Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksliving

No that is not a typo. I am Thanks-living. This is the time of year everyone expresses what they are thankful for. Although Thanksgiving only comes once a year, I think we should remember what we are thankful for everyday. Here is my list of what I'm thankful for!

  • having most of my family close by for the holidays
  • riding to work with my husband
  • ALL of my animals
  • 1/2 day of work the day before Thanksgiving
  • in-laws who love me like I am one of them
  • my brother taking off the entire week of Thanksgiving so I can spend time with him
  • football games to watch this weekend
  • the health of my friends and family
  • peas, cornbread, rolls and pecan pie
  • that my dishwasher is empty
  • that I have a ton of clothes to wash! (reverse psychology... I don't think it's working)
  • that I can see my horse out my window
  • my coffee maker
  • my husband who is not only my best friend but the most perfect person in the world for me
  • peanut butter filled pretzels
  • Junior Mints
  • Christmas time approaching
  • that I am learning to appreciate the small things about life and what truly matters
  • the weather is not FREEZING yet
  • my Ugg boots
  • my camouflage robe
  • my mother and memories of my grandma during the holidays

OK this list could go on and on. I am thankful for so much and I have been blessed with more than I could have ever thought of. Lots of the things on this list are "things", but what I am  truly thankful for are not the material things.

Whether it be Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, 4th of July, whatever holiday or occasion, CELEBRATE and be thankful for what each day brings.

"Never wait to celebrate." ~KW

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Mani/Pedi

Who doesn't love a relaxing mani/pedi? I would love to get a mani/pedi once a week... minus the pumice board. My feet are so ticklish I start sweating as soon as I see them whip it out.

Unfortunately, I only get them once a month or so, depending on the time of year. Unlike me, my Big Boo (Cowgirl)  gets them every 6 weeks. It might be a little pricey but Ms. Tender-Foot will barely walk down the road without shoes on. Plus, I just LOVE the way their feet look with shoes on (I'll post pictures later). She's high maintenance...

Today is her 6 week mark so my farrier (Al) is coming out this morning. Since she's out in a big pasture now, I caught her yesterday afternoon and put her in a stall so she would be ready to go this morning. Sounds simple, yes, but not so much.

First: The Polaris is in the shop and I can't start the 4-wheeler by myself so I had to drive my Yukon out to get her.

Second: Cowgirl shares a pasture with 4 other horses. What happens when you take a scoop of sweet feed into a pasture of horses?  You get swamped by them...

Third: Horses can be very curious creatures.

So I drive out to where she is, almost the furthest point in the pasture from the barn, of course. The plan is to catch Cowgirl, drive back to the barn (leading her by holding on to the lead rope that's hanging out my window) then shut her up in a stall. Sounds easy right?

First obstacle: Catch Cowgirl - No problem, she's a sucker for sweet feed (and peanut butter crackers).

Second obstacle: Keep sweet feed away from other horses while getting back to my car, then managing to get the lead rope THROUGH the window and finally put sweet feed some where without spilling it.

Sidenote: I've never had a new car in my life, but I just got a 2007 Yukon in July and it's the closest thing to a new car I've had. Was I thinking clearly when I decided to drive it out into a pasture of hungry horses? Probably not... (pictures to show later)

Third Obstacle: Being able to drive at a speed that Fatty Cowgirl (I really didn't mean it!!) could keep up with.

Fourth Obstacle: Getting Cowgirl AND my car through the gate minus the other horses escaping.

So here's a play-by-play:

I arrive at the horses. Chester and Dixie, happily grazing, totally ignoring me. Good! I don't want to catch them anyway.




There's my girl, and her pasture mate Red.


Sweet little Dixie, checking things out. (Notice my car in the background, left unattended...)



Oh hey, Red.



There's Leroy, just licking the hood... so I thought...!!




First problem, leaving my passenger window open with a scoop of sweet feed on the floor board. Yes, that is Leroy's entire head and half of his neck in the window...



After finally shooing Leroy out of the window, I get the leadrope through the window and we're off to the barn!

Cowgirl: Are you serious?
Me: Yes, I'm serious, this is how I'm getting you to the barn, now LET'S GO!



Second problem. The convoy. Notice the little boogers following us.





Why is this a problem?

#1: I won't be able to get out of the gate in my car with Cowgirl in tow with all of these followers

#2: Cowgirl does NOT like horses right on her tail, especially two younger horses (you know, the pecking order thing).

#3: My arm is hanging out the window holding the leadrope and if she pulls anything with the other horses, my arm would break... not really but definitely possible.

Notice the ears pinned back, big girl ain't happy.



So far so good even with our little convoy. Here's a little video of the process (notice my arm fly out the window at the end... I went a little too fast)

 
video

Finally we make it to the barn. I get Cowgirl in her stall, equipped with a scoop of sweet feed, hay and some fresh water (notice car unattended in background).


Third problem now arises... How to get my car THROUGH the gate without letting the 4 other horses, who had to follow us, out the gate.

I waved my arms, I shoo'ed them, I hollered at them and they pretty much looked at me like I was crazy. Then we had another visitor, who I found out later from Cowboy likes to be sneaky and tries to "play" with people. I'm sorry, I don't really want to "play" with an over-grown teddy bear who outweighs me by a few thousand pounds!


*In case you can't tell that is a BULL not a COW, and a very large bull at that.

Finally, I got them all far enough away to open the gate, jump in my car, drive through, jump BACK out and shut the gate. By the time I had the gate latched they were already back at the gate.

After I made sure Cowgirl was prepared for the night, I'm walking by my car and notice this....




Yes this is the hood of my car (which is black but looks blue here) with some long, deep line across it. I rubbed it and wiped it and it didn't come off. Then I realized, one of the many times I left my car unattended, the horses were probably surrounding it, sniffing it, rubbing on it...


BITING IT WTIH THEIR TEETH !!!!!!!! I have EVIDENCE!!!!



I just THOUGHT he was innocently licking the hood... OH NO, homeboy here was sinking and sliding his square little chompers all up IN my hood! Oh no you DID INT!

Well yes he did and that's what I have to show for it... a HUGE scratch deeply embedded in my hood and my heart :o( ... Ok I'm not that sad but lesson learned: NEVER leave your car unattended in a pasture with 4 large, furry, curious creatures!

With all that said, I hope Cowgirl enjoys getting her mani/pedi tomorrow. It was a lot of work**!!

**It really wasn't as dramatic as I make it sound. I LOVE fooling with them. I am just VERY unhappy about the scratch on my car !!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Morning Time

Now that Cowboy and I have started riding to work together we get up about the same time. We usually argue about who is going to get up first because that means the other can shower second, allowing them to sleep longer... We are not the only ones in our house that hates getting up in the mornings...


Cash has become SO LAZY lately. (This better change come duck season...) The other morning when Cowboy and I were leaving for work I told Cowboy he was forgetting something in our room. He walked back to the bedroom and came back out clueless as to what I was talking about. I said "LOOK AT THE FLOOR!"

There was Cash, laying sound asleep on her bed.  I don't even want to think about the mess that would have been left if she were left unattended all day in the house!!

For fear of accidently forgetting about her in the mornings, I now let her out FIRST THING when I get up.

Now this little bed bug is an early riser.



***Milo update

She has been doing great. Since the time change, her eating schedule has been thrown off a little but she's starting to adjust.

Here is her bottle.


Milo loves her bottle!


Poor thing seems like she never gets full. Check out that MILK-stache.

Welcome Home

Last week we welcomed some new members to Bar Neal Farm. They're big, they come from Oklahoma and look like teddy bears.


These are the Hereford bulls we recently purchased. They're about 2 years old so they still have some filling out and growing up to do.


I think they're going to fit right in.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Christmas Time is Coming

Although 2010 is not over, it has been a very exciting year. The biggest event of the year would have to be our wedding on June 26. What an exciting time. After we got engaged last October (2009) I thought June couldn't come fast enough. I can't believe it is now NOVEMBER!! Time has really flown.

It was so wonderful to have all of our closest family and friends share that special day with us. It made me want to try harder to stay better in touch with them. Now that the holidays are fast approaching, what better way to say hello than with a Christmas card??

I've been searching the internet a lot lately looking at all the different Christmas cards out there. I ran across Shutterfly and thought they had the BEST designs out there. Cowboy and I really want to put a picture or two on our card and this is the easiest way to do it!

It's so easy and takes no time at all. There are so many designs and ways to personalize your card.

Here is the link to some of their Christmas and Holiday cards.

·         Christmas cards to http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/christmas-cards

·         holiday cards to http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/holiday-cards

While you're shopping around their website, check out other products they offer like calendars.

·         wall calendar to http://www.shutterfly.com/calendars/wall-calendars

These make great Christmas gifts or something to hang on your own wall!


Mornin' Sunshine

I have a love-hate relationship with daylight savings time. It's wonderful that the sun is shining in the morning and I don't have to tote a flashlight when I feed Milo. But I really hate walking out of my office in the darkness...

Because of the time change, Cowboy has changed his hours from 7 - 4 to 8 - 5. Since we work so close together, we carpool to work! I love this because...
  1. he drives on the way to work
  2. he drives on the way home from work
  3. we get to spend that little bit of extra time together
The REAL reason he changed his hours was not because he was wanting to spend those extra hours a week with me, it's so he could do farm work in the morning because it's too dark now in the afternoons. Since we are carpooling to work, I must tag along on these early morning jobs.

Last night Cowboy informed me we were going to check cows in the morning. I was dreading getting up at 6 instead of 6:30 (30 minutes makes a huge difference) but it wasn't that bad. The sun was shining, the temperature wasn't freezing and I was glad to go see my girls.



They were so glad to see us.


Especially when Cowboy whipped out a bag of pellets.


Notice the work pants tucked into his boots. Dedication.


Have a good day girls and play nice !

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

In a Hole

Ever been here before?


See that tiny little white spot, on the bottom part of that hole? It's a calf in a hole!



This poor little baby fell in a hole. Actually we are not quite sure how it wound up in this predicament. Thanks to the mama cow lowing for her calf, Cowboy and Pops were able to tell there was a problem and rescue this calf.


Pops lowered a rope into the hole and Cowboy made the calf walk forward toward the rope. Once she was close enough and stepped into the rope, they pulled the rope tight and hoisted her out!

So on any given day when Cowboy leaves work, he's not headed to go home and plop on the couch, or go sit and relax on the back porch with an adult beverage, he's out there saving lives, one calf at a time...

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Meet and Greet

Before I start posting too many more stories, I feel the need to have a "Meet and Greet" so my readers will know who I'm blogging about when I mention a name. We'll start with my favorite...

Cowboy... 6'2", 25 years old, loves mustard and large amounts of pepper... he makes me laugh


I love that man, and those jeans, and those moutains, and... ok we better move on...!

Cash...70 something lbs., 4 years old, has huge ears and feet, loves to hunt


 Brinkley...25 lbs., 1 1/2 years old, has a severe underbite, attempts to hunt... I love this dog


Some of my black sisters... weight: we won't go there, enjoy living on the river eating grass, addicted to...


pellets!!


Sweet Milo... little over a month old, loves a bottle, does not walk well with a halter (and obviously doesn't know it's rude to pick your nose!)



Cowgirl... she's my big boo, 11 years old, yawns frequently, little on the heavy side...(I don't care what Pops says she is NOT bred to a jackass...)



Leroy... 3 years old, he thinks he's a lap dog...



Dixie... Leroy's little sis, 2 years old, Justin finally has his buckskin!



My Mama... Ann... my twin, loves the lake, amazing cook, even better mother


Dad (P.S. Happy Birthday Dad !!!)... loves to fish, always working on SOMETHING



Brother Rob... 24 years old, say any movie line and he will guess the movie, loves to workout, keeps me up to date on music and AU football


Now for the in-laws:

Pops... Cowboy's dad... the REAL Marlboro Man, always into something*, but he ain't as bad as he looks ;)


Ms. Jennie... Cowboy's mama, very organized, loves a good book and a glass of wine



Sister Whitney... 22 years old, amazing softball player, always into something (*See Pops above..that's where she gets it) and always up for a good time!



Now saving the best for last... Uncle Kent... also goes by Ol' Buddy, Tunsie, Two-Plate Kent, the list goes on... Words cannot describe the man! (Plenty more stories to come out of this one!)


**Thanks to Jayne Hitt for taking these lovely (wedding) photos!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween

This was our first Halloween as a married couple. Since Cowboy and I are not real big on dressing up, we decided to dress up the dogs. One of these fuzzy family members has a striking resemblance to a very popular movie character, The Grinch.

My precious Brinkley before...


and here she is after the mass spray painting...


It's really hard to see all the green on her from the lighting but she was fully covered. She actually looks a lot more like the Grinch's dog, Max, but we thought the green was much funnier !!


Brinkley wasn't the only one to be tormented with a costume. Her furry sibling, Cash, was sporting a homemade jersey of her favorite football player, Cam Newton.

Homegirl before...



...and after!


Overall our children  the pups had a great Halloween !!