Monday, June 30, 2008
In Ft. Worth there are world famous food establishments. Joe T Garcia’s is one of them. We heard about Joe T’s years before coming to Ft. Worth the referral was so impressive we had to check it out the minute we hit town. Wow it was the best Mexican food I had ever had. The margarita’s, Oh My! However after visiting Joe T Garcia’s the following morning my 20 minute workout was wrestling with the starched jeans I attempted to warm up to, after my third attempt I gave up and wore dirty jeans that were all stretched out.
I have eaten some awesome banana leaf wrapped tilapia, citrus crusted tilapia, and all types of Cajun rubbed fish and shrimp. And not any of them were deep fried. Texans love to deep fry. They will batter it, fry it, and heavy sauce it. Did I mention my new mantra, live to eat, not Eat to Live. Oh crap, I mean eat to live not live to eat. It’s so confusing.
I thought when did it happen, how old was I, when my entertainment schedule became finding the best place to have dinner. Scott and I use to hit a town, find a great dance club, dance almost every dance, close the place down and look for another fun activity the town we were visiting had to offer. Now it’s hit the town look for the restaurant schedules in the lobbies of the hotel.
However, night before last we took up an offer to go to the Texas Ranger game. Of course we had suite tickets, and there was free food and drinks involved. It was a great game a nail bitter, the Rangers pulled it off in the 9th with an 8 to 7 victory.
I highly recommend Ft. Worth as a city to visit. They have the stockyards, historic western stores, cowgirl hall of fame and many other nice museums, Lone Star horse racing park which we will be attending Friday, football, basketball and baseball coliseums, Billy Bob’s night club, and yes some of the best restaurants anywhere.
Fat and happy in Texas,
Sunday, June 29, 2008
The story linked to below gives us all hope to keep riding and saddling our own horse, Ms. Reeves did until at 101 she saddled her own horse for the last time. I am writing this blog from Ft. Worth Texas. Right next to the cowgirl hall of fame which I visited last year, after reading this I am going to revisit with a new appreciation of the many incredible women that feel the halls of the museum, but with a special fondness for one named Connie Reeves.
I share this inspiring story with the women I find fierce, strong and profound!
SADDLE YOUR OWN HORSE ~ http://www.americancowgirl.com/film.htm
She passed away in 2003 at age 101 after getting thrown from her horse on a trail ride. You can read about it here:http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A05E0DD1239F936A1575BC0A9659C8B63
Love, Laugh, and Ride Often,
(Saddle your own horse)
Saturday, June 28, 2008
This is the best appetizer I have ever tasted, and I have sampled many. Warning! Serving them for the first time to family and friends make copies of the recipe, because they will insist on a copy. If you want to win over guests this is a sure to please. While grilling the aroma is so amazing it brings neighbors out of their houses with wonder and longing.
Serving Size: 4 Preparation Time: 1:30
2 artichokes -- trimmed & steamed
4 cloves garlic -- peeled
6 ounces olive oil, extra virgin
3 cloves garlic -- minced fine
2 teaspoons sugar
Put the baggie in the fridge overnight to marinate. It will keep nicely for 12 to 24 hours. After that, the quality decreases greatly.
Turn the grill on high heat. When well heated, turn off one half of the grill, placing the artichokes on the half with the heat turned off. Turn once or twice, browning nicely. Remove from grill and serve with an aioli dip or two of your choice.
Source: "Idea based on great artichokes tasted in restaurant in Monterey, CA."
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Per serving: 531 Calories (kcal); 55g Total Fat; (89% calories from fat); 2g Protein; 12g Carbohydrate; 0mg Cholesterol; 61mg Sodium Food Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 11 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates
Serving Ideas: Serve with Aioli, melted butter, sour cream or their condiment of your choice.
Recipe By Pam Jorgensen
1 cup mayonnaise
4 dashes garlic powder
4 dashes salt and white pepper
4 dashes curry powder
1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds, black
Whisk the seasonings into the mayonnaise. Let mellow approximately 15 minutes minimum. Taste and correct the seasonings, if necessary.
Yield: 1 cup
My favorite, both are great. Make both and see which you prefer.
Old Bay Aioli Sauce
Recipe By Pam Jorgensen
1 cup mayonnaise
2 dashes garlic powder -- to taste
1 teaspoon Old Bay Seafood seasoning -- to taste
salt and white pepper -- to taste
Whisk the seasonings into the mayonnaise. Let mellow about 15 minutes minimum. Taste and correct the seasonings.
"Sauce for Marinated Artichokes" Yield: 1 cup
I am so fortunate to have such cool talented friends, Thanks Pam and Mike!
We want to hear how much you liked it so be sure to leave your own Rave Review of Marinated Artichokes or share your own recipe by posting a comment to this blog or emailing me at email@example.com. Enjoy!
Friday, June 27, 2008
This article is in the current issue of Western Horseman magazine and is written by the genius Baxter Black.
Boomer and Bernie
There's been a gradual change in the way we cowboys do things. It's come over a period of years and coincides with anti-smoking regulations, a healthier diet, mandatory seat belts, bull riders wearing helmets, gentle horse training, improved cattle handling techniques, and now allowing our dogs free run of the pickup bed when we go to town.
It was a long time before I conceded that chaining my dog in the back was the right thing to do. It was about the time I quit speeding, chewing Copenhagen and started taking an aspirin a day. As the loss of my individual freedoms began piling up, I felt less need to let my dog enjoy one of his favorite things: riding unfettered in the back of the pickup.
Bernie, too, had faced the same decisions to do what is begrudgingly safer, but usually not as much fun. In his case, he lets his good cow-dog Boomer ride in the front of the cab with him. Boomer liked it as long as he could have his window down far enough to hang out his head. One fine New Mexico morning they were driving down the Dexter highway, Bernie on the cell phone and Boomer taking in the scenery. Traffic was busy and Bernie was smack dab in the middle of a verbal therapy session with his banker. Suddenly the cab filled with a blizzard of old receipts, magazine scraps, ear tags, Maalox pills and a roll of survey tape.
His first thought was that Boomer had hit the electric window all the way open at 45 mph! But no, Boomer's hindquarters from the neck down was a furious flailing of limbs scattering everything on the seat and dashboard into the air! He realized immediately that Boomer had stepped on the electric window button, but he had closed it on his neck! Bernie fought for control of his vehicle, the cell phone and the mad dog amidst the hurricane of trash that filled the air!
Then, Boomer lost control of his bowels. Digested dog chow, in several stages of viscosity joined the airborne contents in the dog blender. Swerving on the shoulder, Bernie jumped out, raced around and jerked open the door. Boomer was still attached and smacked him on the face! As Boomer dangled momentarily, a passing motorist screamed "Dog abuser!" and made an obscene gesture.
Well, Boomer got saved and Bernie now chains him in the back. He bought a gross of air fresheners to hang on the rearview mirror that smells like cooking broccoli and he is a changed man. Kinder and gentler, but more practical. Yet, the profound question that lingers in his mind every time he climbs into the pickup is, "Why didn't I lower the window from the driver's side?" Maybe it was some deep man-animal bonding conflict, or perhaps simply his vision was blurred.
Have a wonderful fun filled weekend! Get out of the house and take your dog for a ride!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
We have several Zen Master’s in the equine industry, accomplished horsemen and horse women that have outstanding ability to teach us skills to improve our abilities with handling the horse.
Today I am showcasing one of them Chris Cox. His new book part of the Western Horseman Series is “Ride the Journey”. A step-by-step guide to authentic horsemanship. 18 chapters with over 200 color photos reveals his common-sense approach to becoming a better horseman or horsewomen. His step by step training methods allow you to establish a strong foundation for your riding program as you gain the knowledge and confidence necessary to reach your horsemanship goals while riding in the arena, on the ranch or down the trail.
Chris helps you put horsemanship theory into practice as he guides you from equine psychology and equipment basics through groundwork and trailer-loading. As you progress, you learn to develop a natural head-set on your horse and a ready response to leg cues-the basics for collected movement and advanced maneuvers. Chris’ chapters on trail riding, cattle work and starting colts ensure that you make the most of your growing skills in fun and challenging ways.
To order Chris’ new book and receive a 10% discount enter "blogbooks" coupon code at check out at www.burnssaddlery.com.
Thanks Chris for helping us to ride the journey with more knowledge and insight.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
There are a few of those items that are a staple in any home, barn, horse trailer and one that has more uses than any is WD-40. Check out their website http://www.wd40.com/ for over 2000 uses. Here are a few of the 2000.
tects tools from corrosion
- Drives debris from rototiller bits
- Protects barrels and metal containers against rust and corrosion
- Drives debris from rototiller bits
- Prevents calcium buildup on sprinkler heads
- Cleans and protects wheelbarrow beds
- Cleans and protects pitchforks
- Spray on rototiller blades to prevent rust during off-season
- Cleans heavy dirt from shovels
- Keeps plant supports from rusting
- Cleans wood planter bed
- Cleans and protects fertilizer spreader after use
- Lubricates rototiller blades
- Protects fertilizer distributors
- Cleans and lubricates automatic poultry feeders
- Reconditions brass tips on crop field sprayer nozzles
- Cleans hydraulic tips on quick connectors on tractors
- Cleans gum from chicken feathers
- Cleans hoof trimmers
- Cleans milking machine pulsator
- Helps keeps paint on farm machinery shiny and free from cracks
- Cleans hoof trimming chute
- Drives gunk from bearings seized by fertilizer
- Cleans resin from waterpipes
- Removes adhesive from the tails of show calves
- Removes snarls from horse hair & manes
- Cleans and lubricates electric horse clippers
- Removes graffiti from latex fences
- Lubricates rototiller axle
- Lubricates windsock swivels
- Lubricates joints on stock panels
- Lubricates garden windmills
- Lubricates throttle cables on rototillers
- Lubricates lawn fertilizer spreader gears
- Lubricates hose winder
- Lubricates foot feeder on tractor
- Lubricates barn door locks
- Lubricates tractor shredders
- Loosens valve bolts on tiller units
- Penetrates stuck bolts on cultivator shovels
- Loosens drive chains on hay balers
- Loosens threaded joint on water pumps
- Lubricates steering linkages on tractor
- Lubricates barn door runners
- Lubricates worm gears in chicken house on poultry farm
- Lubricates tractor throttle cables
- Lubricates latches on horse stalls
- Unsticks electric sheep shears
- Frees locking pins on tiller
- Loosens rusted parts of antique farm dinner bell
- Lubricates rusted casters on rolling planters
- Helps dissolve rust from corn sheller
- Helps dissolve rust from apple bagging machines
- Helps dissolve rust from pruning shears
- Helps dissolve rust from hog equipment
- Spray on plant holders to stop squeaks during wind
- Lubricates wheelbarrow wheels
- Lubricates squeaky weathervanes
- Eases assembly of vinyl fencing
- Lubricates fence stays
- Cleans PVC valves
- Cleans rusty bolts
- Protects trailer hitch locking mechanism
- Cleans grease from rubber hoses
- Lubricates gears on earth-moving caterpillar tractor
The uses of WD-40 described on this website were provided to WD-40 Company by end-users of the product, and do not constitute recommendations or suggestions for use of WD-40 by WD-40 Company. These uses, including the "Use of the Day," have not been tested by WD-40 Company. Consumers should exercise common sense whenever using WD-40. Always follow the instructions and take heed of any warnings printed on the WD-40 packaging.
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Happy Hump Day,
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
I love boots, pointed toe, square toe, round toe, fashion, horseman, buckaroo, or rock star, they all have attitude.
Boots are a big part of my life, if you know me when you see me 90% of the time I am wearing boots. Yes that does include while I am wearing a dress on those rare occasions. Did I mention I love boots?
Everyone should delve into their creative side, find something you’re interested in and find a way to create, develop, and participate with that interest some way. Those creative juices are very important to mind advancement. To get my creative juices flowing, I love to design boots and clothing. My interest of course has anything to do with the cowboy way of life.
The foundation of any cowboy or cowgirl is their boots. And over the century’s, boots have been a key component, in safety, comfort and style. Everything a cowboy puts on he and his horse have a purpose and boots definitely serve a purpose. If a horse has ever stepped on your foot, you know the importance of a good sturdy toe box. The heel serves as a brace against the stirrup, and prevents your foot from sliding through the stirrup and can help eliminate you from getting hung up and drug. Lace up boots is not recommended for riding because they won’t slide off if your foot gets stuck in the stirrup. How many times have you seen a saddle bronc rider’s boot fly through the air as he gets launched? He wears a high heel and a deep scallop on the upper of the boot, insuring its easy removability.
New boots should be snug in the instep and loose in the heel. High quality boots have sturdy leather soles. Even if they have a rubber or crepe on the bottom the mid sole should be made of leather. Most of the boot if not all of the boot should be made of leather. Breathability, formability, and wear ability. Giving leather the most desirable material used in boot making. Once that tuff sole becomes more flexible your heel will move with the boot instead of pulling out of the heel box. The more you wear them the better they will fit.
All different types of leathers are used in boot making giving them a distinct look. Price will be determined on the craftsmanship and type of leather and materials used to construct the boots. We have boots ranging in price from $50 to $11,000. Now that’s a range. Exotic leathers such as ostrich, crocodile, shark, elephant, hippo, snake, stingray and alligator provide some of the most beautiful and most expensive boots on the market.
Care of Boots:
Boots that are cared for will last many decades. If you invest in high quality boots they will be more comfortable and will last longer.
Cedar wood boot trees, placed in the boots after wear, will wick out moisture, help them maintain their form and keep smell and bacteria at a minimum. If you invest in a pair you love, be sure to use cedar boot trees.
Condition your boots, find a good conditioner, it is as important as keeping a good lotion or conditioner on your skin. I like Bick 4, it cleans, polishes, conditions, and helps repel water all in one application. It will not darken your leather either. I am a bit lazy so I like Bick 4 for ease and single application.
Watch soles and heels for wear. When your horse’s shoes begin to wear, you replace them. We know if our horse is unbalanced he becomes lame. Guess what so do we. We all walk differently, and many of us toe in or toe out. (I know that is a horse term). I only thought my kids dragged their boots, but I discovered by looking at my boots my hell they learned it from me. If you wear off heels like me take them in to a good boot repair shop and have them put caps or new heel caps on. If you start to wear out leather soles do not let it go into multiply layers, again get repairs early for best results.
Or just wear em out and buy new. Boot stores love that plan. My favorite brands. I have worn almost all brands of boots. My favorite brand currently is Lucchese. In my opinion they are the best looking, and highest quality boot you can buy off the shelf. They also offer a custom handmade line called Lucchese Classics. If you want the best or have trouble finding the right fit check out Lucchese Classics. Buy your footwear from boot specialists. Boot specialists wear boots, love boots and have been trained to give you a proper fit. If buying them online, ask for a boot specialist to help you.
Boots are investments, educating yourself, will put you in a position to get exactly what you want if you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me and if you have some great tips about boots or any other products I would love to hear from you.
Life is too short to wear bad boots,
Monday, June 23, 2008
If your married you will understand what I am about to say, if you are not married, lucky. When your husband and you disagree about traveling routes he always wins. He knows he is right because he talked to that guy that has drove it fifty times and this way is better. Even when the GPS kept begging us mile after mile to turn around your going the wrong way he wouldn’t listen, her voice is female you know.
Around 30 miles into the new route a two lane highway heading us to Clovis New Mexico instead of a 4 lane interstate heading us to Amarillo Texas, we came suddenly to a complete stop. In front of us are miles of stopped cars in both directions, flashing lights, with barley visible wreckage.
How many hours setting in a hot truck in the middle of nowhere on a road you did not want to take does it take you to surrender. Well all two and a half of them. If any of you know me I try to stay pretty positive, with one exception, disagreements with my husband. But I took my deep breaths decided to make the best of things and got out and stretched and tried to let go of my need to be right.
Since I already needed a potty break before we had stopped needless to say I was uncomfortable. You see Scott only stops when we need fuel and we now have a 100 gallon tank, and for whatever reason his 50 year old bladder is as good as it was 30 years ago.
No cars are moving in either direction, right, so I climb between the truck and trailer with barely enough room to fit decide nature has called long enough. Just as I am to the can’t stop now stage mostly standing because there is not enough room to squat the gentlemen that owns the car directly in front of us decides to come visit. He looks with amazement as our eyes meet with some delay between what is she doing in between the truck and trailer to what is that running out from underneath there truck. Needless to say when it all came together for him our greetings were brief.
About an hour into the patience growing seminar things were looking up, a nice breeze picked up and clouds began to form. The temperature dropped noticeably and I softened ever so slightly and mentioned to Scott that at least the weather was bearable, and I am so grateful we were delayed at the Taco Bell while someone spilled there 64 oz coke, and that women directly in front of us went postal at the clerk for giving her the wrong change, I know a few words in Spanish and she used all of them. But with my new found attitude of gratitude life wasn’t so bad. After all that could be us in the wreckage, or oh yeah we could be on the interstate.
In Texas in June when the weather cools quickly it usually means take cover and leave your mobile home, and for heaven’s sake don’t drive around on roads you have never been on in county’s you don’t know the name of listening to the radio that list the county’s that have tornado touch downs.
In Utah we are a four season state, but usually the season’s space out every three to four months. Not mixed together and elevated to the tenth power and delivered on your windshield. You can imagine my terror when on the radio was word of softball size hail, one thing I do know is different sizes of balls. Golf ball, baseball, maybe, but never softball size hail. Four and a half inch rockets sent from 65,000 feet up are not considered gifts from heaven. Every town we just had passed was reporting softball size hail. Reports of half naked men lay out on their couch as suddenly big white rockets shoot through the ceiling of their 1972 mobile homes.
Mobile homes if there is a bigger magnet to disaster I would like to know. Mobile to move off foundation be turned over by a gust and oh yeah did I mention people usually put tires on the roof to keep it attached. Or maybe all this time it has been bumpers for hail stones. If a mobile home park moves next to you, best call the realtor.
Well after 14 hours in the truck and one all beef hot dog at the truck stop we finally found the last room in Snyder Texas, a heavy smoked in hundred dollar foxhole. I put a towel down on the ground, dropped to my knees and thanked God I get to live for another day.
Safe, tornado less journeys,
Road trips are filled with abundant memories, volumes of fine literature. With this blog I will share some of the fun, wacky, and inspirational things I have learned from all the miles chasing to the next horse show.
One of the great gifts I have learned from the road is the windshield is my therapy; it pulls you into the future revealing nature at its finest. A fully acclimatized ride of ever changing landscapes and weather, miraculous mixtures of color and texture surrounding you as you excel forward in this machinery designed to take you from A to B.
Infrastructure abounds in endless displays of people’s needs being met by creative minds that form these objects of convenience. It all is so amazing, Roads, electricity, cell phones, plumbing, and this computer I am relaying my thoughts on as my husband drives us through Texas. Even the poorest among us are more privileged than kings and queens were just a century ago.
Passing people, I see different emotions on their faces, revealing their inner dialogue. I catch myself thinking my god why aren’t we always happy, just look around us everything is perfect. There is nothing wrong out there, we create wrong in here.
Mary Wortley Montagu once said “my chief study all my life has been to lighten misfortunes and multiply pleasures, as far as human nature can.”
So as I literally am being escorted down this highway of life I think of Dave Stamey one of my favorite cowboy songwriter, a line in one of his song s states, “the windshields bigger than the mirror.” I love that line. It says to me, just keep looking forward its much bigger and brighter, and when you do look in the mirror, remember how small it really is. We can never have a better past, it’s all behind us. The windshield is a 3X5 masterpiece.
Enjoy the ride,
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
MONDAY - On the Road Again
Monday will be called ON THE ROAD AGAIN! Since I spend 35 weeks per year on the road chasing horse events I will share experiences related to road trips. I encourage other road warriors to send me there exciting road adventure stories so we can laugh and learn from all you roadies.
TUESDAY - Tipsy Tuesday
Tipsy Tuesday will be set aside for great tips for the horse and rider. We all love those little tips that help us clean our equipment, load our horses, leg care for both horse and rider, easy trailer fixes, tires that never go flat, how to stay in the middle, and other great tips about the dangers of alcohol consumption while pretending to know how to ride. Share your great tips with us.
WEDNESDAY - Damn good stuff day!
Wednesday we will feature products. New stuff and damn good old stuff. Information, about products for the horse ,rider, truck, trailer, barn or ranch. If there is a new gizmo on the market will test it, try it, and give you our opinion we want your opinion as well, on all that damn good stuff you used and liked. We don’t want to know about all the damn bad stuff we have all had enough of that.
THURSDAY - Horse Zen
Horse mastery. We all want it. Walk up to the horse he drops his head, you halter with ease, he walks exactly four feet behind you, poops before he jumps right in the trailer, never rocks or kicks, unloads patiently , stands with head held low, opens mouth for bit, looks at you with loving eyes, stands downhill while you take minutes to climb on, walks with smooth even gate, never wants to eat on the trail and of course never jumps, lunges, stumbles, or longs for other horses or home. With helpful hints from top trainers and horse guru’s we will all be ready for a fun relaxing recharging of our batteries for our weekend rides.
FRIDAY - Funny Fridays, Just Horsn' Around
TGIF (Thank God I hope I’m funny ) Fridays will share horse, not (horror) stories that will make tears run down our legs.
SATURDAY - Rave Reviews and Recipes
Saturday will be review day. Lets share our views on videos, music, books, websites, either horse related or not lets pass on what we feel is worth spending our time on. We will also share some great cowboy grub recipes that guarantee rave reviews at meal time.
SUNDAY - Inspire Me!
Great stories from the heart. Rather it is about a horse, family member or friend. Those miraculous events shape our lives. Let's share stories that make us feel good (God). It’s the cowboy way, to give unconditionally to family, friends, animals and his land. We all have the memories of inspiring acts of kindness or we can give tribute to someone who has departed from our presence. This world is inspiring. No matter what the 10 o’clock news says. Let's pass on our appreciation for those who make a positive difference in this wonderful world we play in.
With great enthusiasm I take on this project, I can’t wait for your stories, comments, and participation in this adventure. Together we can share a positive fun filled daily message. Isn’t the 21st century amazing.
Love Laugh and Ride Often,