I Rode a Racehorse!

Today I rode an actual racehorse! My seat was bad, my heels didn't always stay down and if I had dimes between my thighs they would have been lost before we even left the paddock. But with the beautiful creature on the left's help I DID IT!

It has been well over 2 decades since I sat on the back of a horse. I did ride an elephant a few years ago ... but I digress.

I was scared. Not just because I was out of practice, but also because of an astrology chart done over 30 years ago that ended with the omen "grave hurt by large animal."  That's pretty much the reason I quit riding in the first place. See, when LD was born I suddenly became a lot more diligent about things like wearing my seatbelt and avoiding potential bear maulings. Since public transportation is the closest I'll ever come to roughing it, and I don't camp or really spend any time at all outdoors (shut up!) my chances of being brutalized by wildcats or devoured by wolves is pretty remote. I don't attend circuses or visit zoos and when the bulls were in the building at work I made it a point to avoid the service level. All in all I thought I had this grave hurt/large animal thing sussed.

But I have missed riding. I didn't realize just how much until I climbed in the saddle on a beautiful Oklahoma morning.  The sun was bright; the breeze was cool; the unmown fields were actually amber colored and waving, and my best friend was beside me. It was perfect.


                            Oh yes, and there were chickens.... lots and lots of chickens!

Thanks Muller!
p.s. Your chickens are fighting again!
So ....considering I rode a racehorse and lived to tell the tale perhaps this whole "large animal" thing is just superstition? You still won't ever catch me camping though. I mean, why tempt fate, right?


Today is Perfect

When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back
 and laugh at the sky. At the height of laughter, the universe is
 flung into a kaleidoscope of possibilities!

Not for nothing does the blessed one smile.

More Old CD Notes Unearthed

I've been cleaning out all my digital files and recently found a folder with all the Holiday CD notes and artwork.  It was kind of fun to look back on them all as a group. Below are some random liner notes, playlists, and cover photos.

Liner notes from one of the first back in the 90s:

Christmas really is about the baby, and not just the one in the manger  who started all this celebrating, but the baby that you once were; the one who wouldn't go to sleep because the anticipation of Santa was too much - Or the babies you raised and put to bed your self on Christmas Eve -  Or your now grown up babies -  Or your four legged fur babies - Or even the baby you plan to snuggle with after everyone else leaves (Or the one you at least want to catch under the mistletoe!)

So, whoever your baby is, tell them I wish them a very merry Christmas!

I'm not really sure why the text overlays won't show up - other than the fact that these were all done in a now antiquated graphics program. Without the text these just look like family pics and the whole point of the title theme is lost. Hmmm... Perhaps I'll post the track lists later because some of them were hilarious! You always knew what kind of year Jules had based on the theme of the Holiday CD - and some years were pretty hardcore! 

"Suck on This Santa!"  (2001)
"Don't Decorate the Baby!" (2011)
"Don't Decorate the Baby!"
back cover

"My Okie Christmas Soundtrack" (1998)
"Whatever Happened to Barbie Dolls and Ponies?!" (2004)
Back inset detail from
 "I'll Be Home For Christmas" (2002)

CD Nostalgia

I recently found some old CD artwork and notes. These are from a CD I made for my nephew years ago when he was just a baby.  Clearly I was not very sophisticated in my choice of fonts - lol!

Front Cover:

... take your bath brush your teeth put on jammies kiss dad kiss mom say prayers

get tucked in hug your pillow close your eyes one more drink of water retuck ...

Back Cover:

I   Need   Some   Sleep  Eels  Pure  Imagination  Maroon  5
Junk   Paul McCartney   I  Will  The  Beatles   Ku-U-I-Po
Elvis   Presley   Come   Rain   or   Shine   Frank    Sinatra  
A   Dream   is  a  Wish   Your   Heart  Makes   Bette  Midler
Somewhere   Over   the   Rainbow    IZ     Blackbird    Sarah
McLachlan    Beautiful   Boy   (Darling  Boy)  John Lennon
French   Waltz    Nicolette   Larson   The   Water  is   Wide 
James   Taylor    Mull    of   Kintyre   Paul    McCartney
Surround  Me   Ben Taylor Band   Landslide. Dixie Chicks
Crazy Love Van Morrison  Sweet Baby James James Taylor

Recorded Especially for Harrison by Aunt Julie
Good night, sweet dreams,  and I love you
©Bleeding Heart Productions 2002