Saturday, December 20, 2014

EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!


Today has been more than great, because of our dear friends: Linda Forse, Donna Hatch, The Kerrville Daily Times & Rachel Fitch for helping out our rescue ranch Big Time! This is my cut & paste version of what Donna wrote for The Kerrville Daily Times, in today's newspaper. To view the paper's article click here: http://dailytimes.com/entertainment/  or read my cut & paste version below.

2.57 carat diamond to be sold as fundraiser for animal sanctuary

By Donna Gable Hatch
Features Editor
donna.hatch@dailytimes.com


MEDINA — Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch has a special way to ring in the New Year — with a 2.57-carat diamond ring valued at nearly $20,000 retail.
     The sparkling gem is a gift to the ranch from Brownsville resident Linda Forse, an animal lover-rescuer and supporter of the nonprofit, no-kill animal sanctuary. The ring will be sold through Fitch Estate Sales to raise funds for the ranch. 
     Offers will be accepted through midnight Dec. 31 and will be sold to the highest offer. 
     A reserve price of $7,500 has been set. 
     “I’ve been to the ranch a few times, and I’ve made donations over the years, but I want to make a real a difference, and the dollar value of the ring will be, hopefully, enough to see the ranch through hard times,” said Forse, who rescues greyhounds. “Cousin Nancy and Tony are so dedicated and two of the nicest people you’d ever meet. What they do for the animals is what we all should be doing for humanity: Good hearts in the right places.”
     Cousin Nancy and Tony are Nancy Parker-Simons and her husband, Tony Simons, who founded Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch with their longtime friend, Kinky Friedman, in 1998.
     The five-acre sanctuary is tucked inside the 365-acre Echo Hill Ranch in Medina that has been in the Friedman family for more than 60 years.
     Throughout the years, the rescue ranch has provided sanctuary to thousands of animals, including dogs, cats, pigs, goats, horses, donkeys and turkeys — many of which would have been forgotten and euthanized. They’ve also found loving homes for countless animals.
     Friedman said the ring was unexpected and “very much appreciated.”
     Proceeds will be used to fund ongoing veterinary care and feed the animals. 
     “Cousin Nancy and Tony will be fed, too,” Friedman quipped. “Those two are our only staff, and they are paid a very nominal salary. Cousin Nancy and Tony have devoted their lives to this peaceful kingdom and happy orphanage, and Utopia couldn’t exist without them. Everybody else who helps out are probably the best set of volunteers in the world, along with the Salvation Army, which may be the greatest army in the world.”
     Parker-Simons said the ranch spends about $400 a month on dog food, “and our veterinary care, even with big discounts, fluctuates from month to month, because every dog that we rescue gets spayed or neutered, given all shots and treated for any ailments.”
     Last month, Parker-Simons received a call about a young female Labrador without tags that had limped onto the caller’s property.
     “He thought the dog had been hit by a car, because she didn’t walk right. He said he could not afford to keep her, because he is losing his battle with cancer,” she said. “The story pulled at my heartstrings.”
     The injured animal, which Parker-Simons had dubbed Bonnie Raitt, was taken to Hoegemeyer Animal Clinic, which works with the rescue ranch to provide affordable veterinary care.
     “The next morning, a vet from the clinic told me that Bonnie had a fractured pelvis and she needed surgery on both hips. In addition, both of her back legs had torn ACL’s needing surgery, too — and the surgeries would cost in the thousands of dollars.”
     With limited funds, Parker-Simons arranged to pay the fee over time.
     “Bonnie has had her first side done, and the surgery was successful on her hip and ACL.”
The dog will recuperate for another month or so and then have the additional surgery. 
     “Bonnie Raitt’s rescue is the most expensive dog rescue that we’ve had in over 16 years of rescuing animals,” Parker-Simons said. “Every time that we rescue a dog, we seldom know in advance what the veterinary cost will be, so we are very grateful that this beautiful ring has been donated to us, because it will certainly help us pay the bills, continue rescuing and help us try to leave the world a better place than we found it.”

About the ring
     The ring was purchased in November 1965 by Forse’s grandfather, David Forse, for his wife, Francis. In its original setting, the ring held a 2.57 carat diamond and an equally large sapphire.
     “My grandparents spent winters in Miami Beach, and Pop was in a jewelry store, and he wanted to buy something for his and Mimi’s 50th anniversary,” Forse said. “As the story goes, Sammy Davis Jr. was also in the store at the time, and he wanted to buy the same ring for his wife, May Britt, a Swedish movie star, because it was their fifth anniversary. Pop and Sammy Davis each said they saw the ring first, so there was some back-and-forth. The jeweler intervened and decided that 50 years trumps five years, and Pop got it. He always playfully boasted about how he bested Sammy Davis Jr.”
     Francis Forse died in 1995, and the ring has been in her granddaughter’s possession since that time.
     Rachel Fitch, an antique appraiser and owner of Fitch Estate Sales, 838 Sidney Baker St., said the sapphire had been scratched and damaged over time, “but the diamond is simply gorgeous. It’s a modified shield cut diamond and is a very unusual. Everybody either gets a round diamond or an emerald-cut diamond.”
     Fitch removed the diamond from the original setting — which “though lovely, was antiquated” — and sent the diamond off to be GIA-certified.
     “It came back as a 2.57 carat, L color, VS1, which is the clarity of the diamond. VS1 is a really great clarity,” Fitch said. “The diamond has really very good symmetry. Everything you want it to have, it has.”
     Fitch is handling the sale of the ring as a holiday gift to Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch, she said.
     “We’re taking written offers, and anyone who wants to see the ring in welcome to come into the store.”
     A current offer of $7,500 is on the table.
     Fitch said she has put the ring is a simple setting — which really sets off the beauty of the gem.
     “The average woman wears 1 carat or less, and this is a 2.57 carat diamond,” Fitch said. “The solitaire diamond, which is so big and looks even bigger in a simple setting, makes it a very unusual engagement ring,” Fitch said. “If you were to go to a big box jewelry store, they would have this ring at $19,000 or $20,000, because that’s what retail is. But the sale of this particular ring is for a good cause — all the proceeds benefit animal rescue — so whoever purchases this particular ring is getting so much more in the bargain. And did I mention it’s tax deductible?”
     The fact that it’s a shield cut diamond — which looks like a Super Man shield — is the perfect way to say “You are the protector of my heart,” Fitch said. “If you factor in that the basis for selling the ring in the first place is to help protect animals, the ring is even more beautiful than its combined cut, clarity and carats. This is a very special ring, and whoever gets it will be getting a remarkable deal.”
     Forse said her grandmother would be pleased.
     “I have no doubt that my grandmother, who was an animal lover, would love that this is going to a good cause,” Forse said. “It’s absolutely the right thing to do. I’m sure I’ll have a dream one night, and Mimi will come to me and say ‘Good job, Linda.’



Above: Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch recently acquired Bonnie Raitt, a stray Labrador pup that was seriously injured. Proceeds from the sale ofthe ring will be used for the dog’s surgery expenses, as well as to fund other needs at the no-kill animal sanctuary.


Above right: In this photo circa 1950 aboard the R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth, David Forse, left, sits with his wife, Francis, and two unidentified friends. The 2.57-carat diamond from a ring given to
Francis by her husband in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary has been donated by their granddaughter, Linda Forse, to Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch.



Sammy Davis Jr. wed Swedish actress Britt May in November1960. Five years later, he visited a Miami Beach jeweler in search of an anniversary ring for his wife. The diamond from that ring has been donated to Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch and will be sold to the highest offer.

What: Fundraiser for Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch

Details: Proceeds from the sale of a 2.57-carat diamond ring will benefit Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch, the nonprofit, no-kill animal sanctuary. Written offers will be accepted through midnight Dec. 31. The ring will be sold to the highest offer. Offers also will be accepted at the Kinky Friedman and Friends New Year’s event at The Hunt Store
Info: For more information, stop by Fitch Estate Sales at 838 Sidney Baker St., or call 257-8482


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Then Donna wrote this fabulous article, in the paper today about spending New Year's Eve with Kinky & Friends, at The Hunt Store!

Kinky Friedman Headlines New Year's Eve Event

Event at The Hunt Store features Chet O’Keefe, LittleJewford, Sean Rima and Gordon ‘Big G’ Ames



By Donna Gable Hatch

Features Editor
donna.hatch@dailytimes.com

HUNT — The inimitable Kinky Friedman headlines a cavalcade of music, humor, poetry and more at a New Year’s Eve extravaganza at The Hunt Store, 1634 Texas 39.
Joining Friedman on stage are singer-songwriter Chet O’Keefe, Texas outlaw poet Sean Rima and Friedman’s longtime friend Jeff Shelby, aka Little Jewford, an accomplished concert pianist and comedian who has been described as “a Liberace and Victor Borge cocktail, with a twist of the Marx Brothers”
Radio host Gordon “Big G” Ames of radio station KERV-AM 1230 — who is nominated for a 2015 Ameripolitan Music Awards DJ of the Year award — serves as the evening’s host.
“It’s my job to keep these idiots in line,” Ames joked.
The dinner concert, which is from 6 to 9:30 p.m., includes a buffet created especially for the event by The Hunt Store’s Chef Blas Gonzales, formerly of the Antler Grill. 
The menu includes hors d’oeuvres, such as chicken-fried axis tenders and chicken empanadas, wild game, beef, fish and poultry served with starches, vegetables and desserts.
The dinner show will be followed by a late show on the patio featuring entertainment by Josh Murley and Someone Like You — which includes drummer-keyboardist Patrick McCorkindale and bassist Mark Auld — from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on the patio and includes a champagne toast and midnight brunch by Chef Blas.
“The format for the night is to offer an early dinner show for those that want a nice dinner and entertainment, but may want to be home early and a Late show for those that want to party through midnight and ring in new year with a bang,” said John Dunn, owner of The Hunt Store.
Tickets to the dinner show plus late show are $100 per person. Tickets to the late show-only are $35 per person, Dunn said.

A night of stars
Friedman, who has been called “the Frank Zappa of country music,” is renowned for his satirical country songs. His latest CD, titled “Bi-Polar Tour Live From Woodstock,” kicked off his Bi-Polar World Tour, with dates throughout Scandinavia, England, Scotland, Ireland, Belgium/Holland, Austria and Switzerland.
“I’ll singing, schmoosing and will sign anything except bad legislation,” said Friedman, a best-selling author, humorist, cigar and tequila mogul, sometime politico and animal rescuer. “We’ll have all kinds of things to sign: CDs, books, you name it, including the 997th reprint of ‘Heroes of a Texas Childhood’ with an new cover illustrated by the artist Copper Love — a Hill Country sky with a comet, which is just lovely. 
“Little Jewford — who’s a Jew and owns a Ford — will do his piano stylings of Scott Joplin’s ‘Maple Leaf Rag,’ and he does it as good as anybody since Scott Joplin, another Texan, and that’s been a while,” Friedman said. “The entertainment will be at least as good as the food, and that will be fantastic.”
Originally from the Northwest, O’Keefe — who won the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Song of the Year Award in 2010 — will combine a bit of storytelling with a mix of his brand of acoustic folk, western and jazzy-bluesy music.
O’Keefe spent nine years in Nashville, followed by a short stint in Dallas, and lived for three years in Northern Washington. He has performed with the legendary Bo Diddley, has opened for Nancy Griffith on her tour in Ireland and has toured several times with Friedman.
“Kinky and I have performed together in the past — I’d do my opening set, and he’d do his performance — and it’s always been a lot of fun,” O’Keefe said. “I’ll do some of my old stuff and some new songs — all songs that fit the occasion and are celebratory in nature. I’ve performed once with Little Jewford, and he’s seriously funny. He’s a brilliant pianist, and he tells jokes and does song parodies that are just hysterical. I’ve never performed with Sean, but we hang out a lot, and I know his work, which is not to be missed.”
Rima, a cosmic philosopher and San Antonio-based talk show host, said he’s written a special poem for the evening.
“I’m keeping my theme to the holidays and New Year’s. I try to go funny first and philosophy second,” said Rima, whose “Wild West Show: Selected Poems” is a funny, gritty collection of poems spanning the years 2001-14. “Usually, there’s a few laughs with my poems, but I’m editing the set, so it’s more of a PG-rating of my work. I’m really looking forward to the event.”
Rima said he and Friedman met and became friends through their shared love of writing — and the provocative and politically incorrect satirist has become fodder for Rima’s poems. 
“He’s such an interesting dude. I’ve written a whole series of poems about what it’s like hanging out with him, and I’ll probably read a few of those,” Rima said. 
“Kinky’s idea for the New Year’s eve concert is just a flowing evening of entertainment, and that’s what it will be — just a whole lotta fun and laughs. How can anything be better than that?”


Singer-songwriter Chet O’Keefe, who has toured with humorist and country music singer Kinky Friedman throughout Sweden and Norway, joins him on stage New Year’s Eve at The Hunt Store.


Jeff Shelby, aka Little Jewford, is an accomplished concert pianist and comedian who performs everything from piano rags, classical favorites, all delivered with wit and quips.

 

                                                Sean Rima                          Big G

What: New Year’s Eve bash at The Hunt Store
When: 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 31
Where:  The Hunt Store, 1634 Texas 39
Details: There are two New Year’s Eve shows at the venue. The dinner show, which features Kinky Friedman, Chet O’Keefe, Little Jewford and Sean Rima with radio host Gordon “Big G” Ames. The event includes a full dinner featuring wild game, beef, fish and poultry served with starches, vegetables and desserts. A late show, which features entertainment by Josh Murley and Someone Like You, follows from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on the patio and includes a midnight brunch
Tickets: $100 per person for the dinner and late shows, but tickets for the late show only also are available for $35 per person
Info: Visit http://thehuntstore.com or call 830-238-4410

And that's about it for today. 

Y'all have a great evening!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Toilet That Will Change The World!

Yesterday Tony and I went to Kerrville to run a few errands. Our first stop was at the Next Generation Produce to buy more produce and drink their juices. I drank a shot of Tumeric with ginger and lemon and then I chased it down with their delicious Pear Bear, while Tony drank their Dr. Oz.

After we made ourselves healthier we went to the Home Depot, a few blocks down Sidney Baker Street aka Highway 16, so I could purchase some paint for The Mother Ship, my latest used RV, because for several weeks I've been trying to decided what color to paint it.

It took me about fifteen minutes to find the exact colors I wanted and while the nice, courteous man was getting my paint ready, Tony showed up at the paint counter, because he had probably had been looking at the toilet seats again, just to make sure that his new wooden one was the very best choice.

When the smiling employee removed one of my gallons of paint from the shaker, he said, "Okay, here's your black paint."

I was kind of shocked, because I had not chosen black. "I'm sorry, but I didn't pick black. It must be someone else's paint," I said. Then the man and Tony started chuckling.

"Nance, he's teasing you," Tony said, followed by another laugh. Then I looked at the smiling man's face and then at Tony's and started to blush. Then I laughed and took off to go look at paintbrushes.

They had all kinds of paintbrushes on display, from cheap to very expensive and when I finally chose the one, high above my head, I tried to remove it, but it wouldn't budge. "Here, let me help you with that, ma'am," this nice, good-looking, old cowboy, with a handlebar moustache, said to me. I scooted over and then he reached up and removed it and handed it to me. "Here you are. This is a nice paintbrush. What you planning on painting?"

"The Mother Ship," I said, which made him raise his furry, gray eyebrows and then turn his head sideways. "It's an old RV that I'm renovating," I quickly explained, as the bowlegged cowboy turned and walked away.

Last night I didn't write anything, because I was watching these super cool television shows on Tiny Houses, on one of those do it yourself networks. I was fascinated by some of the tiny house plans and designs and totally shocked about how expensive they were, because I know that it doesn't cost $80,000 to $100,000 to build something that small.

So after watching several, informative, tiny house shows I went Online to check out prices of composting vs. state-of-the-art toilets and Fagor Portable Induction Cooktops, etc. and I learned a lot, knowing that I could build a tiny house for under $25,000.00 easily, with Tony's help, of course. Then I went to bed and dreamed about installing the DryFlush state-of-the-art toilet, that will change the world inside the Mother Ship, even though the toilet in there works fine.

Today has been great, even though it has been damp and drizzling outside for most of the day. This morning, after doing the outside chores with Tony, I spent most of my day doing paperwork and returning phone calls—not what you would call real thrilling, but that is what it is.

And as I finish writing this tonight, I am looking forward to tomorrow, because it is supposed to be a beautiful, much warmer, sunshiny day. Which hopefully means that after we do our morning chores outside I will get to start painting The Mother Ship! And y'all are never going to guess what COLORS I am going to paint it.

Y'all have a great evening!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Where You Go!

Today has been great and the sun has been shining all day! This morning after Tony and I did our chores outside I went over to the Lodge for a fun visit with Kinky. And by the time we were ready to adios each other, Kinky was interested in juicing and its benefits and he wants to try some of the different juices that were drinking everyday.

This afternoon Tony and I went to Kerrville to eat lunch and then run a few errands. I was prepared to cook us another "meatless lunch"again, but I thought Tony needed a break from our super healthy meals that I've been making.

On our way to Kerrville, Tony and I decided to eat lunch, at Billy Gene's restaurant, because we love their food and their super good vibes. When we pulled into the parking lot, I started laughing after reading Billy Gene's hilarious street sign. And when Tony read it, he burst out laughing, too, so I took a picture of it, so I could include it in tonight's post.

When Tony started to pull into a parking space I looked over and said, "That looks like Eileen's truck. I bet she and Wayne are here."

"I'll bet you a nickel that they aren't," Tony teased, because we love to bet each with other about all kinds of things, but we never bet money, because it would take the fun out of it.

When we walked inside Kerrville's popular restaurant it was crowded as always and there were a few tables and booths unoccupied, so the waitress immediately asked us to follow her to a table. On our way, Tony said, "Well hello, Wayne and Eileen. How are y'all doing?..." I loved it, because I had won another bet with Tony and I was now five cents wealthier! If he pays me.

While we were waiting, at our table, to be served our delicious, healthy lunch choices, Eileen and Wayne waved to us and left. Three minutes later, Eileen returned to our table. "Nancy, I bought this last week, in San Antonio, for Little Debbie. I hope you like it..."

"Oh my goodness, Eileen! I love it and so will Little Debbie. You are so sweet to have gotten this for her. Look Tony. It is too cute! Thank you, Eileen...."

After we ate our delicious lunch we ran the rest of our errands and then we came home. And the first thing I did was take a few pictures of Eileen's little present for Little Debbie and then I half-hollered, down the hallway, "Tony! I need for you to please help me...." Five minutes later, after Tony had helped me. I downloaded these pictures on my camera, for tonight's post. Here are the pictures of Eileen's present for Little Debbie and then Little Debbie modeling it for the camera, in between a tiny power nap.






As soon as we "wrapped" Little Debbie's camera shoot, I removed her sombrero and took it inside, because I had some work to do. The work that I did was to find a screw, the screw drill and then drill the screw, into the big room's wall, next to one of my cowboy hats, so I could display Little Debbie's hat right next to mine. Then I took this picture.


And that is about it for tonight, but before I go, I want to show you the picture that I took of Billy Gene's hilarious road sign, because I am still laughing about their daily words of wisdom. (Please note that I think that Billy Gene's restaurant should be voted #1 for having the funniest and most creative signs, in Kerrville."

"No Matter Where You Go
There You Are"

Y'all have a great evening no matter where you are!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Tree House!

The last few days have been great, but nothing exciting has happened out here, probably because they have been gray, drizzling days and all I wanted to do was stay warm inside The Cabin.

This past Friday morning after Tony and I did our chores outside, we decided to work on B.B. King's pen, because an old cedar tree had fallen down, on the top of his dog house and instantly converted it to a tree house, inside B.B. King's pen. Because Tony will not let me go near a chainsaw, he cut up the timber and fallen branches while I tried to remove most of his cuttings, from the dog pen. This is what we still have left to do to finish the job.


By the time our dear friends Kris & Jim arrived, both of our backs were killing us, so we called it a day for tree removal work and instead we had a fun visit with Kris and The Mineral Man, before going to lunch with them, at La Fours, in Kerrville. (I only had a cup of their delicious seafood gumbo, because I was still full from juicing earlier.)

When we got back to the ranch, we laughed when we saw B.B. King walking up and down one of the nearly downed cedars, so I grabbed my camera and took this picture of him. Then I took this picture of Mr. King to use on our website.



This afternoon Tony and I went to Kerrville. Our first stop, at the crack of noon, was at the Next Generation Produce, because we wanted to drink their Bear Pear juice and I needed to buy some more organic fruits and vegetables. 

We ordered our delicious juices and while I was shopping around the cool store, Tony also ordered a shot of their Tumeric, ginger and lime juice, without me knowing it and he drank it before I returned to get my Bear Pear juice. When he told me about drinking a shot of that powerful juice, I ordered one too, after I had read about its many healing benefits, while sipping my Bear Pear juice.

Then we went to the big H-E-B store, on Main Street, so we could get groceries—mainly fruits and vegetables and then we came back home.

This afternoon it was still gray and drizzling, not my favorite kind of day, because I am a sunshine person and I need a lot of it. Anyway, around 4:00, the sun came out! I was thrilled about the sunshine and asked Tony to go outside with me so I could try to take some better pictures of Hazel and Katee Sackoff for our website.

When we got outside, we decided that I would try to get pictures of Hazel, while he tried to take a good picture of Katee, in Springsteen's pen, because we weren't sure how long the sunshine would last. And I am glad that we did, because it got cloudy twenty minutes later and it has stayed that way. Here's my best picture of Hazel, who never changes her expression. She is about four-years-old and here's Tone's picture of sweet Katee who is only about one year old and is medium-sized. (And her face looks just like Tony's Belle.)



When we came back inside The Cabin I cooked dinner for Tony and me using two new delicious vegan recipes. I cooked Drew's delicious Indian (Meatless) Cutlets recipe that tastes just like meat and believe it or not the main ingredients are: walnuts, bread crumbs, eggs and cottage cheese. Yes, I know that doesn't sound delicious, but it was and Tony ate two cutlets and he is or was a meat and potatoes only kind of a man. Here's a picture of his cutlets before he devoured them.



I also fixed us yams, which he has always disliked. I found this easy to make vegan recipe, on the Internet, with these main ingredients: yams, chili powder, butter and a small amount of brown sugar. Omg! It was totally delicious and Tony took second helpings of it! And when he handed me his empty plate to clean, he said, "That's the first time that I have ever liked yams. You need to fix us yams, like these, more often. I can't believe I love yams now and..." And that is about it for tonight, because we're going to watch the Cowboys game.

Y'all have a great evening!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Mother Ship!

Yesterday and today have been great, but it has been pretty uneventful when it comes to exciting rescue ranch news. So I guess the only exciting news that I have is Tony and I did not get blown away, after going to bed Monday night, after eating those delicious sweet & sour beans that I had cooked.

Tuesday morning Tony and I did our daily chores early and we were back inside The Cabin by 8:30 and that's when we made and drank our Mean Green juice. After that I spent an hour doing some paperwork and then I decided to "take a brisk, four mile stroll down memory lane" with Leslie Sansone, in the big room.

It's been quite a long time since I have exercised with Leslie's fabulous DVD and it was a lot of fun. And I did work up a sweat, probably because of the beans that I ate the day before, because let's just say that I was "making noise" every time that I had to do the knee lifts and it scared Little Debbie.

After my "windy workout" I cooked us a healthy delicious lunch. I cooked a zucchini frittata using onions, garlic, spinach, zucchini, tomato, celery, jalapeno and cheese.Then I spread my new Cousin Nancy Serrano Pepper salsa, all over the top of it and served it with a very small portion of our leftover sweet & sour beans.



Yesterday was a beautiful day outside, so after lunch I cleaned up our dishes and then I went outside, with my iPod & Bose dock, in hand, to do some decorating and work on the Mother Ship. First, I hung up a painting of Kinky, that a fan had painted of him, that he had given to me, along with my framed pictures of Willie Nelson wearing a Geezinslaw Brothers t-shirt that my late husband and I had designed, and my autographed picture of Ben Crenshaw, wearing a golf shirt that I had embroidered for him, when he won the Masters, in 1995.




Then I hung up My Cow Patty Tea picture, that I designed, above the stove top. Before Kinky, Tony and I started the rescue ranch, I actually started a short-lived, but fun business called Cow Patty Tea Company. My girlfriend Lindy, in Utopia, let me come over to her cattle ranch and collect old, dried up cow patties, because I had come up with a plant fertilizer recipe using a bucket of 5 gallons of water and two cow patties. My concoction actually sold like hot cakes and Kinky even bought several bottles from me and he used it on his plants. Anyway, that is another funny story for another day.


After working on the Mother Ship, I went over to the Lodge to visit with Kinky and Bob and to bring them our leftover frittata and sweet & sour beans. Needless to say, they loved it, ate it all and didn't blow up when Kinky lit his cigar.

Today Tony drove me to Boerne so I could attend another Pet Search & Rescue Board Meeting, because I am one of the board members on Jay Pennington's 501 (c)(3) organization that helps get pets adopted from pounds and shelters and gets lost pets back to their owners. If you want to check it out go to www.kerrvillepets.com, etc.

On our way home we stopped at Next Generation Produce, so we could try their Iron Man juice and as we were getting out of Trigger, a horn honked at us—it was Sandy Wolfmueller pulling in beside us, because she wanted to buy some fresh, local farm produce. 

While Tony and I sipped our delicious, super healthy juice, we had a fun visit with Sandy and then we came home and I took a nap with our dogs, after our out-of-county trip. And that is about it for tonight, because I plan to watch another Hallmark movie.

Y'all have a great evening!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Sweet & Sour! or Blowing In The Wind!

Today, Day 10 of my raw fruit and vegetables fast, has been great, even though it has been F.M.T. (Full Moon Time). This morning Tony and I drank our Mean Green Juice, then we went outside and did our chores.

Early this afternoon we went, to Kerrville, to run a few errands. Our first stop was at the Next Generation Produce to celebrate the last day of my fast, by drinking one of their tasty, healthy juices. We were tempted to order their super delicious Pear Bear juice, but at the last minute, we decided to try their juice that has sweet potato in it. And we loved it, too.

Then we went to the big H-E-B, on Main Street, to buy more fruits and vegetables. Then we came back home, because our dear friend Garnet was coming over, at 3:00, to return Ginger to us, because Ginger, the beautiful, Alpha Boxer, had become way too aggressive with their other two dogs, especially with Bear.

Last night, Garnet had sent me the sweetest, heart wrenching note telling me how sad they were that Ginger had not worked out with their other two dogs and she told me how much they loved Ginger. They were sick about having to bring Ginger back to us and they wished that Ginger and Bear could have gotten along, but it had escalated to the point that they had to keep Ginger separated from the other two, because they feared that something really horrible might happen to Ginger or Bear the next time they got together.

I felt her tears and sadness and I replied to Garnet, telling her that I completely understood and I thanked them for giving Ginger a try and for them not to feel bad at all, "It just wasn't meant to be. Having two, big, Alpha dogs were too much for them to handle and it would be too much for me too..."

When Tony and I arrived at the rescue ranch, Tony and I decided to get things ready for Ginger's arrival, before going up to The Cabin, to unpack our groceries, so Tony parked Trigger by the barn.

As Tony was leashing up Tuesday Weld, to move her to the alley between Mandy's & Bandy's pen and B.B. King's new pen, in hopes that Tuesday and B.B. might become fast friends, Garnet arrived with Ginger.


When Garnet got out of her truck, I could tell that she had been crying. "Garnet, please don't feel bad about this. It just wasn't meant to be. I promise. Nine times out of ten when a dog gets returned to us, that dog usually gets adopted within two to three weeks to the home it was meant to be in." Garnet and I hugged each other, then she apologized and apologized to us for having to return Ginger, which was not necessary at all, so I changed the subject. "How is old Buddy doing?" I asked.

"Buddy is doing great in my daughter's family home. He is loved and he has blended in nicely and all is good there..." Then Tony leashed up Ginger and walked her over to her new pen. Ginger seemed happy to see Tony and she liked her new pen, next to the barn. In fact, she didn't seem to be upset at all about coming back to us, because she immediately started smelling the trees and checking out her dog house. And when Garnet went over to tell her goodbye, Ginger sniffed her hand and wagged her stubby tail and then trotted off to go check out the rest of her new digs. In other words, Ginger was fine.

Early this evening I went over to the Lodge to visit with Kinky and his author friend Bob, visiting him from Louisiana. Bob is the nice man who adopted Mama, our three-legged Pit Bull, back in 2007, that John K. delivered to his doorstep, in Louisiana. When Kinky, Bob, The Friedmans and I went on a short hike, Bob told us, "Mama, is still doing great, but she is starting to slow down a little...."

Just before dark-thirty Trigger returned me to the rescue ranch, so I could finish cooking a new bean recipe that I wasn't sure Tony would like. As you know, we love pinto beans and we eat a lot of them around here, but this recipe, on the back of the H-E-B package, was Sweet & Sour Great Northern Beans.

We've never heard of or eater sweet & sour beans of any kind, but let me tell you—those beans were totally delicious! In fact, Tony took a second serving of them and he told me that he loved them.

Later on tonight when we go to bed, I'll decide if I am ever going to cook that recipe again, by closely monitoring the noise level and how high our sheets rise. Sort of like that old Johnny Cash song, How High Is the Water, Mama? But ours will be, How High Is the Blanket, Tony? Or Peter, Paul & Mary's famous song, Blowing In The Wind.

P.S. I'll keep y'all posted if I don't get blown away.

Y'all have a great evening!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Foreingner Friends!

Today has turned out to be great. Early this afternoon our dear friend Simon and her sweet mom, from Amsterdam, came by for a fun visit. While they were inside The Cabin we started talking about fasting, juicing and health, etc., because Simone's mother is a retired nurse and she could pass as Simone's sister, because she has been health conscious all of her life.

"Yall," I said, which made Simone's mom giggle, because she's never been to Texas and she thinks our accents are funny. "When I was up, in Austin, the other day, my sister gave me a fabulous, contest winning, vegan chili recipe that I cooked for Tony and me last night and it was absolutely delicious. In fact, Tony and I are never going to eat any other kind of chili from here on out. It is an easy recipe, too and...."

Our foreigner-friends were very interested in the no-meat chili recipe, so I made them copies, from the copy that Cindy had given to me. After they read the recipe's healthy ingredients they both were excited about trying it. "I'll fix y'all some of our leftovers from last night. And I'll heat it up right now, so you can taste it!" I said. "Y'all are going to love it." Which made them both chuckle.

After they had tasted it, they started raving about how delicious the vegan chili was. "We will cook this tonight!" Simone stated, with enthusiasm. "When we leave here we are going to Bandera, so I can show Mom Bandera," Simone said. "We can pick up all of the ingredients, at the grocery store, in Bandera...."

Then we went outside, so Tony and I could give Simone's mom the grand tour. First, we went into Outer Space and sat out there for a while and visited. Then I showed them my writing cabin and then we walked around the rescue ranch, so I could introduce our dogs and tell their stories, to our friends visiting us from another country, that also has heavy accents.

Around 3:00, Tony and I jumped into Trigger and took off, for Kerrville, to run a few errands. Our first stop was at the Next Generation Produce, so we could drink another one of their delicious, healthy Pear Bear juice. Then we went to Wild Birds Unlimited, so Tony could purchase some of their super-special birdseed, that attracts all kinds of beautiful birds to Tony's many bird feeders.

After a fun visit with Kevin and Linda Pillow, the friendly owners of the super cool store, we went down the road, to the big H-E-B, so we could purchase more fruits and vegetables. Then we came back home.

If you would like to check out the contest winning, delicious, vegan chili recipe please click here. And that is about it for tonight.

Y'all have a great evening!