As promised, I’m updating on a few things currently happening.
I ordered and received a pair of Chap Inserts. So far, they seem pretty easy and aren’t noticeable. That being said, sometime during the winter while I cleaned the spare room and attempted chap making, I misplaced some important things.
- the conchos for the back of my chaps (I can’t find a single one out of 3!)
- The strap thing-a-ma-jig that buckles the front of my black chaps…I have no idea how this happened.
All, I know is there are random parts missing making it difficult for me to really try on my chaps. Not to mention, I still can’t really fit in my show pants. Ugh.
Beyond that missing stuff, I’m missing more stuff. I bought a bunch of crystals for my new red and black jacket and now cannot find 5 little bags of them. I think I’m going to have to order more, which I need to do anyway because I grossly miscalculated what I needed.
The truck is still in need of help it looks like around $500.00 worth of help. Thanks to it I’ve said good-bye to spring training and my tax refund. Woo Hoo!
But! I have gotten a few things. I decided to Milo on joint supplements since he’s so old now (16)! I’m just a worrier and he does need it. I’m trying out Majesty Flex Wafers. They’re treats with supplements in them! I liked the idea because I can control and know he’s getting the supplements and because he really loves treats! They’re not too badly priced considering the no-waste method. You can get them on sale here at amazon right now.
I also bought a DM Lifter Bit. I’ve been curious about these for a long time but never got around to buying one or trying it out. They’re kinda pricey at $100 but I was really, really interested! So far, Tango doesn’t really seem to care for it one way or another…it’s just another bit to her. Milo seemed really relaxed in it though. I guess I’ll wait and see.
I have really, really been enjoying the last couple of warm days. Monday, I finally go to ride outside and it was glorious! The horses, especially Milo who wouldn’t stop running for a good 20 minutes, loved being outside. Yesterday, Todd and I went for lunch at one of our favorite spots and sat outside, then I felt it was definitely necessary to go for a jog when I got home. Oh jeez, when will I ever not die while attempting to run? Someday…and someday my show pants will fit again!
This morning we were greeted with the office door being jammed. Jammed as in it took five guys about an hour to finally get it open. It’s now sitting ajar without a lock or handle, slightly beaten up. Did it really keep me from doing my work? No. Did it give me enough of an excuse to meander around the lab and not do any work? Yes. It also gave me time to order a pair of chap inserts…finally.
The mangled door...
Facing the facts is hard, especially when the facts are a: I am not going to lose weight as fast as I imagine I could (I just don’t have the drive, motivation, or will power) b: I have to come up with a solution to be able to squeeze into my show clothes. My solution for chaps, is the chap inserts, which I bought today. They cost $57.00 with shipping, not bad considering the alternative of getting new chaps. However, I haven’t spent that much money outside of horse bills in a long time. It really freaked me out. I’ve become so driven to save money for showing and riding…and well just keeping my horses, I’ve forgotten that it is OK and in fact normal to spend money on occasion. Oh and I also have a job so I can earn back what I just spent. The fear of spending is fun-crippling and ridiculous in someways and good in others. I know I can save but now that I’ve bought one thing, I want to buy so much more!
Because all of my chaps are on the tight side this year, I decided to invest in a pair of chap inserts rather than buy new chaps or have mine altered. This plan was going to give me a cheap fix to make all my chaps fit…except one pair. I have a pair of really lovely turquoise chaps made of ultrasuede but the zipper is plastic. The chap, zipper standard is a YKK #10 brass zipper. I decided I would just put new zippers on myself. This proved to be a more difficult task than I expected. Between shortening a set of zippers I already had hanging out in a box of scraps and sewing them in straight and correctly, I became a master of ripping seams. It was difficult, my workmanship is a little off, and it took forever but I saved some money. It was worth it to me!
Chap Inserts are a great way to give you some extra leg room without permanent alterations.
Tomorrow, I will be off to Equine Affaire. Although I really don’t have any money to spend, I plan to take a list of things I need, see if there’s any good deals, and check out products I’ve only ever seen online. I’m hoping to take plenty of pictures and get some good ideas. I’m also going to be looking for chap inserts! you can buy them here for a pretty decent price but I’m wondering if there will be anything similar at horse fair. I’ve recently tried on all my show clothes for the season and my chaps are pretty tight. Since they are way too expensive to replace, I think I will give the chap inserts a try. They cost around $50.00 but all you will need is one pair, as they are not a permanent fix; they can be switched between all your pairs of chaps. Oh! One other great feature is you can buy them in a variety of colors.