Sunday, July 29, 2007

Goldie gets ridden!

I was just writing how Goldie is spoiled and does nothing but graze around the pasture all day. Well, she got to help celebrate our neice's birthday today. I didn't get a photo of Shelbi, but here's two cousins...Kenzie and Koby... enjoying a ride. Rose got to go too, and the twins rode her around as well.

Cool cloud formation - what do you see?

Sometimes it's fun to just look up. This evening there was this laughing cartoon character up there... or is that Bob Hope?...Abe Lincoln?

Friday, July 27, 2007

Overgrown mini???

No, that's just Goldie, our spoiled, rotten palomino quarter horse. She gets along fine with the miniature horses, but we do feed them separately for safety concerns.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

An Alert Trio of Miniatures

This is Silver Haze, Semi-Sweet and Annie watching me drive down the driveway. Hazy is 5 months old, Semi is a 2 year old and Annie is 4 years old. Annie is a "B" size miniature horse, since she is between 34" and 38". Semi is an "A" division ... under 34".

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Rain, Rain, More Rain

A neat rain shower we saw on the way home this week. There hasn't been a day without a chance of rain in forever... So strange for Texas in July.

Starling and Amy

Starling and Amy were standing together this morning as I left for work. What a nice photo op. These are two mini mares that we have on our "Spotlight Special" page on the website at

We would love to find them good homes. Starling is about 38" and little Amy only about 32".

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Caper Moves to a New Home

This is Unicorner Red Satin Cape or "Caper" for short. She is a sorrel miniature mare that we raised. We sold her last week to the Kubitza family of Mart, Texas.

We hope they enjoy her as much as we have. You can view more photos of Caper and her parents on our website at

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

VBS photos! Ride a mini!

We had such a good time at Vacation Bible School this past week. We took Rose, one of our older miniature horses to the closing program. Bob had tried our old pony saddle that I cleaned up on her. Since she didn't seem to mind it we decided to try letting the VBS kids ride her.
She did wonderfully, oweing to the great temperament of miniature horses! And as you can see from the face of Brandon, she was a huge hit!
You're invited to view my other VBS photos at the Kodak Gallery. View photos

Monday, July 16, 2007

Skies of Waco

This weekend has been an active one for the skies over Waco. Friday evening on the way to the VBS closing program, Bob and I spotted these eight planes in formation near the Waco airport.

All weekend we have been spotting hot air balloonists around. This morning on the way to work, bunches of the balloons were taking off. I wished I didn't have to go to work and could have just stayed out and watch them. They are so beautiful. I snapped this photo out of the window while driving on IH-35.

I saw in the paper that the National Hot Air Balloon Championships are here this week. I'll have to check out their website it listed at

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Our "grandkitty" Elroy

This is an "artsy" photo of Tlingel El Roy, our son's cat, who we are babysitting for a couple of weeks why his "daddy" is on vacation in Florida. El Roy was in the last litter we raised.

Raising purebred kittens is harder than one might expect. I am happy to leave that to others now and just have fun judging cat shows.

Almost all Birman breeders follow an alphabetical naming of their kittens by year. As one of the pioneer breeders of new colors in Birman, my friend Ann Hoehn and I started another tradition of adding a word that represents the generation they are away from the outcross. El Roy was a fifth generation born in the R year - 1994.

Since 2007 is the E year, we can always count back to figure how old our Birmans are. That makes El Roy a lucky 13 years old.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Vacation Bible School Week

What fun we are having at Vacation Bible School this week at Canaan Baptist Church. With an Avalanche Ranch theme, we grown-ups got to decorate with a western theme.

Our cowboy is waving at everyone that drives by from his precarious perch on a round hay bale set in front of the church.

The kids have been enjoying the games and songs while they learn about Jesus and the Bible. Tonight is the third night and we hope all the children grow in their faith because of their participation.

The stage of the sanctuary is decorated with a mountain range background, pipe fencing and characters from the VBS program.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

A Visit to Annbirwaves Cattery/Aviary

Last week I finally got to visit with my lifetime best friend, Ann Hoehn. We don't get to see each other enough anymore. Ann is super busy with the pet grooming business.

You never know what Ann and Charles will have at their house. They recently "got into" chickens. I took some photos of some of their strange looking varmints.

Besides the chickens there were white doves and Australian doves and some other doves with purplish necks.

These chickens were some of the stranger ones... Harry (with the big hair) has a mate named Harriet.

Ann still raises Birman cats, she has been breeding this delightful breed almost 30 years. Annbirwaves Cattery is well-know in the cat fancy. She has been working on introducing the cinnamon color gene for several years.

She had "bottle babies" in the living room so I snapped a photo of them.

We are blessed to be owned by one of her cinnamon crossbred kittens. Clyde (BoBo) has a cinnamon Oriental Shorthair mom and Birman dad. His sister Clydene has produced kittens at Ann's house that will continue in the cinnamon program.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Happy 4th of July!

We wish everyone a safe and blessed Independence Day!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Spectacular Sunset

We get to see many beautiful sunsets here in Central Texas. This one was taken over the larger of our stock tanks (ponds).
We often praise the evening clouds, and tints so gay and bold; but seldom think upon our God, who tinged those clouds with gold.
-Sir Walter Scott

I pray that we never forget who paints the skies so beautifully!