Sunday, August 30, 2009

Stuffed Animals

I'm pretty sure I've never seen puppies this cute, and I'm pretty sure I'll say the same thing next time I see a litter of puppies!

These St. Bernard pups are just about ready for their new homes and were just hanging out being "best buds" trying to convince us they really didn't need to go outside in the heat!

Our daughter Amy owns the mother "Annie Oakley", and we had a chance to go play with these two heartbreakers yesterday. I think the photo says it all...too cute!

Blessings, Linda

Monday, August 24, 2009

Flight Leader Farms

I'm taking the "Art of the Equine Horse~Human Connection" photo workshop with a photographer friend of mine, Shelley Paulson from Minnesota. We needed to submit samples of our work for the course and Tracy and David Kaden from Flight Leader Farms and Specialized Saddles graciously stepped in to help.

As you can see, everyone at Flight Leader is photogenic, humans, horses and dogs! This is David with his latest Reserve Championship garnered in California. Speaking of David, you can see his wonderful saddles at Specialized Saddles Whatever type of riding you do, he's got a saddle for it! See them at http://www.specializedsaddles.com

This is Flight Leader, the man himself, with Tracy. He put on
quite a show after the photo session was over.
I'll post one of those photos later. He was running around so fast, I'm
still trying to catch up with the photo!

We had a great afternoon taking pictures, chatting and enjoying these wonderful horses. For more information on Flight Leader Farm, visit them online at www.flightleader.com

Blessings, Linda

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Don't Forget to Take Time for Yourself...

I don't think many of us take the time to realize how busy we really are - we've been too busy to check! The internet, e-mail, Facebook, blogging, Twitter, CNN News and other venues, not to mention our iPhones, iPods, Blackberrys and other devices keep our brains engaged 24/7. Now, add to that, our careers, families, hobbies and for those of us who own animals...chores. You're into Wednesday before Monday is even finished. I've been running non-stop for a long time (my fault) and I don't even know how to Twitter, have an iPhone or a Blackberry! (NEWS FLASH: some of you who do Twitter and post constantly on Facebook about what you're doing...you're not all that interesting anyway ;)

Somewhere, deep in my subconscious, I've felt responsible for the entire universe for some time now. Slowly, I'm learning not to do that. The freedom it affords is indescribable! I've not perfected the art of resting, or slowing down...don't get me wrong. I am, however, learning.

Being busy can be a good thing too. For example, I love my family, I love my photography career, I love riding endurance horses and I love my job. Each of those things can give us a sense of accomplishment and certainly mold us into who we are as people...but they consume time. Balancing acts are tough to learn, but I do know there is no written law that says I have to run myself in the ground every day. I checked.

So... today, I'm spending time with family, friends and taking a drive to go to lunch. I hope to achieve the same restful state as the in this photo, even if it's just letting my mind rest and relax a while.

Blessings, Linda

Monday, August 3, 2009

Laughing Sheep Farm and Restaurant

For those of you who haven't yet experienced Laughing Sheep Farm and restaurant, now would be a good time to do so!  They offer all natural, grass fed beef, bison, pork, lamb and all kinds of other goodies for both lunch and dinner dining, all of which is healthy and good for you too!
Laughing Sheep is located one mile west of Lincoln, NM on Hwy 380 (look for the sign on the left) .  They offer lunches Wed-Sun and dinners Fri-Sun.  Call for exact times or special reservations (575) 653-4041.

OK, back to the important stuff...I had the very best grilled chicken "burger" with grilled melon and the most WONDERFUL sauce ever..."Tequila Cantaloupe Lime Sauce".  I know what you're thinking...weird combination!  So did I, until I tasted it.  I don't care what it's called, it's to die for!  You can purchase it at the farm and take some home, as I did.  Of course, you can't leave without also trying their other menu items as well as the best ever Green Chile and Asadero Bread.   

Waddling outside to get into your car after the meal is a chore, but if you're having difficulties, you can work off some of that great meal by strolling around the farm and taking advantage of the "U Pick" fruit available starting this next weekend.  Sally (see photo above) is a hoot and loves to visit with guests and is always happy to talk about the farm and what is available at different times of the year.  They also sell frozen grass fed meats and are happy to send some home with you.   This is nice and convenient to the Ft. Stanton ride camp (hello endurance riders)...so don't miss this place next time we all gather there for a week of riding.  

Blessings, Linda