Posts Tagged ‘Dad’
We had a fun time out at the ranch today. After having a lively breakfast, horseback riding was the scheduled event. The star of course was Rowan!
Our favorite little nephew dude dragged his parents and his Grandma up to visit Aunty Julie, Uncle Mike and Papa Bill. He was sporting his brand new cowboy boots and told them he just had to go on the long drive to see us. We weren’t fooled though, he really came to see the horses, the chickens and Adolph the dog! We’re all aware of our place in line 🙂 I think the tractor we call “Greenie” has also moved ahead of us..
It was a fun way to spend a sunny morning with loved ones who don’t live close enough to see as much as we’d like. We’re already looking forward to Ro’s next foray into cowboying. Look out Hailey!
I am one of those people who like to have their Christmas shopping done by, oh say Halloween? I hate the last minute rushing during the holidays. It drives me nuts. I want to be able to enjoy myself (and let’s be honest, buy things for myself since I’m not having to shop for others at this time of year…) Hello sales!
So I have been spending a lot of time shopping creatively online lately. Being home with Mom makes it hard for me to run around and find the things that I want for my family and friends.
Today I’m looking at knives on a neat site I just found called The Knife Depot. Mr. MoonCat and Dad are both most likely going to end up with something sharp and pointy in their stockings. ~ Good thing neither of them pays much attention to what I write on a daily basis. If you are on here today, you’re getting sticks…sharp and pointy sticks..
The reason I’m going on about Mr. Travis Tritt is that we got to go see him in concert this past Friday night. I received four free tickets from the local casino where he was playing. I went with Hubby, Dad & a family friend. The Ant stayed with Mom for the evening so we could have a great night out (love ya lots Auntie!).
We had such a nice time! The music was fantastic. They played for just over two hours straight. I think one of our favorite parts was when the band took a break and Travis stayed out “unplugged” and sang by himself while playing his guitar. He was solo for about 20 minutes or so and it was awesome.
I was laughing at Dad because he never remembers who sings what songs on the radio. I kept telling him he’d probably recognize most of the tunes and he didn’t believe me (or anyone else who told him the same thing). When we were eating dinner after the concert he told us he was amazed that he knew most of the songs! He really enjoyed himself and so did we. It was wonderful for Mr. MoonCat and I to have an evening out of the house.
(My) Top Ten Travis Tritt Tunes
03. Foolish Pride
02. I’m Gonna Be Somebody
01. Tell Me I Was Dreaming
I hope everyone had a fun and safe weekend. Ours was eventful and rather tiring, but good.
I posted last about our plans to go to the team penning in Templeton on Saturday. After getting up about 4, we were hooking up the trailer at the ranch only to find that we had no trailer lights – not a good sign and we should have taken the hint! They had worked fine the last time we pulled it a few weeks ago, but not this morning. As usual in our little podunk town, nothing was open and wouldn’t be til probably about 9am. Needless to say, our early departure with plenty of cushion built in was delayed until about 6:30 when it was light enough to try to get down the road to the truck stop so we could find our parts.
No parts at the truck stop, so on we went, full daylight by now. It wasn’t quite as nerve-wracking, but I was still driving very cautiously. Besides Dad, Michael, and I, we had Cinderfella and Dad’s dog Adolph along for the ride.
About 8:30 Dad receives a return call on the cell from one of his partners. Dad had called her earlier to leave a message that we were going to be cutting it close getting there on time. Well…get ready for this….the team penning was on Sunday – NOT TODAY!!!
I just pulled the rig over and started laughing. I think Dad was afraid I’d lost my mind. Michael was oblivious as he’d been watching a DVD in the back seat with headphones on. Dad finally busted up and started laughing too. Their other partner had given us the wrong date (originally he had told us the date was the previous weekend so we should have double-checked his info to start!).
We turned around (about an hour away from our target) and found an open parts store near home. We fixed the lights and then went to a Black Bear Diner and had a huge breakfast or actually brunch by this time. Adolph always enjoys trips to Black Bear as he gets lots of left-overs from their giant meals.
We did go ahead and try again on Sunday. The trip over was fine with no hang-ups. Dad did very well with his first run and ended up winning the first go-round. The weather was beautiful and we had a great day. Michael got to see his first team penning and is now wanting to give it a try. We’ll have to work on that since his horse Whiskey isn’t too keen on the big scary cows!
(BTW, Michael got to do part of the driving on the way home. He is getting more experience pulling the horse trailer and did a great job. Since I’m almost ALWAYS the driver, it was a nice break for me. I finally got a chance to read my favorite magazine The Essential Herbal from cover to cover.)
We spent most of Monday recovering from all of the running around over the weekend. The great finish to the holiday was a lovely dinner with my Ant Darla (not a spelling error, I’ve called her that since I passed her up in height at about age twelve. I’m only 5’6″ so she really is a shortie). She was down for a visit from Idaho so I’m thrilled we got to spend some time with her. We have always been very close & we are hoping to get a chance to go up to see her and my Uncle Jim this fall.
We do love our road trips!
We’re going to a cattle (or team) penning competition. I’ve been competing in these events since I was about 12 yrs old – when they first started them up here in Central Cali. I haven’t gone in AGES, so when Dad asked if Michael & I would like to go with him for the day I jumped at it.
Team penning is a timed event that consists of a team of 3 riders, 30 cattle numbered 0-9, and a pen. Your goal is to put your 3 cattle into a pen at the opposite end of the arena in the fastest time. Sounds easy enough right? You have to take into account that cattle can be wild beasties and create a lot of havoc in a short amount of time. You have to keep all of the “unwanted” or “not your number” cattle at their end of the arena, opposite the end where the pen is. If one of these strays crosses the scoring line, you’re disqualified. When you’re running full steam around an arena trying to sort out the correct animals while not running into one of your team members, it can get pretty exciting and hairy.
These photos are all of Dad and Cinderfella aka Fella or Yella Fella (yes, I have numerous names for the big critters too.) I will post some photos of my & Michael’s horses as well as our beautiful Paint stallion – Sunday Sailor at a later date. I’ve got to get to bed EARLY tonight – it’s a long drive in the am!