New Years Resolutions

If your like me every year you resolve to lose those extra pounds. Some diet, which lets face it works in the short term, then you usually gain it back plus. Some hit the gym which statistically lasts no longer than February.

Why do you think that these methods fail for most people year after year. Simply answer boring….

I think, and yes I too need to lose pounds that if you can find your niche you can succeed. I am going to explore different sports type programs for the next few blogs. After all what was your New Years resolution?

The first one I am recommending besides yoga is a comprehensive program led by a guy for all you men that don’t want girly exercise instruction. And it involves the sport of basketball.

I remember basketball being a high energy fast paced fun game and that is what you need to find to be successful and stick with it. Check out this link and see if it appeals to you. Its called vertical jump training.



Smart Watchs for Androids

You thought that the only smart watch out there was the ios apple iwatch. Well the truth is there is a host of smart watchs for android phones. I spent a great deal of time research the best watch out there for durability, battery power, options and did I mention good looks? 

Keep in mind I had an apple Iwatch and really enjoyed the convenience of it but when I switched to a blackberry the Iwatch had to go. After numerous articles and comparisions the best smart watch for androids out there right now and for a reasonable price is the Asus Zen 3 smart watch.

There are numerous bands. colors, and acccessories fo the watch which retails new for 179.00 or 199.00 depending on whether you want a leather band or silicone band. It has one of the best sleep apps I have seen and unlike the apple iwatch you do not have to remember to turn it on before sleeping.

On the down side the watch is quite large, as a woman with a small wrist it looks very large but is still comfortable to wear. So far Amazon has the best price on this watch. I have provided a link for your convenience in locating this watch.
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New trends on the market Bit Coins

Do you play games on apps from either android or ios devices? This new techno currency is the latest trend on the market. Amazon just introduced an android app store in which bit coins are currency used. You can save a great deal of money if you use app’s which require purchases in order to play, which is the vast majority. Bit coins can be purchased at a significant discount making your play time much less expensive.

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Politics and the Economy

I’ve started to notice even in the little town and rural area we live that more and more thefts are happening. My personal opinion is that it will only get worse. As welfare programs are cut, I don’t believe that people who have made welfare a way of life for generations are all going to run out and seek a full time employment. So I expect they will revert to the age-old means of living,  Or the other lucrative business of illegal substance sales. Am I becoming cynical? Well possibly, but the reports of stolen property just in FB chats have shown an increase of tools walking away from sheds and lean-tos.

The other issue that has always concerned me are our roaming bands of coyotes. The packs travel for food and whenever they return at night you hear them call to each other and it sounds like thousands of them, noise carries in open land for long distances and I’m sure it sounds like more than there really are, none the less they will take down anything they can in packs. My barn cats roam at night once they are full-grown and the other animals are at risk as well.

So I started reading about Guardian Livestock Dogs. There are many breeds that fit this description and some are more suitable for some situations than others but what makes all these breeds unique is their ability to solve problems without human assistance. They generally work at night roaming your property or watching from a place on high.

They are not aggressive and initially warn off intruders by their size and bark. These dogs usually range in the 100 – 150 range and stand up to 39″ in height. They have a very massive presence and between their size and bark most predators avoid them. But if something ventured onto their protective domain and the size does not scare off the predator, they will then body slam them to convince them of their capabilities and size. If an unwanted predator still doesn’t get the message they attack. One of these dogs can handle a coyote easily.

But they are just not guard dogs hence the name guardian. As I said earlier, they are so smart they also take care of their livestock. Livestock for a guardian is anything that belongs on the property, traditional livestock as well as chickens, other dogs, cats and of course the human children to adult. And if something happens in the night, such as an animal is in distress from injury to birthing they have to reason on their own what needs to be done. If it’s a nature process and if so they may lay with the animal for comfort or is something wrong in which case they may carry or drag the animal to shelter and seek a human. But the amazing part is they have to figure this out on their own.

So now that I have explained my research on the breed and was sure that the cats, my little dogs and of course grand children would be safe with them. They are cases of people buying these dogs to protect their child alone no livestock just guardians of the children. At any rate, I bought a Great Pyrenees 4 month old pup from a breeder of working parents. If you make them a house dog that is what they become so I wanted a working dog.

So we bought Ringo,  a Pure White  Great Pyrenees. And along with him came a great investment, These dogs will wander and expand their area of protection. We have 16 acres plenty to protect but I want him to stay on our acreage so I have to expand our hot wire paddocks for the horses and install a wired boundary fence where we are not already not wired. As I said we have 16 acres but not all is pasture fencing or hot wired. So we have installed a boundary fence and are in the progress of training him where it is and his listening to warning signal experience and walking the borders each day so he is aware of where the wire is.

Then came the giant dog house large enough for him to keep out of inclement weather. We bought him 3 weeks ago and he had already gained 8 pounds. He initially weighed in at 40 pounds and was at the vet to get his stitches out from neutering and weighed in at 48 pounds, 3 weeks later. He loves all the animals, helps Ken bring in the horses everyday, plays with the cats, the dachshunds, and the horses and our grandchildren. He is maturing to, he already barks warnings when people he doesn’t know are on the property.

He was a  big investment in the safety of our animals and property and you can’t help falling in love with his big goofy self. He hasn’t grown into his long legs yet. And have I mentioned in three weeks we have nearly finished a 55 pound bag of dog food.

Looking to the future

Being a native Floridian, I always had the desire to own land in a state that had 4 seasons, and where I could afford a few horses. A great deal of my spare time went into trying to discover an affordable state that had no natural diasters. I have lived through a number of hurricanes and as a Law Enforcement Officer certainly worked a number of them providing relief and security.

Not interested in living too far north where blizzard conditions make life so difficult during the winter months. Then the other natural diasters for our part of the world is Tornados and Earthquakes. Tornados are most common through an area referred to as tornaado alley which includes a number of states. And earthquakes are mostly to the west.

So I am rapidly coming to realize there is virtually no state that doesn’t have some type of natural diaster. Having worked natural diasters was enough to make me avoid them at all costs. Just a power outage creates chaos. No power has an effect on everything, no gas, no water, no telephone or communication, no stores, when you think about the world as we know it ceases to exist. The comforts of a shower, ice, clean clothes and then inevitably the looting begins at night fall. Night is pitch dark, and if you want to keep the things you have you stay awake and protect them through the night.

During Hurricane David in South Miami and Florida City while working down there. People were bathing in dirty pond water and washing clothes there as well. Then they spent their nights out front of the homes with shotguns to protect their property and what little they had left.

They couldn’t leave because they hd no gas or way to get it and if they left whatever they couldnt carry with them was stolen. Sure relief came 2 days after it hit and then what I call the vultures, people not effected by the storm would drive in and claim they were hungry and collect free food, water and Government Assistance.

So trying to find a state that has no nature diasters was impossible. The only positive I can say about a Tornado, which is our most likely threat is that it is over fairly quickly unlike a huuricane which you wait to arrive guessing its path then you prepare and sometimes it hits and lasts for hours and sometimes it misses you.

I highly recommend a batery plus handcrank weather radio and flashlight plus cell charger as the image below.

Can you say bugs!

I just have to say we have new neighbors, well not your traditional kind of neighbors, but in this case not good neighbors. They make rude noises, ruin the environment with gas emissions and the absolutely worst issue is the flies. Our new neighbors is a herd of black Angus cows.

We can’t open a door for a seconds without, very little exaggeration 15 flies coming in with us. They also carry  what is called a horse fly but they hang around cows, go figure. Cows must have a much thicker hide because the ir bites don’t seem to bother them quite as badly as they do the horses.

One of those horse flies bites a horse they start running and bucking trying to get away from it. Now here in Missouri some folks think that hanging those old fly tapes from the ceiling is the best answer and to tell the truth it probably was at one time.

Luckily are going half crazed with fly swatter in every room constantly scaring the life out of our rescue dachshund. Each swat would send him jumping and running for cover.

Only time I ever experienced worse was working as a trooper on alligator alley. This is a two lane road that crossed the state from east to west. It is a lonely long stretch of road in the everglades of South Florida. At night it is pitch black and at any time of day you can see snakes, alligators and or wild animal life out in glades. There is no fencing along the roadway so anything can crawl up on this 2 lane road. And at night you can’t see your hand in front of your face.

It only took me one time to exit the patrol car once it turned dark, to realize the bugs were huge and numerous. I was completely covered in bugs when I ran back to the car and got in. I don’t know what they were I only know it took forever to  blow them all out with all four windows down and driving as fast as possible to get them out of the car.

So not wanting to have those fly tapes hanging from the ceiling I found a remarkable solution, They are little stickers that attach to the window but the flies don’t stick to them they actual have a fly killer bait which does its job and in general no one even knows they are there.

Riley and Freedom or Whiskey just depends

Were vey lucky when we moved from Florida where the rest of our family lived that our daughter within a few years decided she was tired of Jacksonville Florida. She was expecting her first baby and she and her husband wanted a different lifestyle and to be able to raise there children in an area that had less crime.

Riley was her first daughter we now also have Avery another girl. Riley just turned 4 in July and Avery 1 in April. If we are going to have a rockem sockem grandaughter it is going to be Riley.

The little daredevil has been riding Smarty since she was 2. She has her own muck fork to help Pop clean the stalls and must always be rewarded with the horse’s soft peppermints The problem with this theory is she likes them too and has declared them for herself. If she shares the horses only get one. She and her sister more like 3 or 4.

Moving where you virtually know nobody

I think the hardest out of the move some times was not knowing who to call or trust to say, fix the car, which vet, which new family Doctor, where to get your hair cut, right down to the littlest things,

As you begin to try new places for everyday things you realize that being in a small town no one can give you directions to anywhere. In the city, you get specific: drive to 155 Street make a right two blocks down and we are in the 2 story red brick building.

Here if you ask for directions instead the answer is like this, “Oh we are over by the old library.” “OK where is that?” Answer, “Oh you know where the fire station that burned down use to be.” Answer, “No I just moved here I dont know where that is. There is a pause on the other end and you hear in the background…what do you tell people how to get hear that dont know where the old library was! Response everybody knows where that was!

Then the hardest thing for me in particular having run a state agency was having the menfolk here ignore you. We have truly moved back several decades. I could be standing out in the front of the property expecting a sub contractor that I wanted a quote from, either drive right past me up to where Ken was or just out right ask me where the man of the house was. It wasn’t easy to accept and nothing has changed women folk talk about home, family, cooking and men conduct business.

If you really know me then you know that was a tough one to swallow. But trying to assert yourselve is pointless. Now over time, some men have come around like our farrier, or the banking offficials.

But largely in rural Missouri it’s a mans world! The funniest thing to read in the weekly classified paper aptly named the “Horsetrader” is the classified ads that run for female companions. Usually they read something like this, “Country Gentleman looking for a companion to help around the farm, must be 40 or less and strong, good cook is a plus, no smoking. Not looking to marry just for a companion when lonely, don’t worry I generally dont believe in hitting my woman.”

How could any gal pass that offer up? I told Ken when I pass he should have no problem replacing me as a farm hand.


Our whole purpose in moving One of the many reasons Missouri was our ending spot was be cause the price of land per acre was about 1800.00 an acre compared to 20,000 in Florida, Taxes, insurance, gas, crime rate less nearly everything cost less in Missouri. Those are the benefits but nobody and none of our research ever mentioned the rocks in Missouri. No rocks is not really correct.

We had a round pen up to work the horses and would noticed a rock. Rocks cause stone bruises and abscesses which ultimately lame horses The old saying no foot no horse is absolutely true.

So we see a rock try to pick it up, sometimes they are the size of a quarter, but most of the time you start digging. Then you get the crowbar and pry and dig and pry and dig and eventually you have a rock the size of a patio. So big you have to get the tractor to pick it up and move to what we call our rock walls. But aside from the rocks, we generally have mild winters in fact I don’t think we have had snow the last two years.

But I digress, the real reason we moved here is it is close to Oklahoma but generally outside tornado alley. Tulsa Oklahoma is where pinto world and congress shows each year. The shows where only the best of the best go because if your really competitive, like Ken not me, it is the most coveted show to win as an amateur. But it is not a show that is cheap by any stretch of the imagination. And the competitors don’t go show in cheap saddles or tack or outfits. Some of the ladies tops alone are 5,000 to 15,000 dollars. So in short you don’t go unless you think you have a really good horse and a really good chance to win.

When we moved to Missouri Ken had a yearling that was pretty promising and when he turned to we sent him to a trainer to get him ready for the show. But something happened that has never happened before. Normally if we want to sell a horse it takes forever, and you lose money on it. But while this yearling was at the trainers not to sell we got a call. The trainer said he had a buyer there for Tyke the yearling, Seems a man had come to look at one of his quarter horses, saw him training Tyke and said he wanted to buy him. He wasn’t even a looking for a paint at the time, The trainer explained to the buyer that Ken did not want to sell him he was there for training. The man insisted the Trainer call Ken to see if he would sell. Unfortunately the buyer was standing right there with the trainer. At first Ken said no, then he asked what he was wanting to pay. The man said name your price. Well the trainer couldn’t say much with a potential client there. So Ken said ask him for 12,000. Thinking he would never go for it. Before we knew what happened that colt was in the mans trailer and a check for 12,000.00 was written.

Both Ken and the trainer started to regret this sale because they thought Tyke had what it took but its hard to pass on that kind of money on a two year old unproven horse. So know Ken had a little cash to upgrade horses and looked for one that was well trained and had plenty of show experience. He found one at Findlay College in Ohio. And that is how Bugz came into our lives. He was a black and white gorgeous horse with an impressive show record. His owner loved him so much she brought him to us herself so she could see where he would be living. And this is the first horse that Ken rode at the World Show but that’s a whole other story.