Can I Have this Dance?

Old Man Winter is getting ready to pack up his bags and head out. I realized that this morning when I saw two Canada Geese at my small pond. The 12-month resident, the Egret, was there as well.

My horses were keeping their distance. It takes my horses a while every year to get used to small, noisy, bossy geese when they return from their winter vacation elsewhere. The geese, with their aggressive charging and honking, run my horses away from the pond.

Three great, magnificent, powerful horses bullied by geese. There’s a lesson in there somewhere.


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  1. Ramona Puckett says:

    Love this! I’m glad you went and had a good time!

  2. I love dancing! Out here in CA, we’ve been exposed to something similar that’s called “Renaissance Dance.” Think Jane Austen. They’re all old country dances from the 17th and 18th centuries. It is so much fun! Sadly, there’s no group within an hour-and-a-half of us, so we can’t do it on a regular basis. We only get to do it once a year when we go to BayCon, our favorite science fiction convention. I must say, the people in your photos certainly look like the know what they are doing! I hope you can keep going to the dances.

  3. Cindy says:

    Never heard of it ! Sounds like in ! lOVE the old fashion way of life ! I LOVE my farm and the small towns surrounding me ! Saw a robin for the first time out my kitchen window ! Wowo! First sign of spring! Yeeeeehaaaaw !!

  4. Mary Rauch says:

    What a breath of fresh air! I never heard of Contra Dancing. So many people in there having a good time! I agree that the world needs lots more of this!

  5. Laura R. says:

    Very cool, and fun! And new to me too, thanks for sharing and for being adventurous enough to try it out on your own :)))

  6. Marlene Capelle says:

    How refreshing. Must check into this.

  7. What a wonderful picture you painted of people from all walks of life coming together to dance. When I hear critics saying they just can’t find a way to make peace, I point to things like this, or the Olympics, and say: “See? It can be done.” People will come together for a common cause. Who knows? Maybe the geese and the horses will learn to get along?

  8. Marilyn says:

    I have seen a few geese in V form. Sounds like you had a good time dancing. Thank You for sharing.

  9. Diane Van Horn says:

    I watched the video on you tube and man, does that look like fun! Good for you to have the courage to go. Maybe next time you can get your Hubby or Daughter to join you.

  10. We’ve been holding regular contra dances in our little one-room school house ever since I moved here in 1986. It’s true. It’s a snapshot of people at their very best. Call me soupy, but I’m always a sappy mess by the time I’ve smiled and danced for three hours. Soul food indeed, plus we often include a pot-luck meal with our contra dances.

  11. Joan says:

    Oh what great ole memory you have brought forward!! Our room wasn’t as big but we filled it and had so much fun. We called it ‘come n dance’ of course there was a great buffet. Hope you get to do it again and enjoy even more. God bless.

  12. Judy says:

    WOW! I watched that video and it reminded me of an ant-farm… every-body moving constantly and in rows across the gym. Amazing! I have 2 left feet and I’m sure it would be a disaster for me…or my partner, or my other partner, or my other partner, since you don’t have just one. Barefoot? Ya, that person is just asking for it… and I’d oblige them. hahahaha
    We are having a few nice warm days too. 60’s, sunny, nice. What did I do? Cleaned all my cupboards, upper and lower… for 2 days. *sigh*
    Did I mention we are expecting snow Friday… and one day next week too? Only an inch each time though. Spring is out there gals! It really is!

  13. Wendy Curling says:

    I just love the way you write! I feel like I’m right along side of you on every adventure! So much fun!!

  14. Renee Fisher says:

    I lived in Asheville, NC for 7 years and went to contradances weekly. I loved that so many people could have so much fun without alcohol being involved! No partner was necessary as every dance is danced with a different partner. The music is always live, and by the end of the dance your cheeks hurt from smiling so much. There are no contradances where I live now, and it’s a crying shame! I hope you continue to treat yourself to the happiest form of exercise on the planet!

  15. Sandi King says:

    Wow! that was amazing and exciting and just plain wonderful. I love to dance but don’t know how and I am clumsy, go figure! I do slow dances with a partner okay as long as I can follow but for a dance like this I would be going in all the wrong directions. LOL. Loved watching them on the tube though. Hope you continue to go and have a lot of fun. Thanks for a great time here. I really enjoyed it.

  16. Kare says:

    Thanks, I was smiling as I read this I’ll have to look for those in my area. If they don’t have one , maybe I could be a part of getting one together.

  17. Debbie says:

    I would have gone with you!!!!! 🙂

  18. Cindy says:

    You are not kidding everyone is arguing about everything. It seems you can’t even post anything on social media anymore without getting everyone up in arms!
    Buh Bye Old man winter! Good riddance! He hasn’t left my area of the states yet. Been five months now. Looooooong winter this year.
    I have never heard of CONTRA dance. I don’t think I’d have the endurance to dance for an hour! Or spin for five seconds! Good for you for going even if you were intimidated and had to go alone! I’m proud of you. I’ve been doing a lot more stuff alone lately, including taking myself to the airport to fly to Florida! Alone! Had to escape Old Man Winter!

  19. Linda Clayton says:

    Wow are you brave! good for you. I will think about being more brave in the future. I will keep reading.

  20. Bonnie says:

    Love your stories, descriptions of and feelings. On California coast so enjoy hearing about animals and seasons there. Wish comments stated place they were. Love MJ sharing of life as I used to live

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