Wednesday, July 31, 2013

What Was That?!

Did you know that horses have great imaginations? No? It's true. They do. They usually imagine horse-eating monsters.
Horses are only afraid of two things...
...things that move, and things that don't!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Girls

Xander Corp.

Finally had time to add the latest page to Xander's website: Xander Corp. shows the corporate structure and players involved...just to help those of you following along at home! :D

Morning Laugh

Today is going to be a multiple-posting kind of day. We'll begin with another funny video...I saw this on one of the morning shows this morning and it makes me laugh. Check out that happy tail thumping!

**Updated as first video was taken down...apparently it was posted by someone without permission. Hope this is the correct one as it's really super cute.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

"Throw It!! Throw It!!!"

Tomorrow I'll get back to some more regular posting. For now, I leave you with this amusing video of a dog trying to get the very quiet stranger to throw his stick with him:

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

RAK cat

So I belong to this ebay community group Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) where besides chatting online about everything from crafting to pets to general life stuff, we sometimes exchange cards and little gifts.

Earlier this year I got a Sizzix embossing machine and have been having fun making cards and experimenting with different papers, embellishments, etc.

I recently made this card for my RAK pal...but you need to understand that these things can't be done without proper supervision.

This is tiring work!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Hound Vacay...

...or Why Gwyn doesn't sleep on the bed at home:

 Gwyn got to go stay at her favorite hotel again...Not only does she enjoy sleeping on the bed, but she wants to lie across all of the pillows!
What's your point, Mom? 

 I do enjoy some snuggle time with my girl! :D

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Fruit Run

Under the category of Gwyndiculousness, allow me to share one of Gwyn's favorite summer games: playing with pears! We have a pear tree in the back yard. We've never actually eaten any of the pairs from it....but Gwyn has. :D She discovered this game last year. The first time she did it, I had to Google to make sure that pears weren't toxic for dogs! They make wonderful can do zoomies around the yard with them, and then lie down and eat them at the end!

 I know that some of the pears that have become hound toys have fallen off the tree prematurely, but I have a strong suspicion that some of them have had a little help!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Look what's growing! :D

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


My dear, sweet Willow! She needed a little face time. She's such a darling girl and so put upon! She doesn't complain that the goofy hound and The Orange Menace monopolize the blog! But she thinks it would be nice if you remember she's here. Looking divalicious. And maybe you could send some noms!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Saddle Love

So, not to overstate the obvious, but when it comes to riding, there are *tons* of options out there for what sort of saddle to ride in. I've been riding Solana in a leather Western reining saddle. It's a very comfortable saddle for me...but weighs a lot, and I recently realized it just wasn't fitting her properly. Many people are turning to synthetic saddles these days. They're lightweight, easy to clean, and it doesn't matter if you get caught out in the rain. I was getting ready to order a synthetic Western saddle, but then started considering...
...and settled on a Wintec synthetic Aussie stock saddle. I LOVE IT!
Lightweight. Comfortable. Looks good. Fits good.
Wintec uses some nice technology to make their saddles comfortable for the horse as well as the rider and to make these saddles easily adjustable. The Aussie stock saddle combines some nice features from both English and Western....designed for Aussies to ride and work cattle all day in the outback, they knew a few things about what they were doing!
We went on a trail ride yesterday. I would have taken pictures, but I was having too much fun! :D

Saturday, July 13, 2013

'Nuther Turtle

One day recently, just because, LoML got me this cute little turtle rain gauge! :D He's collected 3.5 inches over the last few days.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Barn Cat Break

Taking a break from her hunting activities...but still keeping an eye on everything!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Monday, July 8, 2013

Cape Shots

Forgive me for taking the weekend off...plenty going on, and needed some down time. Wish I could take a bit more, but it's back to the grindstone! Before I get underway for the work week I'll share with you some pix I took on the 4th at one of my favorite locales...too much fun to just grab the camera and start snapping...sometimes indulging my fondness for different angles, approaches...

Shells and Seaweed
Or Black and White?

Friday, July 5, 2013

Toy Thief

This is the face of a thief! A toy thief! She may look innocent...guileless, in fact....but looks can be deceiving.
On a recent trip into PetSmart I saw a stuffed toy turtle that I just "had" to buy for my girlfriend's dog, Abby. My friend recently moved to Iowa for a number of months and I thought it would be nice for a 'care package.' But I hadn't made it to the post office yet. Silly me had dropped the toy into a bag that contained some of my crafting supplies. While getting ready for work, I suddenly heard a very enthusiastic squeaking coming from the living room. What's this? It doesn't sound like the fox (Gwyn's previously-favorite toy!)! Sure enough, the sneakyhound had *very* *quietly* stuck her sneakysnout into my bag and removed the toy! (My fault for leaving said bag on the floor by the couch...) She was having so much fun, I couldn't deny she'd already slobbered on it. (Gwyn would like me to note here that greyhounds are regal animals and NEVER slobber!) At any rate, I did have to take it away for about 18 seconds so that I could remove the tags before returning it to her....that's what the top picture is...her expression waiting for me to return it.

Gwyn likes turtles! ;D (Maybe not as much as Buster, but that's a story for another day.)
I'm tired from playing, but I'm not gonna' let Turtle go!

This was actually taken before I could get away to take the tags off.

Truth in Advertising
It was entrapment!!!!


Thursday, July 4, 2013

Independence Day

Photo from Wikimedia Commons
Hope you've had a wonderful 4th of July....and taken a moment to remember those who have sacrificed to give us the freedoms we enjoy!