Sunday, November 30, 2008

Inspire Me

December 2008

This year has been full of wonder and new experiences.

You have tried new things and have let yourself be creative.

You have learned a lot about yourself.

You are not the same person who started this year in January.

You feel fulfillment and peace, and you celebrate the holiday season with a loving heart.

You embrace all of life and recognize that you are part of a greater whole.

A desire to share this on December Eve. Each month on my calendar there is a affirmation for the month. This fit perfectly, I love my affirmation calendar, each day I read and affirm a perfect day.

Louise Hay inspires me, her, I Can Do It Calendar's are a wonderful gift to yourself and others. They are available on her website

Have a Inspiring Day, and a perfect December,


Inspire Me

Risk more than others think is safe.

Dream more than others think is practical.

Care more than others think is wise.

Desire more than others think is possible....

....And the Universe is yours.



Saturday, November 29, 2008

Rave Reviews and Recipes

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe

This tasty turkey casserole recipe is made with leftover turkey, leftover stuffing and gravy, and a little cranberry sauce for topping.

Cook Time: 30 minutes

4 cups prepared turkey stuffing
2 cups cooked cut up or sliced turkey
1 3/4 to 2 cups prepared turkey gravy
1/3 cup jellied or whole cranberry sauce, cubed
Preparation:Butter bottom and sides of 2-quart baking dish. Arrange half of the stuffing in bottom of dish. Add half of the turkey then half of the gravy. Repeat layers. Top with cubes of cranberry sauce. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes.Serves 4.

Found this recipe on

Happy Holidays,
It's Offical Now!!!


Friday, November 28, 2008

Funny Friday


Continuing the current trend of large-scale mergers and acquisitions, it was announced today at a press conference that Christmas and Hanukkah will merge. An industry source said that the deal had been in the works for about 1300 years.

While details were not available at press time, it is believed that the overhead cost of having twelve days of Christmas and eight days of Hanukkah was becoming prohibitive for both sides. By combining forces, we're told, the world will be able to enjoy consistently high-quality service during the Fifteen Days of Chrismukkah, as the new holiday is being called.

Massive layoffs are expected, with lords a-leaping and maids a-milking being the hardest hit. As part of the conditions of the agreement, the letters on the dreydl, currently in Hebrew, will be replaced by Latin, thus becoming unintelligible to a wider audience.

Also, instead of translating to "A great miracle happened there," the message on the dreydl will be the more generic "Miraculous stuff happens." In exchange, it is believed that Jews will be allowed to use Santa Claus and his vast merchandising resources for buying and delivering their gifts.
One of the sticking points holding up the agreement for at least three hundred years was the question of whether Jewish children could leave milk and cookies for Santa even after having eaten meat for dinner. A breakthrough came last year, when Oreos were finally declared to be Kosher. All sides appeared happy about this.

A spokesman for Christmas, Inc., declined to say whether a takeover of Kwanzaa might not be in the works as well. He merely pointed out that, were it not for the independent existence of Kwanzaa, the merger between Christmas and Chanukah might indeed be seen as an unfair cornering of the holiday market. Fortunately for all concerned, he said, Kwanzaa will help to maintain the competitive balance. He then closed the press conference by leading all present in a rousing rendition of "Oy Vey, All Ye Faithful."

Kicking Off the Holiday Season.

Found this on

Big After Thanksgiving Sale, Today and Saturday. Both Stores, Burns Saddlery Salina, Utah and our new store Burns Cowboy Shop Park City Utah!

Happy Holidays,


Thursday, November 27, 2008

Zen Horse

Thanksgiving Day 2008!!!

My heart is overflowing with gratitude for this past year. How do you describe and give thanks for the most outstanding year of your life. This past year has been truly miraculous. Here is my top 12 things I am thankful for this Thanksgiving Day.

1. My family and Myself are all healthy and happy.

2. We received a new member of our family this past year. Alivia Kay Shaw born May 27th on
Mine and Scott's 31st Wedding Anniversary. Bringing the total to 5 perfect grandchildren.

3. Burns Cowboy Shop Park City Utah. Thoughts formed a year ago, worked hard all year and on November 13th the ribbon cutting took place. Dream Big, it works!!!

4. Burns Saddlery, Burns Cowboy Shop, and myself personally have been featured on television
Four different times this year. Twice on RFD TV ,once on Park City Television, and a small
spot on Channel 4 News.

5. Our Company has been featured in 4 national magazines with articles and positive press. Braydan, my Son has served as General Manager and has done an outstanding job.

6. Destiny ,my daughter has had a outstanding year on her horses, winning big events, breaking arena records and became certified as a Equine Therapist specializing in AcuScope.

7. Expansion done on the Blackhawk Arena finished. A project I volunteered and worked on for the past 2 years. It is incredible!!!

8. Moved to Park City, found the perfect place to live, bought a small SUV crossover car that I love, and have found a family of friends already in this very friendly fun town.

9. Friends, past and present. Sharing, supporting each other and recreating in nature together, either on horses or on foot. The memories I have made this year with my friends are timeless.

10. Tegan, my youngest daughter turned 18, senior in high school, almost have them all raised.

11. Scott 's Parents and my Mom are doing wonderful, they all live on there own and contribute every day to the success and happiness of our families.

12. Overwhelming Gratitude for the Divine Spark that makes it all possible, that essence that flows through everything and everyone. Most recognized name God. And the relization of him.

13. I am glad I didn't get caught! (Read last week's Zen Horse blog)

Many Blessing's


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Damn Good Stuff

As The World Turns

The "Attitude of Gratitude" is realizing how fortunate I am.

If we could shrink the Earth’s population to a village, and the village had 100 people in it, with all the existing human ratios remained the same, so all we’d have is 100 people on the whole planet, here is what the village would look like:

57 of these people would be Asians, 21 of the hundred would be Europeans, 14 would be from the Western Hemisphere, both North and South. 8 would be Africans. 52 of those people would be female and 48 would be male. 70 would be non-white and 30 would be white. 70 would be non-Christian and 30 would be Christian.

89 would be heterosexual and 11 would be homosexual. 6 of them would possess 59% of all the entire world’s wealth. All 6 would be from the United States. 80 of the 100 people would live in substandard housing. 70 would be unable to read. 50 would suffer from malnutrition—Half!!!!
1 would be near death and 1 would be near birth. 1, only one would have a college education. 1, only one, would own a computer, 99 wouldn’t.

When you consider our world from such a compressed perceptive, the need for acceptance, understanding and gratitude, becomes glaringly apparent.

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of the whole world. Just that!! Doesn’t that call for some gratitude? If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week--because of illness. If you have money in the bank--- any money in the bank, or even in your wallet and spare change in a dish someplace, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy. 92% of the people don’t have that.

If you can attend a church meeting without fear, that is without fear of arrest or torture or death, you are more blessed than 3 Billion people in the world. If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, or the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 500 million people in the world today.

If your parents are still alive or still married, you are very rare—even in the United States. So if you have the opportunity to think as you choose to think, to worship as you choose to worship, and have a little bit of change in your pocket, and you have your health, and if you have someone that cares about you, then you have an awful lot to be grateful for.

Treasuring our divinity means being in a constant state of appreciation, looking for occasions to be joyful and happy and to be in a state of gratitude.

Every time I find a penny, or a nickel, or a dime on the street, any time, I bend over and I pick it up and say, Thank you, God, as a reminder of the abundance that flows into my life, when I am just walking and breathing.

Treasuring our divinity doesn’t mean not having respect for God. It means respecting the God that is always with you.

Taken from Disc #8 of "Applying the 10 Secrets of Success and Inner Peace."
by Dr. Wayne Dyer

Wanted to share this on Thanksgiving Eve.

So much to be grateful for!!!

Thanks to my kindred friend, Jacqueline Curtis for spending hours translating this a few years ago.

Have A Wonderful, Thankful Day,


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tipsy Tuesday

Whether you're tackling a Thanksgiving turkey for the first or hundredth time, our top 10 tips will ensure your big bird is the best it can be.

1. Thawing a frozen turkey requires patience. The safest method is to thaw turkey in the refrigerator. Be sure to plan ahead — it takes approximately 3 days for a 20 pound turkey to fully defrost.

2. For crisper skin, unwrap the turkey the day before roasting and leave it uncovered in the refrigerator overnight.

3. Cooking times will differ depending on whether your bird was purchased fresh or frozen. Plan on 20 minutes per pound in a 350 degree F oven for a defrosted turkey and 10 to 15 minutes per pound for fresh.

4. A turkey will cook more evenly if it is not densely stuffed. Consider adding flavor by loosely filling the cavity with aromatic vegetables — carrots, celery, onion or garlic work nicely — or by carefully tucking fresh herbs underneath the breast skin. For the stuffing lovers, cook the dressing in a casserole dish on the side.

5. For even roasting, truss your turkey.

6. Before roasting, coat the outside of the turkey with vegetable or olive oil, season with salt and pepper and tightly cover the breast with aluminum foil to prevent over-browning (it will be removed in step 7).

7. Don't be a peeping tom (no pun intended)! Once you get the turkey in the oven, resist the temptation to open the oven door and admire your handiwork. When the oven temperature fluctuates, you're only increasing the likelihood of a dry bird. About 45 minutes before you think the turkey is done, remove the foil from the breast to allow it to brown.

8. Remove the turkey from the oven when the deepest spot between the leg and the breast reads 180 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer. Check the internal temperature of the stuffing as well; it should be at least 165 degrees.

9. Tent the bird with foil and let rest for about 15 minutes before carving. If you need more time to make gravy, heat up side dishes, etc., you can let the turkey set for up to an hour without losing too much heat.

10. Remember to carve your turkey with a very sharp or electic knife.

Found this helpful hints on

Time to thaw the bird!!!!


Monday, November 24, 2008

On The Road Again

The road took me home to Salina Utah yesterday.

Burns Christmas Party!!!!

Burns Saddlery has there Christmas Party the Sunday before Thanksgiving every year. A chance to get together before the big Holiday Hustle hits.

I have been a Parkie now since Oct. 6th and the car has yet to head south. Excitement fills your heart when you get to go home for holiday celebrations.

The Burns Saddlery team has been working very hard to put together all the logistics for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas as well as the big after Thanksgiving Sale at the Salina and Park City stores , so it is nice to get together and raise a glass and fork.

Thanksgiving this week, WOW!!!! Make sure you come in and take advantage of our great deals as well as free gift wrapping and fantastic customer service.

I am very proud of the selection of quality merchandise we have this year. Cool stuff, makes memorable Christmas gifts.

Next week the road leads me to Las Vegas Nevada where the sea of cowboys and cowgirls gather to celebrate the best of the best in Rodeo.

Have a Wonderful, Thankful, Week,


Sunday, November 23, 2008

Inspire Me

Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Calling Lyrics

Deep in your blood or a voice in your head
On a dark lonesome highway
It finds you instead
So certain it knows you, you can't turn away
Something or someone has found you today
Genius or Jesus, maybe he's seen us
But who would believe us
I can't really say
Whatever the calling, the stumbling or falling
You follow it knowing
There's no other way, there's no other way
There are zealots and preachers
And readers of dreams
The righteous yell loudest
And the saved rise to sing
The lonely and lost are just waiting to hear
Any moment their purpose Will be perfectly clear
And then life would mean more
Than their name on their door
And that far distant shore that's so near
They'd hear the calling
And stumbling and falling
They'd follow it knowing
There's nothing to fear
Nothing to fear
I don't remember a voice
On a dark, lonesome road
When I started this journey so long ago
I was only just trying to outrun the noise
There was never a question of having a choice
Jesus or genie, maybe they've seen me
But who would believe me
I can't really say
Whatever the calling,
the stumbling and falling
I followed it knowing there's no other way
Jesus or genie, maybe he's seen me
But who would believe me
I can't really say
Whatever the calling, stumbling and falling
I got through it knowing there's no other way
There's no other way

What's your calling?

Follow it, there's no other way.



Saturday, November 22, 2008

Rave Reviews and Recipes

You CAN spend your whole life buildin' Something from nothin
One storm can come and blow it all away
Build it anyway
You CAN chase a dream That seems so out of reach And you know it might not ever come your way
Dream it anyway
God is great but sometimes life aint good
And when I prayIt doesn't always turn out like I think it should
But I do it anyway I do it anyway
This worlds gone crazy And it's hard to believe That tomorrow will be better than today
Believe it anyway
You can love someone with all YOUR heart For all the right reasons And in a moment they can choose to walk away love em anyway
God is great but sometimes life aint good
And when I pray It doesn't always turn out like I think it should But I do it anyway
Yeah I do it anyway,
YEAH, You can pour your soul out singin' A song you believe in That tomorrow they'll forget you ever sang
Sing it anyway
Yeah sing it anyway, YEAH, YEAH
I sing
I dream
I love anyway, yeah.

Martina McBride

Have a wonderful weekend!

Rave Reviews for ANYWAY!

My Mantra, do it ANYWAY!


Friday, November 21, 2008

Funny Friday

Things to Do to Liven Up Thanksgiving Dinner

1. Load your plate up high, then take it to the kitchen, toss it all in the blender, and take your "shake" back to the table. Announce that it's the new Thanksgiving Weight Loss Shake.

2. When everyone goes around to say what they are Thankful for, say, "I'm thankful I didn't get caught" and refuse to say anything more.

3. Bring along old recorded football games, pop them in the VCR when Dad's not looking. Make sure it is set to the last two minutes of the game. When he comes into the room, turn off the VCR and turn on the regular TV.

4. Bring a date that only talks about the tragic and abusive conditions known to exist at turkey farms.

5. During mid-meal turn to mom and say, "See mom, I told you they wouldn't notice that the Turkey was past expiration date. You were worried for nothing."

found this on

Love #2.....made me laugh.

Giving Thanks for Friday,


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Zen Horse

To Quote Charles Hannels' words...

"There is a world within--- a world of thought & feeling & Power; of light & life & beauty; & although invisible, its forces are mighty."

Discovering that power within ourselves and others is incredible.

Discovering that world within a horse is powerful, very powerful.

Riding on a ridge line, working with a horse in a round pen, observing his power, strength and beauty, completes me.

Happy Trails,


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Damn Good Stuff

Holiday Time!!!

Are you like me looking for Damn Good Stuff for all those on your holiday gift list. Here is my suggestion for that perfect gift this year.

Lucchese Boots, we have over 4500 to choose from this year, in a variety of skins such as Ultra Colombian Crocodile, you need to see this leather!

I adore boots, everyone knows that. I am obsessed with them. You open my head up, boots are swirling around inside. When I went in to design boots for NFR and look at the first peek of the new line I had helped consult on, Lucchese Cowboy and Lucchese Cowgirl I was filled with anticipation.

Creating new designs with new leathers is one of my favorite highs in life. When I saw Ultra Colombian Crocodile for the first time my heart raced. It is outstanding. All belly cut giving it a smooth classy look. The closest leather I have ever seen to the rare and very expensive Nile Crocodile, approximately $2500 to $3000 boot. But this new Colombian Crocodile in the Cowboy, Cowgirl line starts at $599, that's right, the look of Nile for only $599.

Lucchese's brilliance at work again. Check them out on our website, they will sell out fast, order yours today before NFR. Call me this week for best results. I can send them to you and we can make adjustments if need be before Christmas.

Ultra Colombian Crocodile Belly Cut, Lucchese Cowboy and Cowgirl boots. DAMN GOOD STUFF!!!!

Stand Taller, in Boots!


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tipsy Tuesday

Winter Horse Needs:

Horse Blankets, now is the time to get those blankets out any repairs or replacements need to be made. Burns offers both. Yes Burns can repair your horse blankets, have them clean before bringing them in please. Or you can ship them to us and we will repair and send back promptley.

Burns Saddlery has a large selection of horse blankets in all weights and sizes. Call Destiny our Tack Specialist for her reccomendations, she will guide you into finding the perfect items for your horse needs. She knows she has 20 herself.

A new line of Bog Winter Boots have arrived, these are my new favorites. I got me a new pair they are brown, with sage green, tan and brown floral print. Warm, water proof and cute all for under $100. Call and ask for Sherry, our Bog Boot Specialist as well as all other boot specialist.

Burns Saddlery has all your winter horse and rider needs.

You can always email me also, I can help you personally with your Christmas List, I am available especially this week. After December 1st it gets real crazy. Let's shop!!! email me or call me at Burns Cowboy Shop. 1-435-649-6300. I will be your personal shoper, remeber before December 1st, I can be at your beck and call. After December 1st I will be lucky to have time to go to the bathroom.

Call me today, I can help you.


Monday, November 17, 2008

On The Road Again

Big opening week for Burns Cowboy Shop is in the history books. Wonderful lifetime memories were made. A big thank you for all those involved.

We are sucked into our future, so on to next. Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Las Vegas Nv.
Dates are December 4th- December 14th.

Burns Saddlery/Burns Cowboy Shop's busiest time of the year. Welcome to the

Over 20 trailer loads of the best brands and lines in the business, this year our lines we will be offering include.

Lucchese Boots, Charlie One Horse, Powder River Outerwear, Panhandle Slim, Brooks and Dunn, Rock and Roll Cowboy and Cowgirl, Designer Leather Outerwear by Panhandle Slim, Custom Burns Saddlery Hats, Resistol Hats, Stetson, Skyhorse Master Saddles, Burns Saddlery Custom Saddles and tack, Montana Silversmith Jewelry, home decor and furnishing's.

The best product in the industry will be offered in all three of our locations.

New larger booth at Cowboy Christmas, convention center. 40X50 front row to the right when you walk in. YEAH!!!! That is the booth where me and my team will be set up.

Braydan and his stellar team will be again in the enormous 40X60 booth inside the door on the Russel Road parking lot entry at the beautiful Mandalay Bay.

Destiny along with team Lucchese will be at our 20X40 Lucchese booth at the Sands Expo in the outstanding Venetian 5 Star Hotel and Casino.

Look for directions on our website and valuable coupons. For best selection shop early, also pre-shop on our website to have great hats, boots, belts, and clothes to wear to the most fun event of the year. Wrangler National Finals, Las Vegas Nevada.

See you there!!!


Sunday, November 16, 2008

Inspire Me

My riding buddy and good friend Celia Snow sent me the following slide show I was so inspired as to share it with you.

Happiness is a choice. When we wake every morning we choose our day. Our attitude when filled with happiness will create glorious moments.

Remeber these simple guidelines for happiness.

1. Free your heart from hate.

2. Free your mind from worry.

3. Live Simple.

4. Give More.

5. Expect Less.

Have A Blessed Day!!


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Rave Reviews and Recipes

It's in the history books! Burns Cowboy Shop's ribbon has been cut. What a wonderful day it was. Thursday November 13th marked a new era for our 132 year old family business. A big thank you to all those whose efforts created this remarkable day.

The shop is as great as I ever imagined it would be. A year ago it was only a burning desire today it is a reality.

The community of Park City has opened there arms to our dream and is as excited as we are to have this uniqueness added to there historic main street.

Colleen Burke from the Park City Chamber of Commerce has been wonderful, she helped organize the ribbon cutting and brought the scissors and ribbon. What a wonderful surprise I had when I got home after a busy wonderful opening day to find this youtube gift that Colleen put together.

Seven generations strong!!!

Very, very grateful!!!! Thanks to all those who attendend and added to the fun and excitement.


Friday, November 14, 2008

Funny Friday

Girlie Wisdom

One of the mysteries of life is that a two pound box of chocolates can make you gain five pounds.

The reason women over 50 don't have babies is because we would put them down and forget where we put them.

It's time to give up jogging for your health when your thighs keep rubbing together and starting your pants on fire.

What happens if you confuse your Valium with your birth control pills?You have 12 kids, but you don't really care.

Skinny people bug me. They say things like, "Sometimes I forget to eat." Now, I've forgotten my keys, my glasses, my address and my mother's maiden name. But I have never forgotten to eat! You have to be a special kind of stupid to forget to eat!

What is the best way to forget your troubles? Wear tight clothes.

Why is it harder to lose weight as you get older? Because by that time your body and your fat have become really good friends.

My mind doesn't wander, it leaves completely.

What happens when you leave an outfit hanging in your closet for a while? It shrinks two sizes.

It's nice to live in a small town, because if you don't know what you are doing, someone else does.

I read some article which said that the symptoms of stress are impulse buying, eating too much and driving too fast. Are they kidding? That's what I call a perfect day.

Found these on a fun website

Have the best weekend of your life, I know I intend too.

Happy Thoughts,


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Zen Horse

Life's too short to ride bad horses!!!!

Zen Horse Quote of the Day.

Wet saddle pads make good horses, wishing I could have multiple days of wet saddle pads. Longing for dessert rides this spring.

But today the anticipation. Ribbon Cutting day at Burns Cowboy Shop, Park City Utah.

Come Visit!!!



P.S. Full Moon Tonight! Yes I planned it for the Ribbon Cutting!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Damn Good Stuff

Buttery Soft Egyptian Cotton!

The fibers of Egyptian cotton are longer than most other types allowing for production of the softest possible fabric. These long fibers make the strongest cotton fabrics, making Egyptian cotton bed sheets a superior product, able to withstand years of wear. Egyptian cotton is naturally organic, making it the perfect choice for those who love earth friendly products as well as those with sensitive skin or allergies. But don’t let their strength fool you, these bed sheet sets feel soft and cozy too. They will envelope you in their soft embrace. As soon as you feel the fabric you’ll notice just how luxurious it is.

Two things you should not scrimp on is good bed linens, and of course Damn Good Boots! Your in both a lot.

Nothing better than fine leather and fine fabric.

Have A Pampered Day,


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Tipsy Tuesday

The $25,000 Idea

There once was an efficiency consultant named Ivy Lee, who had a meeting with the president of a small steel US steel company. During this meeting the president explained to him that he felt that his company had the knowledge and skills it needed to move forward, but he thought they were lacking when it came to "getting things done". The reason he had requested to meet with Mr. Lee was because he hoped that he could provide him with a solution to this problem.

After listening to the presidents thoughts, Ivy Lee said that in less than 15 minutes he could show him how to accomplish his goal if he agreed to try the solution for at least a couple of weeks and then to pay him what he thought the idea was worth. The president happily agreed and Ivy Lee gave the following advice:

Each day, at the end of the day, take out a sheet of paper. Write down the six most important things you have to do the next day.
Then rank those items in the order of importance.
When you come in the next morning, take out the paper and start with item 1. When you have finished that item, move on to number 2 (and so on down the list). If you can not complete an item because of external factors, skip it and move on to the next one.
At the end of the day make another list of the six most important items you have to do the next day....
After the meeting, which hadn't lasted more than 30 minutes, the president started using this system on a daily basis. After a short period of time he saw a dramatic increase in the efficiency at which he was able to get things done, so he passed this idea along to his department managers and asked them to pass it on to others within the company.

A few weeks later, Ivy Lee received a letter from the steel company president thanking him for his advice that included a check for $25,000. Thus this simple idea has become known as "The $25,000 Idea".

It is said that years later the company president commented that this was the best investment he had ever made, and that this single idea had a serious contribution to the companies growth from a small firm to an industry leader.

After implementing this $25,000 idea my life and business began to expand in a positive difference unlike any one thing I have ever tried.
I wanted to share it with you encourage you to just give it a try. Simple and powerful.
Check Spelling
One of the best Tips I have ever received.



Monday, November 10, 2008

On The Road Again

Ribbon cutting week at the Burns Cowboy Shop, Park City Utah. That's right Thursday November 13th 10:00 am, Burns Cowboy Shop will be officially inaugurated.
Park City's very cool Mayor Dana Williams will say a few words as will I.

I want to invite anyone that would like to join us in this monumental leap. Second store owners. For over 132 years we have evolved to this moment. What's next who knows.

The shop is soooo coool, check out the pictures on our website. When in Park City please come and visit us, I will give you a private tour.

Exciting times, On the Road in Park City Utah.

A big Thank You to all who are responsible.


Sunday, November 9, 2008

Inspire Me

What a historical week. New President!!!! I was so impressed when listining to Maya Angelo on the morning show after the election. To see the complete joy and bliss in this wonderful womens face was something that will stay with me for some time. She is so proud of her heritage, and so proud to be an American.

I too am extremely proud of my Cowboy/Cowgirl heritage, and I also am very proud to be an American this week.

Mya gave this poem at the end of her interview and I was so Inspired as to share it with you.

Still I Rise

Maya Angelo

You may write me down in historyWith your bitter, twisted lies,You may trod me in the very dirtBut still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?Why are you beset with gloom?'Cause I walk like I've got oil wellsPumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,With the certainty of tides,Just like hopes springing high, Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?Bowed head and lowered eyes?Shoulders falling down like teardrops.Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?Don't you take it awful hard'Cause I laugh like I've got gold minesDiggin' in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,You may cut me with your eyes,You may kill me with your hatefulness,But still, like air, I'll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?Does it come as a surpriseThat I dance like I've got diamondsAt the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history's shame I riseUp from a past that's rooted in pain I riseI'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear I riseInto a daybreak that's wondrously clear I riseBringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise I rise I rise.

We've came along way since my youthful days of the 60's and 70's.

Right On!!!

You Inspire Me, America!


Saturday, November 8, 2008

Rave Reviews and Recipes

Beef And Vegetable Soup Recipe

1 pound beef stew meat
-- cut in 1-inch cubes

2 onions

2 potatoes

3 carrots

3 celery stalks

1/4 head cabbage

3 tablespoons margarine

1 1/2 teaspoons salt1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1. Melt margarine in a large heavy pot with lid. Trim meat of all fat and cut into 1-inch cubes. Brown beef on all sides.
2. Add vegetables (except cabbage) which have all been sliced into pieces of approximately the same size. Add 5 cups water. Cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours, adding more water if needed.
3. Slice cabbage and add to pot along with salt and pepper. Simmer for 20-25 minutes longer.
Serving Ideas : Serve with a a salad and bread for a hearty meal.

Found this on

Love Soup, Warms the Soul.


Friday, November 7, 2008

Funny Friday

Q: Why did the Chicken cross the road?

Anderson Consultant:Deregulation of the chicken's side of the road was threatening its dominant market position. The chicken was faced with significant challenges to create and develop the competencies required for the newly competitive market.

Andersen Consulting, in a partnering relationship with the client, helped the chicken by rethinking its physical distribution strategy and implementation processes. Using the Poultry Integration Model (PIM) Andersen helped the chicken use its skills, methodologies, knowledge capital and experiences to align the chicken's people, processes and technology in support of its overall strategy within a Program Management framework.

Andersen Consulting convened a diverse cross-spectrum of road analysts and best chickens along with Andersen consultants with deep skills in the transportation industry to engage in a two-day itinerary of meetings in order to leverage their personal knowledge capital, both tacit and explicit, and to enable them to synergize with each other in order to achieve the implicit goals of delivering and successfully architecting and implementing an enterprise-wide value framework across the continuum of poultry cross-median processes.

The meeting was held in a park like setting enabling and creating an impactful environment which was strategically based, industry-focused, and built upon a consistent, clear, and unified market message and aligned with the chicken's mission, vision, and core values. This was conducive towards the creation of a total business integration solution. Andersen Consulting helped the chicken change to become more successful.

Then we wonder why our economy is screwed up?




Thursday, November 6, 2008

Zen Horse

Zen Horse

Training Tip of the Week

Make the Most of Your Time

By Clinton Anderson

What you may not realize is that all the steps you just went through can also be used in the training process. If you’re like me, most of you don’t have all day to spend with your horse.

Between your job, family and other commitments, you may feel that you don’t have the time to train as much as you would like. You rush out to the barn, quickly catch your horse and hurry out to the arena or trail before you feel like the training can begin.

What you may not realize is that all the steps you just went through can also be used in the training process. You can still use every minute with your horse as a training opportunity.

For example, once you’ve caught your horse, side pass him to the barn rather than just leading him, or do some sending exercises. Rather than dragging your horse out to the arena, back him up there instead.

This is not only teaching him respect and how to respond to pressure, it’s also better preparing him for when you do get on. Even though we may not get to spend as much time with our horses as we may like, you can still use every minute with your horse as a training opportunity.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Rave Reviews and Recipies

Opening Day for Burns Cowboy Shop, Park City Utah. Official ribbon cutting on the 13th. We have already been getting Rave Reviews from pre shoppers pearing in. Fine Features, in newspaper's, magazines, and live television spots, all sharing our excitement in adding a Cool Cowboy Shop to Park City's beautiful nostalgic Main Street.

Rows of beautiful Lucchese Boots line the shelves, hats with the fun attitude of the west are positioned over the boots. Belts, handbags, Maui Jim Sunglasses, fine leather jackets and clothing bring attention to all the possiblities of different creations with leather.

A custom design shop elevated at the rear of the store summons those who want add their own creativity in designing that extra special pair of boots. Unlimited choices await the willing mind.

My God I love my Life! Stop in and share this wonderful feeling with us. Come and smell the leather and look at the new masterpieces that have been created by someone taking a raw piece of leather and molding it into a usable, workable , timeless, piece of art.

Many of these new unique Cowboy Shop items are available on line at and we will soon launch another website for Burns Cowboy Shop Park City Utah.

Grateful very Grateful,


HAPPY 18TH BIRTHDAY TEGAN SHAW !!!!- Welcome to Adulthood, it's great!-Love Mom.