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Trials and Tribulations of an Unconventional M.T.S.U. Student

I thought I would start posting some of the c.r.a.p. that keeps going on in my life. I would love to find out if anyone else has the bad luck I do, lol.

Husband couldn't find job, he left and moved to Texas. Can't talk for he says there isn't cell phone reception where he is at. One week after he left my truck broke down, I crushed my pinky toe (that hurts!), found out my almost 2 mo. old colt has an umblical hernia (but vet says he should be ok and to watch it) and still don't have any luck selling anything. Need to add, living in a 1 room apartment at a barn, where the mice are so plentiful, the cat doesn't even raise his head anymore! But it is shelter for the next couple of weeks.

Well, while I am talking about things for sale, here is my list: white flattop ceremic range with self cleaning oven, sidebyside refrigerator with ice and water in door, very large and pretty entertainment center, several chest of drawers and dressers, a two year old colt, some odds and ends of tack including a 15" western saddle, my sanity and my memory. Of course the latter two aren't worth much because...there are very little left in them!

I have three weeks to raise 900$ so that I can move to campus in time for school to start. But hey, my horse trailer is working! I can use it to move with. I am scared, basically, that is it. I am scared because I have nothing, including a support base here now, and I am moving to the campus to live. If it was up to me, I would set alight on horseback and never be seen again. Just travel the country on horseback. I know things are tough for everyone around here, so post your stresses. Leave them on this page and get them off of your back for a bit. It helps just to say it. Even though you can't hear me, I am talking 900 miles per hour in my head, I just can't type fast enough. Be thankful for that, or this blog would NEVER end!

PS. How do you trust someone that lives so far away and you can't talk to?

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Comment by Teri Parks on September 23, 2009 at 7:04am
I am on the college campus now and my husband has returned, still unable to find a job. I am president of our Area Government, on an intermural volleyball team and supposed to be on the equestrian team here, but I am not sure if I will be able to afford the lessons that are required to show. School is fine. I have a fairly heavy load but am doing ok with my work. If anyone speaks German fluently, please email me!
I sold everything, well just about, and gave some things away. Horses are resituated, or have a new home so that is no longer a major stress. My son who is living here on campus with me LOVES it. He goes to the rec center almost daily and worksout or something. i am so desperately trying to find a part time job in this area, but have yet to receive a call back. So, if anyone needs help on their farm, fencing, barn repair, training, lessons, etc. I am cheap. Money is so desperately needed here right now, lol. Of course, save the fencing and barn repair (my husband will do that and there will be seperate contracts for each job), I can only work afternoons and weekends. So if anyone needs someone in the Murfreesboro area to come out and clean stalls, ground train, give lessons, etc. Just drop me a word or two and we can make arrangements.
Comment by Teri Parks on July 27, 2009 at 2:43pm
I am sorry that you had a hard time this weekend with horse people. If you need anything just let me know. I can fix a lot of things with horses from mental, to physical to some hoof problems.

An update... I have moved my mare and colt to Murfreesboro this weekend and am moving the hay and the other two horses this week. I am moving onto campus Aug. 1, so far so good with everything. i am not sure how well this place will work out but I am going to give it a try. As long as my horses are safe and healthy.

I have faith in horse people who are true horse people; who are not in it for the money. Horses have a soul and feelings and I know that from experience. I never saw a horse more worried than the look on my mare's face. Her eyebrows were raised and her attitude was very meek. I reassured her that she wasn't sold and I would be back soon, and that seemed to relax her countenance.

True horse lovers love their animals for who they are and what they can do for each other (human-horse relationship), not for the monetary value that can be placed on the relationship. Find people like that and you will find good people. Yes, there are good people on this site as I have witnessed!
Comment by Debi Pandorf on July 27, 2009 at 11:36am
I feel so blessed as I,m reading your blog. There truly are loving, caring horse people, in this world. I'm tearing up as I write this....I came on the site to see if I could find a better place for my children and myself to show. Someplace safe where the goal is not win at all cost and where we have a voice even though we are outsiders. Thanks for restoring my faith in horse people. My faith in the horse community was sorely shaken this weekend. I'm ready to sell every horse and find another passion. Is that possible after 40 years? ....Teri, I have some great kids who truly love their horses and love the Lord. My oldest daughter is 21. I think you may hit it off. She goes by Frankie on this site.
Comment by Teri Parks on July 13, 2009 at 11:40am
I wish I would have read this on Sunday. I know exactly where McNatts is. I have trail rode there several times. He has some nice spotted horses.
Comment by Linda Grajewski on July 12, 2009 at 8:18am
Teri, I have some really great friends in your area, the McNatt family. I am going to be at their barn Monday morning at 10am if you want to come meet us. You can find directions and address from their website; mcnatt farm.
Blessings, Linda
Comment by Jackie on July 10, 2009 at 8:24pm
I understand-aren't there some TTR members your way you could hook up with before school starts? Once you're at MTSU I know there are lots of folks close by. Hang in there, and you'll be making new friends and get busy in a good way before you know it!
Comment by Teri Parks on July 10, 2009 at 11:49am
Equazac..I love it. I will remember that one. Let's see what is on the agenda for today. Three days worth of school work to catch up on since I couldn't get in town to get online. That is no big deal to me. Car still bogging and can't figure out why. But you know what, I am not worrying about it because I have no more money to fix it! My thought is..why worry! I just have no friends around here save one and he is my best friend, so I am lonely and dont' have anywhere to go, don't know anyone, or where to go around here. Moved here to be with my husband and never really met anyone else in the 5 yrs I have been here. I just feel deserted I guess.
Comment by Teri Parks on July 10, 2009 at 11:45am
Jackie...I can fix the fence, did that yesterday, have teens...they all know it all don't they? lol. It is the worry of him living next to his ex-wife who plainly and loudly states she still loves him that tears me up. I don't trust her and well, you know men....somethings just cause them not to think as clearly.
Comment by Teri Parks on July 10, 2009 at 11:36am
aww thank you. I won't actually be on campus until the end of july. I am stuck in Fayetteville right now. I will definitely call you when I get up that way permanently.
Comment by Marty Luffman on July 9, 2009 at 11:37pm
hi Teri, my office is in Smyrna, about 20 minutes from mtsu. call me one day next week 459 7253, and i will treat you to dinner and we can chat. I, know, first hand how you feel. the Tn Trairiders is a big family, so you got lots of support. I look forward to meeting you.

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