Monday, October 31, 2016

I Did It Again!

Today has been great. This afternoon after doing rescue ranch paperwork, returning numerous phone calls and e-mails I cooked us lunch, before we took off, for Kerrville, to run several errands.

Well, I have to admit that I did it again—Yes, I correctly cooked us delicious, grilled cheese sandwiches again, with some homemade beans and a few tomatoes from Tony's garden. And this time, before eating my super delicious lunch, I took a picture of my plate, just so I could show my grilled cheese sandwich to you.

Later this afternoon, after we got back from Kerrville. I had our dogs inside The Cabin. And all six of our dogs were sleeping, in the big room, but our guest, recently rescued puppy, Lori Darlin', who we are still trying to find a fabulous, forever home for was playing with her loud squeaky "Lamb chop" toy. And she was making it squeak non-stop.

So I grabbed my camera and sort of snuck up on her, because she was so involved playing with her new toy and I took this pictures of her. This one I've titled: What Are You Looking At?

And this one I've titled: If you adopt me—Lamb chop is part of the package deal!

And that is about it for tonight.

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

Sunday, October 30, 2016

For The Ladies Only!

Today has been great, even though nothing real exciting has happened and that's exactly why it has been so great. Tonight's post is going to be a short one and it is about unwanted hair.

Several months ago, one of my dear friends gave me a fabulous book that she had read. And since then every night before I go to bed I read a chapter or two or three if necessary, because I'm still not sleepy. And I want to say that I have had so much fun reading this book The Most of Nora Ephron. 

Sadly, Nora Ephron, who I've always been a great fan of passed away in 2012 and the Estate of Nora Ephron published this book in 2013. 

I haven't read this book straight through, because I've intentionally enjoyed mixing it up by reading different stories in different chapters. Anyway, it is a very entertaining book and it is filled with Nora Ephron's wisdom, humor,  insights on her personal life, etc. And I highly suggest that you read it.

Anyway, last night I decided to read her "Personal" section, "On Maintenance" and the story about "Unwanted Hair" made me laugh out loud several times, because it is so true, although a lot of women won't admit it. "  It begins on page 516.

So today, after reading a few more of her hilarious stories, I secretly decided to do some research on threading away unwanted hair, (because it hit a little too close to home if you know what I mean) that worked wonders on temporarily, removing her mustache, that appeared after she went through menopause.

And I found this educational tutorial on YouTube about how to thread facial hair on women, to remove their mustaches or eyebrows or beards. So this is for the ladies only to watch.

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

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Mayo! Mayo!

Today has been great. Late this afternoon Tony and I took off for Kerrville, because Tony needed to pick up some more birdseed, at Wild Birds Unlimited and I needed to go to the big H-E-B to buy a few more groceries.

In fact, the main reason why I wanted to go to H-E-B was to buy a loaf of healthy, organic, NON GMO, Eureka "Seeds The Day" Bread, H-E-B's Classic Havarti Single Sliced Cheese and a small jar of Kraft mayonnaise, because last night I stumbled upon this very interesting website: about how to cook the best grilled cheese sandwich the correct way, without using any butter. And that got me excited, because all of my life I discovered that I've been doing it the wrong way all along with my mother, my sister and my grandmothers.

Yes, I know that by admitting this it proves to you just how exciting my night life really is. Anyway, I could not wait to go to the grocery store today, so I could buy the mayo, cheese and bread.

First, we went to Wild Birds Unlimited and we found Kevin "holding down the fort" all by himself. So while Tony shopped around this super cool store, that has the best of vibes and of course, the best birdseed, I had a fun conversation with Kevin, in between him helping customers find what they needed.

After we adios-ed our good friend, Kevin, we went down the street to shop at the big H-E-B and then we came back home.

As soon as we had put up the groceries Tony went outside to fill up his bird feeders, while I anxiously got out the three ingredients needed to make the best grilled cheese sandwiches, on our Planet and then I cooked us our grilled cheese sandwiches the correct way, without using any butter.

Trust me, I had my fingers crossed, when I placed the mayo-covered piece of bread face up and then put it face down into my non-stick skillet and then I topped it with the cheese, and then I placed the other mayo-covered piece of bread face up too, before flipping it, because I have always done it the opposite way, by placing the mayo sides on the inside touching the cheese, like my grandmothers and mother had taught me.

And oh my goodness (or Mayo! Mayo!), our sandwiches looked so delicious I totally forgot to take a picture first, before we ate them. Anyway,Tony and I both agreed that they were the very best grilled cheese sandwiches that we have ever eaten. And once again, here is the that taught me how to correctly cook a grilled cheese sandwich. And please note: that you can use any favorite cheese that you like.

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

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Bon Appetite!

Today has been a busy day and it was great, too. Basically, all we did after Tony did his morning chores outside and I did my rescue ranch paperwork inside, was eat lunch and then run errands, in Kerrville, in Bandera and in Medina.

Before we took off to run our many errands I cooked us that delicious Julia Child's Chicken With Mushrooms in a Cream Sauce recipe. The exact same recipe that I've blogged about several times, because it is most definitely Tony's and my all-time, favorite chicken recipe.

But this time, after Lisa, our dear friend/volunteer, had recently told me that she had cooked this mouth-watering recipe for her guests and then later on, she had served the leftovers over some cooked pasta. I decided to serve it over some RONZONI SuperGreens, a new, healthy pasta that I've recently discovered, because I was out of fresh asparagus.

As the Ronzoni thin spaghetti box states: "Enriched pasta with Spinach, Zucchini, Broccoli, Parsley & Kale. 3 Servings of Vegetables per 3.5 oz. portion, Good Source of Fiber" and is a "Good Source of 5 Vitamins & Minerals." And is "NON GMO VERIFIED." And on top of all of that good news—it is delicious and tastes exactly like the other pastas that I've used in the past.

So to wind up tonight's post on a good note, I want to show you a picture that I took of my plate, before Tony and I ate our delicious lunch today. And please note that Tony grew those delicious, juicy tomatoes. Bon Appetite!

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

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Sunrader!

Today has been great and so was last night. Before it got dark outside, Chet and I went outside and he took several short videos of me introducing some of our great dogs, to hopefully help them find forever homes.

Here is the link to Chet O'Keefe's Facebook page to view the great videos that he took of a few of our  fabulous dogs: Clovis, Lois Lane, Blue, Butterbutt, Rockette, Rocky, Buster Brown, Merlin, Hank and Lori Darlin'. Just scroll down the page until you see Chet's introduction followed by our dogs. "Thank you so much, Chet!" (I could not post his videos on here tonight, because I forgot to ask him to please e-mail them to me, before he took off. Anyway, as soon as I get them I will post them here, too.

This morning our good friend Chet drank some coffee with us and then he went outside and started packing up his super-cool motorhome with his stuff, for his road trip back home, in Terlingua.

Chet's super dog, Willie, seemed excited about them leaving, but Tony and I weren't, because we have had a great visit with Chet and we got to catch up with each others latest news. And Chet told us that he wished that he could spend a few more days with us, but he needed to get back, to Terlingua, so he can play his weekly Thursday night gig, at La Kiva.

Anyway, before we adios-ed each other Tony took these pictures of Chet and Willie and his fabulous Toyota Sunrader rv.

And that's about it for tonight.

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

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Here's Clovis!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Saturday, October 22, 2016

In A Perfect World! or Mending Fences!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Crazy, Son Of A ^*&@^!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

P.S. Does  Sozial mean social?

Monday, October 17, 2016

My Blue Mountain Birthday!

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Morrison Hotel!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, October 13, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, October 10, 2016

Meat Loaf! or Henry Was Here, Too!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Ranch Rules!

Last night I had so much fun watching the entire Season 2 of The Ranch, on Netflix. It is one of Tony's and my favorite sit-coms on Netflix, starring Sam Elliot, Debra Winger, Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson, and a brilliant cast of talented actors. The Ranch Rules!

Today has been great. We had quite a few visitors show up wanting tours of our rescue ranch and in between giving them tours that I decided that I wanted to try to take a cute picture of Lori Darlin', because her brother Gus' picture that was sent to us is too adorable. Here's the one of Gus that they took, again.

So I decided to sacrifice one of my many, beautiful, pink bandanas and cut it down to size, so it would fit around little Lori's neck. Then I spent nearly thirty minutes outside, in the front yard, on the front porch or in Outer Space, trying to capture a great picture of Lori.

But sadly, none of them turned out great due to my limited camera skills. And this is the best one I took of Lori, in Outer Space, hiding behind a rocking chair. It ain't great, to say the least.

Sadly once again, this is the only decent picture out of the whole bunch that I took of Lori today. And please note that I had to bribe her with puppy food to even get this photo of her laughing at me.

Late this afternoon, I received a phone call back from the nice woman that has been interested in adopting Lori from us. And no thanks to my poor photography skills, she had gone to meet Lori Thursday afternoon, while she was still, at Hoegemeyer Animal Clinic, waiting for us to pick her up and take her home. 

And to end this post tonight with some good news—she and her husband want to try her out for a few days to see how she gets along with their two other dogs, because Lori has already stolen their hearts.

So approximately ten or eleven days from now, after we have treated Lori, at home, with her daily antibiotics, ear mite drops and super vitamins and after our veterinarians have given her a round of shots and have spayed her—Lori will be auditioning for her hopeful part, in this super couple's home. So please keep your fingers crossed for her and for me, while I continue to keep trying to take a great picture of this super sweet pup. 

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

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Gus & Lori Darlin'!

Today has been great. Last night when we were fixin' to go to bed little Lori Darling was sleeping soundly, in her large crate. But ten seconds later after we had turned off the television and the lights in the big room—she started whimpering.

So I went back into the kitchen and turned on the light and the television and she was already sleeping soundly when I left the room to go back to bed.

Late this morning Tony and I took Lori Darlin' to Hoegemeyer Animal Clinic and we were totally impressed how good she is when going for a ride. Seriously, as soon as Tony had backed-out Trigger she curled up on the front seat and went to sleep. And the few times that she woke up she would just look around and then go back to sleep.

After dropping off this precious little girl we went down the street to Randy & Lisa's Save Inn restaurant to eat lunch and this time we both ordered the exact same thing—iced tea and their delicious Sinker Omelet.

Then we went to Wolfmueller's Books to visit with our good friends Sandy & Jon. When we arrived Jon greeted us from behind the counter and Sandy didn't because she was out running errands.

We had a fun visit with Jon, in between him helping customers find or recommend books. About twenty minutes later Sandy returned to their super cool bookstore. Then we sat down, near the counter and we laughed and caught up with each other's latest news. And after we adios-ed our friends Trigger took us home.

When we got home Susan had left a message for us, on Carlton, so I called her back. Susan told me that Dr. Janssen had thought Lori's age to be 8-9 weeks. She also told me that the small patch of missing hair on the tip of her ear was most likely caused by flies. Lori had ear mites, so they had flushed her ears and treated them and they also gave her a bath.

And because Lori is very anemic they were sending her back home with vitamins and antibiotics for us to give to her. "We will need for you to bring her back, in about ten days, when she is much stronger, then we will give her shots and spay her." So tomorrow we will go pick up Lori and bring her back home.

This afternoon, when I checked my e-mail the nice couple who had rescued Lori's brother, from the pound, sent me an update on Gus, along with the cutest picture of him. In her note she told me that Gus seemed to be already house broken and that Gus takes turns helping her husband work on his projects, in the barn and then Gus will go help her water their garden, etc. And her good news didn't surprise me at all, because seriously these two pups are super dogs. And that is about it for today.

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

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Lorena! Lorena!

Today has been great. Early this afternoon we met our dear friends for lunch and Tony and I had so much fun.

When we got back home Carlton was flashing, on the breakfast bar, and he said, "You have five new messages and the last one made me prick-my-ears. "Nancy, this is Jim *&^%$. I am calling you and Tony to see if you can help. Yesterday, we went to the Kerr Pound and we adopted the cutest, sweetest, little, male puppy. We took him to our vet and he was wormy and under-nourished. He has a twin sister still there and....Please call me back when you get this message. Bye."

So I immediately called Jim back and told him that we could help and he could not quit thanking us for helping rescue their pup's sister.

Then Kinky's and our friend showed up, who is baby-sitting The Friedmans for him, while he is touring in Australia, so we quickly filled her in on what was going on before I called the Kerr County Animal Services to see if they still had the small puppy.

And when this very nice woman officer told me that the pup was still there I asked her to please hold on to her, because we would come and take her. While I was asking the office the hours that we could come to pick her up I asked the friendly woman to please hold for a second. Then I asked Tony if he would mind running back to Kerrville before they closed today.

Tony said, "Not a problem. Tell them I am on my way." Then our friend, who had been listening to all of these conversations told us that she might be interested in adopting this pup.

So before we adios-ed Tony, I asked him to please bring the puppy back here, instead of dropping her off, at Hoegemeyers, like we usually do, because I wanted our friend to meet her first, before we take the pup to the vet clinic tomorrow.

Then I called Jim back to tell him that Tony had left to go pick up the puppy and then we talked about  the pups. When Jim told me that they had named their puppy Gus, after Gus in Lonesome Dove, I said, "Then we'll name her Lori Darlin'! The way Gus pronounced it." And Jim was thrilled about her name, because he told me that he had been thinking the exactly same thing for her name.

While Tony and Trigger were gone to rescue this puppy, I decided to go ahead and set things up inside The Cabin, so Tony wouldn't have to do all of the work.

I went outside and carried our smallest puppy pen, back inside The Cabin and then I sat it up to accommodate a small puppy, because it was too young to be put outside. After I had put down a reusable pee pad, I found a small bowl to put her dog food in.

Then I went back into my office and grabbed one of the hundred pot-pie-pans, that I used in our Longmire—Texas Style video spoof. You know "the alien-attracting helmets" that we wore on top of our heads. And after I filled the pot-pie-pan with water and filled the small dish with some puppy chow,  then I stood back and took this picture.

An hour later when Tony & Trigger returned with little Lori Darlin' we decided to let her play outside, before we took her over to meet Kink's and our friend. And I took a few pictures.

And this one looks like her mug shot.

When we took Lori Darlin' over to meet our friend, she thought the pup was cute and before we left to come back home, she took several pictures of Lori, so she could send them to her husband.

When we got back home we introduced to all of our dogs and then we put her into her puppy pen, next to the kitchen table. 

And it didn't take us long to figure out that we needed to enlarge her pen, because she was bigger than what we had thought she would be.

And as I finish writing this post, Lori Darlin' has jumped out of her pen. So now I must go help Tony bring inside a larger puppy pen to replace the smaller one.

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

Sunday, October 2, 2016


This week has been so busy for us and that is why I've not posted anything since last Sunday. Besides having to take care of ranch paperwork, etc. it still was fun for us.

Last Sunday Hans & Marita invited us to eat dinner with them and Stephen & Eva, on Tuesday, at Stephen's & Eva's home, in Fredericksburg. Because Hans had bragged several times about Marita's fabulous Norwegian cooking, Marita was going to do all of the cooking. And they also asked me to please bring my guitar too, so Stephen Morris, Hans and could do a little jamming.

After we had confirmed the date with them, Tony went over to Kinky's Lodge to visit with Kinky's and our good friend Brian Molnar. He's the great singer/song writer/ musician who often tours with Kinky and he also produced Kinky's latest CD, The Loneliest Man I Ever Met.

Anyway, when Tony came back home, he said, "Nance, you're not going to believe this! Brian is good friends with Hans & Marita, too...." And when we told Marita & Hans about Brian being here they asked us to invite him, too.

So late Tuesday afternoon the three of us carpooled, in Brian's rented Lexus, so we could go eat dinner with our friends and Brian brought along his guitar, too. And to say the least, "We all had a total blast. Marita is a really great cook and we had a lot of fun jamming together.

Wednesday and Thursday were quiet days, so that is why I didn't post.

Friday was a great day. Our great friends/dog-walking volunteers came out and after walking our dogs for us, we went up to, the Koyote Grill, to eat lunch together. As always we did a lot of laughing and we did a lot of talking about how great Netflix's Season-5 of Longmire was. And we were all excited about getting to watch the hilarious, Netflix sit-com, The Ranch-Season-2, which airs on Friday, October 7th.

Saturday morning and most of that afternoon we spent with our good friend Jim,"The Mineral Man," over at Kinky's Lodge, because Jim had volunteered to try to help fix the Wi-Fi problem that Kinky's guests were having trouble with.

And after Jim had to make another round trip back to his home to get his PC— he came back and solved the problem and fixed it. After all of us had used our own devices to make sure that we could all get on the Internet easily, I decided to call Kinky.

When I called Kink, I already knew that he was sitting, in the, San Antone airport, waiting to catch a plane to Australia, because I knew that he would be glad to know that Jim had fixed the Wi-Fi problem for his guests to use. And I was right.

After telling Kinky the thrilling news, Kinky asked me to please thank Jim for him and to tell him that he wanted to take Jim out to lunch to thank him, when he gets back to the ranch. "Okay," I said. "But you can thank him right now, because Jim is still here, packing us his computer stuff." Then I handed the phone over to Jim, so Kinky could talk to him. And before their conversation had ended, Kinky had told Jim that he was going to put Jim's Brisbane, Australian friends, on his Brisbane guest list  and that thrilled Jim.

And that is about it for tonight, because tomorrow is going to another busy day for us.

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