Dayle's "Simple Pleasures" challenge on Thursdays results in such a wide variety of people, things, and events in lives of her blog followers. Today, I woke up to the sound of wind and rain. One of my first pleasures was turning on the gas stove with its warm flames. When I had to leave the house for an errand, I noticed my Painted Ponies collection on shelves near the front door. I love these horses! There are only 13 in the collection, but I don't have any room for more right now. (Low light and no tripod....photo isn't very sharp!) I grew up riding horseback but haven't ridden in nearly 25 years, and I miss it. I'm at the age now where starting to ride again after all those years carries certain risks, so I'll probably just stand and watch in envy. Meanwhile, I have my carousel horse collection and my Painted Ponies.