Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Concerned Citizen!

Today has been great and I have some good news and some bad news to tell y'all. This will definitely be a short read, because of "The Finger."

First with the bad news. This bad news is today a very nice couple, from Kerrville, came out with their two, nicely-behaved boys to check out our dogs. Tony went outside to greet them first. And then I went out to greet them one minute later. But if I'd know what was going to happen next—I would have stayed inside and watched from the window, in Tony's man-cave.

There I was all smiles, when I walked up to this friendly couple. "Hi. Welcome to our rescue ranch!" I said. And I meant it too, because I instantly liked this great family. "Hi. I'm Nancy."

"Hi," the smiling husband said to me. "This is my wife Dallas and these are our..." Then he stuck out his hand to shake my hand. So without thinking I grabbed his hand to shake it and that was a huge mistake on my part, because he gripped my hand so tightly that my painful, partially-wooden-finger ached with shooting pain. It was so bad that I almost fainted or at least I came very close to it, but I hid my discomfort from them. Bottom   Line: I'll never shake hands again, until "The Finger" is wood-free.

Okay, the good news is this sweet, dog-loving-family fell in love with Donny Osmond and after they get back from their vacation, around the first of August—they are coming back and going to adopt him! So I guess you could say, "That painful handshake was well worth it."

After this nice family left to go home, Tony and I returned to The Cabin and Carlton was flashing, on top of the breakfast bar. So I pushed Carlton's button, and heard this nice woman say, "Hi Nancy. You don't have to call me back. My doctor friend told me that you need to soak your finger as much as possible to get the splinters to come out—using tweezers....or you might have to go to a doctor and have them cut it out...." And on hearing the word doctor—my smile turned upside down.

Tony and I did not recognize the concerned citizen or her phone number. So if you are the nice person who called me with this helpful information, while we were outside—I sincerely thank you.

As I finish writing this afternoon, so Tony and I can go, to Kerrville, to buy dog food and to get a few groceries, etc. I've decided that when we get back home I am going to put some of our Elmer's Wood Glue, on "The Finger." Then after it has dried I am hoping it will help me pull out the splinters. So please wish me luck.

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

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Finger! or Painful Pricks!

Today has been great even though I am having incredible pain trying to type this post, so expect it to be a short read.

Yesterday when I was over at the property, putting stain on some more wood, because I have to do that first before I begin painting the wood and then finishing it off by distressing it. And I am now thinking of letting Henry Standing Bear help me distress it, because he's done such a fine job gnawing up our wooden furniture.

Anyway, I was all happy when I started staining the lumber, because I had cranked up my Bose and I was listening to some of my favorite JJ Cale & Eric Clapton music. In fact, I was actually listening to this incredibly great YouTube 2007 JJ Cale & Eric Clapton sound check video, before their live performance, in San Diego.

As, JJ & Clapton were playing and doing a sound check for Anyway the Wind Blows my pink boots were tapping the ground non-stop to their awesome beat. Literally, I was almost dancing outside, under the shade of a pretty tree, as I was applying the stain to boards. And that's when the finger, on my right hand, right next to my little finger, jammed two, gigantic wood splinters underneath my fingernail. And it hurt like you know what.

I wanted to half-holler, "Tony!" But it would have been to deaf ears, because Tony was, in Kerrville, picking up Buster Brown, at Hoegemeyer Animal Clinic, because they had removed a fatty tumor, from Buster's chest area.

I was in pain, all upset and I wanted to cry, because Tony was not there to help me or to feel sorry for me. So trying to be brave I carefully removed my green, stained, latex glove, from my right hand and almost fainted when I saw these two, huge, scary-looking, painful splinters wedged underneath my fingernail.

Scared that I might pass out, from the horrific pain, because I don't do pain—I collapsed, in a nearby plastic, green chair and I put my head down, between my knees and then saw these cute, little red ants run around in circles. I guess because I must have scared them or because they were dancing to Cale and Clapton's music. Who knows?

And as my rock 'n roll heroes, JJ Cale and Eric Clapton, talked and laughed and then began playing Who Am I Telling You, for another sound check, I decided to go home and Google "How to remove two, embedded, painful splinters from underneath a fingernail."And that about killed me to type all of that.

After I had tried putting a baking soda paste, on my wounded finger, which did not work at all and then tried soaking my finger, in a bowl of Hydrogen Peroxide—Tony walked inside The Cabin, and announced, "Buster looks great and he.."

"Well, I'm glad Buster is fine, because I'm not...." So after I had told Tony, in great detail, about my unlucky, finger incident, I asked him to please take a picture of my partially wood-ingrained finger, because it hurt me too much to press the camera's button . And as I was telling him about me just blogging about wooden-hands and about Ronnie "having a wooden-baby," Tony snapped this picture of my temporary, hermetically sealed, wood-nail. And I drew these little arrows, on the photo, to show you exactly where these painful pricks are located.


And as I finish writing this, at 3:30, I am fixin' to go put a splint, on my finger, using two, short, colored pencils, because we don't have any popsicle-sticks. And then I'm going to wrap it up, using at least six big Band-Aids. 

Then I'm going to take a short nap with our dogs, before we go over to the property. Because when we get there I want to do an historic, re-enactment of exactly how I injured my finger, so Tony will understand how it happened. And I am also taking my Bose with me, so I can have it playing the JJ Cale and Eric Clapton sound check, (live in San Diego) 2007. 
    
Tomorrow I will tell you about our great friends/volunteers that came out this morning and walked our dogs for us. And our hilarious, super fun, delicious lunch, at the Medina Highpoint Resort's Koyote Grill.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Wood-Carved Hands! or Bit of Joy! or Ghost Rockets!

FYI: I wrote this earlier and scheduled it to post at 7:00 tonight.

This morning has been great. I had a good night's sleep. I feel rested and after two cups of Donut Shop Coffee—I've cleaned The Cabin. Not a bad way to start out my day.

It is only 11:05 and I have just finished taking care of my daily rescue ranch business and I am fixin' to go over to our new place to do some painting for our new, upcoming kitchen sink counter top. 

Weeks ago, I found this beautiful picture of a rustic kitchen island and I fell totally in love with it, because I've always wanted our kitchen to be an open area. And I want our kitchen counter tops to look like this with no cabinet doors—just wooden shelving for pots & pans, etc.


Anyway last week, because I wasn't blogging, Tony and I went over to our new place and we spent several hours staining some lumber, to build our kitchen counters. And we wore these, tight-fitting, green, ugly, throw-away gloves to apply the stain, but our hands and fingernails still got stained. And no matter how much we've been scrubbing our hands they still look like we have wood-carved hands. 

Side note: Several years ago, we went to one of Ron & Nita's Ponderosa Ranch parties, in Dripping Springs. After we had eaten a delicious BBQ dinner—we got out our instruments and started jamming. There was Jerry on fiddle, his sweet wife Kathy on guitar, Ray on dulcimer and Joe, Ronnie, Willis and me on guitars. It was a full house and was so much fun.

Anyway, Ronnie started singing the song "If I Were A Carpenter" that Bobby Darin made famous and we were really sounding great playing together. Well, when Ronnie sang the lyrics "If I were a carpenter and you were a lady. Would you marry me anyway. Would you have ..."

Before he could finish singing the line, I interrupted him and blurted out, "My wooden baby?"And to say the least everyone burst out laughing. And because Ronnie was laughing so hard I felt for sure that my big brother was going to throw his back out and blame me. Anyway, that thought just jumped into my head when I wrote "wood-carved hands."

Now where was I? Okay, I remember now. We cannot afford granite counter tops or wanna-be granite counter tops which is totally fine with me which is also great for our belt-tightening remodeling budget. And on top of that, literally speaking, about two weeks ago I found this cool picture of a painted, distressed bench, on Pintrest and I instantly knew that's exactly what I wanted to make for our rustic kitchen counter tops.


So I spent over an hour watching YouTube tutorials, instead of blogging, on how to distress furniture which was time well spent, because today I am going to start working on distressing our kitchen counter top boards. So please wish me luck with this project.

To finish my post on a good note I want to share this great, short, YouTube video that my dear friend Mari sent to me this morning and I am still laughing about it. So if you want to laugh please read this and then watch this great feel-good video.

"When you think of riding the subway, laughter and joy aren’t the first words that spring to mind.  It’s a cramped place full of grumpy people either coming home from a bad day at work or are just generally upset. Yet if you’re lucky enough, sometimes you can find happiness in a subway train.

One such magical moment was captured when a Belgian advertising agency working for Coca-Cola hired an actor to randomly start laughing on the train.

With the tag line, “Happiness starts with a smile.”  Their new ad aims to bring a bit of joy to everyone’s day.  Just watch and we dare you not to let out a small giggle, too!"

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

5:15 Update: My friend Cathie, North Texas, sent me this photo titled: Ghost Rockets with the caption below it. She told me that she watched a show on UFO's last night and these Ghost Rockets were one of the UFO subjects.


"Also known as the Scandinavian Ghost Rockets, the Ghost Rockets were UFOs sighted in 1946, mostly in Sweden. About 2,000 sightings were reported between May and December 1946, peaking around August. Over 200 sightings were verified and authorities recovered physical fragments which were attributed to the ghost rockets…"

So now I consider this picture and caption as proof positive that "thing" in my photo, behind the giant locust or Leprechaun, was actually a Ghost Rocket! This is so exciting! In fact, I am so thrilled I am going to go back over to the property to tell Tony!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

MADE IN USA!

This past week has been great and I apologize for not posting anything since last Wednesday, because I've been so traumatized after having my two close encounters with an "Iguana" and a "Unicorn Grasshopper or Alien." And thankfully, I am now fully recovered from those two hair-raising events, because of your helpful comments and because we've been pretty busy out here and over at our new place—just down the road.

Last Thursday Tony and I went to Habitat for Humanity, in Ingram, with Sam & Stacie and we got a great bargain on three, double-paned windows, for our cabin in the woods.

Friday afternoon we ate lunch with our good friend, Eileen and later in the evening, Tony and I went up to the Medina Highpoint Resort's Koyote Grill to eat their delicious All-You-Can-Eat Catfish Buffet. And to meet up with our good friends: Bethany, Carol and Fourth, so we could all sit, out on Koyote's patio, to listen to David Wayne & Doc's great music.

Saturday was our rescue ranch open house and we had several people come out to take tours of our rescue ranch and to visit. And I spent the most part of our evening writing.

Sunday was really exciting for me, because after doing over a years worth of research on the best composting toilets, I finally purchased the 2017 top-rated— Nature's Head composting toilet MADE IN USA, with just One-Click, with my Amazon Prime. And I was so thrilled about it I hardly slept a wink that night.

Monday morning, because I was so tired or because Roy has loose lips—Big Al(ice) tried to commit suicide, in our kitchen. Right after I had given Roy his pain pill he accidentally dropped it and it fell on the floor. And in a split second, before I could pick it up—Big Al swallowed it.

I was completely horrified that Big Al ate the pill and I wanted to half-holler, "Tony!" but I couldn't because he was working, over at our new place.

Knowing that time was of the essence, I picked up "Alice in wonderland" or soon to be "Alice in la-la-land" in my arms and then I race-skipped outside and we took off to go find Tony, in JJ Cale (our new/used 2012 GMC pickup).

Even though I felt like I was the famous race car driver, Carroll Shelby, I was only driving 35 mph and in just a few minutes when I saw Tony working, "I lowered the window, and half-hollered, "Tony! Alice is a drug addict! And she just overdosed, trying to commit suicide, using Roy's pain pills!"

I was obviously still in shock, because I was still wearing my pajamas, my heart was pounding and I wasn't even wearing my white cap, which of course, proves that I was in shock. Anyway, Tony grabbed our suicidal, little, drug-addicted dog and they took off for Hoegemeyers and I took off to come back home.

As soon as I race-skipped, back inside The Cabin, I called Kathy, at Hoegemeyer Animal Clinic, to alert her that Tony was on his way there with our wayward, drug-addict Chihuahua. Then I took a shower and dressed and tried to calm down. Bottom   Line: Big Al(ice) was fine after all. She is not a drug-addict thank goodness. And the only reason why she did it was to get more attention from us. But we've grounded her for six weeks.

Yesterday afternoon, our good friend Anna Oakley, from Terlingua, came to visit us and to spend the night, with her sweet dog Tubo. We showed her our new place and she loved it and then we came home. But before I cooked us dinner we went over to visit with Kinky, at the Lodge.

We didn't get to stay very long, because Kinky was taking a short break, from recording his new, upcoming CD, that our friend Brian Molnar is producing.

Anyway, we loved seeing Anna and we had a wonderful visit with her, before she and Tubo left this morning. And here's a cute picture that Anna took last night, of Little Debbie, sitting on top of our kitchen table. An example why Big Al(ice) wants and needs to get more attention from us.


And to finish tonight's post, on a good note, our Nature's Head composting toilet arrived this afternoon and Tony and I are on Cloud 9 about it, because we absolutely love it almost as much as we love our Big Al. (Sorry, for Alice's sake I felt like I had say that, so she'll feel more important.)


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

P.S. We really are busy working on our new place. I am also doing a lot of writing, so please be patient with me and my "daily" blog. I will try to write more often than once a week—I promise.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Day of The Grasshopper!

Today has been great even though I slept until 10:30 this morning, because last night I was sleepless in Medina.

Early this afternoon we went to Kerrville, because we needed to stop by Hoegemeyer Animal Clinic and then we went to Home Depot to buy some more paint and supplies for a kitchen drainboard that we are building together.

And when we were leaving the rescue ranch, in Trigger, I was telling Tony about staying up late and writing a post for my blog that included me accidentally saying, "Iguana" instead of "Gecko."

We were laughing about it when out of nowhere this giant grasshopper appeared in the sky (Actually on our windshield). So I quickly grabbed my iPhone and took a couple of quick pictures of it as Tony slowed down Trigger.

"This will make a funny post and I am going to title it: The Day of The Grasshopper!" Then I showed Tony my two grasshopper pictures and then put my phone away.



Anyway, when we got back home, I downloaded the two pictures to use in today's post and something strange caught my eye, in the two photos. Something that I hadn't noticed before when I took the pictures, because of the sun's glare.

Now if you'll scroll back and look at the 2nd photo it almost looks like a rainbow coming out of the grasshopper's head or it might possibly be a UFO in flight.

Then if you carefully look back at that 1st photo I took the rainbow/UFO is there, but it is much harder for the human eye to detect. So now I'm wonderin' "What the heck is that thing?" Then I enlarged the 2nd photo, so I could see it even better.


It is now 4:30 and Tony and I are fixin' to go back, over to the property, to do some more work on the kitchen drainboard. But before we leave we are going, over to Kinky's lodge, to drop off a frozen pan of Cousin Nancy's Chocolate Sheet Cake, so Kinky doesn't have to go through withdrawals.

And as I finish writing this I would appreciate any feedback that you might have as to what that thing is coming out of the grasshopper's head or going into the grasshopper's head, because I am really starting to think it is a UFO or a unicorn grasshopper. 

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

The Night of The Iguana!

Yesterday was great and the only reason that I am writing this right now, on Thursday morning, @ 1:10 AM, is because I'm not sleepy and because Tony dared me to write about it.

But before I tell you about why he dared me to write about it, I want you to know that since last Friday my days have been great. And to put it all of it on a bumper-sticker:

1. Friday evening Tony and I went up to the Medina Highpoint Resort for their Friday Night All You Can Eat Catfish Dinner, which is always absolutely delicious and is also one of Tony's favorite places to eat fried catfish, in the Texas Hill Country. And it was a super fun evening, because the super, great band Exit 505 played outside, on their big patio. Bottom Line   the place was rockin'.

2. Saturday we had several people come out to visit our rescue ranch during our Open House and we spent that evening, doing some work over on our newly acquired property.

And, yes, that has been my big secret and I am letting it out-of-the-bag, at last. We are so thrilled with our new place and we love that it is so nearby. In fact, you will not believe how close it is to our rescue ranch. Anyway, I will tell you more about it, in my upcoming, soon-to-be-released Cowgirl Sisterhood: Part III novella.

3. Sunday Tony and I spent most of our day off over at our property.

4. Monday I baked Carol's totally delicious Chocolate Sheet Cake and I took some of it over to Kinky's. Bottom Line   Kinky is wild about it and he has become totally addicted to it.

5. Tuesday was great, because we met our good friend Sue, for lunch at the Acapulco Mexican Restaurant and we had a wonderful time with her. And during our fun lunch with Sue, Kinky showed up and he was surprised to see us there.

When he came up to our table, after greeting us, his first words were, "Cousin Nancy's chocolate sheet cake is the best cake that I've ever eaten. You could make a fortune baking those cakes..."

"Well, thank you, Kinky," I said. "But it is actually Carol's secret cake recipe. Not mine. She deserves all of the credit. And I agree that it is the best cake that we've ever eaten."

Actually, I was shocked, because I could not believe that I had admitted that it was Carol's secret recipe. And it was truly a first for me to admit that, because as everyone knows I always steal recipes from my friends and then I turn around and call them Cousin Nancy's...

Anyway, I am going to keep Carol's secret, best-ever Chocolate Sheet Cake recipe under-wraps, until I reveal it in my in my upcoming third novella, but please don't tell Carol. Because as excited as she already is about me making her a Top Bun, for her Christmas present, I am afraid that if I tell Carol about me including her Chocolate Sheet Cake recipe, in Part III—she might just get a big-head about it and then her little, hand-spun-bun-by-me will be way too small for her enlarged head.

So back to the story. While Kinky was standing there visiting with us and raving to Sue about how delicious my cake was and hoping that I would bake him another one real soon, our dear friend Harley Belew walked up to our table and greeted all of us. And then Kinky starts telling Harley all about my cake. Bottom Line   lunch was so much fun.

Okay, it is now 1:30, in the morning and that Z-zz-Quil that I took earlier is finally starting to kick-in thank goodness. So I am going to finish this post with what Tony dared me to write about.

Late this evening before we went to bed I went to the door to let our dogs go outside one more time. When I opened the front door the dogs ran outside and before I could close the door this creature, on our door jumped on me and then it bounced off of me and landed on the floor. Then it took off down the hallway. I was so shocked and startled, I half-hollered, "Tony! Come quick! There's an iguana in our house!"

I heard a chuckle, coming from the man-cave area and I could not believe that Tony's knee-jerk rescue-reaction was so slow. "There it is!" And then I pointed to it before it ran/crawled-fast, behind a box of books that I plan to drop off, at Wolfmueller's Books.

Tony laughed when he saw the little, six-inch critter, and then he said, "It's just a harmless gecko, Nance. Not an iguana."

"I know that. I meant to say, "a gecko," but I was in a total state of shock." And after Tony had quit teasing me about calling it an iguana he dared me to write about it. And so I have. And that's why I titled this post The Night of The Iguana.

Goodnight and keep on laughing!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Pez Dispenser! Wished Upon A Car! or Present From Scout!

Yesterday was a great day, because Tony and I met our good friends, Kris & Jim aka "The Mineral Man" for a fun lunch. And before I go any further—Tony and I did not order the exact same thing, but we were close. We both ordered iced teas and chicken-fried steaks, but mine was a much smaller version.

While we were eating our lunch Jim suggested that besides me writing Cowgirl Sisterhood novellas, etc., "Nancy, you should write about some of the funny things that have happened to you in your life." So I took his cue and told them this story.

"When I was in the 5th grade and Ronnie was in the 6th grade he was good friends with our neighbor Billy Upton and Steve Crane, who lived a few blocks away from us.

Anyway, Steve's parents bought him this little red & silver Mo-ped and Steve drove it over to our house, as soon as he got it, so he could show it off to Ronnie and Billy, because they only had bikes to ride. (Steve didn't care if I saw it or not, because I hadn't started wearing a training bra yet—go figure.)

Well, Billy and Ronnie (and me) were very impressed with it, so Steve let Ronnie and then Billy take it for a short spin around the block. (I didn't get to ride it, because as Aunt Hermajean had told my mom, "I think Nancy is going to be a" dwarf!" Because I was very short.

So after Ron and Billy took it for a spin Ronnie decided, it would be funny for some crazy reason, to get an old, rolled-up, scrap piece of light tan carpet, from our garage and tie me up in it and put me in the middle of the street, to see if cars would drive around me. The guys thought his prank was funny, but I didn't.

In fact, I was wishing that Mom was home to stop it, but she was working, at her new part-time job (folding bath & kitchen towels and waiting on customers, etc.), at Monnig's, a small, locally-owned, upscale department store, located in the Westcliff addition, which was right next to the South Hills neighborhood where we lived.

Well, it only took Ronnie less that two minutes to roll me up in the carpet and tie it up. And I looked like one of those Pez candy dispensers with only my head poking out one end. Then Ronnie, Steve and Billy picked me up off of the front yard and they laughed all of the way while they carried me and set me down, in the middle of Stadium Drive, which was a pretty busy street. Then they went and hid, behind the bushes and wished upon a car to show up.

Thank goodness only a couple of cars stopped and carefully drove around me and I was really starting to get hot, inside the carpet, on the hot pavement, because it was the middle of summer.

Then my wish, unexpectedly came true—Mom showed up, at the stop sign, on the corner of Medina Ave. and Stadium Drive and she looked horrified, when she slowly drove around me and pulled into our driveway. And she was hollering, "Ronnie! You get over here right now!" before she even set the emergency brake and had gotten out of her two-toned, '64 or '65 Mustang.

In seconds, Ronnie, Billy and Steve ran out, from behind the bushes and went and picked me up and laid me down, on my parents lush, green Bermuda grass lawn, that they were so proud of. And while Ronnie was nervously trying to untie me, Mom said, "Steve and Billy, y'all need to go on home. Ronnie what in blue blazes...."

The bottom line    Ronnie got in trouble big-time trouble and he was grounded for a week and I am still here to tell my near death experience."

After Kris & Jim and Tony had quit laughing, Kris asked Jim to please tell his story about being the best man, at his friend's wedding, decades ago. "Well, it was a prank and we were best friends...." Bottom line    Jim and his buddies were drinking a little, so to speak and they ended up tying the nervous groom, to a street sign, using duct tape! (Jim, forgive me for putting your hilarious story, on a bumper-sticker, but this post is starting to look more like a book instead of a blog post.)

Today has been great, but it is still early. This morning I received an e-mail from Carol, with the subject line: "Present From Scout!" and she wrote: "For YOUR bun 😀" and when I looked at the picture she sent of her holding Scout's hair—I burst out laughing. And of course, that scared Little Debbie and Big Al(ice) and it caused them to start barking and running around the big room until Tony got back home, after drinking coffee with his friends, at the Old Timer, in Medina.


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

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

George West!

This past week has been busy and fun for Tony and me. The busy part for us was taking care of the rescue ranch, giving tours to visitors and getting Blue adopted to a fabulous home. So sweet, smart Blue is now happily living on a big ranch, between here and Bandera, with a big, beautiful and very friendly German Shepherd. And of course, we are more than thrilled about it.


The other busy stuff that I've been doing is writing and then rewriting up a storm, on my third Cowgirl Sisterhood novella, because I've been so inspired by a recent, big-time, exciting event that has occurred.

You may be asking yourself, "So what in the world has occurred?" or you may not, but all that I can tell you right now is—Tony and I have been on Cloud 9 ever since June the 22nd. And that is my biggest excuse for me not having the time to blog. 

I don't like leaving you in suspense, even though I have to admit that it is actually kind of fun, but I do promise to "let the cat out of the bag" much sooner than later. And that's a promise.

Because today is the 4th of July holiday, last night I told Tony that I was sleeping in this morning, so I could catch up on some much needed sleep. And I asked him to please not wake me, because I assumed that Big G was off today and that we would not be doing my Utopia Rescue Ranch segment, on his popular, morning radio show. But of course, I assumed wrong.

At 7:20 sharp, I was in bed snuggling with our dogs, while dreaming about me spinning all of that precious, dog-hair that I have received, from around the Planet, to help me make Carol's Top Bun Christmas present. And icy dream was just about to turn into a big-time nightmare, because I had started choking on some long, black, curly dog hair and was trying to yell, "Tony!" when I heard our rescue ranch phone ring. "Rescue Ranch. We can't come to the telephone right now. Please leave a message and we'll call you back as soon as possible."

Then I heard, "Hello, Nancy? This is Big G." And a few seconds later, his call was ended.

I truly felt guilty about not doing Big G's show this morning, for only a couple of seconds and then I fell back to sleep, so Tony could come running to rescue me, by giving me the Heimlich Maneuver.

Around 8:30, I finally climbed out of bed as our dogs jumped off of our bed and we all went into the kitchen, so I could make myself some Donut Shop Coffee. 

At 9:14, I was in the shower thinking about how to braid the dog hair into a cute, tiny bun, when a woman named Jennifer called and left a message for me on Carlton. "....We are on vacation, in Bandera and I was hoping that you would be open today, because my son has read your book and he really wants to meet you. We will only be in the area until about noon. My phone number is...."

Ten minutes later I returned Jennifer's call, "Hello, this is Nancy, at the rescue ranch. We are closed today, but we would love for y'all to come out....Would 11:00 be okay?"

It was okay, because at 11:00 sharp Tony walked inside The Cabin, and said, "They're here and I'm fixin' to give them a tour of your writing cabin." And two minutes later, I was outside greeting and shaking hands with Jennifer and her two, lovely kids Keithen and Cassidy.

And after Cassidy had told me that she loved dogs and that she was 8 years old and Keithen had told me that he was 11 years old and had loved reading my book. I invited them to come inside The Cabin, so we could sit down for a visit.

When we came inside, Cassidy told us that she knew about Outer Space and she wanted to go into Outer Space and then Keith told us that he wanted to see Kermit, our green Polaris 4X4. And we granted their wishes.

First, we took them into Outer Space and had a fun visit with them and that's when Tony and I learned that they were neighbors with our old friends, Lance & Stassa, in George West. And then Tony took Cassidy and Keithen for a fun, but short ride on Kermit, before Kermit ran out of gas, down by the creek and they had to walk back to the rescue ranch. 

And before we adios-ed our new friends Jennifer, Keithen and Cassidy, from George West, I signed a couple of my books and gave them to Cassidy and Keithen. And then we asked them to please tell Lance & Stassa that we said, "Howdy and to please come see us when they are in the area." And that's about it for today.

Y'all have a safe and happy 4th of July and keep on laughing!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Bike Stealing! or Crime Doesn't Pay!

First off, I apologize for taking so long to post something on my blog, but we've been having fun and  just been too busy with friends. So now I will try to settle down some, so I can tell you about it and I am going to have to put it in "Reader's Digest" form to help make this a post instead of becoming a book.

The last few days have been great. Last Wednesday our good friends Jim & Liz brought their good friend Robert out, so he and T-Bone, his precious, old Black Lab, could meet Lori Darlin'.

Weeks before Liz had contacted me to tell me that their good friends Robert and his lovely wife had been over to their home and when they had met their Gus, Lori's twin brother, they instantly fell in love with him. And when Liz & Jim told them that we still had his sister, Lori Darlin' they were very interested. Bottom Line    Lori Darlin' got adopted and she now has a great, good-natured, running-buddy and a beautiful, landscaped, cascading waterfall, swimming pool, to swim in with Robert & his wife!


And here's Robert with Lori Darlin' before he took her to her new fantastic, forever home, in Kerrville. And as you can see she is more than a little bit excited to get out of here.


Thursday was one of the best days that Tony and I've had, in over 22 years, but that incredible, life changing story will have to wait just a little bit longer, before I share it with you. But I would like to say, "We love June and Ellen and we cannot thank them enough!"  

Friday afternoon, after we ate and had a delicious lunch with our volunteers, at the Medina Highpoint Resort, I spent my time cleaning up The Cabin. So that when Chet O'Keefe & Liz arrive, late Saturday morning, it would look like we don't live here. And believe it or not—it actually worked, but only for a couple of hours.

As soon as Liz & Chet and Willie arrived here we talked non-stop about our latest news and Tony and I instantly fell in love with Liz.

Around 3:00 while Chet & Liz were over visiting Kinky, we took a short nap, before getting cleaned up, so we would be ready to go up to, the Medina Highpoint Resort, to eat pizza with our friends and to listen to Chet play his fabulous music, under the Texas stars.

Our great friends: Bethany, Steve Pietzsch, Andy, Phil Houseal, Kris, Carol, Stephen K. Morris, Fourth Coates, Kinky, Floyd and several other friends joined us for a great evening of fun, delicious pizza and Chet's incredibly great music. Here are just a couple of the pictures that Tony and our friends took of Chet playing some of his incredibly great music.





Later in the evening, Chet's dog Willie did the funniest thing. While Chet was singing one of his songs, Willie got up and walked over to a tip jar, on the left side of the stage, and he put his nose inside the jar, like he was counting the money and then he, walked off the stage and that made all of laugh. Followed by Chet making a hilarious comment, after finishing his song, about him training his dog to do that and knowing how he would spend that money. But sadly, no one had taken a video of it.

But a little while later when Willie was sitting, back on the stage, with Chet, Willie got up and walked over to the other tip jar, on the right side of the stage and fortunately Tony captured these two pictures of him doing it, but this time Willie did not put his nose inside the jar.



And our good friend Steve took this great, short, fun video of Chet playing his guitar and Steve sent it to me after he got back home later that night. "Thank you, Steve!"

Sunday we were all tired and it was a nice day of rest for all of us and we just hung out, at The Cabin. And around noon today we sadly had to adios-ed our dear friends Liz & Chet and Willie. 

And that is about it for today except I want to share this one minute,  hilarious YouTube video that Jim "The Mineral Man" sent to me. I believe it is titled Bike Stealing101 and this morning Chet & Liz and Tony and I watched it and then we kept on rematching it several times, because it is so funny.

It is about these three young men, who take a bicycle apart in 3 pieces. Then they taped the the 3 pieces back together and then leaned it up against a tree. To see if someone would come along and try to steal it. Anyway, it is by far one of the funniest videos that I've seen and it proves without a doubt that crime doesn't pay. "Thank you for sending this Bike Stealing101 to me, Jim! You should have seen all of us laughing out loud." But I am blaming you for my back aching. 

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

Saturday, June 24, 2017

6:00 Update: Kinky Is Coming To See Chet O'Keefe Too @ The Medina Highpoint Resort!

Tonight's The Night!

Chet O'Keeefe & Liz are here! They arrived around 2:00 this afternoon and we've had a total blast catching up with them. And in case you may have forgotten—tonight's the night that Chet will be playing his awesome music, at the Medina Highpoint Resort, in Medina.

And tonight's the night that the Medina Highpoint Resort will be hosting their weekly "All You Can Eat Pizza."

I am fixin' to take a short nap with our dogs, so I can rest and get recharged, because tonight is going to be a total blast. See y'all there!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

All Excited Again! or Texas Stars!

Yesterday was a great day, even though sweet Wilma was returned to us, because the couple that had adopted her, almost four years ago, bought a house and are moving where they can't have dogs. Wilma is approximately six-years-old, house broken, great with other dogs and great with children. And seems happy to be back at the rescue ranch.

Tony put Wilma, in the big ally that separates Blue's and Gretchen Wilson's pens, to see which one will get to have her as a fun roommate. And so far it is a toss-up, because she is already become best friends with both of her neighbors.



Wilma is a really super, great dog, so if any of y'all know of someone who might be interested in adopting her, please ask them to give me a call at (830)589-7544.

I have some great, exciting news to finally tell y'all. Our dear friend aka the mystery musician who will be performing next Saturday night the 24th, at the Medina Highpoint Resort, is the one and only Chet O'Keefe! And it is amazing how it all came about. 

Over a week ago, Chet had contacted Tony, on Facebook, telling him that he and his friend, Liz, might be coming to visit us this weekend. We got all excited about it until last Thursday night when Chet called me to tell me that something had come up and they had to cancel.

Then he and I had a long, fun visit and caught up with each others news. But before Chet and I adios-ed each other, he asked me if it would be alright if they came to visit us next weekend. And of course I said, "Yes!" Then Tony and I got all excited again.

So now fast forward to this past Friday afternoon, at the Medina Highpoint Resort, when we ate a delicious lunch with our good friend Jim M. 

Right after I had placed Tony's and my identical order, Craig, their great, friendly General Manager, at the Medina Highpoint Resort, walked up to greet me and in no-time-flat I was talking to him about Chet coming to visit us and what a fabulous, talented singer/songwriter/musician he is and before I knew it—Craig had asked me to please get a hold of Chet to see he wanted to play, Saturday the 24th, at their weekly All-You-Can-Eat Pizza Night.

And after I told Tony about Craig wanting to book Chet to play there, Tony and I got all excited, again.

So as soon as we got back to the rescue ranch I sent Chet an e-mail and then I called him, but got his machine. As y'all already know, I have no trouble talking to people and I also have no trouble talking to a machine. So I left Chet an earful telling him (his machine) all about what had just happened earlier, at the Koyote Grill. And I talked so much Chet's machine hung up on me. Which I am also used to.

Friday evening Chet called me back when he finally got cell service, in Terlingua, because he knows me well enough to know that I'd be calling him back again with another one of my long-winded, one-sided conversations with his answering machine. Which I've gotten to know well. And, that is why I could not reveal Chet's name, Friday night, because Craig and I wanted to make sure that Chet would be available to play.

So now that it is set in stone that Chet O'Keefe will be playing, Saturday the 24th, at the Medina Highpoint Resort, I'm hoping that all of y'all can come out to eat their all-you-can-eat, tasty pizzas, out on their beautiful, huge patio, that has a gorgeous, scenic view of the Texas Hill Country, while you sit back and enjoy listening to some of the best music that you've ever heard, under the Texas stars.

As you can tell I am all excited again about Chet performing next weekend and I'll keep y'all posted as the date nears.

And before I finish writing this I do want you to know that Friday night I stayed up until 2:00, in the morning, binge-watching Netflix's Season 3 of The Ranch. I totally loved Season 3 as much as I did watching Season 1 and Season 2. It is as great as the last two Seasons combined and it is just as funny too. But when one of my all-time-favorite actors suddenly appeared in it—my jaw dropped to the floor and I sat up straight, in my chair, because I could not believe my eyes. It was a total surprise and came out of nowhere.

But on second thought, now that I think about it. My jaw may have hit the floor that night, because my jaw was sore from all of my one-sided conversations with Chet O'Keefe's answering machine. 

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

P.S. Here are just a few other links to check out Chet O'Keefe and his music: 

Longmire—Texas Style video spoof

Ode to Cousin Nancy—Chet wrote this song for me and first performed it at our house concert for him on ranch.

The Apple Store in Medina—Chet plays his "Chet Pak" and entertains our volunteers.

Chet opened for our rescue ranch benefit, at the Cailloux Theater, in Kerrville

Friday, June 16, 2017

Saturday the 24th! or Mystery Musician! or The Carol Project!

The last few days have been great and with the help of our friend Aaron we did a whole lot of mowing and weed-eating. And now our rescue ranch looks like a beautiful, manicured dog-friendly park.

Today has been even greater, because Jim M., our great friend/dog-walking volunteer, came out and walked our dogs for us. Many of the others were no-shows, because of vacations, obligations, etc.

Anyway, after Jim walked our dogs we went to eat lunch, at the Medina Highpoint Resort's Koyote Grill. Besides our food being delicious and Tony and I ordering the exact same thing: Grilled Chicken Salad we had a really fun time.

And to top all of that off and "not to let the cat out of the bag" so to speak—I have some fabulous, exciting news, about a certain musician friend of ours who, Craig, the awesome General Manager, at the Medina Highpoint Resort, has booked to play on Saturday, June 24th, for their weekly, Saturday —All You Can Eat Pizza Night!

But the sad news is I can't announce who it is yet, until it is officially written down in stone or nailed down. And as soon as it is confirmed you'll be the first to know who this mystery musician is. So please go ahead and circle the date Saturday, the 24th, on your calendars.

After Tony and I adios-ed Jim, we left the Medina Highpoint Resort and we (I) talked non-stop about how excited I was that our friend would be playing the Saturday night gig up there. And before we came back home we made a quick pit stop to grab our mail.

But Tony didn't have much to grab, from the mailbox, this time, because there was just one letter and it was let's say "puffy." "What in the world is this?" Tony asked, as he handed the puffy letter to me.

I looked at who had sent it and I burst out laughing and couldn't stop laughing, because my good friend, Mari, had sent it to me. "What's so funny?" Tony asked. But I was speechless, because I could not quit laughing.

So the first thing that I did when we got back, to The Cabin, was to take a picture of Mari's puffy, "The Carol Project" letter with her special handling instructions, written near the bottom of the envelope.


Then I opened up Mari's puffy letter, even though I already knew what I would find inside and I took this picture of more of Mari's dog hair, for me to use for Carol's Christmas Top Bun, that I am making for her.


And when Tony saw the contents of Mari's "Hair Package" he finally started laughing, too. 

And that is about it for today. Because I need to take care of a little more rescue ranch business and then wash Mari's dog hair and dry it, in the salad spinner, before I start binge-watching the 3rd Season of The Ranch, on Netflix.

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

Monday, June 12, 2017

Mustang Willie!

Oh my goodness! Yesterday was great and today has been too. But before I start telling you how great everything is I have something to tell you about my Little Debbie.

As you may already know Little Debbie is a sweet, one-eyed precious, little Chihuahua that we rescued along with five other adorable Chihuahuas, almost three years ago. And Big Al(ice) was one of those lucky, five, other Chi's that we found fabulous homes for.

Anyway, since Little Debbie joined our family she has been nothing but great and she stole our hearts the minute that we saw her. Little Debbie has become a famous movie star ever since last year, when she starred in our hilarious Longmire—Texas Style video spoof.

Little Debbie is highly intelligent and house-broken even though she hardly ever sets foot outside. So when I say she is house-broken—I actually mean Little Debbie uses the potty-pads, inside The Cabin.  And not to brag—she'll only potties, on a pad, to help make cleaning up easier for us. Which I think is quite thoughtful of her.

Now to get to the point of all of this about Little Debbie, yesterday morning, we discovered that she is so smart and such a fine actress that she almost faked us out. Tony and I were, in the kitchen, getting ready to give our dogs treats and when Little Debbie walked into the kitchen she was limping and holding her paw up like it was hurt. "Omg, Tony! Look at Little Debbie. She's hurt!"

Tony picked up Little Debbie to look at her leg and to see if she had cut her paw or leg and she seemed to enjoy all of the attention she was getting from us and our dogs. "I can't find a thing wrong with her," he said, as he put her back down on the floor. Then Little Debbie raced out of the kitchen using all four of her legs like nothing was wrong.

So, he called her and she came limping back, into the kitchen again, but she was limping and holding up her other paw. Like this:


After running out of the kitchen again, she came running back, but this time she was holding up her other paw and giving us "the sad eye" look and wanting us to pick her up and that's when we realized she had been faking us out. Bottom Line    Little Debbie has a new acting skill and she is really good at it.

Yesterday afternoon Carol, Tony and I went to the Western Edge Cellars, in Fredericksburg and we had an absolute blast. When we arrived a few minutes after Stephen K. Morris' live, one hour broadcast show Spotlight, had already started, on the new, solar radio station TABC (Texas Americana Blues Cajun Music) And he was introducing his guests singers/songwriters/musicians—Lynette and Lefty. 

Stephen waved at us, from the stage, as we sat down at a table, near the front of the stage. Then this friendly, sweet waitress walked up to our table to take our order and then she disappeared and then quickly reappeared to serve us our drinks.

When Lynette and Lefty started singing their first song all three of our jaws, dropped all of the way down to the floor, because their music was so unique, refreshing or better said, "Totally fantastic!"

Everyone in the crowd applauded loudly, hooted and whistled after they finished their first song and the good vibes were uphill all the way till they finished their first set. Their music was amazing and Stephen and their interactions with the crowd kept everyone laughing. 

During their first break, Stephen and Lynette and Lefty came up to our table and Stephen introduced them to us and we introduced them to Carol. Then we started having a fun visit with them and that's when we found out that Lynette and Lefty had two, rescued Chihuahuas that they travel with. And I got to meet them, but I can only remember Gilbert's name. 

Before the second set, Stephen's better half, Eva Robinett, arrived and she joined us at our table, while Tony and I were finishing eating two delicious bowls of pinto beans with rice, sausage and melted cheese. And to top all of that off—the waitress came by our table and she gave all of us some really nice Pedernales Brewing Company beer glasses, because this popular brewing company is one of the sponsors for Stephen's Sunday afternoon Spotlight series. 

So to put our fun adventure, to Fred-Town, in a nutshell "We are now huge fans of Western Edge Cellars, Lynette and Lefty, Pedernales Brewing Company and Stephen K. Morris' Spotlight series and here are just a few pictures that we took. 




Their newest CD—Meant To Be





Today has been great, too. This afternoon, Dylan, the nicest young man came out for his appointment to meet Willie Nelson, because he was seriously thinking about adopting him. And it only took Dylan about ten minutes to make up his mind that he wanted to adopt Willie.

While I was filling out Willie's adoption form, Tony and I visited with Dylan, inside The Cabin, because it was starting to get hot outside. And the more we visited with him the more Dylan impressed us and he reminded us so much of dear friend Ben. In fact, Dylan is a cook and he loves cooking. So Dylan and I spent several minutes having fun talking about how we both enjoy cooking and our love for dogs. 

When we went outside to put a collar on Willie, Tony had found a nice dog collar and attached Willie's dog tags to it, while I was inside Willie's pen telling him about how happy we were for him finally getting adopting. And something must have clicked inside Willie's head, because he looked at me like he understood me and then he jumped up, on the top of his dog house.


And here's a picture I took of Willie and Dylan, just before Willie got in the passenger front seat and took off in Dylan's fancy Mustang.



Late this afternoon Tony went to pick up our mail and when he came back, he said, "You've got to read this. It is a letter from a woman named Julie Smith, in Australia. So, I read the letter and chuckled when Julie wrote she that she bought one of our Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch T-shirts, at a 2nd hand market, when she was visiting Phnom Penh, Cambodia. With a photo of her wearing "my very favorite shirt—I've had it for years and I wear it most weekends and all through summer camping...." So I would like to say "Howdy" to Julie and thank her for sending us this letter along with a picture of her wearing it—with a small kangaroo close by.



And that's about it for now, except I forgot to tell you that Dylan's girlfriend loves Blue Heelers and that she might want to adopt Blue! And I got this invitation in the mail today.


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

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Time Will Tell!

Yesterday was so great, because Tony and I were doing so well dieting. But early in the evening, when we went over to Carol's ranch for a fun visit with her & Bill, out of the deck, we totally blew our diet when we got back home. Because Carol had given us two slices of her freshly, baked, secret, chocolate sheet cake to take home with us.

Even though Tony had no idea that he was dieting with me and it was our very first day of officially going on a diet together he and I immediately consumed Carol's mouth-watering cake as soon as we got back home.

And it was well worth it, with no regrets, because it was the best tasting chocolate cake that we have ever eaten. And here's a picture of our two slices of Carol's cake, before we enjoyed devouring them. And please note that I did eat the smaller slice, because that means that I did a much better job dieting than Tony.


Later on in the evening I decided not to beat myself up and feel guilty about blowing our diet on the very first day. And I also decided to relax and read more of Mike Blakely's fabulous, can't-put-it -down, novel Short Grass Song. The 1994, first edition book, that Mike had inscribed and given to his dear friend Tim, because Tim had given Mike the "shirt off his back," when Mike had needed it most. 

Anyway, before I sat down and started to read I stopped and took this cute picture of Henry, sitting on top of our cedar, coffee table, that Tony had made for me over twenty-one years ago. Along with Henry's sidekick, Lori Darlin,' standing in my chair, while sweet Belle watched the ending of a Hallmark romance movie, while resting on my hand-painted rug.


And after I had forcibly removed Lori Darlin,' from my chair, I took this close-up of stubborn, Henry Standing Bear, refusing to get off of the coffee table.


Today has been great. Tony and I started our first day of dieting, again. And so far we're sticking to it. But I am already starting to have my doubts about if we will be successful dieting today, because in just a couple of hours, we're picking up Carol so she can ride with us to the Western Edge Cellars, in Fredville, for Stephen K. Morris' weekly, Sunday, 4:00 - 7:00 music show that he will be hosting. So I guess time will tell. If I decide to tell. : )

Anyway, it is now 1:45, in the afternoon and as I finish writing this post I want you to know that I am taking Mike Blakey's fabulous book Short Grass Song with me today, just in case he shows up, at the Western Edge Cellars. 

Because if Mike Blakely does show up I am planning to ask him to please scratch out Tim's name and replace it with Tony's and my names, but to please leave the rest of what he wrote to his dear friend Tim, because Tony and I want to give Mike one of our size large or extra large, Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch T-shirts to wear for luck. 

And then that will make his/Tim/our book even more valuable when we find out who this Tim is and somehow get to give it back to him. We're talking' priceless.

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

Saturday, June 10, 2017

In Dreams I Go Back Home!

The past few days have been great. On last Tuesday's blog post I wrote that the sweet waitress, at the Thai O'Cha Restaurant made Tony and me look fat so I didn't post a picture. Well, sweet Eva has sent me a picture of Stephen K. Morris and Eva Robinett posing with us and Tony and I still looked fat, so I cropped it and this is what I got.


And the good news today is Tony and I are going to do the Atkins Diet for a few weeks or until we lose our muffin tops. But please don't tell Tony about dieting, because he doesn't know that we are dieting it.

Last night Tony and I met our dear friend Carol, at the Medina Highpoint Resort, for their Friday Nights delicious Catfish buffet. And also because Hogan & Moss, who we love their music, were doing a concert, out on their huge patio.

The buffet was delicious as it always it and omg, Hogan & Moss put on an incredibly great show and had the big crowd begging for more. In fact, we never stopped tapping our toes to their beautiful music, which is good because I'm sure our toe tapping helped Tony and me burn off a few extra calories.

This morning, I wasted about thirty-minutes of my time Googling on approximately how many calories are burned toe-tapping non-stop. And I found nothing, so if y'all know or can find out please let me know ASAP, because tomorrow afternoon between 4:00 - 7:00 Carol, Tony and I will be toe-tapping, again, at the Western Edge Cellars, in Fredericksburg. Because Stephen will be hosting another one of his awesome Outsider Insider Singer/Songwriter shows. And I want to invite all of y'all to join us there for a super-fun time.

Back to last night, at the Medina Highpoint Resort. During Hogan & Moss' 1st break, Bethany a dear, old friend of ours walked up to our table to say hi to us. And even though we haven't seen Bethany in several years and because we are such good friends our conversation picked up like we had just seen her yesterday.

Carol, Tony and I had a blast visiting with Bethany and we talked and laughed non-stop until Hogan & Moss took the stage again, to sing another great set for the crowd.

Later on, when it was time for all of us to go home, before it got dark on us, we got to have a fun, friendly visit with Maria Moss & Jon Hogan. And it was a lot of fun, because we quickly found out that they are real good friends with many of our great musician friends—such as: Chet O'Keefe, Jim Keaveny, Stephen K. Morris, etc.

And before we all adios-ed each other, Jon & Maria gave Tony and me two copies of In Dreams I Go Back Home, which is their latest, fabulous CD. And they asked us to please give one copy to Kinky, because they especially wanted Kinky to listen to Can't Always Cry, the 2nd cut on the CD. Because this beautiful, unfinished song had been written by the late Blaze Foley and after Blaze's untimely death his daughter had asked Jon to please put music to it for Blaze. 



And that is about it for tonight, because Tony and I are fixin' to go over to visit with Carol & Bill.

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