Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Here's Clovis!

The last few days have been great. Late Sunday morning our dear friend Chet O'Keefe and his cool dog, Willie, arrived from Terlingua. It has been over six months since we last saw Chet and Willie and we were looking so forward to having a fun visit with him. Also, late Sunday evening Kinky returned to the ranch after his three-week tour, in Australia.

Tony and I have really enjoyed that both of them are back, at the ranch and that is my excuse for not blogging these past few days. Also, Monday morning our dear friend, Gerry Olert, came out to see all of us. Over the past many years, Gerry, is the videographer who makes all of our videos for us and he's the one I chose to do some the video and editing for our Longmire—Texas Style spoof.

Today has been great too, because early this morning we rescued a super-cool hound mix, because  his owner since this sweet dog was a pup, due to uncontrollable circumstances had to give him up.

Anyway, this dog's name is Clovis and he is approximately 3 years old. I love this dog and Tony and I would adopt him ourselves, but we already have six dogs and our trailer isn't big enough to house one more dog.

After Clovis' former best friend had left, the rescue ranch, Tony and I spent about an hour with Clovis, so he could get to know us. And about two hours later, I grabbed some "people food sausages" from our refrigerator and my camera and then I went back outside to spend more time with Clovis

As soon as I stepped inside Clovis' pen, I let him see the sausages and then I asked him to "Sit." Clovis immediately sat with his tail wagging big-time. I tore all a pice of sausage and tossed it to him and he caught it in the air! Then I continued to make him sit, on command and tossed him about 20 pieces of sausage and he never missed catching all of them. So to say the least, Clovis is a super-dog.
Clovis knows several commands, he calm and his former owner told me that he is great with all dogs, kids, cats, people, etc.

And since Chet and Willie are leaving tomorrow to get back, to Terlingua, to play a gig, at the La Kiva, Thursday night. This is a short post, so we can spend the rest of this evening visiting with Chet. But before I go, here are four pictures of this incredibly great dog that I took earlier today.


Y'all have a great evening and keep on laughing!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

In A Perfect World! or Mending Fences!

Today and the last few day have been great. First off, Kinky will finally be back, at the ranch, tomorrow after his three-week long tour, in Australia. And I can't wait to tell him that Jim aka The Mineral Man told me that he heard back from his friends, in Australia, that attended Kinky's concert as Kinky's guests.  Jim said, "My friends had a wonderful time at the concert. They said that Kinky was great and he even mentioned my name and talked about me while up on stage. And Kinky was so nice to them he even had a complimentary bottle of wine sent to their table for them enjoy..."

A few weeks ago, after spending, about 6 -7 months researching all kinds of wood burning stoves, I purchased an American Made cast-iron wood burning stove, at Home Depot, to heat our trailer or my cabin, because we want to get off-grid.

This Pleasant Hearth wood burning stove is EPA approved for mobile homes or manufactured homes, too and it will heat up to 1,200 square feet.

And about ten days after after getting the wood burning stove, my off-grid friend told me about also considering buying an Eco-Fan, because all of her off-grid friends use them. Even though our wood burning stove came with an electric blower, I asked her to please send me a link to the one that she uses. And after reading how incredible great these eco-fans are I purchased one, too.

Because this three pound, EPA approved, heat powered fan drives heat into your entire house or trailer without electricity. And there is no big noisy blower. It is whisper-quiet and it comes with a 10 YEARS LIMITED MANUFACTURE WARRANTY!

Now I want to show you this adorable dish towel that I love, because our dear friend/volunteer, Suzanne, gave it to me. She told me that it was not a birthday present either, because a month ago, when she was shopping, she saw it, and she said, "When I saw it—it had Nancy written all over it. I meant to give it to you sooner, but I kept forgetting to bring it to you" And when I showed the dish towel to Tony he loved it, too and he suggested that I not use it and get it framed instead. Which I am thinking about doing.

Friday morning when Suzanne and our other great friends/volunteers came out they walked our dogs for us and then all of us went to the Apple Store to eat lunch and to also celebrate my birthday. Sweet Eileen brought the cake and party plates, etc. And after we ate our delicious lunch they lit the four, long, pink candles, on my beautiful, delicious, chocolate birthday cake. 

And after they sang happy birthday to me I blew out the candles. Then these tall, thin, pink candles lit up again and again, so I finally gave up trying to blow them out and laughed and then plucked them out of the cake and put the flames out permanently, by sticking the lighted ends, into the side of the cake. And to say the least about my birthday party that they threw for me is it was so much fun and I loved their cards.

This morning two of our great friends/volunteers, Jim "The Mineral Man" and Eileen were a part of the famous, annual, downtown, Kerrville parade. Tony and I really wanted to go to the parade to see Eileen, dressed up in her famous bat-suit and to also see Jim riding, on the Hill Country Shriners Club float, but we couldn't go, because on Saturdays we always have our open-house to the Public, from 10:00 - 3:00. But the good news is that, after the parade, Jim & Kris sent me these pictures.

It is now 6:20 and I just took a short, fifteen minute break, to go help Tony mend a fence and now I am back to finish writing tonight's post and it is about Lori Darlin' who Tony rescued, from the pound, a few weeks ago.

Three days after her arrival here, Lori quit eating, so we immediately took her to Hoegemeryer Animal Clinic, because we were scared that she had Parvo, because she was so anemic. Anyway, when Dr. Craig Janssen saw her, he immediately put her of fluids and meds. When he came out to the lobby, he said the P-word and he told us that it would take about four or five days to treat her. So we were sad about her having Parvo and we left empty-handed and came home.

The good news is it only took two days for her to fully recover, so, on that Friday we picked Lori Darlin' up and brought her back home with us and we were given special feeding instructions for her.

So yesterday, late afternoon, we returned Lori Darlin' to Hoegemeyer Animal Clinic, for a full check up and to receive her first puppy shots. And the reason that the first time when we took Lori Darlin' to the vet clinic they told us that she was too anemic and weak to get them. And the good news is this sweet little, three-month-old pup has been given a clean bill of health and she is healthier than ever! And she and Henry Standing Bear have become the best of friends. They play constantly.

Lori still needs to get a fabulous, forever home and if any of y'all can help her find it faster than us, then please spread the word and know that she is now totally house broken and she is crate trained. And she has learned how to get along with other dogs of all sizes, including Little Debbie and Big Al(ice). And here is a picture of her that I took earlier this afternoon. She is very smart and as sweet as she can be.

Y'all have a great evening and keep on laughing!

P.S. Just to show you how big Lori Darlin' is this is a picture with her and Belle and little Big Al(ice)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Crazy, Son Of A ^*&@^!

Today has been great, because I spent the afternoon with my super sweet sister, in Fredericksburg. Cindy had called me a few days ago and we made a date, because she wanted to treat me to lunch, in Fredtown, to celebrate my birthday.

When met up, in the Walmart parking lot, like we always do. After I had hopped into her car we decided to go eat lunch first, at a restaurant that we've never tried before. Then we took off to go find a parking space in downtown Fredericksburg.

Our plan was to walk around first, because I wanted to get a little exercise, so I wouldn't feel guilty about eating a delicious lunch, because I have been really trying to lose some unwanted pounds that  have found me lately and they won't let go of me no matter how hard I try.

Anyway our intentions were good, but we did not have to go very far at all, because unknowingly my sister had found a great parking space, on Llano Street, that was very close to the main shopping district.

And when we got out of her vehicle, we looked up and realized that she had unknowingly parked her car, in front of the Sozial Haus restaurant, a place that we've never eaten at before.

And as we stood there looking at this charming restaurant, that had great vibes and had great music playing, outside on the patio, a very friendly, nice man walked outside and greeted us, before he took off to go wait on a table, on the patio.

So we decided to eat lunch there. We were laughing about all the great exercise that we had just gotten when we decided to eat out, on the patio, because Van Morrison had just started singing one of our favorite Van-the-Man songs, Tupelo Honey. 

Then the same man came over to our table and handed us our menus and told us about their Daily Specials and then he asked us what we wanted to drink. And a few minutes later, since I am trying so hard to watch my weight I ordered their Daily Special—Chicken Pot Pie and Cindy ordered their Fiesta Salad. (Please note that my sweet, older sister has always been much, much smarter than me and she also has more will-power than me. And I personally think it is because she was the first born.)

While we waited to be served our lunch Cindy and I laughed and we talked non-stop, like we always do when we get together, because we are best friends. When this super nice waiter served us our lunch, I had been telling her about this incredibly great CEE LO & Prince Live in NYC YouTube video that I absolutely love, because the music and the beat and the energy always immediately lifts my spirit and makes me want to start dancing. "And the name of the song is Crazy and after a few minutes of CEE LO singing it, Prince appears on stage and," I said. 

"Here's your order, ladies," our waiter said. And then Cindy's and my eyes got real big, as we stared at the delicious-looking food that he had just placed in front of us. "Can I get you anything else? Okay, then Enjoy." Then he walked away.

"Nance, look at this fabulous salad..." 

Feeling guilty, I looked at it and sort of admitted, "I should have ordered that, too." Knowing that I couldn't wait to sink my dentures into the most beautiful Chicken Pot Pie that I've ever seen.

We enjoyed our delicious lunch so much that we both agreed that the Sozial Haus restaurant has the best Fiesta Salad and Chicken Pot Pie, on this Planet. 

Before we left, I asked our waiter what his name was and Ryan told me and then I asked him to please pose for me too, so I could put him in tonight's blog. "Thank you very much, Ryan. You're a great waiter and we love the Sozial Haus restaurant and their delicious food."

And then I took this picture of the Sozial Haus happy hour card that was on our table. And just so you'll know, their address is: 107 S. Llano and they serve lunch and dinner.

Before Cindy and I left a woman walked past us on the sidewalk and then she turned around and said, "Nancy! I'm Karen." I immediately recognized Tony's and my friend, because she is the woman who had told us about juicing and she had highly recommended that we get that great juice recipe book, the big book of juices by Natalie Savona. Which we did.

Anyway, Cindy and I had a fun visit with her and I was so thankful that Ryan had earlier removed my nearly licked-clean Chicken Pot Pie platter, before she saw what I had eaten. And before we adios-ed each other, she asked me to please tell Tony how much she enjoys and loves his outstanding nature photographs, on Facebook and then she gave me her newest juice recipe—Oranges, Carrots & Fresh Dill.

Then when we were about to leave, again the song Son Of A Preacher Man started playing and I immediately recognized it, but neither Cindy or I could remember who was singing it. So, we asked Ryan, and he wasn't sure either, so he asked his friend, "Who is singing that song?"

His young friend, paused to listen, and then said, "That's Janis. Janis Joplin." But Cindy and I didn't think so. So after they walked away, from our table, I pulled out my iPhone and quickly asked Siri the same question. And after a pause to listen, she said, "That is Dusty Springfield, but please don't ask me to sing it for you." And that made us laugh, because Siri was absolutely right about who was singing it.

After lunch Cindy and I went directly to one of our favorite stores—Dogologie and we both purchased a few things that we (our dogs) had to have. And as we were leaving this super cool store, I saw these flyers about the dog friendly restaurants, in Fredericksburg and picked up one for me and one for Cindy.

Then we shopped around a few more shops and I ended up buying a cute, super cool, Twinkle Bright Tree, at the Christmas Store. Then we went back to the Walmart parking lot and adios-ed each other.

On my way back home, I stopped, at the little H-E-B, in Kerrville and picked up several bags of carrots, oranges and fresh dill, so I could make Karen's new juice recipe.

And when I got home, after Tony and our four-legged family greeted me, I made this short video, so I could always remember my wonderful day that I had spent with my sister, in Fredericksburg.

Y'all have a great evening and keep on laughing!

P.S. Does  Sozial mean social?

Monday, October 17, 2016

My Blue Mountain Birthday!

Today has been a great day and I want to thank everyone for all of their sweet letters, cards, phone calls and their posts, on Facebook, wishing me a happy birthday. I appreciate all of you for taking the time today, because y'all have truly touched my heart.

I've decided to name this 65th birthday My Blue Mountain Birthday, because early this morning my dear friend Jim, in California, sent me the this thoughtful birthday e-card message and it was so sweet I actually teared up watching it, because I love it so much. So, I want to share it with y'all, so you too can send it to your dog-loving friends on their birthdays.

And please note that before you click on this special Blue Mountain e-card that Jim sent to me, please know that it will take about 10 seconds to load, before this beautiful, short video begins. And I promise you that is worth the wait in gold.

And now I am going to go enjoy the rest of my Blue Mountain birthday.

Y'all have a great evening and keep on laughing!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Morrison Hotel!

Two weeks ago, about an hour before Kinky took off to do his Australian tour, our good friend Jim aka "The Mineral Man" helped Kinky solve a problem with Echo Hill's Internet connection.

Kinky really appreciated Jim's help, so he told Jim, "As soon as I get back to the ranch I want to take you out to lunch to thank you for fixing the problem."

Jim told him it was no big deal and that it wasn't necessary and that he was just glad to fix it for him. But Kinky insisted on taking Jim to lunch, because it had been a big deal for Kinky's guests that visit him, at the ranch. Then Jim had an idea.

"Kinky, I have some really great Australian friends that are huge fans of yours and I know they would love to attend one of your shows."

"Not a problem, Jim," Kinky remarked. "Give me their names and I will gladly put them on my guest list..." They had made a deal that made both of them happy and me, too.

So right about now, Jim's good friends: Caroline and daughter Jocelyn (Joc) and Kath & Gary are enjoying Kinky's performance, at the Morrison Hotel's famous Naked Whiskey Bar's "Welcome to Morrisville—American Festival."

So this evening (Friday, the 14th after talking with Kris & Jim today) as I finish writing this and have it scheduled to post for Saturday, 5:01AM, Texas Time.) Jim & Kris and Tony and I want to say, "Howdy" to Jim's great Down Under friends: Kath & Gary and Joc and Caroline and we hope that y'all had a total blast meeting Kinky and enjoying the show! And we hope that y'all will come to Texas to visit Jim & Kris, so that Tony and I and our great volunteers, at Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch  can meet y'all, too!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Cowgirl In The Sand! or Don't Tell Mama!

The past few days were not so great, because I've been watching too much news about this polarizing, negative, upcoming presidential election and I let it had totally upset me or should I say depressed me. And on top of that just about everyone I know, who are on both political sides have told me that this election has them depressed, too.

So last night when I couldn't sleep once again, because of this upcoming, presidential election—I sat up, in bed and vowed out loud that,"I am going to stop watching anything more that has to do with this election."

Of course, I said it to deaf ears, because Tony and our dogs were all sleeping soundly, except for Henry Standing Bear, so at least Henry heard me.

And yes, I am admitting it and not very proud of it, but I intend to be a "cowgirl (whose head is) in the sand" because enough is enough of this total nonsense.

So today has been great, because I am no longer having anything more to do with the alarming, Late Breaking Bad News about this election. But I promise to vote. So I've said enough and now I shall step down from my soapbox, because I don't want to be spreading any more negativity around.

Now for some good news. This morning our good friend Jim aka "The Mineral Man" sent me an e-mail about Little Jewford. Not our miniature donkey that I, long ago, named Little Jewford, but our good friend Little Jewford who is always helping out our rescue ranch. And when I looked at the attachment Jim had sent that put an even bigger smile on my face.

I wish so bad that Tony and I could go to Little Jewford's concert, in New York City, because he is one of the funniest comedians that I've ever met and on top of that he is an incredibly great pianist.

I have been so lucky to have shared the stage with Little Jewford on several occasions. In fact, back in late October 2006, I was at the Texas Book Festival, in Austin, sharing the stage with Little Jewford and Kinky, because Kinky and I had both been invited to speak there, because Kinky had written a new book and I had written The Road To Utopia: How Kinky, Tony & I Saved More Animals Than Noah that was published by the University of Texas Press.

Anyway, as soon as the three of us got up on stage to talk to the crowd, Little Jewford instantly broke the ice for us and had the whole crowd, including Kinky and me, laughing within seconds. And Little Jewford kept them laughing, in between Kinky doing a reading and then me doing a reading. It was so much fun and it will be something that I will never forget.

So if any of you New Yorkers are reading this now, I urge you to get your tickets early, because I know this will be another one of Little Jewford's sell-out shows. And that is about it for tonight.

P.S. Here's some more good news. That sweet, female German Shepherd pup that I recently wrote about was adopted to a great family, at Hoegemeyer Animal Clinic, just a few hours after we had met her and had taken her picture!

Y'all have a great evening and keep on laughing! And if you can't laugh then please go to Little Jewford's Don't Tell Mama NYC!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Meat Loaf! or Henry Was Here, Too!

Today has been great. This morning a very nice woman called me about if we could help a stray, female German Shepherd pup that had showed up at their home. Unfortunately, I told her that we were full, but I would gladly try to help it find a great home.

The woman also told me that she and her husband had just dropped off the pup, at Hoegemeyer Animal Clinic to get shots, etc. and she told me that  Susan had recommended that they contact us.
"We have to go to Hoegemeyer's later this afternoon to pick up a refill of Roy Rogers' arthritis medicine," I told her. "And we'll be sure to check her out and take pictures, so I can blog about it tonight."

So after we had picked up some trash bags, at the Home Depot, we went to Hoegemeyer Animal Clinic. When we walked inside the clinic, Susan was talking on the phone, so a sweet vet-tech stood up and greeted us, "Here's Roy's pills" she said, as she handed the blue bottle to me. "She's gone to get the sweet German Shepherd, right now, so you can take some pictures of her."

Seconds later, another nice vet-tech walked into the lobby with this beautiful pup. "We think she is between six months to a year old and she is very sweet." The anxious pup looked a little bit stressed out, due to so many life event changes, so it was difficult for met to take a picture of her with my iPhone.

So the woman who was waiting to pick up her dog moved in to help me try to get a decent picture of this beautiful German Shepherd.

After the nice woman helped me, they returned this sweet German Shepherd pup to the kennel. (Please note that Susan is still talking on the phone about a patient.) Then a young woman walked into the lobby, probably picking up her pet, too.

When Susan hung up the phone as we were leaving the clinic, she stood up, and said, "Nancy, wait. We need to show you the German Shepherd, so you can take pictures of her."

All of us in the lobby chuckled, because Susan had been so busy helping a pet owner, she hadn't noticed all of the commotion, of us trying to get a decent picture. "We've already done that," I told her.

Susan laughed, and said, "Okay?" then she paused, and said, "But, you need to know that the couple who dropped her off, asked us to tell you that a woman is coming soon to look at her, because she is interested in the pup."

"That's great news," I said. "And if she doesn't want to adopt her please ask Marguerite to come check her out."

"So you want her to shoot me?" Susan joked, because she knows that sweet Marguerite has such a big heart. And in the past, Marguerite has already adopted four dogs from us, that we had left, at the clinic, to get vetted."

"Better you than me," I jokingly shot back, as Tony I left the building.

A few minutes later, after Tony had dropped me off, in front of the big H-E-B, I heard a familiar voice half-holler, "Hey, Nancy!" I stopped and saw Jim aka "The Mineral Man" walking up to meet me.

After we grabbed our shopping carts, we followed each other inside and stopped to visit, at the Halloween candy display that looked so good we each picked up a sack of candy and put them in our shopping carts. 

We had a fun, but short visit and the last thing I asked Jim before adios-ing each other was, "What are you cooking for dinner tonight?"

"Meat loaf," Jim replied, as we took off in different directions with me wandering what his meat loaf recipe was, because he is such a fabulous, award-winning cook. And as I put a large pack of Bounty paper towels, into my basket, which took up most of the room, in my grocery cart, I decided that I would ask him for his meat loaf recipe, so I can steal that one from him, too.

As I wind up this post tonight I want to share with you Henry Standing Bear's latest home-demolition bedroom project, that commenced, in the wee hours of this morning, while we slept. I have come up with two titles for it and I'm not sure which one is my favorite: Henry Was Here, Too! or What "Wood" Henry Do!

Y'all have a great evening and keep on laughing!