Sunday, November 29, 2009

Bunny Sunday

Look how sweet these two are...sharing a carrot.Share? No, I don't think so. It's mine, all mine!

Wrong. It's mine. I am the one known as Queen Nutty Brown around this house.

But sometimes I am a benevolent queen and give to those below me...

But YOU (bipod with the camera) did not hear me say that.

It's best to keep bunny secrets. You never heard it from me...

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

As always, I'm taking time today to give thanks for all the blessings in my life. Thanks for being one of them!And Angel... she's giving thanks that I did not find this outfit to dress her up in!

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Journey is the Reward

Every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving Tucson hosts the El Tour de Tucson, a bicycle race that draws more than 9,000 cyclists from around the world. The route travels the scenic perimeter areas of Tucson and has race lengths of 109, 80, 66 and 35 miles.

My brother, Grant, participated in his first "Tour" this year in a hand cycle. He's no stranger to racing, though. He travels the country doing marathons in a specially designed racing wheelchair and has competed in races from LA to New York. Lee and I were Grant's "pit crew" for this race. The race route took the riders through a half mile of a very sandy wash so we were there to push him through, as needed. The rest of the riders got off their bikes to walk them through this area.
The weather was perfect for a race -- sunny and mid 70s. Gotta love Tucson in November.After we made it through the wash, Grant was back on the road cranking for the next 3 and 1/2 HOURS. He chose to do the 66 mile route. Lee and I chose to go have lunch and then meet him at the finish line. :)
The race ended up in downtown Tucson. We waited at the very last corner before the finish line. Here's Grant coming down the home stretch:
His goal was to finish in less than 4 hours. His official time: 4 hours and 36 seconds! Pretty darn close, I'd say. If it hadn't taken us 15 minutes to get through the wash, he would have been well under.

Way to go Grant! Oh, and by the way, HAPPY BIRTHDAY.
Today is his 48th birthday! He'll be reading this post, so be sure to leave him a note. Don't you think he should start up his own blog where he can post about his racing and training?
I'd be his first Follower.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Bunny Monday???

It's been awhile since I've been featured in an Etsy treasury. This one, curated by Annette, at Dragon House of Yuen, has nothin' but bunnies! You can view the actual Treasury here where you'll be able to click on each pic for a larger view.
Thanks Annette for including my "Band of Bunnies" bracelet in your fun treasury (bottom, middle row). The beads in this bracelet are a beautiful blue iolite and are combined with 3 southwestern style sterling silver bunnies. Perfect Christmas gift for any bunny lover!
I'm putting this bracelet on sale for 20% off the regular price this week only. It can be purchased through my Etsy shop. Just send me a note prior to purchasing and I'll adjust the price accordingly.
Annette, being the bunny lover that she is, is hosting a raffle on her blog to benefit the Rabbit and Guinea Pig Welfare Rescue in Rugby, England. Several artists have graciously donated some beautiful prizes for the raffle. Check out her blog post about the raffle where you can purchases tickets via PayPal if you are interested. Thanks!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Bunny Sunday - Bunnies Gone Wild

Attack of the bunnies! There is a napping person under this pile of bunnies. Or I should say, there WAS a napping person prior to "Invasion of the Buns"...

The sun was streaming in through the blinds and painted the bunnies with streaks and spots that aren't normally there. It made for some interesting pictures.
It also made for some sleepy bunnies. After exploring for a bit, they settled in for a nap.
Cozy, sleepy bunny brothers (Digger, Ginger and Sandie)

Sundays are made for naps in the sun...

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Cranberry Pecan Chocolate Bark

I'm getting a head start on my holiday baking. I LOVE to bake yummy things for the holidays and even though I do have my tried and true favorites, I'm always on the look out for new things.

I found this very easy recipe for Cranberry Pecan Chocolate Bark on the King Arthur Flour website. It's almost not right to call it baking, it is that easy.
The recipe calls for dried cranberries (otherwise known as craisins). I used the cherry flavored craisins, which ended up being a good choice. The end result tastes much like a chocolate covered cherry. Mmmmmm....I'm thinking the orange flavored craisins would be a good choice, also. And of course, you could use walnuts or any nut of your choice in place of the pecans.

I usually make peppermint bark to package up and give as gifts. This will make a nice change this year. If you're looking for something easy, yummy and festive looking, give this a try, you won't be disappointed!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Truer Words Were Never Spoken

I couldn't agree more!Phoenix and I have been together now for 8 years. He was my first horse and he definitely taught me the ropes. We have a special bond and he will let me do just about anything on him. Well, maybe I should say he "tolerates" me... but deep down I know he really loves me, too. :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Old Guys on the Loose - Part II

A view from the front courtyard of Bandit and Phoenix wandering around the property on Sunday afternoon. They were eating the dried mesquite beans under this tree -- a tasty treat.
Bandit looks like he is lost in thought, contemplating all things horse. That or taking a nap in the warm afternoon sun.
Nope, just giving himself a good butt scratching! Being the old ranch horse that he is, he will find just about anything to scratch on -- tree branch, fence post, hitching post, you name it, if it's butt height, he'll back up to it and start scratching.
Animals really do have a knack for showing us how to appreciate the little things!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Bunny Sunday

It's cold and gray here this morning, so these pics seemed appropriate for Bunny Sunday:

Still as cute as can be --- even in black and white. :) Here's hoping it is nice and sunny wherever you are!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Old Gringo Boots

Normally, the boots I buy are pretty practical. Because I wear them and I work in them... in the dirt and horse poop and I sure don't want to worry about getting them "dirty".

But lately, I've been eyeing up some pretty fancy boots. I came across Will Wyatt's Cowboy Couture website and they have quite the selection. Here's what has made it to my Christmas wish list:

These are called "Lucky Black". Whoa Cowgirl...
"Whitney. Ochre & Taupe""Golondrita's. Turquoise, Chocolate & Doves"

I think these last ones might be my favorite (for anyone out there who is wondering which pair I'd like to have the most). Hint, hint...

Monday, November 9, 2009

Antique Kitchen Gadgets

Check out these very cool old kitchen utensils I found in my recent thrift store travels: I'm not sure what this one is, though (I had to have it anyway). It looks somewhat like a wood graining tool for doing a faux wood finish. Anyone have any ideas what it might have been used for?

The back of it is stamped with a patent date of November 6, 1906. I was really intrigued by how old it is. And it was only $1.50, so I splurged. :)And I might even put this old fashioned whisk to use. There was a woman standing next to me while I was admiring this in the store. She said, "My mother used to use one just like that. She recently passed away. She was 101 years old." Sold. And some old, weathered tongs (for lack of the proper term) for removing hot canning jars. Not that I ever do any canning. But the wood on the handles was just really smooth and time worn and again, I was intrigued by the age of this. Makes me wonder about the person who used this and what their story was???

And yes, a shameless plug for my friend Marj's aprons! (this one is now hanging in my kitchen). I thought it was appropriate for this post, since undoubtedly the woman who used these utensils wore one, too.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Bunny Sunday

I'm sitting here this morning working on some new designs at my work bench and alternately looking through the "bunny archives" for photos for Bunny Sunday.

I happened to look down next to my chair and this is what I saw:

This is one of Patches and Nutmeg's favorite spots. They like to keep me company while I work.

It must be a comfy spot. This is a very relaxed bunny!

Hope you have a relaxing Sunday, too!

Saturday, November 7, 2009


All week long I've been wanting to blog about SOMETHING, but I just wasn't feeling inspired by anything in particular. I guess some days (and weeks) are like that.

Last night as I was finishing up feeding the horses and goats, I turned around and saw this:

Wow. Inspiration really is all around us. And sometimes it will just hit you out of the clear blue sky...

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Postcards from Pig Paradise

Haiden the pot-bellied pig here. Thought I'd post a few pics of my vacation here at the ranch:

Chillin' on the front porch on my blanket.
Napping in the sun (note pig inside, dog outside)Getting a belly rub.Making myself comfortable on the couch.

It's been a fun visit. These people really know how to treat a pig! Tonight my mom and dad are coming to pick me up, though.
Until next time!