Meanwhile in Kansas; Not far from the HK Bar


Wild fires have been ravaging thousands of acres in Kansas and Oklahoma, while there is simultaneously a blizzard in another part of Kansas. Strange weather we are having recently.

The fires are a little over 200 miles from the HK Bar. Scary to think something so tragic is happening to farmers and ranchers that we consider neighbors. Anyone in ranch country knows that 200 miles isn’t a drop in the bucket, and distance doesn’t keep us from having a close farming and ranching community.

Today I am  praying for healing and peace to those whom have been affected by this disaster. I pray for the cows, horses, and hundreds of other livestock that lost thier lives. But most of all I thank God that he promises renewal after fire.



Making Strides, Falling Up and Glorious Pain


I’m not dead, proof above. I have really been focusing on my health and my family. I have unfortunately been distanced from family and friends while I focus on my journey. Other than my girls and husband, I just haven’t been around to “check in” with people as often as I usually do.

I have been logging at least two miles a day (except that one or two days I missed) jogging (OK, it’s more like run, jog, walk…..OK come on body….run, jog, walk….come on again!). Bullet and Blitz have been my ever present partners in this struggle to train for a 5 k. They are my inspiration. Every time I feel like quitting I look over to see Blitz’s goofy smile that seems to say Come on Mom! We got this! Keep going! We were born to run! And then I look over at Bullet and she has her ears back and head down focusing so intently on one foot in front of the other. My precious rescue dogs that don’t know the meaning of quit.


Blitz (left) and Bullet (right) with a photo bomb from Bo during our run today.

I started this journey March 1st, and can’t believe how far I’ve come! At first I couldn’t even jog continuously for a quarter of a mile. Now I’m knocking on crushing a mile. No matter how much I hurt or struggle, I have to remind myself I’m making strides, even when I do some falling up.

About a mile into our run my legs really start to burn. This is the moment I really consider going back to my comfy couch. But then I push forward, I recommit, and I push on through that burn until it’s just glorious pain. Glorious pain? Yep, it’s the pain that reminds me I’m pushing myself. It’s the pain that reminds me that nothing worth doing is easy.

So that’s where I’ve been….Making Strides, Falling Up, and reveling in that Glorious pain.


Flash; Flinthillspaintedlady Days 97-103


This girl had her first carrier visit on Friday. She was not in need of a trim, but our Farrier, Cal, picked her feet up and gave me a few pointers on how to work with her on her feet.

He gave me a great tip everyone should know! Instead of holding the foot at the joint, hold it by the tip of the hoof. This way it isn’t as easy for the horse to get leverage and pull away. It also prevents them from smashing thier foot down awkwardly trying to pull away. I have been working with horses for years and didn’t know this trick. It just goes to show there is always something new to learn!!!

Flash continues to love her short walks around the farm as well as all those love scratches. She is very well balanced both mind and body. I could not ask for a better filly. She is going to be a great partner in the future.

So that’s what we have been up to, reaching out goals, and letting ourselves just go with the flow. Babies have so much time to learn, and like I’ve been told by many a wise horseman, you have to give them time to figure out how to just be a horse first!

Until next time!


Being Scarce and Chasing Goals

I haven’t been on much. This week brought the stomach flu to all three of my children. I’ll spare you the details, but I will say I’m a nurse and even I haven’t seen that much vomit in many years! But we seem to all be on the mend now.

Despite the setbacks I have continued to get in my two miles at least once a day. It feels good to be moving, and I’m also connecting with the dogs more. Especially my two young cattle dogs in training. Bullet our two year old blue heeler, and Blitz our nearly one year old Border collie. Bullet is actually to be my husbands working dog, but i took over her training about December when his work schedule became very heavy. Needless to say, I can happily say she has progressed so much, but she has however bonded pretty strongly to me. Kevin tried to take her with him yesterday to feed cattle with him, and she refused to load up for him. She stood behind my legs pearing through at him and then up at me. Her pleading eyes said it all. It was like she was asking How can you send me away with him? I belong with you! So begrudgingly I asked her to load up. She did so, and never took her eyes off of me. I think she was wondering how I could betray her. Kevin said she spent the trip not working, but rounded up in a ball on the passenger seat ignoring him. When she got home she was all tail wags and back to being glued to my legs. I doubt he tries to take her back  out with him. Neither one of us said anything about it. There was the silent understanding that Bullet doesn’t owe him her loyalty, and she won’t be convinced to work with him. I’m her person, and we all three see that clearly now.


Bullet always glued to my side.

And Mr. Blitz is a born marathoner. He is a very encouraging little guy. Always happy to trot along at my turtle pace, but smiling so big when I pick it up to a jog. He absolutely loves this, and that makes me so happy. Bullet goes, but she doesn’t enjoy it like Blitz does! She seems to feel like she needs to be there since I’m there.


Blitz says lets get a move on!

So anyhow that’s been Life on The HK Bar between vomit, working out, and grooming/excersizing horses for the upcoming show season!


It’s A Start

Do you have something you have wanted to do for days? For weeks? For months? For years?

Stop and think about what it is you want to do, to achieve, to possess, to embody.

Now ask yourself Why haven’t you done it yet?

Did you silently list why you don’t have enough money to do it? Not enough time? Not enough energy? Or maybe it was a million other reasons I tell myself Why I can’t achieve something.

But you see these things we tell ourselves are lies, are excuses. We build ourselves nice walls and barriers between our dreams and reality. We defeat ourselves before we even start!

So today I am telling myself it’s time to start! It’s time to find a way. It’s time to cast aside doubt and negativity. It’s time to do the best I can with what I have! The time is now!

That’s what I am  telling myself. What are you telling yourself?










The thing I dream about? Being healthy. Running again. I’m not running yet, but today I took my first steps to those dreams. And four of the five HK Bar stable dogs were right there by my side to cheer me on!