Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Really? Seriously?

And just when you think you hit the max.. more shit goes wrong..
While we were at the beach at my convention, Saturday our ranch hand calls and informs us that Gracie's baby was found dead, and when he picked him up, his neck was broken... I have no idea what happened.. but Gracie has gashes down her right side and a huge hematoma on her rib cage... so I have no idea...
and I'm sad about that baby.. but, I'm thankful Gracie is still here..
Not to be topped by Monday morning I get a phone call saying I needed to come out and check on Bosco....
I went out there and Bosco was colicy.. So I shot him up with banamine called my dad and told him to come over..  My Father gets here, and he starts walking him.. and I told him if it didn't clear up in about 45 minutes call the vet...   You could see where he had been rolling all night on the ground..
So we put him on a trailer to try to get him to poop.. no avail... and dad kept walking him..  I get a phone call at work and dad told me the vet was there and they were tubing him...
Then the vet left us with some banamine and some pain shot.. and had to give him both at 4pm and then just banamine at 11pm..  I get home from work at 6pm..  I go outside.. and I see Bosco.. I'm like "hey buddy how are you feeling" then reached out for his face and then he started shaking like I have never seen anything before in my life... and I started screaming for the ranch hands.. and they came running.. and Bosco went down.. and we put a halter on him and were pulling trying to get him up.. and he wouldn't get up...I called my dad and screamed for him to call the vet and hung up on him.. I grabbed Bosco's head in my hands and I was yelling at him Bosco we've been together our whole lives.. you have to get up... I told him I loved him and he needed to fight..  but he drew his last breath and that was it...
My dad Showed up after Bosco Passed away... and the vet called us back and my dad told him that he had already passed, and the vet was explaining about adhesions in the gut and aneurysms and all these complications with elder horses...   Bosco and I were together since I was 16..  He was 27 years old...  I got upset.. and then I just started remembering all the great things that Bosco had done...
Knocking down the jumps, because he didn't want to learn to jump... me and him falling down a cliff one time, just sliding down.. he didn't get all crazy and freak out... he waited until we stopped at the bottom..then got back up.. I jammed my finger and we headed back up...
the only thing he was scared of was butterflies...  I'll never forget the time I was riding in the woods.. and a butterfly landed on his nose and I thought he was going to come UNGLUED....
We had a friend of the family riding him one time, and this guy had real bad peripheral neuritis and he couldn't feel his feet and he had balance issues...  he fell off the side of bosco and had a foot still stuck in the stirrup.. Bosco just stopped and looked back at him... until we got over to him and helped him up...
He used to shake his head yes for a cookie.. and you could call his name from anywhere and he would come running..
we were building our barn using a nail gun.. he'd lean over your back while you were nailing and his hair would go flying from the air... didn't bother him..
he got his foot stuck in a palate one time.. he just stood there all day until we came to feed him for dinner.. didn't freak out or act stupid...
Just a great great friend....
He has now walked across the rainbow bridge to be greeted by, Romeo, Navajo, Pokey and Bad Moon...
This is my favorite picture of us... Taken One Easter Sunday

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Myrtle Beach Time again

Room View
It's that time again for the annual fancy doctor convention and I am here... this show starts bright and early tomorrow at 8AM.
I paid the extra and upgraded to the ocean front suite :)
I know.. I know.. big spender.. haha

I roll up to the guard gate of this place after driving 3 and a half miles... and the guard stops me and says.. "wow nice ride" and gives me the thumbs up... I smile and say "thanks" and then he says.. "oh the color.. its not just red.. it's bright and really pops........... it's so red.. I can't think of the color"  I'm mentally rolling my eyes.. and I said.. "it's Rally Red, and there is no other color for a Vette"  He agreed and told me to enjoy my stay and live life to the fullest and some other stuff that was a blur as I threw that joker in 1st and about peeled out..
I got checked in and the bell boy brought my Luggage up to my room, and I did a quick change and drove down to Murells Inlet or something.. and met my sister-in-law for dinner, it just so happens that she is staying in surf side beach..   I had some of the best Shrimp and Grits I have ever had.. but, something more important than shrimp and grits popped out at me....  it was entitled "murells inlet wedding cake"... but that is not what caught my eye... it was the holy word.. Moonpie.....  it was shining in-between all the desert words scrambled on the page.. then come to find out.. it was moon pie heated up with vanilla ice cream on it.. drizzled with chocolate sauce.......................  I think.... I made an executive decision.. that I needed to compare that to a fried moon pie, which was up there with the moon pie ice cream... but was still #1 on my list....... and so I ordered it...... and the lady brought it out and wow.....
It surpassed the fried moon pie on my palate... all I needed was an RC cola float and I would have been in redneck heaven...
but this all happened... right before, the guy in the band said "TARA" real loud and then pointed at me.. and I was all deer in headlights.. and he said "it's your birthday" then It dawned on me.. I told the waitress it was my birthday... I've been known to do that from time to time.. more like most of the time when we go out somewhere.. I sure do love a free desert... just makes the spending 19.95 on shrimp and grits feel that much better...
Well, he called me up on stage.. and they sang happy birthday to me... I was smiling and grinning like a goat in a briar patch all appreciative and crap...
Then we walked on the board walk for a bit.. then I drove back up to North Myrtle where I'm staying...

So, that's about all around here..
Rollo is acting more like his self.. and his eye isn't swollen and he looks normal again..
he still kind of wants to turn to the left more than the right and does the left circle thing every now and then.. but, he's hitting 99% of his cylinders..

We had new windows put in the house...  you know our windows were only from 1940something...
they were getting wavy and crap.. so, after getting our 800+ dollar electric bill during the winter.. we decided something had to give.. and it was the windows.... you can't even hear the  rooster crow in the morning.. it cuts out all outside noise and i got a big ole picture window in my dining room :)

Oh! one more thing this is important... I got this picture in the mail the other day!
It's my AQHA world professional photograph...  The guy said no replication of it.. but, seriously.. I just paid him 120 bucks for 3 pictures... I think I own the darn thing...  I'm proud of this crap too... :)
SO there is Moi, the beautiful Maggie Mae... and My Handsome Cowboy :)
look at the cheesin' grin I got on my face.... 

Gracie's baby sleeping..... He's a hot mess!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

quinoa stuffed avocados

    I made these the other day..  I'm trying to use more quinoa in my diet.. mnore healthy grains and all that..
    and yes I've officially jumped on the quinoa band wagon.

    With Quinoa you have to cook it in Chicken broth or it is pretty horrid..

    1. 2 ripe avocados
    2. 2 cups cooked quinoa
    3. 1 medium-sized tomato, diced
    4. 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
    5. Salt and pepper, to taste


    1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
    2. Slice avocados lengthwise and remove the pit by tapping it with a large knife. When the knife is slightly wedged in,  twist the knife and pull the pit out of the fruit.
    3. Using a spoon, scoop out the avocado flesh and place in medium-sized bowl.
    4. To that bowl, Add cooked quinoa and diced tomato to the avocado pieces and mix together while preserving some chunks of the avocado. For a creamier consistency, use more pressure when mixing to mash the avocado chunks. I used a fork and mashed it up like guacamole, still leaving some chunks
    5. Place hollow avocado shells in baking dish, and fill each with the stuffing, make sure it's heaping over the top.
    6. Sprinkle the crumbled feta cheese over top and place in oven for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted.
    7. Add salt and pepper to taste, then serve immediately.

    I served mine with baked chicken and sauteed spinach :)