Sunday, November 29, 2009

Birthday Girl


Happy Birthday to you,

Happy Birthday to you,

Happy Birthday DEAR Sissy,

Happy Birthday to you!!!


dusty devoe

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Jessesdesertrose 's loving husband's brother passed yesterday.
Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

" You can shed tears that he is gone,
or you can smile because he has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray he'll come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all he's left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see him,
or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember him only that he is gone,
or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back,
or you can do what he'd want,
smile, open your eyes, love and go on."

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal...

LOVE leaves a memory no one can steal.

dusty devoe

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

What Thanksgiving Means To Me

Thanksgiving is a time for me to reflect upon good things in
my life and remember why I am grateful.
Gratitude is something that is easy to feel and think about.
Gratitude is an important and rewarding
part of my life.
We should reflect on gratitude all year round.
" As we express our gratitude, we must never forget,
the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them"
~John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build strength and character.
Gratitude makes sense of our past,
brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow.
" I give thanks unto thee, O Lord,
and sing praises unto thy name"
~Psalms 30.12
I am thankful for the many blessings in my life.
My wonderful husband
My two beautiful daughters, Pony Girl & Paint Girl
My family
My animals
My health

I am thankful for each of you my friends for blessing me

with your wonderful friendship!

"O Lord that lends me life,

Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness"

~William Shakespeare

For flowers that bloom about our feet;

For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;

For song of bird, and hum of bee;

for all things fair, we hear and see;

Father in heaven, we thank THEE!

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Happy Thanksgiving"

dusty devoe

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Cowgirlz Inspiration

There is nothing like the dream to create the future

dusty devoe

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Waterfront Property

My poor Baby!

dusty devoe

Friday, November 20, 2009

It's Here!

Here is is!!!
I got a call today and it arrived.
I'm going tomorrow with my saddle as a down payment.
I have to put it on lay-away for a month or so.
It's a Billy Cook barrel racing saddle!
Now Dusty Devoe and the Copper Pony won't be
running around any barrels anytime soon!
Jessesdesert Rose rides in a Martin barrel saddle
and swears by it.
The tack shop will outfit it with rigging for trail riding.

I will let you know when I get it!
I guess I will just have to practice riding bare-back for awhile!
I think it will be good for me.

dusty devoe

Saddle Shopping


When I got Dusty, I didn't have a saddle.
I worked with a gal that had a friend who
bought a new one and gave me her old one.
I REALLY appreciated it.
It worked for awhile.
I was ready to go out and get a new one.
I spent alot of time sitting in them and finally found one
that I was comfortable in.
It was new, and of course more than I had budgeted.
But Cowboy said I should get it if that was the one I liked.
They let me take it home and have my trainer
try it on the copper pony to see if it fit him.

It did.
It is a Circle Y Sheridan, trail saddle.
I can trail ride for hours and never get sore.


I have had it for a year and a half.
I have struggled in the arena when riding.
I have been frustrated for months.
I just can't seem to get in the right position.
I am always fidgeting.
Moving forward, hands not quiet.

Poor Dusty.
I would be okay, then I would be tossed forward when
posting losing my balance.
I feel like I am always leaning forward to have my
hands in the right position.
I have come to the conclusion, my wonderful saddle is to big for me.

It is a 16" seat.
My trainer here said she would have never put me in a 16"seat.
So I decided to go back to where I purchased it,
and see is I could trade it for a used one.
Well, they didn't really have anything, all of theirs were consignment.
She wanted me to try a Wintec. Now, I'm not knocking them,
but that is not what I was looking for.
Besides, there was a big difference in the cost of the two.
I didn't feel that would be a fair trade.
I know I would never get what I paid for mine.
But I wanted leather!
She was the same gal that sold it to me.
She said to me, move up in the saddle.


Now I am not that stupid.
I would still not be sitting right.
She didn't want to help me.

She made me feel like it was my problem.
She talked me into trying one of those sheepskin pads.
It did make me feel like I was sitting in it better.
It also reaffirmed that I had an issue.
I still had a problem, and the pad was just masking it.

I took it back and got a refund.
She didn't wait on me, but said, it didn't work?
I said no, and left it at that.
I will never shop there again.

I was really disappointed that they would not try to help me solve my problem.

I was talking to the owner of the Curves where I work out,
telling her my delima.
She told me I needed to go see a gal named Mary at another
tack store.
I never knew of this place.
So Cowboy took me up there and I told her my story.

What a WONDERFUL lady.
She is the owner.

She has helped me tremendously.
She didn't have much in used saddles.
So we looked at new ones.

I took one home to have it fitted to Dusty.
It didn't work.
So I returned it, and tried another one.
My trainer watched me ride in it, and gave it the thumbs up!
It will work perfect for him, and ME!
I rode in it and it felt wonderful.

I didn't have any issues.

So it is on order.

I will post about it when it when I get it.

Mary gave me a great deal.
She will take my saddle as a trade, and I get a new one
plus give her $250.00.

What a kind, caring person she is.

The best part of the story is that she is married
to a guy Cowboy went to school with,
and hadn't seen in almost 40 years!

They had a great time catching up.
dusty devoe

Monday, November 16, 2009

Group Rides

We've been having a group ride at the stable on Monday nights.

Most of these women trailer in.

It is so much fun to watch them.

This was the second time they got together.

A Cowgirls Grace and I have been told we can join.

Part of me wants to.

But then fear always slips in. Why?

Fearful of what? Especially when I think I would enjoy it.

Miss Phyllis, our lovely trainer will stop the ride,

and spend time with any horse or rider having issues.

I think my Copper Pony and I would have fun.

It would be a great experience for us.

Awhile back Pony Girl had a great post.

The question was...

When you do something, do you operate on

fear or hope?

FEAR almost always for me.

I think it's time for a change!!!

dusty devoe

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Cowgirlz Inspiration

Live one day at a time. You've heard it before:
Don't contaminate today by corrupting it with
tomorrow's troubles...Today is challenge enough!
And since you will need fresh energy and new
insight to handle what tomorrow throws at you,
wait until it dawns before taking it on. Some of the
things you do today may seem totally insignificant
so far as tomorrow is concerned, but stay at it.

Charles R. Swindoll

dusty devoe

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Bon Appetit

I thought I'd share some of my favorite things
to cook for Thanksgiving

I bought this Bon Appetit magazine in 1994.

Everything looked so yummy!

It has a user's guide to creating the perfect feast.

A Thanksgiving Sampler!

Turkey & Gravy, The Stuffing, The Potatoes, The Vegetables,

Pickles & Relishes, Breads & Rolls,

The HORS D'Oeurves!

Soup & Salads, The Deserts,

The Wines & The Table

I decided I would get away from the traditional dinner.

It was a big hit!

Year after year after year....

15 yrs later, I am still asked to make it again!!!

The pages are getting worn with love

This is so good


These are the best ever!!!


Next year I am going to break tradition
and try something new!
Roast Turkey With Herb Rub & Shiitake Mushroom Gravy
Mid-Atlantic & Chestnut Stuffing
Pork and Sausage Gratin
Green Beans & Walnuts


Apricot-Glazed Turkey with Roasted Onion & Shallot Gravy
Northwestern Wild Mushroom Stuffing
Mashed Sweet Potatoes & Pears
Turnips & Peas


Southwestern Turkey & Garlic-Ancho Chili Paste & Gravy
Southwestern Corn Bread Stuffing
Butternut Squash & Onions
Brussels Sprouts & Lemon peel

They all sound so good!


dusty devoe

Monday, November 9, 2009


I won!
Look at my cute bunny magnet I won from

Heart of a Cowgirl!

I'm lovin' it!

Go visit her blog, it's wonderful!

Thank you!

dusty devoe

My Girls

Your momma loves you yeah, yeah, yeah!
dusty devoe

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Cowgirlz Inspiration

Faith is taking the first step even when you

don't see the whole staircase.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for

and certain of what we do not see.

Hebrews 11:1 NIV

dusty devoe

Friday, November 6, 2009

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Life Lessons From Man's Best Friend

I received this in the mail from my insurance provider.
I reflected upon it, liked what it said, and thought I'd share it with you.
"Six things dogs can teach us about being happy"
Live in the present and celebrate every day.
Dog's don't regret the past or worry about the future.
For dogs, every day is the best day,
every walk the best walk,
and every meal the best meal.

Trust your instincts.
Animals don't care about words.
They recognise what's going on beneath the surface
by paying attention to body language,
tone of voice, and energy.

Communicate clearly.
Any relationship, whether its with pets or people,
depends on direct, concise, and consistent communication.

Listen carefully.
Lend an ear to those you love,
but don't try to fix their problems or take them personally.

Resolve disagreements and then move on.
Animals don't hold a grudge or hang on to negative feelings.

Live with purpose.
When dogs get bored,
they can develop anxiety or aggression.
These issues can be resolved when they are given
a way to contribute to the packs well-being.
Ask yourself how you can make the world a better place,
whether it's at home, at work,
or in the community.
source: Cesar Milan
dusty devoe

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Equicuz Winner!

Thank you for joining in and playing the
Equicuz 's game!
You amaze me!
All of you guessed correctly

I entered you in the drawing

Cowboy picked the lucky winner


Here are your treasures!
Please email me with your address!!!
(post a comment to get my email address)
Equicuz's and their owners
#1 Okie / Saddle Mtn Rider
#2 Fritzi / Paint Girl
#3 Jessie / Desert Rose
#4 Dusty / Dusty Devoe
#5 Lil Lady / Desert Rose
#6 King / A Cowgirls Grace
#7 Atticus / Cat Balou
#8 My Boy / Pony Girl
#9 Brandi / Paint Girl
#10 Skyler / Palomino Girl

dusty devoe

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Cowgirlz Inspiration

Seize the day...

Great the sun...

Welcome the moon...

Wish upon a star...

dusty devoe