rules for the Old West….

This was posted in a store in Thayne, Wyoming.  It’s great…and they are THE Cowboy Rules:

1. Pull your pants up. You look like an idiot.

2. Turn your cap right, your head ain’t crooked.

3. Let’s get this straight: it’s called a ‘gravel road.’ I drive a pickup truck because I want to. No matter how slow you drive, you’re gonna get dust on your Lexus. Drive it or get out of the way.

4. They are cattle. That’s why they smell like cattle. They smell like money to us. Get over it. Don’t like it? I-10 & I-40 go east and west, I-17 & I-15 goes north and south. Pick one and go.

5. So you have a $60,000 car. We’re impressed. We have $250,000 Combines that are driven only 3 weeks a year.

6.. Every person in the Wild West waves. It’s called being friendly. Try to understand the concept.

7. If that cell phone rings while a bunch of geese/pheasants/ducks/doves are comin’ in during the hunts, we WILL shoot it outa your hand. You better hope you don’t have it up to your ear at the time.

8. Yeah. We eat trout, salmon, deer and elk. You really want sushi and caviar? It’s available at the corner bait shop.

9. The ‘Opener’ refers to the first day of deer season. It’s a religious holiday held the closest Saturday to the first of November.

10. We open doors for women. That’s applied to all women, regardless of age.

11. No, there’s no ‘vegetarian special’ on the menu. Order steak, or you can order the Chef’s Salad and pick off the 2 pounds of ham and turkey.

12. When we fill out a table, there are three main dishes: meats, vegetables, and breads. We use three spices: salt, pepper,and ketchup! Oh, yeah . . We don’t care what you folks in Cincinnati call that stuff you eat . . IT AIN’T REAL CHILI!!

13. You bring ‘Coke’ into my house, it better be brown, wet and served over ice. You bring ‘Mary Jane’ into my house, she better be cute, know how to shoot, drive a truck, and have long hair.

14. College and High School Football is as important here as the Giants, the Yankees, the Mets, the Lakers and the Knicks, and a dang site more fun to watch.

15. Yeah, we have golf courses. But don’t hit the water hazards – it spooks the fish.

16. Turn down that blasted car stereo! That thumpity-thump crap ain’t music, anyway. We don’t want to hear it anymore than we want to see your boxers! Refer back to #1!

this award is so bright…I gotta wear shades….

  Thank you so very much to Hot Rod Cowgirl for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award!  Definitely check out her blog because this is one lady that knows her way around a camera….a horse stall….and a suped up hot rod!!!  I also love that she lived in Wyoming (that’s where MY ranch lives…..minus the horses!)  Thanks again!!

The rules in accepting this wonderful award are….

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.

2. List seven random things about yourself.

3. Nominate 10 other blogs that you admire and enjoy.

4. Notify the nominees.

5. Display the award logo on your blog.

Oh dear… more secrets!!  I’m running out of secret things so I’m just going to give my social security number and all my pin numbers to my accounts…………..(settle down, just kidding)

1.  I mostly played with cars when I was little, but if I played with dolls…I chose the ugly ones.

2.  I love making my own green drinks and almond milk.

3.  My bucket list includes seeing the Redwood Forest.

4.  I don’t remember my teacher’s names, but I remember the tennis shoes I had in 3rd grade.  PF Flyers….striped.

5.  The ocean freaks me out and I will scream the same, whether it’s a jellyfish or seaweed.

6.  I have been to Israel….twice.

7.  I was in the Arizona Diamondbacks stadium, with 45,000 people, and was smacked by the ball…..and no one tried to catch it….we were in the expensive seats, where everyone ducks.

So there you have it…….more silly secrets about sandi. 

NOW….let’s talk about MY favorite blogs!!! (a beautiful, godly woman and fantastic teacher of the Bible.  You will love her wit!!!) (my new friend, that I have yet to meet, but I can tell you that if we ever had a slumber party, I would keep her awake and make her laugh….all night long!)  (same friend as my first pick, but a FANTASTIC blog for those newbie bloggers!) (great post for those who need some “healthy” prodding in the kitchen!) (another healthy blog that includes eating right, exercise and even sports nutrition for kids!) (not a blog, but a great website for those of us (me) over the young age of 50!) (started by pastor’s wives in Dubai,with bloggers all over the world contributing!) (you are going to love this blog….fantastic homemade health, beauty and food recipes! Ck it out!) (here is an unbelievable artist that is about to get crazy popular! Check out his spray-paint art!  You will love it!!)

Hope you like all the suggestions and please, check out these favorites of mine!  You’ll be glad you did!!

using ‘green’ bug repellents on the fly….er, mosquito..

When your backyard is 3 million acres of a Natural Forest, you need a little something with ‘ooompf’ to keep the pesky insects at bay.  However, we’re not about to let some pesky flying bugs ruin an entire summer of backyard barbecues, hikes in the woods or just a walk around the property to keep us indoors!

I grew up in Texas where mosquitoes ruled.  We were the kids that would play in the cul-de-sac during the late evenings when the mosquito truck would pull through the neighborhood, spewing a nasty chemical (DDT) into the air.  We were the kids that chased….yes!  chased the truck, playing hide and go seek and riding our bikes in the toxic fog!  We were practically bathing in it!!  (insert twitch and asthmatic cough here)

Thankfully, times have changed!   There are some natural, ‘green’ solutions to be rid of those blood suckers: (via)

  • Blend of essential oils:
    1. Mix the following essential oils in a 4 oz. container: 20 drops Eucalyptus oil, 20 drops Cedarwood oil, 10 drops Tea Tree oil, and 10 drops Geranium oil.
    2. Add 2 oz. of a carrier oil (such as Jojoba). Mix well.
  • Mint-based bug spray:
    1. Place 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. of either catnip, spearmint, or pennyroyal (all in the mint family) in a spray bottle.
    2. Add 1 cup of isopropyl alcohol and 1 cup of water.
    3. Shake well.
  • Herbal insect repellent safe for use on the face:
    1. Blend 4 drops each of sandalwood, cajeput, and lavender essential oils with 2 teaspoons of carrier oil (such as extra virgin olive oil).
    2. Mix well and apply as needed.
  • Vodka Mist Insect Repellent:
    1. Mix the following in a spray bottle: 50 drops Jojoba, 50 drops Lavender, 25 drops Eucalyptus lemon, 25 drops Lemongrass, 25 drops Patchouli, and 25 drops Cajeput.
    2. Add 1 fluid ounce of vodka (to the spray bottle..not your mouth, people!)
    3. Mix well.
    4. Apply jojoba oil before spraying the repellent on the skin.
  • Natural insect repellent lotion:
    1. Place 2 ounces distilled water in a large mixing bowl.
    2. Slowly drizzle in 2 ounces of olive oil while beating quickly with a wire whisk.
    3. After the oil is mixed into the distilled water, stir in 120 drops of citronella essential oil.

Making homemade bug spray helps you go green because…

  • You do not need to purchase chemical bug sprays. Using products containing the insect repellent DEET may be harmful to fish and other aquatic wildlife, as well as human health.

One of the most widely used ingredients in store-bought conventional bug sprays for personal use is N,N-Diethyl-m-toluamide, or DEET, as it’s commonly known. DEET, which is designed to repel, rather than kill, insects. DEET is used by an estimated one-third of the US population each year. Although DEET is approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it is a known eye irritant and can cause rashes, soreness, or blistering when applied to the skin. Additionally, DEET has been linked to neurological problems; according to the EPA, at least 18 different cases of children suffering adverse nuerological effects, as well as the deaths of two adults, have been associated with DEET. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have found that DEET causes diffuse brain cell death and behavioral changes in rats.[1]

DEET has been shown to have a negative impact on wildlife and water sources in production and during use. DEET is toxic to birds and aquatic life. DEET has been found in approximately 75 percent of U.S. water sources, including the Mississippi River.[2]


(1) Cornell – DEET Mosquito Repellent: New pharmacology study of impacts

(2) – The Downside of DEET Insect Repellents: Health and Environmental Risks Associated with the Use of DEET

organic farms till it like it is…… ;)

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more that 34 million tons of food waste were generated in 2010, second only to paper. (via

You recycle your bottles and newspapers, you upcycle thrift store finds into decor treasures, and you reuse all your plastic bags. But do you upcycle your food scraps?  We’re not talking compost (yet), we’re talking re-growing food from scraps you might have tossed right into the garbage!

Turns out, several odds and ends you might have tossed can be re-grown into more food!


When your recipe only calls for the green part of the scallions, don’t toss the white end with the roots. Stick it in a glass jar with a little water and the greens will grow back. You can just snip off what you need as you go. This also works with leeks.


This delicious, aromatic herb is really just a grass and will grow well in a pot in a sunny spot. Take the root ends (after you’ve used the rest in a recipe) and put in a jar of water in a sunny spot. After a week or so, you’ll start to see roots appearing. Once the roots look healthy, transplant your lemongrass to a pot and let it grow. You can start harvesting when the stalks get to be a foot or more tall.


The next time you’re chopping a bunch of celery, save the root end! Place it in a shallow bowl of water, and after a few days, you should start to see roots and new leaves appear. As soon as you see these, you can plant the celery — leaving the leaves just above the soil.  The plant will continue to grow, and soon you’ll have a whole new head of celery!


Did you know that ginger makes a beautiful (and useful) houseplant? If you’ve got a piece of fresh ginger going spare in your fridge, you can plant it in potting soil. Ginger is a root, and before long, you’ll notice a lovely plant sprouting from it. Once the plant is big enough, you can actually pull it up, whack off a piece of the root, and replant it whenever you need fresh ginger–or just enjoy your culinary houseplant.


Here’s a way to grow pineapple at home from a pineapple!  Pick one with healthy, green  leaves on top.  Some brown tips are normal, but the center leaves should be all green.  You need a 12 inch wide by 12 inch tall pot filled with potting  soil mixed with compost.  You can start them in smaller pots, then transfer them to larger pots.  Pineapples don’t like wet soil, so be sure your potting soil has an additive like vermeculite  to promote drainage.  The pineapple can stay in this pot, but the plant can grow up to 4 feet tall and 6 feet wide, so you may need some help when moving it!

Want to learn more about composting?  Check out what the University of Oregon has to say about the subject, which is a LOT!

Organic Gardening online magazine is another great site that can give you even more hints!  Now….get out and get dirty!!

sweetie…you need a fresh perspective…

Ever had one of those days?

You know……you can’t quite put your finger on it?

Seems like everyone around you wants to just butt heads? 

Maybe you just need to take another look and get a fresh perspective on things….

Remember to try to do your best and show some kindness..

Sometimes looking at things from their perspective… is all you need. 

So, when life get’s you down……

Just remember to keep your head above water..

And you CAN get by with a little help from your friends!!

Wow…time flies….

Ok, friends….I have to laugh..

Yesterday, I dropped the hubby off at the airport and hurried back to the ranch to begin cleaning. We had tracked in so much mud and grass over the weekend, and I decided I would wait to clean once the house was empty.

After a qiuck trip to the grocery store, I drove back home. The time was about 2:30. Somewhere in the next few hours….I totally lost track of time…, really….

To back up a bit, the electricity flickers on and off often, which means that all the clocks reset. Here’s where the problem began…

I have a digital clock in the bedroom, a battery clock in the den and use the microwave clock in the kitchen. The clock in the bedroom automatically resets itself when there is an outage, so that is the one I always check, and since I was a busy little bee, cleaning, I was too lazy to check my cell phone.

After cleaning, I looked at the clock and saw it was 8:30 pm and decided I had enough for the day. I started getting ready for my shower, because I was beat. By the time I finished, it was 9:30 and I thought to myself, ‘Wow…I’m starving,’ but I never eat dinner after 6:00 pm, so I just decided to lay in bed and read my book.

Occasionally, I would hear my computer ‘ding’ so I would check my email, and look at the clock. It was 9:30 pm and was really bright outside! I read for a while longer, then looked at the clock and thought….’How crazy! The sun is still out and its 10:30 at night!!’  Oh well, it was time to sleep and I was sleepy.

I woke up sooo many times during the night, thinking it was time to get up but my clock said differently.  Finally, at 7:30 this morning, I opened my eyes and thought, ‘hmm…it’s still dark.”

Ok, bottom line….The clock reset to a different time zone and I was THREE HOURS off!!  I actually went to bed at 7:30pm, and eventually woke up at 4:30 am…..sigh…..

I could eat a horse right now….

more thoughts from Jimmy…

I don’t know if you remember from a previous post (Jimmy got a thought), but when Jimmy is thinking…things start to happen.

Well, it happened.  Seems that Jimmy got another thought and this required the services of Nate and the Knuckleheads.  (Remember the Knuckleheads?)  They do great work and I enjoy peering out the window to watch.  (once again, it is my job to stay out of the way and stop distracting the workers).

So….here come some trees.  Yes, I know what you are thinking…..Who buys dead trees?  

Well, they aren’t dead…..I think they are just…sleeping.

They are really good at sleeping,  aren’t they?  Hmm…..

Ok.  Not to worry.  We have the best team of Knuckleheads working out here.  And remember the driveway?

Oh please, people!  That driveway is sooo last year.  The rock is going….grass will grow to the edge and in the middle.  No more rock.  Plus 14 new trees, updated flower beds and more grass.

So this morning begins the work.  There is shoveling, mulching, digging, tree planting and other dirty stuff.  I’m going to be busy staying out of the way……..again.

Get to work, Knuckleheads!!

fire on the mountain, run boy run….

Thank you, Charlie Daniels, (thanks, Susan) for getting that song stuck in my head…..But YES!  There was fire!  I was a little skeeered at first…

Who knew it was an ‘on purpose’ fire?  This is how you get rid of weeds around here.  You just light ’em up.  I even caught the guy in action….

So my ‘insider’ information about the fire is that you use gasoline and compressed air.  Hmm…..I would have used fingernail polish remover and a Zippo…..but, hey, that’s me.

I got a little nervous when I saw it getting really smokey, but acted ‘local’, like it was no big deal…(local not loco)

Once that issue was under control, I realized I had a BIGGER problem…..

It was down there…

The trap door in the laundry room….to the crawl space under the house.

Never have been down there…never will.  

Since it is still in the upper 20’s in the evening, we need heat.  I can’t drag this electric blanket around the house because the cord is getting hung up on the furniture.

Soooo….we called in the professionals.  Professionals drive trucks.

Turns out…we have a mice infestation inside the furnace.  Who lives in a furnace?  Evidently, mice.  Here is where they come to gather..

Yep….see that white vent pipe thingy?  And see all the poop under the white vent pipe thingy?  That’s where they checked in … yet couldn’t check out.  They got stuck and lived in their own poop for a very long time.

Now that we are back in the spring, it is time to turn on the heat.

Nothing.  Nada.  Those little guys plugged us up, and we needed professional unplugging.  But not like the professional unplugging you get with a colonic.  Although, it did involve a hose and high water pressure….sooo……hmm.

Anywho…..the professional began his work and when I saw what was being brought up from the crawl space….I immediately felt the need to wash my hands…..and his hands….He brought up over 16 buckets full of mice,  poo and strangely enough….feathers.  How a bird got caught…..oh, nevermind.  I just can’t understand.

I helped, ever so slightly, by squirting water into the white vent pipe thingy, but when the water came back OUT  of the pipe and splashed on my arm and hand….I pretty much said, “I’m out.”

My skin is raw from the frequent washings after that little incident.  So….tomorow is a new day.  Hopefully one minus rodents.  I’m still unsure why God made mosquitos and mice.  This is something that I will be sure to ask….

Maranatha!  (which means, Lord come quickly!)