Saturday, September 3, 2016

WE HAVE COME A LONG WAY .... BABY!

... that could mean alot of things.... really.
... being that this BLOG was originally started to share and reflect on my trainings of my eventing steeds... and my desires to event at upper levels...  and coming back from the ROLEX all inspired to go farther and all things possible... Wasnt going to happen AT ALL after getting laid off from Kitchen Design Job in 08.
Coming to terms with losing that $76k yr income was hard. Having to let go of some horses that I loved, and facing the facts that affording horses in the northeast without a trainer or show opportunities for jumping just give up on that dream and have trail horses! ... but I couldnt just have trail horses, give lessons and have a boarding stable... unfortunately was not me.

THEN in 2011 after two hard depressing years of trying to make a marriage work ... I relented to a forced Divorce and terms of move out date Aug 30.... reluctantly, grieving and exhausted... I packed up whatever would fit in a 3H slant and headed toward KY, where my dreams would take form, I just knew it... it had to... I mean how could it not work? I could find work at a stable and be right in the midst of horse life and live the dream.... or so I thought. I cried all the way to NJ where I stayed overnight at my A. & U. while my horse slept standing in the trailer alongside my 84 FLH iron hoss.
My hay and stock tank and fencing, buckets blankets misc items... it was stuffed full and the LQ was boxes all the way to the door of everything but the kitchen sink. My dog in the front seat riding shotgun and off we went to NC to stay with a friend and enjoy trail riding with friends, some barrel shows and rodeos until heading to my secluded temporary home in western KY.

WOW... what fun NC was! I never imagined so many people doing everything with horses every weekend! WHAT! Eventing at Carolina Horse Park, Wagon and Carriage trails at the Moss Foundation, overnight camping especially for horse rides in Lumber River, Rodeos and Barrel racing everywhere.... sandy trails and great weather.... I didnt plan on leaving for a month.... and was told I could stay... I looked for work and ended up getting into Kitchen Design in an upscale design center in Southern Pines, right up my alley!

Deciding to stay and seeing where GOD was going to take me was the best decision I made... and actually it was all made for me... I just had to allow good things to happen to me ... for me... everything falls into place at the right time... if you allow it. SO SO BLESSED. I always say... I cant say what would have happened to me if I carried through with my plan in KY, who I would be or who I would be with... it would have been hard, harder... maybe wouldnt have made it without all the support I have found here in NC. ... I dont want to know how it would have worked out.... I am happy with how it has worked out. I never would have thought I would be here today... ENJOYING EVERY DAY!

I am OK.... I am LOVED... I am a BLESSING to those around me. I am THANKFUL... GREATFUL that I am doing what I love... HORSES. I have accomplished more with horses in 5 years... FIVE YEARS... than I have in having horses my whole life with the desire to do something with them. Yes I have done this and that... but the variety NOW of doing it all which is what I love the most! ... most importantly ... having someone BY YOUR SIDE to do it with you and loves horses as much as I do... is the cherry on top!

THANK YOU GOD ~ YOUR GRACE AND MERCY IN MY LIFE IS BOUTIFUL!
Looking forward to tomorrow every day!


                                Keeping positive and Looking UP giving Him ALL the Glory!
                                                                                 AMEN

Friday, June 17, 2016

LIFE IS TOO SHORT... EAT DESERT FIRST!

... life IS too short....
that is why you shouldnt fret over the small things!
If you want to HONEYMOON before the WEDDING ... JUST DO IT!
That is what we did and it was great!
We made great memories, got some great pictures and really took the time to enjoy ourselves!

GRAND TETONS & YELLOWSTONE
it was an amazing view that I enjoyed capturing myself!









This picture is the ONLY one we actually got someone to take of us ... 



THEN IT WAS ONTO THE OFFICIAL BUSINESS!


ITS ALL ABOUT THE COWBOYS ~ AND COWBOY BOOTS BABY!





... AND .... 
it was U. Jerry and A. Beckys 50th Anniversary!
What an honor to share that special day with them and they with us!



 ....here is to another blissfull 50 years! xoxoxo


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

I wonder why I keep this blog. 
We all have FB and post pictures and the every day goings on.... BUT for us in depth soul searchers that enjoy putting pen to paper and spewing forth all the jargin that is in our brains it is more a type of artistic medium I guess.
I havent been much of a "diary keeper" but have on occassion in several perfect bound books that have caught my eye mainly becuase they were pretty or had a texture or a trinket that I thought would help me maintain a dairy at that given time. It has never worked. Nor has this blog, BUT I have kept it since 2008 when I had to do something for myself to maintain my serenity.
I have always thought about writing a book from time to time.... creating a story line and events that shape peoples lives. Now I love the Waltons. That series ran for how many years? Exactly ... and it was based on a diary of mundane day to day life in West Virginia... well there you have it. 
Lately I have been feeling I need to get back to my creative roots in some sort of artistic nature. I love so many types of work and enjoy it so much I cant figure out WHY I cant make time to do it?
When I look back and think of all the areas I have enjoyed and prospered in I feel so blessed. 
Photography, Screen Printing, Darkroom reproductions, Videography, Editing, Publishing & Printing, Kitchen Designing, Jewelry making, Mural Painting, Ceramics, Crafting, House staging, Architectual Design, Landscaping, Building & Remodeling, Cake creations, Wood burning and Retail Space Makeovers for Cabinetry Showrooms
Next up: Furniture Rehabing
Once I get my work space cleaned out and a work bench and electric in... WOW.... that is going to be fun! I have been researching how to rehab an old 68 small trailer that I would like to have as company quarters or a retail space for Gypsy Cowgirl & Co. :) ... that is a ways off... but I love that look and not being so clean cut and perfect all the time :) This is farm life!
I have kept my ideas on Pinterest.... and boy is that site going to be the death of me! I get so filled up with ideas and what to dos and want to get done projects... I have to go take a nap!
For now... this new 2016 year, its about being happy where you are. Blossoming where you are planted. Being Blessed to be that Blessing to others around you that really need it everyday!

My gifts and talents are meant to be shared with and for the people in my life :)

1 of 2 fun bathroom murals done for friends in Fort Myers Fl

First newborn images for families

earrings hand made for friend in Maine

One of several showroom remodels done for Kitchen & Bath Design
from Biddeford & Portland Maine to Southern Pines NC


Painting camper window awning to match remodeled interior with wood burned trim and made all new cusion covers and windwo treatments for family to enjoy.


created birthday cake with real antlers

                                    
rustic retail space ideas acquired from Pinterst or bedroom remodel possibly!

Always remembering each of us has gifts and talents and can contribute daily to our surroundings.
Paying it forward is another way to put it I guess. 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

C' La Vi!

Here it is... brisk cool breezy morning. Life is calm cool and collected. You can let your mind run away with you on days like this by thinking "OK! I gotta get all this done today because if I dont I dont know when I will get another day like this!" .... then you get emmediately overwhelmed and feel like you just dont have the energy to do it and you may as well relax and enjoy this day... which happens to be Sunday!

With all the rain we have had lately, the leaves are filling up the yard with their friendly acorns and downed limbs which needs tending to. The grass is overgrown but wet so you cant mow it in the morning when you want to get it over and done with... and prior to getting into another project. The fencing needs to be mended in spots that nudge you EVERY day as its right at the gate and effect the connection but that can always wait. The water troughs should be cleaned as its got so many pecans, pine needles and leaves in the bottom ... but the water is clear soooo maybe not today. The stack of saddles for sale on the back porch needs to be cleaned and all the leather goods as the 2 weeks of rain has caused the growth of green mold to take over everywhere... what a task that will be... Awwww nawww ... cant think of that today. The floors in the house need sweeping and vacuum but geeeez I just did it ... so I cant be bothered ..... I mean I just did it! The dog needs a wash... and shave her hairy paws... so she doesnt bring in all that dirt... and smell like wet dog... OH... I just did that too.... so nope not today. I would really like to clean out that old barn and make it into my project work shop... is today the day for that? hmmmmmmmm ??? eeeesh.... thatsa big one... could I? Do I really want to? ......
If nothing else... Its gawwwww geous out... and I should DEFINATELY go for a ride... maybe enlist some locals to go to...

NOW that sounds like an efficient use of todays lovely weather!
Signing off
Over n Out

Sunday, September 13, 2015

REALLY? ITS OVER.... Summer is over already?

I guess what they say is true... Time does fly when you are having fun!

I have two shows left for Southern Stockhorse and still standing reserve for the year as of now in Novice on Docs Little Zoey. Its been tougher than I had thought showing on her this season. Unfortunately when you buy a Ferrari ... you still need to learn how to drive it ... smoooooth!
BUT... the upside... if you have finally got your ferrari and its parked in the garage... paid for ... you take it out when you want it... or just sit in it at home... and its still a nice new shiny Ferrari ! Even if its 13 years old... its not loosing its value.... and new to you!

The deal is... I found out after my last show when I hit the dirt, I thought because I rolled my ankle that morning stepping off my 14h mount... on a good day 14h... into a hole ... that it was that... my ankle. Then two weeks later State Finals NBHA show... oh goodie... I hit the dirt again... at barrel two. AFTER that... my spirit was shattered... and I thought seriously? WTH! I cant ride, Im too fat... Im too old... I apparently cant even stay on finished an broke horses... so I better quit before I really get hurt....  I was just really hurt emotionally. Horses are my every day ... my whole life since 4 yrs old.... but I stopped riding. I joined Golds Gym in Southern Pines and decided to get a trainer. This is where I found out the truth. The truth is ... my right side is FAR weaker then my left. Hence it was only a matter of time without physical maintenance that I would have fallen off? Well there had been signs I was ignoring, my inner thighs look totally different, while posting my right legs  swings uncontrollably, my ankle is weak for sure and started wearing lace up support which has helped.

YOU THINK YOUR all that ... but your not... its in your head that you can do this or that... but 44 and loosing more every day... it was time to make a change... and it sucks! I want to do what I want when I want and eat and or do nothing.... BUT... if I want to ride, and I want to ride hard and fast... I had to get into a routine of eating right and excercise for my new lifestyle change... or it would just get worse!

I have two more shows left in Stockhorse and 5 more in Barrel Racing and then NEXT YEAR will be a whole new year.  I have had an offer on Zoey and may end up selling her, may sell my barrel mare... CHARLIE... well I have been trying to sell him since forever... and GOD may just be keeping him here for me to suck it up buttercup and get on with it on him in eventing.... which will remain to be seen.... Red will go to his new home in the end of OCT. Greyboy found a home up the street ... and life ... little by little is being simplified... which is nice.

ONE saying sticks with me....

IF you keep holding onto yesterdays junk you wont be able to grab onto todays gifts!!!
Every day is a gift and we need to grab it and growl!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Its Spring ~ Its Show Time !

We have been preparing for our Spring show schedule for months. Through the wind, rain, snow and cold... of course the FIRST show of the season "shows" just how much you prepared! The first show butterflys in your gut.... also in theirs caused the few incidents you fooled yourself into believing were not going to happen to you!  Lets start with the trailer loading... or lack their of. Working through that you get to the show and your horse is all puffed up .... so you have to work it out of him. Now relaxed and walking around checking things out... well you are feeling pretty good... UNTIL your ride time.... and it just never works itself out.... tripping and stopping and going and awful transitions.... hiccupping along... even falling outside the boundaries of the dressage arena because he decided NOT to bend and yield.... makes you feel like you cant possibly do anything right that day.
ITS WONDERFUL! Makes you want ot get right back out their and do it again! NOT! So much work needing to be done. The work so much better at home.... and it looks like you never rode at all when you bring them to the show! FRUSTRATING...

The day before that was your first cutting show on your new cutting mare hopeful. TIME and money spent on New tack new this new that... (actually new to me but used because it was all I could afford) and making sure to make time to get aquainted with your horse... trail riding ... working on refining, just being with her.... that is all part of the relationship needed to get the job done when show time comes, or so you think. Well, all is going absolutely perfect... UNTIL... you drop your rein and let her go on that cow. HOOOOOOOOOO WEEEEEEEEE you better hold on or your gonna hit the dirt....
I could  not hold her back off them cows.... she wanted to eat them alive! So unlike her. As when she is at Kings working cows she minds her P's n Q's even with her snaffle in. I now know that it was time to renig on the snaffle and get serious with a correction port for any future riding. No more nice momma... its time to roll!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

I am a photographer, I hate to say that because there is a stigma, or an expectation associated with that label. I tend to get all these shots that others would miss or just dont try for... I cant NOT whip my phone out and get these shots... but if I were a photographer with big guns... I couldnt have caught all these shots that I sooooooooooo enjoy snapping!

How can you not enjoy reviewing these goofballs? I love them all especially when their personalities come out! Most are of Charlie because he is the most expressive natured... but on occassion I catch the others too and I like to put captioning with them.... because you can almost hear what they are saying!