Another Great $20 Shirt

Eli doesn’t care what I wear

You may have noticed that I really like mesh. I like a motif on this blog and on my instagram. I also like long sleeve shirts that protect me from the sun but are made of stretchy, athletic material that encourages evaporation. So this means I like the Tailored Sportsman sunshirts, Asmar shirts, and some of Kastel’s shirts (although not so much lately). But what do these shirts all have in common? At $65, the Tailored Sportsman shirts are the least expensive out of those. My plastic says “ouch.” I could use a less expensive alternative, couldn’t you?

Enter Amazon late-night shopping on my phone. Talk about a habit I need to break … but every once in a while something good comes of it. And hey, right now? Amazon is open for business. At least today, ha. While browsing through athletic tops for women that don’t break the bank, are made well, and fit normally, Amazon suggested an Aurique shirt (an Amazon brand) with a fishnet-type mesh at the upper chest and forearms. And it has thumb holes! And the arms are long enough for me to actually use the thumb holes!

i loff thumb holes

The top is surprisingly well-made for the price I paid — it was one of those “Today’s Deals” deals and I paid around $14, but they seem to go for about $22 when not on sale. The lower hem is sturdy and looks good not tucked in, but isn’t too thick to tuck in, either. So I can wear this top with breeches or Botoris. The fabric is an athletic mid-weight — probably best for spring and fall in Texas. I think it might be too heavy for summers here, but might be okay for summers up north.

It comes in black … and no other colors. I’d love it if it came in other colors, like a fir green or a pale pink. Maybe dove grey and deep indigo, too? K, thanks, Amazon.

 

 

Weenie Wednesday on a Thursday

I tend to forget how small Conrad is because he is usually right next to me. But he is a short little fellow.

And we have gone from sweaters one day to nothing the next!

Perhaps Texas has seen the end of the cold weather?

Luckily, I planned a long time ago to take off work the week of spring break around here. My workplace is still open to the public and I am sure it is going to be packed next week! I will be glad to be in a different county, enjoying my horse and my dog and maybe some time with friends who are also off work.

 

Sunset Rides are Back!

This little dog is determined to be Eli’s friend.

Although I haven’t got a picture of a sunset yet!

With the time change comes more light after work. The best part about DST is that I get to ride Eli right around sunset during the summer. As long as the light doesn’t get too low — twilight makes Eli a little more anxious than usual, even though he has zero evidence of lions existing in Texas. Okay, well, I guess there are mountain lions. But not really around the farm where I board Eli. And the coyotes don’t start howling until after sunset. So he has no excuse.

Well if it’s cloudy, how am I supposed to see the sunset!

Eli continues to do well without the front pads. The footing was downright exquisite on Sunday afternoon, and Eli felt great. I skipped riding Monday because that’s what I usually do and it was drizzling, which Eli hates.

*exquisite*

Eli’s dental appointment is scheduled for next Wednesday — I have that whole week off work. I planned to take that week well in advance, in order to avoid corporate SXSW crowds downtown … now I’ll just avoid downtown and unofficial/alt SXSW crowds.

Doomsday Prep Strategy Number One

Doomsday Prep Strategy Number Two

I am not sure COVID-19 warrants all the cancellations, but nobody wants to be the guy that said, “It’ll be fine” right before everyone gets sick. I certainly braved some crowds for cake …

It was really good cake. Really, really good.

Who knew a café in Bastrop would be so hoppin’?

I do enjoy seeing pretty sunsets from the back of a horse! Y’all might be sick of between-the-ears sunset shots by August …

Weenie Wednesday on a Monday

Last week got away from me! Conrad is still doing Conrad things, and enjoying his new freedom in half of the backyard. Supervised freedom, anyway.

Spring seems to be hanging on around here, and when Conrad and I went on a walk on Sunday morning, we did not even wear sweaters. Maybe if the weather could just stay this pleasant for a few months …. not likely, being that this is Texas but I can dream.

Is Winter Over Yet?

Ready to take Eli’s clothes home and have them cleaned.

I can’t say I am looking forward to 105F. But I am looking forward to warmer temperatures in the evenings. This would mean more riding for me and Eli.

Maybe we’ll get to ride on an actual week day?

I have some tentative good news — after two weeks of rest for his RH, Eli seems to be sound and quite willing to work. Not only that, but the farrier removed his heel pads up front. His soles look good, he has a little more heel, and he doesn’t seem to be foot sore. I hope this holds up.

NO PADS WOO!

Of course, we are expecting storms and a lot of rain in this area Tuesday night into Wednesday, so this evening might be the last chance to ride for a few days.

It’s almost bath time weather.

The next thing on the horizon for Eli is a dental appointment — just his regular float, but also to check on the chipped tooth, which does not seem to be bothering him. Hopefully, he will get to keep it!

 

Weenie Wednesday: All Good

Conrad is tired of having to wear sweaters on our walks! He  is always all for it in the beginning of winter, but then I think he just wants it to be warm again after a few months.

His vet called last Thursday, and the little growth she aspirated has no malignancy, so that’s good! So now I get to decide if it should be removed anyway, because there were some fatty cells. It seems like it is getting smaller since it was aspirated, though, so I haven’t decided yet.

Work has been a bit bazonkers lately! I am hoping it slows down of the summer at least for a little while, but that’s not looking likely. If this is the new normal for me at work, I am going to need more coffee. I’d rather just hang out with Conrad or Eli.

 

Weekend Rides Like Spring

tongue out every day

In contrast to the cold rain of today, this past weekend was spring-like, warm, just sunny enough … for sure the kind of weather that Eli likes to work in. Okay, Saturday was on the chilly and misty side, and Eli was a bit of a goob for it, but on Sunday and then again on Monday our rides were quite pleasant.

sorry about the smear on the lens

I did notice on Tuesday evening that he had a little bit of swelling around the fetlock of his right hind. This … is not good. Although I can’t feel any heat in it. Perhaps the rainy weather forcing time off work for Eli is a good thing? I’m keeping an eye on it, wondering if another ultrasound might be a good idea. Or maybe I’ll just give him a few weeks off and ice the fetlock daily and see if the swelling resolves.

forever working/failing on lifting the poll

Eli was going to get shoes on Tuesday, but that got postponed until tomorrow. And again, with how rainy it is, it doesn’t really matter. His feet seem to be in really good shape. I wonder if I can credit that to the alfalfa, too?

From tshirt weather on Sunday to puffy coat weather today

Eli also got some new fluffy Eskadron fetlock boots. I should probably clear out my fetlock boot collection next and sell some of the ones that Eli rooster-walk-hates! I am keeping all the Eskadron ones, though.

 

Weenie Wednesday: Conrad Hates Vet Visits

Conrad had a visit from his groomer, which was bad enough. Then he had to go to the vet!

The vet visit was a regular senior wellness check up (they consider any dogs age 7 or older to be seniors and Conrad is 10-ish). So he got weighed, and another nail trim, and some vaccinations. He also had a small growth aspirated, and I am supposed to get the cytology results by the end of the week. It looked like a sebaceous cyst to me, which he gets sometimes. They crop up for a month or so and go away. Conrad’s vet seemed to think it looked more suspicious than that and she’s the one with the degree, so I agreed to the testing.

Hopefully it’s nothing! It is very small right now, so if it does need removing, that should not be too much of an issue. I was hoping to avoid any more major vet bills for a few months, but why would I think that would even be possible with my animals at this point? Ha! They make it up to me daily in their cuteness, at least.