Monday, December 29, 2008
Soooooo, what have I been doing for the past 2 months?? Don't worry - I'm so not going to bore you with THAT. =) I have been chilling. I have been "working" (aka crocheting) and although I had a small spurt of purchases on Etsy nothing for awhile. I am still enjoying the heck out of it though and with luck and the right promotions I will sell a few more things.
Horses are all doing great. Kate (daughter of the people where we have ours) got a horse from one of her clients. So Liberty joined us about two weeks ago and he is just the cutest thing. The girls love him and they all get along so well. Kate is so great - she cleans, feeds, blankets, rides... She is awesome! Her husband (Brian) is also a really cool dude. He is going to school to be a pastor and rides a Harley. Need I say more?
The kids are all doing well. Miles is doing AWESOME as a Soldier. He is currently home on leave and will be heading to Georgia for his duty station. Then he will no doubt be deploying to Afghanistan.
The daughter is also doing great. She is working with autistic kids full time and doing hair part time. She is also going to go back to school in January for her teaching credentials.
The oldest is still ... the oldest. I don't need to elaborate. His gf is still pregnant. She is due April 23. They are having a boy - Jonathan Hunter.
The hubby is doing great! Not working as much as he would like but that's par for the course considering the holiday season. He spoiled me at Christmas (as usual) by giving me a day at the Murrieta Day Spa and then he also is paying for my Rider's Edge course which I take....
.... JANUARY 15-19TH!!!!!! Yes, I really am scheduled. I am so excited! You have no idea. I promise to keep you posted.
Other than that... I am still not working and collecting UI. This will last until the middle of April and then after that it's back to work for me. Which is OK. I am not complaining.
I hope you all are well and had a wonderful Christmas. I have missed every single one of you! You could have harrassed me more about posting!!! Hahahaha!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
This is me with the old mare, Cheyenne. Sorry you can't see her face better... She was afraid of the phone.
The girls got their feet done yesterday. This is just a pic I took of my boots and some hoof clippings. How bout one for being creative?
Here is a pic of Dolly with hay sticking out of her mouth....
Here is one of me with hay in my mouth...
I'm helping Dolly find the alfalfa buds. Tell me she isn't spoiled rotten.
This is my favorite pic... Dolly's soft eye... Look at those lashes!SONG OF THE BLOG: "Figured You Out" by Nickelback. This song freakin' kicks ass. Love it. Gotta have it. Can't get enough of it.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
But for now I want to talk about my new favorite show - "SONS OF ANARCHY". First off, I want to just set the record straight that my desire to get a bike started WAY before this show was even on the air or being advertised. Honest. It started for me about a year ago. I would see the bikes on the road, the different styles of bikes and riders and for some reason I just started to put them into categories and suddenly I was planning in my head the type of biker I wanted to be. SOA has started a real drive of people now wanting to ride Harleys and be part of an MC - club. Because I haven't yet taken my rider's course or gotten my bike, I really don't want to be confused with these people that just got on board because of the TV show. Not that there's anything wrong with that or they any less a bike fan than me, not at all. Just because I want to be clear I was influenced by more than the TV in my decision to ride.
The show is pretty good. If you haven't seen I recommend checking it out. The characters are starting to evolve. Tonight is the 4th show of the season. It opens up a whole new world of bikers and clubs. The web site and blog dedicated to the series is pretty informative and has lots of stuff on it about this whole other world. Jax is the main character (at least I think he is). He is quick tempered, likes to fight and did I mention HOT? LOL Here is a pic of him:
His Dad was one of the original founders of the SOA and was killed in an accident with a semi-truck. Apparently his Dad didn't believe in going down the illegal path with the club. He wrote a bunch of stuff about life and his vision for the club. Jax's Mom gave him a box of stuff she found of his Dad's and inside were all these journals and stuff. So although Jax is VP he is still starting to question the President of SOA, played by the guy that played the BEAST in Beauty and the Beast.
Now I really don't like Clay. He is just one of those characters that you love to hate. He is bad and has the club headed for trouble. They run guns mostly, but definitely are into other stuff for the almighty dollar. They kill people and have the local sheriff in their back pocket. Oddly, he is married to Jax's Mom - Gemma. I know you will recognize her when you see her. She played Peg on MARRIED WITH CHILDREN. She's come a long way. LOL Anyway, she is Clay's "old lady" and definitely Queen of the SOA. She refers to the club members and their families as her family and she is constantly manipulating someone or something. I don't much care for her either, but that's just part of the show. Here is a pic of her:
Anyway, I think the show is cool to watch and I'm definitely a fan. Sorry, I know these pics are really small. I'll try to find better ones for you to check out.
SONG OF THE BLOG: "Highway to Hell" by ACDC.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Yesterday was my birthday and as much as I loathe the thought of chalking up yet another year I must admit I enjoyed the day very much. Maybe because I had most of the people I love the most around me. Maybe because we had some really awesome chow. Maybe because I got some really cool gifts. Maybe just cuz I'm up looking down and not the opposite. Either way turning 45 was alright with me. Age is just a number you know. I am reminded of that every time I go into my new favorite Starbucks and get to see this young guy that works there. I have no idea what his name is (although I would like to know so I could stop calling him "guy") but it's not like I have a crush on him or anything. Not at all. For some reason which I cannot explain we seem to have this connection. It's like when we look at each other he knows what I'm thinking and that in another time or place we would have been friends. Like when you meet someone for the first time and you automatically have some sort of chemistry and you talk and talk and feel like you could talk forever. But I know this "guy" is probably like 24, or 23 or 22... I just don't know, but he's young. Young enough to be my son and here I am now 45 old enough to be his Mom and yet we still seem to connect. It's so weird. And yet it's not weird at all because that's the kind of thing that makes life cool and worth blogging about.
The DH and I got back from South Carolina and I can't wait to tell you all about that trip but I will until I have the pics so you can see our Soldier for yourself. It was a good trip. We both really liked the South. The people were amazingly friendly and polite. The weather was unbeatable as long sleeves and jackets were a must-have. It rained and it was windy and chilly. It was perfect.
SONG OF THE BLOG: "This Love" by Maroon 5. I know, I know - old song, but I love it just the same.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Well, my To-Do list isn't much shorter... Been working on taking pics of everything but it's not an easy job. I'm thinking I might ask our daughter to be my model for the scarves. I think with her pretty face and smile it will definitely help sell them. I'm getting quite a few views, but no buyers. The DH says to be patient and witht the holidays fast approaching my stuff will start to move. Sure hope so...
Have any of you seen the movie "Shoot Em Up"? I watched a little bit of it the other night before I went to La-La Land. It's pretty funny - way out there with the shoot scenes, but it's entertaining.
SONG OF THE BLOG: "Take Back the City" by Snow Patrol. How's that for different??
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Still no sales on the Etsy shop. Here is that url by the way: www.redkranch.etsy.com
Got a letter from the son in basic yesterday. It was a very cool letter. He actually told me he misses me and can't wait to see me. Awwwwwww. We are so excited to see him, too!
The Dh and I have been talking about staying here in this house now... At least for another 5 years. I'm not against it entirely and neither is he. We could do a lot worse. We both love this house and couldn't ask for better neighbors. And so it goes... Who know where we will be in 2 years? 5 years?
SONG OF THE BLOG: "Better As A Memory" by Kenny Chesney.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I have it listed for $28.00 and although it's gotten quite a few "views" no one has bought it up. Do you think the price is too high? Too low? Scarf is not appealing? What do you guys think?
SONG OF THE BLOG: "Won't Go Home Without You" by MV.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
My Colts and Peyton Manning got off to a rough season. Losing to the Bears. Ugh. Not that we have an excuse but Peyton didn't get any preseason playing time in due to a minor surgery he had on his knee. It was also the first game in the new Indianapolis stadium. His timing was just off - nothing he can't get back. Let's just hope it's soon.
Well, the Etsy shop is up and running. We posted four items for sale; 2 blankets and 2 scarves. Wish us luck. Oct 15th the diner is having a special evening dinner and open mike night. The owner would like me to have a book ready to pass around to the customers. So I've got some photos to take and such. Here are the two blankets finished...
Tonight we are having friends over to watch the Raiders/Broncos game. Nothing fancy - hotdogs and fixins. Let's hope they beat the Broncos so at least one of us is happy in this house right now.
SONG OF THE BLOG: "Aol Summer Long" by Kid Rock
Sunday, September 7, 2008
The DH and I are going shopping this morning for a washing machine. Ours started leaking last night. Can you say Lowes scratch & dent? We swore we wouldn't buy an awesome matching set again until we move to our final resting place. =)
Have any of you ever heard of Riccar vacuums? Long story short, we used to own a Dirt Devil bagless. That thing worked well for about a month and then things just went downhill. So the DH found this guy in Lake Elsinore (Mike) who is the vacuum king. Small ass little shop jam packed with vacuums and vacuum accessories. This guy knows his vacuums. After putting together the cost of repairing the Dirt Devil agains the price of a much better Riccar, we plopped out the plastic and dove right in. $376 - this thing kicks major BUTT. I can't even describe it. Oh and it is also very cool looking. Check it out!
Yesterday's massage was probably the best I've ever had, minus the ones given by the DH - which he calls "massages" but we all know they benefit him more than me. Anyway, the session was really good and she worked out all the kinks in my neck and upper back. I am considering joining the club. I have 30 days really to decide...
Found a great quote today:
"Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul." Leaning more towards vivid black now...
Birdman: I don't think I'll run drugs. I know more about guns. And yeah, if necessary I'll rough some folks up in a bar fight. Nothing I don't do now when I have to. By chance, did you watch "Sons of Anarchy"?
SONG OF THE BLOG: "Turn the Page" by Bob Seger. This song requires no explanation.
Friday, September 5, 2008
I have been working hot and heavy on the Raiders blanket. The DH and I are going to set up the Etsy 'store' this weekend and update the web site. That means with luck "Originals by Red" will be available to the World. It's kind of exciting, but I'm still not convinced my originals are anything anyone will want to buy. Time will tell I suppose...
It looks like the soldier is getting hit with Hurricane Hanna. I'm sure the Army has them locked down so I'm not worried about him. We made the reservations to see him the end of the month. The DH and I are excited and very proud. =)
Harley update: I will be taking the Rider's Edge course in November. That's cool - I'm fine with that. Just one step closer to getting my bike. Every indication is that the market will be flooded with used bikes when I'm ready to start looking. Buyers with cold, hard cash can get sweet deals on mid-life crisis bikes purchased by, well, women like me going thru a mid-life crisis... Gee, does that sound a little pathetic or am I just being overly sensitive? (where are those damn happy pills???)
Our oldest posted pics on MySpace of his recent trip to California. Oddly there are no pics of anyone except him, his gf and his bio mom. As I looked at the pics I realized he didn't break out his digi cam while he was in our house. Guess the other side of the family isn't photogenic enough. I mean, who would want to remember the Monopoly game? Or the killer bbq? His only sis and her beau? Or the horses? Or going to Honeycutt's? Yeah, nothing to see / remember here folks, move along....
So after reading JamieLynn's bucket list posting, I'm putting together one of my own... More to follow on that one...
I'm trying very hard to be positive about our oldest. It's difficult. I really feel like they are in a lose-lose situation. I am hoping for the best, but preparing myself for the worst. It's difficult to be happy about a baby considering the circumstances. At the same time, it is a baby and our grandchild. We should feel excited and anxious...rather than concerned and suspicious. I hope I'm dead wrong and they live happily ever after as man/wife and have many more children to follow this one. I mean, that's all we ever really want for our kids - is for them to be safe and happy, right?
SONG OF THE BLOG: "Trying to Love You" by Trisha Yearwood. I love this song for very personal reasons that shall remain that way!
PHOTO OF THE BLOG:
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Things I'm tired of...
1. Bad drivers. I don't know about you guys but it seems like they let them out on the roads on the same day. I can't just cross paths with one solo bad driver. Oh no, my misery has to last for an entire day.
2. Hearing the same stories over and over... Doesn't anyone do anything new?
3. Hot weather. I don't have to elaborate on this one, do I?
4. New Orleans and their hurricane woes.
5. Election 2008.
Things I'm happy about...
1. The table me and DH made today. (Pic soon to follow.)
2. An unexpected dinner invitation to a friend's house and the chow was friggin amazing!
3. Yarn. =)
4. My health. My family's health.
5. Bath & Body Works Moonlight Path body spray.
The oldest son is in town with his new gf. After spending some time in the OC with his mom they will drive down Sunday and be with us through Tuesday. We have a simple bbq planned on Sunday. The daughter and her bf will join us. Word has it the Monopoly board will be out for a 24 hour game day. Woohoo! Prepare to lose!
I drove to San Clemente today so the daughter could do my hair. It came out amazing as always. I stopped along the beach and took a pic of the ocean. I couldn't resist.
SONG OF THE BLOG: "Makes Me Wonder" by Maroon 5
PHOTO OF THE BLOG: My transformation to a biker has started. LOL Stop laughing. It's in it's early stage. I'll have it mastered by Christmas...and if not I will probably get my ass beat by some biker chicks.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
It's not 100% in this pic, but you get the idea.
The Army son is doing GREAT! He loves the Army and says military life suits him! Hooah! (That's Army talk for "Hell yeah!") We are going to see him graduate in SCarolina. Family Day is Sept 25th followed by graduation the 26th. Should be fun!
Oct is when I'll be taking my Rider's Edge course. The DH has promised me a Harley for Christmas. :-) Words escape me.
Added a new blogger to my list of Cool Peeps... Check her out! JamieLynn
SONG OF THE BLOG: "Good Time" by Alan Jackson.
Photo of the Blog: Dolly wearing my hat. Is it just me or does she look like she LIKES wearing this hat? And is pink not her color???
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
My Harley course starts Aug 21st.. Can't wait for that. Every time I see or hear a Harley I'm like an addict - I can't get enough. LOL I'm trying to talk the DH into taking the course with me. I hope he decides to!
Monday, July 28, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Haven't heard from the youngest son. Hope to get a postcard in the mail with an address for him soon.
Today is our oldest's b-day.. 26. Wow, I still remember when I was 26!
Glad to have the AvMan back with us. We have missed you!!! :-)
SONG OF THE BLOG: "Harder to Breathe" by Maroon 5. Love this song. Every time it comes on my Ipod I crank it up.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
They have an adult pool called the Saphire Pool. Apparently the women (guests as well as the cocktail waitresses) go topless. Told the DH I wasn't interested in baring the twins for all to grope with their eyes, but he was welcome to check it out. Oh and did I mention that'll cost an extra $100 in my gambling money? :-)
We now have two PCs in our house. We took the older Dell in to a local computer guy who cleaned the drives and reinstalled the original software package. We put it in the downstairs bedroom and with the help of NetGear, it's wireless and rocks. We decided not to move downstairs after all, so just moved the spare bedroom from upstairs to downstairs. It's pretty cool.
Haven't heard anymore from our youngest except for the quick call he made from Atlanta on his way to Fort Jackson. We expect to get something in the mail from him next. Hope he's doing well...
Talk to ya Tuesday when we get back from Vegas! Wish me luck!
SONG OF THE BLOG: "Love Remains the Same" by Gavin Rossdale
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Obviously these pics taken with my phone are horrible, but it was the best I could do. He played so well. I kept thinking while listening/watching him play guitar that I wish Birdman could have been there because I know he would have appreciated the talent. Every song he sang I knew by heart. I think the DH was surprised that I knew the words to even the Spanish lyrics, but I'll let you guys in on a little secret if you promise not to tell him. When I was 19 and in college in Mexico City I had a prof named Raul _ . I lost my virginity to Raul that summer. The songs I heard last night are just a sampling of the music I came to know and love. I think my favorite of the night was "My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You." I found this clip of the song on YouTube. You can see how much he loves what he does. Enjoy!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Here is one of the competitors coming to a slide stop during her reining portion:
This is the pic of the top two finishers. The horse/rider on the right in this pic won the competition.
The saddle was the top prize for the winner:
I thought you might find this interesting.. This is how most of the people/horses roll to the competitions: