december 27, 2012

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Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder. Let the challenges make you stronger.” ~ Unknown

a mighty challenge
a mighty challenge

A heated game of table hockey between BFF Angie Bliss Fanning and Lisa Cantwell proved a worthy photo op at Marikka’s – note the shock and awe as the goal slammed uncontested. It was a fun evening with old friends (Tamara and Bob Bayer and Angie and Jerry Fanning) and new (Lisa Cantwell). Bob remembered me after 15 years, he said because of my eyes and that I was nice. It made me feel good to be remembered for being nice (though he had no idea what my name was HA!) I think more friends and table hockey should be part of 2013. And some South Park pinball, of course.

they killed kenny!
they killed kenny!

december 23, 2012

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Go forward in life with a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your face, but with great purpose in heart.” ~ Gordon B. Hinckley

happy happy
happy happy

Today was wondrous. Me and Stacy Yelton spent it with Oklahoma BFF Angie Bliss Fanning and her husband, Jerry. His work brought him east, and we enjoyed a day together, with wonderful weather, delicious food, great fellowship. Angie is one of my oldest friends. Words fail to describe the breadth and depth of our friendship. As for Jerry: I couldn’t have picked a better man for her.

may 29, 2012

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If we could just take all this love and give it to the world, what a wonderful place we could make it.”  ~ Tammy Jo O’Neal

along the skyway (Instagram and Snapseed)

There’s really no way to express in words how vital to my spirit Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the 2-Pony Ranch, and the 2-Pony family have been to me over the past 25+ years. I’m far from alone so, I think it’s safe to say “Thank You” to Angie and Jerry Fanning on behalf of The Family for offering their home and allowing us all to be together once more. As someone at the gathering said, there aren’t many families as close as we are. My wish is that everyone in this world has people who love and adore them, people they can count on, people who understand and respect them as much as the 2-Pony Family do these things for one another.

heaven on Earth

may 28, 2012

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‎”We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” ~ Thornton Wilder

sistas (instagram)

We had not seen Ellen Fagala (left) in 12 years. A junior sista in years, she’s anything but a junior in our hearts; “our” being me and BFF/2-Pony matriarch, Angie Bliss Fanning (right). The three of us shared a very intense few days 15 +/- years ago. There are some things in life that bind people until they die. That was one of those things.

Part of what makes the 2-Pony a strong family is that we have many strong women like Ellen and Angie at the core. Per 2-Pony tradition, a group of us gals bore a certain body part to the West and asked for rain, something especially important this year as Oklahoma is suffering from drought. Below is what happened five hours later. Never doubt the power of women!

It was also my first attempt at capturing lightning. Clearly, practice is needed, but it’s not such a bad start.

the power of women

may 27, 2012

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It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out, it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.” ~ Robert W. Service

heaven's sunset (snapseed)

I’ve gotten more compliments on this photo than a month’s worth of photos combined. Looking West through the 2-Pony pasture, this is one of many beautiful sunsets I’ve been privileged to see from the Ranch. This particular sunset made even more special by the fact that so many of us saw it together.

the family that makes faces together, stays together

may 23, 2012

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Everyone who got where he is has had to begin where he was.”~ Robert Louis Stevenson

blooming friends

I never pass a magnolia tree that I don’t think about my best friend Angie Bliss Fanning. She had a beautiful magnolia tree in her yard. The goats liked it as much as she did. They showed their love by eating it to the ground. I’m sure it was delicious. She no longer has goats. Today is Angie’s 52nd birthday. When I passed this magnolia blossom I did as she asked; I stopped, took in the biggest breath of fragrance I could muster, and I smiled.

What a beautiful day! So much to be thankful for, all of you make my life happy! So, my birthday wish is for ALL of us to continue to love and support each other, to have as many belly laughs as we can handle, remain healthy, and remember to take the time to stop and smell the flowers!!!” ~ Angie Bliss Fanning via facebook

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