Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Bury your poverty, Dig up your wealth 2020

Okay folks! It's New Year's Eve tomorrow!! And I stole this from my friend Chris Wallbruch years ago. I tried it in 2013 and it was an OK year - I tried it again in 2014 and while it was a rough year - this DID work for me. I did this in 2015 and while the end of the year was not what I expected - it was a very good year. 2016 was just a bitch and while I had no great windfall I have always had the funds to pay what needed to be paid. 2017 I managed to get a little more than I needed, but again no windfall. 2018 I have had a very good year - no windfall- but all the bills paid and I actually have $10 in my savings account (This is saying something considering I have had a $0 balance for a while). 2019 brought a lot of change in aspects of my life and while again no windfall, I have managed to pay my bills (a little late sometimes) but again I have money in savings and a money market now!


It is time to bury your money!



For those of you who are unfamiliar with this tradition, what you do is bury a dollar (or any amount above a dollar that you want) in the soil on New Year's Eve. This can be in a houseplant if the ground is frozen or inaccessible, but I like to go outside, dig a hole, and drop my dollar in. (I put it in a plastic bag). As you bury said dollar, say out loud, "I am burying my poverty!" TIP - if you do this outside, make sure you place some sort of marker where you bury your buck so that you can find it again!

On New Year's Day, dig UP the dollar, and as you do so, say out loud, "I am unburying my wealth!"

You can't spend the money- you can either keep it or give it away to charity. Giving it away is the best so you are less likely to spend it.

This tradition is supposed to give you an unexpected windfall of money during the year.

I have had money come to me the 6 years I have done this - while not what I would call a windfall it helped me out of tough times so I am NOT complaining.

It is a tradition I plan on keeping every year and I thank Chris for pointing me to it!!



Dig up your wealth! 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Remembering Why I Live in Estes Park

So, Monday September 16, is one of those days why I remember I live where I do.

After abusy weekend at the Jennifer Show, Meghan Namaste and I drove up to Estes so she could see another National Park that she hadn't seen.

Working nights in an ER and doing Police Auxiliary and everything else I try to cram into a 24-hour day, I sometimes forget the main reason I live here. While I love my work and where I work,  it's WHERE I LIVE that I really love. Seeing it through someone else's eyes always reminds me to actually stop and look at the mountains and the trees and everything that is truly around me.

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2019 has been a rough year for me and I haven't hiked or been horseback riding. I have really just been working and sleeping and I needed this reminder that there are other things besides that.






Friday, September 20, 2019

The Jennifer Show Part 4




As a final post for the Jennifer Show weekend - I thought that I would share pictures of some of my favorite models owned by others that I saw this weekend.

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So here's to hoping that the Jennifer's hold the show in another 3 years!

The Jennifer Show Part 3



I only slept about 4 hours on Saturday night because I had an allergic reaction to a down comforter at the AirBnB - nothing like breathing difficulty to start the day off.

Sunday was Artist Resin and Micro Mini day. I had very limited of each so I was able to wander the tables and see all the goodies others had out.


                                       
My Micro Mini Hazel Resin painted by Stephanie Blaylock won her class.

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My Micro Proud Mary Resin that I painted myself received a 3rd and a 4th in Workmanship and breed.

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My model of my real TWH mare Aspen received a third place.

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My Pipsqueak Resin by Sara Gifford was first in Mini Artist Resin Fantasy.

                                   
My Mini Thunderbutt Resin that I did myself was 4th in Mini Artist Resin Fantasy.


                                 
My Micro Mini Draft custom that I painted was third.

So not a bad day overall, considering the bumpy start.

Loaded up the truck and crashed at the AirBnB. It was an exhausting but fun weekend.

Monday, September 16, 2019

The Jennifer Show Part 2



So I got off work Friday the 13th at 6 am, headed home, slept for 4 hours and then packed my truck will all my model stuff and headed down the mountain after running some errands to the AirBnB that Meghan Namaste and Christine Jordan and I were sharing! 

It was a nice place in Aurora about 15 minutes away from the show hall in a quiet neighbor and was a WONDERFUL price. 

We were up and on our way early on Saturday as we needed to run to Walmart to bring food stuffs to the show and then breakfast for us before heading to the show hall. 

I will say that I have shown models for 30 years and this is the LARGEST show that I have ever attended. 



I will admit that my ADHD kicked in with all the noise and people and it was a bit stressing for me on Saturday to the point I had to sit out a few performance classes I was going to show in because I was pretty shaky. 

The competition was tough and with all my models and two proxy models I might have been overwhelmed on Saturday so I am going to apologize if I was snappish because I was really floundering about. 

My first Medallion came with my little Jumping Jack Resin painted by Molly Pengra in the Other Performance division doing his Miniature Horse Halter Obstacle - someone gave me a LOVE medallion. 

                                     

My little Tiger Horse was 3rd in the Decorator Stablemate Custom class. 

                               

My Thestral won 2nd place in the Custom Stablemate Fantasy class.
                             

My Custom glaze Fantasy Chinas got first and second.

                                 


By around 1 PM my space looked like a Kansas Tornado had come through it.

                                 


I did not place in performance as there were so many great entries and my Custom Stablemates and Traditionals did not place either as the classes had tons of horses. We did not leave the show hall until almost 10 PM and back to the AirBnB to crash and burn, it was so exhausting.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Jennifer Show 2019 Part 1


I have been SO excited for this model horse show! There are a ton of great showers coming and I am so excited to see how my little herd competes with some of the top in the hobby. A 2 day show with all these great people is just so awesome and I have been working hard on models and tack and other things for this show.



Meghan Namaste and I decided to be roomies and she found us a great little AirBnB for much cheaper than any of the hotels in the area.

Entry fee Paid and Table selected!! Now it's time to work on projects - tack, models and set ups! I am so excited. 




Then it was packing time! 



I work the next two nights, sleep 1/2 day on Friday and then drive down to Denver area for the show. More to come! 

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Longmire Days 2019

On December 19, 2018 the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce announced Longmire Days! With a Video by Craig Johnson!




Now the long wait begins until Volunteer, Sponsor and Ticket Information comes out! 

February 21 - Q&A and Tale of Two Walts tickets went on sale!

Rudi and I did manage to get the Q&A that we wanted - YEAH!!  Longmire Days is on the Buffalo, Wyoming website - HERE

I managed to get a horseback ride ticket too! - YEAH!! This is one of my favorite things every year. 

July 12 learned that my all time fave Longmire actor - Zahn McClarnon wasn't making it this year - that's a bummer.

On July 17, I headed down to Fort Collins and picked Rudi up at the Harmony Transfer Station. We drove through Fort Collins and up Hwy 287 into Laramie. From Laramie to Casper there was some beautiful scenery. 











Of course there was the obligatory horse picture from Casper  - because it's a horse statue and it's me :) 




We spent the night in Casper - and ate at La Cocina - I have to say this was the WORST Mexican restaurant I have ever eaten at. It was so spicy hot and anyone that knows me knows I love spicy. 

We drove into Buffalo early Thursday morning. We ran around for a bit and I traded an Estes Park Police Dept Patch with the Buffalo Police Dept. Their patch is very cool!




We ate lunch at the Busy Bee. Then we went to the Longmire Posse Fan Meet up and then the Chamber Volunteer Meeting. Thursday evening was just spent enjoying Buffalo for the night. 



Friday it was breakfast at the Busy Bee, then working the autograph session, then lunch at the Sagewood for their excellent seafood bisque, then the Q&A. 





Missed the ball game and the Occidental Jam because - sleep was definitely needed. 

Saturday morning was the annual Pancake Breakfast, then the Parade riding on the Longmire Posse float, the autograph signing and the Fan talent show.







The talent show was a blast - all the fan talent was great - and to hear A and Leslie Martinez sing and then John Bishop with Ren Farren and Devon Martinez was an added treat. 







Sunday was the horse ride at Paradise Guest Ranch and the Volunteer Party with the actors. 







Monday morning was breakfast and the Busy Bee and headed back to Colorado (and Texas for Rudi). 

As always it was a blast to see old friends and new and to talk to the actors and just have a great weekend in Buffalo. Can't wait for 2020!!