Amanda Cabot Has Winners!

Thank you for such an interesting subject, Miss Amanda! That was fun.

Now for the Drawing……………..

Two print copies are up for grabs………………………..

And the winners are………………



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 Secrets of Gravesite Symbols

One of the things Jodi Thomas, sister-filly Linda Broday, and I like to do when traveling is visiting cemeteries.  My son-in-law and I also love cemetery visits. What stories tombstones of all ages can tell.

With the help of the Old Farmer’s Almanac, founded in 1792, I learned a lot about the meaning of grave symbols.  Our encounters have told us that a walk through a cemetery can be a beautiful experience cyphering the names, dates, and symbols on tombstones.

My favorite is the old cemetery in Menard, Texas.  In Texas, the grave of a deceased Texas Ranger is designated with sturdy metal Ranger markers and are set on a cross symbolic of a Texas Ranger badge.

One thing I learned, the majestic, weather worn stone carvings you see from the cipher-loving Victorians from 1839 to 1920, are more than plain Jane decorations.  They mean something; a virtue the person exemplified, a value they held dear, or a nod to how they earned their living.

I found numerous sites explaining symbols online, but of course for this blog had to limit the ones I selected, so here goes my choices from back many centuries.

  • Anchor – a symbol of hope, or the deceased was a seaman or mariner.             
  • Angel – a guide to Heaven
  • Acorn – Prosperity; power; triumph
  • Anvil and Hammer – Blacksmith
  • Bell – a symbol of religious faith or religion
  • Bird – Flight of the soul
  • Candle – Life
  • Column/Pillar (broken) – Life cut short; sudden death
  • Evergreen – Faithfulness; remembrance
  • Fruit – Eternal plenty
  • Key –  Knowledge; entrance into Heaven
  • Lily – Innocence, purity
  • Olive Tree – Peace
  • Palm – Life conquering death
  • Plow; Hoe; Rack; Stalk of Corn or Wheat – Farmer; modern day is a symbol of old age, a fruitful life
  • Rose – Love, beauty strong bond; Rosebud, youthful death
  • Sphinx – Courage and Power
  • Tree-Shaped – Possible member of the Modern Woodmen of American or member of the Woodmen of the World fraternal organization order.

Do you ever go to old cemeteries and wonder about the lives of the people with certain symbols on their stones?


To one lucky reader, I will send you a copy of Texas High Plains Writers 2021 Anthology With Words We Weave … Challenges.  Both Linda Broday and I have short stories in the book.  Mine is the first story I wrote as an assignment in my first Writing Class two decades ago.

Susan Page Davis Has a Winner!

Thank you for visiting, Miss Susan! We loved learning about Glorieta Pass.

Now for the drawing!

One person will get a copy of The Rancher’s Legacy!

And that lucky person is…………………..


Woo-Hoo!! I’m so happy for you, Connie! Watch for Miss Susan’s email and check your Spam.

Tomorrow is Yee-Haw Day! Come over and see what’s happening with the Fillies!

And the Winner is…..


Thank you all for coming to laugh with me yesterday! We had fun.

Winner of the autographed copy of A COWBOY OF LEGEND is……………..


Congratulations, Cricket!! I’ll be in touch so be watching.

Everyone…I’ll be giving more copies of this book on April 20th!!

Heidi Thomas Has a Winner!

Thank you so much for visiting, Miss Heidi! We had a wonderful time talking about dreams.

Now for the drawing………………

One commenter will receive a copy of Cowgirl Dreams.

That lucky person is……………………


Woo-Hoo! Congratulations, Ellie! You’ll love this. Watch for Miss Heidi’s email.

Hey, everyone, Pam Crooks has a fun craft project to tell you about tomorrow!!

Charlene Raddon Has Winners!

Oh my goodness, how fun, Miss Charlene! We had a great time talking bicycles. Visit again soon.

It’s time for the drawing………………..

The two winners and prizes are……………………..

TRUDY C. – gets ebook of VELLA

JANINE – gets ebook of GAGE

Woo-Hoo! I know you ladies will love these. Watch for Miss Charlene’s email.

Tomorrow is Game Day!! Everyone come back and play.

Pepper Basham Has a Winner!

Thank you for coming, Miss Pepper! You sure sparked some interesting conversations.

It’s that time again. I hope you got your name in the drawing, people.

Winner of the copy of The Red Ribbon is………………..


Oh my goodness! Congratulations, Daniyah. Please watch for Miss Pepper’s email.

I hope everyone comes back to visit this week. Should be interesting with lots in store!

Megan Ryder Has Winners!

Thank you for visiting, Miss Megan, and talking about cowboys. and books We love those subjects!

Now for the drawing…………………

Two people will get an ebook copy of The Wrong Cowboy. Yee-Haw!

Those lucky winners are………………



Congratulations, ladies! Watch for Miss Megan’s email then enjoy!

Cat’s Meow

I love cats and have always had one or two.  Right now I only have one and she’s my writing assistant.    

Here are some things I learned about cats from the Old Farmer’s Almanac. I thought it’d be fun to share.

Cat ancestors were solitary hunters. To the contrary, dogs evolved from pack-hunting wolves.  Even today, domestic cats are seen as more “independent” than dogs.  This is among the reasons many people find cats appealing as pets.

A cat’s purr is created by the muscles that control the opening and closing of the vocal cords.  Kittens purr to remind their mama to keep nursing them.  Later in life, domestic cats purr to encourage you to pet them.  Not only does a purring cat in your lap reduce stress, but also it is believed, by cat specialists, to have therapeutic healing effects on human muscle and bone tissue.  House cats also “meow” in order to get your attention.

Now this is strictly my theory, but I believe cats can tell time. I don’t know how to explain it, but Miss Chili knows exactly when 3:00 p.m. arrives because she gets a half a small can of wet cat food.  She eats dry food during the day.  At about 10:00, she goes to my husband, and has a special meow to alert him to her need for a late-night cat snack.  If I go to sleep in my chair while watching television, which is common now days with the pandemic, she has a shrill three meow cry to wake me up to go to bed.  Now, remember this isn’t scientific, just my observations.

Here’s a few pro’s and con’s on having a furry friend as a pet.

Pros:  Cats make awesome YouTube videos. They rule the Internet.

  • Cats are arguably less work than dogs; they can stay inside and be happy.  I have to agree with that because when we’re gonna be gone for a few days, we can leave food, water, and two cat boxes out for Miss Chili.  While our three dogs costs us at least $200.00 a day to board.
  • Cats chase flashlight or laser on the wall.  This is entertaining for you and the cat.
  • If a cat does purr or meow or rub against you, you know that it is expressing affection.  Miss Chili can lay up in my arms under a blanket and purr for a long time, as long as I’m petting her.

Cons:  Liter boxes, enough said!

  • You never really liked hose floor-length curtains, anyway, did you.  Miss Chili like to lay on the back of the sofa, separate the curtains and watch for things moving outside; thus, more regularly requiring cleaning than a dog.
  • Cats don’t fetch.
  • Kitties can be passive-aggressive … that broken lamp was no accident. And if cats could text, they wouldn’t.  They’re a tad too stubborn.

My question today is whether you prefer cats or dogs?  I like both for difference reasons.  In my household I don’t have to do “Yard Duty” for the dogs but do have to do “Liter Box Duty.”


To one lucky reader, I will send you a copy of my most current

contemporary romance, Out of a Texas Night.

                  Good Luck!