Stories from high five ranch
A New Adventure Awaits
Many times I have been told I should write a book because of my colorful adventures in life. Considering I have the focus of a squirrel...and gold metaled in procrastination...it is difficult for me to sit and concentrate on writing a book. What is the next best thing...write a Blog.
A little about me...I've transitioned into another chapter in my life. My mom is turning 88 in November  and is at a point in her life where she is ready to be cared for. She has been a caregiver the majority of her adult life...my brother had brain damage from a car accident in 1979, my father died in 1985 and she had to care for his parents as they aged. She is ready to have someone else do the "taking care of" and since I am so fun to be around, time for me to step in and step up. And I am happy to do so. We have been living together since 2016.
Mom and I were both born and raised in Colorado...I moved to Los Angeles, CA in 1987 to pursue a career in comedy and acting and she moved to Austin, TX in 1989 for warmer weather. To accomplish the role of "taker carer" there were a couple options. #1, Mom could move to CA and live with me. However, at the time I was in a very dysfunctional relationship and there would have been no way I would have brought her in to that scene. #2, I could move to TX...no way. #3, we could both move back to Colorado where, if needed, I would have relatives to help me.
In 2016, I moved away from LA, sold my Mom's home in TX, loaded up the car with two dogs and we all moved to a nice home in Parker, CO. I am not a person who can sit idle...I need to have something to do or I will get myself into trouble. Since I needed to take mom to doctor appointments and such, working a 9-5 job was not possible, I had to find something PT to occupy my time and brain. I found an advertisement for a Ranch Hand at an animal rescue near where we were living and somehow convinced them to hire me, with no experience what so ever. I loved it!! And was bitten by the "must have a ranch with animals" bug...little did I know 6 years later I would own a ranch of my own.
For several years I worked for non-profits and for profit organizations specializing in rescue, rehab, and everyday happenings of horse, acreage, and animal maintenance. As time goes by, I will dive into more of these organizations and stories.
In 2020 Mom and I sold the house in Parker and moved to a very cozy 5 acre horse property. Yes...I moved my 87 year old mother to a [large for us] piece of land with a home that was build in the 50's...why not...life is short, right? HA! Almost everyday you will hear me mumble..."move out to the country, they said...it will be fun, they said". And some days...I want to strangle "THEY". Having large animals and living on land is not for the faint of heart, it is very hard work. Nonetheless, I love it and wouldn't have it any other way.
Ok...to bring you up-to-date...we currently have two horses, two donkeys, two cats, and two dogs. Our own little Noah's Art starter kit. And of course I will showcase them all with their own story.
And so it begins...stories from High Five Ranch and Once In a Blue Moon Pasture. I hope you enjoy. Thank you for reading.
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The past 6 years has been a time of major renovation for Trish Lay. In taking a break from the corporate scene, speaking, and coaching…Trish has been transitioning into a whole new world of challenging expectations, rewards beyond measure, and a unique form of healing she hopes to share with others.