 3 out of 10.

To start the show Shelley Neville and Peter sang. Their first piece was “Do You Love Me” from “Fiddler on the Roof”. As usual they sounded lovely together. I’m not sure of the name of their second piece. What I do know is that it was a fantastic solo by Shelley. Excellent job both of you on a fabulous opening act!

Then Rebecca came on stage. I was in awe of how beautiful she looked! I thought the dress she had on was stunning! It was long, red and sparkly. I wonder if it comes in my size?

She sang a few numbers from “West Side Story”. I was captivated by “Tonight”. It sounded so pretty!

One of my favourite songs from the first act was “Has Anybody Seen Our Ship”. It’s a fun and campy song. It made me laugh! Rebecca did a great job of performing it.

She ended the first act with songs from “My Fair Lady”. “Just You Wait ” was really funny. I loved her cockney accent and the song was hilarious! All I know about this show is all Eliza wants is a room somewhere far away from the cold night air, so I don’t know why  but for some reason Eliza really doesn’t like Henry Higgins! She’ll go to town instead of help him if he drowns, the king will proclaim Eliza Doolittle day and she’ll ask him to do away with Henry which he will gladly do! That last part was my favourite.

“I Could Have Danced All Night” was the last song of the “My Fait Lady” set and the first act of the show. It was magical! She told the audience to sing along if they knew the words and the most beautiful music filled the room! It was like the angels had met for choir practice! My heart overflowed with happiness! I couldn’t think of a better way to end act one!

While I loved hearing new songs, I was happy that act 2 had songs I recognized. I loved it when she sang songs from my favourite Disney movie, “Mary Poppins”. “Spoonful of Sugar” was lots of fun and “Feed the Birds”, my favourite Mary Poppins song, was stunning! It was so beautiful that I was crying!

She did a few from “Sound of Music” as well. I was really impressed with her yodelling in “Lonely Goatherd”. I know it’s not because I’ve done this song before in voice lessons and it’s a difficult sing but Rebecca made it look easy!

I thought “Happy Working Song” from “Enchanted” was cute, as was her pianist Robert during this song. He put on a pair of Bunny ears!!!

 Tell me that’s not the sweetest thing!

Speaking of Robert, I thought he was a fabulous pianist! Every song sounded stupendous! The songs she sang from Phantom were my favourites musically.

One of the songs she sang from Phantom was the song that in my opinion is the best Broadway love song. “All I Ask Of You”. She sang it with Peter and it was astounding! Both of them have powerful and incredible voices and sounded perfect together. I thought it was sweet when they danced together during the musical interlude.

When she sang “Think of Me” the floodgates opened! I sang that song at my Nanny Weir’s funeral almost two years ago. Hearing it made me think of her and I cried a lot!

She ended with songs from Les Mis. “I Dreamed A Dream” was so astonishing and powerful! I almost cried again!

I was really impressed with her performance of “Bring Him Home”. Again, very powerful and emotional. This is a very high song and my jaw was to the floor in amazement at how she was able to hit those notes and all the other super high notes in the show! There is a mirror in the back of the Grand Room and I’m surprised it was still in one piece when the show ended!!!

Once the show was over I stood up and gave Rebecca and Robert the standing ovation they deserved! I was absolutely speechless and couldn’t think of words to describe what I’d just witnessed! I can now though, masterpiece!

I had another little chat with Rebecca and got another picture with her

I got a picture with Peter and Shelley as well They are the nicest people ever and two of my biggest inspirations. I’m very glad to call them my friends! XO you two!

All in all, Tuesday and Tuesday night were unbelievable and one of the best day and nights of my life! It was wonderful getting to meet you and watch you perform Rebecca and Robert! Safe travels and long may your big jib draw! If you didn’t have a chance to learn Newfie slang while you were here, that means well wishes for the future!

Leah

P.S: I hope you get over your cold soon Robert! 😃

Rainy Day Ride


Hey blog world! I had a great afternoon. I got to go out horseback riding with Peter Halley Peter Halleyagain! Last time we went out was Good Friday. I missed the horses and wanted to see them again so I asked Peter and he said we could today! It is a rainy and slightly chilly day in Newfoundland today (what is this “summer” people often speak of? We don’t get that in Newfoundland!) but we went out riding anyway and had a wonderful time!

I enjoyed the drive to the barn. Peter and I chatted all the way. I love having chats with Peter. We talked about summer, college (which I have been accepted for in September and am beyond happy and proud) and what I plan to do once I get my Early Childhood Education certificate.

When we got to the barn I was so happy to see Max Max and Jesse image again! They are such beautiful and lovable animals. This time I rode on Max. He was very stubborn last time so I hoped that today he would be a bit more well behaved.

I lead Max into the barn and got him set to ride. Grooming him was easy, putting the bit in his mouth and putting his reins on… not so much! I struggled with both of those tasks and got stepped on by Max. I had to ask Peter to help me. With a bit of practice I’ll get the hang of it! Hopefully so anyway!

When we went out on our ride I was pleased with how cooperative Max was compared to last time. He did what he was told and wasn’t as stubborn. He did have his moments though! I handled him pretty well and was able to get him to do what I wanted.

We went on a little ride nearby a subdivision. We had to cross the road to get there. I wonder what the people driving past thought of us? It must have been weird to stop and let two horses and their riders cross the street!

After that we returned to the barn and rode around in a little pasture. Peter suggested we try trotting. Last time, when I trotted on Jesse I was a bit afraid but I decided to give it another go today. It went a lot better I think! I learned how to “scissor squeeze” Max’s tummy to get him to trot and I worked on my seated trot, staying seated on the horse as he trots. It still needs a bit of work but I’m making progress!

Peter said that he’d take me out again soon but next time he’d turn it into a lesson. Only I will get on a horse (Jesse) and we’ll work on dressing the horse, trotting, turning, etc. I’m looking forward to that. I think that horse dressing/riding lessons will be very beneficial. I am getting very good at horseback riding but still need a lot of practice! I’m glad I’ll have Peter as my teacher! I really appreciate how patient his is with me. God bless him! Through my many screw ups today he kept his cool and was very patient.

If you want to get to know Max and Jesse a little more check out their Facebook pages! Stable Fables of Max the Newfoundland Pony and Keeping Up With the Clydesdale! Happy trails blog world!

Leah