Saturday, May 31, 2008

Dueling Sticks!

At 3:00, Brian Kanof called and left this message on our machine, "Hi Nancy, please tell the Medina Bulldog that the Texas Western is here, and I'm at the pool table—waiting for him."

At 5:30, Tony and I drove over to Kinky's Lodge, for another pool tournament between them. The results are: Medina Bulldog—2, Texas Western—0! Yeah, Tony!

Sluggish Snail!

Today has been fairly quiet so far. This afternoon, my friend Catherine Berry, e-mailed me to go to this site and check how fast I can react to things—so I did. And, it is hilarious! There are 5 catagoies that rate your performance, and unfortunately, i was at the bottom of the list—Sluggish Snail, but that is okay with me, because as a kid, my parents nicknamed me—Doodle Bug!

I asked Tony to come try it, and he was good. His top rating so far, is—Rocketing Rabbit, but he has still not made it to the top rating—Turbo Charged Cheetah.

Please check it out:

If you are brave enough to leave a comment, I would love to know your scores!

P.S. I've made it to Bobbing Bobcat a few times—and yes, I am bragging! I can't wait for Kinky to try it!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Rose And Brian Are Getting Married!

Our good friend, Brian, just sent Tony and me an e-mail—announcing that he and Rose have set the date for their wedding! They are getting married in California—August 15, 2008! We are so happy for them! I love it and I can't wait to tell Kinky!

N.M. Kelby Rocks!

This morning, around 10:30, I was hanging out in Outer Space, when the dogs outside—started barking! Someone was driving into the rescue ranch. It was a FedEx truck—heading straight towards Outer Space! Then it came to a halt, near our front yard gate.

Tony was working nearby, so he went to meet the driver, before I had reached the gate. “It’s for you, Nance,” Tony said, as he carried it up our porch steps. Then I followed him into the trailer, where he sat the box down on the kitchen table. Then he opened it for me. There were three wrapped packages inside the box.

“Oh my gosh!” I said, with excitement, it’s N.M. Kelby’s books and ‘The Bad Girls Bar and Grill’ BBQ sauce! Tony handed me a package to open that was addressed to me. When I opened up my package, there were not one, but two books—’Whale Season,’ by Nicole, and her latest book, that is fixin’ to come out— ‘Murder at the Bad Girl’s Bar & Grill!’ She had signed both of them to me and everyone at the ranch! And, she included two notes—on her stationery! “Tony, Nicole is so nice to have sent us the two books and three bottles of BBQ sauce!”

“No Nance,” Tony said. “She’s great! She also sent the same two books that you have, and three more BBQ sauces for the Bonefit, too. Can I read ‘Whale Season’ first, and you read ‘Murder at the Bad Girls Bar and Grill?”

“Yes,” was my answer. “Let’s go outside and show Ben and John her care package to us. I can’t wait to show them!” Tony followed me out to where Ben and John were working, but before we reached them, I put one BBQ sauce into their vehicles, as a surprise!

John and Ben looked at the books, and thought, they were way too cool, too! When I returned to the trailer, I decided to bake some chicken thighs for lunch, so we could try out her BBQ sauce!

Well, let me tell you—it’s the best BBQ sauce that Ben, Tony and I have ever tasted and I am fixin’ to go on line and order some more for us and Kinky, and then I’m sending Nicole an e-mail to thank her! Thank you N. M. Kelby! Tony has already started reading ‘Whale Season’ and this evening I plan to start reading your latest book! I can’t wait!

P.S. The picture of Nicole's books and sauce I took in—Outer Space!

Happy Birthday, Again—Karen Cares!

This morning, right now, it is nine-thirty-two in Texas, and it is three-thirty-two, in the afternoon, over in Scotland. My dear friends, Herb and Karen, went over to Scotland to celebrate Karen’s 55th birthday, which was on the 23rd of this month! And, today they are fixin’ to meet up with Kinky, Little Jewford and Ratso for dinner, and then they are going to be Kinky’s guests tonight, at his show in Perth, Scotland!

Talk about fun—I know they are going to have a blast, and I cannot wait to here from them, and get a full report!

One thing that I know for sure, is that Karen and Herb— sure know how to celebrate their birthdays! Herb and Karen came down here in January to celebrate Herb’s birthday with Kinky, and now Karen is celebrating hers with the Kinkster—across the pond! Happy Birthday, Karen!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

In Loving Memory of Jo West

This morning, I received a very sad e-mail. It was sent by Kim, telling me that her mother, Jo West, had passed away, peacefully just a few hours earlier, with her cat, Willow, by her side, that she had adopted from us in 2003. I began crying and then I called Kinky to tell him the sad news. He was devastated just as I was, because Kinky, Tony and I loved this incredibly great woman so much!

Jo was a personal hero to me, and I will never forget her, nor will Tony and Kinky. We were so fortunate, to call her our friend, and we will miss her terribly. We love you, Jo.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Picture This!

This afternoon, Tony and I had to go to Kerrville to run some errands. One of the errands, was to go by Copies Plus to pick up some handouts, that I needed to FedEx up to Kim G., for the June 6th Bonefit.

Trish greeted us as we walked in the store, and then she plopped our order down on the counter, while wearing a big grin. “Here’s your order! I hope that you like it.”

I looked at the handouts and they were perfect, and I told her so. Then she, Tony and I discussed another upcoming job and then we visited. At one point, near the end of our conversation, when she told us about knowing how to set the picture size on digital cameras—I opened up my purse and pulled out my little Sony 8.1.

“Could you help me set mine?” I asked. “I love this camera, but it shoots way to big of pictures—like 45 inches by 30 inches, and the size of each picture is 22 to 24 megabytes.”

“Sure,” Trish said. “Let me fix it for you.”

I handed her my camera and was so excited that she could fix the problem. Trish turned on my camera—nothing happened. She then pushed the on button again—still nothing. “Is the battery low?” She asked.

I looked at her and Tony, “No, I just charged it yesterday,” I said. Then it hit me. “I forgot to put the battery back in—it’s at home—still plugged into the wall!” I felt so stupid, but I had to laugh. Tony and Trish joined me in laughter. “Trish, getting old stinks. Stuff like this happens to me all of the time.”

“It’s true,” Tony quipped. “Two days ago, we went to Medina to mail some letters and to buy some stamps, and she forgot to bring the letters!”

“Yes, that’s true,” I said. “But, I did remember to bring a check and bought stamps.” We all laughed again.

Trish then told us to bring my camera back, the next time that we were in Kerrville, and she would be glad to adjust the settings for me. She is so nice.

After leaving Copies Plus, we headed to FedEx, so I could ship Kim G. the handouts. As soon as Tony had parked the car, I realized that I had forgotten to bring the bumper stickers! When I told Tony that I had forgotten to bring them—he broke out laughing, and he was still laughing, when I returned to Buttermilk—after mailing the handouts!

“Nance,” Tony said, as we passed by the orange colored restaurant, “I’m buying you a note pad tomorrow, and a hearing aid for your birthday.”

“What? You’re buying a boat pad? What’s that?”

P.S. Kim G., I'll ship the bumper stickers up there tomorrow! I hope!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Now We're Talkin' Super Bonefit!

Guess what? I have some more exciting news to tell y’all about, the June 6th Bonefit at Ruta Maya with Joe King Carrasco! In fact, I haven’t even told Kim G., yet. I want to surprise her and y’all, too, at the same time!

Well, I am sure that everyone reading my blog, knows who N. M. Kelby is, if not, you need to stop reading this right now, so you can trot down to the nearest bookstore to buy everyone of her books! Then when you get home, get on your computer, and go to this address: and check it out! Her sight is great, and you’re gonna love it! I promise!

I think Nicole, is one of the best authors on this side of the planet, as well as the other side, too! I think it is way too cool that Dwight Yoakam bought the movie rights to her last book, "Whale Season," and she’s been busy working on the movie version with him! And, did you know that N. M. Kelby is the first critically acclaimed author to have ever had a BBQ sauce—as a companion for her latest book—"Murder At The Bad Girls Bar And Grill."

Okay, so now everyone knows who N. M. Kelby is, and I want to thank y’all for buying her books, and checking out her web site. Now, I can continue my exciting story, and tell you the great news!

My good friend, Fay, up in Toronto, who adopted Kris Kristofferson from us, and introduced N. M. and me to each other—via the internet—a while back, and from time to time we have sent each other notes.

Well, this morning I received an e-mail from Nicole, telling me that she wants to send down one of her books, along with a jar of “Bad Girls Bar and Grill BBQ Sauce” to add to the auction items for the June 6th Bonefit! And get this— she is also sending me a copy of her book, and a jar of BBQ sauce, too! I can’t wait! I am so excited! And, I’ll guarantee you this, her book and that jar of BBQ sauce will definitely be two of the high dollar items! Thank you so much, Nicole, and thank you Fay—for introducing us, and thank you Kim for putting on this Bonefit for us!

I just called Kinky, to tell him the great news, and he said to tell Nicole, Fay and Kim, “Thank you, Very Much! And he sends y’all—his best!”

As soon as I get this blog posted, I am sending Kim G. an e-mail asking her to please check out today’s post. When Super Woman reads about this—I’m sure it will make this the best Memorial Day that Kim has ever had!

And, now for the rest of the story. Yesterday, our good friend, the professional photographer, Brian Kanof, came out to the ranch, with his better half, Jackie, and his daughter Lauren, so he could take some photographs. After he had finished his shoot, Tony challenged him to shoot a game of pool.

Before Tony racked up the balls, I asked Brian, “What is your nickname? Tony’s The Medina Bulldog.”

“I don’t have one, but I guess it could be the nickname, that Kinky gave to me. A*** from El Paso.” We laughed. “No. I think I will use my old CB handle—Texas Western. Yeah, I like that one. I’ll use that one.”

The Texas Western broke up the rack of balls and the three game tournament began. The Texas Western was good, but not as good a pool player as The Medina Bulldog. Twenty minutes passed. Texas Western—1 and The Medina Bulldog—2! Yeah, Tony!

As we were leaving, I asked Brian if I could take a quick picture of him, standing next to his car, and he agreed to let me shoot him—so I did. After that, I took the picture of that rock, that looks like an ugly man’s head, that I put on yesterday’s blog. Have a great day! Here’ssssssssssssss—Brian!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Bonefit, Bonefit—Up In Austin!

This afternoon, I received a very exciting phone call—from our friend, Kim G., who we have now nicknamed, ‘ Super Woman,’ because she is the one who donated the agility equipment to us—a few months back! Today, she called to tell me that the Benefit for us, on June 6th, at 8:30 pm, at the Ruta Maya Coffee House and Organic Coffee Importing, up in Austin, featuring our good friend—the one and truly great—Joe King Carrasco—is going though the roof! The tickets are selling like hot cakes, and the donations being made for the silent auction—are more than awesome! In fact, I got goosebumps when she told me about some of the items that will be auctioned off that night!

Kim asked me if we were going to be able to make the show, and I told her that we would most definitely try to make it, because Tony and I want to be there to give her and Joe King Carrasco great big bear hugs—for helping us out!

I hope that all of y’all can make this benefit show, and I can already guarantee you, right now—it’s going to be one of our best Bonefits, yet! I can’t wait to go!

For more information about this Bonefit, check out:

Be There Or Be Square! I hope that we will see y’all there! Here’s a poem that I just wrote about it:

Bonefit, Bonefit—up in Austin,
Bonefit, Bonefit—we love Kim!
Bonefit, Bonefit—we gotta go,
Bonefit, Bonefit—to see Carrasco!
Bonefit, Bonefit—at the Ruta Maya,
Bonefit, Bonefit—miss it and you’ll sigh-a!
Bonefit, Bonefit—up in Austin,
Bonefit, Bonefit—it’ll be Awesome!

P.S. I wish everyone a great Memorial Day!
P.S.S Tomorrow, I will tell you about The Medina Bulldog vs. Brian Kanof—The Texas Western!
P.S.S.S. Check out this rock that I found today—I’ve named it, “Stone Age Man!” I can't wait to show it to Kinky!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

The Shootout!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend to everyone! Today has been somewhat busy for me. I was up and running (more like skipping) by 6:00 this morning. After feeding the dogs and making some organic coffee, I sat down at my laptop, and finished reading / editing the final chapters, of a friend’s manuscript. His book was a fantastic non-fiction read, and I felt honored that he had asked me to help him edit it. In fact, his dedication is to me!

Around 10:30 this morning, Ronda Lashley and Jose arrived at the rescue ranch. They had come out so Ronda could interview me a little more, and for her to also take a few more pictures for her article in the 'Austin' magazine’s July issue. Ronda had come out a few weeks ago, and she interviewed both Kinky and I, and it had been a lot of fun! We did part of the interview in Outer Space while it was still under construction—I hadn’t decorated it, yet.

So, the first thing I did, when they arrived, was to show Ronda what Outer Space now looked like. Ronda was impressed with my decorating, and Jose really liked it, even though he hadn’t been to Outer Space before. Then we left Outer Space to go take some pictures of the dogs.

I was talking their heads off—telling them how important John Kemmerly was to us, and all of the great work that he has done out here—when we met up with John at the barn. After introductions, Ronda asked John if she could take some pictures of him walking a dog. John was polite, and tried to wiggle out of it with excuses like, “Well, I don’t think so, I didn’t shave this morning, my shirt is dirty. I think y’all need to let Nancy do it.”

“Come on John,” I begged. “You’re the one that does most of the dog walking around here.” I could tell that John didn’t really want to do it, but he agreed to do it anyway.

John and I decided to walk Katherine Ross and Ms. Pepper. As I walked Katherine Ross, and John walked ‘our ton of fun gal’—Ms. Pepper, down to the creek—Ronda began taking pictures of us. Ronda started out following us with her camera, and I joked about her needing to use a wide angle lens on me, and then she got ahead of us and started shooting us, again. It was a lot of fun and I think John really enjoyed it, too.

During our walk back to the rescue ranch, while visiting with Jose, I discovered that he was an oncologist, and he also owned a photography gallery in Fredericksburg, ‘Photography 414!’ It is located at 414 East Main Street in Fredericksburg.

When we returned to the rescue ranch, John took Ms. Pepper and Katherine Ross back to their pens. Ronda then asked us to pick out another dog for her to take pictures of. We decided on Randy Travis. So, John put a leash on Randy, and then we took off for the front yard of my writing cabin.

Ronda took several pictures of Randy with John, and then she left to go visit our pigs. John, Jose and I remained in the front yard— over by the pig pen. Then I heard Ronda, who was inside the pig barn, having what sounded like a two-way conversation with a pig.

I looked at Jose. “Is Ronda inside there, all by herself—talking to one of our pigs?” I asked.

“Yes,” Jose said. “But she is talking to Tony. He’s inside there, too.”

I laughed. “That’s good, because I thought she was carrying on a conversation with a pig,” I said. “I’m hard of hearing and didn’t hear Tony’s voice.”

Then our dogs started barking! Randy had jumped out of the yard and was running back to his pen! John left to go put him back with his roommates—(Moe) Bandy and Mandy.

When Ronda was done with our pigs, she told me that she and Jose were going to walk around and take a few more shots. “That’s great,” I said. “I am going to go get my camera, and take pictures of you taking pictures of our dogs, so I can blog about it. I’ll be right back!”

I went to the trailer, grabbed my camera, and when I was coming out of the gate, John walked up and suggested that we take Kermit, so we could quickly catch up with them before she was done. We jumped into Kermit and John drove us to Willie Nelson’s and Bobbie Nelson’s pen.

I jumped out of Kermit, and started shooting Ronda without her knowing it! When she turned around and saw what I was doing—she broke out laughing and so did we!

After she had taken several pictures of Willie and Bobbie, she thanked us for our help, and then she and Jose left the rescue ranch.

As soon as they were gone, I went to the trailer. I opened up my laptop and went to: to check out Jose’s gallery online. Wow! I was blown away by his beautiful gallery, and the pictures were awesome! I showed it to Tony and he was mightily impressed, too. We are definitely going to check it out the next time, that we are in Fredericksburg.

After viewing the awesome web site, I checked my e-mail. John’s mom, Mary S., had sent me an address to check out:
I went to the address and the video was fabulous! Please check it out

Kinky Is In Belfast!

Kinky just called me. He is in Belfast and having a wonderful time! Kinky, Little Jewford and Ratso are headed to Cork today!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Welcome To Outer Space!

Today, I finished the last two red cushions! Here is what Ron, my great brother and my sister, Cindy's son, Tom—built in 1.5 days! We love it and so does Kinky, Ben, John, and Maribeth! Thank you Tom and Ronnie!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Kinky Just Called!

Kinky just called and he is still in Amsterdam, but he will be headed for Ireland tomorrow morning. He sounded great, and he told me that he, Little Jewford and Washington Ratso, are having a great time over there!

First Cardinal In Outer Space!

Yesterday afternoon, I decided to make cushions for the chairs—in Outer Space. It took me an hour to make four cushions, and they look great! I still have two more cushions to sew, and then Outer Space decorating will be complete, and I’ll be ready to show y’all some pictures!

During the cutting of fabric, sewing and then going back and forth to Outer Space, I decided to remove the spring off of the screen door, opened it up wide, so my dogs could come and go into Outer Space easily.

Well, just before my last trip into Outer Space, Tony hollered from outside, “Nance, there’s a female Cardinal in Outer Space, because you didn’t close the door!”

I went outside with my last pillow, and watched Tony try to shoo the bird out—nothing worked. The bird just kept flying around and I asked Tony to please let me try, so he went back inside the trailer and so did I—to get my camera.

When I returned to Outer Space, I snapped a few pictures of the beautiful bird, and then, with my dogs watching I talked to the little bird, explaining that it would be okay, and I was there to help it leave Outer Space. I don’t know if the frightened bird understood English, but it looked at me and then took a right as I had suggested, and then a hard left—and was freed! As soon as it had flown out—I closed the screen door and attached the spring back to it.

This morning, I woke up at 5:45. After feeding the dogs, I made some coffee and had a productive morning doing paperwork. Around sevenish, I decided to make a great breakfast for Tony, who would be home soon—from the Old Timer in Medina. I decided to cook my ‘Cousin Nancy’s Cowboy Breakfast Supreme’ which requires queso. I was out of queso, so I had to make some. I melted 8 ounces of Velveeta Cheese and then added a can of Rotel Tomatoes with green chiles.

This part is where I am pretty sure that I will make it into the Guinness Book of World Records, because I doubt that anyone has ever done what I did this morning—in the privacy of my own kitchen.

After the hot queso was ready, I put on one of those rubber mitts and poured the queso into a large bowl. Then I opened the refrigerator door, and bent down to place the queso on the bottom shelf, but it didn’t quite make it. The bowl slipped out of my hand, landed part way on the bottom shelf and then fell to the floor—with queso spilling everywhere! Mama and Abbie ran to my rescue, and began eating the queso as fast as they could. I told them to get back, like the Beatles song, and then I put them outside. I then quickly closed the refrigerator’s door, and began wiping up the mess on the floor with wash rags!

Please note: A few weeks ago, after watching Oprah’s show about going green—I decided to give up using paper towels and paper plates for the planet. So, I now use wash rags when needed.

Well, wash rags and queso don’t mix real well. I had to use seven to clean up the spill on the floor, and the rags were covered in cheese—and they are still soaking in the sink.

When I opened the door of the refrigerator to start breakfast—I was shocked at what I saw! There was queso covering the entire bottom shelf, and cheese was dripping onto the drawers below, and onto the floor! I grabbed more wash rags and began trying to clean up the spill. How the queso had flowed all of the way back to the back of the refrigerator—I’ll never know.

When Tony arrived and saw what I was doing—he laughed out loud! “Nance, what in the world are you doing—washing beer cans?”

As I stood at the sink, scrubbing queso off of the cans, I explained to him what had happened, and we both, had a good laugh about it.

Needless to say, ‘Cousin Nancy’s Cowboy Breakfast Supreme’ had to be canceled, since the only queso left— was stuck on my wash rags still soaking in the sink. So, we ate Cousin Nancy’s Instant Oatmeal’—instead and it was okay.

I would bet you, that I am the only person on the planet, who has washed and scrubbed beer cans, and it just might be a world record. Warning! Please don’t try this at home—it ain’t fun!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Alice In Wonderland!

This morning, John came to the trailer and watched youtube’s “Elephant Painting Self Portrait,” and he loved it, too! It is so awesome! I hope all of y’all will watch it, because it is great!

This afternoon at 3:15, Alice In Wonderland was adopted to some great friends of ours, in Medina! Travis had called us earlier, and he wanted to know if he could bring out his family, so they could adopt one of our dogs. “Yes,” Tony said. “Come on out—the gate is open.”

After we showed them all of our dogs—they wanted to take all of them home, but they couldn’t, so they adopted young Alice in Wonderland for their son Jack!

Jack and Alice bonded quickly, and before I had completed the adoption papers, Jack had already taught Alice to fetch! Here’s a picture of Alice and her new best friend!

P.S. I can’t wait to tell Kinky!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Dirty Laundry!

Earlier this week, I purchased a new, bigger solar dryer, so I could help the planet, in my own little way. I couldn’t wait for Tony to set it up for me—which required digging a pretty big hole in the ground. Well, his shoulder has been hurting him for a couple of weeks, so I didn’t pressure him to do it as soon as possible.

Yesterday morning around eleven o’clock, Tony came into the trailer to announce my solar dryer had been set up and was ready for me to start hanging out on it! I was busy doing some paperwork, but I stopped, so I could thank him for doing my ‘honey-do.”

A few hours later, when Tony was inside the trailer, again— I stopped what I was doing and went over and gave him a big hug and then thanked him again for setting up the solar dryer. “You’re welcome,” Tony said. “It was no big deal.”

Around four o’clock, Ben, Tony and I were sitting in “Outer Space,” discussing how wonderful our new screened in porch was, when Ben gets out of his chair and walks over to the kitchen window. He then grabbed the little thin antenna wire, for our Sirius radio, which we no longer were receiving—due to the roof on the screened in porch. Then he grabs the magnet, jumps on a ladder—pushes it above the new roof, and then he went outside, around to the side of our trailer, climbs up on the roof and then properly places the antenna where we could get a signal, again!

When Ben came back to “Outer Space” I thanked him for fixing our antenna problem. “You’re welcome,” Ben said. “No big deal.”

“Ben, have you seen my new solar dryer? It’s right behind you, ” I said. “I just love it!”

“Yes, Nancy,” Ben said. “I dug the hole for it. It’s pretty cool.”

“What?” I said. “Tony told me that he did it.”

Tony and Ben started laughing. “No I didn’t, Nance,” Tony said. “Now that’s a lie. I told you that your solar dryer was set up and ready for you to hang out with it. Am I right?”

Tony and Ben start laughing again and so did I. “Well, thank you, Ben,” I said. “I have thanked Tony twice today for setting it up for me. And, here you did all of the hard work.”

“Nance, Ben dug the hole, and I placed the clothesline pole into the hole, and it was heavy, too,” Tony said. “We set it up for you. Right Ben?”

Ben couldn’t say anything, because he was laughing so hard.

“Ben, thank you for doing my ‘honey do’ list for Tony,” I teased. “Now, I’ve got Sirius radio back, so I can listen to it—while hanging out our dirty laundry.”

P.S. Later that evening, after Ben had left for Austin, Tony and I drove over to Koyote Ranch to listen to some live music with our great friends, Harley and Becky Belew and their friends—Randy and Maria. We had a great time and we laughed the night away! If it wasn’t Harley making us laugh—Randy was!

P.S.S. No word from Kinky, yet. He must be having a great time in Amsterdam!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Smiling Faces!

Last Thursday, during a conversation with Harley on his radio show, he told me that our friends, Randy and Lisa, of The Save Inn Restaurant, wanted everyone to know that their son and his wife, Trisha, had recently opened up a copy shop in Kerrville. He went on to tell me that they can do just about any kind of printing including posters. “Harley, that’s great news!” I said. “I’m going to go see them, because I want to get a poster done for Tony. It’s going to be a surprise for him.”

Tuesday morning, I found a little bit of time, to work on my poster project. I ended up using two pictures of Blue, and the poem that Tony had written on the day that Blue died. It took me less than an hour to put it all together—using Adobe Photoshop, and then I burned it to a CD. And, then I told Tony about the poster, because I couldn’t keep the secret any longer.

That afternoon, we drove to Kerrville to get it printed! We drove to the print shop, walked inside and I said, “Hi. Are you Randy’s and Lisa’s son?”

This man looked at me like I was a crazy old lady. “What?” He asked. “Who is Randy and Lisa?”

I turned about five shades of red and Tony just stood there wearing a big grin. “Our friend’s son has just opened up a print shop and I thought this was it,” I explained.

“You’re talking about Copies Plus,” he said, “They’re down the road—next to Auto Zone.”

“Thank you,” I said, “I’m sorry.” And then we walked out of the business—feeling embarrassed. Tony teased me all of the way to Copies Plus.

When we found Copies Plus, Tony parked Buttermilk, and then we went inside. “Hi, welcome to Copies Plus. My name’s Trisha. What can I do for you?”

After introducing ourselves, and telling her about going to the wrong copy shop—I handed Trish the CD and explained what we needed to get printed. Trisha understood what we were wanting and she was very helpful. In less than five minutes, we left Copies Plus and headed home.

Yesterday morning, I received an e-mail from Trisha. She had sent me a proof and it looked great! She wrote to tell me that the poster would be ready today, and she wrote that she had a Heeler named Ziggy. She said that the pictures and Tony’s poem had touched her and she had played around a little, with my design and just wanted to show it to me.

When I looked at her design—I loved it and was so glad that she had included it in the e-mail! I immediately e-d her back, and told her that her design was fantastic and to please use it, instead of mine.

This morning I received another e-mail from Trish—the poster would be ready around noon! Tony couldn’t wait to see it, so at 11:30, Tony left the rescue ranch, to go pick up his poster at Copies Plus!

When Tony arrived back home—he was smiling from ear to ear—he loved his poster! When I saw it—my jaw dropped—it was absolutely beautiful! When Tony showed it to Ben and Maribeth—they thought it was great, too!

Because I was so thrilled about how well it had turned out—I called Trish. “Trish, this is Nancy. Tony just got home with your poster, and I am calling to thank you for doing such a great job. It’s perfect and we love it! And, I am so glad that we went with your design. Thank you so much for making Tony smile, again.”

P.S. Ben and Toto dropped in this afternoon—just to say hi!

P.S.S. Kinky is leaving tomorrow for his Amsterdam, England and Ireland tour with Little Jewford and Washington Ratso!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Elephant Painting Self Portrait!

My friends, Drew and Renee sent me this awesome youtube to watch! It is of an elephant painting a self-portrait! It is unbelievable and i hope that you will watch it! The animal kingdom, is so much smarter than we think. Please copy this to your browser and paste:

It is titled: Elelphant Painting Self Portrait

I promise that you will love it! Thank you, Drew and Renee.

Monday, May 12, 2008


This morning I received some very sad news from our dear friends, Denise and Mark Stevens—their little Hank had passed away. Kinky, Tony and I were all saddened about Hank’s passing, because Hank had once been Kinky’s dog, and then Hank became Tony’s and my dog for over three years, and then Hank was Mark and Denise’s dog—for nearly five years.

Kinky had rescued Hank, when he was leaving KVET, following a show with Sam and Bob. He was going out the stations door, when a rescue group was coming in. When Kinky saw Hank—his heart melted and he asked the people about the little red dog. The people were from a rescue group up in Austin, and they were bringing the little red dog—hoping to get him adopted during their radio interview with Sam and Bob. Kinky adopted Hank on the spot.

Then Kinky called me to tell me about his adoption. “Nance, I love this little dog and I can’t wait for y’all to see him!” Kinky said. “He’s precious and I’ve named him Hank.”

Kinky took Hank to his ranch and everything went smoothly until Mr. Magoo tried to drown Hank in the creek one day. “Nance, Gooie just tried to murder Hank,” were Kinky’s words. “I’m scared he’s going to get hurt. Can y’all take him?”

Hank lived with Tony and me for over three years and he was a joy to be around—he fit right in with our bunch.

During the Thanksgiving holidays in 2003, our great friend, Brian Alstott, came out to see us and he brought along Denise, his friend’s wife, so she could see the rescue ranch. When Denise saw Hank—she asked us if she could adopt him, because he had stolen her heart.

A week later, Denise drove down with her friend and she officially adopted him! Since that day, we have stayed in touch with Mark and Denise, and we count them as great friends, and we loved getting Denise’s e-mails updating us with her funny stories about Hank.

This afternoon around four o’clock, Mark and Denise showed up to bury Hank next to Yoda’s grave, because Hank and Yoda had been buddies. There was lots of tears and hugs.

After burying Hank with his favorite squeaky toy, a small hat and a coffee mug, Mark built a form out of 2 X 6’s, and then mixed up some concrete, and shoveled it into the form above their little dog’s grave. Denise placed a big rock that looked like a heart in the middle of the slab, and then they each etched a few sweet words into the concrete—using long screws. Hank had been laid to rest.

Kinky, Tony, Ben, Brian and me—and especially Mark and Denise, are going to miss that great, little, red dog—named Hank. Rest In Peace.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Some Days—You Just Can't Win!

Today has been great for several reasons, even though I overslept this morning and had to play catchup. By nine o’clock I was caught up with my chores, and was outside painting the front porch floor with a roller brush. I started at the front door of the screened in porch, and painted up to the steps going into the trailer.

That’s when things began to get a little bit tricky for me. Tony had advised me earlier, as he was stirring up the paint—to paint only one side of the steps so we could get in and out of the trailer, and to also leave an unpainted path on the steps, leading up to our porch—so we wouldn’t get stranded. I heeded his advice and thank goodness I did, because the porch is still not totally dry! I guess that’s because it is an oil base paint, and the humidity today is not helping it dry.

After I had painted all that I could paint, I came inside the trailer and painted a sign for our new screened in porch, and Tony is going to hang it—once the paint dries completely, which hopefully will be in the next few hours. I’ve finally named our screened in porch. Here’s the sign!

Around noon, Tony and I went to Kerrville for some groceries and to run a couple of errands. We first went to Gibsons, so I could buy a new solar dryer—outdoor clothes line. Then Tony treated me to lunch for Mother’s Day—even though I never had any kids. Then we went and bought some groceries.

Our last stop, before returning to the rescue ranch, was at the coolest nursery in all of Texas—The Plant Haus 2! Kinky had told us, a while back, to go there and introduce ourselves to the owner, Karen King, Smith, because he loves her nursery, he likes Karen a lot and it’s the best nursery in all of Texas. Karen is the woman who helped Kinky with his Friedman Family Bone Orchard plants.

Well, Tony needed to buy some organic plant food, so we decided to go there and check it out. To say the least—we were extremely impressed! The place was packed with customers, and Karen was busy, so Tony and I took our own tour of her beautiful nursery. After Karen had checked out her long line of customers—Tony and I introduced ourselves. I felt kinda stupid, but this is what I said, “We work at the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch with Kinky, and he told us to come here and introduce ourselves to you.” That’s when I felt stupid, so I twirled my index finger in the air—like big deal, and then I laughed. “I’m Nancy and this is my husband, Tony.”

“You’re Cousin Nancy!” Karen said. “I’m Karen and I love what y’all are doing. I love dogs. I have five.”

“That’s great!” Tony and I said—in two part harmony. And, then we visited for several minutes talking about dogs. Tony and I liked her.

“Karen,” Tony said. “I’ve got a huge organic, heirloom garden and I need your advice on my tomato and jalapeno plants...”

Karen had lots to say, and she told Tony what products she recommended for our area’s dirt. She was like an encyclopedia on plants and we learned a lot. Then she goes off and grabs a giant sack of Tomato and Jalapeno plant food from a shelf and a large jar of ‘Garretts Juice’—and then she plops them on her counter and says, “I want to give this to y’all for free. It’s the best.”

Tony and I were stunned. “Karen, you don’t have to do that,” I said. “That’s not right—we’ll pay for it. Okay?”

“No, I want to give it to you and that’s that. I insist!” She said, wearing a big friendly smile.

“Karen, I’m gonna blog about this,” I said. “Tony would you go get our camera, please?” Tony went to the car and came back with the camera. “One, two, three!” I took this picture of her and Tony.

I still didn’t feel right about taking her merchandise for free, and then it hit me. I left the inside of the store and went outside and grabbed the cutest metal art turtle, that had caught my eye earlier, then I returned to the inside of the store. “I want to buy this, and you can’t stop me. It’s $29.95 plus tax! I love this turtle.”

“I’ll sell it to you at my cost,” Karen stated, wearing a bigger grin on her face.

“No, Karen,” I said. “Now, that’s—just not right. You’ve got to make a living, and I am sure that you make a good living, but...”

“That’ll be $21.95, please.”

I gave up. I couldn’t win with this woman, so I wrote her a check for $21.95. “Thank you, Karen,” I said. “Do you have a business card that I can have?” She handed me two cards, and then Tony and I left her incredibly great nursery and headed home—with a big metal turtle resting on my lap.

On our drive back, I looked at Karen’s card. “Oh my gosh!” I said. “Tony, Karen is a Texas Master Certified Nurseryman! That’s why she knows so much about plants. I’ll bet you, that she is a Libra or a Cancer. Trust me, I will find out the next time we go there! And, that’ll be real soon, too.”

Tony just smiled and kept on driving.

P.S. Kristine sent me an e-mail—Sheba, Orion and Dennis Hopper arrived in Chicago and they are doing great! Kristine and Paul Banks, we love y'all! Thanks for helping us!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

A Room With A View!

This past Wednesday, Tony received a surprise package in the mail from The NoMADS! They had sent Tony a note along with the cutest Blue Heeler stuffed toy! It made Tony smile and I teared up. We love The NoMADS! Here is their note:

“The NoMADS especially those with Australian Cattle Dogs/ Heelers don’t think your lives are complete without an ACD/ Heeler! So sorry to read about Blue, so this guy’s for you!”

Thursday, was a great day! After taking care of rescue ranch business, I painted the front porch and got most of it done, even though it was hotter than hot! During a break, I also took care of something that I had postponed since a week ago Friday.

On May 2nd, our friend Brian Kanof, had driven out from El Paso, so he could attend our Fredericksburg Bonefit. He arrived around 3:00 with his better half—Jackie. Kinky invited us over to have a visit with them before leaving for Fredericksburg. Tony was busy building me a table for the screened in porch, so I went over to the Lodge.

During the visit, outside by the Friedman Family Bone Orchard, there was much laughter; until Brian asked me to come into the Lodge, because he had something serious to discuss with me.

In the kitchen Brian told me some sad news. Keech, the cat that he had adopted from us—years ago, had passed away from old age, and then we both teared up. Then he handed me an envelope, with a picture of Keech on the front of it. Brian then asked me if I could spread Keech’s ashes for him somewhere on the ranch and I told him that I would take care of it.

Thursday, when I opened up the envelope—there were no ashes in it. Instead, I found a kind note about Keech from the veterinary clinic, a clay cast of Keech’s footprint, with Keech’s name painted on it, and a copy of “The Rainbow Bridge.”

I had planned to scatter the ashes around Yoda’s grave, but since there were no ashes I put the clay cast next to the Eternal Squirrel, said some kind words about Keech, and then went back to painting.

Later that evening, I cooked my brother Ron’s latest new recipe, that he had concocted. It was fast, easy and delicious! And, Ben, Tony and I loved it! I’ve named it “Cousin Nancy’s PDQ—BBQ!” And, here it is:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees, turn on your iPod and crank up the volume.

Take skinless, boneless chicken thighs, and pound the heck out of them, using your kitchen hammer. Then place two thinly sliced strips of jalapenos in the middle of the thigh, roll it up and then wrap it with a strip of bacon—insert toothpicks. Cook for 45 minutes. Remove pan from the oven, crank oven up to broil, then generously pour BBQ sauce over the thighs, and put back into oven for 5-10 more minutes. Put “Sitting Here In Limbo” on by the Grateful Dawg and enjoy!

P.S. Serve with salad. Beer or Wine optional.

After we had eaten our dinner, we went outside to the screened in porch and had a great visit. One of our topics was— what name we should give to our new porch. Kinky had been bugging me about giving it a name, and I’m thinking of calling it “The Bunkhouse,” but Ben pointed out that there were no beds in it. I’m now thinking it should be called “Our Space,” “Outer Space,” or “A Room With A View!”

Friday morning, Kinky called to tell me, that an Israeli film crew, sent by the largest television network in Israel, was coming out at 9:00, to interview him and then me, for some documentary. That was not good news, because I needed to go to Kerrville. Thank goodness, the film crew was an hour late, because after interviewing Kinky—they had run out of time, and had to leave.

At 12:30, Tony and I took off for Kerrville. We decided to eat lunch first at La Fours, before running our errands. When we pulled into their parking lot—Kinky’s car was there, and we parked right next to it, and then we went inside. Kinky laughed out loud and so did we when our eyes met. He was with Jerome. He waved for us to join them, and we did. Great lunch—great visit!

(Wow! This blog is turning into a book—my fingers are killin’ me! I promise, that I am nearly done.)

This morning, at 5:00, Kinky called, just as Tony was fixing to call him—to invite us over for some coffee, before heading up to Austin, to hop a plane to Arkansas, for a lecture he was giving tonight. “Sorry,” Tony apologized. “Nance and I are pretty busy right now, getting Sheba, Orion and Dennis Hopper ready. They are getting picked up by Charlie and Ellen, who are taking them to the airport, and they will be here at 6:00.”

By 5:30, Tony and I had everything under control—we were ready. So, I called Kinky and then went over to the Lodge for a cup of coffee and a quick visit. At 6:00, it was time for Kinky to leave and for me to get back over to the rescue ranch.

When I arrived, the outside lights and two pair of headlights were on! While Tony and Charlie were loading the dogs into their crates, I gave all of the paperwork to Ellen and then visited for a few minutes. They left here at 6:15 and the sun had not even come up, yet. Then Tony took off for the Old Timer.

Around 8:00 this morning, I was ready for a nap, but instead I cooked my famous “Cousin Nancy’s Cowboy Breakfast,” which I stole from somebody. Ten minutes later, Ben showed up and so did Tony! We chowed down while listening to Ruthie Foster—singing her heart out! At 8:15, Ellen called to tell me that the dogs had made it to San Antonio, and were on their way to The Windy City! That news made my morning! I was happy!

Happy to know that our dogs were on their way, and that we all had survived my cooking, and no one had died from eating it this morning! After putting their dishes into the sink—the guys went to work outside, and left me to clean up the kitchen. When that chore was completed, I e-mailed Kristine Banks to let her know the dogs were on their way.

John came to work early, and Ben left here around 11:00 to go see his parents, Karen and Rob Welch, up in Mason, and to spend Mother’s Day with them—tomorrow.

It’s now fifteen minutes past twelve, and I am blogged-out! Y’all have a great Saturday, and Happy Mother’s Day!

P.S. Thanks Mari, for letting me know where to check out that movie starring Kinky, Mel Tillis, Roy Clark, Robert Earl Keen and Kevin Fowler—

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Revolving Doors!

Today, John took Orion, Sally and Sheba to Kerrville to get health certificates, so we can fly them up to Chicago on Saturday, so they can get adopted out to great homes! Well, it is good that I didn’t call Continental Airlines, because this afternoon around 3:30—Stacie, a vet tech at Hoegemeyer’s Animal Clinic, called—wanting to adopt Sally and take her home! She had fallen in love with her today, and she was thrilled when I told her that she could adopt Sally!

Twenty minutes later, our great neighbors, Sherry and Robert, called to ask us if we were missing any dogs, because Sherry had just picked up one, down at the creek. I told Sherry that we weren’t missing any dogs, but we would come over to check out the dog.

When we arrived at their ranch, they were outside waiting for us. When we got out of Buttermilk, Sherry pointed to the back of their pickup and up popped a head—a redhead with a long tail wagging happily! She was adorable! We went over to the tailgate of the truck, and she jumped up and kissed Tony and me! She was young, had no collar and most likely had been dumped out here by some creep. “We’ll take her,” Tony said. “We just had Sally get adopted, so we have room for her.”

Robert and Sherry were delighted, because they already have six dogs, that they have rescued, including two new kittens. Tony loaded up the young female pup into a crate in the back of the Explorer, and then we headed home. By the time we arrived at the rescue ranch, she had a name. We named her Alice In Wonderland, and tomorrow she will be going to Hoegemeyers for shots and to be spayed! She is so sweet, but difficult to photograph! I took 8 pictures of her and this is the best one that I could get—she was too happy!

When we came inside our trailer, I phoned Kinky’s cell, because he was in San Antonio, waiting to go to the premiering of that movie he was in, where he played the Governor of Texas in the 1890’s! The name of the movie is “Palo Pinto Gold,” and I can’t wait to see it!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Now This Is Great!

Today, I received a cute note, accompanied with a check for the rescue ranch, from my good friend Karen Cares—up in Massachusetts! She and her husband, Herb came down to visit us on January 28th, the day after Herb’s birthday and we had a blast, and we now count them as good friends. I want to share her kind note with y’all. She’s too sweet. Karen wrote:
Dear Nancy,
Hi to you and Tony. I have to share this little story with you. My friend Judy was listening to Imus on her way to work, a month or so ago and he was talking to Kinky on the phone. While talking to him, another one of his phones was ringing so Imus told Kinky to answer the phone and it was you calling him. Judy was so excited because she knows you from hearing how great you are from Herb and I.

Herb and I enjoy seeing Kinky on O’Reilly every Monday night.

Little Rubeun has the Mange. I’m giving him Ivomec. He has to take it for a month. Hugs and kisses to “Miss Bunny” Love, Karen”

Karen’s words made me laugh when I remembered that Imus show, but I’m not so sure about being great, in fact, I can prove that I’m not great—and here’s the proof!

After reading Karen’s card, I asked Tony to please read it, and he laughed out loud when he got to the part about me being great! And, today, when I talked to Kinky on the phone, and told him about Karen’s note, he laughed, too when I mentioned the word—great and so did I!

P.S. Karen, you are so nice and thank you for making me laugh. I’m never going to live down that Imus show—it was pretty funny. And, I want to let you know that I am going to frame your card and hang it in front of my bathroom mirror—to cover it, because the mirror scares me and your great note will make me laugh—first thing in the morning and all day long! Its great and I love it! Thank you. Have a great day! : ))

P.S.S. Judy, your friend Karen is great, and we love her and Herb! They’re GREAT!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Thank You Very Much!

This morning has been great! After feeding my six dogs, Mama, Abbie, Thunder, Toto, Little Girl and Hank, and then Lucky, our three-legged cat, I made some coffee, and then went out on our new screened-in deck to enjoy my first cup of coffee for the day.

I just love our new deck, that my incredibly great big brother, Ron and my nephew, Tom— built for us! Decorating it has been a lot of fun for me, and I am nearly done with it, and I will have pictures to share soon.

After breakfast with Tony, I decided to check my e-mails. As always, there were numerous letters and spams, but the last two e-mails, made my day! The first one, was from our great friend Carl. He wrote to tell me that he had to cancel his visit with us because he had some business that needed his attention. At the end of his note, he attached a beautiful picture of a rose in his garden—that he had named—Nancy! Wow, that is too cool!

The second e-mail was from our friend Dr. Kim G., who donated the agility equipment to us, a few months back. Well, she is putting on a dynamite Benefit for us, on June 6th, at 8:30 pm, at the Ruta Maya Coffee House & Organic Coffee Importing, up in Austin, featuring—Joe King Carrasco, who we love! Anyway, Kim wrote to tell us that the web site, promoting the upcoming benefit, was now ready for us to post!

Here is the site for the event:

The site is fantastic! Please check out the site and near the bottom of the page they did the coolest slideshow of our dogs!

Thank you, Carl Naylor, Kim and Joe King Carrasco! We love y’all!

I’m fixing to go to Kerrville to get some paint for our front porch!

P.S. Cindy Lou, I hope your move to Granite Shoals went well!

Friday, May 2, 2008

The Auslander Tonight!

Tony and I are going to try to go to The Auslander tonight! I hope everyone can make one of these great Bonefits! They are a lot of fun!

5/2 The Auslander $35-$50 7:30PM
323 Main Street, Fredericksburg

5/3 Silver Spur Theatre $50 7:30PM
108 Royal Street, Salado

5/4 Uptown Marble Theater $35-$45 4:00PM
218 Main Street, Marble Falls