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And now back to our regularly scheduled programming:
Well, knock me down, hog tie me, and call me Edna. The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo rocked, and we rolled in the thick of it.
It started at 2:45 am on Thursday, when Susanne and I had our “rise and shine” moment together, then headed to the barn. Dixie rode in the Bellaire FFA trailer, pulled by the Ag teacher in charge of heifers. Note: he made the round-trip from Houston to Fort Worth three times in three weeks for his students.
The first day was a whirlwind. Dixie got a bath, blow dry, and hair style.
We were pretty tired by the time we collapsed in bed, but not as tired as Eric, who drove up to join us. We were back at the show grounds by 5:00 a.m. the next day for final words of wisdom from Susanne’s teacher/sponsor, prep, and SHOW TIME.
Dixie and Susanne had lots of admirers on hand, with plenty of advice.
All in all, cow and handler did FANTASTIC, although Dixie is not fond of walking fast in the ring. Or at all. Susanne had an epic struggle on her hands, but girl triumphed over cow. The best part? They had fun. Lots of fun.
More than queso? That’s a hell of a lot!
After they showed, we decided to do a little shopping.
A man can’t have too many attachments for his tractor.
And he can’t live without a Michael Phelps swim spa for Nowheresville. (Yes, we bought it!) Ask him what else he got. For that matter, ask Miss Susanne how she fared, with her black cow hide Build-a-Belt with pink crystals and her hot pink Bellaire FFA jacket with teal lettering and a giant heifer embroidered on it. Yep, we raised her up right with a sense of STYLE.
While we were in the exhibit hall spending money, Dixie was lighting up Instagram. The girl has FANS!
The temperatures–and wind– were up and down, up and down. When we left, it was 30 degrees and sleeting. Dixie and Susanne huddled for warmth. Or maybe it was just for love.
Checkout was interminable and we didn’t get home until 9:30 p.m. Sunday night. We may have missed the Super Bowl (OK, that wasn’t much of a loss), but we had a fantabulous time.
Next weekend, it’s back to the books, novels that is, for a Launch Party in my adopted hometown of DeLeon, Texas, at The Scarlet Ibis from 11-2. Y’all come see us, now, hear?
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