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
BBQ Baked Chicken, Baked Potatoes, Asparagus, & Jalapeño Poppers (they have sausage in them so might be weird)
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.
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
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.
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
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 …
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!
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.
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
To get to know me better I would like to share my morning routine with you. Maybe some of you can relate, or have questions or some might think I am plain crazy. I think I am a little crazy, six years ago I would never have related to this life and I still have a lot of questions, like, “how did this happen?” :D.
My day used to start with getting all three of my teen girls up for school. This year we have all learned the morning goes a lot smoother with out “mother”, “mama”, and sometimes “mommy” stressing everybody out. I stay in bed with Merle, my giant Catahoula (he deserves his own post at a later date) while the entire house is busy with activity in the morning. I am awake, listening, answering the occasional “babe, where’s my…” “Mama I need…” and lots of “I love you, have a good days”. Then the house is quiet and Merle and I sometimes sneak in a little more sleep or we get up and enjoy the quiet.
Now it’s time to walk Merle. I mentioned before he can no longer be trusted to run out and pee. He has started running to my neighbor’s ponds, ignoring my sweet patient calls for him to come back. After it’s coffee and breakfast time. At this point the horses know it’s grain time and like the big creepers they are, start to stare in the front window from the fence.
Let’s set up buckets. Doll & Chevy are on Equine Senior feed, Zena has that and alfalfa soaked, then there is little four year old Max, he gets Strategy. They all get a pump of Healthy Coat, Zena gets two – three, she’s not an easy keep but worth her weight.
Merle gets his harness back on. They do indeed make a dinosaur size :P. We walk out, juggling dog, four buckets and mud. How those horses love me, they neigh & nicker at me, they sometimes run around all because I walked out the door. It has nothing to do with the grain in my hands, it’s all for me. At least those are the lies I tell myself.
I hope y’all had a great morning. I hope you find joy in your everyday routine. I am now working on another part of my day.
I don’t even remember the last time we saw the sun. I’m sure it’s been a week but it feels like it’s been a very long time. Right now it is 43 degrees but feels like 35. I know that’s not that cold to a lot of y’all all over the world but here in Central Texas, this is cold. It’s also very muddy.
It took nearly five years of living Life Out Here to purchase rain-boots (or wellies) at Tractor Supply. I should have bought them a long time ago because we have tore up plenty of Justin Gypsy and Fat Baby boots, let me tell ya. I’m in love with rain-boots, if you don’t have a pair, go get some, even if you have to buy one a month until everybody in your family has a pair. If you want a stylish pair, look on Amazon. There are so many cute ones. Ours are polka dot, horses and plaid. Not that it matters because the main design that is on them is this crazy gray, clay like, mud, horse poo and what ever else :P.
I went outside to take Merle for a walk (my big Catahoula baby that currently can’t be trusted by himself) and as soon as I get to the grass the freezing rain starts. Ice is bouncing off my jacket. Merle, being the fun guy he is, wont just find a place to poo, nope we gotta check out a few spots.
Meanwhile poor Chevy is the only horse with out a blanket right now. Zena is wearing Doll’s purple blanket from last year, Max has his pretty lime green one and actually Zena’s blue one came in yesterday and Doll is wearing it. Chevy tore his up last year trying to get it off so I meant to fix the leg straps on Zena’s old sheet but hadn’t got around to it so my old guy is all nakey out there in the freezing rain. At least he has a shelter to go to. Poor guy.