Sunday, May 31, 2009

Inspire Me


Courage is a very special human quality — and some would say it’s becoming increasingly rare.

Courage is the trait the ancient Greeks held to be the foundation of all other virtues. What's the difference between an average leader and a great leader? Between an average parent and an outstanding one? Between a worker who steps up in all situations and one who hides in the background? The difference is courage.

What makes some people crack under pressure — whether in warfare or business — while others seem to push themselves past their limits? Courage, or the lack thereof.

Finally, why is it that some people challenge themselves to the limit — they even attempt the impossible — while others never get off the sofa? You should know the answer by now.

Courage is often understood to have two categories: physical and moral. Physical courage is the willingness to face serious risk to life or limb instead of fleeing from it. Moral courage is the firmness of spirit that faces danger or difficulty without flinching or retreating. The Civil War General William T. Sherman understood courage in almost mathematical terms. He said, “Courage is awareness of the true measure of danger, and the mental willingness to endure it.”

John Wayne put it more simply: “Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.”

Courage has been the mark of class acts throughout history, and that’s not going to change anytime soon. Confronted with the same choices, some people stand up to accept the challenge, while others shrink away.

What about you? Do you feel courageous? Of necessity, a discussion of courage must also be a discussion of fear.

The Greek philosopher Aristotle made this point more two thousand years ago. Courage is not the absence of fear, but how you react to it.

Faced with a charging lion or a maxed-out charge card, two people may both feel fear. But the courageous individual takes on the challenge, while the other does nothing. Courage still matters — more than we think.
Without courage, everything becomes fragile.
Winston Churchill called courage "the first of human qualities, because it guarantees all the others." That's what we mean by the courage of our convictions.
If we lack the courage to hold on to our beliefs in the moment of their testing, not just when they accord with those of others but also when they go against threatening opposition, then our beliefs mean nothing.

Courage doesn’t always need to express itself in wars, Arctic expeditions, or climbing mountains. Joining a fitness club can be an act of courage if you’ve gotten out of shape.
In your career, you can display courage by fighting for an idea or a project you believe in, even if others don't agree with you.

The point is this: Courage is an energy that manifests in our everyday lives by helping us control our fears. Even if fear is not completely overcome, it no longer holds dominion over our actions. We still feel fear, but how we react to that fear can demonstrate courage to the world.

Of all the infinite varieties of fear, probably the most dangerous in the modern world is the fear of failure. Most of us are no longer faced with life-threatening adversaries. But we are faced with issues that can ruin our financial life, or the life of our careers. Very often that kind of fear boils down to a simple question: How does the possibility of success stack up against the risk of failure? Anyone who has ever wanted something badly enough in life has experienced the fear that comes with the possibility of failing. The greater the potential achievement, the greater the fear can be.

I took this off the monthly newsletter of Nightingale Conant. I felt compelled to share.

When I moved to Park City and opened up my new dream shop, I had to face many fears, the biggest was my fear of failure. It takes a lot of courage to live life to the fullest, growing emotional muscle will help you find courage. I decided to take the dice and roll, expecting to hit double sixes. No matter where the dice lands I am glad I rolled.

Happy Trails, Traveled and Untraveled,


Saturday, May 30, 2009

Rave Reviews and Recipes

Mimi's Giant Whole-Wheat Banana-Strawberry Muffins

2 eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 bananas, mashed
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 cup frozen sliced strawberries

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 12 large muffin cups, or line with paper liners.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, applesauce, oil, brown sugar, vanilla and bananas. Combine the flour, baking soda and cinnamon; Stir into the banana mixture until moistened. Stir in the strawberries until evenly distributed. Spoon batter into muffin cups until completely filled.
Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the tops of the muffins spring back when pressed lightly. Cool before removing from the muffin tins.

Hot beverage homemade muffins Sunday morning to enjoy without a ticking clock.

Happy Trails Traveled and Untraveled,


Friday, May 29, 2009

Funny Friday

Her Diary:

Tonight, I thought my husband was acting weird. We had made plans to meet at a bar to have a drink.
I was shopping with my friends all day long, so I thought he was upset at the fact that I was a bit late, but he made no comment on it.
Conversation wasn't flowing, so I suggested that we go somewhere quiet so we could talk.
He agreed, but he didn't say much. I asked him what was wrong;he said, "Nothing."
I asked him if it was my fault that he was upset.
He said he wasn't upset, that it had nothing to do with me, and not to worry about it.
On the way home, I told him that I loved him.
He smiled slightly, and kept driving.
I can't explain his behavior.
I don't know why but he didn't say he loved me, too.
When we got home, I felt as if I had lost him completely, as if he wanted nothing to do with me anymore.
He just sat there quietly, and watched TV.
He continued to seem distant and absent.
Finally, with silence all around us, I decided to go to bed.
About 15minutes later, he came to bed.
To my surprise, he responded to my caress,and we made love.
But I still felt that he was distracted, and his thoughts were somewhere else.
He fell asleep - I cried.
I don't know what to do.
I'm almost sure that his thoughts are with someone else.
My life is a disaster.

His Diary:

Harley wouldn't start today -- I can't figure it out, but at least I got laid.

Have a Wonderful Weekend, I know I am ,my baby Tegan graduates high school today. I skipped to first grade with her, I am skipping to graduation tonight!

No sad tears, I promise!


Thursday, May 28, 2009


Clinton Anderson's

Training Tip of the Week:

Stopping a Grass Snatcher

If your horse snatches at grass on the trail, he’s telling you that you don’t have enough control over him. Instead of focusing his attention on you, he’s too busy eyeing up his next snack. Fixing the problem is easy enough, you just have to be a better leader for him and take control of the situation. How can you be a better leader for your horse? By moving his feet forwards, backwards, left and right and always rewarding the slightest try. You’ll correct your horse’s unwanted behavior by making the right thing easy and the wrong thing difficult. When you go to correct your horse, don’t think “How can I stop him from eating on the trail?” instead, think “How can I make it uncomfortable! for him to eat grass?”
Let him commit to the mistake.Even though you know that your horse is going to try to grab a mouth full of grass, don’t baby-sit him by having a tight hold on the reins. Instead, put him on a loose rein and dare him to try to grab a snack. When he does, immediately correct him by moving his feet forwards, backwards, left and right. Constantly moving the horse’s feet and changing directions will get him to focus his attention back on you and use the thinking side of his brain. Although it doesn’t matter how you move the horse’s feet, as long as you do so with energy, one of the easiest ways to get the horse moving is by doing a series of serpentines or constantly circling and changing directions. Let the horse know that he doesn’t have time to be eating grass because he’s too busy listening to you and moving his feet. Work the horse for five or ten minutes – until you feel that he’s huffing and puffing and! wanting to stop. This doesn’t work if you let the horse eat for five minutes, and then barely get him to move. If you let him drag his feet, he’ll be too busy chewing on the grass and dreaming about fairies to pay any attention to you. After you’ve made him hustle, ask him to walk forward again on a big loose rein. If he goes to snatch grass again, repeat the same process moving his feet. It won’t take long for the horse to realize that every time he tries to grab a snack he has to work hard, and if he walks along paying attention to you, you’ll leave him alone. Since horses are basically lazy creatures, the worst punishment you can give him is making him move his feet and work.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Damn Good Stuff

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Damn Good Stuff!



Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tipsy Tuesday

My tip this Tuesday:

"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. "

Wayne Dyer said that, and he is right. Our mind is the most powerful tool we poses. When we direct it to the things we want and keep our focus in that direction we will get what we focus on. Look at things the way you want them, open your mind up to all the limitless possibilities of the life you desire. And as Wayne also says, "Don't Die with your Music still In You!!!!

Create the change you wish to see,


Monday, May 25, 2009

On The Road Again

South Jordan Paint O Rama is where I hung out for the weekend. But today I am off for a few days of R&R riding mules in beautiful Capital Reef National Park and surrounding areas. My friend Celia provides the mules and the navigating I provide the material for the campfire stories.

Nothing like getting out in nature riding a horse or mule with good friends. We will set camp up ride out looking for adventures in the form of outstanding wild flowers, incredible rock formations, many species of wildlife and birds, all the while being immersed with aroma therapy compliments of mother nature. Life is Good!!!

After a long day in the saddle the adult beverage tastes especially good. No big production for dinner, just get the fire wood gathered and wait for the stars.

On The Road Again, destination PARADISE southern Utah Style!!


Sunday, May 24, 2009

Inspire Me

Fellow Comrades, Ladies and Gentlemen:

This day belongs to our soldier dead; not of one war, but of all our wars; and particularly here, in this cemetery, where on these shafts and stones we read names that illumine so many periods of our history.

But while it belongs to all who have at any time or place upheld the flag on land or on sea, yet it had its origin in the sorrow and gratitude that filled the heart of the Nation, as it emerged from the Civil War, stricken with grief, but crowned with glorious triumph.
For these reasons it is no disparagement of others to speak here to-day chiefly of that conflict; its character and results.

We have reached the time when this can be done dispassionately.
As the traveler sailing away from the land sees the shore, the trees, the houses, and the hills receding, blending and disappearing until only the mountain peaks are longer visible, so have the details and minor features of that great struggle blended and faded out of sight, leaving, as we look back to it across the forty years that have since elapsed, only those strong and commanding facts that have taken permament places in history.

We no longer see regiments, brigades, divisions, corps, or even separate armies, but only one mighty and invincible host, wearing the blue and relentlessly pressing on and on, and ever onward, through success and adversity alike, from battlefield to battlefield, until, with waving flags, flashing sabres and gleaming bayonets, they marched home flushed with final victory.
It would be interesting and inspiring to recall that time and review in detail those days of sacrifice, of hardship, of battle, of death, of heroism, of patriotic devotion, of thrilling triumph; and here in this presence there comes an almost irresistible impulse to do so. But all that would be only repeating familiar history.

I shall, therefore, say but little in an abstract way of our heroes and their deeds of daring, that I may speak more fully of their great work.

As we behold the people of this land to-day all at peace, all prosperous, all happy, all imbued with love for our flag and our Government, it seems almost incredible that so recently we should or could have been distracted and brought to the very brink of destruction by one of the most ruthless wars of modern times.


Saturday, May 23, 2009

Rave Reviews and Recipes

Kudos to the Horse Events Inc. Team!!! Last week the HEI team came together for the second barrel race of a four race series. I can't say enough good about team work. This is a 15 year old association and has grown to be one of the very best barrel racing associations in the world. Built on a dream, kept together by friends and families passion for a sport they all love. One of my favorite quotes is by Patanjali, the person responsible for Yoga, it best describes the HEI team I am so proud to be a part of.

"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and your discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be."

Being part of a extraordinary project gives life purpose. Thanks HEI for letting me be part of the team.

Have a Wonderful Holiday Weekend,


Friday, May 22, 2009

Funny Friday

During the wedding rehearsal, the groom approached the priest with
an unusual offer.

"Look, I’ll give you $100 if you’ll change the wedding vows. When
you get to me and the part where I’m to promise to ‘love, honor
and obey’ and ‘forsaking all others, be faithful to her forever,’
I’d appreciate it if you’d just leave that part out." He passed
the clergyman the cash and walked away satisfied.

It is now the day of the wedding, and the bride and groom have
moved to that part of the ceremony where the vows are exchanged.
When it comes time for the groom’s vows, the priest looks the young
man in the eye and says:

"Will you promise to prostrate yourself before her, obey her every
command and wish, serve her breakfast in bed every morning of your
life and swear eternally before God and your lovely wife that you
will not ever even look at another woman, as long as you both
shall live?"

The groom gulped and looked around, and said in a tiny voice,
"Yes." The groom leaned toward the priest and hissed, "I thought we
had a deal."

The priest put the $100 into his hand and whispered back, "She made
me a much better offer."

Have a great weekend, wedding season is in full bloom!



Thursday, May 21, 2009

Zen Horse

Training Tip of the Week:
By Clinton Anderson

Flex Five Times

Always remember to flex your horse five times to each side as soon as you put the halter on, and before you even take him out of the stall.

This just starts the day off right — kind of like a handshake: “Good morning, Mr. Ed, it’s me, Clinton.
Remember: I do the pulling and you do the giving.” I also flex my horse five times on each side before I take the halter off because the last thing you do with a horse is the first thing he’ll remember the next day.

Take it from me, mate, taking a little bit of time to developing good, simple habits like this will make your training go smoother and will keep your horse more responsive to you.

Happy Trails,


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Damn Good Stuff

Do you have a trampoline that has sprung some stitches or blew some rings??? Burns Saddlery in Salina can help you. Yes, they repair trampolines!!! This wonderful fun toy gives hours of exercise and is incredibly fun for children of all ages, jumping, sleeping, or lying out looking at the stars, Burns will make your trampolines safe and usable again.

You may bring them in or send them in and in a short time your family will be out enjoying jumping again.

Burns Saddlery, it’s not just about horses!!!

Happy Jump Day,


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tipsy Tuesday

Constantley find new ways to look at the world, see beauty everywhere,

Rise above all limitations, you are guided and inspired.

My tip this Tuesday,

Much Love,


Monday, May 18, 2009

On The Road Again

Run, Run, Run, that is what last week was.

Drove home from California, headed to Park City for a few days, went through 3.5 weeks worth of mail and messages.

Headed back to Salina, Friday for the big barrel race we put on and sponsor.

Poked my head in Burns Saddlery, the home store, to see how everyone was.

Kissed and hugged my 5 grandkids.

Announced the event Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Packed and unpacked.

Headed back to Park City after the event Sunday night.

Hip, back, and leg pain, can't imagine where that came from, raspy voice from all the tractor exhaust and constant talking.

8 am conference call from China. Sounded like a hungover chain smoker.

Looking at my calandar for the next few weeks, it makes these past weeks look like easy street.

Doing what I love and loving what I do. Want to trade me!!!!


Sunday, May 17, 2009

Rave Reviews and Recipes

My review today is on a little book I keep close by. I pick it up randomly open and read and recieve a positive boost. The title of the book is:

Power Thoughts
365 Daily Affirmations
By Louise L. Hay

Louise Hay has helped more people love and appreciate themselves than anyone I know. Her loving powerful words create a feeling of hope, desire, and keeps you filled with a "I know I can do it." attitude.

Thoughts do create our future, it is not just a random course of events happening here. When we understand and embrace that truth we start to become very careful with what we choose to think. Here are a few daily affirmations taken from this outstanding little book.

There is enough time and space for everything I want to do.

I see only harmony around me at all times. I am always safe and secure.

I break new ground and begin exciting new ventures.

I am at peace with the elements of nature. There is no "good" or "bad" weather. I can choose my individual reaction to it.

I just randomly opened the book and jotted down the pages I opened to. Funny, I decided a long time ago my happiness was not going to be determined by the weather and since then every day is a remarkable day.

Freedom and change are in the air. I discard old ideas.

Be Happy, Healthy, Wealthy and Wise


Friday, May 15, 2009

Funny Friday

A husband, so proud of the fact that his wife had given birth to 6 children, begins to call her
"mother of six" rather than by her first name.

The wife, amused at first, chuckles. A few years down the road, the wife has grown tired of her husband's description. "Mother of six," he would say, "Get me a beer!" "Hey mother of six, what's for dinner tonight?"

This type of situation persisted to a boiling point. Finally, while attending a party with her husband, he jokingly yelled out, "Hey mother of six, I think it's time to go!" The wife seized the moment and shouted back, "I'll be right with you -- father of four!"

Words matter!!

Enjoy your weekend,


Thursday, May 14, 2009

Zen Horse

Training Tip of the Week:
By Clinton Anderson

Is your horse cinchy?

If your horse is reactive whenever you tighten the cinch, try this exercise to solve this problem for good!

If your horse is cinchy, the problem isn’t the saddle, but rather the girth pressure around his belly that is making him feel trapped and claustrophobic. An exercise that I’ll use to fix this is to take the lead rope and toss it around the horse’s belly. First I’ll rub the horse’s belly where the cinch will go, and then tighten the rope to simulate the pressure of the girth.

Pull the top part of the rope down and the bottom up and tighten the rope around the horse’s belly. Once you pull the rope tight, wait for the horse to relax. As soon as he stands still and relaxes, release the pressure. Each time you pull up on the rope, pull up a little tighter until you can pull as tight as you can and the horse just stands there. As soon as your horse is comfortable with this, start moving that rope in a seesaw motion up and down his belly, all the way back to his flank, tightening and releasing as you go.

Make sure that you don’t tie your horse up when you do this exercise. Instead, do it out in the arena or other open area so he can move his feet. When he does move his feet, just keep moving with him and don’t release the pressure until he stands still and relaxes.

Do this exercise for a few minutes every day, mate, and you’ll soon make your horse’s cinchiness a thing of the past!

Happy Trails,


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Damn Good Stuff

Own a truck???? Own a dog???? Work Hard???? Get Dirty???? Then you need Burns Saddlery’s original Indian Blanket Custom Seat Covers to protect your vehicles seats. If your seats are brand new or looking tired, Burns Saddlery’s will provide protection adding years of life and value to your new or old truck.

For more information visit our website by clicking this link:

Call today for a price, you won’t believe how reasonable, you are buying directly from the inventor herself, Donna Burns, in her 70’s still creating these wonderful seat covers helping you save on your large automobile investment.

Burns Saddlery and Seat Covers, serving your needs for over 133 years!

Damn Good Stuff!



Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tipsy Tuesday

21 Tips This Tuesday:

ONE. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

TWO. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.

THREE. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.

FOUR. When you say, 'I love you,' mean it.

FIVE. When you say, 'I'm sorry,' look the person in the eye.

SIX. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

SEVEN. Believe in love at first sight.

EIGHT. Never laugh at anyone's dreams. People who don't have dreams don't have much..

NINE.. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely.

TEN.. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.

ELEVEN. Don't judge people by their relatives.

TWELVE. Talk slowly but think quickly.

THIRTEEN! .. When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, 'Why do you want to know?'

FOURTEEN. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

FIFTEEN. Say 'bless you' when you hear someone sneeze.

SIXTEEN. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

SEVENTEEN. Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions.

EIGHTEEN. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

NINETEEN. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

TWENTY. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice

TWENTY- ONE. Spend some time alone.



Monday, May 11, 2009

On The Road Again

Headed Home!!!!

After nearly a month on the road I am headed home! One helps you appreciate the other. This has been a fun amazing trip.

My trip included:

Horse Events, beach days, visited the worlds largest tree in the Sequoia National Forest, saw a bear in the wild, dolphins jumping and playing right in front of us. Naked men at the beach, wild flowers in every delicious color, goose egg from tent pole accident, first kiss of sun this year (sunburn), first 100 degree day, palm trees, loaded unloaded, loaded unloaded trailers, wrote out new goals that did not include, loading and unloading trailers. Listened to ocean waves for hours, tide pooled, tasted fine central coast wines, watch sea otters back stroke the coast line, looked with awe at eleven mountain ranges in one view, ate more fresh fish, fresh picked berries, fresh picked cherries, and fresh picked salads never once eating a piece of beef.

California its not just about fire and floods.

Doing what I love and loving what I do, California Style.

Park City here I come. Oh yeah, big barrel race this weekend in Salina, I will be running the road again.

On The Road Again,


Sunday, May 10, 2009

Inspire Me

A Sonnet for My Incomparable Mother
By Johanna Fuchs

I often contemplate my childhood Mom.

I am a mother now, and so I know Hard work is mixed together with the fun;
You learned that when you raised me long ago.

I think of all the things you gave to me: Sacrifice, devotion, love and tears, Your heart, your mind, your energy and soul--All these you spent on me throughout the years.

You loved me with a never-failing love You gave me strength and sweet security, And then you did the hardest thing of all:

You let me separate and set me free.

Every day, I try my best to be A mother like the mom you were to me.

In Tulare California working on another Mothers Day. My Mother taught me great work ethic.(Ha Ha)

All kidding aside, I have an amazing mother. Her strength, common sense and daily love and sacrifice for her family is incredible.

I know it hurt her when I moved this year, we worked, played, and spent everyday together. Despite her desire to have me close, she allowed me to spread my wings and fly to new heights.

Her strength is impeccable, her love is unwavering, and her dedication to her family and business is inspiring.

Thanks Mom, you are unlike anyone I ever met. How fortunate I am to have you as my Mother. You are the wind beneath my wings.

Flying High,

Your Girl,


Saturday, May 9, 2009

Rave Reviews and Recipes

Gourmet Cucumber Chicken Salad


"This recipe is great for picnics and potluck luncheons. It's cool and light and great for a hot day's lunch on the patio. Serve on a crescent roll, with crackers or with your favorite bread."

2 (10 ounce) cans chicken chunks, drained
1 cup seedless green grapes, halved
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
3/4 cup creamy cucumber salad dressing

In a salad bowl combine the chicken, grapes, pecans/almonds, celery, oranges and salad dressing. Toss to coat and serve!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Funny Friday


You are driving down the road in your car on a wild, stormy night, when you pass by a bus stop and you see three people waiting for the bus:

1. An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.

2. An old friend who once saved your life.

3. The perfect partner you have been dreaming about.

Which one would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing that there could only be one passenger in your car?

Think before you continue reading.

This is a moral/ethical dilemma that was once actually used as part of a job application.

You could pick up the old lady, because she is going to die, and thus you should save her first.

Or you could take the old friend because he once saved your life, and this would be the perfect chance to pay him back.

However, you may never be able to find your perfect mate again.

YOU WON'T BELIEVE THIS................... The candidate who was hired (out of 200 applicants) had no trouble coming up with his answer. He simply answered: 'I would give the car keys to my old friend and let him take the lady to the hospital. I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the partner of my dreams.' Sometimes, we gain more if we are able to give up our stubborn thought limitations.

Never forget to 'Think Outside of the Box.

' HOWEVER...., The correct answer is to run the old lady over and put her out of her misery, have sex with the perfect partner on the hood of the car, then drive off with the old friend for a few beers.

Everyone has a happy ending!!!

Have a FUN weekend,


Thursday, May 7, 2009

Zen Horse

Training Tip of the Week:

Consistency is Your Greatest Ally
By Clinton Anderson

For the best training results with your horse, don't worry so much about how much time you spend training your horse, but rather, concentrate on putting your training days in a row. For example, when I only have three days to work with my horse, I make sure to work him three days in a row rather than every other day.

Why? It's a condition I call "Mondayitis." Every time your horse gets even one day off, the next day he comes down with Mondayitis. This means that the first day you work with him (Let's go ahead and use Monday for an example), your horse comes out and he's fresh, not paying attention, and thinking about his buddies and getting back to the barn. You end up spending most of that day's training session just trying to get his mind back on you. When you start on Tuesday, however, he's already thinking about you, so you can start making some real progress. On Wednesday, or the third day, you may even double the progress you make because of the learning momentum you have built by then.

However, if I work him on Monday and don't work him on Tuesday, then Wednesday just becomes another Monday! And if I give him Thursday off, guess what day Friday is? That's right - it's Monday again. So although you've worked with your horse for three days that week, all right, all you've really done is repeat the Monday lesson three times. It's very hard to make much progress when all you do is repeat Monday. So even if you only have 10 minutes a day to spend with your horse, put those days in a row, mate, and you'll be amazed at how quickly the results will start to stack up.

Happy Trails,


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Damn Good Stuff


ADULT:A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in the middle.

BEAUTY PARLOR:A place where women curl up and dye.

CANNIBAL:Someone who is fed up with people.

CHICKENS:The only animals you eat before they are born and after they are dead.

COMMITTEE:A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.

DUST:Mud with the juice squeezed out.

EGOTIST:Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation.


INFLATION:Cutting money in half without damaging the paper..

MOSQUITO:An insect that makes you like flies better.

RAISIN:Grape with a sunburn.

SECRET:Something you tell to one person at a time.

SKELETON:A bunch of bones with the person scraped off.

TOOTHACHE: The pain that drives you to extraction.

TOMORROW:One of the greatest labor saving devices of today.

YAWN:An honest opinion openly expressed.

and MY Personal Favorite!!

WRINKLES:Something other people have, similar to my character lines.

With Character,


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Tipsy Tuesday

Give up the need to be right. My tip this Tuesday!!!

A funny saying my friends and I started saying over a decade ago is, Your Right and I'm Happy!
When I thought someone was saying something I thought was incorrect instead of arguing I would simply say your right and I'm happy.

When you feel the need to defend your position, peace escapes you. No part of defending yourself to anyone gives you inner peace. By choosing not to defend your rightly hood you surrender that assent need to be right.

This was a big shift in my life. I was a, I'm right freak!!! I could argue and defend my position with the best of them. Ego needs to defend, contentment in ones self, does not.

I try now to be proactive not reactive. Not perfect, just better than I use to be!

Happy Trails, not Absolutely Correct Trails,


Happy Cinco de Mayo!!!

Monday, May 4, 2009

On The Road Again

On the road again for the third week straight in sunny California!

Just left the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, where we toured the central coast of California, searching for the best in food wine and beaches. We certainly accomplished all three with many bonus' along the way.

Some of my favorite beaches, wines, food and outrageous memories include.

Favorite Beach:

Cambria's Moonstone Beach: Great tide pool spot! Sea Otter's cruising the coast line. Sunsets and Moonrise's that will have you standing on your feet shouting BRAVO!!!

Most Shocking Beach Moment:

Avila beach, walking up the coast line by myself, climbing over some rocks to get to a very exclusive spot, watching the waves and sea birds, totally immersed in the moment, totally alone, so I thought, turned around to find a very naked man doing a very naughty thing in public. Needless to say I wasn't as happy to be all alone and secluded back in that spot then. My strides carried me up and out in a hurry.

Favorite Beach Restaurant:

Steamers, next to the Kon Tiki Inn which was my favorite beach front Hotel. Amazing enough the chef's name is Danna, yes spelled with two n's, very rare! Her last named started with a V, my middle name is V, imagine two Danna V's in the world. Of course with that great name she was a outstanding chef.

Favorite Wine:

Scott and I's favorite wine was actually two favorite wines. A reserve Zinfandel from Opolo winery just outside of Paso Robles, and a reserve Syrah from winery Alapay located at Avila Beach.

Favorite Marine Animal Moment:

Watching dolphins jump, play and fish in the wild, right in front of us at Pismo Beach.

Well there is a few of my favorite moments from my week between shows. Oh yes we stayed 3 nights in the wonderfully quaint town of Solvang where the food and pastiers have caused all my jeans to shrink!

We now are in Tulare California where we will set up our Burns Saddlery mobile unit at the BRND California Championships, offering saddles, Lucchese Boots, horse tack and cute clothes for cute barrel racers.

Doing what I love and loving what I do....On the Road Again!!!


Sunday, May 3, 2009

Inspire Me


Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence
Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance
Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence
Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance

Yoko Ono

I love the changing of seasons, it demonstrates life, ever changing, nothing escapes it.
As we and the seasons continually change my appreciation for it expands even more.



Saturday, May 2, 2009

Rave Reviews and Recipes

Yes Man
Starring Jim Carey

Carl Allen's life is going nowhere--the operative word being "no"--until he signs up for a self-help program based on one simple covenant: say yes to everything--and anything. Unleashing the power of "YES" begins to transform Carl's life in amazing an unexpected ways, getting him promoted at work and opening the door to a new romance. But his willingness to embrace every opportunity might just become too much of a good thing.

This was a feel good, fun movie. I was anxious to see it becasue of seeing Jim Carey
at the Sundance Film Festival. This was a similar performance to Liar Liar. Jim's off the wall humor and facial expressions always makes me smile.

When you want to have a fun night rent this movie and enjoy.



Friday, May 1, 2009

Funny Friday

Young Chuck in Montana bought a horse from a farmer for $100.

The farmer agreed to deliver the horse the next day.

The next day the farmer drove up and said, "Sorry son, but I have some bad news.. the horse died." Chuck replied, "Well, then just give me my money back." The farmer said, "Can't do that. I went and spent it already." Chuck said, "Ok, then, just bring me the dead horse." The farmer asked, "What ya gonna do with him?" Chuck said, "I'm going to raffle him off." The farmer said, "You can't raffle off a dead horse!" Chuck said, "Sure I can, Watch me.. I just won't tell anybody he's dead."

A month later, the farmer met up with Chuck and asked, "What happened with that dead horse?" Chuck said, "I raffled him off.

I sold 500 tickets at two dollars a pieceand made a profit of $998." The farmer said, "Didn't anyone complain?" Chuck said, "Just the guy who won.. So I gave him his two dollars back."

Chuck grew up and now works for the government. He's the one who figured out how this "bail-out" is going to work.

Happy May Day!!!!!