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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Thankful and horses..

I really have so much to be thankful for...not just my family.. which is reason enough.. but I have horses to ride. You all know, not everyone gets to have a horse..or access to a horse to ride.
My younger sister Jill ( who is on Zoe, the palomino) had a life goal.. which was to ride a horse again.
You see ..she had been seriously overweight and was not able to ride for more years than she can remember.. and now she is at a healthy weight.. and was chomping at the bit( sorry , I couldn't resist!) to ride. So Zoe was happy to volunteer her services.. and
ride she did, and I did too!

At first she thought she wanted to ride Betsy, until I pointed out what a twerp my Betsy can be. So Jill seemed more than happy to ride our more pleasant little cutting bred mare, Zoe.

I have not ridden in over a year...and I gotta admit I enjoyed it, I think I may even ride tomorrow!
Jill is a school teacher in Las Vegas, and is up visiting on her school break..

So, now Jill can check that goal off her list, though I don't think she is done riding!

"Thankful Thursday " is sponsored by The Blessed Country Mom, go on over, sign up... and share with the rest of us!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Almost Wordless Wednesday...

I love this picture of my granddaughter Elise and my little Rocketdog... aka Rocky
You can see how excited he was about this walk she took him on!
(click on the picture to see his lovely expression!)
PS.. I thought I should mention, he had on a doggy "harness" that she lifted him with..

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Random Thought Tuesday..

This was a wreath from Ronald Reagan's funeral.. and was still at his Library in Simi Valley when we were there several years ago.

I have found that I really enjoy Presidents Library's, and I would love to go to as many as I could back to my random thought, which is...

What would Ronald Reagan do if he was president today, now 2009... in the situation we are in now?

Sunday, April 26, 2009

I was recently awarded this Lovely Blog award by my special friend Ali, over at "The Blessed Country Mom", ah shucks..thank you so much! Please make sure you all go stop by her blog, it is awesome, like she is!

Here is how this works:

1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.
2) Pass the award to up to 15 other blogs that you've newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

Here, are my 15 newly discovered blogs in no particular order ( you will notice that my new friends blogs are also often "dog and pony" shows as well!):

  1. Angie
  2. Audrey
  3. Nanny Goats in Panties
  4. Desert Rose
  5. Dusty Devoe( thats two for you!)
  6. Tonya
  7. Debbie at Suburb Sanity
  8. Kritter Keeper (thats 2 for you!)
  9. Baba
  10. Cowgirl Jill
  11. ^..^Corgidogmama
  12. Rosie
  13. Paint Girl
  14. Chronicle of the Hoof
  15. Pony Girl

PS... ALL of the blogs I follow are cool, or I wouldn't follow you all! And I have my fav's who have been my fav's since day 1... you all know who you are, as I visit you regularly! So because of that you are not "newly" discovered, more like old friends!

Quotable Sunday.. when is it really failure??

I think this is always a fun Sunday challenge from ...
A Daily Dose of Toni
Toni has encouraged us to find some themes or authors to quote...

Today.. since we are small business owners, and failure is always a possibility in many ways from small to large.. I have chosen the topic of failure.. or is it?

Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success.

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.

If there exists no possibility of failure, then victory is meaningless.

A failure is a man who has blundered but is not capable of cashing in on the experience.

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.

Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.

The only real failure in life is the failure to try.

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.

Life’s real failure is when you do not realize how close you were to success when you gave up.

Success builds character, failure reveals it.

There are no failures - just experiences and your reactions to them.

Failure is the tuition you pay for success.

A man may fall many times, but he won’t be a failure until he says that someone pushed him.

Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up.

You cannot do wrong without suffering wrong.

And my favorite is:

He who fails to plan, plans to fail.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

What is your Inspiration?

When you run out of things to talk about.. or the brain just freezes up, where do you go for inspiration?

Color is always an inspiration to me.. so I went to the cupboard!

OK, I know this may be a bit desperate..but hey, I can do desperate, and the truth is I really do love Fiestaware as well!

Both my girls have and collect Fiestaware. I started using it about 4 years ago, and I have got to tell you, this stuff is unbelievable if you want dishware that is almost non destructible ( I should have chipped mine a hundred times being clumsy loading and unloading the chips!)

Of course you all know I love Mexico, partly because of the bright colors you see so much of in Mexico.

Well, this is my Mexico... on my table!
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Friday, April 24, 2009

Guess what night It is??? You got it, VGNO!! week 6 for me!

Guess what? Ann and us Girls, are all going to Rock Out tonight! Yes at Virtual Girls Night Out!

Go on over and sign up for the fun!!

We are going to have a Concert.. get out your lighters.. no, we are not smoking!

Tonight I am partying with the one and only... Martina McBride.. like, of course!

Jam had quite the list of celebrities to party along with ... Pink, Beyonce, Gwen Stefani, Miley, Diana Krall, Fergie, and Kate Perry..

Oh, that Ann, she is such a party girl! She has also given us a little "Party Game" challenge ..

After a long week working as an assistant trainer at the Jane Fonda Exercise Studio I was ready for a night out. I went to my closet, put on my ________ and headed out the door. I stopped to pick-up my friend ________ and we headed to Studio 54. This place was packed! I had just about sweated my ________ off when they turned on the lights and told us it was time to boogie home. Another great night. Can you dig it? :->

*Fill in the blanks by following the charts. If the First Letter of your FIRST name begins with an 'A' then fill in with "Polyester Suit", etc.

First blank/First Letter of your FIRST name:
A - E = Polyester Suit
F - J = Hot Pants
K - P = Platform Shoes
Q - U = Roller Skates
V - Z = Tube Top

Second blank/First Letter of your LAST name:
A - E = Bob Mackie
F - J = Deney Terrio
K - P = Jimmy J.J. Walker
Q - U = K.C. & The Sunshine Band
V - Z = Liza Minnelli

Third blank/First Letter of your FIRST name:
A - E = Glitter
F - J = Lipgloss
K - P = Blue Eye Shadow
Q - U = QT Tanning Lotion
V - Z = Sequined Headband

Have fun!! I can't wait to see what you get to wear to Studio 54.

Happy Friday Night.. VGNO!

We love the old movies..

I was just getting ready for bed last night, and my husband flipped the station to a great old movie, yep, "The Long Long Trailer"

Those old movies are the best, and there are so many of them that are priceless.. We have always had a thing for RV's and Motorhomes.. so this is a special one for us..

Throw in a couple crazy Corgi's and Randy their sidekick, and it would be situation comedy for us to go on the trip Lucy and Desi took. One of us would not make it back alive!

Here is some trivia on the Long Long Trailer, from Wikipedia:

The Long, Long Trailer is a novel by Clinton Twiss from the 1950s. It is about a couple who buy a new travel trailer home and spend a year traveling across the United States.

The novel was made into a movie in 1954 starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Marjorie Main, Keenan Wynn, Bert Freed, Moroni Olsen, Gladys Hurlbut, Madge Blake, and Walter Baldwin. It was directed by Vincente Minnelli working from a screenplay by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Thankful Thursday...

I am thankful that this is a faded memory.. and has been replaced by the more liquid stuff!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Picture in Picture.. Wordless Wednesday

This is my "picture in picture"...for wordless Wednesday
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Random Thought Tuesday.. I like that..


I have many Random thoughts.. here are only a few:
  1. How come weeds can grow anywhere, and you have to work to grow the flowers?
  2. I wonder why we have such a hard time getting paint to stay on one side of our house.. we made sure it was dry, we used primer, than the paint.. and it still peals within a year or so??
  3. And how come we learn languages when we are very young, and find it so hard to learn a new language when we are grown and mature?

It all starts here ......

So... where do you create from?
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Monday, April 20, 2009

Memory Monday.. of my Neighbor ... Wendy!

My neighbor Wendy...

She was about 10 or so when we moved in here, about 15 years ago.

It wasn't long before we saw what an exceptional horse woman she was, and a hard worker with strong work ethics.Wendy ended up helping us out quite a bit ( as the other half and I both worked full time). As she got older Wendy would clean stalls with enthusiasm, and even helped start and work some of our horses.

She and her family were very involved in 4-H, Wendy went on to get "1st in State" 4-H titles, 4 years in a row on her wonderful horse CeCe, who they call their "Garage Sale" horse.. she has had him since they were both 6, and she trained him as she got older.

She is now married, and a high school teacher, and her students are so lucky to have her as a wonderful role model. She can't help but have a positive influence on them! Yes, she still has CeCe, and Wendy will ride him for pleasure periodically....

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Another Quotable Sunday...does anyone remember...

Mae West!
What a one of a kind woman she was, God broke the mold after that one was made, you gotta love her!

A dame that knows the ropes isn't likely to get tied up.

A man can be short and dumpy and getting bald but if he has fire, women will like him.

A man in the house is worth two in the street.

A man's kiss is his signature.

A woman in love can't be reasonable - or she probably wouldn't be in love.

All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else.

Any time you got nothing to do - and lots of time to do it - come on up.

Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly.

Cultivate your curves - they may be dangerous but they won't be avoided.

Don't keep a man guessing too long - he's sure to find the answer somewhere else.

Don't marry a man to reform him - that's what reform schools are for.

Every man I meet wants to protect me. I can't figure out what from.

Give a man a free hand and he'll run it all over you.

He's the kind of man a woman would have to marry to get rid of.

His mother should have thrown him out and kept the stork.

I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.

I believe that it's better to be looked over than it is to be overlooked.

I didn't discover curves; I only uncovered them.

I like a man who's good, but not too good - for the good die young, and I hate a dead one.

I never loved another person the way I loved myself.

I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond.

I only have 'yes' men around me. Who needs 'no' men?

I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.

I see you're a man with ideals. I better be going before you've still got them.

I speak two languages, Body and English.

I'd like to see Paris before I die. Philadelphia will do.

When I'm good, I'm very good. But when I'm bad I'm better.

Save a boyfriend for a rainy day - and another, in case it doesn't rain.

I've been in more laps than a napkin.

It isn't what I do, but how I do it. It isn't what I say, but how I say it, and how I look when I do it and say it.

Opportunity knocks for every man, but you have to give a woman a ring.

and my favorite...

Love thy neighbor - and if he happens to be tall, debonair and devastating, it will be that much easier.

Thanks again to Toni..

Now you post a new post on your blog with some of your favorite quotes.
~ Go over to and post your link in the mister linkey.

~ Go check out all the other cool bloggers that are joining in Quotable Sunday, check back all day as people are posting throughout the day. Have a great Sunday!

Have you seen the movie Twilight?

We belong to Netflix.. it was our way of doing the "low cost" entertainment thing, due to this economic mess we are all in. The funny thing is we really rarely go out to dinner, nor go to the maybe this is a positive side of the negative!

Well of course I have read all of the "Tw
ilight" books in the series...oh you say they are written for teenagers, which I am not? Yeah, who cares!

So back to about 2 weeks ago I order 3 movies from Netflix: "Slumdog Millionaire" (WOW, great movie), "I am Legend"( scary, but really good) and "Twilight".

As you can imagine, the other half was not looking forward to watching Twilight, but finally agreed to be a good sport and watch it last night.

So, he puts the movie on.. and it starts
off with Paul Newman standing at a bar? I didn't know he was in the, are they in Mexico? Don't remember that in the book...hmm? Huh, Reese Witherspoon? What, no top on and much younger than she looks today?

Gene Hackman, Susan Surandan.. got it, wrong movie "Twilight"! Better half says "glad you ordered Twilight"! He i
s a big Paul Newman fan..( me too, I don't care how old he is in the movies, he always looked good!).

So, if you have seen the other "Twilight" what did you think?

Friday, April 17, 2009

VGNO.. Friday Night Fun! my week 5! Sorry I was late..

I was at my grandsons baseball game.. they lost.. but it was still a good game!

Well, Of course I did not expect you party folk to wait, no.. that was OK.. I am fine with least Ali stopped by to check on me, thanks Ali!

Oh, my name? It would be Cookie Rhea-Listik.. got a nice ring to it, don't you thing? Based on the Librarian Alter Ego.. our dear friend Ann provided.

All kidding aside, hope everyone has a grand Friday Night.. and a wonderful weekend..

And of course we want to thank Ann from 'Ann Again and Again' for sponsoring our weekly Virtual Girls Night Out as she does so graciously!

I will be popping in on you a late start this evening!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Don't judge a book by it's cover....

Have you see the video of the amazing Susan Boyle.. ..WOW!

What a fairy tale come true for this amazing woman!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Monday, April 13, 2009

Memory Monday..July of 2008, the new Buddy after 10 months of love and care..

(Yes...I know the helmet doesn't fit Avery correctly here!)
Memory Monday..

My memory is how wonderful Buddy looked in July 2008, 10 months after he came to live with us.

I remember how forlorn he looked when he came out of the trailer in September of 2007. When we went to take him in the barn he balked...he had not been in a barn in such a long time, he was afraid to go in.

He went through a very bad founder period about a month after we got him. Because he was finally on medication for the Cushings, he actually shed out nicely ( I believe the first summer in years) Cushings is like a horse diabetes, and one symptom is they don't shed properly. He had that long curly Cushings hair trait when he came in September of 2007.

Look at him, he was probably a beautiful boy in his early days.. and I imagine he had some little girls who thought he was something!

He is actually a beautiful liver chestnut color with a flaxen mane when he sheds out. Certainly different from the woolly mammoth he is in the winter!

Yep, when his story ends, we hope it is on a good note, he must be about 37 now...

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Quotable Sunday..

As a believer, how can I stay focused on the significance of today, Easter Morning?

Yes... I could use scripture, but you will hear/ have heard that at church this morning! So
I decided to borrow some quotes from one of the greatest Evangelists of this era..

Mr Billy Graham..

God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, "I love you."

The men who followed Him were unique in their generation. They turned the world upside down because their hearts had been turned right side up. The world has never been the same.

Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion - it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.

You're born. You suffer. You die. Fortunately, there's a loophole.

My home is in Heaven. I'm just traveling through this world.

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.

God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he'll be there .
(I think this is a great quote for dog lovers, don't you!)

God's angels often protect his servants from potential enemies.

We cannot truly face life until we face the fact that it will be taken away from us.

and last but most important....

I've read the last page of the Bible. It's all going to turn out all right.

Happy Easter.. remember..He has Risen!

Post a new post on your blog with some of your favorite quotes.
~ Go over to "A Daily Dose of Toni" and post your link in the mister linkey.

~ Go check out all the other bloggers that are joining in Quotable Sunday, and check back all day as people are posting throughout the day. Have a great Easter Sunday!

Please leave your comments, I love to hear from you!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Spring time visiters to the bird's a free for all!

So here I was sitting in the home office last Monday (due to the summer like weather, I played hooky from work).

So.. I look out the window, glancing at the bird feeder.. only to see this "rat" like character in the feeder,stuffing his little rat like face.

And my first thought was, great..I am feeding the neighborhood rats!

So I grabbed my trusty little Olympus (someday I will have a really good camera!) and went out to see for myself... and was relieved to see it was only a greedy squirrel!
(click on picture for a better look at my rat like furry friend!)

The birds were not happy as he (yes I could tell it was a "HE" as he ran up the tree later) was having a real poor other half keeps filling the feeders grumbling something about how he just can't believe they empty them out so fast...should I tell him?

So, tell me..what uninvited guests do you find visiting you? Possibly feral cats, raccoons, ducks...rabbits?

We have those little bitty bunnies that are all over the place in the spring and summer..they go scampering down our driveway, diving into the woods across the road.

It is a good thing we have invisible fence, or I have some Corgi's who would really be bad dogs and less cute little wild bunnies!

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Whoo Hoo, my week 4 VGNO!

Yeah!!! Ann from 'Ann Again and Again' is sponsoring our weekly Virtual Girls Night Out as she does so graciously! - Come join the fun with all of us!

Favorite Easter Candy... Chocolate..!

I am delighted to share another Friday Night with all of you.. this blog hopping is so much fun! I was at Costco, and picked up some wonderful virtual goodies..I am sorry.. I really am not much of a cook anymore...that's why we love our Costco.

Oh what do I have? Well..."virtually" whatever you want!!! Thanks for popping in...

Oh, I have a favor to ask..if you have a moment, please stop by and see Tamis at
"A day in the life."... as she said she has "Blogger's Block". Yep, she called me, frantic as she was taking the kid's to swimming...."Blogger's Block", that's what she said...I believe the exact words were.... "I'VE GOT NOTHING!!!" So if I could ask a favor, just pop in and encourage her, OK? She doesn't' know I am asking you to visit...!

Thanks, you guys ROCK.. Oh..Happy Easter too!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Did you notice anything different lately?

I have concluded that this "blog" stuff is like everything else I have to deal is having "stuff" and not enough space to put that stuff.

Is it my imagination.. or have I noticed many of you are in the same predicament, tell I imagining it? I wonder if those of you who keep such tidy and neat and organized blogs, also have your houses neat and tidy and organized also? And of those of us who clutter our blogs..( I am including myself in this group)... well does this parallel any other part of our lives???

All right Jan, focus back on topic, where were you going with this? Oh yeah, I remember...

Some of you folks that I stalk, I mean that I follow... well, I feel a real loyalty to you. For whatever reason I relate to you...your thoughts, your stories, your topics.. or you just amuse me! Or maybe you just have the cutest little button that I just have to have! So of course..." You have a button for me..? Why thank you..yes, I would like that, how cute!" It is probably a good thing you don't all have buttons.. I would need a 4th column!

Then the next dilemma.. OK..well, let me think.. that would look very cute over here? No maybe here...under that button? Hmmm'. All these button's and other special things, add on's, lists, and information. After all, there is so much to share.. and I (sigh)... only had two columns to put it on.

Well back to my story, as you may have noticed, I get distracted easily...

So, because of this collection of blog "stuff", I realized I needed another column to hold my stuff. So I went to the source, yes for me it was "The Cutest Blog on the Block"

So, did you notice???? I now have 3 columns...Yeah! But I had one small problem, my "Spurs" template was not made for 3 columns. Being new to this blogging stuff, I didn't know that the template needed to have room for 3 columns...dah?

So now what, well... I was hanging over the edges...really, over the edges.. into the land of was not a pretty sight. Since I am still partial to my template "Spurs", and not quite ready to move on to another template ...because this one just kind of reminds me of...well... me!

Well, with a little emailing back and forth, and some quick swishes of the magical template creator wand over at "The Cutest Blog on the Block".. they came through for me. I can have my "Spurs", and my 3 columns!!

I am so happy.. I may grow tired of the template later... as I can be a little fickle. But for now I have some room, and I am staying in my proper space without overhang!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Did you know about JAM'S Giveaway??????

Our friend JAM is hosting her very first giveaway in celebration of her more than 100 followers!

She is giving away a really sweet necklace! Yes, she really is!!!! Now go on over and take a peak!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Are you ready for this? I sure am, and the sooner the better!

My daughter and the kids came to my garden while I was at work two years ago, and planted Lily's... to surprise me when they grew and bloomed, how cool was that!

This tree is a Mimosa Tree... we call it the Dr Seuss tree because of the flowers.. the tree will be covered with this funny pink flowers, aren't they fun!

We had some landscape work done a while back, and I told Daniel the landscape guy, I wanted this arched metal bench incorporated into my garden. I love how it turned out, and now the Climbing Hydrangea goes up one side, and the sweet smelling Honeysuckle cover 3/4 of it. Walking under this when the fragrant Honeysuckle is in bloom.. amazing!!
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I just have to take a minute to encourage any of you who have not been over to Audrey's at Stage 3 Who ME? to trot on over today..

I love the post she did on her an analogy of Knitting and Blogging...who would guess these two could have parallel's? I could not do her justice by explaining it.. just go see for your self, and don't forget to leave her comments!

And have a great Tuesday evening!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Memories on Monday Theme..

Boy, I have not had time to think about know as I mentioned in my "sideline", I am no longer a spring chicken! You see, the upside is I have gob's of memories! Here goes on one of them...

My love for horses, and one in particular...

We moved a lot when I was a kid. I was born in St Paul Minnesota , and moved to Iowa and also Michigan, before our family landed in Washington where the family settled and refused to leave, at least most of them.

One memory comes to mind. I was the little girl that was horse crazy, I am sure you have all met one of us at some time. Forget everything else... I wanted a horse of my own. I would find a horse, just to look over the fence at it.

The problem was we were not "country" living people, we were "burb" people. Finding a horse to look at was not an easy thing for a grade school age kid to do. Also my parents were not at all interested in living somewhere that would have enough room for a horse, and if they did live in such a place..a horse? Why would we want a horse??

I remember we lived in Grand Rapids Michigan at this time. I was probably around 8. Somehow I found out that there was a pony (I think he was black and white) quite a distance away from our little housing development. I probably noticed him as we drove to the grocery store, as I remember the store was up the rode from the pony. I also remember the road was a busy road as well.

Because I was 1 of 4 kids, my mother was not always aware of where one of us disappeared to. And at that time parents didn't worry about the stuff that we worry about now.

Well I would walk all the way to see that pony. I found out his name was "Risk" which I thought was the most bazaar name for a pony, who would name a pony Risk?

So why did I mention this? Well because when I was 12 and now living in Washington, I got my first horse (that is another horsey story for later).. since then, I have had more than 30 horses and ponies over the years. One of my favorite horses was a Quarter Horse gelding I got when he was 3 and I was about 16. He was the most beautiful horse I had ever seen. He was very well bred, a grandson of Leo on his dam's side, and a grandson of Sugar Bars on his sires side... his registered name... Risk Bar!

Risk was part of my life for many years, and I have so many great memories of him. I even took him to Ellensburg when I went to college, and found a farm to board him at (try storing a saddle in a girls dorm!).

It wasn't until I was married with a new baby and a husband in Viet Nam, that I could not afford to keep him any longer.. I still regret that I could not keep him his whole life, I felt like I let him down. I believe I was supposed to be his forever home, he was family to me. I am sure he is long gone, but he lives in my memories vividly, so vividly.

So there you go.. one memory down, a bazillion to go!


Sunday, April 5, 2009

Quotable Sunday..Norman Vincent Peale

Today.. I am kind of staying on the theme Ann used from VGNO on Friday night.. Positive Reinforcement!

I am going to use an author who was known for this theme...and this Sunday have decided on:

Norman Vincent Peale, US clergyman, who wrote "The Power of Positive Thinking" 1952

Change your thoughts and you change your world. Do not be awe struck by other people and try to copy them. Nobody can be you as efficiently as you can.

Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow.

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.

There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.

Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are.

Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture...Do not build up obstacles in your imagination.

(By the way my Blogger friends.. I am probably preaching to the choir, as you obviously have applied much of this. I say this because you have extremely creative, successful and unique Blogs!

Oh.. OK, here is the rest of this...

Post a new post on your blog with some of your favorite quotes.
~ Go over to "A Daily Dose of Toni" and post your link in the mister linkey.

~ Go check out all the other cool bloggers that are joining in Quotable Sunday, check back all day as people are posting throughout the day. Have a great Sunday!

Please leave your comments, I love to hear from you!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Cowboys, Kids, and Sunsets: A "Cowboys Halo"

Cowboys, Kids, and Sunsets: A "Cowboys Halo"

"Train Wreck" lost a very special friend recently, please take a look at her recent post... and something she is doing to help his family...

Your friend,


Friday, April 3, 2009

VGNO...Friday Night Fun!

OK...this is week three for me! You girls (and a guy or two) are so much fun to visit and party with!

Have I told you all that your Blogs are so much fun to read? The other half is starting to worry as I disappear into the office, for hours at a time. He will hear a chuckle... and than the keys clicking away.
I am amazed at the writing talent out in the land of Blog, who'd of guessed I was missing out on this for so long!

My daughter over at A day in the life got me started on this unexpected journey with you all... please go visit her, she is a hoot!

I read about how you handle the silly and crazy daily stuff, the tough stuff, and the truly hard stuff. The kids and their craziness, the spouse (and his peculiar strangely odd collection..Evil Twins Wife!) And of course the animals, the horses, the dogs, the cats...I even saw a picture of a little mouse under a truck tire on a blog the other day... so yes of course, the pictures!

And than we have the frugal savings!! OK so I follow 'Frugal Chick Living', so I can get these unbelievable deals... you know"Safeway has Bertolli Premium Sauce on sale $2.00 off, get the 'blinkie' coupon for $1.00 off x 10 coupons. Then buy ten, get $5.00 off, and bingo...I just bought 10 packages of Bertolli Premium Sauce that was $3.49 a package for $0.50 a package" could I not get excited!

And of course there are lots of personal view points on a number of usual and unusual topics as well. I am finding I really like all you people!

Oh, food recipes too! You all are good at that!

My gosh, all the creative things you write about... it is an honor to be allowed into your lives, hearts, thoughts(some are kind of strange!) and homes...

What can I say to you? Well for one, thanks for coming by and visiting me. You give me a reason to make my brain work a little bit!

And thanks for letting my stop by and visit you..
. I toast you dear Bloggers, Happy Virtual Girls Night Out!!

And of course..Ann from 'Ann Again and Again' is sponsoring this weekly Virtual Girls Night Out - Come join the fun with all of us!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Baja Mexico.. a favorite place

We.. meaning the other half and I... love Mexico. We would go often, if we could. I so love the colors in Mexico. What a wonderful place to take pictures of the old missions and churches which I think are so beautiful. The colorful buildings, the vendors and all the wares..the small towns... there is a picture everywhere you turn.

You know how there is this 'Tuscan' trend for interior decorating... if you ask me there are some similarities with the colors and textures from Mexico... but back to topic.

I love the people, and I really love the sun! I even love the music! I love hearing Spanish... and wish I spoke it.

It just makes me sad to think people are feeling unsafe about going to Mexico with all that scary stuff going on down there. The daily news isn't bringing comfort to some poor soul who just wants to trot on down south of the border.

My sister's very 'free spirit' daughter moved to Mexico City to teach. She has backpacked all over South America and Europe, much of it on her own, and is obviously fearless. She and her friend decided they wanted to teach internationally.. after all work and travel all at the same time, whats not to like about that?

Anyway, back to Erin, I think she teaches first grade ... she said the kids have their own personal body guards that take them to school...can you imagine getting little Sally ready for school, and you aren't worried about missing the school bus, you are worried about "where the heck is that body guard?"

My niece, was invited to one of her students Birthday Party, and the children who came, of course... also had their bodyguards... at the 1st grade Birthday party....hmm

I was told they have "Express Kidnapping" Because the banks limit how much you can take out of the cash machine per day from your debit/credit card. They hold you, for say 3 days, get $300.00 total, and let you go!

I heard on the news a few weeks ago that Mexico City has the highest kidnap rate in the world.. do you know what city was second?
This really shocked me, Phoenix...

You know all of this seems so hard to imagine, from my small corner of this big world. But I guess it is so...
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Buddy.. the antique pony

Buddy was another "find" from Craigslist, The ad showed a very thin sad looking old pony, and stated he was looking for his "forever" home....

It is pretty sad that this pony gave all these years of his life to different families, and he got kicked to the curb, and at age 35 (so my vet thinks) ....has to finally find his "forever" home.

The people we got him from, said they "rescued" him. They presented this story about how they had actually looked at him the previous winter when he was listed on Craigslist (and supposedly was much thinner than when we got him from these "rescuers"..).but they found him again 6-8 months later, after 2 different other owners...what???

Well, I guess I am as big a sucker as any other person who comes across some poor forlorn animal. My daughter and her Family were going to have Buddy as their first "livestock" as my son- in-law said. They were excited, the kids were excited, we even celebrated Buddy's arrival home!

I had fields of grass, and we slowly got him out on them, and Buddy was truly in pony was an absolute delight to see him run in my fields. Than he foundered. If you are not a horse person, just so you know..this is not good! For you folks that are horse folks, you know how bad that is! My vet said, oh... he has probably been foundered before.

OK, so maybe others would have seen the handwriting on the wall at that point, and let him go.. but I just wasn't ready to do that.

About $1000.00 in vet bills later, he was feeling a bit better. We also had him tested for Cushings Disease,(which is like diabetes for horses), and common in older ponies. Yes, add this to the list too! The medicine for this runs about $300 a year.

So we have old Buddy, the antique pony. He cannot go out on the grassy fields, and has to be in his (fairly large) grass free paddock, being fed Senior Feed (he barely has teeth!) and cannot have hay with alfalfa, so he gets the pricey orchard grass hay. One good thing has recently happened. I got a new horseshoer who donates his trimming of Buddy's feet. God bless that man!!

We honestly don't know how much longer he will be with us, but I am pretty certain... he has found his "forever" home.

Ps.. I have never had a horse get a winter coat as thick as this old boy gets.. he is like the "woolly mammoth"!
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