It’s That Time Of Year!

Each year, the Saturday before Thanksgiving, something magical happens around here. Rifle season opens. Now, I wouldn’t say I’m an “avid” hunter, but I really do enjoy it – and kinda know what I’m doing. Saturday morning I didn’t even set my alarm to get up because I thought it was supposed to be pouring down rain. Guess what, it wasn’t! It was the perfect morning to go out!

Well, about 10 o’clock I decided I would go out and check the corn feeder and spend some time traipsing around the 400 some acres I’m so blessed with.

Last year it seemed that all the old bucks were hiding and I was left with only the girls and a few teenage boys…this year looks to be a bit different.

When I got out to check the feeder, I immediately saw a nice rub on a sumac tree! That got my blood going – it’s pretty exciting, ya know!

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So – I dumped a little corn in the feeder and headed south. There was hardly a breath of wind, so I was using my ninja skills to stay extra quiet. I put some good miles on my boots.

It seemed like every little path and roadway was covered with tracks.

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LOTS of tracks, fresh ones and old ones, big ones and small ones.

The most exciting track of the day was this big ole buck track…not 75 yards from my stand.

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I actually couldn’t believe he was just traveling out in the open like that…so there must have been a real pretty doe up ahead of him.

I’m going to attribute this giant rub to him too.

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There were at least 3 more this size in this area. I’m pretty sure I know where I will be sitting this evening!

Now, don’t get me wrong…I DO love the thrill of hunting for the massive bucks that I know are living on this place, BUT, I also know that they have been allowed to get so big because I pass them up when they are young. Let them GROW, people! Don’t harvest every ole 2 year old 8 point that you see. Hunting is more than just a trophy for your wall, it’s about sustenance and controlling a population.

Stay safe out there, hunters!

xoxo

OkieGirl

 

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Quality Over Quanity

As I sit here this afternoon, having a conversation with a dear friend, something hit me.

I don’t have just friends anymore…the kind like when we’re teens, the ones we gab too and grab lunch with once a month.

The friends that I have now are so much more than just friends…they are family.

The women in my life are not just “girlfriends” I gab with about random things (although, don’t get me wrong..we do this too)…they are so much more. They are the women I look up to…the women I aspire to be.

One woman, in particular, has touched my life in a way that she will NEVER understand. Mainly, because I can’t express to her what she has done for me.

She is one of the greatest role models in my life. She is an amazing woman, wife, and mother! She is everything I aspire to be. She is independent and still very grounded in her roots and faith. She is strong, SO strong, yet still has the kindest heart. She works so hard for everything she has despite the hard times that life has handed her. She loves truly and honestly and holds nothing back. She is there for me at times she doesn’t even know I need her. She is beautiful in every sense of the word, both inside and out. She believes in me, even when I don’t believe in myself…and she chases her dreams every day.

Bobbie Sue,

Thank you so much for being such an outstanding woman, and thank you even more for being in my life. I look forward to all the crazy adventures we are going to share together! You’re one of a kind!

From one Daddy’s girl to another, you already knew that was true! 😉

 

So, here’s to you, Bobbie Sue, and to the very few real friends that I do have.

You know exactly who you are, and I am thankful for each and every one of you.

As we get older, we realize that the number of friends we have is irrelevant…it’s how amazing and bad ass they are.

xoxo

OkieGirl

 

All I Can Be Is Me.

Do you know how hard it is to be yourself in this day and age?

ESPECIALLY as a woman!

There is constantly someone, somewhere, telling you how to look, what to wear, what not to wear, how thin to be, how many muscles to have;

BLAH.

BLAH.

BLAH!!!

I can’t STAND it!

Advocating health and a fit body is one thing, but pushing girls to drastic measures (eating disorders, especially!) to fit in with some “standard” is just ridiculous.

I wish that instead of teaching young girls “how to dress” and “how to lose 10 pounds fast” that all these popular magazines and websites would teach self love, self respect, and how to live a HEALTHY lifestyle.

I was blessed to be raised in a home full of praise and positive vibes. I have always loved who I am, which is good, since that’s all I can be. Of COURSE we can always improve our bodies, minds and spirits…but I feel like society and social media are teaching women (especially young girls!) that who we are isn’t good enough.

We must paint our faces up and contour them, elongate our cheekbones and our lashes, make our noses smaller and our chins less defined. We must be skinny with a shapely butt and huge ta-ta’s, and if we aren’t that then we need to use clothes to trick others into believing we are.

SCREW. ALL. THAT

We are all unique, and that is what makes us who we are, which is what makes the human race and our world so bad ass.

SO, today, I want you to look in the mirror and compliment yourself…and I want you to do that tomorrow, and every day from now on.

We are all beautiful amazing crazy weird creatures…and if we don’t embrace that, we will surely lose it.

The only person you need to impress is yourself.

 

xoxo

OkieGirl

 

My Fall Wreath Is Cuter Than Yours!

So, as you may have noticed, I am as random as I promised. I assume that with a free and creative mind it is to no surprise that I love getting crafty!

Sunday afternoon I sat down in the living room floor with a ton of fall themed items and my lariat rope wreath that has served along side a bandana and a brown ‘H’ as my summer door decor.

I absolutely love the rope so I wanted to use it and incorporate in my little indian corns and some fall leaves…well, after about 20 minutes of zero inspiration I walked away. In the mean time I found an old barn wood photo frame that I got for a dollar like …last winter!

THAT is when I got inspired! I took it back to my mess, er crafting area, in the living room floor and instantly fell in love.

I painted my ‘H’ turquoise-ish (with fingernail polish, actually!) and found the perfect spot for it, and of course the adorable corns! I knew at that point that some ole frilly ribbon would not do…so I opted for  copper colored wire hanger to finish it off!

Isn't it the cutest!?

I just absolutely love how it turned out. I love that it is completely different and also festive.

Don’t stick to tradition, stick to what YOU like!!

Happy fall, y’all!

XoXo

OkieGirl

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OkieGirl Visited New Mexico

Around this time last year I was spontaneously invited on a soul-searching road trip to New Mexico with a friend.

How could I possibly say no? I couldn’t.

We set off for a place she had been many times, where here Grand Pop lived an off the grid lifestyle that she told me all about on our way.

It was a blessing to be able to share these amazing places that were filled with stories and emotion.

This was more than just some road trip to both of us. She needed to find closure and visit her grandpa’s burial, and I needed to free my mind.

 

This was an AMAZING place to free my mind.

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Looking over this amazing lake, I felt closer to my God than I ever have before. I felt that everything was 100% zen and that everything made sense. For the first time in a long time I remembered HOW much there was in the world that I have yet to experience. This exact day was the day that I started LIVING every day. Adventures aren’t always just fun little jaunts…sometimes they are much, much more.

 

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I hope that some day you all find a place, or many places, that give you the amazing feeling and experience that this place did for me. I am forever hunting this experience again, and again.

Don’t forget how short this life is, and how many places are left to see!

 

xoxo

OkieGirl