I love horses. I always have. Many of my fondest memories are riding at Shenandoah Farms. Erika shares my love of these precious animals as well and spent many years riding at Endless Trails and Tera Stables.

Today, I thought I would share a bit of history and a bit of news with you…straight from the horse’s mouth.

Have you ever heard or used the phrase: “Straight from the horse’s mouth?” As I thought about today’s blog, that saying came to mind, but I never knew where it came from…until today. I always thought it was “The Talking Mr. Ed.” Do any of you remember that show or am I just showing my (very advanced) age?


Straight from the Horses Mouth

We use the phrase “straight from the horse’s mouth” in our conversations to mean “from the source,” as in, “I heard it from the source so it has to be accurate.” Many horse breeders and gamblers coined the phrase to assure people that their horse was the one to bet on, as they “heard it straight from the horse’s mouth that he or she will win.” This has been going on since the mid 1900s.

But the origin of the phrase was much earlier…in the early 1800s. When someone wanted to purchase a horse, they, of course, wanted to know the age of the horse before they bought him. Many sellers would “fib” or guess at the age or stretch the truth. But a horse’s mouth never lied and his teeth were the clue. Did you know that you can tell the exact age of a horse “by looking in his mouth?” His teeth grow in at certain ages and by checking this, exact ages and correct sales were the norm. No more tall tales, exaggerations or misinformation.



On a related note, I have news-straight from the horse’s mouth! My husband, has a new job. It is a wonderful opportunity for him and our family and one that comes from years and years of hard work and dedication. It is a natural progression for him, career wise, and I could not be happier for him!

His new job is based in Florida. It will involve a great deal of travel, internationally. The company is in Coral Gables and he started last week. I am so incredibly proud of him!

What does his job have to do with LTD 7, you might be asking. You might be thinking…”Oh noooo. Is Lynne moving to Florida? She LOVES Florida” or “How will they make this work?” Some of you may have noticed and commented that I am not in the store quite as much as I used to be. With 24 years of a marriage under our belt, we both realize that sometimes, blessings come with sacrifices, we are blessed to have a strong marriage and know that opportunities are placed in your lap at times that may not seem right. We are approaching this with Blind faith by listening and acting on the opportunities that have been placed in front of us.


Fear not! I am still here and I am working on LTD 7 even harder that I was before, if that is even possible. I am never more than a phone call away and I have wonderful people holding down the fort. In fact, I am in the store more than you think; I am just behind the scenes…working on our growing internet presence, social media, buying (actually pickin’) and concentrating on the operational side of things. I have been nicknamed the “little elf” by my staff, I bring new items in, rearrange the merchandise and leave little notes; all this takes place when the store is closed. There is SO much that goes on behind the scenes in a small business and I am spending my time focusing on orders and sales and the growth of the business. I found that if I was selling IN the store, much of what I needed to do to bring you the BEST a store like ours has to offer required that I be out and about and that was not possible after a full day of work.


Here is the good news: I work “almost” every single weekend in LTD 7! I look forward to that because being in my shop, seeing your faces, and being on the sales floor brings me tremendous joy. Every time I get ahead of the ball and caught up with my obligations, I am in the store or working on it from home. I am constantly picking up new items and delivering them to LTD 7 and while that takes me away from the sales floor, it is work with you at the forefront of my mind.

My responsibilities as wife and mom and daughter in law have grown, just a little bit too, now that Duane is traveling. I am sure you can relate. With Duane gone most every work week, I need to be able to run, at a moment’s notice to meet Erika, or take care of my father-in-law. I did not think it fair to you if I was holding down the store and had to close for family obligations. I wanted you to have the best experience at LTD 7, no matter what I had on my plate. Once I become more accustomed to living the pseudo “single parent” role, I am sure I will have more time. Thank goodness for Skype and the internet and cell phones. What in the world did we ever do without them?

I am not moving to Florida, my daughter will finish school in Staunton and LTD 7 will continue to reign as the number one gift shop in Staunton! Most of you DO know, I dream of the day when my husband and I retire and perhaps settle there, but that is in the future. Duane is going to come home as much as he can and we will travel there to see him some, too. Just like always, Staunton is my home and the growth of LTD 7 is my number one top career priority.

It has been a whirlwind of positives and new challenges lately and I am definitely up for the challenge. You know me. Please let any one of us at LTD 7 know if there is anything we can do for you. Your satisfaction and positive shopping experience is still our number one goal and we strive always to exceed your expectations.

There. Now you know. Now you have it-straight from the horse’s mouth. And, no, you cannot look inside my mouth and count my teeth. (wink)



Have a tremendous week everyone. Make sure to mark your calendars for the Fall Market on October 25th. I want to catch up with all of you and that is a perfect time to do so. Please continue to check our webpage for classes and sign up. We always have a grand time! And last but not least, our Facebook sales are stronger and more popular than ever. We have them every Monday and Thursday night and there have been some GREAT prizes won lately for “liking, commenting and sharing” our sales with your friends. Please join us at one or ALL of these events.

I will see you…soon. I promise.

Living the Dream,


(I would love to hear from you at anytime, Email me or PM me on Facebook, )

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Author: LTD 7

Small Business Retailer with over 39 years of experience. I am founder and Christian owner of a Boutique located in Staunton Virginia. We specialize in fashions, jewelry & fabulous gifts and home decor. We have a Limit of 7 very talented artists and vendors who are passionate about the items they sell in our shop. Please visit us if you are ever in the Shenandoah Valley. For now, follow us or download our Free app Ltd7

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