Thursday, November 21, 2013

Christmas shopping made easy

Like it or not, the Christmas shopping season is upon us.  Black Friday Sale ads are everywhere, along with all the protests about the sales that start before Black Friday.  I've never been one to brave the crowds for the chance I might get a good deal - mostly because I'm not organized enough to know what I need to buy yet.  I'm a last-minute shopper - I go on a shopping spree just a week or two before the holiday.  That used to work pretty well, but now that the kids are a little more specific in what they want, and more likely to want the "hot" toys that sell out, so I have to try to get started sooner.  This year, maybe I will cover all my Christmas shopping with gift cards, since Kroger has this awesome offer of 4x the Kroger fuel points when you buy gift cards.  I love Kroger fuel points - the last time I used my card, I got $0.50 off per gallon!  That's a huge help this time of year, with all the traveling to see family.  Check out the offer here -

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Herd Changes

I don't know why I struggle so much with blog posts.  I've got lots to say, and it's not that time consuming to type it out, but for some reason I always hesitate.  But now that I have my new business to promote (selling Dally Up and Cowgirl Dirt, see sidebar :) I kind of need to get more on the ball.  I logged in to update the look and the info, and I realized that almost every one of the horses I had pictures of in the sidebar have been sold!  I used to take pride in my matching herd of red-and-white paints, but the color scheme started to go down the drain when my husband (we'll call him H) bought a solid chestnut quarter horse.  He sort of fit in since he had some roan spots, but he certainly wasn't a loud tobiano.  Since then we have sold 3 of the paints, and acquired two palominos, a buckskin and a buckskin paint.  Still a colorful herd, but a totally different aesthetic.  It does fit in a little better with our current lifestyle though.  I haven't been to a horse show since early last summer, and then it was local 4-H shows.  Now we go to rodeos, both youth and open, and speed shows.  It's not easy for me to adjust to being on the sidelines and not getting to compete, but my kids love what they are doing and I want them to enjoy it - so we do what they like instead of what I like.  Hopefully we will be able to work in some ranch horse-type shows so I can get back in the arena.  Or maybe I will have to suck it up and learn how to ride a barrel horse :)