I LOVE IT WHEN A PLAN COMES TOGETHER.

Let me just get this out of the way – I watched the television show The A-Team in the 80s. I loved that show.  I particularly loved the characters B.A. Baracus (played by Mr. T) and John “Hannibal” Smith (played by George Peppard).  And note, I pity the fool who thinks they are going to get anyway with teasing me about this.

I was thinking about The A-Team today as we finished our efforts on my grandson Lennon’s little wood horse.  When it was all done, it was exactly what I had originally envisioned, but it wasn’t an epic fail either.  For an enthusiastic, but severely limited, Do-It-Yourself-er, anything that isn’t an epic fail is a win.  Which is why I was thinking about The A-Team today because I long ago adopted one of Hannibal’s best known phrases as my own.

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Yes…I LOVE IT WHEN A PLAN COMES TOGETHER.  I thought long and hard about what would be the best way to adorn my grandson’s horse.  I searched the internet and found designs other folks had done – some that required far more skill than I will ever possess.  I settled on a stained horse and I bought mop heads for the mane and tail – industrial strength mop heads I might add.  Off course Mike did the sanding, staining, and heavy duty stapling of the mane and tail.  I was the designer, shopper, and hair stylist.  Happily, I was content to do a rough cut on the hair and allow it to have some varying lengths, because a hairdresser I am not.  Those mops in the bags looked much smaller and less lush than when they escaped their confines.  That little horse has some serious hair going on even after I chopped off half of each mop (yes, mops died in the making of this horse – tragic, but true).

Like I said, not perfect – but not an epic fail.  I think we should call this little horse Harry (for obvious reasons).  Little Lennon, who will be one next Saturday, won’t care that Harry isn’t perfect.  He’ll just be happy that he has that thick mane to hang on to when he goes bareback riding.  And hopefully, at some later point in his life he’ll realize that his grandma and pop pop love him extra-special even if one of them is seriously lacking in DIY skills.  I am hanging my hat on that one – gifts made with love matter most.  As I said,  I LOVE IT WHEN A PLAN COMES TOGETHER. ;-)

Day one thousand four hundred and thirty-two of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

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I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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3 Responses to I LOVE IT WHEN A PLAN COMES TOGETHER.

  1. tim haering says:

    With hair that thick, it must be an anime’ pony. So it should have a Pokemon name like Ponyta or Rapidash. GOod work, Granny!

  2. B-dubya says:

    A handsome horse with a grand mane for the rider to hang onto when the trail gets rough or the rider wants speed! These horses last for generations–you might want to use a wood-burning tool to put the date on the underside of the seat.

  3. Elaine says:

    How did you go about fashioning the mane and tail?

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