Saying Goodbye to a Way of Life

With the advent of Covid-19, most Americans will likely find life different in the near future – and maybe forever.

 

I’m no different than most Americans, although I will confess that I think the reaction to the virus has been a bit overblown; however, let me hasten to add that I’m not a doctor, scientist or other health professional. Still…

 

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The scene of the “crime”

As for my own life there are other major changes. For starters, after being pummeled by my mule about 6 weeks ago I found myself in the emergency room being radiated by a Cat Scan and ex-rays. Unable to sleep on my left side, sneeze, or laugh without gripping my side in agony, I made the decision to hang up my spurs. (To be honest, I made this decision as I painfully got up from the ground.) After 30+ years of riding horses and mules, I had no hesitation. In the past I mounted back up when I had a spill – I’d done so several times. Not this time.  My love affair with riding abruptly ended when I hit those rocks. 

 

cropped-cropped-rebaandbecky.jpgAm I sad or grieving? No. I do feel very bad that somehow I failed with this mule. I tried for nearly 4 years to make a go of it with her, but we were just not a good match even though the mule trader from whom I bought her raved about her safety and fine qualities. Did he lie? I’ll never know, but I suspect he was not exactly truthful about a few things. Anyway, it doesn’t matter at this point, I guess.

 

Other than feeling like a failure with the mule, I am not at all unhappy. In fact, as a friend pointed out, we now have a new chapter opening in our lives. WE CAN ACTUALLY GO PLACES AND NOT HAVE TO BOARD THE MULES. Boarding animals is expensive. Keeping shoes on them is expensive. Feeding them is expensive. Vet bills can be expensive. Horse/mule trailers are expensive and in AZ we go through tires quickly due to the heat. So many times we’ve passed up opportunities to take off on the spur of the moment because of the pesky question: who is going to feed the mules while we’re gone? Or we’ve come back early to feed.

 

cropped wallace islandWe can now stay up north longer during the hot Arizona summer months because we won’t need to use a thousand or MORE dollars of our meager vacation fund to pay for boarding the mules.

 

I loved this mule. She didn’t particularly love me. She was unpredictable to the point that I started wearing a helmet two years ago. Good decision. I landed on my head, face, ribs and left leg with a splat on a rock pile.                                   

 

However, despite my “senior-citizen” age and the height from which I was sent soaring, I only broke one finger! Probably got it tangled in the reins. I am so fortunate! And I am thankful everyday for that.

 

JUST1THING E2I now have much more time to promote the JUST ONE THING Alliance, market our publications, hike and ROW, ROW, ROW, and much more time to devote to getting my Marine Naturalist Certification, the Rights of Nature, and Saving Our Oceans since I won’t have to return to Arizona so early every summer due to mule-boarding bills! 

 

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 Although I still cannot lift weights (not even 5 lb. dumbells) I can row my ergometer. I’m headed to the lake next week to see how I do in the wherry. I can hardly wait! I’d like to get into “senior” rowing competitions in the near future. Doing so will take practice and time – and I’ll now have time for that. Basically, I truly believe the changes I’m making are for the better.

 

And perhaps the changes we all may have to make due to Covid-19 will be for the better too.

 

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Release date: May 2019

 

 

     

 

Publisher Has Good News!

Muley cover    It’s always a pleasure to have some good news! Here it is:

Moonlight Mesa Associates received notification today that A Beginner’s Guide to Owning a Mule  is a finalist in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards! The book was entered in the Pets/Animals Division. The title was Moonlight Mesa’s overall best-selling nonfiction book in 2018.

Awards will be announced November 9 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

MEANWHILE, work has begun on Lee Anderson’s The View From My Saddle.  “This book is absolutely amazing,” editor Renee Witty commented. “I learned so much from Lee’s first book (Developing the Art of Equine Communication), but this new book is even more incredible. It’s extremely reader-friendly but also extremely informative.”

The View From My Saddle  discusses training techniques as well as the ins and outs of horse equipment with a lot of emphasis on bridle bits. “People will think twice before they stick a bit in a horse’s mouth and jerk on those reins,” Witty said. Anderson also covers the various disciplines as well as the competitive show ring/racing/trail parts of the horse world.

                                Lee and his rescued horse Concho checking things out

“Lee has been there, done that, and studied these things for decades. Having been an engineer, he is very attuned to how and why things work. This book is a must-read for every equestrian out there!” Renee said.

The publisher, Moonlight Mesa Associates, Inc. hopes to have the book in print and available by January  of 2020. Vin Libassi will again do the cover design even though he’s now living in Ecuador. Happily they have internet!

FINALLY,  after a lot of delay, procrastination, and postponement, Memoir Writing  is now available on Amazon as an ebook;  priced at $4.95.  Looking to write a memoir? You’ll appreciate the many tips and ideas in this short book.

Get Ready to Ride with Moonlight Mesa’s Equine Best Sellers

equine_comm2It’s nearing the time to saddle up for those of you who’ve been housebound and frozen or flooded in all winter! The storm this week will, hopefully, be the last of winter’s blasts…until November anyway.

Since they’ve not been ridden much, if at all, you might want to take it easy the first time or two you mount up. Now a seasoned horse will pick up just like the last time you rode him, but those younger horses aren’t quite as reliable.

It so happens that we have two top-selling equine books to help you out! Lee Anderson’s Developing the Art of Equine Communication is an award-winning,  rock-steady seller for us. This book is fabulous. Why?

  1. It’s not written in a highfalutin’, know-it-all manner and attitude. Lee is down-to-earth and wholesome. You’ll understand every sentence he writes.
  2. Lee not only tells you about the problems your horse may be having, but he gives a great explanation WHY your horse is doing what it’s doing. I found this element in his book to be absolutely outstanding. Once you know WHY your horse is doing some fool thing, it takes a lot of the fear out of it for you. You’ll find yourself saying, “OH! So that’s why he does that!”
  3. Lee tells you clearly and simply how to fix the problem.

Developing the Art of Equine Communication has sold from England to Australia, and it’s available in all ebook formats too. And…we’re pleased to say that Lee is coming out with another sensational equine book: The View from My Saddle. We hope to have this title available in the fall.

Muley cover But…you have a mule? No worries. A Beginner’s Guide To Owning a Mule  was our best-selling book in 2018, and it’s off to a heck of a good start in 2019.

If you’re thinking at all of buying a mule, whether you’re an experienced horseman or not, you’ll want to read this gem. It’s well worth the $12.95 price and likely will save you a lot of frustration, heartache, and maybe even butt ache too.

If you buy either book from Moonlight Mesa in April or May, you’ll get free shipping! You’ll need to email us for this special, though. And we accept all credit cards!

These books would also make fine gifts for your family members for either Mother’s Day or Father’s Day!

Just click here to contact us! Make sure to include your name and shipping address in the email. A phone number would be good too in case we need to get hold of you.  Include your card number, date of expiration, CVV number, and the zip code where the billing for this card is sent. If you’re uncomfortable sending your credit card information online, just email us your phone number and we’ll call you for your information.

Get that saddle out and cleaned up. Curry that winter coat off your critter, and let’s get ready to ride!