Juniper T Ranch Quietly Changes Scenery As The Seasons Of Life Continue On…

Juniper T Ranch quietly changes scenery as the seasons of life continue on with Autumn’s golden light on the landscape…where did summer go?

Life has been a bit crazy and I have not been able to blog as often as I usually do…I love to write and write and write…I love to photograph tons of various pictures to share with you and I like to yak a lot:)

I have missed reading your blogs…which makes me sad, as I enjoy hearing about your lives and seeing your photography…seeing a glimpse of your world.

A week ago Thursday my hubby Wild Bill had surgery on his neck. He was pulling hard on a wrench under a vehicle on the hoist last July and all of a sudden he heard a snap and loud pop sound in his right shoulder…instant pain…but “Mr. Tough Guy” did not say anything to me until about 5 days later…”Oh, uhhhhh MJ…can you call in and get me a doctor appointment, as I did something to my shoulder a few days ago and it hurts like heck.”

I have NEVER heard those words uttered out of his mouth before in 36 years of marriage…so I knew he was in pain. I was able to get him in right away so on July 25th he had the first MRI and our family Dr. sent him to see a shoulder specialist. At first they thought it was either a rotator cuff tear or that he tore his bicep muscle.

We had to wait until later in August to see the shoulder specialist. He ordered more tests and we saw the MRA’s and the MRI’s and you could see his bicep was still intact but had several frayed tears…and the rotator cuff was ok thank goodness! The Dr. was going to set up bicep surgery and Wild Bill was saying how much the back of his arm hurt too as well as he had two numb fingers on his right hand.

The Dr.’s eye brows went up and he said ok that is indicative of a neck issue. I want to send you to a nerve Dr. to do a nerve study…sure enough we heard his nerves screaming in agony in his neck on the nerve study and the next stop was the spine Dr….we saw him in early September.

Note: The above picture of WB was taken before his injury…and he was having fun!

Bill injured his neck July 20th…that is a very long time to live with the kind of nerve pain he was living with…but he did and we saw the Dr. who did another MRI on his neck and you could see the two vertebrae under the two that were fused 6 years ago, and a very distinct nerve under the bottom vertebrae looking pinched…surgery was scheduled for September 27th.

In the mean time I teased the heck out of him:) Imagine that! I have found that humor always helps:)

It was tough to have to wait as he was suffering intense pain..I have gone through a lot of surgeries but nothing like what WB went through. Nerve and bone pain is the worst pain you can have. I had lots of nerves involved in my surgeries but not bone…and yah nerve pain hurts and once it heals it is annoying…I get an itch and scratch but can not feel it….LOL:)

While we waited WB sat out on the patio with me in the evenings…we have not watched TV since last March…once the Β time change happens with Spring Forward, I want to enjoy each hour of daylight. Winter is coming and it will be dark again at 4:00. During this time of the year I want to be in the middle of the glorious light and experience the clouds and feel the warmth. I love the evening light, the beauty all around us…seeing the wildlife, watching my horses, petting the dogs, counting the stars, hearing the crickets and frogs and just taking in all the wonderful country smells of summer and fall:)

Β I love the colors of the sky during the magic hour each evening as the sun slowly sinks down to its bed for a good rest while the moon takes its place.

And if we’re lucky it will be a harvest moon that slowly peeks out at you.

And slowly rises over the hill across the road.

A shot of the log fence with our 10-12′ sagebrush that you see across the road in the background along Juniper Creek. We love our sagebrush and it is amazing when you stand in it as it truly is that tall. When I was growing up I spent hours over in the creek catching tadpoles and pretending various scenarios that always revolved around my horse and I…we played Annie Oakley or I was tracking buffalo or elk or cowboys and looking for the Native Americans:)

As September 27th drew closer we both became nervous. WB has only had two surgeries in his adult life…when they took him to surgery in 2006…I cried and could not stop. I took his clothes out to the car in the parking garage and was still trying to stuff my tears and emotions…and then I heard this beautiful music coming from somewhere or someones car. I looked around and did not see anyone…the music was a song I knew from church about God… how He loves us and will always watch over us…I knew then that WB was going to be ok and he was:)

This time when they took him to surgery I began to choke up and tear up trying to not let him see me doing that…it is so hard to see your loved one go to surgery as you feel helpless, worried and scared. Just as they began to take him through the swinging doors I noticed there was someone walking towards us down the hall…it was two of our best forever friends John and Tara…with big smiles. I grabbed the arm of the nurse to stop Bill’s gurney for just a minute so he could see them too. What a blessing it was for us that they came to be with us:) Having Tara spend the day with me was answer to prayer…she is a sister to me. And John, who is our family too, stayed to visit and encourage me before he left to join his wife for the day. John has been with us through lots of life stuff…God is very good:)

The surgery went well…as the Dr. lifted the bone off the nerve that was pinched, he said that even though WB was sleeping he let out a sigh of relief. Later when WB woke up in his room he said “Wow, my shoulder does not hurt anymore.” The Dr. also repaired the vertebrae using new bone and once they were done they attached a steel plate to the vertebrae with steel screws. The surgery was about three hours with almost two in recovery.

It is not an easy surgery or recovery. In 2006 they went in through the back of his neck and this time they went in from the front of his neck which involved moving the esophagus over to be able to get to the vertebrae. WB’s pain has been pretty intense the last week…he has three months to go before he is able to resume all his normal activities.

In the picture above right across from our house…see the joys of country living…dust gently hanging in the night air…drifting closer and feeling welcome enough to come into my house! It does add to the picture but darn it as I just dusted the house!

The first month of recovery is the toughest…the most he can lift is 5 pounds and he can not reach up over his head or reach to the sides or reach towards the floor etc.Β We have been home a week now…in fact they allowed us to go home that night about 9:00…I was Nervous Nurse Nellie…but it was good for him to be home and to sleep in our bed. And I have gotten into the role of being Nurse Nellie which means I give him his meds every 4-6 hours 24/7…and give him the stink eye when I see him doing something he should not do!

“Don’t worry WB, you will be perfectly fine…it just takes a bit of time to heal”. I love his smile:) Besides the surgical pain the hardest part right now is that he felt he would be further along after a week…this recovery stuff is all new to him yet…so I watch him like a hawk as he wants to do more but NOT now WB. I feel like a nag but he forgets and will start to bend over to reach for something and I say “No…Wild Bill, quit that”…then he looks at me like a little boy who was caught…it is hard for him to just rest and rest and rest and not feel guilty for resting. I remind him that yes I know…I had to be very good for six months after my year of surgeries…and it took me a good year to regain all my strength and energy back but I did and WB will too if I can keep him under house arrest:)

Melody says it will be ok WB…and do you happen to have one of those awesome Apple Berry Treats for me?

And Kiah loves you and says all will be fine Dad…now can I finish getting into your lap?

I have not fallen off the planet or quit blogging…just taking care of my hubby to get him well and healed back up:) Whenever I get the chance I head outside to capture pictures to share with you….which is a vacation for my mind and heart…I love the artistic part of me that gets fired up:) And I want to develop it more and more and more:)

I hope you have a wonderful Fall evening and weekend wherever you are…look around at the beauty that is all around you and smile:)

HRCG over and out for now!

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  2. greenlightlady
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 22:31:46

    You sure know how to take good care of your husband, and you sure take awesome pictures, too!

    Blessings ~ Wendy

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  3. Mark Allison
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 17:34:14

    hi i,m mark can i use some of your fantastic photographs to putb witha tom petty track will give you copyright acknoledgement

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  4. Marcella Rousseau
    Oct 11, 2012 @ 17:07:19

    It is so hard to do nothing when you’re an active person. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery. (or as speedy as possible!)

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Oct 14, 2012 @ 22:55:37

      Thank you thank you….he is doing better day by day…this week we are at the Oregon Coast….I figured if I got him away from the business and phone calls he could rest and heal…we just got here last night and already he is sleeping so much better:)

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      • Marcella Rousseau
        Oct 16, 2012 @ 16:56:06

        That’s good! Smart girl! I’m glad to hear it ; – )

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      • Hot Rod Cowgirl
        Oct 16, 2012 @ 17:03:08

        I figured it was the only way to get him away from employees asking him to do stuff he can not and should not do…he was on a backhoe the day before we left for an entire day…here he can just let his mind rest as well as heal his body:)

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      • Marcella Rousseau
        Oct 16, 2012 @ 17:05:49

        He was on a backhoe?!!! You’re going to have to tie him up! You did the right thing!

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      • Hot Rod Cowgirl
        Oct 16, 2012 @ 17:13:15

        I know…stubborn man…and I was country girl mad! I worry about him as he is one of those who everyone depends on as he knows so much and can do so much…it amazes me all men are not like him but many do not know how to weld or run equipment or figure out stuff as in common sense,

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  5. Teepee12
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 20:24:39

    Reblogged this on Serendipity and commented:
    As someone who has lived through and with major spinal surgery, I not only empathize, I quite lierally can share that pain. Spine surgery is the most painful of any surgery.

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Oct 10, 2012 @ 20:53:56

      Thank you so much:) Yes I agree…I think that both bone and nerve pain is intense. Thank you for re-blogging this and for your support, your encouragement and sharing your story too. What happened that you had to have spinal surgery?

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  6. Where God Takes Me
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 19:52:00

    How are you and W.B. doing today?

    I tried to reply to your last comment and it wouldn’t let me:( So I am leaving you a new comment but continuing our conversation:) Frozen fog sounds dangerous for driving, no? We have cold temps (30) at night and only occassional snow in the Santa Cruz Mountains. But in Nevada where we have a trailer it is freezing in winter. Last year we spent 2 weeks in below ZERO weather. My husband wanted to go CAMPING. We rarely have conflict in our marriage but I did not want to go CAMPING. One of my greatest fears is breaking down in the desert in that weather. My husband’s like, ah, it’ll be no big deal. Are you kidding me? That would definitely test me and I’d rather not set myself up for it!

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Oct 10, 2012 @ 20:20:06

      That is way weird…I have not changed anything at all. Yes the freezing fog can drag on and on here…I have seen it be heavy enough on the power lines to break the lines…and it is slippery…sounds silly but when it is that slippery I drive my 4 wheel drive to the barn to feed as it is not worth it for me to try to walk and fall down and break something:) I am with ya for sure on the breaking down in those cold temps…totally agree:)
      We are doing ok…wb did more today than he should…so I have been on him tonight about NOT lifting stuff over 5 pounds…he had a customer today show up saying he could not lift…so my hubby being wb went a head and lifted 25-30 pounds…I said WHAT!!!! I was sort of annoyed to say the least!

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  7. Choc Chip Uru
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 22:36:26

    Congrats my friend, I have given you a double whammy of awards!
    Check it out here: http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/2012/10/10/quick-easy/

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Oct 10, 2012 @ 11:27:11

      Thank you for the awards:) So sweet of you and you made me smile:) Awards are fun as I love passing them on to other deserving bloggers:) We have so many awesome blogs on Word Press:) Incredibly gifted, creative and artistic….I am humbled to be part of such a great community of talented people:) Have a super duper day:)

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  8. adaisygarden
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 18:43:35

    Enjoyed reading your blog. Praying your husband heals completely and quickly. The photos are so very beautiful! Thanks for sharing from your heart. Blessings to you!

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  9. zannyro
    Oct 08, 2012 @ 19:07:49

    You have both been through SO MUCH!! I’m glad that he is on the mend…but boy, what a tough time you’ve had…..Thank you for catching us up on all that has been happening with you…….so glad that WB is feeling less pain…blessings to you both!

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Oct 09, 2012 @ 13:52:44

      Thank you so much for your kind words and support…you caring and concern means a lot:) I think life is kind of tough for us all in different ways and that is when we dig our heels in and say “oh yeah….well watch this” and we get on with it. I know WB will be ok but it will take time and his patience. He is having more pain again but I know that he will have good days and not so good days for a few months. I am glad they figured it out and now he is truly on the road to recovery. Wishing a great week and weekend coming up:):)

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      • zannyro
        Oct 09, 2012 @ 14:47:59

        Same wishes for a good weekend coming your way…tell WB that a crazy lady in Indiana wishes him better days πŸ™‚

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      • Hot Rod Cowgirl
        Oct 09, 2012 @ 18:21:49

        Thank you much and I will do:)

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      • zannyro
        Oct 09, 2012 @ 19:42:02

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      • Hot Rod Cowgirl
        Oct 10, 2012 @ 11:22:36

        Thanks so much for your support and smiles too:) I have missed reading your blog…hoping to have time to catch up more this weekend if I can. WB seems to be ding better today….but I told him now do not over do it or push it….we do not need any push backs….have a wonderful day:)

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      • zannyro
        Oct 10, 2012 @ 20:10:14

        Yes…taking it slow is the best….glad he seems better…I’m sure it’s a great relief πŸ™‚

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      • Hot Rod Cowgirl
        Oct 10, 2012 @ 20:24:18

        Amen:) He is sort of taking it slow…he is a man’s man and when he gets into a situation that is not so good….either you or I would say wait…I need help as I can not lift over 5 pounds….well WB will do it if he has to…ding dong! I do understand to a point as I am not to lift over 10 pounds and often I do as when you live way out here…with no one around…what else do you do but just do it.

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      • zannyro
        Oct 10, 2012 @ 20:26:23

        I know…I’m the same way…..I get too impatient and can’t wait for help….ride herd on WB as best you can…lol, it doesn’t sound like it will be easy!

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      • Hot Rod Cowgirl
        Oct 10, 2012 @ 20:30:05

        No but I grew up riding herd on stubborn cows…hmmmm? Ok WB you met your match:) And I am impatient too with stuff so I do understand but….:)

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  10. singleworkingmomswm
    Oct 08, 2012 @ 17:23:52

    Thank you for keeping all of us informed, HRCG! I’m so happy to hear that WB came through such a stressful surgery, and that he has you to help him be good and recover. πŸ™‚ Those of us who are the hardworking types, men or women, have a really difficult time staying down, don’t we? But, our bodies need that healing time to get back to new again. I just loving reading about your life, though, and for certain, if/when you get a chance to write a book about it all, I will be a buyer! I love the beautiful photos and the journalistic style you use that make reading such a pleasure. And, I have to say, and I know you do already, but you must, must treasure having such a wonderful marriage full of love and care for one another. THAT is a HUGE blessing, which many of us never receive or understand. So, you both take care, and as I’ve shared with some of my other blogging buddies who’ve had to take “time off” we’ll be here waitin’ for ya because you’re worth it! πŸ™‚ XOXO-SWM

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Oct 09, 2012 @ 13:44:41

      Yes it is very hard to slow down and hard to just sit….harder for WB than it was for me but I think that is a man thing….I was able to find stuff to keep my mind busy and he has a mind that goes on overload with the business and that is when he gets antsy about having to sit and be good. He is being good though and I think he realizes that in order to heal correctly he has to hang in there with taking it easy and slow for a bit. But it is hard. I do know how blessed I am with our marriage. We were both married very young to the wrong people…we met each other after we both had been divorced a few years…and when we met we both knew that this was different and our connection in our hearts was immediate. We will be celebrating 36 years next week and we are still crazy about each other after all those years:) I will pray that God blesses you with someone to share your life with too…and he will love and care for you in the same way:) God Bless and thank you much for your support:)

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  11. Where God Takes Me
    Oct 08, 2012 @ 08:20:36

    I worked in a clinic for about a decade that specialized in muscular, skeletal, and serve disorders. What your hubby went through is a really big deal and extraordinarily painful. He’s a brave man! May God bless and comfort you both. It takes time to get over these things, even when you’re out of the danger zone. Beautiful photos! It’s always great to see you, thanks for the lovely post.

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Oct 09, 2012 @ 13:27:06

      Thank you for sharing that with us as it helps us both to understand the intense pain that WB has been in….it seemed at the very first as in the first day he felt no pain in his shoulder and his neck felt pretty ok too but then all the anesthetic drugs wore off and ever since he runs about a 7 on the pain scale even when he takes the pain meds….and they are strong meds. It is a concern and I worry…if he takes the pain meds and does not move at all or get tense over work etc. then he says it is about a 5. I try to stay on top of the pain med schedule so it does not get out of control but heis neck now hurts, his arms ache and his back hurts. I can see that it will be a long recovery…I will keep you posted…and I plan to keep up with the blog as good as I can….I like to write and take photos too much:) Oh and yak too:) LOL:)

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      • Where God Takes Me
        Oct 09, 2012 @ 14:19:07

        I’m glad you had a moment to write to me, I have been thinking about you and your husband today. Yes, realstically you are probably looking at a long recovery. I’m not a doctor but from what I’ve observed it’s very valuable in terms of healing to stay ahead of the pain as long as he doesn’t further injure himself because he insists on working–like my husband would–and can’t feel the pain of his limitations.

        Physical therapy generally mitigates some (though not necessarily all) loss of motion in the healing process. Is your husband getting P.T.? If not, I would defintely have a conversation with the doctors about it.

        Rest, meds and P.T. might seem like a pain to your husband right now but they are vital to healing, along with anything else your doctor recommends.

        You both remain in my prayers:)

        Hugs,
        Viv

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      • Hot Rod Cowgirl
        Oct 09, 2012 @ 18:19:32

        Thank you much for your advice and prayers:) Yes WB is very hard to keep contained in the house…I do allow him to walk down to the shop to see what the employees are doing etc. but not for long….he has already been depressed that he was not beter in a week…so this is not easy for him to accept but he is doing better with it this week…he is gets tired and I told him that is normal too….he has hardly ever been ill in his life….so this is a new deal. Yes the Dr. mentioned that PT would be the way to go but so far has not released him to do that yet…he had his neck fused in 2006 and went to a great PT who is still in our area and this PT was very good…he helped Bill to regain the ability to move his neck and look around to almost 85%…I know this time it may limit it more but if he can the PT will get him loosened up again. Mainly he is dealing with pain in his neck, arms and shoulder blades…they told me today that is normal. I try hard to keep on top of his pain pills and getting them to him on the regular basis as I know from my surgeries that it is very important to not go to long. Your prayers mean so much….thank you and somehow God will get us through this:)
        Hugs and Prayers,
        Me:)

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      • Where God Takes Me
        Oct 09, 2012 @ 14:44:34

        p.s. It’s a really good idea espeically if you are working with an insurance company to keep a daily record of meds, pain levels and activities. Most people don’t think to do that but if down the road there is something that isn’t resolving properly it’s really helpful to have. It can help the doctor to understand the problem and it can help pursuade the insurance company of the need for future care if it becomes necessary (hopefully not.)

        Nice yakking with ya:)

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      • Hot Rod Cowgirl
        Oct 09, 2012 @ 18:21:00

        πŸ™‚ Will do and that is a good idea:) Wishing yo a wonderful peaceful night….we are to get a cold front and possible rain this next weekend…we need the rain but the cold….naw…do not want the cold yet.

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      • Where God Takes Me
        Oct 09, 2012 @ 19:22:33

        I am not ready for winter either…maybe if we concentrate really really hard we can keep it away….:)

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      • Hot Rod Cowgirl
        Oct 10, 2012 @ 11:20:46

        I’m with you on that:) I do not like the cold as once I get cold it is hard to warm up again…if we can have snow Christmas Eve and Day that is ok but then it needs to melt and warm up again to at least 80 degrees:) Do you get a lot of snow and cold temps? We get wind, cold temps. and usually snow but the last two years we have not had much snow just cold temps…I am not sure why we do not get the same snow we used to get when I was little as we often were snowed in out here…oh and we occasionally have freezing fog and that is a huge ugh!

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      • Where God Takes Me
        Oct 10, 2012 @ 19:41:21

        Freezing fog sounds dangerous for driving, no? We don’t get much snow in the Santa Cruz Mountains–just once in a while. And the temps are pretty moderate overall, just freezing at night. But in Nevada where we have a trailer it is bloody cold. Last year we froze for two weeks there. My husband wanted to go CAMPING when it was below zero at night. We rarely ahve a conflict in our marriage but needless to say, I was not going CAMPING in that weather. I am terrified of breaking down in the desert when it is that cold. I think that would be the ultimate test for me and I’d rather not set myself up for it:)

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      • Hot Rod Cowgirl
        Oct 10, 2012 @ 20:13:58

        I got the comment…not sure why it did not go through on your end…totally weird…as I would not want you to not be able to connect:)

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  12. Dianna
    Oct 07, 2012 @ 12:04:39

    Oh, I’m so glad WB is going to be okay. When something like this happens, it makes you really appreciate good health, doesn’t it? (Oh and by the way, Pam {Sammy’s mom} gives GREAT hugs! She and her hubby came to visit us last weekend!)
    Take good care of WB – we’ll be here to read your blog when you have time to post!

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Oct 07, 2012 @ 12:13:48

      Hi Dianna, I have missed you too and Sunde Kitty Angel Girl:) Minnie sends big kitty girl huggies to you both….me too:) Oh how blessed you are to live close to Pam and Sam:) I wish I lived closer to you all. Yes, you do appreciate good health and how blessed we are to have good doctors and modern medicine. Wild Bill has always been the no complain type of guy so when this started last July with the pain and his wanting to see the Dr. I knew it was serious…now if he will just heal correctly and be a good boy both Minnie and I can relax a bit….and as Pam said, keep the stink eye handy if I have to use it again on him:)
      I love your photos and blog and have missed it! Hoping today to go catch up some:) Have a blessed Sunday and week:) Sending hugs and kitty rubs too.

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  13. onespoiledcat
    Oct 07, 2012 @ 10:19:50

    Marcey I always get a lump in my throat when I read your blog – even if it’s full of fun and silliness and kitty photos but especially when it’s a total reminder of what love is all about and what a beautiful world God gave us to live in. I’m sure with your TLC (and Minnie’s) WB will be back before any of you realize it. Keep that “stink eye” handy – no guy wants to get that from his sweetie TOO often! πŸ˜€ Saying prayers for you both – and loved the photos – I see so many things in the skies around Juniper T Ranch…..most of all I see the love that resides there.

    Hugs, Pam (and Sam)

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Oct 07, 2012 @ 11:49:09

      Dear Pam and Sam…..you just gave me a lump in my throat with your beautiful kind words:) I wish I could give you a big hug….thank you:) We are both so blessed with our hubbies and our kitty children…Sam and Minnie are very much alike in their love for us and their funny silly times. Minnie has been our nurse kitty anytime either one of us gets ill as she senses our injuries or pain. Two years ago I had to go back for some reconstruction touch up on the new breasts…it was to be a minor surgery…we stayed overnight at the hotel and came home the next day…I had a lot of pain which was normal but I felt that something was not ok. My surgeon was 200 miles away, so her nurse told me to send digital pictures…I was pretty discolored which was sort of normal from the bruising etc. but the right side looked deeply purple, red and black…when we sent the pictures the intern Dr. looked and said no worries it will be fine…so ok I had a week to go before we went for post op…it did not get better but became more hard and swollen. The night before we were to go for the check up Minnie insisted on laying right next to me all night and she insisted that she lay next to my right side…I was worried as I thought the tissue had died and I would loose another breast…the next day we saw my surgeon and she took one look and said why didn’t you call me or send pictures? I said I did call and I sent pictures but your intern said it was ok and normal. Instantly my surgeon was mad at the intern and nurses…she immediately told WB and I she was taking me to surgery in an hour as it was a large blood clot or hematoma. WB was scared and I was too but was more on auto pilot…they got me in and she drained it and looked for a bleeder but it must have stopped as all was ok once she drained off the blood etc. I know that Minnie sensed it and was worried…she watches over us as I am sure Sam does the same with you and your hubby. And yes I have been so worried about WB…I love him so much and we are so blessed to have found our soul mates:)
      See here I go again with tons of words…but I wanted to share that with you about how our kitties are so in tune with us…God made them that way….He is so awesome…it is the same with our dogs and my horses. Horses sense so much…whenever there has been a child here either small or older, even my most spooky horses always know that is a child and they become very calm.
      I love your blog and I love Sam’s blog and adventures….I have missed you both:) Sending you hugs and lots of prayers for a beautiful Sunday:) Rubs and loves to Sam from Minnie and me too:)

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      • onespoiledcat
        Oct 07, 2012 @ 13:43:13

        Oh my what a story about your reconstruction Marcey….I’m glad everything turned out OK but Minnie knew it WASN’T ok didn’t she. I think they try very hard to heal us too when they’re lying right ON or NEAR something “hurt” like a wound. Even if we’re just not feeling well PERIOD!. They are such little guardian angels. Well, both of us are OK now – right? And we’re going to STAY that way because our hubbies (and cats) need us so no more cancer for either of us – is it a deal? Let’s shake on it! LOL

        Enjoy the rest of your Sunday – I’m sure you and Minnie will have WB back in the saddle again real soon.

        Love and hugs,
        Pam (and Sam)

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      • Hot Rod Cowgirl
        Oct 07, 2012 @ 17:27:45

        I think animals are amazing and so intuitive….I love Minnie so much as I know you do with Sam too…they are such a part of us and of our lives. When my Mom was stepping from this world into heaven, she was living with us in the house then and the nurse had told us that she was slipping so both Bill and I sat with her through the night and just as dawn was breaking on a clear crisp December morning, she took Jesus’s hand and all of a sudden Minnie who was 3 years old then can into the bedroom meowing and wanted up on the bed …it was as if she could see Mom leaving and she was saying goodbye to her…..it was one of those God moments. Mom’s bedroom smelled like roses for a month and often either Bill or I would find ourselves drawn to sit in her room and pray….Minnie would be with us…our pastor at Mom’s funeral said Casey’s death was a Godly one filled with sweetness and His glory.

        Yes we are both ok now!!! I am doing great:) And I am happy to know you are doing great too:) No more cancer smancer!!! Ok lets shake….and look how cute is that Sam and Min are shaking paws in heart and spirit too:) Have a restful night:)
        Love and Hugs Back,
        Marcy and Minnie:)

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  14. catfromhell
    Oct 07, 2012 @ 09:23:22

    Oh Wow! And here I was complaining about my wrist! I am glad the pain is better. Living with chronic pain is no fun. And such glorious sunsets and weather! This fall has been spectacular!
    Kisses
    Nellie and Mommy

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Oct 07, 2012 @ 11:19:00

      Ouch on the wrist pain…I had surgery on my left wrist in 5th grade due to falling on it roller skating and cracking a bone in 3rd grade…they had to wait to operate…something about growth plates…and finally it was time so they cut the bone back and made it so my wrist would not grow wrong as I grew up. Even though I was young I vividly remember the pain….bone pain in the wrist hurts like heck. Now that I am older every once in a while my wrist will ache…prob due to age:( Yes WB has been living with pain for almost three months and he said it wears him out….yes I love our sunsets here and still waiting for the leaves to turn.
      Kitty Hugs and Kisses Back to you:)
      Minnie and Her Mommy

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  15. Heather @ SugarDish(Me)
    Oct 07, 2012 @ 04:58:33

    I started to panic halfway through! Thank God for awesome doctors! Missed your photos and your stories… if you happen to be looking for Sugar Dish Me, I moved. Address is still the same but I think you may have to re-subscribe via either email or rss feed. http://www.sugardishme.com/
    And I’m curious… what song did you hear? I ask because sometimes that happens to me! We don’t attend church so the hymns in my heart have been there since I was a little girl and when they jump in out of nowhere I always smile and sing along.

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Oct 07, 2012 @ 11:11:50

      I have missed you! I did not now you had moved off of wordpress and wondereed what happened….I will go to your new site and subscribe for sure:) I can’t remember the name of the song but it was by Third Day….after looking around the garage and not seeing a car door open or a radio playing…I felt that God was comforting me….it was a song I loved. In 2006 WB’s first neck fusion was two weeks after my last surgery….so I was pretty weak yet from all the surgeries I had been through since April that year for breast cancer. His Dr. was worried about the vertebrae as it had a hole in it. I was seing my plastic surgeon for my post op appointment and she was late so WB went to his appointment…as soon as I was done I hurried to WB’s appointment and just as I walked in the Dr. was saying “Well I don’t think it is cancer but with that hole in the bone we need to get you to surgery right away.” I just about fainted….it was very hard and stressful…thankfully it was not bone cancer:)

      We need a change in weather here for some more interesting pictures…it has been clear blue skies now since the end of July…and hot…we need rain and something besides dust and smoke in the clear sunny skies:)

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  16. bentehaarstad
    Oct 07, 2012 @ 04:02:09

    Welcome back, and the best of luck πŸ™‚

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  17. lenwilliamscarver
    Oct 06, 2012 @ 20:27:19

    Oh what a glorious God we have..He blessed you and WB with each other and guided the hand of the surgeonfor this latest procedure, then gave you this beautiful paradise to live in …Blessings abundantly I would say! How Great is Our God??? greatly to be Praised! Thank you for telling us what has been/is going on and for sharing your beautiful photos. Prayers for you and your house!

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Oct 06, 2012 @ 21:40:57

      Amen and thank you much….Praise God and I do….yes God is glorious and so true…if we can just TRUST HIM….He can bring our dreams together…and the desires of our hearts…God is so very good:) I do feel very blessed to live here and Oh How Great Is Our God….God Bless and know that I hold you close in prayer….God Bless You:)

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  18. bobmielke
    Oct 06, 2012 @ 19:52:34

    I did the same thing. I’ve geard too many routine surgeries going wrong. Thank God for answered prayer. It’s good to have you back. Don’t let your hubby get away with anything. You can lick him right now. Write more when you’re able.

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  19. Texas, a cat in New York
    Oct 06, 2012 @ 19:40:27

    I am sending lots of purrs to hubby Wild Bill for a prompt recovery!
    Your pictures are gorgeous!
    Purrs to you too

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Oct 06, 2012 @ 21:28:22

      Minnie is sending you big purrrrs and huggies back and me too….thank you so very much:) I am sending you big kitty rubs and hugs….scratches behind your ears and a nice soft rub under your chin…God Bless You Texas:)

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  20. Lissa Rabon
    Oct 06, 2012 @ 19:21:31

    Thank God, you still have him! You scared me there for a second. I was skipping to the bottom to see how it all turned out. Whew!

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Oct 06, 2012 @ 19:31:02

      Oh I am sorry….I did not mean to scare you. No WB is going to be ok….he has back issues that run in his family. His sister right now has shoulder and neck issues too…the hardest part is that he feels he has to push it and you can not push this type of recovery or you could mess things up. I told him to be good as I do not need him in a wheelchair cuz he pushed it.
      Thank you much Lissa….I do appreciate your concern:)

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