Friday, November 03, 2006

What A Week!

Pick your favourite:

1) Last night I took apart a bridle and gave it a good cleaning. It had been hanging in my "tack room" which I share with a 1973 Buick Skylark (nice!) and a 1990 Honda FourTrax. The bridle got mouldy. It happens. It had been my show bridle. I could never afford silver so I settled for a fancy braided browband. The King looked handsome in it.

I hated to clean it actually. Even though I give my tack a little scrub often, there was still some of Champ's dirt stuck to it. I could still faintly detect his smell. Sad, eh?

At least I know that at age 35 I can finally take a bridle apart and put it back together. That's a curb bit. It's for well broke horses only. The coating has flaked off, leaving the sweet iron underneath exposed, which in my opinion is better. Not a pretty bit but great for neck reining, riding one handed.

My son displays the Chicago screws that hold it together. Always make sure they're tight!

The browband is a total pain to clean but it's worth it to do it right.

There it is. All it needs is the curb strap attached to the top rings and it's ready for a horse to stick his head right in. I oiled it while watching ER on my one channel.

2) Speaking of ER which I haven't watched in about two years....John Stamos is on that show. He'll make an appearance on Hick Chic next week...

3) Got two new tires yesterday. At Cute Mike's Tire Shop. I love Cute Mike's tire shop. It's an old building with various antique items and curiosities everywhere, like a badly blown out tire, a little toy Jeep like the one I had when I was three, an old Coke machine, and hot rod pictures everywhere. No nekkid skanks. Hot rods. And did I mention Cute Mike? Man, this shop has the best looking Tire Busters in town. Cute Mike is blonde (not my type but I can make exceptions) and he's got the prettiest blue eyes, cute like you wouldn't believe, all married up, super nice, always manages to work the phrase "my wife" into the convo, polite, funny...and guess what lifting tires all day does to a guy's arms. aaaaagggghhhhhhhhh. I love going to Cute Mike's tire shop and wish my truck had ten wheels. My husband always sends me there because he says it's good for my brain. I love my husband too.

4) My old cat set himself up under the heat vent at the front door yesterday and that was his spot. Sleep, eat, sleep, box, sleep. Meow. He is really slowing down. That's what cats do when it gets to the end. He's walking crooked and I suspect his hearing might be going too. We could have a week, we could have a year with him. Love him while we can.

The girl went to get her homework and this is how I found her! I left them like that. I had to.

5) Little fire at the studio last night. Started in the upstairs bathroom exhaust fan. The whole place is false ceilings. We are SO LUCKY that it was contained and didn't spread. The damage is minimal and there won't be an insurance claim, but there's gonna be a little visit from the fire marshal (fahhhr mahhhhrshal). Here's the thing: I am so stunned, and ashamed of myself, that I never once looked around to see where the smoke alarms were. Turns out, there weren't any. Oh my sweet GOD. No fire extinguishers either. HOLY ####. I watched my dad's shop burn down (with my GTO in it) when I was 16 and it was traumatic. We're lucky. It got caught, nobody got hurt, and we learned a lesson. SERIOUS WAKE UP CALL. Kids, go check your alarms. DO IT.

6) My godbaby KK told me that Johnny Depp was on TV last week, on something called a Teen's Choice Award. Turns out, teenagers choose Johnny.

"Heidi. Call me. I just got this surfboard thing and I have no room for it- can I keep in your barn over winter?"

KK is not an Orlando fan. I like Orlando. A lot. I have no idea if he's a good actor; he looks great on a horse though. I can't wait for him to turn 30 so I don't feel so...lecherous...

7) Here's my children's exterior decorating job for Halloween. They want to keep it there all winter! I'm pretty lazy; they might get their wish.

8) This is the boy's lunch bag. Nice, eh? Try again, kid!

9) Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward and RONNIE JAMES DIO (I capitalized his name because he's little, like me, and we deserve capitals) are heading out on the road next year, calling themselves- get this!- Heaven and Hell! They are doing a tribute band act to themselves! Jethro says Dio invented throwing the horns. Heck yes!!!

10) Next week: writers, cats, a lie, and a list of my crushes over the years.

This should keep you busy for some time. If you can't pick a favourite come back later and pick more favourites! Heck, it'll be here all weekend! You've been a great audience! Woooo!


Timmy said...

my pick is obvious, Johnny and Orlando..........YUM!

Heidi the Hick said...

Those two are a double shot of scuzzy man-prettiness.

Marni said...

You had me at Orlando.

Life, or Something Like It said...

You're nuts...

Steven Novak said...

Orlando looks like he's got a broom stick up his ass in that pic...

Why the hell is he walking like that? ;)


Heidi the Hick said...

Marni- Elf. Pirate. Ned Kelly's right hand man. good enough for me!

Biddie- I know I'm nuts! So which one was your favourite??????

Steve-isn't that a totally goofy picture! There are reasons:
- He's broken 80% of his bones and things aren't going where he's tellin them to.
- he's gangly. He's like a colt in need of some trainin...
Good enuff?

Life, or Something Like It said...

Umm, Johnny Depp telling you to call him, probably.
I swear, you are certifiable.
Wouldn't have you any other way.

dilling said...

Cleaning the bridle is my favourite cuz, as you know, I do have this cleaning disease...I clean my house from the top of the cupboard to the floor once a week(except the basement cuz it creeps me out down there), but when I lost Maggie, I couldn't sweep, vaccuum or mop for WEEKS. I couldn't stand to put her hair in the dustbin, into the garbage and away...and after nearly 6 weeks of this, when I swept her out of my corners and out from under my couch, I wept uncontrollabley for 12 hours! Nobody got that...but you just did.
And your kitty...love him a bit for me, too.

Coffeypot said...

I like the skeleton. I would love to have it at a restaurant when the service is slow. Set it up and tell the server that he was healthy when we first came in.

Redneck Nerdboy! said...

Can you gank the coke machine from Cute Mike's and ship it to me? I want it for my kitchen!!!

Balloon Pirate said...

I could use cute mike. my tire went flat while driving home last night.

One of my friends used to be a fireman. He's told me stories about burn victims. Tell Jethro to do whatever he says to do. It's worth it


Heidi the Hick said...

Biddie- REally? Certifiable? Huh. Alright! (From you, babe, I can totally take that!)

Dilling- I could use a dose of that cleaning disease. I love clean but hate the act of doing it.

I totally get it. I stared at that mouldy bridle in the barn for two months and then it hung in my house taunting me for five days.

But I have to get it ready because someday, somebody else will wear it, and that hurts but it also gives me something to look forward to...

Coffeypot, that is a great idea. I know just the resaurant to try it out at too. I'll get the boy in on it!

Nerdboy! GANK!!! What an awesome word! I have to use that!

Pirate- drag. Flat tire, (get it???) You should have commandeered another vessel.

Believe me, everybody could use some Cute Mike in their day.

As for the fire thing...Yeah. We won't be messing with that. We got our warning and not everybody is so lucky!

Heidi the Hick said...

Also Dilling, yes, I'll give my cat an extra cuddle for you!

CindyDianne said...

OH, I love the pic of the Girl and the Cat! Very sweet!

And, of course, I am pretty fond of the cleaning of the tack! It sure looks like a pretty headstall. OMG - last week, my wonderful JJ broke his headstall. The one that was perfect for him. The one with braided kangaroo leather and wrapped with rawhide. The EXPENSIVE one. Dang brat of a horse.

N I F T Y said...

My vote is in bridle cleaning. Pain in the BUTT! The browband is very pretty, though. My western show bridle has two loops that go over Lou's ears and drive her mental.

I have to teach Lou how to go in a curb bit by next show season. I wish I didn't because she behaves very well in my loose ring snaffle, but she's over 5 and therefor a "well broke horse".

Chicago screws are evil.

Heidi the Hick said...

cindyDi- The Girl loves that cat so much! I'm kinda worried about her. She took it pretty hard when the old King died. I know she'll be a mess when the cat dies. But death is part of life.


How did JJ break his bridle? Horses can be total doofus heads sometimes. Still love them!

Nifty- I have a love/hate with tack cleaning. Okay. I admit it. I love it more. I hate finding the time but once I get into it, well, I could just roll in it for hours. I love clean tack!

Heidi the Hick said...

Chicago screws: they are tidy looking and work well when they're tight.

HOWEVER when they loosen up two miles down the road and you haven't got a screwdriver, yes, they are evil.

You have to loosen them off and clean around them at least once a year or they'll fuse together and then you're screwed. By your screws. (Damn I'm witty.)

Brooklyn Frank said...

as much as i hate to admit this, johnny depp is pretty cool.

Heidi the Hick said...

Wow, a guy called BROOKLYN FRANK has not only looked at site called HICK CHIC but commented!!!

He's from Brooklyn. I'm a hick.

This could be the beginning of world peace. See? Because we can all like each other, even though we are different.

And it's all because of Johnny Depp. Admit it, even if you hate to... he is pretty cool.

Thanks, Brooklyn Frank!

her indoors said...

girl and cat has to be my fav. i just love photos of our pets

Heidi the Hick said...


3- girl and cat
3- bridle
2- Orlando
2- Cute Mike
1- Johnny and Orlando
1- Johnny
1- Mr. Bones
1- little fire
1- me being certifiably nuts

I'm glad the girl & cat ranked so highly because they are very important to me.

And the bridle.

Thanks for the love.

Simply Amethyst said...

Teenagers are smarter than we give them credit for, obviously...lol

Love the skeleton!!

Your cat is beautiful... It is so hard when they get old and you never know...

Dan said...

So that's where my cat has been hiding! Would you tell her to get her sorry ass back home real quick -- I think another field mouse snuck in the house and we need her assistance!

Notsocranky Yankee said...

I like the Halloween pix best. But that Johnny picture is cute too. And, of course, nice work on the bridle.
Bob calls our smoke detectors, "smokey detectors", and he doesn't like how they sound at all. We seem to be constantly changing batteries, once we figure out which one is beeping...

Heidi the Hick said...

Everybody go look at Dan's cat: she's beautiful!


5- girl and cat
5- bridle
2- Orlando
2- Cute Mike
2- Johnny and Orlando
2- Johnny
3- Mr. Bones
2- little fire
1- me being certifiably nuts

This means I have not gotten any crazier over the weekend (although Jethro would disagree) and the plastic skeleton is more popular than Johnny and Orlando- put together!!!

That does it, the Mr Bones gets to stay on the front lawn all winter!!

My cat slept on his mat over the heat vent all weekend. He ate and slept and took a visit to his box now and then. He got lots of pats and cuddles.

melanie said...

Like Johnny D! yea. teens choice. of course. and that lunchbox is funny!

i would leave the skeleton up for quite sometime too.

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