Friday, November 18, 2005

Mules, my Dad, and Me

I have always loved horses and that includes mules as well. I enjoy going to horse shows and I especially like ones where they have mule classes.

When my Dad was alive he and I went as often as we could. My Dad was a lot of fun, always happy and full of life. I like to think I took after him!

These particular pictures are from a show we went to in Booneville, Ky back in the late 80's.













The picture at the bottom is me and my Dad. Don't we look alike?? Everyone says so. In the other picture the mules are not Dad's, but I asked him to pose with them! I thought all the mules were so pretty! I love their colors. These mules are always matched up so good and the harness is beautiful as well! Those memories take me back! I sure miss my Dad!














14 Comments:

Blogger Marie said...

Those are awesome photos of the mules and I am sure that you miss your father. Glad you have the photos to help you remember. Thank you for sharing.

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Jerry said...

I think your dad and mine shopped at the same bib overall store.

Great pics!

6:30 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

My Dad always wore bib overalls. Always!!

6:48 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Rachel, I LOVE Bib Overalls!
You make all of these memories and places and animals come alive!!! I always feel I have seen a movie of your thoughts... after reading your posts.....that is quite a wonderful gift!

You do indeed, look like your Dad!!

8:39 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

What sweet memories. I'm sure your heart aches to be with your dad again. I'm so glad you have such loving memories of times spent with him.
The pics are great. That last one is beautiful and absolutely priceless.

9:16 PM  
Blogger Sonia said...

What a lovely memory, Rachel! Your Dad looks so sweet,so nice!

3:25 AM  
Blogger Cliff Morrow said...

Hi Rachel. This one of the neatest blogs I've read in a while. You convey a love for life that few can. I appreciate the show pictures. The women in our family are avid horse people and I've spent a lot of time at them myself. I like mules also.
I'm so glad your thoughts of Dad are good ones. Mine are the same about mine, but I know some don't have that pleasure of a good relationship.
Nice Job girl.

6:08 AM  
Anonymous Clarence said...

Booneville, Ky!

All of my Dad's family is from Booneville. Our Family name is BOWLES and I used to spend my summers down there with my Uncle Gilbert Bowles who lived up in Walnut Gap (a holler out of Booneville.) Have we discussed this before?

When I first saw that picture of your Dad with the Mules, I thought he looked enough like my family to be close kinfolk.

You aren't a Barrett or Gabbard are you? How about a Sizemore?

It's a small world.
Email me if you want...at
cbowles11@insightbb.com

6:10 AM  
Blogger Rhodent said...

You do look a bit like your dad! Love the mule pictures!

5:55 PM  
Blogger Müzikdüde said...

I grew up working on a ranch during the summers so I've also learned to love horses. A friend of mine raised mules so I tried riding one and I have to say they are a much better ride than a horse.

9:48 PM  
Blogger Ralph's Homespun Headlines said...

Excellent post. Yeah, you do look like your dad.
Ralph

11:53 AM  
Anonymous Margaret said...

Wonderful photos, Rachel! The mules are beautiful. I want to pat their noses! Your dad looks like he was a really neat guy. :o)

9:25 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Rachel,
I love horses, too. I just started getting into barrel racing with horses. I went to the SC State Fair with my family back in October and saw mules doing barrel racing. I had no idea that people did barrel racing with mules.

The mules didn't seem as if they were having fun though. One mule refused to do anything.

I have one horse, but never thought about getting a mule. My Dad said that some people prefer mules over horses. I'd like to find someone who has mules, so that way I could spend some time learning about mules.

I have a blog, too. www.carolinabarn.blogspot.com. Check it out, if you have some time.

I have a special relationship with my Dad. He likes to spend time with me at the barn. He is very supportive of my horse addiction, too. I enjoyed seeing photos of you and your Dad.
Cheers,
Elizabeth

11:25 AM  
Blogger Green-Eyed Lady(GEL) said...

After your email, I came in to look for this photo. I had visited here long before that day and tried to comment on the lovely Thanksgiving post, but Blogger was not cooperating then. (That explains why your site looked familiar because I knew I had come in here from Cliff's blogroll.)

Yes, you certainly favor him. That is a cozy sweet photo! Joyful love emanates from both of your eyes.
This tugs at my heartstrings. I'm putting you on my blogroll, right there in good company with CLiff and Ralph. :)

(Reciprocation is up to you. I'm not one of those bloggers who has that need. If I like the blog, I put it on my blogroll. :)

12:43 PM  

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