Thursday, December 11, 2008

Cookbooks for Sale.....for a Horse Rescue.

I am on a horse forum with some great people. Last year, we had a horse show to raise money for a great horse rescue in Georgia called Sunkissed Acres. Lori is a great girl and does an amazing job with her rescues.

This year we had a horse show again, and raised her a good bit, but also - us, girls got together and put together a cute little cookbook.

Thought I would put it on my blog, and if you are so inclined, click the link below and you can order one for yourself or a gift for someone.

Here is the link: Cookbook order

Just wanted to say thanks, and feel free to pass it on.

BTW: I have a couple of recipes in is mine, but the others I stole from friends and put my name on it........baaahhaaaaa !!! Just kidding, it says "Jamie and Friends"

Thanks for letting me share

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Questionnaire

I get cute little "all about me's" in my email sometimes, but I liked this one on Lisa's was all about Christmas.....and I love Christmas and tradition.

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Hot Chocolate.....actually coffee with Bailey's...

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Don't have kids at home anymore, but I did not wrap. Only wrapped what was from Mom and Dad. Santa don't have time to wrap. Plus the paper would get torn in his bag.

3. Colored lights on house/tree or white? Clear lights on tree and house

4. Do you hang mistletoe? Can't give Bear any more excuses to start something...LOL

5. When do you put your decorations up? Right after Thanksgiving - tree and all

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? Ham.....oh I love ham.

7. Favorite holiday memory as a child? Waking up Christmas morning, and getting new animals. My dad broke horses and someone was always giving him another animal. He just saved them for me on Christmas morning and they were always my favorite gifts.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? What???? there is no Santa?
I guess I was about 10 or so, school kids told me. I did not believe them for a while.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? The girls always talked us into it, but I just let them open one. I wait until Christmas morning.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? Western, cowboy stuff, horses, barbed wire, small red bows. This is my first year to not use the ornaments the girls made when they were little. I think next year I will get a small tree and decorate that with those.

11. Snow, love it or dread it? Well, I guess I love it. I see it about every 2 years or so. I live in Alabama - the South......we just do not get much snow. But I do love it when it comes, cause it does not stay long.

12. Can you ice skate? Yes, a little bit. I could roller skate much better, probably would bust my arse now doing either one.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? As a child, would have to be a horse. As an adult, would have to be a horse.

14. What is the most important thing about the holidays for you? Spending time with family.

15. Favorite holiday dessert? My mom makes a pineapple / cherry dump cake.

16. Favorite holiday tradition? Bear and I relaxing on Christmas day after everyone has gone home......I think we are leaving for a trail ride this year.

17. What tops your Christmas tree? A star

18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving? Receiving......LOL .....just kidding. I love to pick a gift just for that person and watching and hoping they love it....

19. What is your favorite Christmas song? Singing - Santa Claus is coming to town......Listening - Silent Night.

20. Candy Canes - Yum or Yuck? I love peppermint. So I love them

21. What do you want for Christmas? Got it already - New fridge and dishwasher....
OK - well there is other things I show hat, new show saddle, basically anything for my horse and me.

22. Do you attend an annual Christmas Party? Bear and I have one with another couple friends of ours who are trainers. We have it for our clients and is this Saturday and we have a blast.....

23. Do you dress up for Christmas Eve or wear jammies? I wear jeans and a t-shirt to my in-laws .....everyone else dresses up...(told you guys I hate dressing up)....then I wear jammies when I get home.

24. Do you own a Santa hat? NO......My hair is too big for a I would get hat head.

25. Who do you normally spend Christmas with? My parents and my family come over about a weekend before and we have Christmas then. Christmas Eve at Bear's parents. Then the girls come on Christmas morning, then they leave and go to their dads....And Bear and I have our time.

26. What are your least favorite things about Christmas? Cleaning house before and after

Come on and join in on the fun.....and let me know if you posted it on your blog.

Will share next week some pictures from the Christmas party this weekend.

I am still on house / horse sitting duty at my friends. Will be done tomorrow. Whew ! It has about kicked my butt. I have been up at 5:00am, feeding chickens, cows, 17 pasture horses and 2 studs in stalls. Then went to work, came back in the dark, fed 17 pasture horses, and 2 studs in stalls, cleaned stalls. And most of this time, I have had to carry water, because the water has been cut off so it would not freeze. Just to the 2 studs....pasture horses had huge tanks, already filled.
But I have had fun.......My friend Janet...who I am horse sitting for.....has a great BIG jacuzzi tub and I have been spending a lot of time in there !!!!! Teehee !!!

Have a wonderful weekend
Happy Trails

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

My Painted Past !!!!

I got an award from Lisa over at Laughing Orca Ranch and I love it.....
I wanted to show off the paint horses I have had in the past......
First off, here is my award.......Thank you Lisa - I love it !!!!

I bought the horse below (on the left) from one of those so-called horse traders. Her name was Tobi, she was fantastic the two times I went out to ride her, and I fell in love.......Well until the drugs wore off. She was really okay for about 2 weeks then she went cold-back. I mean everytime someone got on her - she really gave it to them......hit the ground.....This is the first horse that gave me memory loss.....6 months worth.

I sold her quickly !!!! Actually trader her for the next horse you will see....

The horse in the middle below is Shyanne......she was my second paint horse, I traded Tobi and about 1000.00 for her. She was my confidence builder horse. I needed it after my really bad accident on Tobi. I sold her to Jenny below after about 2 years of riding her -( she is getting ready for the Christmas parade).....(that is my honey, cutie pie on the left, and my neice on the right) Shyanne was an awesome horse.....she took me everywhere and safely.....we rode in Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi.....etc...etc.....

I sold her to Jenny (my BFF) as her first horse !!

The horse below is my beloved Dixie girl !!! She is awesome. I actually did not mean to have her. A group of us were going on a weekend trip, and my horse I was riding came up lame - abcess or something. Anyway, one of our clients had this horse for sale, so Bear called her to see if she would mind if I borrowed her and helped sell her on this really large organized ride we were going on.......well, I fell in love AGAIN.......and she never went back home. This would be my last trotting horse. I rode with Bear and my other gaited friends for about 2 years and my butt and back killed me....and poor Dixie - she had to trot or slow lope to keep up - I felt really bad for her. So then I decided to get a gaited horse, so I sold her to a really good friend and she loves her as much as I still do. The friend keeps me updated and sends me pictures often, as she lives in Southern Alabama.

Well that takes me to my next and last paint Saddle not want to make the gaited community mad at me.....cause you know Paint Horses are Quarter Horses and Gaited Horses with Spots are Spotted Saddle Horses.......(sorry SSHA).......

This is my Rio..... She is the Bomb-Diggity !!!! So pretty and soooooooo sweet. She is my girl, and I hope she will be FOREVER !!!!!

Thanks again, Lisa - I love my "unique" award.....
Happy Trails.......

Monday, December 1, 2008

Tired and Stuffed like a Turkey !!!!!

Well here I am back, stuffed like a turkey and tired.....
Had a great vacation riding horses, watching football and eating.
We cooked on Thursday, fried 2 turkeys, had dressing, every kind of casserole you can think of, and pies, cakes, fudge, and some awesome banana nut bread.
We were all stuffed, stuffed, stuffed. It is a wonder we were able to get on the horses on Friday.

We set up 4 tents and actually even made a little movie theatre, or really a place to watch Alabama and Auburn (our state rivals) play each other. We did that on Saturday. And my team (Auburn) did not !! That is okay I guess, we have won the past 6 years, and Alabama has been undefeated this I will survive. This is the only game I watch - I am not really a big football fan.
I only fell off my horse once......LOL......I say this because I do usually have a tumble every trail ride....I mean the name of this blog is "Seatbelt for my Saddle"......
Sometimes I just have a tumble and I did, but no big deal - not hurt at all.
Rio was going up a pretty steep hill, and got her foot in a small culvert, and stumbled, and I just rolled off, so she could get up.
Here is our movie theatre below.....
Pretty cool....huh? We even had rope lights all around the inside...
This is also where we ate and cooked. It rained a little on Friday and Saturday night, which made the riding a little muddy on Saturday, and we ended up just packing up and coming on home on Sunday morning, instead of riding before we left.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. I sure did !!!
Now it is shop mode........I have not even put my tree up, or bought one gift. Gotta get my butt in gear !!!

I was tagged with a meme by Callie at MidWestHorse to tell 6 things about me that none of you know. I have done this recently, but surely I did not tell all....LOL
So going to try again.

1. I, too, had a child with natural childbirth. My oldest daugher was 7lbs, 6oz, and 19 inches long, and I had a 27 hour labor with nothing for pain. They even did an episiotomy during a contraction.....OUCH !!! It was worth it when it was over and I had that gorgeous baby girl.....and can you believe I got prego 6 months later....obviously I did have pain meds that next time....

2. I love lobster. It is my favorite food. I do not get to eat it much, cause down here in the is expensive.

3. I have anxiety sometimes while riding. I have had a couple of very bad accidents, even one where I lost 6 months of memory. So, sometimes (not everytime) when I ride - I get so crazy that I cry and absolutely freak out......BUT - I never quit.....just usually drink a beer and try to get over it quickly. My riding buddy's understand and really help me through this. I love my horses and will never quit riding.

4. I want to go to another country and do some kind of volunteer work. It is a calling I have had for a very long time and hope to do it someday.

5. I hate to dress up. I would rather wear jeans, t-shirts and boots every day of my life. I have been this way since I was a small child. (Ask my mom). When I was in school, I had to wear a uniform and I HATED it...... I just do not think I look good all dressed up - it is not me !! Luckily I can wear jeans, and nice shirt and my boots to work almost every day.

6. I do my Christmas shopping in less than 2 days. I hate to shop - I mean it - I really hate to shop (another one to ask my mom - because she is a shop-a-holic - maybe that is why). I wait until about a week before Christmas and go in one maybe two (but no more than that) and get all my shopping done. It might take me all day, but I get it done - I hate to shop !!!! Don't get me wrong, I love to give the gifts and really try to buy the right one for the right person, but I just hate the hustle and bustle of the shopping thing, especially at Christmas.

See I knew I could tell you guys some more things about myself that you did not know and I am sure I have more in there to dig up....
Link to the person who tagged you.
Post the rules on your blog.
Write six random things about yourself.
Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
Let the tagger know when your entry is up.
I now tag:
Pony Girl Rides Again
The Horseshoeing Housewife
Trail Riding Cowgirl
Nuzzling Muzzles
Laughing Orca Ranch


I love you guys !!!!!