Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I got too busy...

I was doing the 30 days of pictures.. but, frankly.. my life got all busy :( and now I'm about 15 days behind.. so instead of playing catch up with pictures.. I'll play catch up with what's been going on..
I think the last place I left off was we gathered up our cows...
Then that following Monday we sold them..
Then Tuesday I was hitting the ground running to meet my August 29th deadline to open.
I had the contractors here building my x-ray room with a thousand dollars worth of lead lined sheetrock and a clever full leaded crystal glass window... I totally bought expensive full leaded crystal and I can't use it as dinnerware.. hahah :)
So that is built, Today the electrician is coming to install a 100V AC disconnect to install the x-ray panel and Thursday the x-ray machine will be here and up and running.
I opened my doors yesterday and I, to my surprise, had 3 patients.  My Cowboy also went to the cow sale and bought 7 cows. so we are back on the growing our herd back.
This past weekend we caught all the broodmares, the stud and all the yearlings and 2-3 year old horses and got them sold. we are now down to a more manageable number 12. Most of the horses we had weren't able to be ridden, they were just broodmares. I had no attachment to them, I kept Stormy, but sold his momma Tiger. I also sent the big red roan appendix horse I had to a trainer to break him.  He was a bit of a nut bucking around and acting crazy.. so I don't want to break anything and it's worth it to send him somewhere to get broke.   So when he comes back in about 30 days.. I'll start training him to jump and shoot.
I am going to the Eastern Championships in a week.  I signed up for the double downs, which is a like a poker game, not sure what you're going to be able to pull off, but if you pull off something good or slightly better then someone else,  you win a boat load of MONEY. 
Maggie has been on a diet... I'm sick of the simple minded ones asking me if she's pregnant.. and I say yes, and they look at me like a deer in headlights.  Maggie is now a muscle machine. she's still thick. but at least I don't starve my horses like some other people do.
Maggie and I are going to tear them up at Easterns :) Or at least I hope we do.. hahaha  I'm going there with a seek, strike and destroy attitude.
So that is all here.. :)
I'm hanging out in the reception desk... waiting for patients... yesterday My cowboy sent me flowers :) and my parents sent me a plant basket with a big balloon that said congratulations :)
it feels good to be loved :)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Day 18 - A picture of your biggest insecurity

In the present time... this is the biggest insecurity I have..  I see so many people failing in practice.. Obama care is gonna kill us...
Insurance companies are cutting our payment prices..
Aetna went under the ASHN retards.... and cut aetna insurance payments a lot...
so there is a fine line between making it in practice and epic failure...

We shall see what is in store...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Day 17 - A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently

these are the people that are holding the interest rates and money I owe for my wonderful education.. *rolls eyes*
They have made a huge impact on me recently..

so this weekend was busy..
we got the catch pen up and going, then rounded the cows up with the horses...
sorted them out by weights... then loaded them on the trailer..
we hauled about 60 cows to the cow sale and sold out.. don't fret...   when we were working the cows... I sorted biscuit out and ran him to another pasture where he wasn't anywhere near the loading pen.  We kept 5 cows, biscuit, ben, this baldy and her baby and a hereford that is preggers...
We decided between Ben and Jerry to eat Ben.  So we sold Jerry.  I know that sounds horrible..
but, next herd of cows we have... i AM NOT getting involved with them..
while I was watching them go through the cow sale... I was saying.. Oh there's Daisy, there's Curly.. Oh.. wait...  yeah.. I was sad... but, I sucked it up.. It was hard to let some of them go..
and I realize this is a business and people need to eat.. but, my babies grew up.. :(

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Day 16 - A picture of someone who inspires you

I did my internship at this Doctors office.
She has an amazing practice with great office staff.
I hope to one day build what she has built.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Day 13 - A picture of your favorite band or artist

now.. besides my obvious two favorites.. Elvis and Johnny Cash.... I LOVE me some Conway :)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Day 12 - A picture of something you love

Well besides the obvious things I love, Like my cowboy, family and horse.
I love a big ole glass of milk in the morning..
Not this prissy skim milk.. but, REAL milk... raw milk.. the kind you have to shake up before you drink it..
mmmhmmmm.. I enjoyed me a big glass this morning :)

So on the other hand.. yesterday was day three of horsey fat camp.  Did I ever mention people keep telling me how fat my horse Maggie is?
Well she is stout.. and she's like a freight train... and the mare can run..
In fact.. we were over all reserve last weekend.. so we beat the socks of a bunch of skinny horses... just sayin'
but, my cowboy is getting his mare Gracie back up in competition mode in time for the Eastern championships.. so I've been riding right along with him..
and Maggie has already dropped some weight because it's almost time for a smaller girth..
well..  Wednesday night, we went to the zombie graveyard with the horses...  Let me tell you about the zombie graveyard... the headstones are from the mid-early 1800s.. most of them you can't read..  and some of them go into the 1920s...  well..  We walked from out property down the old highway and through crowville and came to the pillars.. they are big stone pillars with a big wroth iron gate.  you're really not supposed to go there.. but, we were on horseback.. so, somehow it makes it alright..
well we go around the fence and get in there and start walking down the tree lined path... and then you can see the crest of the hill and just over it is huge tall rock grave markers..  they are so old you can't read them.  they even have foot stones.  So, we get in there and walk around the perimeter of the graveyard and I got off, and started walking through the aisles.. well maggie took a step and fell through.  I got to looking and holy crap.. it's hollow ground.. we got out of there..    I tried to take pictures but, the phone wasn't working.. I'm going to go back and take some.. the place really is creepy.

Then last night we headed over to our friends house to ride with him, we decided to ride down the river a mile or so.  Maggie was huffing and puffing after that....  she's out of shape the poor girl :)
but she will be in tip top shape by Easterns :)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Day 11 - A picture of something you hate

stupidity seems to be a contagious disease amongst this great nation... and I hate it..

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Day 10 - A picture of the person you do the most messed up things with

Me, My Mom and Brother a few years ago.
My Brother... hahahah....  him and I have prank called hundreds of people.
played practical jokes, made up elaborate stories and made people believe them..
And The woman my brother married, tried to beat me up because she thought I was his girlfriend.. hahahahah.
we've paged each other in the stores as crazy people like Joey Buttafuoco and Amy Fisher hahahahahah.
My brother and I would get into trouble with my mom.. and he'd stop running and look at my mom and go.. "mom.... MOM... stop and just think.... this isn't that bad" hahahah... my mom would bust out laughing.. and we wouldn't be in trouble anymore...
I let his parakeet out one time.. and it got out and flew outside into the wild.. he was sooooo mad...
OHHHH and the best! we would go to Cades Cove in Tennessee, and dad would slow down, I'd get the binoculars out and my brother would start making funny animal noises and pointing.. people behind us would stop and try to see what we were looking at then we'd drive off real fast.
then one time in the same place my brother called me Cotton eyed Joe.. we wound up rolling under the fence and wrestling around until someone screamed bear and we had that deer in headlights look and took off running.....  hahahah I have too many memories of doing crazy things with my prankster brother :)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Day 09 - A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most

Its not just one person.. but, both my parents..
They have always been there for me...
Mom will tell me "mercury is in retrograde and stuffs just jacked up" and my dad will say "we'll beat them up".  hahah :)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Day 08 - A picture that makes you laugh

We were buying tractor attachments.. and I saw this on one of the parts and cracked up laughing..
I'm pretty sure my legs wouldn't bend that way :)

And this weekend.. Big Ole Maggie Mae and I finished Reserve Champion Cowgirl.. and 5th overall out of about 98 people... stupid boys beat me.. but thats why our competition money is separate :)  I made out this weekend with $475.25.. and no that ain't going to pay back student loans :)

Day 07 - A picture of your most treasured item

hmmmmmm.. My most treasured Item... that's Tangible.. has got to be...

My pretty little red corvette :)
My engagement present ;)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Day 06 - A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day

I would Love to have been around in these times...
This is Hedy Lamarr..  one of my favorites..
I much prefer classic movies, rather than the new ones they are coming out with..
but, I would love to trade places with her for a day.. or a few... :)

Friday, August 5, 2011

Day 5.. a picture of your night

We packed up Maggie Mae and headed out to Gainesville, Georgia to a Competition for the weekend.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Day 04... a picture of your favorite memory

I have a few Favorite memories..
but, this is one of my favorites of all..
This is Love Valley, NC.  This is the first Official Date that my cowboy and I went on..  I came back from the world championships with poor maggie, put her back on a trailer and hauled her to North Carolina after school one friday...
It was Halloween weekend.  and it rained all weekend long.. but, we still trail rode in the rain.
the town was awesome, old western town, not allowed to bring motorized vehicles.. Only horses, and you have to hitch them outside.
In this picture you can see maggie on the bottom, and Titan right next to her, standing in the rain, tied out front of a bar called the silver spur on halloween night :)  we had a big time, dancing and watching all the costumes :)

On another note... last night sucked...
I got to looking at all my loans from school..

Stafford Loans Unsub - $129983.30
Stafford Loans Sub -     $122057.70
grand monthly total of $2,788.76 as a payment.

Sallie Mae for your cost of living expenses
51,363.31.. It wasn't that much... it just had almost 20k of interest charges since december... 371.08 is that payment.

Ed Financial?  has something to do with stafford but apparently I owe them $809.31 at 6.8% for 18 mos.

Perkins... $6800.00 at 10 years with a 5% interest rate and a payment of $72.13 a month....

all brings me to a grand total of $311,013.62

wow.... no one ever told me that...
So then.... I called my school pretending to be a "prospective new student"
and the lady said "oh, well the full program is on about 150 to 175 thousand, plus living expenses....
what she failed to say.. is the fact that they 90% of the time, hold you there playing their red-tape game, fail you a lot, hold you back and change times of classes so they overlap and you can't move forward..
hold you back in undergrad because you didn't have that 1 credit of english that we looked over when we told you all you had to take was biology and organic chemistry... the lab fees, parking fees, price to take national boards, and the board reviews.  Cost of books...

If anyone reading this thinks that it's great to get a higher education.. think twice about it...

a loan that big in real life.. means i could have had a brand new corvette or ferrari or a big fancy high rise apartment building looking over central park... and if I would have gotten a loan for that, I would have had to show income, put down about 75 thousand and signed my life away to get the loan....
then at least I would have something tangible to show for the money...

what do I have now? nothing... just a heavy heart, a full brain, stress, grey hair and no job.

I mean I could see if I felt like I got my moneys worth, but I didn't...
I was stressed I hated my life, I hated what I was doing, I hated where I lived, Hated the fact that NO ONE would help you in ANYWAY at that school...

the only thing I have from there is mountain of regret.. and the word Doctor in front of my name...

but, My friend Mel seems to find good in a pile of crap so she said.. and I quote

" Yeah, but dude.... you're a Doctor!!  That's bad ass.
 And you had an awesome wedding, you're a marine's wife... and a sweet little
 farm with some horses...

 Go back and read that awesome article I wrote about your wedding... that'll
 make you smile.  ;)  "

She's right.. she really is..
and speaking of her article... She wrote an awesome article about our wedding.. and the magazine said "more pictures and less words"  so we had to butcher it so they would publish it... but, here is the original thing....

When I met Tara “Sweet Tea” a few years ago, I had no idea that one day I would be attending her beautiful wedding.  I had been invited by Scott to check out a Georgia CMSA shoot in Gainesville.  He then introduced me to Tara and her dad Tony.   We soon became fast friends, sharing a love of horses and all things of Southern goodness.  

Tara is a Southern Belle in every sense of the word.  She is like most Georgia girls I know, being born and raised in Georgia, she “has fire and ice in her blood. She can ride horses, be a debutante, throw left hooks, and drink with the boys, all the while making sweet tea, darlin'.”  She first started out riding show jumpers, tall hot-blooded Thoroughbreds, asking them to stretch beyond their limits, pushing towards tall vertical jumps in double and triple combinations.  

One day, Tony saw Cowboy Mounted Shooting mentioned on a local hunting and fishing web forum.  He talked Tara into it and they decided to give it a try.  A total difference in all ways of what she was accustomed to.  The attire, the tack, the horses...all new and exciting.  

Like most, they practiced and got the feel for it from friend’s horses and guns, before trying it on their own, with their Arab gelding, Dakota.  Tara fell right into the cowboy shooting with her competitive spirit and passion for riding.  She’s always been a fiery girl, with a love for the outdoors, hunting, fishing and generally just being the best at whatever she does.  

Even though I’ve only attended a shoot once or twice, I know the family feel.  A love of horses and all things cowboy tend to draw people together.  With the cook outs and companionship after the events, in the cool evenings...she had become friends with a tall cowboy from South Carolina, Clint “Frosty”.  He had noticed her as well, and they soon were “running” into each other at various times.

Clint had been a shooter for a couple years before he met Tara and they began dating.  He’s a former Marine, and a native to South Carolina.  Currently he owns and runs Newberry Farm and Feed in Newberry, SC.  

On July 4th, 2009, they celebrated Independence Day surrounded by friends after the event in Georgia.  They laughed and danced the night away with their fellow shooters.  This led to them dating and becoming more of a couple, as they attended the same local shoots. Things were tough at first, Tara was still living in Marietta, GA finishing up her doctorate degree, while Clint was living in South Carolina running his feed mill.   However, this relationship was meant to be and no distance could come between them.

As things became more serious between Tara and Clint, they began looking for a farm to call their own.  They’re both down home, easy-going kinda people, that do not need much to make them happy.  After looking at several places that either needed too much work, or weren’t appropriate for horses, they finally found the 250 acre Cromer dairy farm in May of 2010.  It was a real fixer-upper, but with a lot of hard work, they’ve made it their own and named their ranch Il Cavallo.

Tara took an internship in Augusta, GA to be closer to their home and in December 2010, she graduated as a Doctor of Chiropractic.  Then she was able to move permanently to their farm.  They have a fully working ranch with laying hens, a growing herd of beef cattle, twenty-three horses and three new foals born this year.

Tara has always been a hard-worker and loved the simple life, this ranch is right where she belongs.  She was there pulling barb wire and doctoring calves, right alongside her cowboy.  They both knew they had found their something special in each other and on April 2, 2011, Clint proposed.  At a family dinner with her parents, Clint pulled out the ring and said he could not wait any longer to make Tara his wife.  He slipped a beautiful diamond on her finger and she said yes.  

They discussed dates, she first thought of October, a nice cool fall evening.  However, they were too excited to wait.  They picked a date near July 4th, their official anniversary.  The Saturday after the July 4th would be July 9th, 2011...which also happens to be Sweet Tea Tara’s birthday.  Maybe she was trying to help Clint out with remembering the date!  

Soon the plans started.  They walked their farm, hand in hand and picked a hill in the horse pasture, overlooking their land.  Where better to signify the start of their new lives together, than the very farm they had worked and grew to love.

As any young lady excited to be married, Tara jumped right in with picking a dress, flowers and a cake.  Her colors were gold sunflowers and red roses.  She made her own center pieces from mason jars and sunflowers.  The reception was held in the equipment barn, with pine shavings covering the floor and tables set up for the guests.  She also picked a simple yellow cake adorned with fresh sunflowers.

Over one hundred friends and family members arrived for the ceremony, many dressed in their best western attire.  As the guests were seated and ready, the wedding party started the processional down the aisle.  The wedding party consisted of Felicia, Sharon, and Sandy as Tara’s bridesmaids.  While the groomsmen consisted of Robert, Bobby, and Jim.  They were followed by flower girl Kayla and a young cowboy Brayden as ring bearer.  

Eric officiated the wedding and accompanied Clint down the aisle to the front to await his bride.  

Tara, with her flower girl Kayla and the father of the bride, Tony, arrived in an old John Deer corn wagon pulled by a team of stout Belgians with sunflowers in their mane.  Tara hitched up her dress and stepped out of the wagon like a true cowgirl.  Her daddy offered his left arm to escort his daughter and tucked under his right arm...a double barrel shotgun.  Just in case!  

They approached the alter, where Eric asked, “who gives this bride?”  Then Tony handed over his little girl to the tall cowboy in the black cowboy hat.  

Eric told the story of this cowboy and his cowgirl in a series of lyrics from old country and western songs.  It made the ceremony light and fun, just like the bride and groom.  Just as Eric began to ask if anyone objected, shots rang out and a cowboy galloped up on a horse.  He hollered out, “I object!  I still love her!”  As the cowboy holstered his gun and removed his sunglasses, he quickly realized... this was not his former love...”Melissa?  Sorry, wrong wedding!”  He quickly spurred his horse to gallop away as Tony stood up and fired his shot gun.  The cowboy was played by Mike Lewallen, and it was a last minute idea by Tony that just had to be included.

As the laughter of the guests subsided, Eric said, its time to get down to business.  He led a prayer, an exchange of vows promising forever and rings signifying the circle of love.  After, what I’m sure seemed forever to Clint, he was finally able to kiss his bride.  Eric announced them as Mr. and Mrs. Clint, then they walked arm and arm back down the aisle, together.

The wedding party followed and they gathered at the wagon wheels and hay bales, the entrance to the wedding, where they stood together and raised their pistols in the air for a six-round salute to the newlyweds.  

Following the ceremony the guests were treated to a Bar-B-Que dinner, catered by Maurice’s BBQ.  A feast of pulled pork, beef brisket, cole slaw, green beans, macaroni and cheese, Carolina hash with rice and cold slices of watermelon.

When Tara and Clint were announced for their entrance, they began their first dance as husband and wife, to Hank Williams Jr., singing “The Blues Man.”  Tara and her father Tony, danced to “I Loved Her First” by Heartland, then Clint and his mother Lanell followed up with a dance to, Willie Nelson’s, “Mama’s Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys.”

They danced and partied all night surrounded by their closest friends and family members.  Early the next day Tara and Clint headed out, accompanied by Eric and Sharyl for a week long Princess cruise to Alaska.  They all enjoyed fishing, panning for gold, visiting beautiful cities and viewing some magnificent mountains and even saw some whales.  Not the typical things you see here in the south, that’s for sure!  

Tara and Clint are looking forward to continuing their lives at their Il Cavallo ranch.  Tara is also excited to open her chiropractic practice in downtown Newberry, SC.  Be sure to wish them a congratulations the next time you see them at a shoot, because this couple has something special that nobody else has.

Written by Melissa Gibson

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Day 03 - A picture of the cast from your favorite show

So when I was thinking about this..My two favorite shows were, Married with Children and Roseanne. I decided... to go with Roseanne.
I have very fond memories of watching this every week with my mom.
I can still be found watching nick at nite when this comes on :)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest

This was my grandfather. His name was Joe.  This was the last picture taken of us, This was the Easter before he passed away later that year on Oct 2 2008. I was with him until his last day here on this planet. He taught me all kinds of things, like : how to ride horses, how to ride motorcycles and a bicycle.  He was an amazing carpenter, we used to make wooden toys in the basement at nights.  We built a doll house together.. he taught me how to make stuffoli and zeppoli's. I spent almost every waking minute with my grandparents.  When I thought about this today of who I have been closest with longest.. My grandfather came to mind.
I had a dream about him last night as well.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Day 1.. a pic of me and 10 facts.

I'm going to do a 30 days of my life in pictures.. I saw a friend on facebook do this and It seemed awesome.. so I'm going to try it out :)

Day One is a picture of me and 10 facts..

  1. You either Hate me or Love me.
  2. I married my best friend and love of my life.
  3. I love sitting on the front porch rocking away.
  4. I much prefer a ribeye over a filet mignon, I think it's highly overrated.
  5. I love my family.
  6. I have just a few real friends and I appreciate all they have done for me, and I appreciate their friendship.
  7. I love my horse Maggie Mae, but I still miss my Romeo.
  8. I can diet and give up most junk.. but, I can't give up chocolate chip cookies.
  9. I love nostalgic things.
  10. I love cooking, baking, canning and farming.