Monday, July 21, 2014

A little on "Billy the Kid"

William H. Bonney born William Henry McCarty, Jr. was born on November 23, 1859 and better known as "Billy the Kid", but also known as William Antrim. According to legend, he killed 21 men and the first of those on April 1, 1877 at the age of 18. Bonney, was described as being friendly and personable and favored an unadorned Mexican sombrero. Billy was relatively unknown during most of his lifetime but was catapulted into legend in 1881 when New Mexico's governor, Lew Wallace, placed a price on his head for the murder of men, cattle rustling and theft. He was known to use the Colt single action .44 and Colt double-action .41 caliber called the “Thunderer.” He may have also used the .38 caliber version called the “Lightning.” But a Winchester '73 rifle was his weapon of choice. Noted for escaping more than once when being detained, it wasn't until Pat Garrett was elected sheriff /US marshal that Billy was brought down on July 14th, 1881 at the age of 21. He was buried the next day in Fort Sumner cemetery.

There have been a lot of debates over about the history of  Billy the Kid's death--was it true or not. Did Pat Garrett really kill Billy? Was Billy alive and well living in Hamilton County Texas as Ollie L. Roberts "Brushy Bill" in the 1940's? A petition was even brought forth to exhume Billy and his mother for DNA testing to prove his death, but the petition was denied. With no DNA testing or real proof and the fact the Pat Garrett's grandson said his grandfather never got Billy the kid, we may never really know? What do you think?
I've watched movies over the years related to Billy the kid, but most do not tell the real story but only bits of it. Billy had a bad childhood with no father and his mother dying when he was young. Trouble started for him at an early age and he ended up hanging out with the wrong crowd. What is little known is that he was very likeable and the men he did kill were far worse than he ever thought about being. Movies such as Young Guns has a bit of the story right but if you read the history of Billy, there is a lot more to the story than shown on television of course. He's a very interesting read and regardless of all the truths or myths, Billy the Kid still remains a hero to those who love the old west and the cowboys found there.

Monday, July 14, 2014


I just loved the two years of this series. I hate that it was not picked up for a season three. Made no sense at all to me, so I bought both DVD's of each year of the series so I can watch again when I want to. I must be addicted to the time post civil war years and this is when this series was set. It played on BBC and again I just do not get why it didn't get another season. Anyone else out there watch this one?

Monday, July 7, 2014

Setting an Example

I have written since I was very young but it has only been the last 3 years that I have been writing the stories that have been in my head for years now. It has been a shorter time that I have been pursuing publication. I often wonder if in scrambling to find time to write and the fact that I have a full time job as a nurse, am I neglecting my girls. I heard a quote from Katie Couric once that said something like "when you work full time as a mother, you never feel like you are a good mother or a good employee." I think I am guilty of both, toss in writing into the dark hours of the night, and I have to wonder sometimes if I am doing anything right. But somehow we have found a happy medium in life where it works for me and my family. My kids are happy and healthy and we take time for fun on the weekends. When I first started this publication journey, both my girls drew pictures for me related to what I write. Take a look below. I now keep these in my writing notebook to remind me of what is most important, but as I have been reminded by several writer friends, I am also setting an example for my girls to follow their own dreams.

Dakota's Gunslinger.

Shiloh's Horse and Wagon.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Chuck Wagon-Enchilada Dip

Enchilada Dip

2 pounds of ground beef (Or chicken or turkey)
1/2 diced Vidalia onion
2 cloves of minced garlic
2 cups of enchilada sauce
2 cups of grated cheddar or Monterrey jack cheese
3 TBS of ground Cumin

Tortilla chips
Sour Cream

Brown the beef and drain. Add onions, garlic and cumin and cook until onions are tender about 4 minutes. Stir in enchilada sauce and top with grated cheese, cover and allow cheese to melt. Garnish with tomatoes and sour cream as desired and eat with Tortilla chips or flour tortillas.

Yum Yum, that's what's on the Chuck wagon for this month. Let us know what you think!