This blog is dedicated to my friend, my mentor, and the best teacher I have ever had. Without him, I would not have embarked on this amazing journey. Split, this blog is for you!
Ponderosa Misty Icon, aka "Split," is a handsome gray Welsh pony who came to me via a phone call "out of the blue" (actually Peterborough, Ontario). Our first few months together were rocky to say the least, which made me question my ability as a horse owner, as a horsewoman, and as a rider. Forty years of horse ownership had not prepared me for this little gray pony!
But we muddled through and because of Split, I have begun a journey that is both spiritual and enlightening. I hope something here resonates with you and that you'll check back now and then.
We leave you with one of our favorite quotes: "The best whisper is a click!"

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award!

I would like to thank Kate (ayearwithhorses.blogspot.com) for giving me "The Stylish Blogger Award!" What fun! There are some rules...........

There are four rules with this award:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back.
2. Tell 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass the award on to 15 (newly-discovered) great bloggers.
4. Notify those to whom you gave the award.

Here are 7 things about myself:

1. I am a native Vermonter. I can trace my roots back to the 1700's when David Crowninshield (from Salem, MA) came to the Hampshire Land Grants (now Guilford, VT). From there the family spread out to Jamaica, Townshend, and Bondville, Vermont.
We own property in Sunderland, Stratton, and Holland, Vermont and hope to someday retire to our beloved Green Mountains.

2. I've been married for 37 years (!!) and have 3 adult daughters. My husband is a college professor (biochemistry and cell biology) and I'm a retired first grade teacher.

3. I play the fife with the Village Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps and know such arcane facts as: "Chester" was originally our country's national anthem, and the music for "The Star Spangled Banner" was originally an English drinking song called "Anacreon in Heaven."
I do Revolutionary War re-enacting and have participated in events at Ft. Ticonderoga, Ft. Niagara, Ft. George (Canada) and Colonial Williamsburg.

4. I love frogs and toads and can identify any frog of the northeast simply by hearing its call. (LOL! Sad but true.)

5. I am profoundly deaf without my hearing aides.

6. I'm known for my movie speak:
"You know it, I know, Yellow Dog knows it." "You know it, I know it. Yellow Dog doesn't even know what town he lives in."
"I don't KNOW, Margo!"
"Short cut to the short cut."
"Wish I had a million dollars! HOT DOG!"
LOL! Weird, I know. I could go on and on.

7. I always wanted to be an archaeologist and would love to spend a summer digging at Jamestown, Virginia.

I honestly don't know 15 other bloggers but will recommend these for the Stylish Blogger Award:


Check them out! And be sure to check out Karen's blog as well.
This has been fun!!!

I don't deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don't deserve that either.
Jack Benny


  1. I'm trying to learn to identify our local frogs and toads, too! It's fun to learn more about you.

  2. Congrats on winning the stylish blogger award.

    maybe I can help you out with a few interesting blogs to award ;D

    here are two German ones - maybe some of you can read German - they are worth it:



    This one is about dogtraining, but you can count on Casey Lomonaco to be spot on almost in every post :D

    I quiet sure you'll love this one:

    Another one about dogs - fearful dogs in this case:

    only recently I found this one:

    and reeeeeeaaaaaly love this one:

    and this:

    happy reading :D

  3. Thanks for the award nomination!