Tuesday, November 25, 2014

No Longer Strapless!

Today has been great. This morning when Tony got back home, from drinking coffee with his friends, at The Old Timer, in Medina, he and I started preparing our (Joe Cross') Mean Green juice and I decided to photograph it.

This healthy, tasty juice recipe ingredients include: celery stalks, kale, apples, cucumber, lemon and ginger and we added carrots to ours. After we had put all of the required ingredients, on the pastry board, we divided them in half, because the juice nearly over flowed yesterday morning. Probably because of the carrots.

After I made mine first, I took a picture of the delicious, super healthy juice.

And then I took these pictures of Tony preparing his juice.

Then we clinked our juice glasses together and drank to our health.

This afternoon, we had to go to Kerrville, to run several errands. And one of our stops was at Stan's. He's our good friend that owns The Melody Corner music store, so I could buy a strap for B.B. King, my new, awesome Telecaster electric guitar.

We had a fun visit with Stan while I checked out his guitar strap's display and had finally picked out the perfect one and had purchased it. Then we came back home.

As soon as we had put up our last minute needed Thanksgiving groceries and our fruits and veggies for our juices, I put my pretty, pink guitar strap on B.B. and took this picture of him fully dressed.

Then I practiced playing the scales, that Jesse had taught me, for about forty minutes, on my no longer strapless, electric guitar. 

Early this evening, I went over to the Lodge and had a fun visit with Kinky. And that's about it for tonight, except for some very exciting news—Netflix has picked up Longmire and there is going to be a fourth season! So life is good, once again and I am so thankful that we don't have to go grocery shopping tomorrow for our Thanksgiving dinner. 

Y'all have a great evening!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Ruth Buzzi Rules! or Ten Days And Counting! or Almost Ready To Go!

This past Thursday, Tony and I went over to Kinky's lodge, around 5:00, so Tony could take a short video of Kinky and me saluting our dear friend Ruth Buzzi, for an upcoming Tribute to Ruth Buzzi, that was held for her, this past weekend.

Ours was to be a secret video, at the time and Ruthie knew nothing about her sweet husband Kent, Kinky, Tony and me doing it, along with many of her famous celebrity friends, such as Willie Nelson, that were all sending in their video tributes, too. We did this video in just one take and it is short, but because I am technology challenged or just plain stupid, it took me several hours of frustration trying to figure out how to reduce its gigantic 335 megabyte size, so I could get it to Kent, so he could pass it on to sweet Tara and then she could pass it on to the video editor. You can check our video out, on YouTube by clicking: We Love Ruth Buzzi, Too!

Saturday evening, I watched two fabulous documentaries, back-to-back, on Netflix. The first one was Burt's Buzz and it was about the life of Burt Shavitz, the co-founder of Burt's Bees' products. Then I watched Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead by Joe Cross and it inspired me so much, it has and is going to change Tony's and my lifestyle food choices.

So Sunday morning, right after we did our morning chores outside, we went to Belk's, in Kerrville, so I could buy us a juicer and buy some organic vegetables, at the big H-E-B, on Main Street, because I could not wait to start juicing, once again.

Many years ago, Tony and I juiced everyday for at least two years, until we purchased Jaws, our fabulous Vitamix machine. I held on to our juicer for a couple of years and I stored it in our bedroom closet aka The Wine Cellar aka Hazel's Hangout and our clothes. And a few years back, I finally feng-shued it and gave it to the Salvation Army with no regrets until I watched Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. Here's what we bought!

And this is where it now lives. On the second shelf, above my red, hand-painted "May The Dog of Your Choice Bless You" sign, near the refrigerator.

Today has been a great day. This morning, before we went outside to do our chores, I asked Tony to please watch Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, with me, because I knew this informative documentary would inspire him, too. 

Before we watched this great documentary, Tony and I made the Joe Cross' "Mean Green" detox juice recipe, that Joe drinks, in the film and it was surprisingly delicious. Then we sipped our super healthy juice while we watched Joe and Phil shed hundreds of pounds, by only juicing vegetables and fruits. And after we watched it, Tony was as inspired as me.

This afternoon Tony and I went to Randy's & Lisa's Save Inn restaurant, because we were going to eat lunch with Kinky and Donna Hatch. All of us love Donna. She is one of the most upbeat people we know and because she is always ready for a laugh. So needless to say, "We laughed throughout our delicious meal.

At one point in our fun conversation, I told Kinky and Donna about us watching Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. Donna seemed really interested and wanted to know more, so I said, "Donna, I am seriously thinking about doing Joe's ten day juice fast and starting it the day after Thanksgiving. In fact, that's why I'm eating this chicken-fried steak today." 

"Let's do it together!" Donna said. "It will be more fun and we can help each other not fall off of the wagon."

"It says the first three days are the hardest," I warned.

"I know we can do it!" Then we talked about our upcoming "ten days and counting" juicing experiment. And that is about it for tonight.

Y'all have a great evening!

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Happy Thanksgiving!

Yesterday was great. After we did our morning chores outside Tony and I decided that we would go to the big H-E-B, in Kerrville, to buy the "people food" for our rescued dog's annual, upcoming Thanksgiving dinner. Then Kinky called me to ask if we wanted to meet him for lunch, in Kerrville.

Around 12:50, Tony and I walked into Wolfmueller's Books backdoor and greeted Sandy, who was busy working on her computer. After howdies and hugs, I told her, "We're meeting Kinky for lunch, at Conchita's and we would love for you and Jon to join us." Then we saw Kinky walk inside their front door and wave to us, in the back room.

At 1:00, Kinky, Tony and I crossed Main Street and then we went inside the popular Mexican food cafe, that actually offers "The Kinky Plate." Right after we had sat down, at our table, we saw our good friend, Kathy, walk inside the cafe. And after greetings we invited her to join us for lunch.

Kathy is the sweet wife of Dr. Craig Janssen, who owns Hoegemeyer Animal Clinic. She is a very pretty, upbeat, interesting, an ice skater and funny lady. After writing this last sentence, I have just realized that this sounds like I am am trying to adopt Kathy out and find her a good home, like I do with our rescued dogs, but I'm not because Kathy and Craig already have a great home. Anyway, our lunch with Kinky and Kathy was delicious and it was a lot of fun and filled with non-stop laughing. In other words, we were the loudest table.

When it was time to leave, Kathy insisted on treating all of us to lunch and before we adios-ed one another she gave me a hundred-dollar-bill and said, "Craig and I want you to use this money to help pay for your dog's annual Thanksgiving dinner. We thanked Kathy and asked her to thank Craig for us.
Then we adios-ed each other and then took off in different directions.

Tony and I jaywalked across Main Street and then went in the Wolfmueller's Books backdoor again, so we could visit with Sandy & Jon. And seconds later, while in the back of the bookstore with Sandy, we saw Kinky walk once again walk inside the bookstore's front door. When he saw us he started laughing and he joked, "We've got to quit meeting like this!" Then the five of us had a short, but fun visit, before we went to the big H-E-B store.

On the way to H-E-B, I told Tony, "That was so nice of Kathy and Craig wanting to help sponsor our dog's dinner. Kris and Jim have already offered to pay for the whole thing, so I guess you will need to pay first with the hundred dollar bill and then write a check for the remainder amount. Let's use two grocery carts and follow each other around the store, so I can get our stuff and you can get the dog's dinner..." And that's exactly what we did. Here is a picture of the receipt and total amount for our dog's Thanksgiving dinner and their people food.

When we were putting our groceries inside Buttermilk, I asked Tony how much the dog's dinner had cost and when he told me, I said, "Great, I can't wait to see Kris and Jim tomorrow and tell them about Kathy's and Craig's donation and that it will only cost them $47.97!"

Today has been great. June and Jim were the only friends/volunteers that came out today to walk our dogs and after they walked our dogs and handed our dog treats we went to the Koyote Grill for lunch, because Kris and Jim were going to meet us there.

After Tony and I placed our order, I went over to the table and told Kris and Jim that Craig and Kathy Janssen had given us $100.00 to help pay for our dog's annual Thanksgiving dinner and that the remaining amount was only $47.97. They told me they would write us a check for it.

Then June, unaware of what we had been talking about, came over to the table and sat down. "Nancy, I want to make a small donation for the dog's Thanksgiving dinner." Then she handed me three $20.00 bills. 

Then I joked to Kris and Jim, "Looks like y'all aren't going to have to pay for anything," I laughed and so did Kris and Jim. "June, we're not laughing at you and thank you very much..." Then I told her the dog's thanksgiving dinner donation story, how Kris and Jim had offered to pay for all of it and Kathy and Craig's $100.00 donation and that made her laugh, too.

"Well good," June said. "I'm glad I could help, too."

"Nancy," Jim said. "Let Kris and me pay for the dog's Christmas dinner. Okay?"

"I don't know?" I teased. "If things keep going like this, y'all might not ever get to pay for anything..."

As I finish writing this, it is nearly 4:00. I decided to write earlier than usual, because while we were up at Koyote, earlier today, we ran into our dear friend Jesse, the fabulously talented guitar player and his sweet daughter, that live across the highway from us. And Kris and Jim and Tony and I had a fun visit with them outside, in the parking lot, before we all adios-ed each other and drove away.

While we were stopped at the mailboxes and Tony was getting our mail out of our mailbox, Jesse and his daughter pulled up along side us, on Jesse's awesome Harley. "Nancy, I really want to check out your new electric guitar," Jesse said. "Do y'all have any plans for tonight?"

"We have no plans," I said.

"I hate to ask this, but would it be alright if Delores and me come over tonight?"

"Sure. That sounds great. I've named my new electric B.B. and maybe you can give me a short guitar lesson on how to play The Thrill Is Gone?..." 

And that is the reason why I am posting this now, because Jesse and Delores are coming over to see us and meet B.B., around 6:00 and I need to clean up The Cabin, so it doesn't look like Tony and I live here.

P.S. I almost forgot to tell you, that Jim told me that when they were at Hoegemeyers, Monday, he and Kathy Janssen were visiting and he mentioned to her that they were coming out here, Thanksgiving morning, to help prepare and feed our rescued dogs their annual home-(trailer) cooked Thanksgiving dinner and that's how Kathy knew about it.

Y'all have a great evening!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Bill's Signature Dish!

Today has been great. This afternoon Tony and I went to Kerrville to buy groceries and a bottle of whiskey and to pick up Dude, that dog we rescued that belonged to that homeless young man, trying to get back to his parent's home, in California.

At the big H-E-B, with the exception of whiskey, I filled my shopping cart with all of the ingredients needed to make Ree Drummod's Peach-Whiskey Chicken recipe. Her easy to make, delicious recipe is on the Food Network, courtesy of Ree Drummond. So click on: Peach-Whiskey Chicken to check it out, because it has a Five-Star rating on the Food Network.

I luckily found out about Ree Drummond's Peach-Whiskey Chicken recipe, because of my dear friend Carol. When she told me that it was Bill's signature dish and how much she loved it and Bill, I knew I had to try the recipe

When I made it for Chet, Kinky and Tony they loved it more than me, because they all got second servings. Anyway, I hope that y'all will try it, because I promise you that it will become your favorite recipe, too.

Before we went to Hoegemeyers we stopped, at Spec's liquor store, so I could buy the whiskey for the recipe. And when I was paying the cashier, a woman standing behind me tapped my shoulder and loudly said, "Trust me. This woman is way over twenty-one-years-old." Then our dear friend, Gerri laughed, the cashier laughed, the people in line behind me and I laughed.

"Yes, it's true," I joked back, as the cashier handed me my bottle of booze, in a sack. "And this woman is way over the legal drinking age, too! Good grief, Gerri! It is so good to see you. How are you and Don doing?...."

When we arrived at Hoegemeyer Animal Clinic, I told Susan, "We're here to pick up Dude, but I want to change his name."

"I knew you would," Susan said, followed by a chuckle. "What's his new name?"

"I won't know until we meet him. I'll tell you in just a minute." Then we followed Robin to the kennels, in the back of the clinic, so we could meet him.

Oh my gosh, this great, once homeless dog, instantly stole my heart. His eyes are what did it for me, because they were full of love. Then Robin told us that he is really cool around other dogs, extremely sweet, but he does need to be leash trained. Then Robin showed us Daisy, a dog that we also rescued last week, from a man losing his battle with cancer, with little time left.

Last week this gentleman told me that Daisy had showed up at his place and she looked like she had been hit by a car, because she had a hard time getting to her feet. He told me that she was a sweet dog, but due to his medical costs he could not afford to take her to a vet and there is more to Daisy's story, but not for tonight, due to time.

She is a lovely, sweet dog, but because she needs three expensive, upcoming surgeries, because she was hit by a car, she is going to have to stay, at the clinic, for a while. Here is a picture of Daisy that he had e-mailed to me earlier. She is only one-year-old and is as sweet as she can be.

When Tony and I returned to the lobby, I told Susan, "His new name is B.B. King!" That made Susan laugh as she changed it on B.B.'s rabies certificate. "And because we already have a Daisy, I'm changing her name to Bonnie Raitt." Susan and the people, in the lobby, chuckled. Tony didn't laugh, because he wasn't there, because he had gone to the rest room.

"Robin and I knew that you would change her name too," Susan teased. "Bonnie Raitt is a great name for her." Then we watched B.B. King literally drag Robin, out the front door. "Let me help you, Robin!" I half-hollered. Then I turned around and joked, "Better her than me." Then I left the building, to go help Robin load B.B. into a crate.

Mr. King road great, inside his crate, in the Expedition aka Buttermilk. Before Tony put him in a temporary pen, I tried to take some quick pictures of B.B., but he was so excited, because some of our dogs were barking at him, I didn't get a good picture of him, but I promise I will in the next few days.

Before we drove on up to The Cabin, I took this picture of Springsteen and Katee Sackhoff together at last, in their pen, because they had been the welcoming committee that greeted B.B. King, to the rescue ranch.

After we put up our groceries, I started cooking the Peach-Whiskey Chicken recipe, for tomorrow's lunch, because I do that often, so we will have a, warmed, delicious meal awaiting us, when we finish up our chores outside.

I had just started browning the chicken when Carol called me. "Carol, I am putting you on Speaker Phone, because I have just started cooking Bill's signature dish..." We had a really fun visit, filled with laughter, that lasted as long as it took me to put the foil over the Peach-Whiskey Chicken dish and slide it into the 300 degrees oven, to bake for one and a half hours. And that is about it for tonight. I wish y'all could join us for lunch tomorrow.

Y'all have a great evening!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Meet & Greet Update!

I have two successful meet & greet updates to report. Longmire and Ringo are now together and they are best friends. And Katee Sackhoff is now living with Springstein and they love each other! Life is good at the rescue ranch.

Meet & Greet!

Today has already been great and it is still early! This morning, at 10:45, Katherine and Erin adopted Buddy, our super sweet dog that we called, The Ambassador, because we always try to put new rescued dogs with him, because he is so great with other dogs.

After Katherine and Erin adopted Buddy, I took this picture of them and with them putting a brand new dog collar on Buddy.

Before Sandy & Garnet's sweet daughter and granddaughter put Buddy into their car, I bent down and told Buddy how lucky he was and he looked up and kissed my cheek, which made me tear up, because I love this dog so much and am so happy for him getting a great home. But my tears quickly disappeared when Katherine told me about how well Ginger was doing with Garnet and Sandy's two other dogs and what a great dog she is.

After we adios-ed Buddy, Katherine and Erin they drove away, then Tony jumped into Kermit and drove away, too. And seconds later, Kermit and Tony returned with Longmire, in Tony's arms, because earlier this week, we had planned on putting Longmire, in the alley, next to Ringo Starr's pen, after Buddy got adopted, so they could meet & greet and hopefully become future running buddies.

The two, sweet fellas hit it off instantly with their tails wagging non-stop, so probably in just a few hours we will put Longmire in with Ringo.

Finally, the sun is shining brightly outside, thank goodness and with Buddy's SUPER ADOPTION this morning, this has already been a wonderful day for us. 

Y'all have a wonderful day, too!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

We Are Family!

Friday and today have been great, but not very eventful. Basically, all I've done is do my morning chores outside, catch up on the paperwork, phone calls, cook, do the laundry, mess around with B.B., my new electric Telecaster, and get some more writing done on my third novella. And because there hasn't been any sunshine for the past several days, I've had the blahs, because I'm one of those people that requires sunshiny days.

Friday morning when I was checking my e-mail, Garnet sent me a picture of Ginger with their other two dogs: Bear and Lola, that really lifted my spirits, because if a dog we adopt out comes back to us, it will usually happen within the first few days. Garnet titled this cute picture, We Are Family! And I totally love it, because it truly says it all and it makes me so happy for Ginger that she has her a forever home.

Late this afternoon Tony and I had to go to the Home Depot, in Kerrville and we didn't really want to, but we had to, because Tony's wooden toilet seat, in his bathroom, down the hallway, broke in half. On our way there I teased Tony about his broken toilet seat, and I said, "Now, you know how I feel when you forget to lower the seat for me." He didn't laugh, but I did, because I thought it was funny.

After he picked out his new wooden toilet seat, that comes with a three-year warranty, just like his old one did, that lasted him ten years, we went to their garden section and bought some beautiful Pansies to put in Outer Space. And that cheered me up, because I was tired of looking at toilet seats.

Then we went to the little H-E-B and bought a few groceries and on our way back to Trigger, we saw our good friends Dick and Elaine, in the parking lot and we had a fun visit with them. We did a lot of laughing and I sure needed that. 

So tonight, as I finish writing this, Tony is in his /guest bathroom, happily installing his new wooded toilet seat. And I bet you, that in just a few minutes, he will ask me to come admire his new reseated throne. Which, of course, I will do, but I won't be bringing my camera along, because this kind of stuff is personal—something that you don't want the whole world to know about.

Tomorrow morning, Garnet's and Sandy's sweet daughter is coming out to adopt Buddy and we are thrilled for Buddy even though we're going to miss him. So I guess I could say, "Life is good," even though I'm fixing to go admire Tone's throne.

Y'all have a great evening!