Sunday, July 27, 2008

Victory Fighting Championsip

Wasn't sure what to think when Mike said we got tickets to the fights for Saturday night. I had told him all week that my riding was depending on the weather and that I would go with him if it was going to be too hot. Well, Saturday came around and I couldn't get out of bed early. Got other stuff done around the house and at 12:30 I was kicking myself pretty hard for not meeting up with the girls for a morning ride. Oh well, got a ton of stuff done around the house.

Did a bunch of stuff with Mike before the fights started, hit up 2 Graduation parties and put over 150 miles on the truck!

Got to the MAC by 7:15 and found seats that looked good.

I actually had a good time watching the fights and the people walking around. Guys were strutting their stuff and you could tell which ones worked out and which ones didn't. Girls were strutting their stuff too, some looked a little on the cheap side though if you get my drift. When we were walking in, a group of girls were in front of us. 1 had jeans, 1 had shorts and 2 had short skirts on, 1 with red high heels and 1 with black high heels. Another couple commented on how 'classy' they looked.

A friend had his son fighting in one of the fights. He had a pretty good following and won his fight. Found out that he went to Kearney and wrestled there and is an NCAA two time champ. I think he graduated this year though and I kinda vaguely remember seeing his photograph in the last Kearney college magazine. Just didn't put Ellenberger together with Pineapple! I commented to Mike as Joe was fighting that it seemed like yesterday that he was a little kid running around. His brother Jake was there too, found out that Jake fights in the UFC ring and will be fighting here in Omaha in September.

The rest of the fights were pretty good, had a big following on some of them.

Some names that come to mind are Ryan Jensen and Alonzo Martinez. Both had HUGE followings.

Fights were over at 11:30 and we were home by 12:45. What a day and I have no idea why I am up at 6:30. Um, maybe because Mike was staring at me to wake up to find his binoculars??? I'm going back to bed!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

I will have a garden next year.

Last night I went and checked the tomato plants that Mike has in pots on our lower patio. Hmmmm, they are bone dry. I ask Lolly if she's been watering them and she states, no, there has been plenty of rain. Ok, tomatoes this year are a lost cause.

Since I haven't really used my round pen for much this year and Mike doesn't want to 'till up the yard'. I will till my bare dirt in the round pen and have my garden in there. Why not? My horses only really use it in the winter and spring when they can't get out to the pasture. Plus I still have the arena for them to tear up. It's at least 60 ft in diameter, secure fencing so deer and horses can't get in there. Water hydrant is close, now to keep AJ from dragging the hose out! I wish I had this brainstorm about 4 months ago!

So, I've been thinking for things to grow next year. Tomatoes and cherry tomatoes are on the top of the list. Green Peppers, Cucumbers, Zuchinni, herbs, maybe even some Acorn Squash will be thrown in for good measure.

ohhh, hubby's going to love me next spring when I ask oh so politely, "honey, can you rototill my round pen for me".

****UPDATE!! I chatted with hubby tonight about my brilliant idea of having the garden in the round pen next year. At first, he poo pooed the idea. After a bit, he came around to my thinking saying that the pen would most likely be the best place to put it. The deer wouldn't be likely to eat it..... I laughed and told him that I'd be reminding him this next spring when it's time to rototill it. He laughed back at me and said that if I could get the snowblower going that I could get the rototiller going and do it myself. Of course, I pouted and said that I wouldn't be 'strong' enough to get it going in the dirt. Gotta make him feel like he's needed every now and then still :) I didn't have any complaints though on what I wanted to grow and he even said why didn't I think of this idea a few months ago!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

How cool is this??!!

A couple of evenings ago we spied a little fawn eating mulberries next to my arena. I think it would be a cool photo op if I can sneak over to get it's photo without having a ton of fences in the way.

First, I see this cool sunset happening and get a shot of that.
I continue around our yard and edge closer and closer to the arena where the fawn is. Cora spies me and goes on alert to see what the heck I am doing creeping along on the ground.

Finally I have a chance to start photographing the fawn. And the first 10 shots are black!! Not sure what is going on with my camera or the settings but those photos didn't show up. Then the battery light starts flashing....dang it, hope that I can at least get some more shots in before it dies.

I creep a little closer to the edge of the arena to see if I can get some photos without the fence in the shots. Luck would have it that this little buck was playful and curious. He made a lot of eye contact with me but did not spook away.

Cora has to check out just what I am doing laying on the ground. Once she finds that I don't have any food, she leaves and goes back to grazing.

Even after I was done photographing the fawn and stood up, he didn't take off.

As I was walking away, the sunset captured my attention again so I crawled back into the arena and laid in the dirt to get this silhouette of Cora and the sunset. Ok, I had to watchout for turkey poop and other stuff!

It was a good end to a perfect day.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Welcome to my Blog

I hope to use this to keep up with friends and family and to share my trials and tribulations of living in the country. 99% of the time, living out here is just plain awesome, it's that 1% that makes me wonder just what the heck we are doing.

A little bit about Whispering Oaks. Mike & I spent a long time looking for the perfect place to build our home. We found this place and even though it would need a lot of work, the potential was there. Nice open areas for the horses, woods for the wildlife and a pond to boot. Everything that was on our wishlist was met. Only downfall is that our commute to work is 35 miles each way.

I recently found some photos of the property when we first started to develop it. Compared to 5 years later you can see a huge improvement :)

Stay tuned for more happenings.