My, and I Mean MY Illicit Affair....
You never know what's going to happen in a day. And today, my Boss left for the Holiday, and I had most of the day off. So I went to Breakfast. Went for a long ride. Went to lunch. Came back to the stables and bought a Horse of my Own.
These things happen.
I hadn't PLANNED on that. I lease a horse, and that had always seemed fine to me. Why bother buying one? But then, this Illicit Affair came along. I wrote about him a while back. There is something really special about him. I don't know. Horses were horses before.
He talked to me. I fell in love.
My trainer Melissa owned him. She knew how I felt about him. She knew (As I didn't) how much I really needed my own horse. She saw us together. She listened to me go on about him, his potential, his love. She laughed when I came up with him today, instead of my lease horse Anna Montana, just to hang with him and brush him and make him pretty. Melissa KNEW he was my horse. (I've known her over 10 years now and I think she has been biding her time, she knew it would happen)
I've been wanting my own horse since I was four. Badly. Didn't think I would ever have one. Melissa and I talked. Talked about expenses, board, what happens if I start to ride him in a month or so, and we don't work together, what happens six months from now if it doesn't work for me, owning my own horse.
It works. I still think of it as a joint venture, between me, her and Illicit Affair. Couldn't do it without her, when I say she has made me VERY HAPPY that does not beging to cover it.
His back was hurt some months ago, but is better now. He is still underweight, and needs training and work. He's only four. Pure Arab too. I won't be riding him for another month or six weeks, at least. I want to be sure he's ok.
For the moment tho, I own a horse. For the first time. There's something about a dream you've carried your entire life coming true that is so overwhelming. I cried all the way home. I can say My Horse.
I think, really think, that when the Universe speaks, you need to listen. You can see where you need to go if you are very quiet and listen, and what you need will be there and come to you, if you do. Very often, it is right there in front of you, and you realize you have been there the entire time.
This is so right.
Love and Illicit Affair,
Hooray, and congratulations on catching the Universe when it was looking your way.
Congratulations on first time horse ownership! The grocer had cards for first time home ownership, but nothing for horses, oddly...
Lorraine... there is such joy in your face that it brings joy to mine. congratulations on your new partnership. May you have many many years together
This is fantastic, amazing... I can't wait for the day when i can own my own horse. He's beautiful. I hope you remember every day how blessed you are to have him with you.
Congratulations! He looks like he adores you as much as you adore him! I hope you have a long and happy relationship!
You (and *your* horse) are beaming in every shot.
That's fantastic, Quiche! You two look so happy together!
Just, wow! Such a gift when the it all aligns, feels right, and created joy, connection and wholeness.
You two really do belong together. :)
You two sure have a chemistry in the pictures! He looks so sweet!
Jumping up and down for you two! :-)
Oh Lorraine, I am so so happy for you--and for your Illicit Affair! I too have that dream, and I'm just thrilled for you!
I can't seem to get this Foolish Grin off my face.
Tomorrow seems a long time from now.
Aw, so happy for you both, certainly something to be Thankful for considering the week that's in it. Amazing to realize a lifelong dream, a momentous day for you indeed.
You both look so happy. This is just wonderful to see. Gives one hope and inspiration.
I think something of this magnitude requires that I come out of my closet for a bit. Great, big, mane-shaking, and hoof-stomping congratulations! You really do look beyond happy.
I'm so happy for both of you! I love how serenely beautiful you are in that 3rd picture, and how you both look like you'll get up to mischief in the last. Thank you so much for sharing your joy!
You are so beautiful together that it brings tears to my eyes.
That is so amazing. I wish you both a long and happy friendship.
Hee, hee! You got Mr. L to come out of his secret closet!
Fantastic! Can't wait to see him all shiny and furry and healthy! It's obvious he's in love with you too! Congratulations!
I see a great future for you and Illicit Affair - I'm happy you are so happy! xo
Congratulations Quiche and Illicit Affair. Tears in my eyes too, reading this -so right for both of you.
(And why, I ask hasn't Jess put up a link to My Lovely Horse?)
Sally! Moi??? Why would I do a thing like that?
Congratulations, Q! Love these pictures. You look so happy. :)
ahhh, all is right with the world now Jess!
yeah\o/ how exciting. your pictures made me smile after a pretty icky day.
and now i have this song in my head.
Mr CHris came out! And Ms Elyse and all sorts of new Fiends! This makes me SO happy.
Of course everything IS tonight. Can't believe I have a horse... And HIM, I just love that horse.
We now need a barn name for hime. His call name was SPOT whicch he hates and isn't his name.
WHat tho??? I can't run around yelling ILLICIT affair! iLLICIT AFFAIR!!!!!!!!!!
Ok. I am typing on a really weird keyboard here, and it is NOT going well. It's a laptop of Bosses I am useing this week while I stay with the Mads here, so we can sit and tv and type, but it is weird. And windows.
I love that song Vampi! ANd I will ride my pony on my boat. I am so stealing that and tweeting it.
How marvelous. Congratulations, Quiche.
There. Stolen and tweeted. I do love that song tho and it made me happy to sing it to maddy just now..
It is a most awesome song :)
Oh hooray! My father says the animals that need you will find you. My first horse was a skinny, abused mess, but he was the most beautiful thing I ever saw. No one in their right mind would have bought him but he was perfect for ME. And over 28 years, he proved time and again that he was in the right place. I'm so happy for you and Illicit Affair. You are lucky to have found each other.
Aww, Congratulations! It's always exciting when things like this work out, it's even making me smile.:)
You're allowed to have a Silly Grin you know, you only just achieved a childhood dream and all;)
He definitely needs another name though. Spot is just not dignified enough.
Both of you are just beaming in those pictures. It's amazing.
For a new name, maybe a play on Q or Quiche? Something that reflects he's your Boy. Hmmmm...
Duuude. He totally goes with your hair.
Quixote sprang to mind.
Ooooo, not a "Q" name, but what about Khayam? "A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thee..."
Congratulations on a match well, and mutually, made!
I like that we can share the joy in your life. It's been a long, interesting road, following you in abstentia.
How lovely! This was a day of serendipity, happiness, & magic!!! I am so happy for both of you. Congratulations!
Appleblossombeck! Long time no see. Glad you're back commenting. :)
Wow! Billy Bones' friend came out of his closet here. Even if he was at Fiendom Come, I do believe it's a first here. :)
Welcome to Fiendom, Madeleine Bouquet/Laura! Grab a white jacket, and personalize it to your hearts content. :)
Oh, sweetie! I read your blog aloud to my mother tonight...she *really* got the end, especially. She said "go, Quiche" :)
Just wanted to say, the last time I saw pictures of a horse so obviously stuck with the right human, they were an Olympic-medal winning team who had been training for years and years. Yep, you are that horse's..fer shure.
(and once again I toss up the name Ianto, for all of us Torchwooders, and brought to you by the letters I and A.)(um, pronounced "Yanto", for the non-Torchies.)
Lysandwr, that's perfect!! Ianto is perfect! :-)
Oh, I third Ianto.
Congratulations and jubilations!
Pure Arab...oh, that was the breed of my dream horse. But whatever the breed, once the animal is yours, it's *yours*, and much delight is the result.
The pair of you will generate enough love and happiness to put a permanent glow over your corner of the world, believe you me. :)
Good night happy horse owner...and fiends!
Awwwww. He seems happy about it too.
(total heart melt)
You both look so happy in those pictures.
I like Ianto as a name, too, but maybe like Luka he will let you know, now that he is yours.
Hi Lorraine. Congratulations on buying a horse!
I can see why his call name is Spot, but the mark on his forehead makes me think of someone taking a mouthful of moon.
Are you going to have a call name naming contest? If so, my suggestion is Moonpie.
Morning! Happy day, all. Off to dentist.
And tickle box.
Congratulations! Have to tell you sweetie, I saw this one coming from several miles away!!!! He's a beauty and you both look sooo happy.
The only horse i've ever owned was a beautiful little Welsh pony with the barrel of a Shetland. She was a spitfire and her name was Dixie. Didn't ride her that much, we were just buddies.
Again Best Wishes forever for you and your Illicit Affair!
Morning all! Morning new people! Morning Martin Millar!!!
Chris Lincoln, might have a contest. Not sure that should be your entry tho.
Can't be Torchwood name, never seen the show.
Ought to relate to Illicit Affair. Thought about Romeo, THAT was sure an illicit affair, but didn't end real well for Romeo..
New Illicit Affair related name suggestion: Fling.
It might be worth seeing if he answers to "Bill" in honor of the pony from Lord of the Rings. He was abused and had a hard life at first but absolutely flourished with proper care.
Nice. But not right. Maddy is trying too and has come up with some good ones, but I suspect he will tell me in time.
I always thought I would name my pony Magic, but that's kind of out...
Okay, I'll stop now.
Yay! Yay! What a wonderful thing, and what a lovely bond.
Can I hijack for a minute for the sake of good food? Dear friends of mine raise pigs on Sugar Mountain Farm in Vermont, a beautiful wild place where the animals are treated with just as much respect and care as the humans. Well, except that they do end up as food. Largely to lessen the trauma (for pigs and humans) of having to use an external butcher, my friends are building their own slaughterhouse and are offering CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) pre-buys to help fund the project (which is already progressing nicely). If you live in VT and like pork and have the cash, this is full of win. As a vegetarian I can't personally vouch for their pork but have heard from reliable sources that it is superb.
Their blog's fun too - if you're a fan of Wife Swapping (the TV show) or want a giggle, check this out.
Apologies for HOGging the comments *runs*
I have decided, now that you have a horse, that I want to be YOU when I grow up.
Lorraine, how wonderful! Congratulations on your new family member.
Maybe a Shakespearean name?
Lysander, Orlando, Oberon, Claudio, Puck?
Oh, oh, we're looking for names, are we? I'll have to think on this one. I will get back to you. I love the name thing.
You need something for him, a delectable name that simply rolls off the tongue. Like, Hrothgar?
Ooo! Names! 17 years ago we went to the shelter and called out the name until a kitty answered to it. I still have Finnian with me. :-)
And Chris is out! Hiya Chris, we met in Stillwater & I've been keeping up a correspondence with Billy. Hope he occasionally passes along my "hellos!"
(I like Tryst, Arwenn!)
Ani - love how you got your cat! Pick the name and then get the matching cat :-)
Billy is so good at passing along hellos, it's almost like I've been a part of your conversations.
So I guess Fast Eddie is out of the question? :)
Seriously, Q, how did I miss that you'd not seen Torchwood? Granted that I just got into it myself last winter.....but I hadn't exactly had much television exposure for a few years there. Though you have been a mite busy on occasion :)
Anyway, CAPTAIN JACK!! sigh. And Gwen (SOOO Welsh!!) Not together. Both for me. Cause I'm selfish that way.
I just thought of Ianto because a) the I and A factor
b) He's pretty cool
c) most importantly, he has your job....sorta. Make the tea, pass the ammo,two impossible tasks before breakfast... that kind of thing. :)
I'm envious. Just flat out envious. I too have always wanted a horse. I even still have all my horsey books from when I was a kid.
But I'm also so happy for you. Congratulations.
Nope, don't even know what Torchwood IS, oddly enough.
Horse is a fine thing. I spent time with him today and told him. And everyone at the stable was so happy. I spoke to his former owner too who was so happy as well.
When the Universe talks. Shut up and listen.
Now THAT is Twu Wuv if ever I saw it.
You both look giddy with JOY.
Hmm. Windfola was Eowyn's horse in Lord of the Rings. And Felaróf Was the first of the Mearas, and able to understand human speech. Not Spot certainly talks.
So I'm playing with the name generator on this site, and so far it's suggested the names Vague Abacus and Enigmatic Fallout. I don't think either of these would be a good name for Not Spot.
(Now it's giving me Descending Face. What??)
Digital Jojoba?! Nope, the horse name generator's definitely no good.
So I totally responded to this earlier but must not have actually hit publish. *facepalm*
Anyway...you look so ecstatically happy. Over the last few months you seem to have a lot of things falling into beautiful place. It makes me so happy to hear about someone who can hear what the universe is saying to them and they accept it and are joyous in it. It is not a common thing. And I find joy in your happiness. Hugs and Love,
Well, Jess, as Steve Brust would say "Those are certainly ideas that you, yourself have thought of..."
Name generator, hee-hee...
At the stable Romeo is way out in front. As far as Illicit Affairs go, it WAS a pretty good one...
Romeo rolls off the tongue nicely, but I rather like Tryst...in my head I've been commentating at a show "And as Tryst and Ms Garland approach the third jump..."
Wow! You'll never regret fulfilling this dream.
What about Lothario?
Currently watching Wisconsin Death Trip, which is about a bunch of crazy newspaper stories from the 1800s, like a lady who would take cocaine then smash windows across the state. I love history!
Didn't know that was a movie, Wendy. I love the book.
Her Dr. prescribed her the cocaine for hysteria. She lived in ST Paul, and she would coke up every few months, and take the train to Black River Falls, and throw bricks thru windows, and the mayor would come get her and put her back on a train and send her home.
It got to be pretty regular.
Lancelot (I mean, he was pretty illicit :) *and* he went to Arabia, anyway, in some versions.
or if you want to consider Arabic, for that matter...
Imshallah (also pronounced Inshallah) means "as Allah wills"
...my less devout Arabic friends used it rather more to mean "whatever will be, will be" or "as fate deals the cards."
Big thunderstorm has just hit here, its gone really dark..lightening huge raindrops. Silly Shiraz is trying to tell the thunder off. We've all been sitting behind the scream door watching.
I love watching thunderstorms, and the smell of them - sublime.
How did I miss that? Will have to find it...
..oddly enough, there was a pickup w/Wisconsin plates ahead of me at the drive-through this evening....we don't get many folks from up thataway...leastways not driving their own vehicles :)
Stop snickering! We have SIX drive-throughs, thank you very much. Not counting the one for cigaretts. Or, um, adult videos.:)
So I went and looked up synonyms (a words that I can not pronounce correctly btw) for Magic, these are the ones I thought were neat. :-)
alchemy, hocuspocus, horoscopy, presage, prestidigitation, rune
Oh, I do like Alchemy. Just a great word...
How about Paris?
He was certainly illicit (starting a war with Helen)
...and it also works as perhaps the very best city to HAVE an illicit affair in. Just thinkin...
Can you tell I don't have class this week? AARGGG...I mean, my classes aren't meeting this week.
Okay, back to working on final projects. Really. Not going to read ANY MORE comments. (ooh, go Shiraz! Put that thunder in its place :))
How about Bohemian Rhapsody
Best cover version ever. MAMAAAA! :D
So definitely not Armenian Logic, huh, Q? Or Spicy Bonbon? Or Mouse Cocktail?
The generator also gave me Humble Taxi, which seems like a name you'd give a horse if you wanted other horses to tease it.
This is not really the direction you seem to be going, but I was thinking of Lic or Lis, short for Illicit.
Sweet potato pie in the oven smells so very good. Hope it turns out alright.
Okay, I lied. Just couldn't resist Sally and Jess....
Sally--that is SERIOUSLY evol good! :)
Jess--okay, what does this mean? Used the name generator twice, got
Jolly Jingle (oh, please)
and (much better)
Flame Throwing Soliloquy
Seriously. Not making this up. heee.
oh, Loverboy. C'mere, Loverboy
Hi Lorraine. When I heard you talking about him at the bonfire, I had a feeling this might happen. You two look so happy together. Congratulations.
Isn't it wonderful Lys...and my favorite Beaker was on it. Fods I love him.
Flame Throwing Soliloquy -that is rather good!
I'll tell you what, it's a good band name generator. Banana Zipper, for example. Open Houdini.
I was looking through Netflix for movies to watch for my marathon tonight, and it randomly appeared. I Googled it and saw it was a book, so now I might have to check it out and see if I can get my grubby hands on it. Mary Sweeney is definitely awesome.
I went to college for a semester in St. Peter. On one of the first days there, my freshmen group leader told us all about how St. Peter was supposed to become the state capitol but the city was robbed of the designation and how the big draws to the city are the mental hospital and the college. Fun times.
I have such a strangely wired brain, I was reading the comments and MythBusters. I think, OO! Myth Buster! No Mystic! Nooo Mystic Pizza! I think i might need to close my computer.
I should jump in here and remind you the name we are looking for is his barn name.
He registered name is Illicit Affair, and that stays,ure arab that he is, we just need a call name for him.
I like Romeo, but he was pretty fickle..Rosalind rosalind, I mean hello! Juliet juliet....
Of course when he poops I could say A rose by any other name would smell as sweet...
Given you're recent history with discovering true names, I feel confident that you will find this one too. I'm just having fun being silly.
I just finished the movie. I was sad when Mary Sweeney was sent to the asylum (for good?) but happy when the opera singer escaped to Chicago to sue ventriloquists.
Oh goodness! Please be as silly as you like my dears! You may find it yet that way....
Everyone should own Wisconsin Death Trip....LOVE that book. Want the movie.
I thought Loverboy was a pretty good barn name....esp if by chance you're a secret Dirty Dancing aficionado.
Tristan? Trystan? that whole Isolde nightmare was certainty illict
Happy Thanksgiving!! Hope all you U.S. Fiends have a day to be Thankful for.
A Very Happy Thanksgiving to all American fiends.
May you all have much to be Thankful for - not least, many Friends and Fiends :-)
Happy Thanks and Happy Givings!
Don't eat too much, eh?
Happy Thanksgiving to Lorraine, Magic, Luka, Queen Mab, Mim, Venus, Illicit Affair, and of course, Maddie, Boss and AFP!
And Happy Thanksgiving to Fiends far and near. Since I've begun hanging here I've laughed great belly laughs and small chuckles, sobbed more than once, and smiled a whole lot. So wherever you are, Thanks!
Okay. Posted my Thanksgiving wishes before reading the last 20 or so comments. Now I need to say....
Somehow my brain put together Lys's comment about people driving rental cars (implied) with drive through windows for adult videos...
and then a commingled name generator suggestion became open zipper....
NOT the image I was looking for on Thanksgiving morning, let me tell you!
Time to go scrub my brain..
How to have a Really cool Holiday Season!
New post is UP!
Congratulations on having your horse find you, Ms. L! Foolish grins are most excellent things to wear.
You could call him Dracula, but when you call his name people might get the wrong idea.
& happy turkey day, all
a little late posting this but I just wanted to cheer!!
I teared up looking at you guys, it just sounds so right!!
It's never too late to post! And thank you, I am still over the moon!
Hi Lorraine its lil Melissa from the barn! I am so happy for u on buying him, any name ideas yet? I cant come up with any good ones that sounds majestic enough for him lol. sorry i cant spell =P
Have a good week adn see u soon =D
~Horses Lend Us The Wings We Lack~
Hello, Lorraine! I've not had time to visit for a while, but saw it back when you tweeted about owning Illicit Affair. I am soooo happy for you! This is excellent news. News I had sort of expected to hear, considering how much you love him. I've always wanted a horse of my own, so I totally get where you're at with this. Congratulations, and I wish you well on this journey!
Forgot to mention an Egyptian name I thought of - Imhotep. Unlike his portrayal in the movies, he was actually a good guy. A Doctor to cure what ails you :-)
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