Monday, November 30, 2009
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Here we go, sit down, keep your hands and feet inside the ride, don't pinch your fingers in the grid, keep your feet away from the grid rack wheels, secure the zip ties on a diagonal for extra strength, get position early in the long line of vendors, IT'S VEGAS BABY!!!!
We wait all year for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, in Las Vegas Nevada, it's SHOW TIME!!!
Our team for weeks have been working getting things tagged, shorted, new fixtures and displays have just been completed, team members will be traveling from California, Texas, Idaho, Arizona, Oklahoma, Oregon, Nevada and all parts of Utah, coming together united in a mission, the mission, branding Burns Saddlery and Burns Cowboy Shop.
This year we are loaded with the best of the best! Lucchese boots, OMG you have to see these new styles and designs; Fred and I out did ourselves:-)!
Clint Orms hand engraved heirloom quality buckles, along with the finest leathers available in exotic belt strap. Belts that match the incredible boots in leathers such as, Alligator, Crocodile, Ostrich, Hippo, Shark, Lizard, Buffalo, New Zealand Goat, Rattle Snake, French Calf, and Stingray just too name a few.
The new clothing styles from Powder River, Brooks and Dunn, Rock and Roll Cowboy and Cowgirl, new R&R Cowgirl jeans, Panhandle Slim, and of course our custom one of a kind shirts are the best we have ever shown.
Hats, Hats, and more Hats!!!! Our Speciality!!! We will have a team of the best hat specialist in the industry available to size, fit, and shape your new or old hat. Braydan designs new hats especially for NFR, his ability to create new, fun, styles and colors, is a talent you will want to take advantage of.
Another of Braydan's many talents is designing hand made saddles, he is the 6th generation owner of a 133 year old saddle company. Buying a saddle from Burns is investing in heritage, with lifetime warranties on the tree, custom made to your specs or choose from one of our 200 saddles in stock. We take trades, allowing you to up grade easily.
When you shop at Burns, you get the freshest new product, with one of a kind designs and years of expertise, we love what we do, and we love our customers and friends. I invite you to experience a unique shopping experience at one of our many locations this Holiday Season.
With much Gratitude,
Sunday, November 29, 2009
We all have a voice within our heart that is always speaking to us.
What do you do to listen to it?
How do you give yourself permission to step into the glorious space of acceptance of who you are?
Do you take the time to nurture yourself and give yourself the time to replenish, renew and rebirth yourself in ways that will open your heart and bring forth The Voice Of Your Heart?
Are you able to go within and listen to the voice that gives you every opportunity to be more and more of who you are?
You know there's more to who we are then sometimes even we can see.
When you take the time to listen to the The Voice Of Your Heart you will be amazed how all the magnificence and excellence you are begins to show up in all you do.
You will see things with such clarity and focus that whatever comes before you will be a sign for you to keep steping into the power of who you are.
Every day we get the chance to grow and transform ourselves.
We are always being given opportunities to see LIFE from a new perspective and to live LIFE with a new commitment to bring forth all the gifts that make up who we are.
There is no reason to play small.
If your going to have dreams and desires then you might as well have big ones because the universe does not know the concept of big or small.
The universe just wants to give you everything you set an intention to have and only knows that when your determination is strong and your vision is clear that you are ready to receive all you need to accomplish anything you set out to do.
Spirit never gives us anything we can't handle.
It is therefore so important to listen to The Voice Of Your Heart as you make the choices and take the actions you decide upon that will bring you closer to the success you are seeking.
It is in the listening that the answers will come.
Your heart holds the key to the freedom to be anything you want to be.
You have the power right where you are to create the life you desire and there is nothing that can stop you except YOU.
Be your biggest supporter and let go of anything that gets in the way of releasing the brilliance within you in every moment of this day.
"The art of creating the life you desire begins with listening to the masterpiece of magnificence that resides in your heart."
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Found on www.allrecipes.com
2 1/2 pounds ground turkey
1 1/2 cups chicken-flavor stuffing mix
1/3 cup milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Mix together turkey, stuffing, eggs, and milk in a large bowl. Mixture will be lumpy. Spread mixture in 9x5 inch loaf pan.
Bake for 1 hour until temperature reads 165 degrees F in center of loaf.
Happy Day After Thanksgiving!!
I love left over turkey sandwiches with all the fixings, it's almost as good as yesterday's dinner.
Happy Holiday Weekend,
P.S. Call or Email me I would love to help you with your holiday shopping:-)
Friday, November 27, 2009
This is pretty amazing
No cheating!!! This is a great psychological test and
extremely accurate. It is amazing what modern math can
FIND OUT WHO TRULY IS YOUR ROLE MODEL. DON'T
LOOK DOWN YET, DO THE
SIMPLE MATH BELOW, THEN SCROLL DOWN TO FIND YOUR HERO.
It's CRAZY how accurate this is!
1) Pick your favorite number between 1-9
2) Multiply by 3 then
3) Add 3
4) Then again, multiply by 3 (I'll wait while you get
5) You'll get a 2 or 3 digit number....
6) Add the digits together
With that number, see who your ROLE MODEL is from the list
> 1. Einstein
> 2. Sandra Day O'Connor
> 3. Prince Charles
> 4. Ghengis Khan
> 5. Bill Gates
> 6. Gandhi
> 7. Ronald Regan
> 8. Elvis Presley
9. Danna Burns-Shaw
> 10.John F. Kennedy
I know, I know....I just have that effect on
P.S. Stop picking different numbers!! I AM YOUR
ROLE MODEL, JUST DEAL WITH IT!!!!!!
Happy Funfilled Weekend Trails,
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Today we are having Thanksgiving dinner at our home in Park City. Misty, Braydan and the 3 perfect princess' will be traveling north to Grandmothers house, amazing, it seems like the other day when I was going over to my Grandmothers house for Thanksgiving, now I am the Grandma, wow, beyond belief!
Scott's parents will also be traveling up to spend Thanksgiving with us. Our two daughters won't be able to make it, Destiny and her family will be spending Thanksgiving in sunny Arizona, barrel racing. Tegan will be working in St. Geroge at the Dixie 6 high school rodeo, giving treatments with the Acu-Scope and Myo-Pulse, and my Mom, she chose to go with her friend Gale to Mesquite. My mom deserves a break from fixing dinner, she provided dinner for our family for many decades, I hope she has a wonderful time with her dear friend Gale.
Thanksgiving is a celebratory feast of thanks. What a wonderful tradition it is. We are so blessed to live in a part of the world where feasts with families are possible. My heart is so full of gratitude for all I have been given and all my abilities to create a life of happiness and purpose.
I wish all of you the best Thanksgiving, as we say a prayer of thanks this day, I am humbled and so very thankful for all the blessings that come my way.
With Love and Gratitude,
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Many years growing up I adored this day. The last day of school before the long weekend break, the anticipation of my Grandmothers outstanding cooking. Her famous fried cabbage, creamed carrots from out of the garden, the best homemade rolls period, and OMG the pies, my grandmother could make pies. Pumpkin, apple, mincemeat, or lemon, how could I only pick 2:-).
Food has great memories attached to it. I love a great turkey dinner, the smell as it is cooking, the sandwiches it gives for days after the event. Homemade rolls, miracle whip, salted turkey, and leftovers. Does it get any better than that?
As a young girl food really wasn't my thing, except for one day a year, Turkey Day, I never remember having turkey any other day of the year, I think that is why it was such a anticipated event.
I am so grateful for my maternal grandmother, Grandma Ceil, I never felt more loved by anyone growing up, her love gave incredible flavor to her delicious meals. Grandma thank you for everything, you truly light up this holiday for me.
Today I have to remember and go pick up the pies I ordered , sorry Grandma the legacy is going to die with your daughter my mother, maybe in a few years from now I will, no I won't, I will be doing what I do best and that is not being a chef.
Happy Thanksgiving Eve,
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
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 www.foodnetwork.com.
Time to thaw the bird!!!!
Monday, November 23, 2009
Time to be grateful, I am very grateful that I am not traveling to a show on Thanksgiving Day, many years we have eaten a rodeo burger, or stopped at the Flying J in Barstow California to get fuel as we grabed a buffet or we would just grab a sandwich and eat in the truck. My family has made many scarifies for our business, giving up holidays, birthdays, and weekends are just a few of many.
This year both daughters will be out working on Thanksgiving. Tegan will be with Wendy Winn and Jean Lopour at the Dixie 6 high school rodeo working on horses and humans with the acuscope and myopulse.
Destiny and Dru along with our two perfect Grandchildren will be in Arizona this week, Destiny is entered in barrel races down there, she has been getting ready to run in the big barrel race during the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
Braydan, Misty and the three princess' will be traveling to Grandmother's house, how weird that's me:-). Over the river and through the woods to Grandmothers house they go!
And my mother believe it or not will be spending Thanksgiving with her dear friend Gale in Mesquite Nevada. Those girls know how to get out of cooking:-). It's about time they took a break.
I give thanks everyday for the wonderful family and friends I have been blessed with. Our amazing team members the "Burns Bunch" work like high performance machines keeping all our projects in place.
I am especially grateful today for our office manager, Ms. Randi Jean Jorgensen, she is simply the best! It is her Birthday today! What a wonderful friend and contributor she is to our company. Her quick sense of humor is priceless. My spell checker, Shaw tracker, and karaoke partner. When I want it done, I call Randi, 20 times a day:-) Thanks for doing more than you are paid for, kudos for your impeccable phone and people skills! Happy Happy Birthday!
Happy Thanksgiving Week,
Sunday, November 22, 2009
This poem has always inspired me, I wrote the following in my journal about the Patanjali quote.
I was inspired by a great purpose, some extraordinary projects, my thoughts were breaking all prior bonds, I began to feel I could live in a no limit life, I was beginning to wake up to my potential. Dormant forces, that word stopped me, Dormant Forces, Patanjali this revered sage that wrote the Yoga Sutras stated Dormant Forces, were these dormant forces, God? My hands began to tingle as I played this over and over again. I was discovering myself to be a far greater person than I ever dreamed myself to be!
Wayne Dyer’s book Wisdom of the Ages has Patanjali’s quote and many other wonderful masterful writers works, a book I keep on my night stand I reference frequently.
Our words do make a difference, even thousands of years later, we revere these wise individuals that observed life, lived life, and contributed with their thoughts by putting them into script. I often wonder if these wise sages comprehended the impact their words would serve on the masses centuries later.
Being inspired, doing what your soul is longing to do. Feeling fear, and doing it despite
The fear. When I feel uncomfortable about something I decide to play, just get in the game and play, you may not win the first game, but if your desire is to win, win you must. People say follow your first instinct; if it is fear telling you not to play, DON’T FOLLOW IT! The multimillion dollar quote applies, JUST DO IT!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
For each 2 cups gravy desired - use 3 tablespoons fat, 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, and 2 cups of liquid (poultry juices or broth, vegetable juice, bouillon, and/or water).
Any type of liquid can be added to make gravy, but always use the drippings from the roasting pan and turkey broth to make your turkey gravy. Add other liquids as needed for flavor and quantity of gravy.
In a separate container with a lid, shake together all-purpose flour needed and about 2 cups cool water. This is called a slurry. Adding the thickener (flour) in this way helps to prevent lumps from forming when making your gravy.
Once the liquid and drippings in the pan are lightly bubbling, slowly add the slurry mixture to the gravy pan, stirring constantly. If it starts to thicken immediately, stop adding the remaining slurry, you may not need to use the whole amount depending on how much or little drippings were in the pan. If lumps do develop, you should be able to use a wire whisk to remove them.
Simmer gently about 10 minutes to cook the flour all the way through (undercooked flour gives off a raw taste). Correct the salt and pepper to taste.
Pour the gravy into a warmed sauceboat or wide-mouthed pitcher for serving. Remember that gravy will continue to thicken after it has been removed from the heat.
The best holiday for cooking is just days away, ENJOY!
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
By Clinton Anderson
Move your horse’s feet to establish your leadership role.
Horses challenge their own pecking order daily, and they will do the same to you. It’s nothing personal – it’s just business. Horses are natural followers, but they want a leader they can respect and trust. Every day, your horse will test you to see if you deserve to lead him. Just like the dominant horse in a herd, you have to be worthy of the leadership role in your relationship with your horse. You have to prove to him that you can move his feet forwards, backwards, left and right and are always willing to reward the slightest try. The number one horse in the herd doesn’t have to be the biggest horse or the strongest horse, he just has to be the bravest and smartest. He has to be the most effective leader. When he tells the other horses to move, they better move or he’s going to back it up with action. He’ll kick, bite, strike or do whatever it takes to get the other horses to move their feet. The m! ore you can move your horse’s feet, the more control you have. The less you can move your horse’s feet, the less control you have and the more disrespectful he will be. Keep that in mind – the more the horse moves your feet, the pushier and more disrespectful he will become.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
is not going to do you more good.
Move resolutely, but don't rush. There's a difference.
Rushing removes resolution, often replacing it with
panic or irrationality or, at best, not well thought-out
So keep moving. Don't stop. But don't rush. Don't
race around. Sure and steady gets you there every
Great Advice! Staying centered and present, prevents accidents, gives you clarity of mind that will help you do the job right the first time. Leaving you more time to accomplish other tasks or just time to relax and enjoy life.
Living and enjoying the moment not rushing through it will provide a life of enjoyment and fulfillment.
Rush less, enjoy more,
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
You know the story of Bill Gates. From a score of 1590 out of 1600 on the SAT to dropping out of Harvard. Then founding Microsoft and becoming the world’s richest man. But there’s something that’s usually forgotten about his story. He didn't climb to the summit of success alone — he carried millions of people with him. People from all walks of life who were able to prosper because of him. Find your own path — but make sure it's wide enough to handle all the lives it will change.
I give thanks daily for the great minds that through their thoughts, insight, and action I receive a life of convince and numerous opportunities to prosper. It encourages me to return the advance.
My tip this Tuesday.
Return the Advance.
With much Appreciation,
Sunday, November 15, 2009
I met an amazing woman at my writing conference a few weeks ago, her name is Katie West, Katie is a western artist, with talent, personality and ambition. She has a published book about her art. There are so many incredibly talented people in the world, we need to get out and meet, mix and mingle with these inspiring talent filled individuals, their motivating energy exhilarate, invigorate and reassure us that the world is an phenomenal place.
She sent me the above message and website I felt compeled to share, I love flowers, they simply astounish me.
Have a Beautiful Day,
Saturday, November 14, 2009
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons vegetable shortening
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 cup milk
1 package active dry yeast
3/4 cup lukewarm water (105 to 115 degrees)
1 egg, beaten
4 to 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
In a large bowl, combine sugar, vegetable shortening, and salt; stir until well blended. In a small saucepan, scald milk; pour over sugar mixture. Cool to lukewarm (105 to 115 degrees F).
In a small bowl, combine yeast and water; stir until yeast is dissolved. Mix in egg until well blended; stir into milk mixture.
Add 2 cups flour. Gradually stir in as much of the remaining flour as dough will absorb, mixing well. (Add additional flour carefully. You can always add more flour, but once you've added too much, the result will be a dry product.) Place dough into a well-greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover bowl and dough with wax paper and a towel, held in place with a rubber band. Refrigerate at least 8 hours but no longer than 5 days.
Grease a baking pan or muffin cups. To bake, shape into desired amount of rolls (cloverleaf rolls, Parker House rolls, or crescent-shaped rolls) and shape dough into tight balls). As you shape the rolls, you want to stretch the top of the dough ball while simultaneously sealing the bottom. The stretching helps the dough hold up to the expansion that occurs in the oven, while the sealing prevents the rolls from opening up while baking and becoming wrinkled and doughy on the bottom. As you work, keep the rest of the dough pieces covered with plastic wrap so they will n ot dry out.
Place the balls (in the desired style you want - see below) onto prepared baking pan or into prepared muffin cups. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85 degrees), free from drafts, until double in bulk, about 1 hour.
NOTE: As it isn't always easy to divide the dough by sight, I recommend that you weight the pieces. For 16 rolls, each piece should weight just a little over 2 ounces.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and remove from pans.
Yields 16 to 24 rolls (depending on size).
Thanksgiving is on it's way YUMMMM!!!!
My Mother makes the best bread rolls ever!
Friday, November 13, 2009
One year ago today we had our grand opening of our Park City Store, ironically enough it fell on Friday the 13th as well.
What a phenomenal year it has been. Now a year later we are putting together another location on historic main just two doors away, the address is 333 Main.
We will expand on our high fashion line of footwear, this extra space will allow us to showcase more of our sensational lines. I love growing, expanding our company, and putting together fun projects!
Our Grand Opening of this new shop will be mid December. Opportunity is always knocking on my door. People ask me are you insane, I just say of course, but that for me is better than being ordinary.
Doing What I Love and Loving What I Do,
Thursday, November 12, 2009
By Clinton Anderson
Establish your personal hula hoop space.
As a trainer, you need your horse’s respect and attention in order to teach him and gain his trust.
Establishing your personal space will help you stay safe while doing just that.
The first thing your horse has to understand is that you are fragile and he needs to be careful around you.
I honestly don’t believe that most horses intend to hurt us.
They just don’t realize that there’s a massive weight difference.
Consider the weight difference between you and your horse.
Your horse is roughly ten times your weight.
He’s in a 1,300 pound category and you’re in a 130 to 200 pound category.
By establishing your personal hula hoop space, you’ll keep yourself safe while working with your horse and earning his respect.
Your horse should only enter your personal space if you specifically invite him to come up to you. Otherwise, he should keep a respect ful, safe distance.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
"'Killer Spices' Provide Eco-Friendly Pesticides for Organic Fruits and Veggies" - from Science Daily.
Environmentally-friendly and natural pesticide sprays made of oils such as Rosemary, Thyme, Clove, Mint, Cinnamon, Peppermint, Lavender, Basil and others are being tested to naturally combat insects on organically-grown foods.
Tests are also being done with oils that can destroy microbes such as E Coli and Salmonella, as well as for repellents against ticks and fleas on house pets. As an alternative to chemical pesticides, essential oil sprays show promise and are under study at the University of British Columbia.
Awareness that chemicals are toxic to our system, then an outstanding matrix of people rush in to find a solution.
Native Americans used roots and plants for all medicines and antiseptics , we thought we could improve on their systems, chemicals were developed, with amazing results, now we find out they weaken us, so back to developing with roots and plants. Pretty amazing how things come full circle.
Damn Good Stuff!
Happy Healthy Trails,
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
"If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought."— Peace Pilgrim: Born Mildred Norman, was a peace activist and spiritual leader
Once you figure this out you become very careful what you think about.
Observing your thoughts requires work/action, you must slow your thoughts and step outside yourself and observe.
Feelings are sensors that tell you what you are thinking. That's really cool!
When you are feeling sad, you know you have been thinking sad thoughts, when you are angry, more things will be coming your way to become angry about, but when you feel good and are filled with happiness and joy, then you know you have been thinking thoughts that serve you and the Universe, congratulate yourself and keep thinking things that make you happy, healthy, wealthy and wise.
When I find myself thinking negative a turn around for me is, repeating over and over in my mind, I love and approve of myself, that gets me back on the positive train.
Thoughts do matter, they create matter, so always think what do I want, and use the most powerful computer in the Universe, your mind, to manifest it.
Monday, November 9, 2009
The past few weeks we have been in overdrive. I know, when aren't we, right. If you read this blog at all you know the Burns Bunch are not sit around and worry type's, we make our own economy, by jumping on the fast track and just flat out run!
Last week we had two outside shows. PBR Finals held at the Mandalay Convention Center in Las Vegas Nevada, Braydan, Jake, Lynn, Sissy and Amanda split up shifts and covered the 10 day event.
My much smaller team of Rick and Tori Elegante as well as a new Burns Team prospect Tracy Salberg covered the Cowboy Poetry Gathering held in Heber City Utah. It was great to have lunch with Melissa and Dave Stamey. How wonderful it was to be located close enough to hear the outstanding talent they have at the gathering. Thanks to Tom Whitaker and his team for putting on such a nice event for our state as well as our Cowboy genere.
Stephanie and Scott handed out 2000 pieces of candy to all the trick or treaters at our Park City store on Halloween while I jetted off to Las Vegas for a 101 University writing seminar.
Just hours before my writing seminar I was in El Paso Texas at the Lucchese Factory buying and designing boots with top boot designer Fred Gibbon.
The few hours in between flights from Texas to Las Vegas I negotiated another project into the mix. Another location on Park City's Historic Main Street, located just two doors up the street .
Opening date is set for December 15th right after NFR! CRAZY!!!FUN!!!STUFF!!!
Oh yeah, did I mention I am writing a book!
This week our team of Braydan ,Misty, Jake and Tiffany, will be setting up and selling at the Indian National Finals in Las Vegas.
Scott is organizing the staging area for NFR and I am working in Park City getting logistics done for NFR, new store, old store, and oldest store. In my spare time, I am writing a book!
So there it is the reason I have missed a couple of On The Road Again's. And if your wondering, no I don't watch television.
Doing What I Love and Loving What I Do!
P.S. I also was the guest speaker last Wednesday at the Central Utah Rodeo Association year end awards banquet. A great big thank you to all the volunteers headed up by Wendy and Casey Winn of Nephi Utah. You are all making an amazing positive difference in these young rodeo kid's lives. Keep up the outstanding work!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
THE FILLY ZENYATA WINS THE BREEDERS CUP CLASSIC!!!
Inspiring, worth another look!!!!
Proving it does not matter how far back you are in the beginning, or your gender, it's how much ground you can make up, finding your spot to break through, focusing on what you want, no matter what.
Still Undefeated, Absoulutely Astounding!!
If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or, being hated, don't give way to hating, And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master; If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with triumph and disaster And treat those two imposters just the same; If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to broken, And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings And never breath a word about your loss; If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch; If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you; If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds' worth of distance run - Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!
Friday, November 6, 2009
$5.37. That's what the kid behind the counter at Taco Bueno said to me.
I dug into my pocket and pulled out some lint and two dimes and something that used to be a Jolly Rancher.
Having already handed the kid a five-spot, I started to head back out to the truck to grab some change when the kid with the Emo hairdo said the harshest thing anyone has ever said to me.
He said, "It's OK. I'll just give you the senior citizen discount."
I turned to see who he was talking to and then heard the sound of change hitting the counter in front of me.
"Only $4.68" he said cheerfully.
I stood there stupefied.
I am 48, not even 50 yet?"
A mere child!
I took my burrito and walked out to the truck wondering what was wrong with Emo.
Was he blind?
As I sat in the truck, my blood began to boil. Old?
I'll show him, I thought.
I opened the door and headed back inside.
I strode to the counter, and there he was waiting with a smile.
Before I could say a word, he held up something and jingled it in front of me, like I could be that easily distracted!
What am I now?
"Dude! Can't get too far without your car keys, he?"
I stared with utter disdain at the keys.
I began to rationalize in my mind.
"Leaving keys behind hardly makes a man elderly!
It could happen to anyone!"
I turned and headed back to the truck.
I slipped the key into the ignition, but it wouldn't turn.
I checked my keys and tried another.
That's when I noticed the purple beads hanging from my rearview mirror.
I had no purple beads hanging from my rearview mirror.
Then, a few other objects came into focus.
The car seat in the back seat.
Happy Meal toys spread all over the floorboard.
A partially eaten doughnut on the dashboard.
Faster than you can say ginkgo biloba, I flew out of the alien vehicle.
Moments later I was speeding out of the parking lot, relieved to finally be leaving this nightmarish stop in my life.
That is when I felt it, deep in the bowels of my stomach: hunger!
My stomach growled and churned, and I reached to grab my burrito, only it was nowhere to be found.
I swung the truck around, gathered my courage, and strode back into the restaurant one final time.
There Emo stood, draped in youth and black nail polish.
All I could think was, "What is the world coming to?"
All I could say was, "Did I leave my food and drink in here?"
At this point I was ready to ask a Boy Scout to help me back to my vehicle, and then go straight home and apply for Social Security benefits.
Emo had no clue.
I walked back out to the truck, and suddenly a young lad came up and tugged on my jeans to get my attention.
He was holding up a drink and a bag.
His mother explained, "I think you left this in my truck by mistake."
I took the food and drink from the little boy and sheepishly apologized.
She offered these kind words:
"It's OK. My grandmother does stuff like this all the time."
All of this is to explain how I got a ticket doing 85 in a 40.
Yes, I was racing some punk kid in a Toyota Prius.. And no, I told the officer, I'm not too old to be driving this fast.
As I walked in the front door, my husband met me halfway down the hall.
I handed him a bag of cold food and a $300 speeding ticket.
I promptly sat in my rocking chair and covered up my legs with a blanky.
The good news was I had successfully found my way home.
Happy Weekend Trails,
Thursday, November 5, 2009
By Clinton Anderson
Don’t let your emotions get in the way.
Human emotions have no place in training horses. If you try to deal with a horse based on emotions, you won’t get the response you want because he won’t understand what you’re asking him to do.
You have to be able to correct your horse and increase pressure without raising your emotion. Losing your temper is bad because even if the horse does what you want him to do, you won’t recognize it because you’ll be too focused on the punishment.
And if you don’t reward the horse for the correct behavior, he won’t understand what you’re asking him to do.
If he can’t figure out the answer you’re looking for, he’ll get confused and frustrated, which will only make the situation worse.
At the same time, you can’t just love and rub on your horse and expect him to be respectful of you.
You have to be willing to correct him if he steps out of line. I love my horses to death, but I don’t let them get away with things. The fact that I love them doesn’t affect my rules.
It’s the same way my parents were with me – they both loved me, but they’d correct me when I needed it. Your goal is to get a well-trained horse that you feel safe around and enjoy spending time with. Don’t ruin your progress by letting your emotions get in the way.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
There is job security and success in picking the hard stuff no one else wants to do.
The winter Olympics are back this year, I love the stories of these amazing gifted athletes.
When I met Scott Hamilton and his family I was so impressed with their genuineness. His story is incredible, he runs off of high energy and loves life. I remember watching him in awe as he pushed the envelope in figure skating winning the gold and also winning the hearts of the world.
I love stories about people that never give up and use that strength to accomplish extra ordinary things.
Do what you love and love what you do.
Happy, Powerful, Trails,
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
19 years ago our family was given an outstanding gift, her name is Tegan Shaw.
From a young age you could see her passion was animals. She was the collector of strays. Stray dogs, stray cats, snakes, bugs, birds, you name it she saved it.
Tegan loved her pets, she also loved to rig them up to everything, one day she rigged her dog up to a roping dummy in our store, he freaked out thinking a steer was chasing him. Running all around the store trying to escape from the steer that continued chasing him 3 feet behind because of the rope that was attached . Shelves were tipped, boots pulled off displays, horse medicine lay in piles and finally we caught him and unhooked him. Scott never had any halters or lead ropes, Tegan used them to hook up her dogs to her wagon and they would pull her all over town.
Tegan also was practically raised at the Blackhawk Arena, her and her dogs would get covered in red dirt, so naturally she took care of it, by washing her and her dogs in the public bathroom, there were bubbles from HELL!
Tegan of course loves horses, she started competing at the young age of 3 winning trophies saddles and lots of cash. She bought her first car with the money she won barrel racing.
Tegan now rehabs horses, she is a certified technician in Acu-Scope and Myo-Pulse for horses, dogs and humans, she loves her job and would like to work full time in a doctors office helping people become pain free with the use of energy medicine.
Tegan has always been self reliant and a non conformist, she is impeccable with her word, she is a gorgeous blond with the most beautiful eyes and lips, she was a beautiful baby with a personality that would always attract praises. I am so happy I was blessed to be her mother, she has taught me so much, mostly that I am not in charge of her:-), she came here for her purpose, and she is making a positive difference by helping horses and humanity.
I love you Tegan, I am proud of you, Thank You for teaching me.
Have a Wonderful Birthday!
I wish you the best year of your life, until next:-)!