Snow, Snow and More Snow

We have had a very dry start to winter, with very little snow accumulation. In Early November we had a day of blizzard conditions, when there was no snow forcasted, and it gave me hope that winter was well on her way. But, that moved out almost as quickly as it blew in, and we’ve had no rain and no snow since. However, it has been freezing with below zero temps, warming up to the mid-thirties by 1p, just long enough to make it feel sweltering and then it drops back to below freezing. I do love that because I’ve never been a fan of the sun. It’s a love hate relationship, really. I know we need the sun for beautiful flowers and trees, but too much of it is ridiculous! lol. I have, and always will be, a lover of gloomy days with torrential rains and freak snow storms.

So, it is with a very happy heart that I share with you our snowy forecast. They are expecting 4-6″ with heavy winds lasting through the weekend. This is very good news for us because we are so dry that when the wind blows, the dirt flies, and that’s creating a big dust ball, also known as Abby the Golden.

Ornery Abby

Abby has become quirky over the last few months, often saving her breakfast for dinner. She will look at her food, sniff it and walk away, and for the longest time it would worry me. I googled it, talked to the vet, had tests run and she is a healthy, happy golden. There is no reason she has stopped eating breakfast with the gusto we came to adore. None.

To get her excited about eating (and mostly to stop me from worrying she was going to starve to death), MtnMan started playing a game with her. One that she looks forward to each morning now. She sees me getting her food and she runs to MtnMan and he pretends to hold on to her, not letting her go to her dish. If he doesn’t hold on, she does the whole act of being held against her will and it is quite comical. This works most mornings. She will run to her dish and take each, individual kibble, and slowly chew. When we are in a rush to leave the house, this is somewhat annoying because we have to stand next to her while she enjoys her breakfast. But, she eats, so it is what has become part of our routine.

Friday morning we left the house before sunrise, so I packed her breakfast in her lunchbox and once we were rolling down the interstate I poured her breakfast into her to-go bowl. She nudged MtnMan from her backseat, so he held her snout while pretending to not let her eat. She pried herself loose and quickly sniffed her breakfast and then looked at me before laying down on her bed. It sat there for a bit, so I started to put it back into her lunchbox and she quickly sat up, licking her lips and sticking her head as far as she could, trying to get to her food. MtnMan took a few kibbles, placing them on the console and she whole-heartedly scarfed them down. I poured the food back into her bowl, she sniffed, looked at me and went to her window to stare out at the passing cars. Pfft. I started to put the food back into her box, same reaction. MtnMan laughs and puts a couple pieces onto the console, where she scarfs them down and leaves slobber in their place. What the hell? Again, I pour the food into her bowl, same damn reaction. If I didn’t love her as much as I do, I’d have tossed her food out the window for the coyotes to enjoy! But, as it is, she is my girl and I am just baffled. We repeat the events, food back in box, MtnMan gives her some kibbles, she scarfs them down with gusto and looks at me as if I am the bad guy. This time, however, I put just a handful in her bowl and the same reaction. After I looked away, she smiled at MtnMan; she knew what she was doing. After that I put it away and told her she could starve! She sat there staring at me in dismay for awhile before gruffing and laying down for a morning nap. MtnMan thought this transaction between Abby and me was laughable. He said she’s got my number, and he is right, she does.

Later that day we were enjoying a beautiful view of the snow-capped mountains, eating lunch and she had her deadpan stare locked in on me. I suddenly remembered she didn’t eat much of her breakfast and probably thought I was retaliating by starving her. I poured her food for her and she did not chew much, she scarfed it down before I took it back.

She has become ornery and she loves to make me worry, I am convinced of that!

Windy Weather and a Storm

I woke up to the wind breaking up against the house and what a great sound it is. I love the sound of a storm blowing in, whether it’s the Texas thunderstorms I experienced in the hill country, or the snow storms rolling into the valley off of the mountains of Nevada. It’s all beautiful to me. I find Mother Nature to be a fascinating beast. As much as I miss the Texas thunderstorms, I love the snow storms I experience here. Granted, it’s just a lot of noise right now, with gloomy skies and cold winds, but the snow is coming and it’s something I look forward to. And, just to add even more positive energy, Abby can stay outside for as long as she wants, unsupervised! The ground is frozen and her dirt pile is no longer a dusty mess for her to roll around in and that does truely make me happy.

Tell Me About Your Weekend

I’d love to hear about your weekend, good or bad, I want to hear it all.

My weekend was busy, but that’s not unusual. Saturday I spent the day working on lonestarangel.com, my LoyalFans page and the clip stores. It’s a hustle that keeps me busy, but I enjoy it. After I spent the majority of the day working my hustle, I spent several hours on cam. It was a great Saturday, with no complaints. Thank you to everyone that joined me online, whether through the link on my site (FREE to members) or those that joined my cam page. I appreciate you all.

Yesterday we spent our day on a ranch where MtnMan is helping a rancher with a problem he’s having with the local creek colony. lol. While tending to that matter, we had Abby by our side, swimming and running her heart out through old hay fields that returned to the elements over the years. I wish I would have gotten a picture of her muddy face, but I left my phone in the truck and truly disconnected for the day. It was a great day, and the weather was beautiful!

VNA Show on Friday

Thank you to everyone that joined me last night, especially with my absence over the last couple weeks. Actually, close to three weeks, but who is counting?

I pride myself in saying I never cancel a VNA show, and now that I am feeling better I’d like to schedule the makeup for this Friday. Let’s meet at the usual time – 11p EST. I hope that you all can make it, but if not, I do understand. I hope by then I’ll be feeling more myself and have more energy to play.

VNA – Friday at 11p EST

Below is a picture of Abby the golden, more for an attention grabber, but also because she is cute, loveable and I love her. So you should, too. lol.

Abby’s Workout

I have decided I need to start be proactive with getting acclimated to the higher elevations. I mean, I’ve been here 3 years now and it is time. Granted, I really could not do much for the first 2 years without getting a migraine the next day, so I limited myself on activities and hiking with MtnMan. Usually I’d go a short distance and return to the truck with Abby, while he hiked on. Anyway, last week I went on my first real hike and pushed myself as far as I could before I started to feel the pressure in my lungs and head. I made .062 miles and that might not sound like an achievement, but I moved from 800 feet to 5600 and the hike started at 10,000 feet. So, .062 is a big achievement, and one I am very proud of!

I’ve also decided that to help with hiking, I need to start working out. When I say working out, I don’t mean hitting the gym for 2 hours, 3 times a week. That would be ridiculous. Absurd! (funny fact, I can’t say Absurd so I don’t use it in a verbal conversation. lol.) I am using a bowflex that MtnMan already had set up in another bedroom, doing squats and sit ups.

Now that you know the backstory, let me get to the point of this whole thread post.

Abby, my trusted golden retriever, watches from afar. She’s not too sure what is going on. Mom lifting weights? WHAAAA? I can’t decide if she sits in judgement or if it’s the noise of the clanking that she does not like. At any rate, I spent about 10 minutes on the bowflex, then did my squats and got on the floor to do my sit ups. I really wish I would have had a camera. Abby is a creeper when she is told to stay and all she wants to do is at least touch me. She went from 5 feet away to sitting on my feet in less than 2 seconds. I told her to stay because I figured if nothing else she’d help me keep my feet planted while I try to get through the sit ups. NOPE. That is a big NOPE. She stuck her head through my legs and when I laughed she leaped on top of me for hugs. After our hug fest, I had her sit next to me and stay (*eye roll*). As I lifted up, she licked my face (*face palm*) and as I went back to the ground, she laid across me. Her entire body, all 75 pounds of love, was sprawled out on top of me and then her tail smacked my face.

After the last couple of days with the Roomba, I let her hug and lick and just love, and when she was finally finished she laid next to me whacking her tail on the floor, looking as satisfied as can be. This made it all worth it and that was the end of my sit ups for today.

Just Checkin In

This picture is to grab your attention.

This year has been fucking nuts, to say the least, and it has made me appreciate our group (our community) even more than I already did. I am thankful that each of you have stayed connected with me, and that you continue to show up on Monday nights through the VNA link and some of you choose to share the rest of the week with me on Streamate. I have been very fortunate in this online world in that you guys have stayed with me and become an amazing community. Each of you checks on others and you’re always there to support each other in the trials and tribulations of life. It’s simply amazing!

How are you doing, and what is new in your world? I’d love to have an open discussion here to reconnect everyone that has fallen silent in the recent months…

Abby and Her Happy Tail Wag

I dropped Abby off with her extended family who had the backyard sprinklers turned on for her and it took her less than 2 minutes to run through them. She didn’t even say bye to me, so it’s a good thing I hugged and gave her a few kisses before I let her know she was going somewhere. Goodness, no “bye Mom, love you!”, but instead she about rolled her cousin saying hi, and then quickly calmed down with she got a growl in return. She sat, let the cousin sniff and say hi and then the cousin almost rolled her. LOL. Once the hello’s were over, Abby ran through he sprinklers and she was still playing when we left our house 30 minutes later. She is definitely in good hands for the week. Tuesday is her birthday so they plan to do something nice to her to celebrate. That makes it a little easier on me since I’m leaving her and won’t be there to wish her a “happy birthday” all day long. lol. 

Abby the Golden

She makes me smile, and she makes me love her, but she doesn’t always like my hugs and kisses. She is my shadow, my sweet girl and she is always under foot. I love that about her. I would miss her if she wasn’t always so curious about what I am doing, and I certainly couldn’t clean without her help. lol. But, that also means she always knows when we are leaving for a trip because as soon as I get a bag out, she is somber and so sad. She does not hide her sadness very well, and it is heartbreaking. For me, not for MtnMan. Let’s be clear on that. lol. This past weekend I started gathering some clothes for Sunday’s day of planned custom content filming and she was not happy! At first I thought she wanted out, but nope, she wanted me to put the clothes back where they belong and never leave her. Boy, is she clingy when she thinks she is being left behind. And, let me just say that she is not left behind often and if we do go on a trip, she stays with family and she absolutely loves them all, and her BFF is also a 4-footed canine, and they play non-stop. But, and this is a big BUT, she would rather we never leave her overnight. I think she gets homesick and it is cute and sad, all at the same time. She is a sweet soul and I love her to pieces!

Abigail’s Sunday of Trial and Tribulations.

I woke up to a migraine, which meant a late start to the day, and it also meant that MtnMan was the one to open Abby’s curtain and say good morning to her. I doubt that it was as cheerful as my good mornings, and I can certainly say there were no hugs. She, however, darted out of her bedroom with glee and happiness, probably stopping to say hi to Herbie and Kandy. It’s hard to say who received her first love nudge because, although, Herbie is always near her, she has a very soft spot for the new buddy that we welcomed a few weeks ago. At any rate, outside she went and eventually she came into the bathroom to say good morning to me while I was in the shower. MtnMan had to take some canned goods to our neighbor, and I asked Abby if she was ready to eat. Of course she was. While she happily sat, licking her lips at a fast rate, I wondered if this was her second breakfast, but I was already pouring the cup into her bowl. There were no take backs. It was, in fact, her second serving of breakfast. I should have known, but the girl finally got more than her fair share and she was happier with a full belly. I can’t say that I blame her.

We went for our Sunday drive and stopped by our neighbors house on our way home, to pick up some homemade salsa. It was a quick visit, although, not quick in MtnMan’s terms of “I’m going to just grab it at the door, be right back”. He was probably already a little bothered when I got back into the truck and asked him to roll down the window so our neighbor could see her favorite girl, Abby. He rolled his eyes but rolled down the window and as quickly as I turned around laughing, Abby jumped out of the damn window! I sat there trying not to say a word, as MtnMan turned the truck off, got out of the truck and Abby quickly ran back with her tail tucked between her legs as she got a talking to. The neighbor was saying “I’m so sorry… love you Abby!!” To say Abby’s night was somber would be an understatement! She is still in trouble and she knows it; I just want to give her loves and hugs and tell her I love her to pieces and to please not pull a damn stunt like that again! I think we are both in trouble, truth be told.

As I was pouring her dinner, MtnMan said, “she had 2 breakfasts and was a bad dog, she doesn’t need dinner.” I cannot starve her just because she has no control over herself when she sees our neighbor. I mean, there is no control. I honestly don’t know what to do to break her of that, but I certainly did not think she would jump out of the window. Good grief. I didn’t see that coming!