Sunday, December 6, 2009

Sunday Stills

Archive as well....I'm still sans camera (broke)... and even if I had a camera its single digits and too cold to be out taking pics......

Uncle Mittens and his nephew Alvin

Mittens in his favorite guitar case


We have a dog too.... Jill,

thats all I have. We have a few various outside cats that come and go, 2 goldfish in a tub and an aquarium with 6 tropical fish....

I don't consider the horses, chickens, cows or pigs to be there you go.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


I love comments, I love the interaction and the sharing of ideas and opinions. I love the encouragement and support from like minded individuals..... I think blogs are neat and inspiring.
I do not like folks leaving comments with the express purpose of directing others to their blog, sales page, website, game, contest or giveaway etc.

It has only happened a few times but seems that twice in the last week its escalating.

I understand everyones desire to "make it" on the web and perhaps achieve success like the Pioneer Woman and others like her.....but, do it on your own terms, not by hitting the 'net daily throwing your name on the list of blogs for the day.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Over Extended

Last Friday my riding partner Cindy called and asked If I wanted to ride for a couple hours, I replied sure and we met up about 1 or so.
I decided to ride Domino because I have put so much effort into Cricket he was feeling neglected......

not really, I just figured he was the horse du jour.

The day was beautiful, warm and just slight breeze, the best of Central Oregons fall weather. We discussed how long to ride and I thought it would be OK to go longer than shorter, so the rimrock overlooking Bowman Dam and the head of the Crooked River was our destination.

Cindy was game and we were off, the desert sand is damp now and there was no dust and the footing was good. Domino has fantastic mustang feet and he never needs boots, Cindys mare had a new trim but her barefeet are good and tough she went well without boots as well.

We saw 2 cow elk far ahead they bounded across our trail and disapeared into the remnants of the burned up juniper from the control burn a few years ago.

This image is looking east and Bowman Dam, that is the Crooked River Highway across the top, goes south all the way to Roberts and Brothers.

This image is looking west down into the canyon of the Crooked River, it may not look like much... it didn't to us either. I thought we should get down to the river and water the horses....... it seemed like a good idea at the time.

Here is Cindy tossing her whip trying to get her horses ears up......

and me with Domino, see how we are wearing sweaters and are fresh and game....

Well, we made it down , we decided to hike it because it was very steep and rocky and less stress on the horses, they already packed us about 5 miles.... besides we needed the aerobic activity.

This is looking west but the height of the top is pretty consistent, this view is all basalt lava, we came down a gravelly and dirt area. The footing is very, very rocky and rugged, I'm glad both our horses handle it well and with the dry climate and regular use keeps their feet in top form.

Here I am about 1/2 way, we stopped for a breather.... hiking UP was significantly MORE strenuous than hiking down!

See how the power poles drop out of sight behind me? See how I lost my sweater?

And Cindy too, we are still going up! With my dog Jill taking a breather.

....and still going up!

and Cindy's dog Zoe....going up, slowly.

....breather over.... still going up!

whew!.... I have to rest again

We made it up to the top and mounted up again, continued our loop to the cinder pit and made it home at sunset.

4 solid hours, I calculated our route on Google Earth around 12 miles and 1100 feet in elevation change, from the river bed to the rimrock.

Like I said .... it seemed like a good idea at the time.

Thanks to Cindy and her camera, and being patient and adventurous to my harebrained idea to water the horses in the river. But at least this time the weather was favorable and we brought drinking water.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Being Imperfect

I miss my children and I only hope they miss me too. I hope one day they will lose the anger and instead find the love again and realize we all are imperfect. Being imperfect is a part of the human experience and love, tolerance and acceptance of one anothers imperfections is instead an example of our love for one another.
Imperfection is not a measure of our lack of love

Being Imperfect

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sunday Stills

I put before and after images for each one I played with with the various gimmicks,

This old chute I used the painter effect, first in water color and twice with oil.... still doesn't look much like a painting....

I think this old car came out looking like an old image

I really like the cartoonize effect and think both of these have turned out great.

I used the emboss effect on the cat... his name is Alvin

and on the sunset I used the mirror effect and the image looks like a water effect to me.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The hottest day.....

2 weeks ago my friend and neighbor Cindy and I went trail riding, I had told her I wanted to go out the way she goes to the reservoir.

She called and asked if I wanted to ride that day, I jumped at the chance and we met up about 11am, I didn't think we'd be gone long so I neglected to go back for my hat and it didn't seem that warm.... and we weren't going to be gone long (see a theme here?).... I also neglected to bring a water bottle.

As it turned out we had a such a good time and the horses were willing and the day was open we ended up being gone about 4 hours, AND it turned out to be a record heat day of 98 degrees.

Cindy was prepared for anything, we shared her water bottle and she had a nifty doggy canteen with bowl that she generously shared between my dog and hers. I'm going to get one of those doggy canteens with the bowl, it was very clever.

Slight sunburn and dehydration aside it was a spectacular ride and we hope to do it again soon. I figured we covered about 10 to 12 miles all together. Most of the ground is rocky to VERY rocky with some gravelly and sandy areas, both our horses are barefoot and booted on the front, I use Easyboot Epics with gaiters she uses Renegades, on the way home we both pulled the boots to let their feet work naturally and develop some callus.

I rode Cricket because she needs the miles and she did very good, we came down several extremely steep trails and she used her back and hind quarters to rate herself well. I'm happy with the progress she has made she is really starting to listen and accept direction and her softness and responsiveness has improved light years from June.

Cindy rode her Missouri Foxtrotting mare, she is young but very responsive and stable and steady, she was a great confidence builder for Cricket.

The views are spectacular on the rim overlooking the reservoir. This is preview of where we are headed.

My dog kept looking over the rim and was frustrated she couldn't get to the water from there, the cliff is several hundred feet straight down.
Overlooking Bowman Dam on the west end of Prineville Reservoir, start of the Crooked River.

Overlooking County Boat Ramp on the NW end of Prineville Reservoir

A flock of ducks Cindy encountered at the boat ramp one day recently

Ahhhh cool, clear, water.....

My Trail Boss for the day.....

Cricket enjoying the cool, clear, water.....

And special thanks to Cindy for bringing her camera and graciously sharing our adventure.....

Thursday, October 1, 2009

When I'm 89, I want to.......

Red Deer Advocate - Cattle penning: a hobby for the ages

The above link takes you to an article in the September Red Deer Advocate, a local paper in Alberta. The featured person in the article is my Dear Honeys mother. She is a kick ass rider and very, very competitive, she regularly wins the contests she enters and has some great partners.

She lives alone on a small place in AB, manages her horses and rides 89.

We should all be so lucky.......

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Not so Wordless Wednesday

One week ago today we had a record high of 98 degrees......
Last night it was 25.

Today I wore a coat hat and gloves to do chores..... I don't think I'm ready for winter.

Updated: 4:00 am PDT on September 30, 2009
Active Notice: Local Storm Report (US Severe Weather)
Partly cloudy. Highs 52 to 57. West wind 10 to 20 mph. Gusts around 30 mph in the afternoon.

Partly cloudy. Lows 22 to 31. West wind 5 to 15 mph and gusty in the evening becoming light.
Partly cloudy. Highs 61 to 66. Light wind.

Thursday Night
Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows 25 to 34. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph in the evening becoming light.
Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs 54 to 62. Light wind becoming northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night and Saturday
Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers. Lows 26 to 36. Highs 46 to 54.
Saturday Night and Sunday
Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and snow showers. Lows 19 to 29. Highs 47 to 54.
Sunday Night
Partly cloudy. A chance of rain showers and a slight chance of snow showers. Lows 19 to 29.
Partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers and snow showers. Highs 53 to 58.
Monday Night
Partly cloudy. Lows 21 to 31.
Partly cloudy. Highs 57 to 66.