More Turtles and Steps to enjoy life

Saved this little guy

To keep in the theme of Turtle Talk, yesterday on our way to the gym my husband went around a turtle. I didn’t say stop so we could move it, in fact the morning before as I was taking my daughter to school I didn’t stop for a different turtle. I assume these are different turtles and not the same turtle messing with me. We were in a hurry and didn’t have time to stop and help the little guy/gal. This morning on a completely different road there was a smooshed turtle with buzzards feasting on his it’s little remains. I felt bad about the turtles I didn’t “save”. Silly I know, but somebody didn’t stop for that turtle. *sad*

Onto something else now.

This morning I saw a like on a tumblr post that my niece-in-law liked. It was “Sixteen Small Steps to Happiness” by Emma Elsworthy. I changed a few words to fit my family and American English words :p, these are not original ideas by me, but I enjoyed them, shared them with my family and going to baby step the first one, ha ha. It will be neat to see how this list evolves family to family, location by location :)

16 Steps to a Happy Life

1. Push yourself to get up before the rest of the world – start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. Go to the highest point you can find and watch the sun rise.

2. Fall asleep earlier – start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable.

3. Remove processed food from your diet. Start with no candy, chips, cookies, etc. Then rem0ve pasta, rice, cereal, and bread. Use the rule that if you can’t purchase the ingredient, identify it or pronounce it, you don’t eat it.

4. Get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. Cut up tomatoes, mushrooms and garlic into an egg & scramble it up. Slice up a fresh avocado, then sit and eat it and think of nothing else.

5. Stretch. Start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. stretch your fingers. stretch everything.

6. Drink your water. 8 8oz a day. You will feel amazing!

7. Buy a pretty diary and a cute pen. Write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. No detail is too small. Even puppy cuddles.

8. Strip your bed of your sheets, blankets and pillow cases. Put them in the washing machine. Add a massive scoop of fabric softener and wash. Make your bed in full. Take extra time on fluffing pillows.

9. Organize your room. Fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, nightstand, dresser, desk, your laptop, vacuum the floor. Light a scented candle.

10. Have a luxurious shower with your favorite music playing. Wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. Lather your whole body in moisturizer. Don’t forget the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.

11. Go for a walk. Take your headphones, smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. Bring your dog and observe the dog’s behavior. Realize you can learn from your dog. Or learn what not to do.

12. Message friends and family with personal jokes, reminisce, suggest a catch up soon, even if you don’t follow through. However remind yourself to follow through.

14. Think long and hard about what interests you. Art? Books? Other cultures? long-forgotten etiquette? Find a book about it and read it. There is a book & websites about literally everything.

15. Become the person you would ideally fall in love with. Let cars merge into your lane when driving. Compliment people on their cute clothes. Challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day, then two, then a week. Walk with a straight posture. Look people in the eye. Ask people about their selves . Talk to acquaintances so they become friends.

16. Lie in the sunshine, daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t a thing. Open your eyes & start taking small steps to make it happen for you.

Enjoy your life, be kind and have a wonderful day.

It is Raining, again

Rain, puddles and mud up to our hiney’s y’all! Just letting you know that.

The rain here can bring out lots of critters. Snakes will seek shelter in new places, mice will try to move into sheds and garages, which of course, attract the snakes. Our resident lizards seem to hide until the sun comes back out, the horses seem to take the same attitude. The most common critter we’ve had come out of the muck are turtles.

In one week I have seen five different turtles. Three in the road, one on the driveway and the biggest in my front yard. Two I stopped and carried off the road. Those were common sliders, along with the one on the driveway, the big one however was a Spiny Soft-shell turtle. They are somewhat aggressive, are strong, and will readily bite. They feed readily on fish, worms, crickets, pink mice, crayfish, and shrimp. – I’m glad I didn’t mess with it. I wont lie, I really wanted to touch him. I let him go turtle away. Which he did, probably to my neighbors ponds in the back of the property.

I hope y’all are staying dry, enjoying what ever weather God has give your area. Unless you’re in California, I wish I could share this rain with you there.

Spiny Soft-shell turtle

The Little Horse That Shouldn’t

Today is a gorgeous day here in Central Texas! Which is a huge relief from all the gray skies, rain and MUD! I had nothing but doom, gloom and complaints. What a bore.

I do have tales of a certain little gray horse. He has not only devoured the same roses that were finally coming back, but in retaliation for being shooed away from the front deck has carried out a most heinous crime. Two and a half years ago my oldest daughter took a few seeds from an apple she had been eating and planted them. Crazy enough three began to grow. She did end up losing one but two have been going strong. One has grown faster than the other but this year the little one has really grown some beautiful leaves. She has babied these trees.

Last night Max the “lucky to not be glue” horse was trying to get on the front deck. When that didn’t work he went over to bite the window and was shooed away. He wanted his grain Now! In retaliation he went to the back deck. We heard his hooves but when it got quiet we figured he didn’t get far and walked away. Until this morning when I saw the trees laying on the deck, soil every where and the biggest one, snapped. :( He had a tantrum and didn’t eat the trees, just wanted to show us.

Some may read this and think “Horses don’t think that way” or “Animals aren’t capable of that emotion”. You must have never have had an animal, pet, etc. in your life. Because they do and they are. Come babysit Max and this mean kitty that harasses my 90 pound dog. Crazy animals, one day I will take video of all of this and you can laugh with me :). It’s actually amusing, after I get over grumbling.

I hope y’all have a wonderful day.


The Joys and Pains of Exercise

It’s a beautiful day in Central Texas. I am bummed another bit of winter is coming through. I live for these mild sunny days, I get to take the blankets off the horses, my Merle gets to run around more and like many I just feel happier with a bit of sunshine on my skin.

Though I feel good that the sun is out, warming the earth I am so sore from this weeks workout. Daughter 3 and I did leg day on Sunday because I was in CStat. for a couple of days. Since doing an intense leg day my back has hurt. The next day was back/shoulders, yesterday was chest/tricep day so I have had no break. Tonight is supposed to be our new leg day but we are changing it up to Thursdays because of her sword class Wednesday nights. She can’t go through an entire day of school, haidong gumdo and then do a full intense leg day. Tonight I believe is focus on core training with 45 minutes of cardio. Sounds like a nice rest doesn’t it, ha ha.

I know I make working out sound brutal, it is, in a good way. It gives me a huge sense of accomplishment. I feel like I can do anything, play tug-o-war with my dog more, ride better, I feel more confident and the best thing is I do look better. Yes that is a huge perk but there is so much more to working out and lifting weights. Bone density, later in life my shoulders wont droop, my heart will be strong, etc. the list goes on. So when I am a little old lady I will still be at the gym showing those young guys how it’s done and maybe still walking through exercises with a timid newbie. I wish I could show everybody how good working out can be. Find something you enjoy and move. Dance classes, yoga, riding lessons, walking your dog daily, etc. Again, just move. You will never regret it :)

Dinner Tonight!
BBQ Baked Chicken, Baked Potatoes, Asparagus, & Jalapeño Poppers (they have sausage in them so might be weird)

BBQ Baked Chicken Dinner

No Direction Can Be Fun!

I’m sure nearly every blog published the last two days have been “Winter? I thought we were going into spring?” or something along those lines. How boring of me to bring that up *hee hee*

I have been stressing over what to blog about. Most people just say “Blog what you know”, I know a lot about a lot but am an expert at nothing. I know my horses, but as most of us in the equine world, we’re still learning. I know my big dumb dog. I know how to sew, I know how to sort of live in the country more than I know about city living. City living makes me crazy. Every time I visit my oldest daughter in AggieLand I am relieved to leave the traffic, though I miss the shopping and great places to eat. It wouldn’t be worth trading in my muddy country life for that.

So I decided to continue blogging about my crazy country life. I know there are some country blogs that show you how to sew feed sacks and though I know how I’m not going to do that, not today at least. I am sure they have yummy recipes that include hand picked stuff from their garden. I don’t garden, my dad does, and usually it’s ocra. How much ocra can one person eat? Which is why I bought him a dehydrator for Christmas. He was using window screens and sunshine, mmmmmm pioneer ocra. No dad, just no.

As you can see this blog probably wont help you much in life, but I will help you put off folding your laundry, making dinner or getting out the door for work. If I can help my fellow procrastinator stall long enough to be late meeting their mother for brunch, then my job is done and my life is fulfilled.

I hope y’all have a great day. Let me know you stopped by, I would love to follow you.

Beautiful Everything

The weather here has been beautiful. The sun is shining, no wind or rain. Also guess what, No Mud! With the beautiful weather here my daffodils and narcissist think it’s spring and have bloomed. I hope the weather doesn’t go bad because I will lose my pretty blooms.

I rode my pony twice last week and I plan on riding today. I am so rusty, I was using the wrong leg to turn him. Blah. I used to ride very nicely and now it’s like I am a beginner again. I am really trying to push past my mental barriers, it’s hard. Riding is one of those barriers because I lack confidence. However sitting, wishing and blogging about it, will not make it happen. Sometimes you need to pull yourself up by your boots and get back in the saddle, for real :) Big Chevy will thank me later any way.

I am still working out. I know I have neglected an update here. We were gearing up for our county youth fair. We got a tad busy and tired. So adding horseback riding to my workout, I am a little more tired and have a tad less time. However I am enjoying every minute of it. Please wish me luck, tonight was supposed to be Leg Day in the Phase 3 of my program but I’m trading it out for core because my daughter has sword practice and I don’t have time for a very long work out on Wednesdays.

Have a wonderful day. Thank you for stopping by :)

Friday isn’t all fun and games

I wont mention the mud again. Oops looks like I did anyway, HA!

Sometimes Monday feels exhausting, for me, it’s mostly Friday. By the end of the week I am so tired. I am ready for a movie in bed with some junk food. That sounds like a perfect Friday night to me. This is a dream of course because on Fridays my youngest, Al, has her Haidong Gumdo “Korean way of the sword”. Very cool, I will get into that another time. After sword, it’s leg day.

For those not familiar with leg day it is the day at the gym where you squat, lunge, push, pull your legs until they are so sore from buttocks to toenail for two days you can barely walk. Sounds delightful doesn’t it. Why you might ask. Why would you do that when pizza, cookies and LOTR’s is calling your name?! The why is a few because… because I don’t want what my daughter’s call a teacher butt. I assume it’s not firm, I didn’t ask. Because I don’t want to be disproportioned when I work out my chest, back and arms. Because strong is better than skinny. Not that anybody would call my legs skinny, not since 1999 :P.

Best Day or Nawww?

When Friday comes around and everybody else is gearing up for date night, movies, dancing, etc. I am trying to get pumped for a night at the gym. My favorite day of the weekend, Saturday. Rest day. Also I don’t feed the horses Saturday and Sunday. Daughter #2 does morning and night. YAY being the mom wins 😀

Fear a Haidong Gumdo Girl

Rainy days and naughty horses

I’m about to turn a certain little horse into glue. He’s “pawing” around my rose bush, next to my front window. His hoof is also hitting the side of the house. Ughhh! I wish I could make a run for them that kept them out of the front yard. HORSES! Grrrr.

Y’all it’s cold, it’s rainy, my yard, pasture and driveway are like lakes. It started last night and hasn’t stopped. I’m tired of the …. as soon as I typed *the* I accidentally pulled a cord to the PC and windows restarted. Thank goodness for automatic draft saving. So while the computer was starting back up I finally put my Christmas boxes away. I am so behind on things. I need a maid. Since moving to this house I have let my cleaning go down the tubes. This is where I need to be more on top of things. I am …

Really MAX!

He was at it again! I was supposed to get hay today and they’d be eating it instead of trying to eat my rose bush, or what ever he’s doing. No hay delivery because of the rain. One day earlier and we’d have had two nice round-bales. Now I get to buy square bales, that I hate so much!

I have animals that don’t have all their brains and they’re making me crazy. We weren’t expecting the rain so soon last night. Only one horse got blanketed. We went out about an hour ago with towels and sweat scrapers to dry off the horses and put their blankets on. Merle, my water lovin’ idiot Catahoula, decided he was going to jump in every puddle then head off across the muddy, tilled, open field to the neighbors tanks behind my house.

I cannot express enough how much rain-boots makes me a lot less grumpy on days like this. If I had to go out and get the dog, blanket horses, chase Max away and have my feet cold and wet. Ohhhhh ho ho ho forget it! I would be even grumpier than I normally am. Rain-boots you guys, get ya some!

Gelding, Horses of Texas, Tough1 Blanket

The Masked Culprit!!

Goodbye Christmas

I took two of my Christmas Trees down today. I still have my little white one in the kitchen plugged in and decorated. I hate to take it down. It and two of my deco-mesh garlands are the last to be packed up. I really miss the cheeriness of Christmas Decorations. I suppose I should just start collecting Spring decor that can easily transition to summer with a flip flop or two.

I did do something different this year, I dragged my big tree outside, with much trouble let me tell ya. It came apart on me twice. I took it outside and sprayed it down with water. I was taking ornaments off and noticed dust fly up. I live in the country around open fields and mud, dust is a constant battle. I didn’t want to pack a dusty tree up and take it all back out in December. It’s still outside drying. I’m taking advantage of these warm days.

I’m not the only one taking advantage of these warm days, our horses got their blankets off today. This generally means they will find a muddy place to roll. We can only hope our weather man is correct and we’ll hit 70 degrees so we can bathe them. Daughter #2 has youth fair in a few shorts weeks. We can’t have dirty horses.

I hope you are having a warm sunny day. I would rather be outside than packing away Christmas Decorations.

Enjoy my Catahoula, Merle and Sheltie, O.G., figuring out which treat was for them. As you can see, Merle’s first pick wasn’t exactly right.

Merle & O.G. figure it out

Taco Tuesday Everyday

I need to express my love of Tacos to you all. Perhaps this just came about in the last few years. Remember all those bacon meme’s and bacon fanatics? I found them to be insincere and lacking the depth I have for my beloved Taco. To be honest I really like Mexican food of many different kinds. Tacos is just a blanket statement. But there are so many different types of Tacos so how can that statement be wrong?

Yesterday while standing in the check out at HEB (our local grocery store chain) A magazine caught my eye BHG Special Interest Publication Mexican. I normally turn my nose up at magazines over $3 because let’s face it Pinterest has everything. I am glad I bought this because there are dishes I hadn’t thought of or heard of.

Though there are a lot of recipes in there I want to try, however the ones that stick out the most are Pupusa, a traditional Salvadorian dish made traditionally with masa, cheese, pork and refried beans, but I have seen many variations online. I am really excited to try it. I will update with a recipe later when I find one I like, though your tastes may be different.

The other recipe is a “duh, why didn’t I think of that”, enchilada tacos. I make awesome enchilada sauce from scratch so I think I would make some pretty good enchilada tacos.

Then there is a dish that wasn’t just in the magazine but mentioned a few times by friends on Facebook, Pozole (posole). It is a traditional Mexican soup that you add all sorts of toppings to. So like a soup bar. That sounds fabulous to me. Where have I been that I haven’t had this yet.

The little pigs. I never thought to look up a recipe for them, instead I get excited when the bakery at HEB has them, I buy them and get nostalgic with memories of the Mexican bread truck coming through my little neighborhood. I always got the pigs when everybody else bought the brightly colored Pan Dolce. I need a large pig shaped cookie cutter. There’s a sentence I never thought I would type :P.

Today it looks like I am going back to the grocery store for some awesome ingredients. It is still cold and mucky here so some Pozole with some Pupusa’s on the side sounds warm and hearty. If you have any tips or are trying these too please share :)


I am a blissfully happy married lady - 3 children (all girls, teens too) - 2 dogs "O.G." & Merle - 2 mares, Doll, Zena, and 2 geldings, Max & Chevy - My husband - I like to Quilt, take pictures, pet my ponies, blog, and make costumes. - I am quirky - I have terrific friends - I find that horses make a bad day melt away and most importantly I live in the Great State of Texas!

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