August Introspection…

August introspection is slowly settling into my heart once again as summer is winding down…soon it will be going going gone…summer this year disappeared too fast!

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It reminds me how quickly the years fly by…how life passes on faster than we want…which means we either grab on or hang on.

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I will grab on and ride on!

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August is my birthday month…a time of gratitude and a time of thanksgiving for the life that God has given me.

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Each birthday brings me to a place of self examining…how can I improve myself…what do I need to change? We will never know it all and we will never be perfect people…I am not perfect at all, I am more of a klutz with a good heart! I love to learn new things to improve myself…and I love to write and to capture lifetime photos:)

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August weather can be unpredictable…you never know what is brewing…such as today’s forecast for severe thunderstorms and lightning and…

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I will be watching and grabbing images of the storm to share with you all:)

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Usually August will bring summer’s last hurrah…a week of 100 degree days with very warm nights.

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And you’ll find me clicking away as much as I can, trying to grab the remaining summer we have left. Late August brings many enchanted evenings outside…

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Perfect for photos that bring much delight! And as I look up to the heavens, I stare in wonder at the magical colors displayed above me.

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I love living here…never a dull moment…always something that brings life to your heart:)

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I wanted to share this interesting photo with you as I have never seen anything like these clouds…you may need to click on the image to bring it up so you can see the ethereal but enchanting clouds…they look a bit transparent and yet they look like lace in the sky or voile…beautifully odd but very interesting!

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And as I swing through life…I trust Him who holds the ropes to my life…I look up and laugh for He has me in His hands:)

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Minnie Mouse (above), Ellie Belle and I wish you all a great week!

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Life is good…Life is beautiful!

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A year ago today our Ellie girl came to live with us…

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She is so cute, so smart and a great protector!

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And HRCG…Minnie Mouse…and Ellie Belle are over and out for now…but not for long:)

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  1. Maria
    Sep 01, 2014 @ 14:10:01

    Very beautiful, both photos and content πŸ™‚ This is what life should be about, dare to try new things and appreciate the beauty. I’m very happy that I’ve found your blog.
    /Maria

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Sep 03, 2014 @ 22:16:06

      Thank you Maria:) I’m glad you found me too:) I love your photos of the horses, you not only capture their beauty, you capture their hearts. Horses are so perceptive, so intelligent…and have such deep emotions…I love love love them all! Every color and love their majestic spirits!

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      • Maria
        Sep 04, 2014 @ 13:48:37

        Thank you so much! That’s probably one of the best compliments ever ❀ They are incredible souls. I want to learn everything I can about capturing their beauty, to share it with those who can not see them in person.

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      • Hot Rod Cowgirl
        Sep 04, 2014 @ 21:15:39

        πŸ™‚ Truly you do have the gift of capturing raw moments of heart and life together…keep on keeping on:) You will learn so much by observing the horses…their free heart spirit…and how they truly think or relate to us…as they are so very intelligent. πŸ™‚

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      • Maria
        Sep 05, 2014 @ 07:31:01

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  2. Nylabluesmum
    Aug 25, 2014 @ 16:03:05

    Hi HRCG: It has warmed up here so we had a lovely warm & sunny weekend πŸ™‚ Finally!!! Today was another beautiful day & Nylablue & I spent most of it on the patio… heavenly!
    Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue x0x0

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Aug 26, 2014 @ 23:20:14

      I am so glad that you are getting outside days with Nylablue…so very special:) Today it hit 95 degrees and tonight right now it is 59 degrees:) Hoping this weekend is good too:) Big Huggies to you both:)

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  3. Wendy Macdonald
    Aug 22, 2014 @ 21:21:04

    What beautiful pictures you take of your lovely life in the country. Happy birthday.

    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

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  4. Nylabluesmum
    Aug 22, 2014 @ 13:12:57

    hello HRCG it is another cloudy & cool day here….brrr…
    The Sun was out for 2 hours this morning so Nylablue did have some Condo time. Then it clouded over so we both came in. As long as it does not snow all will be well, hahahaha!!!
    Kisses to Ellie & Minnie.
    Have a wonderful sun-filled weekend
    Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue ❀ ❀ ❀

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  5. John W. Howell
    Aug 22, 2014 @ 10:24:33

    I love the picture of you with the camera and the golden field in front of you. What a shot.

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Aug 22, 2014 @ 10:50:01

      Thank you:) My hubby took that…he will like hearing that:) I did not have it planned, I was enjoying the magic time light and was busy clicking away…my shirt ended up being almost the same color as the wheat stubble…I do love this time of year in the evenings as the shadows and colors are truly amazing….and the quiet peace adds to that.

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  6. Isobel
    Aug 22, 2014 @ 08:27:06

    Stunning colours. Beautiful pictures. Enjoy your birthday month.

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Aug 22, 2014 @ 09:35:10

      Thank you for your kind wishes:) Wishing you happy skies, warm weather but pleasant and a peaceful weekend!

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      • Isobel
        Aug 22, 2014 @ 11:41:03

        Autumn has arrived early here, much to my dismay. But cool mornings are giving way to sunshine. I am working this weekend. It s a long weekend as we have a Bank Holiday on Monday, but I hope to get to das Boot for the middle of the week.

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      • Hot Rod Cowgirl
        Aug 23, 2014 @ 23:12:33

        Yes here too Autumn is in the air….we usually will have a few more weeks of 85 to 98 degree days.Fall is beautiful here…but lately it seems that every season passes too quickly and time is fleeting. I know that all the seasons have beauty to offer if I look around me:) Wishing you a peaceful weekend…even though you are working it…hoping it is very good:) Blessing, HRCG

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  7. Nylabluesmum
    Aug 21, 2014 @ 16:36:05

    Happy 1 year Anniversary to you & Ellie Belle being together!
    Time is manmade so I keep hearing. Still it flies quickly. Hard to believe it is already August. Our Summer took forever to get here after a long 6 month Winter. I think the long Winter made Spring & Summer feel liek they were shorter. Does that make sense???
    I love your photos; such beauty where you live; truly God’s country!!!
    Minnie looks so beautiful & so well…despite her health issues. Love is amazing isn’t it?? People tell me how good Nylablue looks; it must be the love πŸ˜‰
    Wishing you a good rest of August.
    Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue ❀ ❀

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Aug 22, 2014 @ 01:03:20

      Yes I agree totally…same here with the seasons…thank you much for your love of the photos and the beauty of where we live…it is incredible and so very peaceful…Ellie, Minnie and Me wish you two a peaceful wonderful August too:) Love you Sherri-Ellen and Miss Nylablue:) Minnie and I send you LOTS of love and prayers:) Hugies and Paw Pats too:)

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  8. Nin Ashmore
    Aug 20, 2014 @ 08:28:29

    Hope your birthday is or was the greatest ever! As always, great pics. The Divine Artist never fails to delight!

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  9. Tuxedo Sophisticated Cat
    Aug 20, 2014 @ 07:43:48

    Have a very happy birthday. The nights have started to cool down a bit here and I can tell summer is winding down. But autumn is my favorite season here so I’m looking forward to it. Enjoy the rest of the summer.

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Aug 21, 2014 @ 00:02:04

      Thank you much my Oregon friend:) I too love autumn but seeing summer go is hard…love the warm days and nights of summer’s delight! Wishing you a beautiful fall filled with autumn’s best of colors full of surprises:)

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  10. philosophermouseofthehedge
    Aug 20, 2014 @ 07:14:13

    I’m not an August person, but have to celebrate it as my husband’s birthday is in August, too.
    Love the picture of you against the scenery. We have had the oddest clouds/skies recently, too. One of the things I tell new moms or people feeling beat up from life is to get out and greet the sunrise and never miss a sunset. Somehow those put things in perspective and settle.
    Paw waves to the critters – Molly wishes Ellie was close enough to run and play

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Aug 20, 2014 @ 23:25:41

      Yes even though August is my birth month, I am not a huge fan of the month as it signals the end of summer…and I love summer but I do love fall too…but hate to see summer go! I try to capture the clouds/skies too as the last two to three years our weather has changed…not sure why but it has. I love sunrises and sunsets…beautiful beautiful time of day:) Ellie wishes she lived closer to Molly too:)

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  11. megtraveling
    Aug 20, 2014 @ 03:43:32

    The summer has gone very quickly! Your beautiful pictures will be good memories in the future… πŸ™‚

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  12. neilirving
    Aug 19, 2014 @ 23:40:50

    Great pictures as always and happy birthday

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  13. Marilyn Armstrong
    Aug 19, 2014 @ 19:50:13

    Your life IS good and beautiful. And so is your family and your land.

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Aug 19, 2014 @ 20:16:44

      Hi there…thank you as always for your support and words:) Hoping this finds you doing much better health wise…life here has been moving so fast I can not keep up on my writing etc. We have been resurfacing the 1000′ patio this last month so that has kept us busy…a good friend who retired, is a professional engineer and knows concrete, has been helping us…his wife loves to cook and is a professional cook so the last month I am learning much more about cooking and the patio is looking good:)

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      • Marilyn Armstrong
        Aug 19, 2014 @ 20:18:16

        I’m doing okay. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for many of our friends. It’s hard. You sound happy and I’m glad of your sunshine.

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      • Hot Rod Cowgirl
        Aug 19, 2014 @ 20:29:03

        I am glad to hear that you are progressing with your healing:) that is good news and such a positive feeling:) Things are going well but…seriously my life is not perfect…we have stuff like everyone else…we try hard to look at the glass half full yet instead of the half empty…but often that takes a decision on our part…and sometimes that is hard! Hang in there and know I am praying…thinking of you and hoping for a complete recovery…and much happiness with lots of good stuff:)

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  14. Eric Tonningsen
    Aug 19, 2014 @ 18:52:14

    Stunning capture!

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  15. Levi Thetford
    Aug 19, 2014 @ 18:09:27

    Happy birthday this month. Life keeps changing like the weather but The Lord is constant, never changing. Great pics too.

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