2010
Nov 
30

God’s Gifts

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By Tena Bastian 

Try though I may, when I open my mouth and sing, I do not sound like Celine Dion. In my head, I think I will because it sounds so easy for her when she belts out that beautiful song from Titanic but instead, I sink like the ship, not soar like the voice of an angel. That voice, hers, not mine, is nothing less than a gift from God. It draws millions of people to come and want to hear her sing and yet in my house, they offer to pay me to stop singing. (more…)

2010
Nov 
23

Holiday Expectations

By Tena Bastian

So it begins… the holiday season. That time of year when families come together, express their love for one another, share all that we are thankful for and look forward to in the year to come. It is the time of the year when we set all disagreements aside, set the table and come together in the name of tradition. It is when miracles happen, it’s when we venture out in search of the perfect gift because we know that the look on their faces will far outweigh the cost of time and money that we spent to make their dreams come true. It is the fire in the fireplace, the smell of roast turkey in the oven, the perfect dress for the party that we have been looking forward to all year. The tree, the lights, the music, the snow! Good friends, good  food, good times!  Let the festivities begin. Oh but wait one minute here… (more…)

2010
Nov 
16

Forgive and Forget

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By Tena Bastian

What a fun birthday weekend I’ve had! Thank you to those of you that took a moment to consider me and wish me a happy birthday. It made my day. Thank you to my daughter Dusty who left the baby with her daddy for the night and played bingo with me. I had a great time. Thanks also to my wonderful husband who put all his chores aside and focused on me. He made me delicious dinners and we went for long drives and stopped when we felt like it and ignored  all schedules and commitments for a day. (more…)

2010
Nov 
9

Letting Go

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By Tena Bastian

This week marks the one year anniversary of the loss of our stallion, Beau so I thought it appropriate to give you my take on letting go of the horses and even the people that we have come to know and love. Those who are near and dear to us are like silver threads that are woven into the fabric of our lives. Their presence adds depth to all of the experiences that make our lives complete and their absence creates a hole in that fabric that leaves our hearts with a void that nothing seems to fill. When the silver thread unravels and is removed, the fabric is never as bright as it once was. (more…)

2010
Nov 
2

Tonight’s The Night

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By Tena Bastian

“Tonight’s the night when dead leaves fly like witches on switches across the sky.” I can still recall that line from a Halloween poem that my teacher read when I was in third grade.  (more…)

2010
Oct 
19

Wild Dogs, Country Living and Sucking It Up

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By Tena Bastian

What an awesome week! No, I didn’t hit the lottery but I might as well have given all my blessings this week.  Oh, let’s start with the wild dogs, shall we? In a five mile stretch of my country road, there are 14 farms that have gone into foreclosure and have been abandoned by their owner. Just like everyone else in the country, Swantucky (Swanton) is feeling the economic impact that seems to never end. So when the good folks move out and move on, near as I can count by the continuous howling and barking, at least 10 of them left their dogs behind. Either they have joined forces and formed a gang , (picturing the dogs wearing red bandanas on their heads and lots of bling) OR they are starting a singing group. (more…)

2010
Oct 
12

Pete and Repeat

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By  Tena Bastian

I had so much fun last week with our little project, What is your barn name. We had to laugh because amazingly enough, most of the names you generated for yourselves from the list we came up with were so well suited to your personalities. Those that weren’t, were still entertaining because they couldn’t be further from your true identity. What was really fun for me was actually coming up with the names for you to generate. Names such as “Hot flash Hannah” and “Menopause Meg” kept coming into my head but in an effort not to offend anyone, we skipped over them.  The best part was that if you didn’t like the one you were given, you could just go in and pick another one. Everyone had a great sense of humor about the project and Missy tells me we had quite a few hits on that page. Judy Earp made a good point when she said that it would be even more fun to have the guys go in and generate a name for themselves. Since the names were Cowgirl names, I have to agree that any man brave enough to admit they are now called Firefly or American Beauty is a man with a sense of humor and a lot of confidence. So guys, please, for our entertainment, go generate a name and let us know what it is.

Moving on. (more…)

2010
Sep 
28

Old Boots and New

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By Tena Bastian

Meredith and Missy have been  at the Cody Wyoming fashion week and in honor of Stetson providing the boots for the show, I thought I would use boots as an analogy for old friends verses new. A pair of boots is more than just leather and beautiful craftsmanship. Each pair of boots that we own hold memories of various times in our lives. They tell a story of who we are.  All of our friends are like boots in that every pair is special to us in some way. The new ones are exciting to buy and slip on for the first time and it’s always interesting to get a feel for them but they can’t beat the old friends. These are those one or two pair of boots that no matter how many pairs you have in your closet, you still prefer them. Old friends are the boots that hold the memories of your past and it’s always nice to “revisit” the days gone by. They are those comfortable pairs that are all broke in and fit you perfectly every time. (more…)

2010
Sep 
21

The Housewives of the Horse World

By Tena Bastian 

I read an article the other day in Woman’s Day magazine that said (more…)

2010
Sep 
14

True Colors

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By Tena Bastian 

I find it ironic that human nature allows us so many shades of who we are at any given point. Regardless of how wide the spectrum, at some point, our true colors are going to shine through. Whether they are bright and sunny colors or dark and dismal hues, who we are is who we are and try as we may, our true colors are going to shine through eventually. There are times when we amaze ourselves at our strength and perseverance and commitment to others and achieve levels of brilliant colors that we didn’t even know we were aware of having. Then there are those people we meet that for no obvious reason just give us a sense of fear or sorrow or pain. Even the colors with which we choose to surround ourselves is based on our inner colors and the light we give off in our presence.  As Meredith and Missy prepare for their big show in Cody, they can tell you that every person has a “signature color”. (more…)

2010
Sep 
7

The Winds of Change

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By Tena Bastian

This past week has been a really tough one for some people I know. A mother lost a son, a young man lost his brother, a friend moved back home after losing her house to the bank and as we leave summer and head into Fall, life always changes a bit for everyone. Some of the changes are more heartbreaking and drastic than others and my heart goes out to all of those who are dealing with really difficult times. (more…)

2010
Aug 
24

School Daze

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By Tena Bastian

I know it is difficult to believe and yet here we are sending the kids back to school. Yes, here we are saying goodbye to the carefree days of summer and rounding up the barefoot wild renegades that we call our children and setting the alarm clock for some ungodly hour so we can get up and fight them every step of the way while they hate us because they have to go back to school. We have spent the second half of the summer wasting our days in Wal-Mart or Target or the mall buying them school clothes that they will eventually refuse to wear, school supplies that they don’t really want, lunch boxes just so they can insist on buying their lunches, and counting down the days until the dreaded “first day” of school.  Have I worn you out yet? Let’s move on… (more…)

2010
Aug 
17

Walk A Mile

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By Tena Bastian

It was the Fall of 1990 when we built this house. Everything was brand new and with the paint barely dry, we built the barn. We broke ground on Halloween and moved in on Valentine’s Day.  We hung siding in freezing rain, was stranded at my parents house the morning we woke to 6 inches of fresh snow, spent Christmas huddled together in front of a small kerosene heater on the deck that would eventually be our floors and we built walls and roof trusses by moonlight so we could finish on time. By spring, we had moved the old mare into her new barn and we planted our entire 5 acres with Kentucky bluegrass and cried when it flooded and killed all of our beautiful new grass. We started again and by summer, our small farm was green as green could be. (more…)

2010
May 
25

Destiny and What Could Have Been

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By: Tena Bastian

Destiny is an interesting turn of events that leads you where you’re supposed to be in life. It’s sort of like a recipe that consists of all the ingredients that are added along the way whether by your own hand or by the hand of fate. The recipe has a cup of free will, a cup of luck, a dash of what you learn as you go and a pinch of preparation; and as with any recipe, a little salt and a little sugar for flavor. Destiny is what it is and although there are choices to make along the way that may sway our destiny one way or another, the one thing that shall remain true is that at one point in our life, we will come face to face with our destiny. (more…)

2010
May 
18

Reaping What We Sow

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By Tena Bastian

I love strawberries. Last year, I planted three strawberry plants and was disappointed that although I spent hours weeding, fertilizing, watering and tending to those three plants, my harvest was 15 strawberries the size of a dime. I still had to go to the produce stand and the grocery store to buy myself strawberries when I wanted them.  The harvest that I was supposed to reap for all my hard work was barely worth the effort.  (more…)

2010
May 
11

If A Tree Falls

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By: Tena Bastian

“If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it fall, does it make a sound?”

The answer to this age old question is a resounding YES. It has occurred to me that we are all here to do whatever it is that is important to us. Our passion for all things is like that tree. Even if we think that our passion, our life’s calling matters to no one, it does. Although it may not seem like it at the time, everything we do in this world, every effort we make affects someone in some way. My take on it is that we can’t control the outcome of our actions and we have no control on how it will change the lives of others but if we believe in what we do for the pure sake of doing it and doing it well, it will change the world in some way. Let me give you an a couple of examples. (more…)

2010
May 
4

Life’s Own Rhythm

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By

 Tena Bastian

I wish I had known then what I know now.

 It is amazing how many times we say that in the course of one lifetime and we all know that hindsight is 20 /20. Experience is something that can’t be bought, sold, inherited, traded or even given as a gift and yet the knowledge we gain from experience is priceless. I recently attempted to explain to someone who is younger, how the rhythm of life works and from the look on their face, I realized that it isn’t a lesson that we can share because each of us have to learn it in our own time.  There is a natural rhythm to life that allows us to learn what we need to know as we go along. Because of this, we will make mistakes and we will stumble but we are supposed to stumble along the way. That is what makes us remember the lesson the next time we need it. The unfortunate thing is that by the time we have learned our lessons and gained our experience, we are older. We are wiser yes, but still, that youth would have complimented the knowledge and experience so well! (more…)

2010
Apr 
6

Cowgirl for Congress

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Cowgirl For Congress
By Tena Bastian

It is obvious to me how the political climate in this country has moved into an extremely volatile state. The economy has sunk to such a low point with unemployment rising to near record numbers and the cost of everything is sky rocketing. Less money to spend and higher prices is enough to make any of us depressed. The equine industry is not immune to the negative changes in the economy. Not only is the average horse bringing less money and breeding programs are suffering but with the price of hay, feed and vet bills continuing to rise, it is becoming more difficult to feed the horses we keep while earning less of an income. (more…)