Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Cooking Video!

Since I am on a holiday from the office.. I decided to do something I haven't done in a while...
Make a cooking video... so here it is...


Saturday, December 22, 2012

Eggs

I have made three batches of chocolate fudge, so far today.. its warming up so i went out to check the chickens... The silkies are laying great!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

and on the 5th day of christmas... i bought 5 AR-15's

no joke, we really did... got four .223s and one .308.. just in case the retards up in the white house decide that we should have an assault rifle ban again... *rolls eyes*

Anyways.. last night I was in full out panic mode.. I went to get my horse (Kismet) and ride her before it got dark and all.. and she wasn't acting herself.. I'm walking up to her in the pasture.. and she usually comes over... she just stood there.. so when I got closer to her.. i realized that she was all cut up..  I loved on her for a minute, then put her halter on and tried to get her to walk out of the pasture.. and she didn't want any part of walking.. it took me like 20 minutes to get her from next to the barn to the round pen outside... and it's not that far....  she was limping so bad... I get her to the round pen and I took off running towards the house, because I didn't have my phone with me... I placed a quick call to my Veterinarians phone and left a message and got to inspecting what happened...  this pic is before I washed it out.. It was so swollen and skin hanging.. ugh.. Now that I look at it, It's not really that bad... that's what my Vet and my cowboy told me..
 The Vet got to the ranch about an hour later.. and cut off the hanging flaps and all, and she had a puncture wound on her stomach...  He said she must have jumped something..
I'm not sure what.. she's a 4 foot jumper she can jump the fence if she wanted to.. but, I didn't see anything along the fence line.. so I just don't know..
She broke a sweat last night and I could tell she was in pain, I gave her antibiotics and pain meds this morning when I fed her.. and sprayed he wounds down with scarlet oil...
my poor poor horse... :(


What a way to ruin my mood...
but, we did go and check on the cows..

they are doing good.. and we have two new calfs...

one more day of work and I have a week break.. I wish I had a break from people during that time.. but, that won't happen..





Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Jingle Bells..... well Bells the kitten

A bunch of junk has happened since I was in Tampa..  and I got too busy to get on here to write about it all...  Last weekend I was in Lexington Virginia at the Equestrian center.. I was pretty pissed off at most of the people there and the attitude of some of the contestants...
but, I did ride my horse up in the middle of a "christmas in camelot" party. It was really a renaissance fair.  People all dressed up in pretty gowns and stuff, a minstrel band and everything. They were singing christmas songs and the such...
Maggs and I walked on over to the food tent and got us some delightful dish called "pig on a stick" came with a roasted apple and everything..  I also got me some spiced cider.. I was tempted to try her bubbly potion but, I wasn't sure what that was all about..
Oh then on the drive home we get to Roanoke, and my cowboy is like.. "oh I'm tired, you need to drive" well.. that was all fine and good it was about 7:30pm... I'm driving through Virginia.. he's asleep in the back... I get to the intersection of 81 and 77.... get onto 77 an start heading back towards the carolinas and I'm steady climbing this mountain... and for the life of me, I couldn't remember what side was the bleeding side..  You know.. which side was imminent death, and which side was the side of the mountain..  and I mention that because I started to see signs that said "dense fog ahead, adjust speed to visibility" so here I am, with this motorhome pulling  horse trailer with our horses in it... going down a 7% grade and can't see more than like 15 feet ahead of me...  I was doing like 25 mph... by the time I hit North Carolina and the end of that mountain, I was pretty awake.... until I got to about Charlotte... I was passing over Norman Lake and some big gust of wind gets me and makes me drive brail for a hot minute... and from the peanut gallery in the back I hear "are you ok"  I said "yeah why". He says "stop driving brail"..... uh huh... so I said.. "I'm not, it was a gust of wind... are you up now?" he says all irritated "no, I'm going back to sleep".  well i'm sitting here thinking to myself... nice.. i've been driving like 5 hours and he's still sleeping... so I call my mom and talked to her until I crossed into Southern Carolina and stopped at the welcome center... My arse was going to take a nap....  my cowboy gets up and he's like.. why did you stop... I said.. I'm tired... then explained what happened with the fog, and the wind and we were in South Carolina.. and he couldn't believe it.. he though he had dozed off for about 5 minutes when the wind hit us... hahah.. so needless to say.. I slept the rest of the way home :)

And onto this past weekend, my Mom and Dad are up here.. and we decided to go riding on the palmetto trail on Saturday... had a great time.. packed in some MRE's and had a picnic lunch type thing on the banks of the river.. then road back to where we parked the trailer.. it was a good 8 mile ride :)
Maggie Mae and Me
Dad and his trusty steed Pokey

Clint in the woods with Tattoo
Some of the woods

Very pretty stuff up in here

After we got back from riding, and got everyone settled.. My Cowboy and my dad went to go check on the cows.. while they were doing that.. I decided that maybe I could get in the Christmas spirit and all that crap..





So here is the tree.. with the light up snoopy I bought...
I wound up watching The Charlie brown christmas special and wished I was a kid again... then decided to make Oatmeal raising and chocolate cookies... then ate that for supper with some milk.. hahahaha
any ways... no garland.. just ornaments.. It is like 7 days before Christmas and stuff..  so less crap to take down :)

I did wind up buying some christmas stockings...
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.... I re-arranged alll the rooms in the house..  The room depicted in the picture to the left, is the old like formal sitting room....
I totally took that over, because there is a fireplace in there.. that was boarded up, well We have been getting quotes from the gas companies about running propane to the house, so I can get a Gas range and gas logs.. so we opened the fireplace up.. and viola.. new living room... :)

Now, last Friday my assistant came into the office with a kitten.... and what do you think happened?  I brought it home with me...  I don't think my cowboy was too happy, but, she's a sweet little thing :)
I named her Bells.. as in Jingle Bells..

Bells
Maya

And in closing I will say this... I am working on another cooking video... It will be a christmas edition, with some italian favorites :)

Friday, November 30, 2012

Tampa

My flight down here to Tampa was a good one.. Kind of weird traveling by myself.. My cowboy decided to go qualify his horse for the AQHA worlds... So he went to Arkansas... I wish I could have qualified my horse too.... It I'm here making a career advancement move...
My seminar starts at 8am this morning..
On my way down here to Tampa, I was siting next to a lady from Jamaica and every time we hit a bump she grabbed my arm..  It was pretty funny... You could obviously tell that she was nervous, so I decided to tell her that since we were sitting on the wing we were in great seats because, if the plane crashed it either hits the front or the tail, and the wing is always preserved...  Somehow I don't think she liked that much.... Well, once landed safe and sound in Tampa, I went to the rental car agency and shopped around.. Went with Avis, because I got a free upgrade to a mid size car for my military Id.  So I told him I wanted something red...  And I asked about a corvette.. And all they had was mustangs.. So I told him about my experience with the mustang and how it rates to my corvettes... And decided to give me a dodge avenger.. Lol... It's red though..
I pull up to the hotel which is only about 20 minutes away from the airport... And holy crap once I got into my room.. It's a studio apartment... I mean complete with kitchen, dinette, refrigerator, stove and dishwasher..  Score!  I also have a little living room which has a chase lounge in it..  I am completely happy with the living quarters here...the bed was quite comfy too.. And smelled of clean bleach hahaha..
I looked around for some place to eat last night and nothing seemed to fancy me so I went to publix..  Now we don't have those up where I live.. I bought boars head hard salami, provolone and some 3 pepper cheese that was absolutely awesome....
Then low and behold in the produce section.... I found something that I love and haven't seen in ages... Arugula! So I grabbed that, a rotisserie chicken, so peanut butter and a bottle of wine.. Now the wine I got was my favorite... A ruffino.. I was shocked they had it.. Me and my bitter chiani's...
Anyways.. I returned to my little studio.. And unloaded everything and set me up a great meal..
If you know me.. You know that I had a high faluting job in New York City when I was in my early early 20s..  And this reminds me of good memories of NYC..
Speaking of NYC.. I have recently been having dreams of New York.. Like running to catch my ferry in the mornings and packing in on the subways... I miss that stupid place sometimes... I'd like to go visit just to reminisce.. It I am afraid I would get all pissed off and hate New York.. Lol..
I better get going to my seminar..

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The first of the holidays

The Thanksgiving season started off with me baking pies... Caramel apple pie and pecan pie..


And then I remembered I had Buccia di Sambuca in the bar.. so I made Biscotti cookies :)


Thanksgiving was pretty good..  turkey, ham and fixins.. I ate to much.. as usual.. but, hey.. it's the holidays and we are celebrating turkey and dressing here.. hahah
But, honestly I missed my family.. and my mama's dressing.... 
After thanksgiving dinner.. there was a lot of lounging around going on... Until my sister-in-law decided we should go black friday shopping....  which I finally agreed to.. and viola... My ma-in-law, sister-in-law and niece loaded up into the car and headed out....
we were real rebellious.. we went to Michael's Craft store.. hahaha
I got some yarn and that was about the extent of our Black Friday shopping experience.. which really wasn't an experience at all...

The next morning I woke up to this..  ->
 they were laying on me waiting for me to get up.. and we got up and went shopping for propane..
Someone is supposed to come out to the house to figure out where to put the tank... and all that.. but, the main thing in this story.. is the fact that I'M GETTING A GAS RANGE!!!!!!!!!!!
and some logs in the fireplace.. that we broke open and found a nice little fireplace in there..
but, none-the-less.. I'm excited about getting gas... lol..

This weekend I am going to study Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation on horses, dogs and cats.. I'm thinking this might be a strategic career move.. especially since we rodeo all the time, people always need someone to look at their horse and all...   I leave tomorrow.. and yes.. it's just me..  because my cowboy is heading off to Arkansas instead of with me... he wants to qualify his horse for the AQHA worlds crap.. so he's headed to Arkansas..
other than that..
I have some bad news.. a dear friend of ours was trail riding in the north Georgia mountains.. and she got hurt.. let me explain..the last time we went up there, it's called war woman, we were on some pig trails and I was nervous going up this mountain my horse sioux was on her belly climbing up this hill, while she was sliding down.. it was pretty bad..  so bad that my cowboy and I said we'd never ride that trail again...
but our friends were up there with another couple and they took them back on that trail... well my friends horse tried to get up the hill and fell over backwards on top of her.  she was life flighted to Greenville memorial.  They are from Georgia.. but, that hospital was the closest trauma center... so there is where she was.. she had a subdural hematoma and a subarachnoid hematoma in her left temporal lobe.. it was touchy.. the neurologist said that she wasn't going to wake up for at least a month.. but, by God's graciousness she has started to come to as of yesterday, she doesn't remember the accident or know where she was.. but, things are starting to look up...

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Marine Corps Birthday

Saturday Morning we all headed down to Beaufort to attend the 237th Marine Corps Ball.

It is an honor to spend the Marine Corps Birthday with many Marines and their Families.

It starts of with cocktail hours usually "sixteen thirty". Then the formal dinner is served about seventeen thirty.  And after the dinner.. The ceremony began with an invocation then the reading of the birthday message from the commandant of the Marine Corps, and the reading of Gen. John A. Jejeune’s birthday message.

R 152053Z OCT 12
UNCLASSIFIED/
ALMAR 039/12
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS //
SUBJ/UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY MESSAGE 2012//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. AS WE PAUSE TO CELEBRATE THE 237TH BIRTHDAY OF OUR CORPS, WE REFLECT ON THE RICH LEGACY OF SERVICE HANDED DOWN TO US, WE RECOMMIT OURSELVES TO THE TASKS AT HAND, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TOWARD A BRIGHT FUTURE IN SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. 
2. MARINES EXIST TO FIGHT AND WIN OUR NATION'S BATTLES.  WE ARE MOST PROUD OF OUR WELL-EARNED REPUTATION FOR ANSWERING THE CLARION CALL FIRST.  THIS WAS NEVER MORE EVIDENT THAN AT THE EPIC BATTLE OF GUADALCANAL 70 YEARS AGO.  PICKED TO LEAD THE FIRST ALLIED COUNTER-OFFENSIVE OF THE PACIFIC WAR BECAUSE THEY WERE THE "MOST READY," MARINES LANDED ON 7 AUGUST 1942 IN THE SOLOMON ISLANDS.  THEY PERSEVERED THROUGH MONTHS OF UNREMITTING DEPRIVATION AND BITTER COMBAT.  BY THE TIME THE VETERANS OF THE BLUE DIAMOND, THE CACTUS AIR FORCE, OUR LEGENDARY MARINE RAIDERS, AND INITIAL ELEMENTS OF THE FOLLOW-ME DIVISION GATHERED TOGETHER TO RAISE A CANTEEN AND TOAST THE BIRTHDAY OF THEIR BELOVED CORPS SOME THREE MONTHS LATER, THE BATTLE WAS NO LONGER AN ISSUE.  THE SITUATION WAS WELL IN HAND...VICTORY WAS ASSURED. 
3. WE CARRY THAT SAME LEGACY OF RESOLUTE COMMITMENT AND VALOR TODAY.  OVER THE PAST YEAR, MARINES HAVE STOOD FIRM IN THE TOUGHEST OF CIRCUMSTANCES AND ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS.  WE'VE TAKEN THE FIGHT TO THE ENEMY IN HELMAND AND TO THE HORN OF AFRICA.  WE'VE MANNED THE RAMPARTS OF BELEAGUERED EMBASSIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA, FOUGHT ALONGSIDE OUR ALLIES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, WHILE BEHIND THE SCENES, AFLOAT AND ASHORE, OTHER MARINES DID THE PAINSTAKING HARD WORK REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN OUR HIGH LEVELS OF READINESS AND EFFICIENCY.
4. AS WE LOOK TOWARD THE FUTURE, WE KNOW THAT OUR SENTIMENTAL PLACE IN THE HEARTS OF OUR FELLOW AMERICANS AND CRITICAL ROLE IN THE DEFENSE OF OUR WAY OF LIFE ARE ASSURED.  AMERICA HAS ALWAYS WANTED A MARINE CORPS...IT'S ALWAYS BEEN THAT WAY.  NOW, MORE THAN EVER, AMERICA NEEDS ITS MARINES AS WE CONFRONT A DANGEROUS AND UNPREDICTABLE WORLD.  FACED WITH DIFFICULT DAYS AHEAD, WE WILL CONTINUE TO DRAW STRENGTH FROM OUR RICH HERITAGE AND THE SHARED VALUES OF THE MARINES TO OUR LEFT AND TO OUR RIGHT.  WE KNOW WHO WE ARE...WE KNOW WHAT WE STAND FOR.  AS EVER WE WILL STRIVE TO BE FOUND WORTHY OF THE LEGENDARY TRUST OF OUR FELLOW AMERICANS.
5. I SALUTE THE ENDURING FAITHFULNESS OF THOSE WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE, OF THOSE WHO WEAR OUR CLOTH TODAY, AND OF THE FAMILIES WHO STAND SO RESOLUTELY AT OUR SIDES.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARINES...AND SEMPER FIDELIS.  JAMES F. AMOS, GENERAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS, COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS.//


After the messages were read, the Marines did a traditional cake cutting ceremony, where the youngest Marine and oldest Marine present share the first piece of cake, signifying the passing of experience and knowledge. 

And after that.. we all headed to shed out of our formal attire and to attend to the After party... in which I consumed and saw enough idiot oil being drank to hold a brain cell holocaust.  But all we can say about that the day after is, thank God I'm not puking and I can live to tell the story of another awesome Marine Corp Birthday celebrated with some of the greatest Men and Women I know.  
Marines having fun before the ball

Some pictures before the Ball

Max and I

Amy and I

We clean up pretty good don't we?


Formal Pictures

we are a wild bunch! haha

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Our country is now in serious and unprecedented trouble... like never before. - Donald Trump

I am deeply saddened to what the country thought was best for it.. some people say that the turn out of people was great and people do care what happens to the country.. and others think that the turn out of people was to keep getting their handouts.. either way.. this country is headed on a economic downward spiral.  and as my cowboy said the quicker we hit rock bottom the quicker we can pull ourselves up..

Oatmeal cookies I made last night

Maya was looking for ingredients on my oatmeal cookies :)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Do your duty in all things.

"Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more, you should never wish to do less" - Robert E. Lee

I hope America wakes up today.. That being said... what  a weekend we had.. more like.. Another wonderful weekend at home...

I made blackberry Jam Friday after work....  


Then Saturday I woke up and made Raspberry Jam and a ton of Salsa which I figured would have been hot.. but, it wasn't as hot as i figured.. but, I put like 12 jalapenos in the stuff... I did however, learn that you should use gloves when preparing jalapenos... my fingers burned for HOURS.. nevermind the hours.. it was a day and a half.. I even soaked my fingers in Vinegar....  Sheesh..
It was bad...  but, It didn't relieve the burning.. and I had to sleep in my contacts hahahah.. I didn't want to rub my eyes.. or take the contacts out with jalapeno juice on the fingers...


Then After I was done doing that.. My cowboy and I made a huge Fire pit in the back yard...


I ordered some stuff make it into a cooking pit.. :)

Sunday Night, I made my version of  Gumbo and used the remaining jalapeno's to make my version of a popper.... and boy oh boy where they good :)


And after supper was finished my cowboy and father and I sat around the campfire and ate..

Then I fell asleep at like 8:30 because of the time change.. lol... 
Monday was the busiest day I have ever had... I had 30 patients.. I'm behind on E-mails and everything.. but, Today I got to the polls and voted...
Today I have been pretty slammed as well :)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

What's been going on since we got back...

This will just be a picture collage.. of stuff... 
Jay bird Missed me like crazy :)  Isn't he getting big??

Nachos from last night..

It's been really cold.. My girls have been seeking shelter

Venison country fried steak, mashed potatoes, peas and cornbread

My friend LeeAnn and I at the Halloween party

Clint and I at the halloween party

Arizona Part Tre

Tre is 3 in Italian by the way.. this is the last day of fun we had there...  Saturday and Sunday were comprised of a Seminar and airport travel..   So Friday we headed up towards Sedona.. everyone told me about this mystical spiritual get in touch with God place.....

Our First stop was the Montezuma Castle.. holy crap.. I just stopped there for the hell of it.. and it was bad ass...  these Native Americans built this into the side of a cliff... and then just up and left it there...
It was awesome..
Leaving the Castle, I told my cowboy how much I would love to have some fry bread.. but, we didn't know where to get any... well coming out of here.. there is a little tent stand.. and a big sign that read "Fry Bread".. I gasped and screamed "stop the car" hahah  so he did...
I get out.. and then there is jewelry everywhere.. So I get to talking to these people, and they were Native American of course..
and I ordered some fry bread.. and bought me an awesome necklace with a dream catcher on it.. and Wayne (the Indian) and I started talking.. I asked him how many tourist come here and tell him they are Indian.. he said "a lot.. "  I said "I bet they all tell you they are cherokee" he laughed and said "yeah they tell me I'm a 1/32 of cherokee... I tell them go stand in the sun until your nose bleeds. then you have no more indian blood in you"  I busted out laughing.. and he said "you look like you have a lot of indian blood in you"  I told him I did.. and he asked what kind.. and I told him Black foot and then gave him the story my mom gives people :)
Wayne and I
Well, after I ate enough of the fry bread to stuff a few people.. we headed back off to Sedona..
I was getting really excited about the time we got onto the Red rock Scenic way...
I mean it was gorgeous....
until, we made it to Sedona...
HOLY CRAP.. that place was like Gatlinburg on crack.. but, with gorgeous scenery...
I'm not saying that the smokies aren't beautiful, because that is one of my favorite places to go.. but, there really is nothing like these red rock mountains.. It's like georgia red clay sculpted into beautiful piece of art....
Needless to say.. we stopped at the Javolina Cantina.. because we had heard it was "the place to eat" there.. and I totally loved Macayo better.. but, it was still good food...
So, In sedona.. i didn't have any spiritual awakenings or anything... we might should have hung out with Wayne and his family.. and had us a indian sweat or something..
Here are some pictures from Sedona..

















And on our way back to the hotel we decided to take a different route.. and found ourselves in Jerome Arizona.. 

had no Idea this placed existed.. but, It was awesome.. this place was a ghost town.. literally.. and I'd love to go back there again, when we have more daylight..

But, I'll end this long entry with all the pictures from Jerome..