Friday, June 26, 2009

My First Farrah-do

I think this was taken in 1977 or 1978, can't remember. But - I do know two things:

1. It got bigger and longer over the years AND,

2. Jo Vick at the Lady Bug Salon is who gave me my first Farrah-do in Alpine, Texas. Jo was the coolest chick in Alpine at the time because she did good hair, had great parties, and got to go to New York all the time.

My dad had a store in Corpus Christi (where Farrah grew up) and my little sister and I would frequently take trips with him in the summer to check on the store. It was always a lot of fun because we got to stay in a hotel and he would let my little sister and I hang out at the beach while he was working. While I had my Farrah-do, my little sister had the Dorothy Hamil-do... Gotta love those 70's!!!

During those 70's summers in Corpus I would fantasize that Farrah would see me and decide I should be her little sister and take me to Hollywood to live happily ever after....

Just wanted to say thanks to Farrah for the inspiration that she gave to all of us Texas Chicks and other chicks from across the country. She was one of a kind.....

Can you remember your first Farrah-do? Would love to see pictures!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

When the sun shines....


Make Hay!



That's what we did today.



And of course, we took some time to play.....



And when our work was finally done.....



We couldn't help but smile some....



Because it was kind of fun!




And as the sun was beginning to set...




We realized we needed a little rest.



But most of all, just how much we are blessed!


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Jack's talking and I'm bathing... Some things never change.

So Jack and I went to my hometown for a weekend visit. I'll fill you in on more reasons for our visit later. It was fun. Anyway - I'm from this really cool small town in far West Texas, known as the Big Bend Region. Also known as the center of the earth or God's Country, whichever you prefer.

Here is what it looks like:



And south of town is the majestic Big Bend; it looks like this:



How lucky am I to be from the two most beautiful places on earth? The Texas Hill Country and the Big Bend.

So it's Saturday morning and Jack tells me he's going to run to the saddle shop. He always makes a point to go by there when in town. I thought about going with him, but decided I had something better to do. Off he went as he said he would be back in about 30 minutes.

Two hours later he showed back up. Why had he been gone so long?


He ran into this guy and shot the bull for over an hour! Yes - Lyle Lovett! He just happened to be in town. Why? Because you just never know who you will run into in the center of the earth.

Lyle Lovett is my guy. I'm the one that loves him and listens to him almost every day. His song, "Cowboy Man" was the theme song at our rehearsal dinner. I love him.

So where was I while Jack was shooting the bull with my man, Lyle Lovett?

I was soaking in the bathtub.

Story of my life.......

Friday, June 5, 2009

My horse's tee tee is better than your horse's tee tee

I know I've been gone for a bit. Time just seems to really fly by these days. Anyway, I've been busy doing my regular stuff during the day (the real job) which keeps me quite occupied. In the evenings when I'm home I've been a little preoccupied with a couple of new residents here at Hummingbird Farms.

No! It's not another cowboy, but a couple of new horses.


In fact, Abe (the dog) and Festus (the cat) have been standing watch over them ever since they got here. They just kind of hang out on the old John Deere and sit and stare. Not sure if they're trying to let them know who's boss, or if they think they're guarding us from them.

So here they are! Our 2 new adolescent Thoroughbreds... Yes, they are your typical long and lanky pre-teenagers (would that be a tween?) that haven't grown into themselves yet. They're going to be big! They are only yearlings and will continue to grow until they're 5 or 6.


Here's the story: They came to us via Canada. Have you ever heard of the Premarin horses? Sorry if I gross any of you out, but facts are facts. Premarin is a very common hormone replacement therapy. I don't have a problem at all with Premarin. Believe me - I have my fair share of hot flashes and completely understand why anyone would want to take something to phase those suckers out. I simply can't take hormone replacement therapy due to my health history.
Anyway, Premarin is made from horse urine; pregnant horse urine. I know, I know, it sounds disgusting. But at one time during my hot flash laden years, I would have sucked horse urine from a straw if it would have helped!

Premarin: PREgnant MARe urINe.

Nowadays they primarily use a synthetic in Premarin which has eliminated almost all farms that used to house these pregnant mares for urine collection (thank goodness!). However, once they shut down most of these farms the horses had nowhere to go. And - the babies from these pregnant mares were in abundance. They didn't have anywhere to go either.

So our two new horses are babies from stock of what used to be Premarin horses. Come to find out, these Premarin horses are from really good blood lines. Apparently, urine from royalty is better than just plain ole urine. Who knew?

One of our babies is a grandson of Seattle Slew and the other one is a grandson of Mr. Prospector!


Regardless of their bloodlines and their royal pee, we're just happy to have them here. The poodles think they're pretty cool and have decided drinking from their water trough if pretty cool, too! I think they must be thinking if they drink from the water trough they will grow up to be big just like them....

Have a great weekend, and I'll try to be a better blogger.... Here lately there's just been too much to do and see outside versus being inside and on the computer. All is well at Hummingbird Farms!