Wednesday, November 30, 2011

great friends and family

I haven't felt like talking much.. and I'm here today... Monday my best friend Mel surprised me at work. She came in just before lunch.. She drove over 200 miles to see me.. I ran up to her and just hugged her neck and started crying up a storm. She made me so happy just showing up. she knew her best shittin' friend was hurting.. so she came to rescue me..
we went for "messican" just for old time sakes..
and she sat at my office with me until closing time..
and My father showed up around 5pm.. I was really glad to see him as well.... and I will tell you what..between them and Clint it really lifted my spirits up.
I am blessed to have a great friend and loving family.
Leaving work on Monday would have been really hard.. but, I had plenty to occupy my mind.. and Mel didn't let me stop to think..
We had 15 bean soup for supper and then she told me I was going to get in the "Crimmus" spirit.. so she demanded we put up the Christmas Tree... Which we did, Then she suggested we bake cookies.. and we made like 5 dozen peanut butter cookies.. and half way through baking them.. I had the idea to add chocolate chips...
mmmmmmmmmmmmhmmmmmmmmmmmm.. they were good..
And my father brought me up "Santa's White Christmas" ice cream... now that stuff is heavenly..  it's publix brand.. but, it's awesome..
so I made a peanut butter cookie ice cream sandwich...
 And that was that.. :)
Then Tuesday morning.. we all headed to work.. My father started building another room in my office for me and Mel helped me with patients and answered the phones and such.. Then we went on a shopping adventure to Fred's.. haha.. We got Christmas items for the office.. which is now decorated for the season. She left around 3 to head back to her side of Georgia..

I have a charlie brown Christmas tree on the reception desk in the waiting room :)

Going home yesterday got to be kinda hard.. because my father and I were talking about Max, he was our other doberman, he died 3 years ago today. And I was talking about Romeo and how I still think about that horse everyday.. and I love Maggie, but she's still not Romeo... and started crying again..
but, I sucked it up and headed to the kitchen immediately..

I made Kale and Cod... Portuguese Style..
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 pound Spanish style chorizo, casing removed and diced or crumbled
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 small bundle of  kale, thinly sliced
  • A few grates nutmeg
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes or fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • A couple sprigs fresh thyme, leaves chopped
  • 4  thick pieces cod  fillets
  • Old Bay
  • Chopped flat-leaf parsley, for garnish
Heat the extra-virgin olive oil over medium-high heat in a high-sided skillet or Dutch oven. Add the chorizo and render for a couple of minutes, then add the onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the kale and toss to wilt, then season with a few grates of nutmeg and salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in the stock, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, garbanzo beans and thyme. Bring to a simmer and cook over low heat for 10 minutes. Cool and store for a make-ahead meal.

Reheat sauce, covered, in high-sided skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sauce is hot and bubbly, about 10 to 15 minutes. Season the fish with seafood seasoning or paprika and salt and pepper, to taste. Add the fish to the sauce and cover. Cook until the fish is opaque and cooked through, about 5 to 7 minutes. Ladle into shallow bowls garnished with parsley.

it was very very good.. Then My Cowboy brought in the first of the holiday gifts... and we all tore that up.. and sat around the tables telling stories of Max, Vegas and Bailey.. All of our buddies that have passed.
The three of us had a  great supper and laughed at the memories we had of our dogs...
This morning was hard... I went in the bathroom after turning off the alarm clock.. and Maya came busting through the door.. she made me so sad, but at the same time she was so happy I was awake I just loved all over her..

I've had some moments today.. but, I'm staying busy..

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The silence of a falling star....

Friday, my heart was broken.. Friday night we got home and I let the dogs out.. Maya came back but Vegas didn't.. I called and called for him.. And he never came.. When Clint came in, I said was Vegas with you? He said no he say him running around and he asked me what the loud bang noise he heard was.. I had no idea.. Well I started screaming for Vegas and it is not like him not to come home..  Shortly after I was going nuts looking for him.. A lady and her husband pulled into the driveway and I really don't remember what was said.. And I started screaming and found him lying next to the road.. The lady kept saying I'm so sorry.. I'm so sorry.... I couldn't tell you what she looked like if I saw her... All I knew was that my baby was dead... Clint picked him up and carried him back to the house and put him on the back of the truck and we just stood there petting him and I was begging for god to let him wake up.. But I saw him eyes and they were empty... I fell apart at my seems.. And still don't think I am completely sewed back up.. Clint told me to go take a shower so I did and I just waited for Vegas to pull the curtain back and check on me.. Him waiting on the Matt next to the bath tub.... Leaning up against me when I was brushing my hair.. Him steeling my slippers... Nothing.. Just emptiness.. I didn't sleep at all that night.. I watch Roseanne and the nanny on tvland until the sun came up and Clint woke up.. I had uncontrollably cried all night.. And part of me was afraid to wake up in the morning.. Because the highlight of my morning was when Vegas would wake me up by puttin his head on the bed and wagging his little nub of a tail.. An then when I didn't move he'd put one paw on the bed and then he other and he would crawled up next to me and I would love on him and snuggle with him.. Then him and maya would go out and they would come back in and Vegas would get in my closet and grab my clothes after I took them out of the closet..   When I used to go to the bathroom he would open te door and the door would slam and he'd come in and make me pet him.. And I'd say "vegas get out of here" and he'd lay his head on my knee and wag his nub of a tail and I'd pet him.. I miss him  Slamming against the door to go outside when I would be opening the door.. He acted like I never opened it fast enough..  I missed him dearly when I went to feed the chickens.. He was my buddy he went everywhere. And if I didn't know he was around he used to run by and grab my hand... When I used to wash the dishes e used to. Sneak up behind me and nip me on the butt and make me scream... He was such a part of my life I can't even explain.. My cowboy has been very here for me and very loving and supportive.. I'm not sure what I would have done of he wasn't here... Today he suggested we build a new chicken coop closer to the house.. So we did and moved moved all my girls up here... I kept staring out to the yard having memories of Vegas running around.. And me running with him and him jumping up and nipping at me and us boxing... I found myself wanting to do the "whistle" that he used to respond to... It's a crushing hole. Feels like someone grabs my lungs and squeezes at times.... We went grocery shopping tonight as well... And I lost it coming home.. It's so hard to come home... He wasn't just a dog.. He had such a personality he was like loosing a person... He was my child...  Maya has been very attached to me.. Like she knows I'm hurting.. Everytime I turn around she's there.. And she has slept with me and peed with me... She's been there for me.. Maya just doesn't have the same personality that Vegas did.. But I still live her and she's the only puppy I have left.... I don't want another dog... Because it won't be him.. I went through this with Romeo.. The next horse I bought just couldn't do anything that Romeo could.. And I never really bonded with him.... I hope that Romeo met Vegas on the other side of the rainbow bridge... And I hope that Vegas knows how much I love him and how deeply I miss him..  I keep waiting for him to jump up with me on the recliner and almost tip it over... And I miss hearing him coming in the bedroom To check on us while we sleep... And this just isn't getting any easier... I can't really talk to anyone because words just don't come out..  I just wish I knew why I had to loose him...  I just. Want to go numb so I can't miss him anymore..  I'm glad the lady stopped... And I don't know why he got out of the fence.. He must have been chasing a rabbit or something he new better... I just wish he woke up.. That he broke something that could have been fixed... Something.. Anything but gone...

Monday, November 21, 2011

My Doberdork

This doberdork looooves me :)
My cowboy took this picture when I was laying on the recliner with Vegas..

We had a great weekend..
I threw my cowboy his non-surprise birthday party.. had a band and about 45 people attended :) And boy we had a blast!  The next day I had a puny cowboy and father..  We all partied a little much!
That morning.. bright and early I got my Mother in the truck and we headed down to columbia for a girl day.
We saw a movie, then went to bed bath and beyond.. and I spent my 150 dollars worth of gift cards I had left.. and bought these two awesome throw blankets.. they are wooly and warm.. and cozey...
they are sweet tea approved :)
Then from there we went to TJ Max.. and I bought some UN-necessary items... well $38.65 worth...
I got an owl hot coco mug, a really deep baking dish.. and it was mighty unique and decorated I might add.. a teaspoon set.. and these ceramic measuring cups... and finally this cute little cow figurine... so cute my cowboy sarcastically told me "awww so cute you should have just left it on the shelf"... I was like "seriously?" and he said.. "yeah it's not everyday you see a cow with freckles and blue eyes".........well... I brought her to work she's on my desk.. and I like her... I got a thing for cows...
And while we are talking about farm animals.. I'm moving my chicken coops closer to the house.. they are too far away.. and it's a long stretch to put out light for them...
and their production is down.. and I'm not happy about that.. but, it's my fault..
I decided to start waking up about an hour earlier than usual, this way I can clean and do laundry before I go to work.. so I can concentrate on important things at night.. like.. supper and dessert :)

We are having a heat wave here.. It's about 77 here today.. and two days ago it was 40...  I hate when the weather gets like that..
I have a short week though... I'm closing the clinic Thursday-Friday.  I also have to make macaroni and cheese and a desert for thanksgiving at my ma-in-laws house.  So be prepared to see a cooking video on that :) I was going to try to make one about biscuits.. but, I had a house full and dogs were barking.. and it got all messed up.. so I let it go...
I better be getting back to the work thing... so more to come later :)

Friday, November 18, 2011

At last!

Yesterday while I was with a patient.. out of the corner of my eye.. I catch my lil red corvette go zooming by...
I whipped my head around and was like thinking to myself  "say Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa" I was thinking the mechanic was test driving my car... So I finish with my patient and walk out to the waiting room to find my cowboy grinning like a pig in mud... He picked up my car for me :)
So he took his truck back to the house, and I was supposed to go get him after work so we can come back to town to get his other truck that he left at the mechanic's shop..
Well, let me tell you what...After my patients were seen and I closed up for the day.. I locked up, got into my car.. and started her up.. she started right up.. there was no pumping the gas.... I was thrilled... but, not quite as thrilled as when I pulled out of the driveway and mashed the gas.. she spun out and threw my head back against the seat...  I was grinning ear to ear like a goat in a briar patch...
woooohooooooooooooooooooo my car was running better than it ever has!  The distributor had to be replaced.. and she's firing good now...
So this morning I was starting her up.. and got to revving the engine pretty good.. and she sounds like a race car :) I'm so happy.. hahah..

Oh and yesterday... some poor unsuspecting of-my-attitude-towards-city-people fella tried to rip off our checkbook..  We went to this crappy chinese restaurant, next to wal-mart which equal ghetto.. anyways...

we were sitting next to the door with my back to the window and door.... I gave the checkbook back to my cowboy.. and he put it down in front of him but kinda towards the side of the table...  we finished eating, he got up to use the facilities.. and some (who sounded like a city fella) walks in and says to me.. that guy behind you is trying to get your attention... (I was in a terrible mood yesterday) I glared at him.. I'm thinking to myself.. number 1.. No one on this side of town knows me.. and who cares what man is trying to get my attention... so I'm glaring at him and I colorfully said something to the affect of "I don't care" and he's saying, turn around look at him I lost it.... like came unglued... and the dude walked off to the counter.. and at the table next to me.. was a hispanic fella laughing.. I said "what are you a comedian now?" Then my cowboy walks out of the bathroom..I picked up the check book and we left...

Well I started telling him what happened when we were in the truck... and we were headed to the bank.. I handed him the checkbook and I said.. you left this on the table...

and he said.. "OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH that's what the guy was after"

yeah I had a blonde deer in headlights moment... well duh he was thinking I was a gullible girl sitting there...

Retard... I hope he choked on his eggroll..

After work today... I'm going home to start making all the Hors d'oeuvres for My Cowboy's birthday party tonight... ok.. it ain't fancy.. they are finger foods.. hahaha :) we've got a live band coming and all.. We are going to have a big time..

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Corvette Update

Well I can't fix her.. so I opted to have the mechanic tow my baby to his shop..
I'm going to have him figure out whats wrong with the door handle while he has her...
I just dread him getting her.. because he's gonna take SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO long.. last time, when we were getting her back up and running from sitting for almost 10 years, it took him like 3 weeks to fix her.. but, I will say this.. My office is right next to the shop.... I will annoy them to infinity and back until he's done...  I know I don't have a 67 stingray.. but, this emblem was really nice and classy, so I picked it as the picture for this post.. :)
30 minutes until closing time...
I heard something about my picture in the newspaper... and before you ask, NO I'm not on the jail log...
So I might need to swing by and get me a paper...
I found this out from a 90 year old gentleman that came into my office for Low back pain.  He was in WWII and is a Marine Veteran!
T-Minus 1 hour before I start filming for my cooking video..
My Cowboy will be at the American Legion Meeting Tonight, So I'll have the kitchen to myself :)
I think I'm going to need to have a video crew.. hahah

Cooking Show teaser

  video

Here ya go.  This is the official teaser for the Cooking Show.. I worked hard on that last night :)
Now, Tonight will be cooking with Jack Daniels.  I'll be making Jack Daniels BBQ sauce, Jack Daniels Pan Seared steak, and topping it off with a Hot Toddy :)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Marine Corps Ball!

We headed on down to Parris Island, Saturday afternoon and got us a hotel room, and got all gussied up to attend this special ball.

We got there and had a few cocktails and then sat down for a very nice meal complete with Steak, Potatoes and Green beans..

Then the party started :)
I had a blast, We met the former Assistant Commandant of the marines and there was even a fella there, that got a silver medal from Chesty Puller.
I remember, there was enough idiot oil in that place to drown a village..
And I remember a lot of dancing.. and the best piece of cake I have had.... and I remember the message from the Commandant.. and singing... and then I remember trying to drink like a Marine... Then I remember waking up in bed :)
hahahahah
So.... Good times :)
Now I've seen some patients this morning.. and I had a minute to write a few things..
I'm trying to figure out some finger foods and the such for my Marine's Birthday Party... Making up a shopping list and stuff :)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Eat Beef... The west wasn't won on a salad..

First and Foremost.. Happy Veteran's Day! 

Thank you God for all the men and women who serve you and us in our military. How blessed we are as Americans to live in this country, to be able to worship God and to have so many amazing men and women in our military protecting not only us but so many others in countries so far away from their home and families.

"A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America' for an amount of 'up to and including my life.' That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it." 

Thank you to my Father, both Grandfathers and my Husband for their Service..


And now onto my rambling lamentations about the veterinary freaks...
Tomorrow is the Marine Corps Ball.. and I was looking to find a place to board my dogs, well..
I call my vet down there in fancy smancy big city Columbia.. and I'm like "hi.... blah blah blah how much?"
So the lady says put them together in a run its 31.60 a night, but we aren't open Sunday.. well ok..
then she said "you know that they have to get the kennel cough vaccine" I said "yeah I know". then she said "and with the outbreaks of canine influenza, the dogs are having to get a mandatory flu vaccine".. I'm like dead silence.. then I said "and how much is this?" she said "well it's a two part vaccine and it runs about 66 dollars a dog."  I was fit to be tied.. and I flipped my lid.. I said "I have never gotten a flue shot in my life, nor am I going to put that crap into my dogs.." (that was the edited version) she was like "I understand." I hung up on the wench... SERIOUSLY? no.. nuh uh...
I doubt I will be going back there if that is how it's going to be...
So then I got all investigative.. and figured.. where do I go to learn about people crap?  CDC...
and here is what they have to say..

How serious is this infection in dogs?
The number of dogs infected with this disease that die is very small. Some dogs have asymptomatic infections (no symptoms), while some have severe infections. Severe illness is characterized by the onset of pneumonia. Although this is a relatively new cause of disease in dogs and nearly all dogs are susceptible to infection, about 80 percent of dogs will have a mild form of disease.
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/canine/

so.. no... seriously flu shots for my dogs..
what am I going to do with the dogs now? who knows...


Now off the soap box and on to greener grazing pastures...
last night was ladies night at the cattleman's meeting, which means the end of year banquet.. :)
we had steak and a baked potato, with salads...
mmmmmmmmhmmmmmmmmmmmm..
And all the cattleman brought their women folk.
we ate.. laughed and had a good time..
They had a little cooking show, and found out that they are coming out with new cuts of beef.. 
steaks called santa fe and san antonio, and a few more.. but, I don't remember the names.  Then the guy was grilling up some "petite tenderloins"  kinda reminded me of venison.. very tender though..
then afterwards.. I got me some more bumper stickers that say "eat beef, the west wasn't won on a salad"
and the guy asked a question made me think.. he said "how many nights per week do you eat beef?"  I was thinking.. man.. we have it like 4-5 nights a week and sometimes for lunch.. interesting fact about us..
anyways.. beef is high in folate, zinc, iron and protein... I get to feeling puny if I don't have it in a couple of days.. Oh and my cowboy got himself nominated onto the Newberry Beef Board :) I was all proud of him!
I reckon I better get onto working some...
actually i'm going to play some Wendy's game to get me a t-shirt that says where's the beef...
I'm also thinking about making some short cooking shows..
calling them "sweet tea's southern fried cooking show" :)
Now that I have an apron to wear.. well.. I'm going to have to dazzle this one up.. I have two I made at home..  I love aprons.. I'll make this one all homey and take a picture of it :)









Thursday, November 10, 2011

dead.... dead... deadski...

There she is.. This morning...
I got back in her as soon as I woke up to try to get her started....
and she wouldn't start....
So I began to sing to her..

Maybe I didn't love you.........
Quite as often as I could have...........
Maybe I didn't treat you.......
Quite as good as I should have..........

If I made you feel second best.....
Vette I'm so sorry I was blind........
You were always on my mind.....

You were always on my mind.....

Ahhh Sing it Willie......

Well let me tell you what happened...
I met my cowboy and our friend Eric at the San Jose Messican place to have a happy hour beverage before we went home..  I was be-bopping along down the highway...
getting closer to our ranch.. and I put my turn signal on... and start to turn into the driveway......... *bam*
I'm like what the heck was that... yeah she backfired or something.. then I went to accelerate a little bit... and there was nothing... she just coasted me right up into her parking spot.. and that was that..
So now I start talking to her... like what happened?  so I try to start her up like 10 times... dead... zip.. zilch.. nicht... nothing.... I couldn't even put the lights down...
So I turned her off.. and said.. alright.. we'll fix this in the morning..
And my cowboy pulled up behind me.. and I told him something terrible happened...
he was all concerned until I told him my Vette wouldn't start..  he said "Ahh it'll be alright.."
So we went in the house and I started making..............

Black Bean, Corn and Turkey Chili:


1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound ground turkey
1 large onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, crushed
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 clove garlic, minced
1 3/4 cups Chicken Broth
1 cup Pace Picante Sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
1 can (about 15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (15.25 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • Heat the oil in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the turkey, onion, chili powder, cumin, oregano, black pepper and garlic powder. Cook until the turkey is cooked through, stirring often to separate meat.
  • Stir the broth, picante sauce, sugar, beans and corn in the saucepan and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
It was really good... I didn't use the sugar.

and here I am at work... driving the truck.. and It's raining.. and I'm sad...

 

 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Crockpot Boiled Peanuts

Using a 6 quart crock pot .
Wash 2 quarts of raw peanuts in the hulls until water is clear.
Add to crockpot and 3 qts hot water and 1/2 c plain salt.
Cook for 6 hrs or 7hrs on high.
Stir occasionally if peanuts are not salty enough add 1/4 c. more salt

a country girl can survive

The preacher man says it’s the end of time
And the Mississippi River she’s a goin’ dry
The interest is up and the Stock Markets down
And you only get mugged
If you go down town

I live back in the woods, you see
A man and the hens, and the dogs and me
I got a shotgun rifle and a 4-wheel drive
And a country girl can survive
Country folks can survive

I can plow a field all day long
I can can hommade goods from dusk till dawn
We make our own biscuits and our own gravy too
Ain’t too many things these ole girls can’t do
We grow good ole tomatoes and homemade bread
And a country girl can survive
Country folks can survive

Because you can’t starve us out
And you cant makes us run
Cuz we're them old girls raised on shotgun
And we say grace and we say Ma’am
And if you ain’t into that we don’t give a damn

We came from the West Virginia coalmines
And the Rocky Mountains and the and the western skies
And we can skin a buck; we can run a trot-line
And a country girl can survive
Country folks can survive

I had a good friend in the big atlanta City
she never called me by my name, just hillbilly
My grandpa taught me how to live off the land
And his taught him to be a businessman
she used to send me pictures of the peachtree nights
And I’d send her some homemade jam

But She was killed by a man with a switchblade knife
For 43 dollars my friend lost her life
Id love to spit some beechnut in that dudes eyes
And shoot him with my old 45
Cause a country girl can survive
Country folks can survive

Cause you can’t starve us out and you can’t make us run
Cuz we're them old girls raised on shotgun
And we say grace and we say Ma’am
And if you ain’t into that we don’t give a damn

We’re from North California and south Alabam
And little towns all around this land
And we can skin a rabbit; we can run a cattle farm
And a country girl can survive
Country folks can survive

a who's who of who cares...

Maggie Mae (left) and Sioux (right) this morning.
I'm feeling like spreading some words of wisdom and all...

I think I'm getting old.. hahah I'm starting to see grey hair and I noticed my first fine line in my face...
Aging gracefully is lovely.. but I believe in kicking and screaming... sotime to start using stronger lancome products.. I used that genifique thingy they had out.. it seemed to do something... They had given me a 7 day trial thingy...
Oh I wear poison perfume, and for the summer I switched to pure poison.. then I decided to go and get some regular Poison, but while I was there.. I found Midnight Poison, so I got the small bottle of that..
and when I got home.. it was the BIG bottle of Regular poison... so I've gotta go back and get midnight poison.. I think that was a gift from the retail gods.. hahah..
Anyways.. I think I'm going to have to start dying my hair... I'm not ready to have white hair...

Things are kicking at my clinic :)
I really like my new table.. the UPS man.. singular.. not 2 ups men.. just 1.. pulls up in this big truck.. and he's getting my table off the trailer.. and i'm like.. I hope there is more than one of you.. well no..
Soooooooooooooooo.. I took my white coat off and rolled up  my sleeves and helped him get it in the door.. which it wouldn't fit, so we had to un-crate it, to get it into the building..
Well we had just got it in, and My cowboy knight in chevy silverado armor showed up. and he helped the guy move it.. the poor fella was like "I didn't know it was this heavy".... hahah
I was checking my numbers this morning... and This week I made my rent for the month :)

I'm excited about the Marine Corps Ball!!!!!!!!!
I'm gonna wear my brown *ahem* excuse me... Truffle dress that I wore on the cruise ship :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Rhinitis and Sternutation

ok.. I'm sick of sneezing and this running nose I just can't seem to catch..
Continuing on from before.. We are attending the Marine Corps Ball this weekend.. which I'm super stoked about :)
and I'm getting a new examination table today... as soon as UPS freight delivers the darn thing...
One of my patients this morning told me she is making me sour dough bread! Now that is going to be a treat!
I told her I would bring her some pear butter :)
I was nosing around the Opera house web page.. and ordered some tickets..  I got Ricky Skaggs, I LOVE me some Ricky Skaggs...  He was the very first concert I ever saw..  and as long as we have been in this town, we have been seeing him, and everytime he says "I wish I could get a nice biscuit and milk gravy somewhere in town"  well, I'm going to write him a letter... but, I gotta be sure not to sound like a freak or something..
but, I would flip my lid if Ricky Skaggs came over for Breakfast!

and while I was snooping around.. I noticed something called the Highwaymen.  They are three impersonators: Waylon, Willie and Johnny... So I checked their story out on youtube.... they looked pretty good.. and sounded pretty darn close.. so I got those tickets too.. those are for March though.... it's ok.. I'm going to give them to my cowboy as a present :) He Loves his Highwaymen...  I think it will be special to him..
as long as he don't read this before his birthday...
I was planning a surprise birthday party for him. but, one of his marine buddies let the cat out of the bag.. not on purpose.. just because he wrote me a message and my cowboy had my phone.. hahah

OHHH My table is here, I just saw the UPS Tractor pull in the driveway... killer....

Elvis!

This past weekend was packed :)
My parents were up here, and I sure did miss them.  But, Friday my mother and I went shopping around town, I was looking for some more dress pants.. and since we have a VERY big selection of stores here in our little town, Goody's had nothing good.. and Cato's only had 2 pairs of pants in my size, but nothing I really liked.. I'm looking for grey and a few more pairs of black pants...   So that shopping trip was a bust.. but, I bought some cute litte hair doo-dad thingy.. and a new pair of sunglasses. anyways..
Saturday Morning we all woke up and headed out to hunt...
didn't see anything.. :(
so that was a bust too.. but, that's ok.. I'm moving my tree stand...
And Saturday night, we went to see the Elvis impersonators of Elvis impersonators....
The fist half of his show he played a tribute to Country Legends...
and let me tell you what.. that man can imitate him some Conway... and when he came out as elvis... holy crap.. the place went wild :)
He played a lot of old Elvis music.. I thoroughly enjoyed the show :)
Sunday Morning, My cowboy was in the bathroom, and I was still sleeping.. I feel something breathing on my face... and snuggling with me.. then licking my face.. I woke up and saw my doberdork that joker was all curled up cuddling with me.. hahaha... so I got my butt up, let the dogs out and got in the kitchen and started making Biscuits... I mean White flour biscuits.. not the wheat ones I've been making... a pound of bacon and eggs.... and the four of us threw down on breakfast :)
then, my parents started packing up to leave, and I got to making venison jerky.. ( i got those nifty containers as a wedding present, they are air tight..)

I love making jerky, which reminds me i need to get some more spices..
I just like using my Dehydrator :)

Its about time to make some squash chips..
I like to use those rather than potato chips..

Then my friend's boyfriend lives pretty close to us, and his Momma has a pear tree that was just over run with pears..
So he brought me a huge bag of pears..
so I made some pear butter.. and it turned out pretty good. 

After my parents left, my cowboy decided to go use the bush hog down in the far far back pasture.. and I decided to go grocery shopping for the week..  I decided this week, since it's cold and I've gotten the sniffles.. we were eating soups and Stews... So Cowboy Stew, Chili, and Tomato lentil soup is on the menu!
I get to town and my phone rings, My cowboy is stuck, the tractor won't start.. so i had to turn around and bring him the dually to jump the tractor off...  we decided we might need to buy some new batteries for that tractor and the back hoe... then I headed back to the store..
and for supper that night, I called it our last meal, beacuse Monday, we were eating healthy.. haha all protein and low carbs.. that way we can get ready for Thanksgiving...  speaking of which... my parents are going to Florida .. which means... none of my mom's sweet potato caserole, no sausage stuffing, no bake turkey, no manicotti, baked rigitoni.... zip.. zilch.. nothing.. :(  Thanksgiving, just ain't Thanksgiving if it ain't like momma fixed it.. ya know..
anyhow, here is what our last meal looked like...  Roasted Potatoes, Home gorwn Peas and Pork Roast and Gravy :)


Yesterday at lunch, I went and got a new phone.. AT&T has good service.. but, when i'm paying 120 bucks for an iPhone that isn't on the 3G network.. it sucks big time.. so my iPhone 3GS phone was starting to not take a charge.. so, it was time for me to get a new one... so I called up AT&T and asked them about this little 3g problem.... and they weren't updating towers anytime soon.. and this and that... and i had 3 more months left on my contract...  Well I bought out my contract for 80 bucks and went on the family plan with my cowboy.. he's got Verizon.. and I got the new 4G phone :)
It's awesome.. and Viola! verizon has 3G towers in our town.. and the stupid phone has 3G at home....
Seriously AT&T.... and I got to keep my number :)
I'm going to go back to Verizon today and see about an otter box and some crap for it..
it's so small... lol..
And last night when we got home.. I had a big ole' crock-pot full of cowboy stew waiting.. :)


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Another Apple Pie!

Tonight we are going out to eat with my husbands family.. Thursday is maw-in-laws birthday..
So we are celebrating it tonight at a expensive restaurant in town here...
Anyways, I crocheted her a scarf and made this lovely caramel apple peanut brittle pie pictured to the right.... now.... this has to be the prettiest pie I have ever made..
I will not have a piece tonight.. between yesterday's Halloween candy and the leftover apple pie from Sunday... I'm over the sweet binge I was on...

This morning dear sweet puppy Vegas, had his first encounter with the shock collar. :)
He likes to heard the cows, usually in the wrong direction, and He LOOOOVEs barking at poor little Hammy the pig.. and another past time favorite of his... is running the horses and biting at their tails trying to land ski.
so first thing this morning we go to feed the horses... and Hammy wasn't around, so strike out on our part for that.... then we had to go check on the 5 head of cattle my cowboy bought yesterday at the cow sale..
and there it was... Vegas took off under the fence running towards this little baldy calf... so my cowboy yelled and shocked him.. all of a sudden you hear BEEEP zzzzzzt YELP!
He went running out of the cow pen like a lightning bolt... and sat down behind the fence...
then we passed by the other horses that are out in the back pasture and here comes Vegas be-bopping along towards Bosco........ he hit him with the collar again and boooooooy he took off running away from the horses, straight back to the house.. by the time we got back to the house, he was sitting on the front porch.. hahahah.. then we get inside.. and he's looking all dejected, and sitting there staring up at me.. I said.. "awwwe vegas what's wrong???" and petted on him a bit...
I think we might have gotten the right training tool... That dog has a strong mind of his own.. that is for sure..
you can beat him.. but it doesn't phase him...
This shock collar hurt his feelings!
Well I better get back to working... Patients are on their way!