Mary-Lou Does Christmas!

As Mary-Lou July reminisced with her 'sista' Mary-Lou June this week, both still separated by continents, she bugged the hell out of me about getting out again.

So I sent Mary-Lou July with Jack to the Ten Horns this weekend. She was so excited to go visit for their Christmas shoot and party. I hoped she would be on her best behaviour but as always with Mary-Lou July, life IS like a box of chocolates and you never know which one you're gonna get – more than likely the nutty one!

 

She had me make her a new costume especially. I wasn't exactly thrilled about the 'cat' fur she decided she wanted but with the addition of 4 bells she found (don't ask), I guess she is ready for anything. At least the Ten Horns might have a chance of hearing her coming before they get to endure the nonsense.

Jack being a good sport, took his antlers she found for him (no reindeer were hurt during this process and they definitely aren't Rudolph's!) and they headed out early this morning.

The Texas Ten Horns had a good turn out of 61 shooters on a glorious sun shiney day. It was so good to see Smokin' Limey out and about too even though she wasn't shooting! And Pistol Packin' Pami, so glad you came and hung out with them on the posse.

 

The afternoon followed 6 great stages with their Christmas party! What a hoot!, gifts going in all directions! Buckles and conchos given to the clubs top hands, overall yearly champs and so on. Congratulations to Hillside Hannah and Dirt Hill Bill for overall club championship points winners!

 

Mary-Lou July was over the moon with her first shooting match, Jack said she had taken on some good tips from me and she managed to finish 5th overall yesterday and 1st overall today. Thanks to the RO's for putting up with the antics and silly lines she started with.

 

Jack finished 14th overall on Saturday and 7th overall today. Good one Jack!

She probably won't be back but thanks for bearing with her!! It's all good fun but I can't subject her to folks too many times, lol!

Merry Christmas!

Kat xo

P.S. A very special thanks to Hairtrigger Hayes and One Chance Fancy for hosting our stay Saturday night. Was a great night chit-chatting, we will definitely do it again. Love and hugs to you both.

 

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Merry Christmas!

As 2016 draws to a close, I am reminded of the many adventures, scenery, museums, memorials, shoots and miles I have travelled to and from with Jack.

It has been another exceptional year that started off a little rocky whilst we waited for Jack to have his heart surgery. We can be extremely thankful for fantastic medical care and rehabilitation as it allowed us to continue with further adventures.

There are many around the world who are not in the best of health and to those we know we wish you all the very best in health and good spirits for a wonderful Christmas and New Year with your families.

The last couple of days has been spent with friends and today with Miss 20, we have had a day of eating, drinking, more eating and for her and I – baking Christmas treats for the Boxing Day gathering of Jack's kids and grandkids. It's been phone calls to family, messages, laughter, love and chilling out.

 

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

 

Lots of love and hugs,

Kat and Jack xo

 

Oklahoma….Mum’s Shop Came In Handy

When I get to Mum's it usually always ends up with a 'trip to the shop' ie: her fabric and trim stash cupboard.

Last time it was brightly coloured ric rac braids that I thought I could use to trim Wild Bunch outfits. She didn't really care, as long as I could use it.

 

I pulled them out of the cupboard numerous times this week and put them away again. Will I, won't I. Well….why the hell not!

In fact, why not go the brightest one you can find?!

So my Oklahoma inspired outfit of skirt, corselet and top has finally been completed. I bought the fabric early last year but that's beside the point.

Not only does it feature the acquired gaudy coloured braid of the perfect matching colours but the outfit has state symbols from Oklahoma.

Here comes your history lesson. Stay with me, it's short this time. 🙂

Now originally Mistletoe was the State flower, chosen in 1893 is the oldest Oklahoma emblem however was later changed to the Oklahoma Rose.

Well that would have been too much of a mix so I have chosen the State Wild Flower for my top which is the Indian Blanket (Gaillardia pulchella) for botanists and flower nerds out there. Just quietly, Grams would have wanted to know the botanical name. Bless her.

 

I did not forget the mistletoe and as I was searching for the State Bird – Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Muscivora forficate) – might as well keep going with correctness! Lol! So the original 1893 emblem and the bird are featured on my skirt.

 

To top it off, the fabric is the closest matching colour blue I could find to the flag and I have embroidered the symbol from the flag on the corselet and the alternating panels on my skirt.

In case you didn't know and I hear you wanting to know more, you know you want to – The Oklahoma State flag features an Osage (pronounced ) warrior's shield on a blue background. Across it lay an olive branch and calumet or peace pipe with 7 eagle feathers decorating the shield – both or all 3 symbols of peace. The design was officially adopted as Oklahomas flag in 1925 however the word 'Oklahoma' was added beneath the shield in 1941. (Have seen the original hanging in the State Capitol building!)

That's it! Lesson over! Hee hee hee, will post a pic after I wear it next week.

Have a good one, be kind to your mother……she might have extra trim!

Kat xo

P.S. Finally got my Aussie fabric made up to so it will be featured next week also!