Let there be paint! The studio is looking fantastic! I love how painting the ceiling really brightened the room. (You can see a bit of yet unpainted ceiling in the back to contrast with how dark the entire ceiling used to be.) The walls, of course, are also much brighter with the paneling gone. It’s going to be a light, bright, airy space. Once painting is completed, the floor will start going in. Exciting!
Note to studio backers with photo rewards: Photo rewards are going out. Each photo reward must be handled individually as the order is shipped directly to each of you. I email each backer after the order is placed, so please bear with me as I work through each order. I place orders every day, and you will hear from me when your order is on the way, I promise. (I wish I could be faster and do them all in one day, but I also want to be careful and not make mistakes with photo selections or addresses, so when my eyes start crossing, I have to stop for the day.)
I also want to make a note about Patriot here.
For those of you who have children, remember what it’s like to be a first-time mother? And everywhere you go, people are giving you advice? And you don’t really know anything about taking care of a baby anyway, but all the advice can be a little stressful? And you just want to take your baby home and hide in a closet? Okay, maybe that last part is just me.
I didn’t just buy Patriot and take him home. I am adopting Patriot, and the adoption process extends for a full year. You can read more about the Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue adoption contract here. A quote from that page: “We [Heart of Phoenix] retain ownership of adopted equine for at least the first year to be sure the horse will be safe.”
At this point, I don’t really own Patriot yet. The Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue still owns him. Tinia Creamer, an experienced horsewoman and president of the Heart of Phoenix, has been to my farm twice now to inspect fields where Patriot will be kept and to advise me on caring for Patriot. From Tinia: “We’ve handled over 80 placements of rescue horses to date and are a group of life long equine owners before becoming one of the only non-profit equine rescue groups in the state, and we have advised Suzanne on what we know is the best and happiest way to care for Patriot. Remember, equine care must be tailored to the individual horse, and what works for one, will often never work for the next. We recommend care based on the individual horse. She has him on pasture at our recommendation.”
All of my decisions on Patriot’s care must be approved by the Heart of Phoenix, as per the adoption contract. And I’m totally okay with that. As a new horse owner, I really appreciate the guidance and mentorship. In fact, I view it as a benefit of the adoption process. I am doing my best to follow their recommendations in accordance with our contract. Please understand also, though, that a barrage of conflicting advice is really stressful for me, and makes me want to take my baby and hide in a closet. Only that would be a super tight fit, me and Patriot, so please don’t make me do that.
Thank you for understanding!