Wednesday, November 30, 2005

9 Crucial Tips

After reading these 9 crucial tips, forward them to someone you care about. It never hurts to be careful in this crazy world we live in.
A friend sent me these tips. PLEASE READ and remember them. It was writen with women in mind, but is just as important for men to remember. And let your children read them and help them understand them. Pay special attention to the last one.
1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do: The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!
2. Learned this from a tourist guide in New Orleans. If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you....chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!
3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The drive won't see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.
4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc. DON'T DO THIS!) The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE. If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF, repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you. If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.
5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage: A.) Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor, and in the back seat. B.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your> car from the passenger door. Most serial killers> attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars. C.) Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)
6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. (Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!)
7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; And even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN, Preferably ! in a zig -zag pattern!
8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP. It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked "for help" into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.
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9. Another Safety Point: Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird. The police told her "Whatever you do, DO NOT open the door." The lady then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The policeman said, "We already have a unit on the way, whatever you do, DO NOT open the door." He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby's cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby. He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby's cries outside their doors when they're home alone at night. Please pass this on and DO NOT open the door for a crying baby ----This e-mail should probably be taken seriously because the Crying Baby theory was mentioned on America's Most Wanted this past Saturday when they profiled the serial killer in Louisiana. I'd like you to forward this to all the women you know. It may save a life. A candle is not dimmed by lighting another candle. I was going to send this to the ladies only, but guys, if you love your mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, etc., you may want to pass it onto them, as well. Send this to any woman you know that may need to be reminded that the world we live in has a lot of crazies in it and it's better to be safe than sorry. Shannon LaForge> Courtroom Deputy to Judge Robert Junell>U.S. District Court for the Western District> > >
We should impress this on our children. Especially those that have children that are at home by themselves a lot.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Wonder of it All

I encourage everyone to go to this web site and enjoy the wonder, the beauty, the music. Someone really has a way with words, photos, and music and the ability to put it all together on a computer.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Make Sure to Have a Gallupin' Good Gobler Eatin' Time
and a
Very Happy Thanksgiving

Word of Advice

A word of advice to all pet owners. For those of you planning to cook that big turkey dinner on Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any other day, or even if you are going to buy it and bring it home to eat it. It smells and tastes as good to your dog, cat, ferret, pet bird, mouse, rat, or what ever kind of pet you have that might like a treat of all that turkey, salad, cranberry, ect. So My suggestion is that you make sure that your pet has a very filling breakfast on the day that you are doing all that cooking and eating. Maybe even give your friend a bit of canned food, or extra of some sort that it really relishes. Once in a while it can't hurt and if your pet friend is all ready filled up on food it won't beg, and get under feet as you fix all the party goodies for yourself, family and others.
Remember that we are thankfull for our pet friends as well as our human friends.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Worked BlackJack hard today. He was in the field and wouldn't come to me. Nor would he let me walk up to him. I supposed I could have got a handfull of grain or horse cookies. But that isn't the way I wanted to do it. He is supposed to come to me when I call him. So instead he got to run round and round our small field while I got to walk behind him until he was tired enough to stop and let me put a halter on him. Then I lunged him which is what I had wanted to do to start with. By the time I finished he was sweating hard. So I had to work hard to bush and dry him with a towel until he was dry. At least he let me clean his hooves with fussing like he usually does.
Why is it that men work their eight hours come home and relax, never seeing anything that needs to be done at home. Women do there work away from home, come home, and are unable to relax because all the work they can see that needs to be done at home. Even if it doesn't get done women know it is there, while men seem to be oblivious to it.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Go Away Wind

I never have liked the wind and hate it more every time we have another wind storm. We had a good (bad) one last night. As always when we have wind we have sand, and sand, and more sand. Sand gets into everything. The water buckets for the horses, and their hay. It manages to find its way through each and every tiny crack and crevice in the house, and there is dusty sand on everything. It gets into the pores of my skin and makes it dry and old before its time. I spend way to much on tons of handlotion, and body lotion, that seems to do no good. I makes the allergies worse and worse. I have a tissue box for nose blowing in every room.
I wonder how much of this dusty sand I have eaten over the years.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Murphy playing in the hay.

Thursday, November 10, 2005


It seems that the Tumbleweed crossing is a favorite crossing place for migatory birds this years. Maybe it is the water I put out for them or maybe because we had an abundence of wild sunflowers which the birds love for the seeds but I have seen more unusual birds this week that normal. Yesterday there was a small woodpecker of some sort, and this morning there were chickadees scolding me while I was feeding the horses. At about noon there was a roadrunner sitting on the back fence. We see roadrunners but not very often. I would like to see them more as they are very fascinating birds and are, also, the state bird of New Mexico.

Monday, November 07, 2005


I have found Tuffee, our Border Collie, sleeping in the bath tub several times lately. Tuffee really likes water. She is always willing to take a bath, and there is no way to water the trees in the yard or fill the horse buckets with out her help. She is always drenched when we get through.


Last weekend the time changed and then there was Halloween. Now the leaves on all the trees are changing color and falling off. In some ways I regret this changing off the seasons as it means that winter is almost here - But I am so, so, so glad to see the last of summer. This morning when I went to feed the horses there was a very, thin, skim of ice on the one of the buckets and on the bird water container. At least it is cool enough now that I might just survive for a little bit longer.
Now that the bull riding is over for a while. (The new season starts in two weeks. ) maybe I can get some work done on my latest story.

Sunday, November 06, 2005


Yes, as you can see I have an obession for watching the bull riding.
I used to think it was so dumb for anyone that got so involved in watching any kind of sports - like football, basketball, hockey, golf, tennis, skiing, car racing, even horse racing. But then a few years ago I found myself watching the bull riding. Now I am really hooked on it. To the point of obession. How did it happen? I have no idea. Or maybe I do when I really think about it.
My parents took me to see rodeos when I was a kid. I even remember seeing the late and very famous rodeo rider Larry Mayhan once. Of course I have always been interested in anything that is concerned with horses, and of course their wouldn't be a rodeo without horses. Naturally the only event in a rodeo that doesn't have anything to do with horses is bull riding. But then there is always a rider on a horse in the arena during the bull riding that is there to rope the bull and get it out of the arena if things get to out of hand.
My wish is that there would be more of the other rodeo events televised. Things like bronc riding, saddleback riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping, pole bending, and my favorite barrel racing.

Final Bull Riding Event

Congratulations to Justin McBride for winning the PBR World championship. And a congratulations to any and every bull rider who competed this year. And some who didn't due to their injuries.
This year saw the retirement of two well known bull riders. Owen Washburn, of Lordsburg, NM, and won the 1996 PBR World championship. (If you ever find yourself in southwestern New Mexico you might just find yourself going through Lordsburg, but if you blink twice you'll miss it.). Also retiring is Troy Dunn, off Queensland, Australia, who was the PBR World champion of 1998.
But more importantly was the retirement of two of the best and finest of those all-important bulls - Little Yellow Jacket and Blueberry Wine. Both of these wonderful bulls are 9 years old this year and their owners decided 5 years on the circuit was long enough.
For more on professional Bull Riding go to

Friday, November 04, 2005


CATS why do we have them?
I took the time to bring in all my houseplants so they don't freeze. Watered them well, trimmed and pruned and even transplanted a couple. I found homes for them in windows, and on shelves where they should get enough light to survive the winter. So one of the cats, not sure which one, got up on a shelf where they never go and knocked off one of the replanted ones.
Well you know the rest. Dirt and leaves everywhere on the carpet, in some boxes (this was in the spare bedroom which is full of boxes of stuff I don't know what to do with). The plant, an aloe vera was in bad shape, missing and broken leaves. And the pot had landed in another plant that was to big to sit anywhere but on the floor, so there were leaves from my bogenvia all over.
Hope which ever one of the cats it was that made this mess got stuck on the thorns of the bogenvia.
I spent 24 hours working on my latest story. And I mean I really worked hard on it. It's got lots of words but, after re-reading it, I'm not sure it it has much potential.
I will keep trying. Maybe someone will like it. They don't seem to like the other two and I liked them.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Masters and slaves

We may be masters of our dogs and horses, but we are slaves to the

Out one door---

Cats have two goals in life. Or at least mine do.
Out one door------and in the other.
It seems that there is always a cat wanting out the back door. It then walks around to the front door and asks to come in.
Or there is a cat at the front door wanting out, and it promply walks around the house and asks to come in the back door.
Out of the twenty some cats I have had they have all done this.
Or maybe it is a goal to annoy their masters (slaves).
The wood shed is completed and the firewood is in it.