Friday Five


I’ve had such a great week- everything’s going well with work, ponies, etc…Until I got home yesterday to find about 72 feet of our privacy fence had been blown over in yesterday’s strong winds! Ugh. What a way to start the weekend.

OOOOOOOOKKKKlahoma, where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain! You're welcome.
OOOOOOOOKKKKlahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain! You’re welcome.

Here’s what was on my radar before I started Googling “how to build a privacy fence”:

ONE Style Stock


While I was in Florida, I met with one of the store’s vendor reps who showed me some beautiful new products. One of them was a collection of stock ties from the California-based Style Stock. These are gorgeous in person, with luxurious fabrics in all sorts of patterns. I’m sort of in love with this blue and gold tie, although I don’t know where I’d wear it!

TWO ‘Meeting Martha’ series on Eventing Nation

This series from EN writer Leslie Wylie documents how she met the Lady Martha Sitwell and went foxhunting with the infamous Ledbury Hunt. It’s a fun read and it makes me want to go hunting again RIGHT NOW! Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

THREE Jesper the cat tows skier

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This is a giant cat towing a person through the snow in Norway. Is this the best thing on the internet? Maybe.

FOUR The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

In an effort to expand my literary horizons beyond fantasy novels and horse-centric books, I’ve been picking through Johnny’s bookshelves. I started this non-fiction crime book a couple of days ago and am completely engrossed by it! It’s about the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and is centered around the architect behind the fair and a serial killer who murdered dozens of people during the event. The novelistic style makes it easy and quick to read.

FIVE HairArt H3000 straightening iron

The last time I was at the salon, I asked my stylist to show me just how she creates these beautiful loose waves that last all day in my thick, straight hair. She showed me the technique, and I tried it a few times with the straightening iron I’ve had since high school. It wasn’t working very well (maybe because parts of the plates have chipped off?), so I asked her for a recommendation for a new iron. She immediately sent me to this HairArt iron. IT IS MAGICAL, y’all. I can style my hair in about 20 minutes, the waves stay all day, and my hair is shiny and smooth. When I look good, I feel good, so this thing has been well worth its price!

We’ll be spending the weekend attempting to rebuild our fence. What are y’all up to?

Author: Stephanie

Equestrian, amateur cook, people person.

14 thoughts on “Friday Five”

    1. I’m thinking of buying one for hunting to replace my plain, super scratchy one. Maybe one day I’ll figure out how to use my sewing machine and can make myself one!

    1. They’re a little pricey, but most of the fancy dressage stocks are $50+ these days. Yours truly has a $15 un-tied, plain one that’s doing just fine, though! (Even if it is kind of scratchy.)

  1. Ooooo I want a fancy stock tie like that! My student got a really cool one at champs a couple years ago and ever since I’ve thought that I needed an upgrade… I think I need a cat upgrade too! That video is so cool!

  2. I’ll have to look into the hair straightener! And I feel ya with the Oklahoma winds… I had dirt caked on my face and in my ears after working in the barn yesterday!!

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