Welcome to WordPlay!

This is Doranna Durgin’s WordPlay Blog. Theoretically, it’s all about my books.  In practice, it’s more about life, dog training, horses, and reading.  On Fridays, The Write Horse usually stops by to offer a peek into the horse training life, written by Patty Wilber.  Welcome, and I hope you come back!

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Grand Daughters Make Everything Better!

By Patty Wilber

Nasty Chemo #4, which I did Nov. 17th, was, as promised, quite fatigue inducing! My legs sometimes feel like rubber! Instead of Triscuits, this week my carbs of choice have been Kraft Macaroni and Cheese with tuna and green beans, mashed potatoes, and tortillas from the Frontier restaurant smothered in butter….I may or may not be having a hard time buttoning my Wranglers…

But the grand daughters are here and that makes everything better!

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This Week was Amazing!

By Patty Wilber

Nasty  Chemo Treatment 3 was Nov 3rd and by Nov. 5th I was feeling pretty puny. And whiny. Just ask Jim. I left the blog to the 10th and was too tired by evening to get it together for Nov. 11th! This week I started earlier!

Fortunately, in between finishing off the goldfish crackers, demolishing two boxes of Triscuits, along with a block of mozzarella cheese, starting on a third box of Triscuits and a second block of cheese, and sleeping away half days, I was able to go to work at the college and also get outside and do a thing or two! (And then rest.)

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Learning to Allow the Lull

By Patty Wilber

I enjoy having jam packed days most of the time, but I am finding it is not workable for me to go full tilt while on Chemo. (Duh, right? But I had to try!).

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But I wanna be a big horse!

By Patty Wilber

I was not going to have Gette shipped from Thunderstruck Ranch in Canada to NM until midsummer 2023, but Christy wanted to get her colt, Gino, down here sooner, so we ended up getting them in Dec. 2021!

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The Importance of Breathing

By Patty Wilber

(I promise this is related to horses, at least tangentially.)

On the recommendation of Jim’s cousin, Pam, I read a book over the summer called “Breath” by James Nestor.  It was a fascinating discussion of the benefits of breathing through the nose, breath holding, humming and a lot of other fascinating breathing studies.

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So far so good.

By Patty Wilber

I did a bad job of picture taking this week and last, but I did get a snap of the creek that ran across the property on the two inch rain day last week!

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A Perfect Fall Day

By Patty Wilber

Last Friday, a couple of friends took me and LT out to the Pecos Wilderness.  I could only ride at a walk because I had the port for chemo installed last Monday and I was not supposed to do anything rigorous or jarring. One of my friends had a bad rib bruise, so she was on the walk only program, too.  It was a ride for the medically impaired, because riding 14 miles in the wilderness is perfectly fine for semi-invalids, if your horse only walks, right?

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LT’s Last Show?

By Patty Wilber

It was LT’s last chance to act like she was having fun at a horse show, and by golly, she did not let me down.  She even took a little nap between classes (while standing with me and some other horses, not alone at the trailer, but still.)

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Public Service Announcement: Have that Mammogram

By Patty Wilber

Here is another blog that is not focused on horses, but it is what is on my mind.

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Rhino horn trimming! In South Africa!

By Patty Wilber

We were ready in the safari trucks as the 007 Vet (Dr. Gerhardus Scheepers) stepped into the helicopter with the dart gun loaded with tranquilizer.

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