I spent an exorbitant amount of time today going through the Wix Blog Site help menus trying to figure out how to run this durn site. A lot of it is pretty self explanatory, but there seem to be a lot of hidden things. Like, for instance, comments. I can't for the life of me find out where to make it so (make it so - that sounds like Capt. Jean Luc Picard!) I can have a comments box on each post, instead of only one the home page. My biggest frustration is that I can't seem to find out how, when I publish a new post, all of you fine readers are automatically notified. I think I've come up with a sort-of-solution, but I can't test it until I publish this post. I really enjoy writing this blog, and hope you'll bear with me while I'm learning how to do it.
Today was a fun day because I got to pick up my new (to me) car - which, of course, meant more paperwork....imagine that! However, it is a very freeing feeling to again have my own set of wheels so I can toodle around this beautiful country to teach, ride, explore and photograph whenever I want to. The part that is not freeing is that, because I have no credit - not even a bank account - in a new country, I had to pay cash.....now. The whole thing. One. Big. Scary. Amount of money. And, at this point I am amongst the unemployed - for the first time in over 40 years! Again - scary! That being said, though, I will start in a little over a week doing a Cowboy Dressage clinic at Doreen Allison's Summerhill Stud, and I have a lot of other people interested in my equine services, so it will all be OK. Exciting, but, can I say again - still scary.
It's funny how all the lovely people that we've come into contact with over here keep apologizing when it rains. Today was a drizzly day - as opposed to the day before, which was actually warm and sunny. What most people don't get is that I love this weather. It doesn't stop me from doing what I want - I'm comfortable just adding another layer of clothing if necessary. It is so refreshing to be out of the 100* (how do you type a degree symbol?) temps of our summers in California, where there are only just so many layers of clothing you can remove in public. And, the rain is one of the things that makes everything so beautiful around here.
One thing that is going to take a little time for me to get used to is the Scottish accent. Most of the people we've met here are very easy for this California gal to understand, but a few...............??? I find myself squinting my eyes, jutting my head forward and tilting one ear towards the person speaking to me who sounds as if they are speaking a foreign language - like that's going to help? I am constantly saying, "Can you repeat that please?" The old me might have just smiled and nodded my head, but I do want to hear what they are trying to tell me, and how will I learn the dialects if I don't keep asking! Everyone is going to think I'm deaf or stupid, but that's OK - I know I'm not either!
I'll leave you today with a cute photo of a common occurrence right outside our kitchen window. These birds - I don't know what they are - like to sit on top of these vents in the early morning to bask in the sun and do their grooming. There was one bird the other day who kept falling asleep - it reminded me of being a kid in class when you would nod off and your head would fall off your hand resting on the desk.
OK, I'm going to hit "Publish" and see if any of my changes have taken effect. I'll get it right one of these days!