its beginning to look a lot like christmas….

Are you kidding me?  Snow?  Now???

We are at the ranch and woke up to a winter wonderland!!

My toes are cold!!!!  Note to self:  Today is not a flip flop day……

another post about that GMO thingy….

People, GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) are just not good.  They are not good for you and they are not good for me….and evidently not good for the animals tested because of pre-cancerous cell growth, damaged immune systems, smaller brains, livers, and testicles, partial atrophy or increased density of the liver, odd shaped cell nuclei and other unexplained anomalies, false pregnancies and higher death rates……..but other than that…………

In March 2001, the Center for Disease Control reported that food is responsible for twice the number of illnesses in the U.S. compared to estimates just seven years earlier. This increase roughly corresponds to the period when Americans have been eating GM food.

Our kids face the greatest risk from the potential dangers of GM foods for the same reasons they face the greatest risk from other hazards like pesticides and radiation, these include:

Young, fast-developing bodies are influenced most.

Children are more susceptible to allergies. 

Children are more susceptible to problems with milk.

Children are more susceptible to nutritional problems. 

Children are in danger from antibiotic resistant disease.

You can read about 65 health risks from GMO’s HERE.

And you can find a Non-GMO Shopping Guide HERE.

And get involved!  There is a group called Non-GMO Project created for consumers that believes that EVERYONE has a right to be informed about what they are eating.

The NON GMO Project scientifically tests all of the individual ingredients that make up a product using a third party testing facility. Products that have been certified are labeled with a NON GMO Project Verified label.

In the mean time, stick to whole organic foods that you can ensure are for the most part not modified like local and/or organic fruits, vegetables, grains, and nuts. Skip the processed foods unless they are certified by the NON GMO Project.

the drunken cowboy…

A drunken cowboy lay sprawled across three entire seats in the posh Amarillo
Theater. When the usher came by and noticed this, he whispered to the cowboy,
‘Sorry, sir, but you’re only allowed one seat.’

The cowboy groaned but
didn’t budge. The usher became more impatient: ‘Sir, if you don’t get up from
there I’m going to have to call the manager.’

Once again, the cowboy just
groaned. The usher marched briskly back up the aisle, and in a moment he
returned with the manager. Together the two of them tried repeatedly to move the
cowboy, but with no success.

Finally they summoned the police. The Texas
Ranger surveyed the situation briefly then asked, ‘All right buddy what’s your

‘Fred,’ the cowboy moaned.

‘Where ya from, Fred?’ asked the

With terrible pain in his voice, and without moving a muscle,
Fred replied,

‘…the balcony…’

things NOT to say to the workmen…

Well, we’ve had people working at the barn for quite a while now.  The weather has kept them away and so it is time to pull up our tool belts and get this show on the road.

So if you have a “project” and hire men to work for you……here’s what NOT to say:

“Well, just get to it whenever you can”

“Just take my credit card”

“Oh, I guess you can leave it right there…”

“I don’t care how much it costs.”

“I don’t care how long it takes”

“Just go ahead and do it, we’ll figure out how much it costs later.”

“Why don’t you make a list?  Then you wouldn’t have to drive to the store so often”

“I guess I don’t really need to see a copy of your insurance, as long as you have it.”

“Is there supposed to be a hole there?”

“Why do you want to know if that vase is antique?”

“Can I trust you?”

the weekend…brrrr….

Well, we had a great time in Jackson Hole, this weekend! Can you believe it? It was still snowing because it OBVIOUSLY doesn’t know when to stop. Here we are leaving the airport and going to the hotel. (and no, we didn’t stay at the ranch because there was no way to get up our driveway!)

A bit blurry….since I couldn’t get my DRIVER (aka Jimmy) to stop so I could take a picture…. 🙂

Absolutely ridiculous.  We left 93 degrees…..and entered 29…..what the heck were we thinking?

Somewhere behind that fence….waaaaay up at the top of the hill is the house.  Now….check this out…

here is the house in February of 2011…

And here it is April 13, 2011……

Exactly my point.  Nothing has changed….except that it had stopped snowing in February…but was still snowing in April.  Just the color of the sky is different!

However….the barn is coming along really nice!  The downstairs will be for the “toys”…. ATV’s, etc., and the upstairs will be another family room/exercise room/whatever- else I think of/room.

That’s the downstairs mess…..and now we go upstairs to see if I like the paint color…..and as a matter of fact….I do…(and no, the entire room will NOT be red…just the walls…not ceiling! eek!)

We are taking the treadmill and the eliptical, all the free weights and other equipment to the ranch…..and YES.…I know that there are SOOO many places to walk/run/hike there, but it does RAIN people!  (And snow, as we have witnessed)

Ok, look at one spot on the driveway….this wasn’t even the DEEP part!  It came up to my hips in places!!  Alright, stop looking at my hips…

So crazy……And so far there has been over 500 inches TOTAL in the area……most of it was on the driveway…

But…the house is still awesome and I can’t wait to be there in the summer…..when it is WARM!!!

It’s calling me……….but there has to be TOTAL melt-down before I decide to go back.  TOTAL….

christmas out on the ranch..

‘Twas the night before Christmas & out on the ranch

The pond was froze over & so was the branch.
The snow was piled up belly-deep to a mule.
The kids were all home on vacation from school,
And happier young folks you never did see-
Just all sprawled around a-watchin’ TV.
Then suddenly, some time around 8 o’clock,
There came a surprise that gave them a shock!
The power went off, the TV went dead!
When Grandpa came in from out in the shed
With an armload of wood, the house was all dark.
“Just what I expected,” they heard him remark.
“Them power line wires must be down from the snow.
Seems sorter like times on the ranch long ago.”
“I’ll hunt up some candles,” said Mom. “With their light,
And the fireplace, I reckon we’ll make out all right.”
The teen-agers all seemed enveloped in gloom.
Then Grandpa came back from a trip to his room,
Uncased his old fiddle & started to play
That old Christmas song about bells on a sleigh.
Mom started to sing, & 1st thing they knew
Both Pop & the kids were all singing it, too.
They sang Christmas carols, they sang “Holy Night,”
Their eyes all a-shine in the ruddy firelight.
They played some charades Mom recalled from her youth,
And Pop read a passage from God’s Book of Truth.
They stayed up till midnight-and, would you believe,
The youngsters agreed ’twas a fine Christmas Eve.
Grandpa rose early, some time before dawn;
And when the kids wakened, the power was on..
“The power company sure got the line repaired quick,”
Said Grandpa – & no one suspected his trick.
Last night, for the sake of some old-fashioned fun,
He had pulled the main switch – the old Son-of-a-Gun!