Thursday, April 07, 2016

Other blogs more updated

I know, I know, I look a bit like a bag lady or, as some of you might remember from my past performing days, "Fanny Leadbottom"! Oh god! I hope she's not trying to make a comeback!! Anyhow, I'm back at it again with this Exhibition and mini performance of Banjo Paterson's, Man From Snowy River at the Yerington Center for the Arts. All is well for us here in Nevada. I will post pics of property improvements etc later. Meanwhile go to my other blog left,scroll down and click on the rabbits) and my ornery horse's blog  The World According to Kip!Yes he's pretty darn opinionated and full of himself!
Cheers, R

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

2015 Home at the Dome

  Yep! We did it again. Go to for more about the Tevis 2015
The Grand kids are horse hounds! YAY!
Halloween neighborhood, Trick or drink!
Callie and Brent visited.
Tried to retire but didn't work. Back at it with a vengence!
Nice renovations to the loft and dome. Still a ton of work to be done. Oh well!

Let's see. How do I keep this short.
   We have been here in Wellington, Nevada for 2 years now and love, love, love it! I'm back in my studio after trying to retire from the art world and am now in three local gallery's. Atsy Fartsy in Carson, East Fork in Gardnerville and The Art House in Yerington!   
  The Brothers Foot, the kiddy's book I illustrated for Steve Cormey, has been republished on Amazon along with Robby the Roo. Go check 'em out.My friend Jen,owner of Bumples Online Interactive Magazine is to thank for that. Go check out Bumples too.We'd love to get some reviews...... hint-hint!
I have also started a wonderful little art group here in the valley. We call ourselves SVAG (Smith Valley Art Group) and comprises of 6 women and one patient gentleman who manages to put up with all our silliness. LOL.This group is probably the best thing i have done so far with my art career!
When I'm not in my studio or riding I do yoga, play guitar,walk and attend a local pistol shooting group. Ladies only! Mernie is having equally as much fun, building, baking, shooting and playing pinochle with the neighbors.We do crosswords together almost every night to keep the grey matter moving. We have no TV as you probably know! Oh, and he too is a yogi and attends a class religiously twice a week.His health is good other than a kidney stone episode and some tooth surgery this year. 
We have only three horses now Kipling (see his blog above) Ice and the old gal Lucky. Lucky will be 28 next year and is still very ridable!Kipling completed the 100 mile Tevis this year again as well as a 75 mile and a 50 mile but bombed out on the VC 100. Monkey error of course and you can read all about it straight from the horse's mouth by going to his blog.
In June I did a fabulous road trip back to the Colorado front range and attended my super good friend Debbie's wedding. She finally found her prince after searching among the frogs. Their wedding was celebrated at a medieval castle in Morison and everyone was is costume. What a time we all had! It would sure be one hard to beat!
I visited so many wonderful friends and took in a workshop with Grand Lake's accomplished water colorist Donna Lyons.What a pleasure!
While I was away had our little Arabian mare Subha was put down. Her lameness was getting worse and she was not a very cooperative patient. She is now at peace.
In October our neighbor and good friend Tom and I started attending pottery class in Yerington.We share the driving every Wednesday evening. I love this new medium!
We see the family more now we are closer to Sacramento. Finley and Zoe are great kids and as a bonus they love horses!! What more could a Nanna and Papa want! 
Mernie's Mom is still with us and under the tender loving care of his son and daughter-in-law Corky and Cindy. She was 90 this year.Alzheimer's has a grip on her but she battles on. Bless her and bless her carers even more.
Well that about as long as I can sit here at the computer so I wish you all a safe and happy holiday season and New Year surrounded with love and good cheer.
 from Ronnie and Mernie xx
Oh and remember, life is way too short to spend time vacuuming!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Mernie's deck railing creations on the DOME.

 Mern has been working very hard making these very unique railings on our deck. This is conduit paint with a bronze rustoleum(sp).Anyway it looks great and is up to code. Bewdy Mern!!Click on photos to enlarge them.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Mernie's Creations and Renovations

Pic 1. Starting to demolish the Dome's deck. The Blue sections are the start or the new deck.
Pic 2.The finished loft deck and picnic table.
Click on images to enlarge.
 The deck with Mernie's shed (man cave) underneath.
 The stairs leading to the Loft's Deck.
My drought friendly garden as viewed from the loft's deck.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

2014 Christmas Letter

2014 Xmas Letter for Ronnie and Mernie
So we have been in Smith Valley, Wellington Nevada for a year now! Andrea Lewis and Gerri Brown now have On A String Ranch in Laramie and, true to Murphy ’s Law, everything broke when we left. They are very capable people and we are confident they will work things out. I have heard the place is still going strong and is still ‘The Best Little Horse House in the West'.

We are really enjoying it here and have made super new friends although we miss and think often of all those we left in Laramie. We plan to visit….in the Summer!
We started 2014 with the bare minimum of home comforts, washing dishes in a tub and cooking on a camp stove. We have now completed the guest house with its big beautiful deck over looking the valley, the dome’s bedroom and ensuite, hallway, studio and kitchen. We have a washer and dryer and have got the wood heater going. The horses have shelters and a big water trough. We have four now as we sold Flambeau to our friend Jim who lives not too far away and boy has he got it good!
 I attempted a garden this year and the rabbits and squirrels thought it was a marvelous idea! I did manage to fence out the deer that wander through and loiter here daily. It is peaceful here.

We have been graced with the presence of many visitors of international character this year. Cousin Coral came from Australia in May. She is the genealogist of the family. Hand it to Coral to find several relatives living out here in the high desert of ‘Vada. So now I have Netti, Mike, Tanner, Michaela, and Jacob (who are something like 3rd Cousins twice removed) living just down the road! The good news is, they are super nice people so …thanks Cousin Coral!

Then came the Germans! The peace took a vacation and fun and laughter took its place. My friend Eleanora, her husband Guido and their five children: Katie, Lisa, Noah, Lois and Emma travelled around the West for about 6 weeks in a big bus. We are so glad they dropped by to our little dome home in the middle of nowhere.And of course, there was our Chinese friend Weiwen from Nebraska who came to visit the Germans and also came here for Thanks Giving. We had a really nice Thanks Giving.

 Next my Sister Julie and her hubby Steve arrived and spent a fabulous two weeks with us. No time to breathe between the coffee, wine and chin waggin’! We did spend lots of peaceful moments out of the partially finished deck.

In 2013 I met Robert Weldin at I Know You Rider Endurance Ride. He and his beautiful wife Sharron live in Pilot Hill, CA near the Tevis Trail. He convinced me I should train with them and do the Tevis. His help was really appreciated and I’m pleased to say Kipling rocked. We started at 5.15 am on July 9th and completed the famous Tevis Cup on July 10, 2014 at 4.08 am the next morning. Mernie and my new friend and neighbor Tracey- Jean Wolfe crewed brilliantly with some help from Mernie’s son Corky and a lovely lady called Heather. Chris, Kip’s former owner came all the way from Laramie to be there at the finish line with Kip’s favorite treat, black Aussie licorice. That really made this special event extra, extra special! Robert and our Israeli friends also completed with happy and healthy horses.

Our last and cherished visitor this year was Amnon a young man from Israel. We met him through Robert and the Israeli Tevis group. We decided we should take Amnon home with us for a while. Amnon helped Mernie finish the deck and many other projects, exercised and cared for our horses, prepared delicious Mediterranean food, and even taught us a few Hebrew words. He was a pleasure to have around and really kept us on task!
It was a good year. We both have our health and our horses and along with our wonderful friends and family. What more could anyone want?
Next year I plan to focus on Abstract art, pick up the guitar and the doo again and enjoy life with Mernie in the high desert of Nevada.
 Amnon our Israeli cowboy.Click on images to enlarge.
 Julie and I in Genoa, NV's first settlement.
 Kip and I at the Virginia City 100. See my buddy Robert on Sundance behind.
 The big achievement for the year. The Tevis cup. Looks exhausted doesn't he? LOLPhoto by Kumba.
 The gorgeous Weiwen at Thanks Giving.
 My studio where i spend a lot of time. That's if the weather is too bad for riding. LOL
The dome kitchen make over.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Deck off the Loft

 The master himself at work.
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 There are a few more pics between images these two but i just have to find them. Story of my life! Here is the deck off of the loft guest house. Mernie has been working on this for a couple of months with the help (and hinderance) of yours truly. Brother in Law Steve lent a very good hand while he was here as did Eleanor from Germany! But all in all its Mern's baby.And a lovely baby at that!Click on image to enlarge.
 Look at those railings. Redwood and rebar. Sounds like a good name for a song!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A bench to sit and drink beer on!

 Today Mern and I made a bench mainly from scrap wood.Tomorrow I'll paint it.Click to enlarge. R