Horse - the first love for many a girl

H – Horse. If I were Queen every little girl would get a pony!

H for Horse or Hugh?
H for Horse or Hugh?

I think most little girls at one point in their life would have picked horses over any prince charming. Why do we love horses or at least the idea of have a horse.

I have to say  some of my best friends growing up were horses: Smokey, Mitzi, Pancho, Marya, Jet Set Lena and Tank are just of few of the horse that gave me the honor of riding with them. I also played with Barbie’s horse and she rode with the Lone Ranger, yes I owned Silver. I have several model horses and poster of horses.

“He’s of the color of the nutmeg. And of the heat of the ginger…. he is pure air and fire; and the dull elements of earth and water never appear in him, but only in patient stillness while his rider mounts him; he is indeed a horse, and all other jades you may call beasts.”
William Shakespeare, Henry V

Horse - the first love for many a girl
Horse – the first love for many a girl

Horse are secondary character in most of my stories. I was blessed to be raised by a mother that loved horses. We always had them in our life. Her grandfather was a farmer and horse trainer for the Army.

It runs strong in our family. The pictures are my cousin Audrey.

Horses with  Audrey
Horses with Audrey

“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ”
William Shakespeare, Henry V

Happy Trails on Horse back
Happy Trails on Horse back

“In riding a horse, we borrow freedom”
Helen Thompson

The best day is on horseback
The best day is on horseback

Oh and just because I can here is Hugh on a horse.

Hugh Jackmen on a horse
Hugh Jackman on a horse

Have you owned a horse or wish you did? As a child did you play with toy horse?

True Beauty is Ageless

G – Go, Girl, GO!

As I get closer to 50 I find myself more willing to take risk to achieve my dreams.  I also don’t find the term GIRL offensive.

G Go Girl GO A to Z Challenge
G Go Girl GO A to Z Challenge

Little girls face life with a fearless attitude. They dance as if they are the princess, they dream of being horse trainers, doctors, mothers and queens. They play with dolls or trucks, but they are in control of their world. They will wear red cowboy boots and pink tutus with pride.

Somewhere along the way the world tells her she is not good enough, she has to fit in, she has to be this or that. Not too much… not too little…just right, but she doesn’t know what that means. So she starts looking outside of herself. Maybe by the time she is 50 she can be that little girl again that twirls with joy and laughs from her gut.

There is something stunning about a women in her full confidence of who she is and in that she builds others up and knows risking for love is always worth it.

I was a little irritated when I was doing some fast research and goggled women over 50 – I got hair styles, fashion and staying sexy.  UGH…When I looked up men over 50 I got what they are working on in their careers and how long they’d been married. The men did not have a single suggestion on how they should wear their hair or a list of clothes they should or should not wear.

“She has been marinated in life experience. She is at the peak of her influence and power. She is committed to living fully and passionately in the second half of life, despite failures and false starts.” – Gail Sheehy, author of Passages

Great things about Women over 50.

Here are some women that came to mind.

One of my favorites is Helen Mirren. Here she is having fun with Jimmy

Then you have the wonderful Diane Keaton – I think she has just become stunning.

Fred serves the fish.

F – Fish Fry and Funnel Cake with Fred and the Family

A to Z Blogging Challenge F
A to Z Blogging Challenge F

I write stories of people stumbling through life and finding the things that make it all worthwhile: love, faith and hope. For me that also means family. Some of my people have large, crazy, overwhelming families, others are trying to gather some sort of family around them where there was none. For one of the characters I’m currently working with, he has three rescues dogs, he thinks he is just fine without people.

One thing everyone loves even the dogs is a Fish Fry!

At times dogs can make for the best family members. Pure Love
At times dogs can make for the best family members. Pure Love
At times dogs can make for the best family members
At times dogs can make for the best family members. Pure Love

With family comes family events. Yes, my stories always have some big family event. Holiday traditions are great to show off the worse and best!

So this Easter my sisters and I got together for a fabulous fish fry!  It was beyond delicious with a little Red fish, speckle trout and cat fish. Of course anytime you deep fry something it tends to work well for the taste buds. A few hand rolled hush puppies (in the south there is always a dog hanging out and acting if you haven’t feed them in three days)  You have to start with some good corn meal to coat the fish.

Ready to fry - Dip in milk, roll on Cornmeal, touch of flour mixed with sea-salt, ground pepper, onion powder and paprika.
Ready to fry – Dip in milk, roll on Cornmeal, touch of flour mixed with sea-salt, ground pepper, onion powder and paprika.

Got to make sure the oil is hot but not too hot.  You have to taste it before serving to make sure it is right.

Getting the deep fryer ready for the fish.
Getting the deep fryer ready for the fish.

Ready to Eat!!

Fred serves the fish.
Fred serves the fish.
Men cooking is always a little sexy
Men cooking is always a little sexy
Jackson likes the fish!
Jackson likes the fish!

If you have another fryer you can finish the fry fiesta with funnel cake. BUT you have to have clean oil!

Fishy Funnel Cake is not tasty

Funnel Cake- A favorite food
Funnel Cake- A favorite food

What is your favorite family tradition? Do y’all have a go to recipe that feeds everyone?

Cascarones - Egg shells filled with confetti

E – Easter Eggs Real or Plastic?

A to Z blogging Challenge E
A to Z blogging Challenge E

Spring time brings renewal and rebirth – which makes it a perfect time to celebrate The Gift of Eternal Life through Jesus Christ. He has risen and beaten death for us, even though we don’t deserve the gift is ours.

He has Risen!
He has Risen!

One of my favorite tradition for Easter is the Easter Egg Hunt.

Easter Egg Hunt in the Texas Hill Country
Easter Egg Hunt in the Texas Hill Country

Every year we decorate and stuff eggs. Some years it seems we run out of time and it is easier to stuff the plastics ones – or if your really uhm out of time – you can buy the already stuffed one.

Other years we dye more eggs than we know what to do with.DSC_1236

Great Grandma Olene Guinther and Katrina Decorating eggs in 1993
Great Grandma Olene Guinther and Katrina Decorating eggs in 1993

So which do you prefer… Plastic or Real?

Real or Plastic
Real or Plastic

The real ones are so personal and fun to decorate. You can actually eat them if you don’t leave them out too long or lose the in the yard.  You find them as you mow…eek!

The plastic ones are practical and if you lose it …well it’s plastic. And now they come in funky shapes – I’m not sure if I like these. Kids love them…but I  shy away from mass market products. I love the creative side of decorating your own egg.  I do tend to be more on the artisan side even thought we don’t always have the time for it..

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jurassic-dinosaur-easter-eggs-filled-with-jelly-beans-
Cascarones
Cascarones

There one other type of egg we have here in South Texas – Cascarones!  These are fun and messy!

Attack with a confetti filled egg..
Attack with a confetti filled egg..
egg fight Attack with a confetti filled egg.
egg fight Attack with a confetti filled egg.
egg fight Attack with a confetti filled egg.
egg fight Attack with a confetti filled egg.
Cascarones - Egg shells filled with confetti
Cascarones – Egg shells filled with confetti

To learn how to make you own Cascarones – read this blog…make your own cascarons

So which do you use – are do yo not even mess with eggs?

D for Dancing with Delight!

A to Z Blog Challenge D
A to Z Blog Challenge D

I love dancing. When my kids were little we would have dance offs in the living room. Now when I’m alone I will turn up the music and pretend I’m graceful and athletic. You should see how high I leap and how my hips move. Unfortunately my superpower is shy and disappears when others are around.

This is probably why I’m in love with Dancing with the Stars. It’s the only TV show I make time for each week. (In order to write you have to give up something) I become the dancer. I love the story of heartache and romance that dance tells…the emotions that dance creates.

Here are some of my favorite moments. You can tell yours if I missed it… I’m sure I missed many.

Amber just put it all out there – Not the classic dancer body but she used it and owned that dance floor

Amber Riley & Derek Dancing with the Stars
Amber Riley & Derek Dancing with the Stars
Amber Riley & Derek Dancing with the Stars
Amber Riley & Derek Dancing with the Stars

Could not have a favorite without my childhood crush Donny Osmond and Kym. He should have been my over fifty list.

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Donny Osmond & Kym Johnson Dancing with the Stars
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Donny Osmond & Kym Johnson Dancing with the Stars
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Donny Osmond & Kym Johnson Dancing with the Stars

I loved watching JR Martinez! Just so talented and inspirational.

JR Martinez & Karina Smirnoff Dancing with the Stars
JR Martinez & Karina Smirnoff Dancing with the Stars
JR Martinez & Karina Smirnoff Dancing with the Stars
JR Martinez & Karina Smirnoff Dancing with the Stars

Speaking of inspirational…what about Amy, double amputee, below the knees. The beauty, grace and strength were amazing. I do think Derek’s partners have an advantage because of his choreography.

DEREK HOUGH, AMY PURDY

Amy Purdy & Derek contemporary DWTS
Amy Purdy & Derek contemporary DWTS
Amy Purdy & Derek contemporary DWTS
Amy Purdy & Derek contemporary DWTS

Some times I’m just totally inspired by the beauty of the human body and how it can tell a story through movement – that is what dance is all about.

Meryl and Maks on Dancing with the Stars
Meryl and Maks on Dancing with the Stars
Meryl and Maks on Dancing with the Stars
Meryl and Maks on Dancing with the Stars
Meryl and Maks on Dancing with the Stars
Meryl and Maks on Dancing with the Stars
Kellie & Derek on Dancing with the Stars
Kellie and Derek – This is one of my all time favorite dances on DWTS.

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Someone else that stuck with me and is in the over fifty group is Mel B

Mel B and Maks - power
Mel B and Maks – power
Mel B and Maks - power
Mel B and Maks – power

This season there is another dancer that has blown me away, Noah Galloway. You just have to watch. Yes, he is missing his left arm and leg.

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Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess DWTS
Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess DWTS

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So go dance people!!! What is your favorite dance? Do you dance all the time or only in private?