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Fall Fun

12 Nov

Fall is such a beautiful time of year! Especially here in the mountains! Blue skies. Gorgeous leaves. A trip to an old hunting cabin had no shortage of these fall staples.20131112-080425.jpg







The sunrises and sunsets have been gorgeous lately as well.20131112-080529.jpg


Our roosters enjoying their breakfast.20131112-080545.jpg

Little Pig isn’t so little anymore.20131112-080556.jpg

Or pound puppy Tikka has more than doubled in size too!20131112-080603.jpg

These little ones are less than a month old. My little bantam hen hatched them out herself!20131112-080610.jpg


“No more pictures! Let us sleep!”20131112-080835.jpg




OOTD: rule breaker

7 Oct

So I’ve already done my post about the “no-white-after-Labor-Day” rule and, in an effort to practice what I preach, here is me rocking my white skinnies in October! I’m such a rebel! (haha!) I wore this outfit to work and then to a friend’s birthday dinner (happy birthday Travis!). I think the white pants work great in this fall outfit!


Pants, top, and scarf from Maurices. Gold bracelet from Old Navy. Booties from Target.




I just couldn’t resist sharing these pics of my cuties Keiko and Tikka. 🙂 precious huh?


“Sometimes the world is a pretty mean place. That’s why animals are so warm and huggy.”

19 Jul


















The Silly Things Horses Do

18 Jul

Any horse owner or horse enthusiast would agree: horses do some pretty silly things. On the most harmless item they will get hurt; in the most impossibly tight spaces, they will get stuck; at the most innocent object, they will spook. My 14.2 h.h. Quarter Horse cross pony managed to wedge herself inside our tiny chicken coop on one occasion – and shut the door behind her. How do they do it!?! I don’t know if they are trying to punish there loving owners or just clumsily don’t realize how ubsurd their actions are, but either way it is undeniable that they do some very stupid things.

My Appaloosa gelding Dusty was recently diagnosed with White Line Disease and, as a result, we are having to keep him up in a stall anytime the ground out in the pasture is wet or its raining. Unfortunately, it has rained a lot here lately. Making the situation even more unfortunate, Dusty HATES being kept up in a stall. While in his stall, he will pretty much destroy anything he possibly can. Hay feeders, water buckets, even the stall door, doesn’t stand a chance.

This morning, when I went out to feed him and muck his stall, I noticed something strange as I approached the barn. A window was missing.

Yes. Missing. Gone. I marveled and, I must admit, fumed as I got closer and realized that Dusty had literally ripped the window right out of the wall.
But then my horse-lover tendencies kicked in and I began to worry that Dusty might have cut himself on the window glass or on some other window part in his very effective window removal project. When I opened the stall door I could not believe what I saw…

CIMG5607 CIMG5608 CIMG5611I am assuming that he first broke the bars off the window then stuck his head through, got stuck, and ripped the window off the wall. Unfortunately, he just couldn’t figure out how to actually get out of the window – or maybe he is trying to start a new horse fashion trend (pay attention horse owners! Your horse is going to be begging you for this accessory!). Luckily, he did not have a single scratch from the ordeal. I don’t know how he managed that. He also looked quite guilty and embarrased as I lifted the window off his head however I’m resisting the temptation to feel sorry for the rotten guy.

CIMG5614He was very thankful to have the window gone – from both his neck and its proper place on the wall. Oh my goodness. Please just pray that his feet heal soon or we may not have a barn left to stall him in!

For some reason, I still love him. *sigh* 😀

Hot Sand Hopping in the Sunshine State

3 Jul

After spending a glorious weekend in Charleston, we headed on to Florida to spend the week. I must admit, once I get to the beach it is so hard to leave! I love just laying in the sand, soaking up the sun!


While in Florida, we went to the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine and here is what I wore!


The St. Augustine Alligator Farm was awesome! Don’t worry! They don’t actually “farm” alligators. It is just a Zoo that features a HUGE variety of different reptiles; especially alligators! If reptiles aren’t really your thing, they also have many beautiful birds and monkeys.


You really just can’t imagine how magnificent and giant these guys are until you see them up close and personal.


They had this big albino alligator. It really was so incredible it barely looked real.

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He looks like he is grinning! Look at those teeth!


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And these teeth! Ohmygosh!

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One of our favorite spots that we always visit when in Florida is The Golden Lion Cafe at Flagler Beach. The food is incredible and the atmosphere is even better. It is an open air restaurant (except for a few covered areas) right next to the ocean. The have a great variety of fresh seafood (try the salmon tacos or the coconut shrimp! They are so good!) and a great cocktail selection as well. They frequently have live music complete with a sand dance floor. It really is a must visit if you are anywhere near Flagler Beach.







St. Augustine in Florida is one of my favorite places. It is a beautiful city and just happens to be the oldest in the United States. As a result, there are so many fun historical hings to see in St. Augustine. The buildings themselves are so gorgeous and totally worth the visit. While in St. Augustine, Fort Matanzas is a must visit. Built in 1740, the fort is complete with a drawbridge and you can now tour the entire structure. I always feel like I’m in Lord of the Rings every time I’m there!



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Despite my acute attachment to the beach, I was so glad to come home and see our animals! However, I must say, I look forward to going back. Everyone needs a vacation!