JacknKats Place

Yep, so it’s been awfully quite in Jack n Kat’s world what with COVID and all.

This past couple of weeks (and another to come) we should have been in the United States for Comin’ Atcha, Talledaga Speedway, Alabama and more, then that got cancelled with not being able to leave the country.

So we were to go to Chisholm Trail here, then that got cancelled.

I was going to cancel my leave but tired me having still worked during all the so called lockdown’s etc I was ready for a break. And hey! After the past six years of not having to work and then a year of part time – full time work has been an eye opener again!! 🤣🤣

So….I decide to keep two of my weeks leave and have a break with Jack. Let’s get some outdoor stuff done we say! Sure! Then thankfully we got quotes for some work to be done instead of assuming our very active and young brains could make our older and in Jack’s case much older body could keep up with our intentions.

Suffice to say it was still a very busy two weeks as I take every moment this evening of my last break for a very long time and head back to work tomorrow.

So what did we achieve?

Well it started with nights of painting the mural ready for the pool backdrop. 18ft long and 4ft high. Meh, did I bite off more than I could chew? Procrastination was taking hold about small difficult sections. Hence the horse and rider being the very last 6” x 6” done. He is my most favorite piece now!!

So the rest was organizing gardens and getting them set for ‘Pandora’ the garden fairy to arrive and work her magic revamping, planting and guiding me to be a good green thumb!

We worked our butts off moving plants, shoveling dirt configuring plantings, getting it just so for future garden happiness in a minimalistic care style for me.

The after effects from Pandora’s magic! Oh and Scottie and Ian the paving guys. 🤣

So now it’s time to tidy, reinstall pool fence (‘cause you know I’m gonna change that up to glass later!) for safety and regulation, seal pavers, install mural and a bit more mood lighting before return to work.

What else got done during the staycation? Well a bit of shooting, hanging with friends, visit to IKEA to start the next renovation, hung a couple new blinds in newly painted window frames, checking and waiting on bar install, oh did I tell you I finished the reupholster of the bar stools? Did that, bit of sewing bit of crafting and just downright enjoying being home with the man. 😉

Hugs y’all!

Kat xo

Gamblers August Action

Beginning of August club match for The Gamblers saw 25 shooters turn up for some action.

Six stages done! 2 came out clean at the other end!

Congratulations to Jack for an overall win for the match and clean shooter!

Ex Sighted finished First Lady overall and 1st Lady Wrangler in 3rd place and also a clean shooter!! Woohoo!

I had interesting ammo issues and lazy shotgun this week but a hell of a lot of fun nonetheless.

No club match this weekend due to the Errol Harper Memorial shoot at GCPC so you’ll probably find us north!!

Kat xo

An Epic Reminder

Seems only appropriate at this time of year to have an epic reminder.

The SASS World Championships, End of Trail, would have finished end of June/early July and perhaps some would have carried on to other shoots from there.

Here is my reflection of Jack’s and my travels to the last 5 years of EoT.

2015 with Echo Meadows
2016 at the back of the Belle Union Saloon
2017 with Shamrock Sadie
2018
2019 with fellow Aussie, Pearl Starr

Jack and I really missed not being at EoT this year, as I’m sure a lot of others did too during COVID but we will be back next year!

Now getting back to the epic reminder….I did a little thing….


My tattoo!! – finally worked out what I wanted about 12 months or so ago. Curstin did the prelim drawing before Michael @ phreshink.com produced the finished product. I thank you for your OCD Michael!!

Here is what it means to me – arrow, straight, true, determination, on target – pistols, lady wrangler, single action, 2 handed shooter – peacock feather, pride and strength – worlds, 5 of, interconnected for 5 consecutive championships.

I am proud of my achievements, I love the man who decided it would be a good idea to go play for 5 years and for all his encouragement.

Jack n Kat
4th of July Downunder

Have a sensational, day/weekend, remember all your greatest memories, stay safe and well friends!!

Kat xo

Last Frontier

Jack decided we should go to Gunalda this weekend for the Sheriff of Tinstone’s shoot.

Thankful for last minute decisions, perfect sunshine, no breeze, holster bruise and that my hands still know what to do!!

Social Distancing Queen and Kiss My Rebel Ass

Social distancing practiced, disinfectant before sign on, small numbers on range all managed perfectly.

Also won most original bandana (well bandana fabric made to mask)! It was a no bandana, no shoot kinda deal.

Thank you Sheriff, Minnie Haha and rest of your posse for a great morning.

Medallion will go nicely in the new bar top!

We had a great time!

Kat xo

The Den

It’s finally done, early birthday presents have arrived and now Jack’s Den is complete.

Super stoked with how his racing photos have come up. Couldn’t be happier with the work from Carrara Art and Framing.

Now to move on to finishing the Sewing and Crafts Department!

Kat xo

March Madness to May-hem

Yep, that about surmises the past few months!

Faltering February – we still managed some sunshine amongst the signing of contracts for our home and getting out of the unit we were in.

We visited pubs and sand sculpture championship displays.

March Madness – the true onslaught of COVID-19 begins in Aus with frantic buying of toilet paper……toilet paper of all things and soon other countries followed.

Early March we took a quick trip to Rockhampton, attending the Women of Shooting Annual event where I was a guest speaker with Suzi Balogh (Olympic Clay Target shooter and gold medalist) and Kadeeja

We were set to move and had no space for extra food or sanitization supplies until the move!

Thankfully I had work still and we had not gone into shutdown or lockdown. Borders began closing but thankfully we had paperwork signed and despite a final hiccup by the last week of March we found ourselves in a bigger space with room for Jack to do stuff in his shed.

This was to prove a good distraction through some health issues and kept him busy whilst I’m working.

These are some before pic’s.

April Apprehension – what was to become of the world! Cut off from our beloved sport, cut off from friends and family and people are shopping up a storm on arts, crafts and pretty much anything!

Jack and I started our first projects in the ranch and of course the ‘Den’ and ‘Sewing/Crafts Department’ were our top priority.

I’ve been planning some of this stuff for years knowing one day we would be back here and settled. I wanted a study for Jack that was masculine, practical and his.

I had decided that it needed some wainscot finishing to the bottom part and a deep navy blue for the top half. The colour of choice – Diplomatic. haa haa

Moving into May Mayhem, we stripped carpet, chose flooring, prepared surfaces, painted walls, actually did the flooring ourselves and finally the ‘Den’ is almost complete. Almost, in the fact that I still have 2 of Jack’s motor racing pic’s left to be framed and then the room shall be complete.

Here it is, before, during and after – with a later pic to be posted once all the car photos are up on the end wall.

Thankfully, he goes along with most suggestions and he loves it! The mostly finished Den!

But what of the ‘Sewing/Crafts Department’? Well similar, painting, flooring, decorating, putting furniture together, making a cutting table and finally, well almost, we can be up and running again.

The door has been split into two and the glass should be in it tomorrow, with final painting and decoration to be done. Yes, we took the original door, cut it into two, cut out the middle panels, patched holes and changed handles. Everything is almost in its place.

The first two rooms are complete. The spare room actually looks like a spare room again with all the boxes gone and soon the measure and quote for the bar area will take place.

Looking forward to the next installments at the Jack n Kat Ranch. Bar area and mural behind the pool.

Stay safe folks, keep your chin up, hope you get to shoot somewhere on a range real soon! Lets see what happens next week as we Jump into June! lol!

Kat xo

ANZAC Day 25th April

ANZAC – The Australian and New Zealand Army Corp.

Where men, or boys who had lied about their age, fought and died for our freedom on the beaches and cliffs of Gallipoli, Turkey on 25th April, 1915.

Tomorrow is the 105th Anniversary of the Gallipoli landing. In this current climate of events that I don’t wish to name, have caused ANZAC services to be cancelled.

How heartbreaking it is that we can not congregate to commemorate the fallen but thankfully through other causes the people shall take it to the streets! Or at the very least to the end of their driveways in a 6am vigilance as we remember them.

When I was just 12 or 13 I wrote this 12 verse poem as for the first time we were not going to or participating in an ANZAC March with Pa.

A few years later it was published in the local newspaper or my home town. See attached 12 verse poem below.

This week I noticed at work some customers wanting to make paper poppies and staff had the Australian War Memorial site tutorial available.

Of course I knew I needed to make something in readiness and so today I made my door wreath.

Cricut Maker came in handy of course for cutting all the bits for the poppies and with a eucalyptus wreath from work I was ready to roll.

Turned out pretty good I think and with candles ready for a 6 am vigil, for the Ode, the last post, minutes silence and then reveille, Jack and I will be up for that.

‘They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning. We will remember them.’

Take care all, stay safe.

Kat xo

Happy New Year!

Wishing all our friends and family a very Happy New Year!

Where ever you are in the world we wish you peace, happiness and good health.

May 2020 be your best year yet for whatever you have planned.

Shoot well cowboys and cowgirls – always stay humble and kind. (Thank you Tim McGraw, great song)

Kat and Jack xoxo

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you

Happy Holidays too,

Or Happy Hanukkah maybe

Santa’s been under the tree.

Though gifts, it’s much more

It’s beliefs that’s for sure.

Give thanks and love your own way,

Enjoy family and friends on this day.

Be merry and eat

Relax, stay off your feet.

From our house to yours

From across the shores,

We wish you happiness and health

And some New Year wealth.

May your year have been full of adventure and the year ahead be even better!

Much love

Jack n Kat xo