Sermon on the "Mount"

I first experienced Sermon on the Mount while attending Tarleton. I was majoring in Equine Science and the Equine office was promoting an event called Sermon on the "Mount." I had no idea what it was about but we were told that he relates horse training in a biblical sense. This sparked my curiousity. I had no idea how this man was going to tell me about God and tell me how to train my horse at the same time.

Well let me tell you folks, I went the first year and was hooked. I can't even describe his messages, they are truly amazing. The following year I looked foward to going! I was training a yearling for a halter/saddle breaking class and knew he was coming. I knew I could further relate to what the message was... Only to be suprised by Mr. Rosie coming to work with us one on one in that class. It has always held a special place in my heart!

So I wanted to share a few videos with you all to show you what in the world I'm talking about :)



I was indeed hoping to do something very special for my 75th post. So here I guess I do. I get to remember my bestest buddy.
"If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons."
-James Thurber

My dear, sweet Rascal passed away today. He was 2 months shy of 15... My mom said he just wasn't acting right and when she took him to the vet, they said his kidneys weren't functioning properly. He'd have meds and a special diet the rest of his life, on top of already being blind, deaf, and falling down after standing too long or hardly being able to make it up and down steps. She decided it was probably best for him to go peacefully than to suffer any longer.

For years I thought this would be one of the hardest days I'd ever have to face - and although I have been very weepy this evening I'm really at peace. I've prepared myself, really, since Christmas for this day to come.
Rascal was my 9th Birthday present. He was my first dog and the best dog we've ever owned. He was the smartest, most talented dog I've ever seen! He could speak loud, "whisper," sit, come, fetch.... He LOVED tennis balls. He was a good friend... He was probably my "once in a lifetime" dog.

I'll miss him very much.


Vanilla Cake

So Hubby and I made a vow to eat healthier now that he is a volunteer firefighter again. He wants to get back into shape and I could use a better shape, LOL! But, my naughty sweet tooth got to me and haunted me until I would make a vanilla cake with buttercream icing. Sounded so delicious!

That was until I took the first bite. Am I crazy or does anyone else prefer a box cake to scratch cakes? This is the fourth scratch cake in a year I've made and NONE of them have tasted very yummy. Not to mention my buttercream was too, er, whipped I guess is the word.

So, my sweet tooth is gone for now and I didn't even eat a whole piece of cake. This wasn't so bad for our eat healthy thing after all.


Bucket List

I found this and thought that it was a nice way to reflect on the things I've done, and the things I wish to do one day... Of course this doesn't include my tour of Europe, New Zealand and Australia.... Hehe. I'll cross off the ones I've done.
Here is a list of 50 unconventional things to do in your lifetime. You may find a few to add to your bucket list.

1. Search for UFOs and aliens in Roswell, New Mexico.

2. Go on a ghost tour.

3. Race a car or motorcycle on the salt flats of Utah.

4. Walk on a boardwalk at 2 am.

5. Be in a movie, whether as an extra or as the star.

6. Pan for gold in a mountain stream.

7. Watch the sun rise and set in the same day.

8. Go outside and dance in a rainstorm.

9. Become a viral video star.

10. Take the tour of Disney World’s underground tunnel system.

11. Camp at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

12. Have a credit on IMDB.com.

13. Be in a talk show audience.

14. Help someone help their self. I think I can cross this off... I hope anyway.

15. Adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue group.

16. Inner tube down a river.

17. Run a business. Working on it anyway...

18. Visit a food factory.- Mrs. Bairds!!

19. Go camping somewhere that has no contact to the outside world.

20. Help family members achieve their goals and dreams.

21. Watch all the top rated films of all time. watched the top 5 in h.s. lol.

22. Take a spontaneous road trip. I think my first 2 years of marriage qualify here...

23. Write an article for a newspaper or magazine. Had my photography published in the college paper.

24. Fail several times at something.

25. Make an oil painting.

26. Work at a zoo or aquarium. (Technically Jess and I had a very inside look at the Galveston Aquarium. One of my favorite memories is hearing those fish "chirp" and being on top of a shark tank. AWESOME!)

27. Create a website.

28. Work a job you hate.

29. Get to know yourself and those closest to you.

30. Hunt for treasure.

31. Confront at least one of your big fears. Elevators!

32. At least attempt to tackle every dream and goal you’ve ever had.

33. Befriend an enemy.- In high school I did... :)

34. Make friends with very successful people.

35. Take one day to just watch the clouds and take one night just to watch the stars.

36. Travel for a full year. Again... I think I qualify.

37. Raise a Seeing Eye puppy.

38. Read all your favorite books again. I don't have too terribly many favorites but I have read them ALL again! Hehehe.

39. Work less, live more.

40. Vacation on a house boat.-

41. Find what you were meant to do.-

42. Live without email, IM, or your cell phone for a week.-

43. Join a peaceful protest for a cause you support.

44. Be on a TV news program for something positive. I was on the news a few times Freshman year for pep rally.

45. Watch a movie being filmed. Bastrop and Austin we stopped to watch several times.

46. Stomp grapes at a vineyard.

47. Create an invention.

48. Get your name and biography on Wikipedia.

49. Learn how to drive a tractor.-

50. Do all your favorite things from childhood:


Kilns and such

So I was holding out on you folks. I was dreaming and scheming what to do with this nifty little object. My husband suprised me about a week ago by telling me he had placed a bid on an auction site on a kiln at the lubbock school districts auction! A kiln of my very own! Oh the dreams! Oh the possibilities! I don't think ya'll would ever hear from me again!

Alas, I'm here to stay! We were outbid in the final moments of the auction. I am still kilnless. But there are other kilns about in the big world of ceramics. I'm sure that another will find me and find a place in our home where it can warm my craftings. :)

Beyond that I've been kept so busy up at the school lately I haven't had much time to do anything but come home and cook and go to bed. I've got days booked all the way to the first of April (they like me, they really like me!)!! I've got quite a few things I need to finish making though so perhaps I'll start them very soon.

Happy crafting!



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Coffee Addicts Anonymous

Thanks to the nonstop substitute teaching I've been doing as of lately I've become a straight up coffee addict. I wanted something creative to do today, so while we were in town today I picked up a Starbucks "create your own" tumbler. This is my design. I seriously redid it about 16 times before feeling good with this one.

The journaling says, ""Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body. But rather to slide in sideways, totally used up, totally worn out, screaming "HOLY CRAP! What a ride!""Haha, great philosophy.


A Post!

Let's back track a bit and show ya'll what I crafted for the holidays! I couldn't before because if I put the photos on Flickr, they would have leaked to my sister in law!

I had brown background with different turquoise and brown fabrics to applique her name with! A nice turquoise fabric binds the quilt together.

I forgot to get finished pics of my father in laws quilt but it was a tshirt quilt of all the construction companies he's worked for over the last 10+ years. It was pretty amazing to see everyone's reaction to their quilts.
I got playdough in my stocking and made a creepy man face, lol.

Here's Stonewall in full out gallop. I love his ears! I'm hoping to get out in the next few weeks and start shooting a bit more than I have... Baseball season should start soon too and I'm hoping to get some fun shots at the home games.


The bedroom redecoration

My mother in law helped me to redecorate my bedroom! I was given a Hobby Lobby gift card for Christmas and we spent a while picking out some art to go around the bed. I picked the two metal looking scrolls and rotated the room around. Even the husband is amazed at the transformation from plain to cozy! I'm currently refinishing a dresser to match the rustic wood in the room. Eventually we'll go to traditional nightstands but for now we'll continue to have the newlywed look. :) Happy New Year!!