I cannot think of a stinkier way to wake up than the way I did this morning. About 2:30 a.m. I am dreaming a weird dream that involves something unpleasant, but I cannot quite figure out what it is. Just as I am starting to realize what is soooo unpleasant, Mark jumps up in bed and slams the window down by my head and gasps “SKUNK”! I quickly wake up and then I know what was making me dream that weird dream; it was the AWFUL the smell of a skunk. Mark and I lay there wondering how we could make the smell go away when we hear the now infamous JUNE come in the dog door. I was still a little groggy but I can tell you that grogginess went away fast when June came in our room and the skunk smell increased by 10 times. It was so bad that my eyes were starting to burn. I believe my exact words were “OMG get June out of here”. Mark locked her out of our end of the house and we went back to discussing how to lessen the skunk smell. The horse person in me came up with an idea. Any guesses??????……………………… VICKS Vapor-rub. And let me tell you, while it did not remove the smell from our room, it covered it up pretty darn good. In an odd way it was a very comforting smell and seemed to make me not only breath better, I was able to go back to sleep. I think that was one of the times being a horse person paid off. Everyone knows that when you want to show a stallion you put Vicks in his nose so he will keep his mind on his work and not the mares that might be around. At least that is what I have heard all my life. I was glad to leave the house this morning as it still smelled of skunk, but my happiness was short lived as June decided it was ’stick with mom’ day. Every time she came within 15 feet of me or if she was down wind, I could smell her. I think it was a little like Captain Hook and the Croc that swallowed a clock; the Captain knew the crocodile was near because he could hear the ticking sound. I KNEW when June was close because I could SMELL her! Mark, Jessie and Drew gave June and Jessie’s dog, Bibbi, a bath in a concoction of stuff recommended by some Facebook friends and after a couple of baths, most of the smell is gone. At least I cannot smell when June is near. The house however has a faint Eau de la smell of skunk.
Other than the smell in the barn, our day went great! I could not have been happier with the way our horses and their riders worked today. We are ready for our first show. Tomorrow we will pack for the show. North Wind will have twenty eight horses at the show. That is way too many and I hope we will not ever take that many again. It is so hard to get all the work done and cleaning all the tack is a nightmare. I know everything will get done and the show will be a good thing but that does not make the stress level any lower.
I will write about a thought I had about horses and church but I will do that tomorrow. Sorry, it is getting late and I need to get to sleep.
I wish my house did not smell like skunk.
I wish we had about 5 people show up to help us work at the show.
I am THANKFUL that Jessie had good rides at the World Cup tryouts.