Wednesday, January 28, 2009

South American Beef @ McDonalds


I'm sure those of you who aren't in the cattle business don't understand the issues here. But to those of us whose living depends on the cattle market, selling cattle, raising the best beef possible... This is frustrating.

This will keep us from ever stopping there again, even for a drink.
The original message is from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association American cattle producers are very passionate about this. McDonald's claims that there is not enough beef in the USA to support their restaurants. Well, we know that is not so. Our opinion is they are looking to save money at our expense. The sad thing of it is that the people of the USA are the ones who made McDonald's successful in the first place, but we are not good enough to provide beef.
We personally are no longer eating at McDonald's, which I am sure does not make an impact, but if we pass this around maybe there will be an impact felt.
Please pass it on. Just to add a note:

All Americans that sell cows at a livestock auction barn had to sign a paper stating that we do NOT EVER feed our cows any part of another cow. South Americans are not required to do this as of yet.
McDonald's has announced that they are going to start importing much of their beef from South America. The problem is that South Americans aren't under the same regulations as American beef producers, and the regulations they have are loosely controlled.
They can spray numerous pesticides on their pastures that have been banned here at home because of residues found in the beef. They can also use various hormones and growth regulators that we can't. The American public needs to be aware of this problem and that they may be putting themselves at risk from now on by eating at good old McDonald's.
American ranchers raise the highest quality beef in the world and this is what Americans deserve to eat. Not beef from countries where quality is loosely controlled. Therefore, I am proposing a boycott of McDonald's until they see the light.
I'm sorry but everything is not always about the bottom line, and when it comes to jeopardizing my family's health, that is where I draw the line.

I am sending this note to about thirty people. If each of you send it to at least ten more (30 x 10 = 300) .....
and those 300 send it to at l east ten more (300 x 10 = 3,000) ... and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth generation of people, we will have reached over THREE MILLION consumers!
I'll bet you didn't think you and I had that much potential, did you? Acting together we can make a difference. If this makes sense to you, please pass this message on.

David W. Forrest, Ph.D ., PAS, Dipl.
ACAP Department of Animal Science
Texas A&M University
Phone (979) 845-3560
Fax (979) 862-3399
2471 TAMU College Station, TX 77843-2471

Monday, January 26, 2009

Sunday ride

I had a nice Sunday ride with my gelding Roany! (as you see above he is ready) He was so pumped up when we went we had to lope about 2 miles before he would calm down to enjoy the ride but after that it was nice until the New Mexico wind got up. I would say the weather was about 68 degrees! So nice, but without the wind. Roany got a good workout!

The country side out in this parts is so dry. We need to do an indian dance!! Dry, Dry, Dry!!!

This picture here is for PonyGirl at Pony Girl Rides Again she took a great picture of her chinks and so I decided I would do that before we went off on our ride. I love my chinks and wear them always!!!

Here is a funny picture of Max. He was super excited that we were coming back up the driveway!!!!

After the ride Max got a hose down and a big drink from the hose. He loves this, and the only workout he got was running up and down the fence line looking for Roany!!!! I'm sure the water taste real good from the hose. Remember when you were a kid and you drank from the hose. Sooooo good!!!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

A Tagger Tagged Me!

Actually this is a good thing! Someone wants to know more about me! :) I feel special. Heather at Ramblings of the Shy and Insecure. Thank You! And I dont think you are shy at all.
1. I love to watch trash TV. (Reality). I say I'm not going to watch and then I do! Bret Michaels Rock of Love Bus Baby!!!! :)
2. I have been having so much fun Blogging, Facebooking and just getting in contact with people I have not thought of in a long time.
3. I will feel very guilty if I dont go out and ride one of my horses. I hate it when they just sit out there waiting for me. Makes me feel bad that I am not riding like I should. Now that I have a child, I just dont always have the time anymore. :( I cant wait until she can ride with me. that will be good.
4. I like to clean my house and cook. I truly enjoy it! Nothing better than a clean house at the end of the day.
5. I work at an Attorney's office 3 days a week and I love the schedule.
6. I have been married before to my highschool boyfriend but that didnt work. I met my current husband in California and come to find out he was from Clovis, NM which is not far from the town I grew up in. He even knew a friend I went to HS with (Tracy Wilson) or he knew his wife (dont think he is married anymore to her). What are the chances of going all the way to CA and finding my husband that might have been at our football games at the same time I might of been there during HS years! Weird!!! :)
I am going to send this to Sarah at Gottage Garden Studio I think she is truly nice and an interesting person. She does lovely art also. I love it.
Also my eastern friend Teresa at The BELLADONNA Shoppe who make great lip balm! You should check out her blog and her etsy shop. I hope she is keeping warm! :)

Scripture Sunday

A time for Everything

There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven:

a time to be born and a time to die.

a time to plant and time to uproot.

a time to kill and time to heal.

a time to tear down and a time to build.

a time to weep and a time to laugh.

a time to mourn and a time to dance.

a time to scatter stones and time to gather them.

a time to embrace and a time to refrain.

a time to search and a time to give up.

a time to keep and and time to throw away.

a time to tear and a time to mend.

a time to be silent and a time to speak.

a time to love and a time to hate.

a time for WAR and a time for PEACE.

(Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8)

Okay, I got this idea since I have been seeing Silent Sundays or Sunday Stills.....etc. I thought I would do Scripture Sundays! This is to encourage. My goal this year is to open my Bible more and read and maybe this will encourage me. So if anything, I hope it helps me just a little to read my bible more. :)

Thursday, January 22, 2009


Well I thought I would post another situation that I have with my 10 year old gelding Max. Since I got great advice about hackamore, thought I might see what everyone thought. Everyone's advice might help pinpoint the problem. I had my horse shooed by this really young farrier last year sometime. He said he mostly did racehorses and... well I thought he would be okay for my horse this one time since I didn't have anyone at the time. Well he took care of him and the next day or so I rode him and he was completely off. He could not keep the correct lead in his hind end for anything. It was like his hind end kept falling out from underneath him. So I found a farrier that could help and he has been taking care of him but I cannot get him over this problem anymore. We can go several strides fine and then boom he like crossfires in the hind end. Could his back be out? Also within the last 3 weeks I have noticed him limping when he trots off. Couldn't really pinpoint it until yesterday when my farrier said it was his left front shoulder. Every time you picked up the right he totally leans on you so he doesn't have to put to all the pressure on the left. We can pull that left front leg out and bend it and it doesn't seem to bother him so....I don't know. He did have an accident on that knee like 1 year ago but he healed and he didn't seem to have any trouble after that. So I wonder if I need to have the Chiropractor out to look at him. We have a really good one out in this area. I'm kinda skeptical of them but.... Well I'm really needing him to feel good cause I'm trying to sale him. I came to terms that I cannot give him the attention he needs. This is a horse that needs a job and right now I cant give it to him. He is such a sweet and gentle horse but spoiled right now! I raised him so I am really partial to him and It has been a hard decision to make but I think it will be better for him if he can find the right person to really give him a job. Right now I just ride him here and there and it just isn't enough! :( He is such a sweet boy!! I just love him.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Your my Best Friend

Here are Boss and Frida and they are truly best friends. They love to play with each other and just be together. Unfortunately, we have found out that they love to run off together! On Christmas Eve they ran off for about a day and half. Gracie and I were so upset including my husband, he adores Boss. We have raised him and brought him out to NM from CA and if we lost him, boy he would be upset, so we were sad this Christmas. Well ,they decided to come home finally. We think they just got lost in the hay fields at night cause if you go down there at night, you will run into about a thousand rabbits! All they could do was run after all of them so no telling where they ended up. lol After about a week back home they decided to run off again, during the day. We went everywhere trying to find them. In the meantime our neighbor came up my father's driveway to ask if he had two black and white dogs. Well my dad said yes. Well the neighbor said they just tore up my cat and we are off the to vet!!!! yikes!!!! We knew it was our dogs!!! In the few months that we have had this new dog Frida we have found out that she hates cats and she will eat them! Our neighbors are not to happy with us. What to do!!! :( Looks like goodbye to Frida. I hate to have to tie up dogs all day long cause you cant trust them from running off and killing the cats around us or any other farm animals. We do have baby goats and lambs and chickens which she has killed before (about 5 of them). Here they are below looking at the goats patiently. yum yum they say! Bad!

Monday, January 19, 2009

To Hackamore or Not to Hackamore

Ok, I finally went to town and spent some of my Christmas, Birthday money on a new hackamore for my horse. I got this idea that I wanted to start riding my horse bitless. I started riding him in just a halter and he loved it and it was fine so, I thought I would look into a real simple hackamore for him. So I got it home today, tried it one him, but would like some advice of the fitting. What do you think? (I think it looks pretty good)

I left the tags on just in case I need to return it! lol We tried it a little today and when I pulled back a little he did seem to jerk his head up. Is it just cause you think he isn't used to the pressure on his nose and under curb? The curb chain is not tight but not so loose. You can get 1 finger in there. Too tight? Too loose?

Gracie and Roany say hello. Gracie is so excited that she got to ride by herself today. Well while someone led her around.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

The History of 'APRONS'
I don't think our kids know what an apron is.
The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven. It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears. From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven. When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids. And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms. Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron. From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls. In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees. When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds. When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner. It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that ' old-time apron' that served so many purposes. Send this to those who would know (and love) the story about Grandma's aprons. REMEMBER:
Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw. They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs was on that apron. I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron.
Author (UNKNOWN)
I received this in an E-mail and thought it was great. This story of the Apron is so true. I had to share! Thanks

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Newest Addition to the Family

Meet Belle (the goat). My daughter has adopted a dogie goat. I'm not so sure I'm up for it, but all she can talk about is "can I have a baby goat". Well we happen to have a nanny that had triplets, one died and she rejected this one. I had to share these pictures, they are so cute. We have been having so much fun with all the babies. Yesterday we had a set of twin lambs and we have a couple of Barbados which really are the cutest of all. They are like little deer and they are almost impossible to catch.

Okay, Gracie here, with her goat reminds me of me when I was her age. I thought I would share this cute memory. :) If I could only get her a snazzy pant suit like I had. I'm sure my mother made that outfit for me.