Monday, September 1, 2014

Pulling Strings!

Yesterday was so much fun. I got up real early and had Hazel help me de-hair The Cabin, before I dusted off everything. And to prove it, I took this picture of our bedroom, before it starts collecting dog hair and dust again.


Then I took this closeup of our shiny dresser, without any dog hair or dust on it yet.


Then I went outside and did all of my chores. When Tony came back home from The Old Timer, he went over to get Chet, because Chet wanted to drink coffee with us and eat another healthy breakfast, which included the delicious smoothies.

After breakfast, I asked Chet if he could help me figure out how to play Town Mountain's Bluegrass version of Bruce Springsteen's famous song—I'm On Fire. And a few minutes later, after he had listened to my new favorite song, Chet taught me the chord progression and then he started playing and singing the song—Bluegrass style.

While Chet and I were discussing music, I said, "Our friend, Ryan Hatch is coming over, at 1:00, so he and I can jam together. "We'd love for you to join us—if you want to."

After we ate lunch, I had a total blast jamming with with my dear friends Ryan and Chet O'Keefe. Chet and Ryan brought their amps with them, so we all plugged into our amps and turned up the volume.

I played rhythm guitar, which is the easiest way to play a guitar. Chet played lead guitar. And Ryan took turns either playing his harmonica or lead guitar with Chet. Because both of them are such talented, awesome musicians and can sing—we made some pretty good sounding music.

In the big room, we played some of Chet's and Ryan's songs, Bluegrass, Rock, Country and the Blues for Tony and the Chihuahuas, our captured audience. Tony loved listening to us jam, but "The Girls," Alice, Ginger and Little Debbie, slept through most of the two hours that we spent pulling strings . Here's a picture that Tony took of us sitting around playing music.


Today has been great and I hope that everyone had a great Labor Day. This afternoon Tony and I met our dear friends, Debbie & Craig, Denise & Les and Kris & Jim for lunch, at the Soaring Dragon, on Sidney Baker Street which is also known as Highway 16.

We had a great time seeing our friends and we did a lot of laughing and our lunch was delicious, too. After we had adios-ed our friends we visited with Kris & The Mineral Man, out on the sidewalk, for a few minutes. We talked about Ben bringing us those three, huge bricks of Miles of Chocolate, this past Saturday and Tony and I sharing it with them and our other super friends/volunteers. And to say the least, "They were more than thrilled, because they love Miles of Chocolate, too."

Before I finish writing this, I want to let all of y'all know that tomorrow night, 7-8 PM CDT, on Sun Radio's Highway 290 with Paula Nelson show, she will be playing some of Chet O'Keefe's fabulous music and I hope that all of y'all will tune in to her popular show. On the Sun Radio link above, you can listen to it live or get the Sun Radio app, for all of your mobile devices. 

Lastly, I have some wonderful news to share. As of yesterday, Fay, our dear Canadian friend, that has already adopted two dogs from us, Kris Kristofferson and Wee Lassie—is going to adopt Blake Shelton! We are thrilled about it and have already begun working out his transport to Toronto. And that is about it for now.

Y'all have a great Labor Day evening!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Miles Of Chocolate!

Today has been great. This morning I got up real early and went outside and did my morning chores, because as soon as Tony got back from The Old Timer, I was going to cook breakfast for Tony, Chet and me.

Before I stared cooking, I made us delicious, healthy smoothies using: kale, spinach, almond milk, almonds, cinnamon, chia seeds, banana, blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, cantaloupe and peaches.

Then I cooked homemade hash brown potatoes, scrambled some eggs with onion, garlic, red & green bell peppers, jalapeno cheese and ham—topped with salsa. And I served it with buttered muffins and fresh slices of avocado. To say the least, "They loved it and went back for seconds.

Late this morning Ben and Serena, his beautiful, sweet girlfriend, came over to see us! And he brought us three giant bricks of Miles of Chocolate! Which I know will make our super volunteers happy, because we always share it with them. And yes, some people would call that bribery, but we don't care, because we'll do anything to keep our dear dog-walking friends/volunteers.

Our dear friend Debbie, the owner of The Old Timer, called me last night to invite us to go with her, to her friends big ranch party, near Medina. "Charlie will start playing around dark!" She told me. "Tony knows Charlie Montague and..."

For those of you who don't know about, The Charlie Montague Band, they play Rock and Soul and are listed as the 2014 Billboard Top Ten Artists. Anyway, Chet, Tony and I are leaving around 5:30 and that's only twenty-five minutes from now, so I need to go get ready.

Tomorrow afternoon, my good musician friend Ryan Hatch, Donna's husband, is coming over, so he and I can pick & grin, on our guitars. He and I have never played music together, but I know it will be a lot of fun. And that's about it for today.

Y'all have a great evening, because we sure are!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Old Timer, better than farmersonly.com! or OLD TIMER, continued from 1B!

Today has been great. I got up early, so I could drink a delicious cup of Green Mountain Donut Shop Coffee to help wake me up before I did my call-in to Harley Belew's popular radio show, at 7:45.

While sipping my coffee, at the kitchen table, I first checked our utopiarescue.com website to see who Pat had picked to be Harley's Pet of the Week and it was Dottie West! The sweet, six-month-old, Pit mix that we rescued last Saturday—Buddy Holly's new roommate. Then I took Ginger, Alice and Little Debbie outside, so they could take care of some personal business.


After the cute Chihuahuas had watered the front yard and left their calling cards, we came back inside, so I could feed them. 

While they ate breakfast, I sat back down, at the kitchen table and went to the Bandera County Courier's website, because my dear friend, Judith Pannebaker, the loved and well respected editor for the popular newspaper, had told me a few weeks ago, that she was going to run the story about the very first wedding, at The Old Timer, in today's paper.

Oh my goodness, I totally loved reading the sweet story, about Sherylyn's and Luis' super cool wedding, held at Debbie Martin's—The Old Timer. In fact, I had so much fun reading it—I read it twice. And you can read the great story too, if you CLICK HERE.

This morning, after Tony and I did our chores outside, we went over to the Lodge and had a really fun visit with Sean Rima, Chet O'Keefe and Kinky. And there was a lot of laughing.

When Tony and I got back home I started cooking us lunch, while Tony and Trigger went, to the highway, to fetch our mail, because I could not wait to get our copy of the Bandera County Courier newspaper.

When Tony got back home he was smiling ear-to-ear. "Nance, you're not going to believe this. Judith put the story on the front page, in the Hill Country Living section. I read it down by the mailboxes and it's a great story. Are we going to eat pretty soon, because I'm starving?"

After Tony had temporarily quit starving and had put his empty plate, in the kitchen sink for me to clean, I picked up the Bandera County Courier and reread the story again. And then I shot it, so you could see it for yourself.



And that's about it for today. 

Y'all have a great evening!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Urgent Kerrville Longmire Fan Club Update!

Today has been great. This morning after we did our morning chores outside Kinky called me. After he had invited us to come over for a visit, I said, "Kinky, I've renamed my Chihuahua again."

"What did you name her?"

I purposely paused for a few seconds and then I slowly said, "Little Debbie."

My two words made him chuckle and then he said, "That is a great name for a Chihuahua, Nance. Little Debbie is perfect. You've done it again...." And a few minutes later, Kermit took Tony, Little Debbie and me over to the Lodge, because I wanted Kinky to finally meet the newest and smallest member of our hairy family.

While Tony was busy outside, near the Lodge, using the chainsaw to chop up a downed tree for firewood, Kinky met and fell in love with Little Debbie, inside the Lodge. And needless to say, "Kinky thought Little Debbie was beyond precious, as I knew he would."

Now for the most important news for the day. I have an urgent Kerrville Longmire Fan Club Update:

Our dear friend Pat, the extremely talented woman who is the webmaster for our Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch, has just sent me this exciting e-mail:

"LOL, I just read your blog and with the exception of the one-eyed dog, I totally qualify for your Longmire fan club."

So after talking it over with Marguerite about Pat not having a one-eyed dog yet and telling her that Pat, over the years, has adopted more than three dogs from our rescue ranch—we've decided to expand our exlusive Kerrville Longmire Fan Club base to THREE OFFICIAL MEMBERS with Sandy & Jon Wolfmueller still being our two honorary members, because they turned me on to the show and they have adopted two cats from us that they named Tony & Nancy! "Welcome to our prestigious fan club, Pat! Longmire Rules!"

Y'all have a great evening!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Dogologie! or Dottie West!

Today has been great. This afternoon Tony and I went to Kerrville to run a few errands. Our first stop was at the H-E-B, on Main Street, to buy groceries.

Sixty-four dollars and twenty-one cents later, we took off for one of our favorite stores, on Junction Highway, in Kerrville—Wild Birds Unlimited, owned by our friends Linda and Kevin Pillow. We had two reasons for going there. The first reason was, Tony wanted to buy some more of their superior birdseed and secondly, in hopes that we might catch our dear friend Marguerite working there, because we were anxious to find out how her new Chihuahua, that she had adopted from us, that I had intentionally named after her, was working out with her other dogs that she has adopted from us.

When we walked inside Wild Birds Unlimited, that has the greatest vibes, Kevin and Marguerite greeted us from behind the counter. "How is the Chihuahua working out?" I asked.

"She's doing fabulous and she is so sweet." Marguerite said.

"What did you name her?"

"Kevin helped me name her—Mini-Marguerite. Nancy, I have a big surprise to tell you. I LOVE Longmire, as much as you do! When I read about you loving the series I could not wait to tell you that I am hooked on it, too. Isn't Walt Longmire handsome! And did you know that he is from Australia and..." With that Kevin, Linda and Tony started laughing and then they took off to go show Tony some birdseed blends.

"Y'all take your time," I said, "because Marguerite and I have lots to talk about. Sandy and Jon turned me on to the show and since Friday night I've been spending every free minute watching the episodes. I'm nearly done with the second series..."

After our exciting conversation about Longmire, I said, "Marguerite! You and I need to start our own Kerrville Longmire Fan Club. You can be the president and I can be vice—president. And to be a member you must have a Chihuahua, a one-eyed dog and at least three dogs that you've adopted from our rescue ranch. Like you have. And we can make Sandy & Jon Wolfmueller honorary members."

Marguerite, who adopted our precious, one-eyed Odi from us, over a year and a half ago, laughed and said, "Nancy, I joked with Linda & Kevin and Susan, at Hoegemeyer Animal Clinic, that I was surprised that you didn't try to get me to adopt the one-eyed Chihuahua that you adopted."

After all of us had quit laughing, I confessed, "I have to admit that I did think about it, but Tootsie had already stolen my heart. This morning when I was outside playing with her I decided to rename her again and her new name is Little Debbie, because I kept finding myself calling her "Little" this or that."

"Nance, look at this cool frog, tabletop, rain gauge," Tony interrupted. "We need one, since Beau broke our last one."

"It's on sale too," Marguerite sales pitched. "70% off."

"Sold," I said. "Marguerite, we need to do lunch in Fredericksburg real soon and take our Chihuahuas with us, so we can shop at that famous doggie store, Dogologie, so we can buy cute, little clothes for Mini-Marguerite and Little Debbie, carry bags for them and...."

A few minutes later, before Tony and I adios-ed our friends, Marguerite and I were joking about going to lunch, with our Chihuahuas, up in Wyoming, instead of Fredtown, in hopes of us meeting the actor who plays Longmire and maybe getting to be extras that get to play two quirky senior citizen women that carry around two adorable tiny dogs.

Our last stop was at Hoegemeyer Animal Clinic, so we could pick up Dottie West, that we had rescued early Saturday morning. She is a lovely six-month-old mix, that is great with other dogs. She is sweet, not hyper, a digger or a jumper. In other words, "She is another perfect dog for you to adopt."


As soon as we got back home, Tony and I decided to put Dottie, in the alley, next to Buddy Holly, to let them get to know each other, before Karon and the kids from the children's home came over to walk our dogs for us. And the good news is the girls walked Dottie and Buddy together and they love each other. So tonight before I start watching more episodes of Longmire, please know that Buddy Holly and Dottie West are now living together.

Y'all have a great evening and watch Longmire!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Longhours!

Things are great here. Friday evening Sandy and Jon Wolfmueller treated Tony and me to a delicious dinner, at the Medina Highpoint's Koyote Grill. The Koyote Grill is becoming famous for their "Friday Nights All You Can Eat Catfish Buffet" and word has been spreading fast, all over the Hill Country, so we met our dear friends, at 6:00, so we could be among the very first to eat and not have to wait in line for the popular buffet.

During our delicious meal Sandy asked me, "Have you watched Longmire, yet?" because she and Jon are hooked on the series that they had told us about last week.

"Not yet." I confessed. Then Sandy, Jon and Tony started talking about how much they loved the popular crime fighting television show, filmed in Wyoming and five minutes later when they were all talked-out about what a great show Longmire was, I said, "Okay, I'm sold.  I promise that I am going to watch it tonight as soon as we get back home."

Needless to say, when we got back homeI kept my promise and that is why I didn't post anything on my blog Friday night. I loved Longmire so much, I stayed up to nearly midnight watching the first five episodes. I wasn't hooked on the show—I was addicted to the show!

In fact, I was so hooked on the show, Saturday afternoon, I started watching episode six, right after we had adopted out Chi #4 aka Banjo, to a very nice couple, that lives in Medina! Which means we now only have the two Chihuahuas, Alice and Ginger, left to find homes for, before we can remove the puppy pen, from the big room, in The Cabin and return to normalcy.



Yesterday evening, as I was about to watch another episode—Sandy and Jon called me. "....Well, did you watch it?" Sandy asked, using their speakerphone.

"Yes! Omg, I love it and I can't quit watching it. I'm hooked and am..." They kept laughing, as I went on and on talking about the great actors, the plots with a twist, etc. and they were in total agreement with me.

"We've just started watching Longmire's second season," Jon told me. "It's really good too, with some surprises and...."

"Well, I'm going to try to finish watching season one tonight and then hopefully, I'll watch all ten of the second season's episodes tomorrow," I said, followed by a laugh. "The race is on as to which one of us finishes the series first!...."

As soon as I adios-ed our dear friends—I immediately started watching another episode and I spent the rest of the evening spending Longhours watching Longmire. And that is my reason that I didn't post anything last night, so y'all have The Wolfmuellers to blame for turning me on to Longmire and me slacking-off, the past two nights.

Today, as I finish writing this, it is around 3:30 and I am scheduling this to post at 7:00 tonight. I only have nine second season episodes to watch and I'm fixin' to start watching episode two, of the second season—right now. So, if you are reading this tonight please know that I am glued to the TV, with three, adorable Chihuahuas sleeping comfortably, on my lap. Longmire Rules!

Y'all have a great evening!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Our Dog Days Of Summer! or For Whom The Bell Tolls!

Today has been great. It has been a quiet day and there is nothing much to write about, so I am going to show you a few pictures that I took today of Tootsie, the newest and smallest member of Tony's and my family, along with our three other Chihuahua house guests.

Roy & Belle on guard duty with Tootsie, Banjo and Ginger, posing on the steps.


Tootsie's turn for guard patrol. I've named this picture, For Whom The Bell Tolls, because she is wearing a small bell, attached to her pink collar, so we will always know if she's behind us.


Our new step-daughter Tootsie with Roy and Ginger.


Roy shooting me a wink, with our new step-child sitting behind him.


Tomorrow is going to be a very busy day for me, because I'm leaving, early in the morning, for Fredericksburg. The Chi's will also be going with me, because we are going to meet up with a very nice woman, from Austin, that is seriously thinking about adopting one of them.

If this nice woman does fall in love with one of the Chi's tomorrow, she will officially adopt it, but she won't be taking it home with her, until she gets back from her trip, next week! So keep your fingers crossed. And that is about it for today.

Y'all have a great evening!