A Quick Way To Go Mad: Bring Home A Pot Bellied Pig

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Pot bellied pigs

Did I really say my big dream is to be an accomplished equestrian?

Some women buy expensive shoes – I buy UlcerGard for Stormy, my 20 year old horse.

Some women check into a spa – I’m up in the barn at 9:30 at night, checking for digital pulses, feeling down legs for heat and or swelling, fussing over standing wraps, going through signs and symptoms in my head.

Some women have a purse or bag for every occasion and outfit – I have 3 gallons of Bismucil (more stomach ulcer horse medicine).

Some husbands buy their wives beautiful jewelry – My husband doesn’t blink at my animals’ vet bills:  $200 on Monday for Nikki’s last visit with the vet; $400 Tuesday for various maintenance medicines for Stormy and Flicka; dog is going to the vet on Wednesday morning and Dr. Harlan will be out Wednesday afternoon to see why Stormy is 3-legged lame (we think its a hoof abscess).

So, no progress towards my dream of becoming an accomplished equestrian.  Just lots of anxiety-producing, horse-related problems. No riding lately either. 4.25 inches of rain last week, followed by another quarter to half inch the other day has turned my arena into tendon-bowing, shoe-sucking-off mud trap.


I brought home a pot-bellied pig.

Please don’t ask why.  “But you have enough . . . ” Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know.  Pig’s name is Mango.  She needed a home and is here on a trial basis. And does anyone know anything about pot-bellied pigs?

Is this what is known as distracting oneself from working on their dream?

‘Til next week,

Danelle left 8 Women Dream in March of 2010 and is still working  on her dream is to become an accomplished equestrian

  • Remy G

    All bonding takes time! Wow you are a busy woman! how do you do it all??? I am thinking good dry non-mud thoughts. Rem

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    Bond with those paper plates.

  • Danelle, the equestrian

    Let me clairfy – the cute little pig in the photo isn’t Mango. We’re having trouble bonding. Ha!! I’m concerned about bonding with my pig!!

  • Wendy

    Horses are so expensive! Mango sure is a charmer. Very cute picture. The float sounds like hard work. I have always wanted to create something for Burning Man but do not know if I could handle desert sun and heat.

  • Oh my god – thank you so much for the laugh. Can’t wait to see the photo of your pig – after you have that second cup of tea.

  • Kim, the traveler

    AAWWeee, he’s so cute! I’d rather have him than bling anyday!

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    I laughed out loud when I got to the part about the pot bellied pig. Lordy, and the Pasadena Rosa Parade is in December isn’t it? Where does the time go?

    Here I want to complain about raising a teen and an ex husband and how I have no time, then I read your posts and think …


    You didn’t even mention the garden the small vineyard.

    If you buy a bunch of chickens next I’ll come down there with wine …