Friday, March 28, 2008

Talking Fresh kicks off

...this afternoon. I won't be there. No doubt I'll spend the next while wondering what I'm missing.

UPDATE:

March 30 - I mentioned our lucky horseshoe in a comment on this post this morning. H found it in the yard and hung it on a tree in September 1989 and it's been our lucky horseshoe ever since. A little while ago I decided to go outside and make sure it's still hanging the right way. Sometimes it needs straightening. I took the camera along to get a pic. This is where our horseshoe hangs.


It's gone.

H, who had been watching the goings on from the house, came out and grabbed a shovel, thinking it had just fallen off the tree. While he dug I went on about what this means for our luck.


He dug and dug.


No horseshoe.

16 comments:

the regina mom said...

Where were you??? I thought you said you'd be at Talking Fresh! I missed you!!!

But I won't tell you how great it was cuz that'd be cruel...

;-)

Amy said...

But it was great.

I'm sorry you and H weren't well.

Brenda Schmidt said...

Ya, I'd planned to be there. But apparently my lucky horseshoe is hanging a bit crooked. Glad to hear it was great. I knew it would be.

tracy said...

It was melancholy that your weren't there. Melon-bally and melon-cauli.

Brenda Schmidt said...

How sweet! And some melon-cola on ice would be nice. With an umbrella. A broken umbrella.

Ariel Gordon said...

No news as to the horseshoe?

Brenda Schmidt said...

Nope. What a terrible time for it to disappear. I have a new book coming out this month and no horseshoe. Need I say more.

Ariel Gordon said...

Who'd be so petty as to steal a poet's tree horseshoe?

Brenda Schmidt said...

Anyone down on their luck, I suppose. Who knows how many horseshoe robbers creep around yards at night, just waiting for their chance...

GM said...

Had you hung it upside down (with the opening toward the ground)? 'Cause if so, that's why you lost it. You never hang a horseshoe like that because it lets the luck "run out", as they say.

Brenda Schmidt said...

Of course not. No one in their right mind would hang a horseshoe like that. Our horseshoe hung correctly. Our luck was generally good.

GM said...

I assumed from the photo that you hung it over that stub of branch like a wet towel.

It's okay if you did, B. The shoe will forgive you. You just need to invite it to enter your heart. You have to do this to save...um... your sole.

Brenda Schmidt said...

Har har. Just because a stub is there doesn't mean we used it. Not like that. No self-respecting hanger of horseshoes would just sling it over a stub.

Paula Jane said...

Hm, I think the fall of the Lucky Horseshoe ... actually, more like a disappearance than a fall ... seemed to have far reaching reprecussions since not only were you and H sick, I got the flu too.

There's nothing worse than losing your shoe ...

Brenda Schmidt said...

That's terrible! I knew this horseshoe thing would snowball. Bad luck runs amok. You got the flu, the Leafs didn't make the playoffs. What next?

klimshoe said...

Even if you did hang your shoe heels down, that's likely not why it was lost. After all, that is the easiest way to hang a horse whether on a nail or a stub on a tree. Traditions vary the world over and many, if not most, cultures hang horseshoes heels down so the good luck pours onto passersby. That's how I have mine hanging over the forge in my shop and I am one very lucky guy!

One thing though, if the shoe was thrown or fell off the horse's hoof then the luck was lost with it (so if you find a shoe along a path it is not likely to be lucky). In order to retain luck a shoe has to be carefully removed from the hoof. I know, because I've been a professional farrier for 3 decades.

Brenda, if you want to replace your missing horseshoe with an authentic lucky horseshoe just drop me an email and I'll send you a special one for free. You'll find my email address at http://www.horsekeeping.com/ironwork/lucky_horseshoe.htm

Best of Luck, Klimshoe