Tech vs. Horse Play

Arrrgh! It’s necessary for tech updates around here. But I’d much rather be out playing with the horses and dog.

The horses look quite fit on their winter pasture near the coast. Here’s Gracie and her buddy Mustang Argo out on about 250 acres with no added feed or supplements. Barb and Clara took me out to their ranch a week ago to check out and love on the horses. (Yes, Clara is expecting soon.)
Ahh, there’s nothing like hoofing it around the hills to keep in shape.

Keeping in shape with tech changes around here isn’t so simple though. First, Kevin’s six year old cell phone burst out of its back cover. Yeah, it did. My phone was just plain dying without a constant battery charge, so two new phones came home with us last week. Oh! Then there’s the woes of updating the computers around here at the same time.

Double arrgh! Now where’s that horse? Where’s the dog? I’d much rather go play with them.

Eventually I will grasp using our new technology. It started out with updating from Windows 7 to Windows 10. That worked fine on my new laptop three years ago when it was necessary to install 10. However, the laptop was mainly for my reading pleasure (?) while watching the news, playing here on WordPress, and checking out social media, etc. It was not planned for forays into serious writing. So my skills in learning the Windows 10 software are sorely lacking. Adding to the new tech woes, it became necessary to replace both of our desktop computers. (Mine had been around since 2007.) The slippery slope of tech replacement became worse.

If you look closely way out in the middle of this side hill you’ll see Gracie and Argo looking barely bigger than a couple of ducks. You might say they have plenty of room in those hills.

I suppose it’s not such a rough hill to climb in technology if one has a tech handy 14 year old in the house. Sigh. We don’t. But we’ll get through these changes.
In the mean time, I can still pretend I’m out with the horses and the dog.

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Trail Ride Fun

Mickey, a Kiger Mustang, checks out his selfie image with Aaron. An all around good sport, Mickey is sensible boy on our trail rides. He’s settled in well from his prior wild horse status in the Oregon hills.

Here’s Greg and his former racing mule, Gee. At the track Gee was a record smashing race mule, running for several years, but he’s finally settled in to the idea of not racing on the trails. However, he still wants to be out front. He does make a good look out scout too.


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Broccoli Cheese Soup, Mmm, Mmm

20191227_171236Robin’s Broccoli Cheese Soup:
Here are my preferences. Maybe you make it another way? 
The photo above also shows added chopped ham.


Over boiling water:

Melt 3TBS butter (not margarine) in top of double boiler

Add ¼ C. flour + salt & pepper to taste, stir with the butter until smooth

Gradually add 2 C. chicken broth, stirring occasionally,

As sauce starts to thicken stir in 1 C. milk, keep stirring

Add 1 C. cream or half & half, stirring


I prefer using block cheese, rather than pre-shredded.

Shred Cheddar and Jack cheese in food processor

Need 2 C. shredded cheddar

& 2 C. Jack cheese

Gradually add cheese, no more than 1C. at a time, stir frequently while the cheese melts

Add ¼ C. Parmesan cheese


While stirring the sauce and adding the cheese, cook 2 lbs.  fresh Broccoli florets. I microwave them. (About 5 min.)  Cook al dente—don’t over cook.

Place Broccoli in food processor with blade. Pulse until chopped. I like to leave a few larger chunks of broccoli.


After sauce is thickened and broccoli has been chopped:

Turn off the heat.

Drain water from bottom of double boiler and use that pan for mixing up the soup.

Add chopped broccoli to the kettle, pour in and stir in the cheese sauce.

May be served immediately, or cool and then refrigerate, covered.


Makes about 2 quarts, or five 2 C. servings. (I prefer generous sized servings of soup.) Takes about ½ hour to 40 min. to prep and prepare.


Variations: Substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth. I’ve even substituted one C. of beef broth in place of one C. of chicken broth.  Reduce the amount of milk or cream if desired. Vary the types of cheeses. Add leftover diced ham (about one & one half cups.)







My favorite ingredients for this soup:

Bag of fresh Broccoli from Costco

Sharp Cheddar

Jack Cheese

Parmesan Cheese

Chicken broth (could use a veggie broth instead)


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Lazy Me Ranch Ride and Games Day

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11 Reasons Why Books Make Great Gifts




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Writers’ Notes: Hitting That Brick Wall

Thank you, Thonie Hevron! I’m going to reblog your blog.
This is just the kick in the pants to get my writing engine fired up again.

Just the Facts, Ma'am

By Thonie Hevron

Everybody's a critic Everybody’s a critic.

Everyone has time when they come across a barrier to their progress. It happened often when I first learned how to ride horses. All the videos, books, advice and trainers’ lessons barraged my consciousness while I was trying to effectively steer a 1300-pound animal with a brain the size of a walnut. [To be painfully accurate: The problem is the cerebrum, the thinking part, is only slightly larger than a walnut. The rest–all 1.5 to 2 lbs. of it–is  cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls gross muscle coordination, balance and body functions.]

The one thing that got me on track was a trainer saying, “If it’s not working, go back to basics.” Start from the beginning and work up until you work though the barrier. Usually by the time I did all that, the barrier had dropped. To borrow from Horse Listening

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Summer Time

Lin Nee's Foxy Lady 039

For summer I’m taking a break from writing to get back in the saddle. How about you?


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