Sunday, November 30, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me!

I received an unexpected check from my parents in my birthday card. I about fell out of my truck when I opened it. The husband said, "Now you can go buy that camera you want so bad." You don't have to tell me twice! I bought me a Canon digital SLR!! I'm so excited.
Thanks Mom and Dad!! And hubby for letting me spend it on the camera!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Gobble Gobble


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

W is for.....

Usually W is for Wordless Wednesday but not today! I've gotten something else in store for ya.
I finally requested a letter from A Cowboy’s Wife to participate in her meme. She was nice enough to give me a letter I could work with instead of something like Z or X. Here are my 10 things that start with the letter W.......

1. Wife, of course. I am very proud to be The Wife to The Wonderful Husband.

2. Worship. Cause Lord knows I need all the help I can get!
3. Workout. Have been such a slacker the last several months. Need to add Willpower here too. I used to race, emphasis on use to!

4. Wildflowers. They are my favorites!

5. Wrestling. What the husband and I were doing when he got knocked out! Looked a little something like this when I put the whammy smackdown on him!

6. Weekend. My favorite part of the week.

7. Warm fuzzy, something I'm not! I have a Master's degree in Counseling, go figure that one! My professors told me I was a cold prickly!

8. Well Water. The bestest water in the whole wide world courtesy of the Ogallala Aquifer.

9. Woof, woof. The sweet words of my wacky children.

10. Wedding pictures. Some of my favorite pictures of the husband. His face is priceless. If you haven't see the post, take a look at our western wedding here.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sweetness Overload

Leading up to Thanksgiving, I have decided to post on things I am thankful for. Gonna start with a sappy one so contain your gag reflexes cause here we go......

The Husband

He is my bestfriend and the love of my life.

Most of the time I post silly things the husband does or says but rarely do I ever say what a great person he is or how lucky I am to have him in my life. So today and everyday, I am thankful for my husband.
When I first met him, he had buckle bunnies waiting for him behind the chutes. Why you ask? Cause he was a hot bullrider guy! I always wondered how I ended up with such a goodlookin' fella.

Over the years, we have had our share of struggles and issues. Being so young when we met, we have matured in thirteen years. I am thankful we have grown together and not apart.

I am thankful that we laugh at each other all the time. He loves my goofness and believe me, I'm full of it! It's great to know that after a long day, we can come home and laugh at each other.

I'm thankful he still thinks I'm pretty after all these years and tells me so everyday. Some days I think he is full of crap and is up to something but he truly means it.

Most of all, I am thankful the husband doesn't mind doing dishes and laundry! He got the short end of the stick with me regarding domestic chores. I apologize frequently for not being a good housewife. But he doesn't mind and I am so lucky! Just the other night, he said, "Honey, I'll do the dishes while you do your blog." I mean really, how many husbands say that?!

So here's to the husband and him putting up with me all these years. I love him so and am thankful for every minute we share together.

Monday, November 24, 2008

A Day of Work

Sunday we went to work early building a pen to wean the last of our calves. The original pen we built several months back is now housing our bulls so we had to reinforce another place for our wild little children.

They knew something was up with all the commotion of the tractor and truck in the pen. They came up to see what was going on.

First, we started by putting up some wire panels over the 6 strand barbwire.

Then we had to move very heavy bull panels with the tractor to build a pen inside the pen. That way we could sort easier and use it when loading.

The husband worked hard setting t-posts and wiring the panels together.

While he did that, I did a lot of this.....

standing there looking at my feet and this......

ahhh....the princess on her royal perch. Hmmm....looks like the princess has had a few too many royal sweets!! I digress....anyhoo...

While setting up the panels, we almost had a royal disaster. The husband had the princess, oh I mean, the wife hold three very heavy bull panels up while he tried forking them with the tractor. The weight of the panels plus the pressure from the forks pushed them over. At one point, the thought of broken and mangled arms flashed thru my head. I managed to let go of the panels and they fell against some wooden posts. Phew! Death by bull panels would not be my ideal way to go!

We finally managed to get the pen set up and the calves caught. I managed to avoid some other near misses involving an angry momma cow and her crazy bull calf while sorting. My goodness it was a stressful, life flash before your eyes, sorta day. The husband even yelled at me a couple times worried the cow/calf were gonna run me down. Stupid me, I stand my ground. Lucky me, they were just bluffin'!

So we have our calves penned up and the bawlin' has begun. Next Sunday, we are goin' to buck 'em. See if they are keepers or off to the sale. That's the fun part!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

You Want Me to Put That Where?

The husband started dippin' again awhile back. He had quit for seven years and it was so nice. I hate spit bottles, they make me gag. And I don't care for copenhagen kisses. So the husband ordered some Dip Stop Non-Tobacco Chew off the internet. Yesterday, when I got home, the box was in the yard. Guess the dogs wanted to try the Dip Stop! That or the UPS man threw it and ran back to his truck! We will never know. Anyways, I left it on the counter for the husband.

He got home from work and opened it up. This was our conversation as he read the box....

H: "It says here that your partner needs to help you."

W: "What, your partner needs to help you? Why, where are you suppose to put that stuff?"

H: "Haha, very funny."

W: "Seriously, why would your partner need to help you with snuff? Am I suppose to pack it somewhere you can't reach?"

H: "Nevermind!"

W: laughing hysterically with my finger mimicking shoving the snuff up "somewhere".

H: "It says your partner should mix the non-tobacco with the tobacco so you don't know if you are using the non or the real."

W: looks at the husband with the "are you serious" look

H: "I think I can handle it myself."

Ahhhh, that's what I'm talking about!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Great Cookie Swap

My bloggie buddy, CindyDianne, is trying to get a cookie swap going during the holiday season. It sounds like a lot of fun. I signed up for it but I think we are in need of some more cookie volunteers. So go here and check out the rules. With a little effort on your part, you will be greatly rewarded with a mailbox full of cookies. How sweet is that!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Silver Bullet, Part Deux

In the light of day, I took a look at the Silver Bullet. Wanted to see the extent of the raccoon damage and the magic of zip ties.
We decided it would probably be best just to take the bottom of the front end off. We didn't see a real need for it so off it came.
Once we got it off, you could see the big dent on the left-hand side. That must have been the original point of impact.

As we discussed the damage, Zena decided to impersonate the raccoon.....

Then the husband got busy zip tying.

The coon busted the plastic from the screws underneath the car so the husband was trying to zip tie it up so it wouldn't drag or rub the tires. It's amazing the damage a little animal can do to a plastic car. Just hope a big animal never steps out in his way!

Friday, November 14, 2008

The Silver Bullet

I must tell you about the husband and his vehicle, the Silver Bullet. But first, let me give you the background story.
The husband bought a brand new pickup last year. It is very nice, however, he took a job about an hour and a half away from the house. When fuel prices started to soar, he decided he needed to buy a small car being it was the most affordable option at the time. One day, as I sat at my desk, he called and asked me to search the internet for a Kia Spectra. Which I did and he wanted to know what it looked like. Well, a regular 'ol car I said, why? He had found one at a local dealership and thought he would buy it.

A day or so later, he asked me if I could drive him into town so he could sign the paperwork and pick up the car. You really bought the car, sight unseen?? Oh my. I could never do that but the husband, not a problem for him. He had arranged for our banker to have the paperwork ready so all he had to do was pick up the car and take the signed papers back to the bank.

We get to the dealership bright and early. Go in and get the keys. We walk outside and this is what we see.....

Not a Kia Spectra but a Kia Spectra5. Not the same color they said, not the same options. Totally different car than the one he thought he was buying. We both looked at each other and said this can't be the car. The sales guy comes out and says, "whatcha think?" The husband said, "This isn't what I was told over the phone." Of course, we got the "oh yeah? Humm, this is what we discussed. Maybe you just misunderstood me or something." The sales guy left and I stood there in awe. I finally blurted out, "Damn, this is ugly!" I couldn't believe my bullrider of a husband was now the proud owner of a hatchback!

Over a year later, he has driven the tires off the little sucker. It gets him where he needs to go and doesn't cost us an arm and a leg in fuel so it's served its purpose. But Monday, he and the Silver Bullet had close call. On my way home from class, I spoke with him on the phone. It went something like this....

H: "I wrecked my car tonight."

W: "WHAT!! What do you mean you wrecked your car tonight?"

H: "On the way home from work, I hit a raccoon. And it tore my car up."

W: "A raccoon? What did a raccoon do to your car?"

H: "It busted the fog light casing. And tore the front end up. I had to stop and pull the fender out too."

W: "WHAT!"

H: "I pulled over but it was dark. So I went to the truck stop. Had to buy some zip ties to fix the bumper."

W: (laughing hysterically) "You zip tied your car together! That must have been like a super strength raccoon!"

H: "Well, when your car is only about 2 inches off the ground, it doesn't take a very big animal to tear it up."

When I got home that night, I shined my truck lights on his car. Sure enough, zip ties holding the bumper together. I laughed again.

The next day I asked the husband how the car was doing. He said he thought the zip ties were doing a great job and reinforced it quite well. Then yesterday he gets home and tells me he hit another raccoon. Another one??? Yep, but this time it only busted one of the zip ties. Those zip ties really did reinforce the front end of the car!

Maybe for Christmas, I can have a grill guard specially made for the Silver Bullet. However, by that time, the husband may have killed all the raccoons in the area. I'll just make sure we stay fully stocked on zip ties.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Just a Quick Funny...

Two sisters, one blonde and one brunette, inherit the family ranch. Unfortunately, after just a few years, they are in financial trouble. In order to keep the bank from repossessing the ranch, they need to purchase a bull so that they can breed their own stock.

Upon leaving, the brunette tells her sister, 'When I get there, if I decide to buy the bull, I'll contact you to drive out after me and haul it home.'

The brunette arrives at the man's ranch with $600, inspects the bull, and decides she wants to buy it. The man tells her that he will sell it for $599, no less. After paying him, she drives to the nearest town to send her sister a telegram to tell her the news. She walks into the telegraph office, and says, 'I want to send a telegram to my sister telling her that I've bought a bull for our ranch. I need her to hitch the trailer to our pickup truck and drive out here so we can haul it home.'

The telegraph operator explains that he'll be glad to help her, then adds, it will cost 99 cents a word.' Well, after paying for the bull, the brunette realizes that she'll only be able to send her sister one word.

After a few minutes of thinking, she nods and says, 'I want you to send her the word 'comfortable.'

The operator shakes his head. 'How is she ever going to know that you want her to hitch the trailer to your pickup truck and drive out here to haul that bull back to your ranch if you send her just the word 'comfortable?'

The brunette explains, 'My sister's blonde. The word is big. She'll read it very slowly....


Superior Scribber?? Really???

A new bloggie friend bestowed this award on me a few days back. It makes me laugh because I don't think there is anything "superior" about my scribing! I'm lucky to make complete sentences, use proper verbage, spelling and punctuation. But the acknowledgement is very much appreciated. Thanks Spanki! Please go check Spanki out. She has the cutest kiddos and is beginning a great photography career.

As with all awards, there are rules:

1. Name 5 other Superior Scribblers

2. Link to the author and the name of the blog that gave you the award.

3. Display the award on your blog with this link, which explains the award.

4. At the bottom of that link, add your name to Mr. Linky's list.

5. Post these rules for your recipients.

Alrightie then, now that we have that out of the way, here's my list of recipients:

1. DMV's Wife

2. Karen J-S

3. Lil Mama

4. CindyDianne

5. Tami

Enjoy ladies!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Okay, if you have been with me since the beginning, you know that I have posted on this before. But I was looking at my horse supply magazine and came across it again. I just can't help myself.

**Beware, my crude childish humor is about to rear its ugly head!!**

This ad makes me giggle every time I see it......

I just can't imagine buying this product for my girls. Uncle Jimmy may be the nicest guy around but I don't think I want his balls hanging in my barn. Cause if they were, I would have to say things like this everytime I walked in....

"Girls, please get Uncle Jimmy's Balls out of your mouth while I'm standing here!"
"Miss Priss, could you please stop licking Uncle Jimmy's ball and come here!"
"Uncle Jimmy must have some really tasty balls."
And the list could go on and on. This is what happens when I can't go to sleep and lie awake in bed. Scary huh!

Oh Baby Jesus, please forgive me!

Fall Colors

We had the final class of Basic Digital Photography last night. I'm really bummed cause it was a lot of fun and very informative. But I am going to sign up for Advanced Digital Photography at the end of January and Photoshop in April. I will keep y'all in the know as I go!

So you know the last assignment was "fall colors" which resulted in a lot of work by me! But I did get some pictures on Sunday. The husband took me over to our lease place and we walked thru all the tree groves. Here is what I found......

I took this one in the Panhandle a few weeks ago. I thought it showed the fall colors of that area. Cause there are no trees to illustrate it!

I learned so much in the past six weeks. It was money well spent. I hope my photography will continue to improve. Here's keepin' my fingers crossed!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Misadventures of the Wife and Kids

We set out on a mission this afternoon...a photography mission. The instructor of my class made our next assignment "autumn colors." The guy should know that our leaves go from green to brown on the ground. There are no beautiful transitions like others elsewhere enjoy. But that was not going to deter me, I was bound and determined to find an orange leaf.

The four kids and I set out on our hunt. We walked along the outside of our pasture thru the neighbor's field. Since our place was an old farm, we only have trees along the fence line. We walked and walked, no luck with our trees. We kept walking past our property line along the edge of the fence just hoping to find something. Still nothing.

Along the very back, there is an opening into another field. I noticed an old barn in the trees on the backside of the field. I had to go check it out. I love old barns and maybe there would be good autumn colors too.

The kids and I made our way over. It was a cool old barn. We walked thru it and all around it. I took a few pics and then walked out behind it. There I found a small tank.

Zena, Warrior Princess, was the first to make her way out to the tank. But she soon bogged down in the mud. The smart little girl she is, she turned and came back. Duke tried his luck too but he didn't get very far before deciding it was not a good idea.

I called all the kids and told them to come back towards the barn. I didn't want anyone trying to get a drink and have problems. Well, about that time, Harley decides he's going out there. I call and yell at him to stay back but the little sucker went on anyways. Soon he was stuck in the mud.

He wallered and strained but there was no way he was budging. He was just wearing himself out making attempts to free himself.

So I'm guessing you want me to put the camera down and get you out?

I don't get very close to him without sinkin'. I ponder the situation for a second then get a big long branch. I try manuvering it under Harley so I can pry him up out of the mud. But that just pisses him off and he bites at the stick.

Fine! I take a big step out and reach. I snag him by his spiked collar and pull him to safety.

What's this? I can't get my leg out!! I am caught by the super strength mud on the back forty near an old barn that the husband doesn't even know about and I left my phone at the house. And I didn't tell anyone where I was going. And he won't get home till after dark. By that time, all the kids will have gone home and left me to die! At this point, I fall to my knees to pray that my handsome doctor will appear out of the sunlite trees and pull me from the death mud.

But I look up and see Zena standing pretty close. I reach out and grab her collar. She looks at me with a look that says, "I may be a warrior princess, but I am not a super dog!" Okay, whatever! I let go of her and try crawling. The mud will not let go of my leg. I muster up all the strenth I can and puuuulllllll!

Holy crap, I got out! Luckily, I wore my lace ups today, otherwise, I would have been one shoe short. And with over a mile trek back to the house that would have sucked! AND I love shoes too much to leave one behind. No man shall be left behind. Oh what a tragedy that would have been!

Anyhoo, I rounded up the kids and started back to the homestead. I felt like my foot weighed an extra 10 lbs. Bet Harley felt that way too!

We made it back and cleaned up. Then took naps. There was a lot of energy exerted today!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Quote of the Day.....

Courtesy of the husband:

"That boy's either ate up with stupid or ate up with crack."

So what was the husband talking about?

This was his way of telling a boss that a co-worker needed a drug test. He's so eloquent.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Thumbs Down

It seems the husband and I are falling apart, his teeth, my wrist. I am still having problems with my wrist, been going on for over 2 months. I went back to my doctor the end of September for x-rays and he still couldn't figure it out. He told me to give it another month then he would send me to an orthopedist. So Tuesday I went to the specialist, Dr. Battles.

First let me say, ladies if you need an orthopedist, he's your guy. Not only did he know exactly what was wrong with me, he is cute, cute, cute! Cutie Patootie Dr. Battles confirmed there was nothing wrong with my bones but my tendons are screwed up. He's making me wear a brace (Yuck! Hate it!) and go to physical therapy. I would usually balk at doing both but since the cute young doctor asked me to do it, I will.

The husband was so glad someone was finally able to diagnose me and get me on the right track to recovery. He wasn't as happy when I told him what a hottie the doctor was. I told the husband I needed to think of something to break so I could go back! I got the "look" of course. Then he asked, "Did you take his picture?" No, I didn't want him to think I was a weirdo! Geez!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Can't Believe My Eyes

I never thought I would see this again! I filled my truck up and it only cost me $30. Holy Moly! But I'm guessing the drop in price is not going to last very long. Good things usually don't. How are the prices in your area?

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


This was the hardest assignment for me. First, I'm not good at posed pictures. Second, I'm not good at taking people pictures. Third, I'm just not good! Anyhoo, the husband was a trooper. He modeled for me on Sunday, working thru the pain of his "craters" to help me out. I took lots of pictures and this is the one I came up with.

I need to crop it down some but I wasn't real motivated. So after looking at the pictures on the computer, I thought I better go for something I am much better at....animals. I waited for the husband to pass out from his pain medication and took the dogs to the tank in the pasture. I knew Duke liked to sit up on the tank's edge and thought that would be perfect. And luckily, he did just that........

The husband woke up to me editing pictures on my laptop. He asked what I was doing and said I had taken pictures of Duke. He said, "So you would rather take pictures of the dog than me. I see how I rate." Poor hubby, I'm just not a people picture taker unless it's a spontaneous kind of thing. No posing pics for me. I don't have the eye for it. But that's okay, I know my limitations.

***Update on the husband.....he has a dry socket. So now we are dealing with that. He really hates dentists now!***

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Two Teeth Less

Yesterday was the big day. The husband had to go back to the dentist and get two teeth pulled. His original appointment was at 10:30 but they called and said he could come early about 10. So we headed out. As he left the house, he told the dogs he hoped to see them again. Oh my!

We arrived at the dentist at around 9:45 and they were not ready for him. They asked us to wait in the adult waiting room. Yeah, my dentist has a kid's waiting room and an adult only waiting room. If you know me, that is a major plus in my book. Not exactly a kid person. Anyhoo, we went and sat and sat and sat. The husband started getting antsy. He said he was tired of waiting and was going to leave. Kinda hard to do since I had the keys to the truck.

So then he decided to walk into the back of the office to make sure they didn't forget about him. I followed him as he made his way thru. They were still working on some teenagers so the husband said he was going outside. The dentist came out and asked where he was, I told him he was outside making a run for it. He asked if he was coming back. I said, Dunno! So the dentist went outside and talked to him.

I went outside to check on him. He said the dentist was wearing something on his arm. I told him it was an IPod. That way he couldn't hear the screams. The husband didn't appreciate my humor!

Finally around 11, they got the husband in the room and all hooked up. They had heart rate monitors on him, blood pressure monitors, oxygen and the IV.
At one point I heard the heart rate monitor beep differently, I told the husband he was flat lining! He didn't care for my humor again!

Oh look, the implements of pain!

The dentist really doped the husband up. He didn't want him to remember anything so next time maybe the hubby wouldn't be so uptight about going. I sat right outside the door. They would try to get the husband to respond verbally to them but he was so doped up he couldn't. The assistant thought my picture taking was pretty funny. Once he got doped up, she was telling me to come in and take his picture cause he'd never know! But I waited till they finished and got this post-op pic.
After they took the IV out, we had to wait for about 15 minutes for them to monitor the husband. During this time, the assistant was telling me the dos and don'ts. She said he couldn't dip for 48 hours. The husband argued about this with her in his drunk state. He also advised her she wasn't near as mean as his wife! Isn't that sweet!

She came back in and said he was ready to go home. He had passed out. But we roused him and got him to the truck. But didn't he look happy in his drunk passed out state!

I stopped on the way home and got him some ice cream, which he drooled down the front of him. It's really hard to eat when you're entire bottom lip is numb! He's doing better now with un-numb lips. But now I have to listen about the huge craters in his mouth! Oh my, please pray for me!