In a world of fancy technology, it’s pretty simple now a days to click “like” or “share” without any true personal involvement. I have been following a page on facebook of a dear lady that lives in our town who is dying of cancer. Many, many years ago I met Miss. Barbie after she cancelled my nail appointment 3 times…upon meeting her, I saw a bandana covering her head and no hair, no eyelashes, no eyebrows…but this glitter in her eye and sparkle in her smile, it was undeniable she was beautiful on the inside and out! I can remember it like yesterday, she apologized the entire time she did my nails of canceling, that the chemo had made her more sick than she thought. All I could see was a determined lady with a zest for life and through the years that has never changed in her. Over the years I have had the honor of getting to know her and that she is single mom, raising an awesome kid…She constantly has been in battle with cancer and she marches on working and enjoying life. It was a while back now, I was in her shop getting Christmas nails! for an event I was going to and she didn’t seem as perky as she once was. She told me the cancer was spreading, and a sad look came about her face… I can’t remember our entire conversation, but I remember her sadness and that I told her to kick cancer in the butt and enjoy anything and everything! Sit on the beaches of Mexico, drink beer in Texas … don’t hold back…and through friends in town I heard the cancer had spread to her liver and brain. I began following her facebook page and found the page called “Barbies Ellen surprise”. Her friends are trying to send her to meet Ellen Degeneres…
For those that don’t maybe know who I am married too… Peter Campbell is one of the greatest horsemen around and has spent over 30 years traveling North America teaching people about horsemanship. His heart is made of gold as he never gives up trying to give the horse a better deal. And over the years, the folks that ride with Peter have that same gold in their hearts…So I figured why not get this out to “our people” and see what happens… Well, what happens makes you believe in humanity, in true giving, compassion, and that saying “paying it forward”. In less than 24 hours, that’s correct…24 hours, 3 different people with 3 different leads on Ellen had replied to the post. People were sharing the post, tweeting and texting.
They always say you are 3 people away from meeting who you need to meet…and by gosh there was a lady, a friend of a friend who contacted me and told me she could get 4 tickets for Barbie, but couldn’t promise a meeting…then she added, “and I know friends that could take her on a tour of Universal Studios. Will she need wheelchair? Would she like that?”…Topped off with another message of, ” Does she like any shows on CBS, maybe she would like to see some sets.”
So, as it sits today, 4 tickets for Barbie, her son and two BFF’s are scheduled for a late November show of “The Ellen Show”! Plane tickets for Barbie and her son are paid for…and another local secret friend has the hotel almost paid for…
So, I called Barbie and told her of this news… she couldn’t believe it… in fact she kind of panicked!
“There is more scheduling and organizing to be done, but the tickets are good to go! “, I told her… silence on the other end of the phone… you could tell she was excited but tired.
After I hung up the phone I began to think and thank technology for helping me get the message out… but what was more important was that no one I spoke with wanted to be mentioned and it definitely wasn’t me who did this wonderful gift. They said the didn’t want public accalaides… but I will mention there were two ladies from California and two ladies from Wheatland that jumped in with both feet…It makes me proud to part of a cowgirl sisterhood that when I called you out for help, you didn’t let Barbie down.
I hope all my sisters take a moment and thank another sister for helping them out whether it was today or 20 years ago. It’s in us all to be this giving…And to my secret helper, well I am inspired to meet you one day and if my heart can be half as big as your heart, I will be doing something in this life. My hat is off to you my secret helper and to all the ladies and fellas that helped and are still helping!!!
Have you ever seen a snow flake?
I finally have… See this picture? It’s on my dogs back. Each one individual and beautiful by its own design.
And you know that’s how all things are. My motley crew of dogs all the same but different and wonderful within their own personalities. Like a human, each of us is unique and unusual in our own ways. But our sense of self brings forth our beauty, humor and aura!
Here is one lone snow flake on my horses nose! It’s funny I as describe it as lone but when I see it, I see this intricate, strong, tiny piece of Mother Nature that survived the wind and temperature to land perfectly on the horse’s nose and stay unique and special amongst a sea of snow flakes falling from the sky.
It’s a message I think… to be strong and beautiful in our own way and have the strength to wade through the usual, the common, and find a spot to stand out in our own way, stand on our own strengths!
Remember we aren’t to arrive at the grave well preserved, but skid sideways proclaiming “whoa what a ride!” And I believe to have that ride, we need to believe in ourselves and show the world how beautiful and strong we are inside and out!
Ladies, put your big girl panties on, saddle the bronc of life, and ride it like you stole it! Fur side up and steel side down!!!
Well, it’s been a long, cold, warm, windy, snowy, rainy and sunny January! I am not sure where the month went but it’s gone! I did find a very cool recipe… that is awesome tasting and super easy to make!
- 2 eggs
- 5 tablespoons of melted butter
- 2 cups of chocolate chips
- 1 box of white cake mix
- Mix all ingredients and pour into a 9 x 13 greased pan
- Bake at 350 for 20 minutes
- Voila one big cookie/cake!!! It's great warm.... and with ice cream and hot fudge sauce!
I finally bought myself a Canon 70D camera with some cool features and a zoom lense! I thought some of you might like this… it’s my buddy Casey!!! A half shitzu and half poodle!
I hope all of you are enjoying winter or some part of it! I am impatiently waiting for spring to surface and the green grass to grow!
For those of you who are new to me, I thought today might be a good day to introduce you to the Hat Creek Ranch Journal! A 100 page book you can order black and white or color! With images of folks that have ridden with us on the ranch! Interesting life and horse quotes and lots of pages to fill up with your own writing! I created it thinking what a wonderful way to capture your thoughts and ideas…and I dedicated it to 3 of my most favorite people -You will have to order to see who they are!
If you go to my store front you can click on the link and order!
We have had some big snow falls with freezing cold temps! But it’s created some really neat pics! Hope you like them!