The kids gave me a button that says: “Horse work before house work.”
Even after all these years of owning horses, they still do not really feel like “work” to me. I enjoy being outside, especially when the weather is accommodating and there are new things out there in the world. There is always plenty to do.
Of course, there are things that must be done and things that should be done. But sometimes both need to wait because there are horses to ride.
Without being asked, my husband, Kevin, has taken over one job: He cleans the water troughs.
It is a task that lends itself to a satisfying sense of “a job well done.” In a week’s time, a water trough can fill up with half-chewed hay and leaves, and maybe a little green slime, and perhaps a half-eaten apple bobbing in the water. You can tell horses have been there. But a little bit of bleach, a rinse and a scrub and—presto—you have crystal clear drinking water again.
I have heard Kevin explain to our non-horse friends that it is an important job, because horses are picky about their water, that if they don’t drink enough, they could become sick and then we’d need to call the veterinarian. He makes it sound like responsible financial management, but I know better. I know he enjoys having horses, too.
One day, when I went to check our horses, I found Kevin, still in his business suit, his shirt hanging on the fence post, scrubbing the trough. As I watched, my horse quietly walked up and licked his back. It was a Hallmark moment.
The Ecofriends PTO cooperative is holding an Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 27, from 1 to 4 p.m., on the Westhampton Beach Village Green (near the gazebo). There will be arts and crafts, music, face-painting, and local merchants are holding a Sidewalk Sale!
The Westhampton Beach Dugout Club will host its second annual fundraiser on Saturday, April 27, from 7 to 11 p.m., at the Boardy Barn on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays. Tickets are $20 in advance ($25 at the door) and are available at Roses and Rice in East Quogue, as well as at the Westhampton Beach Deli and Lynn’s Cards and Gifts, also in Westhampton Beach.
Westhampton Boy Scout Troop 62 will be holding its third annual Yard Sale on Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., at 39 Oneck Lane in the village, across from the tennis courts. They are looking for some “big ticket” items to be donated, so they can raise money to buy camping equipment and supplies. They will pick up the items or you can drop them off at 39 Oneck Lane. Call Patricia DiBenedetto at (516) 330-8569 for more information.
Members of the Eastport South Manor Music Boosters are holding a Bake and Plant Sale in front of the King Kullen in Eastport on Sunday, May 5. Stop by when you’re out and pick up some home-baked goods and annuals. The sale begins at 10:30 a.m. Anyone who would like to donate a baked good can call Laurie Pitcher at (631) 801-2496.
A boater safety class will be offered on Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Mastic-Moriches-Shirley Community Library, off the William Floyd Parkway in Shirley. This is a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Boater Safety Class that meets all of the new Suffolk County boating laws.
Registration is required and costs $35 per person. If you want more details, call Rich King at (631) 872-2901 or email him at king@EMCG.us.