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The All American Girl Next Door 
Aug. 31, 2011 7:41 am 
Updated: Sep. 2, 2011 2:23 pm

l American Girl Next Door

 photo by Kim Stone

My days have been pretty long here, since Dolly died. I spend a lot of time fussing and worrying over EmmaLou Moo and watching chickens. I've pretty much been in a blue funk lately. The good news is, I know from past experience that having a cause is often a healthy remedy for depression or sadness and tonite I have a cause.

One of the young ladies that comes to the ranch every summer and helps out is in a contest. It’s a Facebook thing, but if she was to win, she would be in a print ad as an ambassador for Wrangler jeans. It’s called the "Wrangler Ultimate Cowgirl Next Door."

This young lady is perfect for the job. She is strikingly beautiful, but a humble, all American type of girl. She can ride, rope, brand, break and train horses and doctor with the best of them and look pretty while doing it. She has a charming personality, a grateful attitude, a million dollar smile, a great work ethic and an enormous sense of fun and adventure. That's Amanda.

Therefore, I am going to urge each of you who have a Facebook page to click on this link and give her a daily vote until the contest ends. That's

Seeing her chosen as the ambassador makes me smile. That's a good feeling I've been missing lately.

Thanks in advance to those who help!
And thank you to all who have left comments and encouragement since Dolly died. For whatever reason, I have been unable to leave responses on my own blog.  There have been some computer issues here, but I want you to know I sincerely appreciate it. It means more than you can know.

Aug. 31, 2011 10:01 am
Against my better judgement, I allowed the Wrangler page to access my info in order to vote. Only for you would I do that! She looks like a great role model. I'm glad this makes you smile.
Aug. 31, 2011 10:05 am
Cheer up never knows how one's life will change, I bet you are in store for a pleasant surprise soon that will chase this funk away :)...thanks for link, she is a beautiful girl and really makes me miss my riding days... :)
Aug. 31, 2011 10:31 am
She has my vote! Amazing pictures too. (((hugs))) to you Petey.
Aug. 31, 2011 11:44 am
What does this have to do with cooking and recipies?
Aug. 31, 2011 11:44 am
you guys are the greatest. Thank you!
Aug. 31, 2011 11:55 am
She sounds like someone I could support. I hope she knows what a good friend she has in you.
Aug. 31, 2011 12:44 pm
Aug. 31, 2011 1:11 pm
Just voted, what a beautiful young lady!
Aug. 31, 2011 2:02 pm
Just the girl I would pick for my son to date! LOL! I'm not Facebook so I guess I can't vote for her. Sorry.
Aug. 31, 2011 3:29 pm
Cute little lady that Amanda! I don't go on FB much, but I will go vote for her. I hope you cheer up soon Petey... don't let the depression bug get hold of you! I'm sending good thoughts to you from the Valley!!!
Aug. 31, 2011 5:17 pm
well, Pennyanne...I cook, and she eats. There goes the mystery! :)
Aug. 31, 2011 7:39 pm
Don't you think that depression or that being in a blue funk is a healthy thing sometimes when ruminating over a loss? It finally (hopefully) gives in to a healthy renewal of energy. Love you, petey!
Aug. 31, 2011 8:14 pm
Marianne, I love what your thoughts about the blue funk. Christine has a saying..."Enbrace your meloncholoy." Give yourself permission to be blue for a period of time. It's normal to grieve.
Sep. 1, 2011 4:59 am
Wrangler would be a fool not to call her the Ultimate Cowgirl. I just love that picture.
Sep. 1, 2011 7:44 am
Thanks Marianne. I just know that Randy is uncomfortable when I still burst into tears out in the corral. I'm not sure Dolly or myself were ever normal! LOL
Sep. 1, 2011 7:45 am
I agree! I love that wild blond hair on the roping shot!
Sep. 1, 2011 8:46 am
natural beauty at it's finest, not of FB or I would vote for her:)
Sep. 1, 2011 7:39 pm
Petey, what's "normal?" I think that when one loves the surroundings or the animals (including people) within and then loses that (ie, moving, natural disasters, etc), it's heart-wrenching.
Sep. 2, 2011 5:57 am
I don't do FB, but my Granddaughter is voting. I will p; the info on to others.
Sep. 2, 2011 11:00 am
Hugs from Las Vegas and votes too!
Sep. 2, 2011 2:23 pm
I don't have facebook but I will keep a good thought for her and say an extra prayer tonight.
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