Training the Mind of the Horse and Rider

Training the Mind of the Horse and Rider
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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Last Day at the Store

I am exhausted. I've had a month of closing the tack store.

I have offered store specials that have brought many customers in to the store all month. I've packed up product to take to a vendor booth at the Nebraska Horse Expo. I've set up, worked the booth for 3 days, and packed back up. Back to the store to set product back out for final closing sales for the last 2 weeks of March.

Saturday was my last day for selling items at the store. Doors closed at 2 pm. Later Saturday afternoon, the remainder of the feed went home to feed to my horses and packing started.

We usually pack into our horse trailer, but since we left our batteries out all winter, they went dead. The trailer was plugged in for moving at Expo time, but wouldn't charge. We left it plugged in for the last 2 weeks, adding distilled water, and when we checked Saturday night, the trailer hydralics worked! One piece of good news! Now we can pack into the horse trailer on Sunday!

Sunday morning, clothes boxes were packed and loading into the horse trailer. One trailer load of racks and heavy boxes of clothes were brought home. While the guys unloaded the trailer and truck, Amber and I continued packing.

Monday, my friend Virginia helped. Amber and Caden came back to help. We finished packing clothes, jewelry, books. Virginia and I packed up all the shelves of fly sprays, grooming supplies, first aid, etc. I continued to work on everything else after they left for the afternoon. Monday after work, Jacob, Micah and Tom packed the horse trailer with all the boxes. They loaded extra shelving units into hoppers for metal recycling. Tom and I brought the trailer home and parked it. Unpacking it can wait for a week. We unloaded the Tahoe. I took a shower and had a glass of wine.

Tuesday, Virginia was back. We packed up office supplies and loaded book cases onto the truck. After Virginia left, I brought the truck home and unloaded it. I went back to the store to continue packing up the office. Everyone, except Micah who had a class, was back Tuesday night and packing continued. Amber finished packing up my office books and Jacob and Tom loaded them into the Tahoe. Tom and Jacob loaded my desk and a few other things onto the flat bed, and we brought it home and parked it into the barn. We unloaded the Tahoe. I took a shower and had 2 glasses of wine.

Yesterday, I brought 2 truck loads of office supplies home and unpacked them into the house. Last night, final clean up. Everyone came. Last minute stuff for 2 hours, loading the seats of the truck and Tahoe, and filling the back of the truck. The very last glass case that we were loading, had a small accident, and glass broke. At that minute, I was so exhausted and overwhelmed by the move, that all I could do was yell about it. Glass got cleaned up, doors were closed, and we left by 7:30! That felt great, as the last 2 nights, it was close to 9 before Tom and I left.

Tom and I unloaded the truck and Tahoe. I took a shower and had 3 glasses of wine! I finally slept better last night. I feel like a truck ran over me this morning though. Not from the wine, as the first glass was just boxed Zinfandel.

I am on my 3rd cup of coffee this morning. I sent an email out, apologizing to Jacob, Amber and Micah for yelling last night. Now, all they will remember is that I yelled at them and I feel like a heel. Their help was necessary and very much appreciated.

I have chores to do and water tanks to fill. I have to pack clothes and pack the Tahoe, as we are driving to Colorado today to see Sara, Jake and Makenzie for Easter.

Next week, unpacking starts and the barn office will get organized. For now, I am taking the next 4 days off.

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