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Lock-picking Horse and/or Bananas vs. Crackers

This afternoon when my now 15-year-old Yorkie, Bernice, (yesterday was her birthday) were out for our walk, we stopped to watch with amused interest while Banjo, one of my horses, tried to pick the lock on one of the stall doors.  Although supper time was a ways off–and he has, after all, access to 10 acres of grass–he’d apparently decided it was time to retire for the evening.  :)  No doubt he was hoping to find some sweet feed in his feeder, silly horse.  Some things run in families, even equine families–we nicknamed Banjo’s big sister, Skye, “Houdini” a long time ago, because she’s so good at opening latches with her lips and teeth.  She has been known to bust herself out of her stall and then turn all the others loose.

As Wednesday is Weight Watchers day, Jen and I attended our meeting this morning, and our leader, Elizabeth, said something that really hit home with us.  We were talking about Power Foods–those that are nutritious and have a zero point value–and she showed a picture of a banana opposite an ounce of snack crackers.  Elizabeth pointed out that, while she’s been known to eat crackers, or something similar, and keep going back for more, but she couldn’t recall EVER eating a banana and then consuming five or six more.  :)  The message?  It’s best to choose a food that will nourish one’s body in the first place.

Those are my words of wisdom for today.  :)  Keep commenting.

37 comments to “Lock-picking Horse and/or Bananas vs. Crackers”

  1. Gloria
      · April 15th, 2015 at 11:26 pm · Link

    That is a good idea, but…aren’t bananas fattening? I ask this because when my late son, Michael, wanted to join the Army, he was underweight and they told him to eat bananas, and he did and gained the correct amount of weight.

    How did you do at the weigh-in. I hope you and Jen both got good results.

    It is good to hear from you on a Wednesday night.

    Take care!

  2. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · April 15th, 2015 at 11:28 pm · Link

    Very wise :-D

  3. Carol
      · April 15th, 2015 at 11:29 pm · Link

    Thank you for passing on those words of wisdom. As soon as I finish my box of crackers, I think I’ll go buy some bananas.

  4. Dixie Hadley
      · April 15th, 2015 at 11:33 pm · Link

    Thank you for sharing the great words of wisdom via the “word picture “from your WW leader.
    Our weather here in Georgia has improved but my husband and I both picked up an infection and will have to miss his 55th Class reunion. These classmates have remained faithful friends throughout all these years. We are sad that we won’t be able to enjoy celebrating this special occasion together. We are sad but so grateful for the great, fun times we’ve enjoyed together over the years.
    Have a nice week end. Loved the story about the horse trying to get into his stall. We had a very large mule, Bathsheba, that use to do that. She would also “herd” a group of our horses into the round pen and then was able to close the gate on her way out. She would then walk around to the pasture next to the round pen and graze while the horses stood there with nothing to eat. She was a HOOT !!!

  5. Therese lopez
      · April 15th, 2015 at 11:35 pm · Link

    I love bananas!! I could eat them all day every day but just like with everything else moderation is key!!! I love reading your blogs so much, they are so great!! Have a great week and a great weekend!!

  6. Terri Shortell
      · April 15th, 2015 at 11:39 pm · Link

    I’ve had tricky animals like Skye before. It’s hard to outsmart them sometimes. Lol. Good point about bananas. I can eat a couple but not a lot like I can snack crackers.

  7. Pat Parker
      · April 16th, 2015 at 12:13 am · Link

    Just got the same message at WW yesterday.
    I love the support and encouragement.
    Have belonged forever, and just got back down to goal. But maintenance is no easy thing.
    Good luck and good habits for us both.

  8. Roberta Giordano
      · April 16th, 2015 at 12:39 am · Link

    My husband has a banana everyday. I love banana cream pie, don’t make it often because I would eat the whole pie myself

  9. Pamela Devereux
      · April 16th, 2015 at 12:50 am · Link

    I agree with the crackers vs bananas. A banana once a day is enough. Same with other fruits.

  10. Teresa G
      · April 16th, 2015 at 1:18 am · Link

    Love the message. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Colleen McClister
      · April 16th, 2015 at 5:10 am · Link

    I love WW plan. I’m down almost 70 since September.
    No horses doing tricks but my dogs ring a bell we tied to the back door when they need to do their business. :-)

  12. Renae kinsey
      · April 16th, 2015 at 6:32 am · Link

    Bill has been locking me in the house for awhile now- I’ve just learned how to pick the locks – LOL- just teasing!! My weight watchers needs a bit of a nudge! Almost to 10 pounds but slowly coming and I started February 12- I have only been to two meetings due to schedules. I know I can do better and I will!!
    I’m up at 630 for a walk!! That’s half the battle – Oklahoma tomorrow and wish i would be able to see LLM!

  13. Jane G
      · April 16th, 2015 at 6:33 am · Link

    Thanks for the tip on the crackers vs the banana. Need to keep it in mind.Love your blog.

  14. Jo-Ann Baker
      · April 16th, 2015 at 6:43 am · Link

    Sounds like fun horse’s. Have a wonderful day.

  15. Ruby Norwood
      · April 16th, 2015 at 7:24 am · Link

    Sounds like Bernice and Banjo is a trip!! I know you love them, you can hear it, when you talk about your animals…Hope WW turned out good for you.

  16. Patti
      · April 16th, 2015 at 7:41 am · Link

    I love it and get it. Thanks

  17. Niki Davis
      · April 16th, 2015 at 7:52 am · Link

    My now 16 year old Pom doesn’t know what it means to go for a walk. He is not real fond of the leash and blind enough to walk into things. He can pretty well find his way around the yards but some parts still manage to get in his way. He just has a hard time understanding why that tree or the steps have to move.

    Had surgery on my left shoulder Friday and am trying to recover. They removed a lot of scar tissue and hope I never have to have that done again. Went back to work part time yesterday and think I may have over done it just a tad. Don’t think I will be staying quite as long today.

    Glad to hear that Weight Watchers is working for you. Haven’t got the motivation up to do that yet. May be one day.


    Have a blessed day (HABD)


  18. pat Dennis
      · April 16th, 2015 at 8:37 am · Link

    That horse sounds like our white bull that count be contained.

  19. DONNA
      · April 16th, 2015 at 9:00 am · Link

    Animals are so smart. So is WW with their words of wisdom.

  20. Beverly Evanger
      · April 16th, 2015 at 9:27 am · Link

    i don’t have a horse, but since i was a little girl wished i had. i just love hearing about yours. I’m thinking seriously of joining weight watchers, but i don’t have a car, Not sure what to do on that count.

    • Rita Crofoot
        · April 16th, 2015 at 12:14 pm · Link

      Look into the inline version, it is great.

  21. Hoppity
      · April 16th, 2015 at 9:45 am · Link

    Just signed up to receive your messages. What took me so long? Loved your story about the horses. We often discount the intelligence of our pets/animals. I’ve had rabbits for years, and know that if they are sitting quietly….beware….they are planning something !!!

  22. Margy Manear
      · April 16th, 2015 at 10:24 am · Link

    Sweet story about the horses!!

  23. Lois Rotella
      · April 16th, 2015 at 10:28 am · Link

    I never thought of that. It is so true. My cousin and some of the women she works with have joined weight watches. They are doing it together.

  24. Leanna
      · April 16th, 2015 at 11:06 am · Link

    Good advice!

  25. Virginia H
      · April 16th, 2015 at 11:15 am · Link

    The story about you horse is so cute. There is a beagle down the street that I call “Houdini” because he unhooks his chain a visit all the neighborhood. I have took him home a few times myself. Good advise on the bananas. I do enjoy bananas but can’t eat a lot of them.

  26. Rita Crofoot
      · April 16th, 2015 at 12:10 pm · Link

    Love your words of wisdom, that is why the taunt, bet you can’t east just one. SOOOO True

  27. Carol Luciano
      · April 16th, 2015 at 12:10 pm · Link

    Some amazing horses you have Linda. :) Truer words from your WW’s leader. Enjoy this weather. The sun is finally shining here.
    Carol L

  28. Melaine
      · April 16th, 2015 at 1:37 pm · Link

    Linda, I love your horse stories. So wish I lived on a ranch, but living on the outskirts of Tucson I have the joy of seeing horses and wildlife daily.

    Love your blogs! Have a great day!

  29. Linn Carlile
      · April 16th, 2015 at 2:09 pm · Link

    Enjoy your tale about your horse. It reminded me of a horse I
    had. He didn’t do locks, but would jump the fence if a bear
    was in orchard and come up steps of back porch. I would take him out to barn and lock the doors until morning. He never jumped the fence any other time. Do you have any fruit trees on your place? Love hearing about your adventures. Thanks again for the book. I loan my books with the reminder to return them. May you have a blessed weekend. Wyoming gal

  30. Cece
      · April 16th, 2015 at 2:24 pm · Link

    I like the advice about the banana and the crackers. Never quite looked at it that way!

  31. Lynn
      · April 16th, 2015 at 3:17 pm · Link

    Thanks for sharing that tidbit. It’s a good one

  32. Lynn
      · April 16th, 2015 at 3:18 pm · Link

    Hmmmm had more but it didn’t go thru.

  33. Lorelei Sawtelle
      · April 16th, 2015 at 5:46 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday, Bernice!

    I’ve never had a lock picking horse, but I had a calf that would roll under the electric fence to go lay down by the highway. When he was hungry, he’d roll back to mama. Many times people stopped to let us know we had a dead calf by the road. They were always amazed when he’d jump up and run home.

    Yeah, I know. Reality is harder to believe than lies.

  34. Evelyn Baldwin
      · April 16th, 2015 at 9:40 pm · Link

    Thank you for sharing! I love horse’s, never had one. Use to visit and take carrots and apples to one mini horse at the pound. He had a cat friend. The officer’s would not let me take him home. He was 25 and beautiful. Have not been there recently due to my spinal condition. Praying i can visit soon. I have 3 rescued dogs. That’s my limit with my health and medical bills right now. God surely has blessed me.

  35. bn100
      · April 18th, 2015 at 1:48 pm · Link

    interesting story

  36. Dona Kutska
      · April 26th, 2015 at 6:24 pm · Link


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