Love Before First Sight

I believe in love at first sight and I also am in awe of love that happens before first sight. Before I even held my sons after they were born, I loved them. It was impossible to describe my emotions. I was talking to another mother shortly after our son Peyton was born. I guess I was gushing and babbling about how incredible I felt to have this miracle in my life. Her response was that probably this was the most exciting thing that had ever happened to me, well DUH, I thought. !!!!!  I think she had just won the Nobel Peace prize or something. Much greater glory for some. 

  I would like to remember a little girl named Charlie Kate Power who would have been one year old this Christmas. Her heart stopped before she was able to be held by her parents and her sister, but this child  has more  love  than most children receive in a lifetime on earth. 

Tom, Christopher and Peyton

Tom, Christopher and Peyton


Peyton 16 years

Peyton 16 years


Happy Holidaze

I know it’s crazy, but sometimes I do not realize how many pets I have until they  make their appearance known, whether it’s because the weather  has suddenly turned damp and cold or tonight for example, it was because they all saw wrapping paper and boxes being taken outside and they were getting the same sweet feed without even any sugar cookie crumbles thrown in.

Not So Silent Night

Not So Silent Night

 Too busy to notice, it finally came to my attention tonight in an alarming fashion!. My head honcho, alias Pony Boy was rolling and faking colic as a means to get into the yard to get extra treats or a leftover slice of pumpkin pie from Grandmother. Miss Piggy was happily gorging on German Chocolate cake, the Cara Caras were eating turkey and ham, the dogs had their stockings to munch on, but one kitty was stuck up on the highest tree, begging for sympathy and an extra salmon cake. The goats are looking forward to eating the Christmas tree. Hopefully we will get all the ornaments and lights off before they chow down.

Rockin’ P Ranch Turkey Chili

 You may also garish with chopped onions, shredded cheese, avocado and sour cream!!!!

Eat more BEEF!!!!

Eat more BEEF!!!!


2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium onion chopped

2 garlic gloves, minced

1 medium green bell pepper, chopped

1 pound ground turkey

3 14- ounce cans stewed tomatoes, undrained and chopped

2 15-ounce cans pinto beans, drained

2/3 cup salsa or picante sauce

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon cayenne red pepper

1 tablespoon sugar

Coat a medium size pot with the olive oil. Sauté onion, garlic and green bell pepper. Add turkey and cook until crumbly. Add the next seven ingredients and simmer for 30 minutes.

Makes 6 servings.