Wednesday, December 31, 2008


I hope all of you have a wonderful, happy, healthy and prosperous new year! I look forward to 2009 with an unusual amount of excitement! We have so much to be thankful for. We have been blessed beyond belief!
I promise my 2009 blog will be special!
Stay tuned!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Important Blog.....

coming soon! Check back often for an account of our Christmas with the Family! (And I'm sure most of you already know that my children are dog lovers too and they bring them all with them! It was interesting!) Everyone was at our house from Christmas Day until Sunday night. The days flew by for me but I loved every minute of it!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

"Twas the day before the day before Christmas....

and we are busy finishing up all our Christmas orders. I'm taking a few minutes to share while the "machine" works on a sweatshirt. (I think my embroidery machine needs a name!)
Sunday was a busy day with gift wrapping, carpet cleaning, kitchen cleaning, clothes washing, gift shopping and grocery shopping. Everything was going smooth until the man at Big Star said, "We're all out of turkey breast". My heart skipped a beat then he added, "until the truck runs tomorrow morning." Whew!!! Close call. Kelly had already asked me why I didn't have the bird yet because it would have to have time to thaw out. Monday morning I became the proud owner of a 7 lb turkey breast!
If you are going to your mail box every day looking for a Christmas card from me and Dan, don't bother, I haven't sent any yet!!! But a big thank you for all the neat ones we've gotten so far. I absolutely love the photo cards! My plan is to send out Happy New Year cards! Hopefully not to far into the new year.
Break time is over....back to work!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Quick Update....

The embroidery machine is going non-stop 8am to 5pm! New orders are coming in daily and we just hope we get everything out by Christmas. Not sure when we will have to say no more before Christmas but right now we are trying to get everything out! I hope to get my tree up today or tomorrow, and my shopping done today or tomorrow, my carpets cleaned tomorrow. When I buy presents they will need to be wrapped, too! Any volunteers? No reasonable offer refused!!

The weather is still a big topic of conversation around here. Rain, rain, rain, when the rain stops tomorrow after an expected 2 inches it will turn cold, real cold. The wind chill is predicted at zero to 10 above. Bbbbbrrrrrrr!!! For those of you further north you have my sympathy!

Looks like we are putting in a long Saturday at the ole Shamrock, we normally close at 1pm and it is twenty after now and the machine is humming away with a stack of stuff beside it. May not get the tree up today after all!

I will try my best to have an update Monday sometime.....

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Aren't you glad to see some photos again? I am certainly glad to be able to post 'em!
First of all Daddy's birthday took on a poinsettia theme with the cake and then Jan & Carl brought Mother and Daddy a beautiful live poinsettia. Daddy had a great day with the surprise visit from Jan & Carl. (Jan is Daddy's niece that lives in Ringgold, Ga. ) He got a whole bunch of birthday cards and phone calls and he was delighted! We had pizza and cake and ice cream and it was a real good party! Thanks to all my cousins and aunts and uncles for making his day so special! I love you all so very much!
Notice the shot of Jan & Carl & Willie. Jan has been wanting to meet Willie for quite a while now and finally got her chance. I hate he was covered in hay, but with all the rain last week he spent a lot of time in his pen laying in his hay! Oh well!
Saturday was my buddy April's "30 something" birthday! We were all at the barrel race together so I snapped a couple shots of her on her big day! Thought I would share one here! She is one of my most loyal blog readers!!
BTW- Got the car was the fuel pump. Merry Christmas to me!!!
I guess the main topic of conversation around here is the weather. It rained all day yesterday with the temperature dropping all day until they issued a freezing rain advisory for our county from midnight to 9am today. No freezing rain. Today's high is supposed to be high 40's. That ain't gonna happen! It's 11 am and is just barely 34 degrees now! The big news is that Thursday's high is supposed to be 70. We'll see!! I'm not going to get my hopes up, the forecasting has not been very reliable lately!
Okay, blog break is over! Time to get back to embroidery orders!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Were you really expecting 3 in a row?

Well I was! I was on a roll, but Thursday proved to be a challenging day. I had an 8am dental appointment. Despite the fact that it was pouring down rain and the forecast was for rain changing to snow with a flash flood warning in effect I headed on out. When I finished up at the dentist I had a little over and hour to kill before my haircut appointment. I drove on over to Kohl's to work on some Christmas and Birthday shopping. When I left Kohl's it was still raining as hard as ever and boy was it cold! When I finished up at the hairdressers I went to the dollar tree ( my new favorite place to shop ) and then on to Quiznos for our lunch. So much for nice looking hair.....I'm beginning to resemble a drowned rat! After lunch I finished up some embroidery orders and headed to Big Star to pick up a few groceries before the 5 o'clock after work crowd hit the store! When I came out of Big Star it was sleeting! I was almost to the store when I decided it would be wise to get some more gas since I only had 1/4 of a tank. I put in $20 and it almost filled it up!!!! When I got back in the store it was 4pm so I decided the milk and hamburger meat would be okay in the car for an hour. Our Mormon missionairy friends came in soaked to the bone! We told them at 5 when we closed Dan would take them back to their car, no need to walk in the rain, sleet and snow. At 5 when I got in my car it wouldn't start. Nothing, Nada, Nil..... Dan took the boys back to their car and came back for me. We had to unload everything I had bought all day and put it in the truck. Dan was certain I had bought bad gas. Friday he made a couple of phone calls and a guy came out and looked at my car Friday afternoon. He thinks it is the fuel pump. The car is at his house now waiting to be fixed. If it is the fuel pump I am one very lucky person!! Apparently when these things go out they just go regardless of where you are or what the weather is doing!!! I know I have angels looking out for me and for that I am truly thankful!!!
Friday was super busy with embroidery and Dan only worked half a day because he went to a horse sale south of here. But I have set a goal for next week and will hopefully have some photos to share!!!
Have a great weekend and check back soon!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

2 days in a row....

a new record!!!

The embroidery machine is humming away and no one is in here buying feed right now.
First off, the pond has water again! yipppeeeee! ( I told Dan last night that if this rain didn't put water in the pond then we had a real problem!)
The creek has water! yipppeeee!
We are remembering what mud actually is! It has been soooo long since we've had this much rain we really are in shock. Some are saying 3 1/4 inches and some are saying 3 3/4 inches, it doesn't matter, we really needed it! We had rain, thunder and lightning most of the night. Today has just been gray and dreary and not too cold. Tonight we are suppose to get rain again and then tomorrow maybe some rain and snow. I have a dentist appointment and a hair cut appointment in the morning! Don't mind missing the dentist appointment but I really need a haircut!
I'll get my haircut, go by Quiznos ( our favorite sandwich shop) and come back and work on the embroidery that is waiting for me. Word of mouth and a series of ads ($45 worth) has really paid off!
I must go out to the barn and ride tonight. I wimped out and wouldn't go out to the barn in the thunder and lightning! I did go out and feed Henry, came in soaking wet! Poor Dan he gets all the crappy jobs, he had to go out to the barn and feed everything and then come back through the rain to the house. However, I'm not all bad, I did warm up leftover chicken spaghetti for him. It wasn't as good as the meal we had Monday night at the Chapparel Steak House in Lawrenceburg, but it was good.
My plan now is to blog tomorrow, even if it is like today and I don't really have anything interesting to share. I must get back in the habit! You never know when I might have something interesting to share!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Has it really been a week?

I knew I was behind in my blogging but I didn't realize it had been a whole week since I enlightened you on my doings......

Last week and so far this week the PR620 embroidery machine has been going wide open all day every day. For this we are very happy! But it does keep me from spending much time updating my blog. I have a few minutes now because Dan has a project going on the machine and I am taking advantage of that.

This has been an unusually cold December for us but today it has warmed up into the 60's as we wait for the storms to get here this evening.
The NFR is going on in Vegas now. It started last Thursday and will end this coming Saturday. Every round is televised and heaven forbid we miss it even if it means staying up until after midnight. Okay I know it is on early some nights but when you sleep through it you have to rewind and start over and watch 'til you fall asleep again. bummer!

This coming Sunday, the 14th, is my Daddy's 80th birthday! We will have a cake and ice cream party. Mother hasn't been feeling well lately and we are keeping it simple. I sure hope I live to see 80!!!

This Saturday is the barrel race at Decaturville and it is my buddy April's birthday, too!!! In case I don't get to blog before then
Happy Birthday April!

I've been hitting the jewelry parties with Kelly and having a blast. You really meet some nice folks this way. The jewelry from my party should be in this week and I am soooooo excited. I earned about $260 in free jewelry and had the best time making my selections.

I'm thinking about starting some Christmas shopping this week. This is the same old story at the Shamrock, get everybody's order out in time for Christmas but neglect our own. Maybe my loved ones will get cash......

The laptop is out of the "computer hospital" so get ready, more photos coming soon.
I'm sorry to say I have not had time to pursue my photography the last few weeks and I am really missing it. Time to organize and plan my days and nights better! I could be getting some cool night shots if it wasn't so dang cold. I'm a wimp! And my cohort Dan isn't a whole lot better.

Thanks for the emails, even if they are to tell me I am the biggest blog slacker on blogspot! Keep 'em coming!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Catch up....

That's exactly what I need to do, Catch Up!!!
First off, we had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Friday, Ned & Kelly came down and of course we ate again! Saturday was my Premier Jewelry show at the store. We had a great time and I earned a "boat load" of free jewelry!!! Yeah me!! When we left the store we went home and watched the "Iron Bowl" aka Auburn/Alabama football game. Bama won! ROLL TIDE! and all that good stuff.... As soon as the game was over we headed to town to eat. You'd think we would be foundered by now, but I just kept shoveling it in. Sunday was a lazy day (probably because we had eaten so much) We made a pot of Chili for lunch, took a nap and then went to the barn and rode. The temperature was dropping all day and then the rain Monday morning we had sleet and snow!! Yes, right here in the sunny south! The themometer never made it to 40 all day yesterday. Today is better and the sun is shining bright. Tomorrow we should be in the 60's! Yippppeeeee!
The embroidery machine is running non stop now. This is going to be a good asset for the ole Shamrock Feed and Tack.
Photo Update.... I use the laptop for all my photos and my photo editing. Last week it shot craps. Friday morning I took it to the computer doctor down the street and he diagnosed a broken AC adapter connection. So a new one has been ordered and it may be back in business by tomorrow. I miss my photos :( and I miss sharing them too!
Well, back to work for me I have several embroidery projects to do today!