August 2009


I have seen the passing of more than 50 summers. I will not tell you how many more, but am always amazed that I have been lucky enough to have enjoyed them all.

Altho the end of summer is a sad thing for me, I look forward to the change of seasons, and can’t wait for the next summer to arrive!  I am already planning next year’s gardens, and hopefully there will be enough money and health to be able to accomplish that dream!

I was flipping thru the latest issue of one magazine – and the cover had a cake for Halloween and was filled with hearty soup recipes, gourds, ornamental cabbage, and   fall fashions.  Summer’s end is here.

The heat and humidity is still in the air, but it has a different feel to it. I can’t explain it, but the smells, sounds and feel of late August, have hints of autumn sprinkled about.

Mother Nature cannot be stopped from her appointed rounds. She will throw a surprise in the mix, from time to time, but never will she let summer take the place of fall and winter.  They all have their place in time, to be enjoyed for what they offer.

So, I will enjoy the last few days of summer while I can, and look forward to the fall, all the while planning for next year’s summer!!

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Last corn of the season.....

Last corn of the season.....

Mother Nature played a trick and rained - 175 ruined squares........

Mother Nature played a trick and rained - 175 ruined squares........

Surveying the end of her 7th summer

Surveying the end of her 7th summer

The very last harvest

The very last harvest

Farmers taking a break (taken at a great distance thru a screen window)

Farmers taking a break (taken at a great distance thru a screen window)

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All is well, and foggy, at Mountain Meadows this Saturday morning…….

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Celebrating lots of posts and 60 followers on my other blog!!!Woohoo!! I am trying to reach a goal of 75 followers!!

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To be HERE is great, but to be THERE too, is double the fun!!!Plus, you will meet lots of new, creative, interesting bloggers who are THERE, but not yet here!!!

This will keep me VERY busy posting both blogs with stuff to keep you interested, entertained, and wanting to come back!!!

Time out for a nepotistic plug – check out this blog – a music review for the young, urban, and hip. That kind of leaves me out( you can tell by my use of the word “hip”- LOL!) – but it’s a great way to expand your musical parameters.
Music is in the ear of the beholder……………………………and my son has widened my scope beyond the traditional.

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The daughter is starting a new business as a traveling riding instructor and also schools horses.

Her first ‘client” was the horse of a friend, who has a little issue with bucking!

He is 10 years old, a green broke Tennessee Walker named Breeze. Breeze has been to a trainer several times, and starts out fine when he gets home, and then decides that he would prefer not to have anyone on his back.

His is a big love bug, hand reared, and very imprinted on people. Not a mean bone in his body, but apparently just prefers his people on the ground!!! Most likely a good horse for the very experienced rider.

The daughter’s first test ride with Breeze was pretty uneventful – he did try to buck her off, but she would have none of it. A change in bit, was a “bit” unsettling for Breeze, but got him on the right track. The daughter and he  seemed to have reached an agreement – not to say there won’t be some disagreements in the future. He does have alot to learn.  But for now, it has been decided that Breeze will join our little family of horses, for an indefinite period of time.

Right now he is in a separate paddock from my original 2  1/2 horses. Miss Lilly is the “1/2″ -she’s so tiny, she barely counts as a full horse!!! Miss Lilly seems intrigues by a new man in the house!! The Prince (aka big guy”) has to establish that he rules!! The “old man” seems a bit interested, and probably is secretly hoping this new guy will take his place as low man on the totem pole! We’ll keep Breeze in the separate paddock for the next day or two, and introduce him into the herd gradually.

Breeze’s owner had to move her other two horses to a new field, so we got Breeze first, in a borrowed trailer, and brought him to our house.

When we first left with Breeze, his field buddies were beside themselves, running the fence and neighing. Breeze was a bit unsettled and trying to escape the trailer. So, his owner got in the trailer with him – a no-no as a rule, but it had to be done. The borrowed trailer was an older one – and not the sturdiest. She was out of harm’s way on the other side of the divider. It did calm him down immensely, once he was out of earshot of the other two horses!

After we dropped Breeze off, it was back to the paddock to get the other two. Getting them in the trailer was not the easiest, but finally they both loaded. Their temporary new home was a neighbor’s huge cow field. They thought they had died and gone to heaven -ran the whole length of the field and quickly settled down to the new grass. One very pregnant cow seemed a bit perturbed by these two intruders, and quickly discovered these interlopers could outrun her, so she lost interest!!

Tomorrow we are off to the co-op to get a new fly mask and some wormer for Breeze,  and have fun with him as he settles in!

Shadow, Murdock and Breeze - they know something's up!

Shadow, Murdock and Breeze - they know something's up!

Breeze thinking this can't be good!

Breeze is thinking this can't be good!

We're off!!

We're off!!

New digs

New digs

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The Prince ain't happy!!!

The Prince ain't happy!!!

POsing for his close-up

Posing for his close-up

Ya' look like me, but you're awfully small - sure you're a horse????

Ya' look like me, but you're awfully small - sure you're a horse????

Hey, where ya' going???

Hey, where ya' going???

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All is well, peaceful, and full up, at Mountain Meadows tonite……………….

While checking my blog stats yesterday, I found a link from last month.

I followed it back to the source and found a religious blog, and there at the top of the blog was one of my photos of my church pew!

There was no indication in his post that the photo was mine ( altho when I went back later, I realized if I clicked on the picture, it would bring the clicker back to my blog).

But, not everyone knows or thinks to do that. It looks like he tried to put another pew photo from Flicker on his site – but it did not go thru. I don’t think those pix were his either.

I thought it a little ironic that some of the text of his post was about not coveting and thou shalt not steal………..should he be excused because he is a pastor – or unaware of cyber etiquette?
Maybe I am over reacting – and maybe I should be pleased that he liked my photo enough to use it?

I checked with my friend Patty about this, and she gave me a link to a wonderful blog and a post on art piracy. Tumblefish Studio also has a link to a flicker site where you can see beautiful ATC’s
that you can put on your blog – with permission, of course!! You could also create your own!

For right now – I just wrote up a little blurb, that I will try to post permanently in my sidebar- and maybe at the end of every post ( altho that is a pain). I would like to mark all my photos posted as mine – got to figure out how to do that also!!

My words and my photos are important to me.

“Look, but don’t touch!
Enjoy, but don’t borrow.
Use your own imagination, not mine! Yours is probably better anyway!
Thou shalt not steal!
Always ask permission.
Any art, words, or photos are MINE and copyrighted, unless otherwise indicated!
I always try to give credit where credit is due, and so should you…………

I am taking a quick break from country girl stuff to step out of my comfort zone and take a stand.

I admit to not being very politically astute, and I don’t really follow sports. But, the fact that the Philly Eagles have signed on Michael Vick does irk me!

He savagely mistreated a breed of dogs that is close to my heart. Wouldn’t matter the breed – just that fact that he did what he did and that cannot not be righted by fines and jail time.

Rehearsed and pre written sound bites do not make me believe he is a changed person. Actions speak louder than words and I see no action behind the script…….

I discovered a great blog that expresses it more eloquently than I can – and there is a link to sign a petition about Vick.

100_4923Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming..

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