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January 6, 2014

Hello New Year

As the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve, more than just a new calendar year began for Cowboy and I. The most important year of our life so far had began. Instead of looking back at a year that was honestly great but had some considerable lows, I want to look forward and leave […]

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October 20, 2013

10 Things I Love About October

It’s fall, or “pre-winter” if you live in Montana. It’s the season between broiling hot August/September and cold, snowy (and gray) months of winter. Fall is Montana is usually very short, so it’s important to sit back and appreciate it while it’s here. So, inspired by The Pioneer Woman’s list, here is my top 10 […]

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October 11, 2013

Thinking of you South Dakota

For those in ranching, there are several things that can keep you awake at night with worry. What if cattle prices drop or corn prices continue to skyrocket? How are we going to pay our taxes this year or the fuel bill this month? Can we hold off on paying the vet bill so that […]

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July 21, 2013

Two Solid Months!!

I am ashamed to point out that it has been two months since my last post. I guess that’s what a busy summer will do for you. I have been writing posts in my mind if that counts. Here’s what’s been going on: Launched my photography business — Please feel free to check out my […]

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May 15, 2013

Branding Pen

Gotta love Cowboys and Paint Horses… Or is it Cowboys on Paint Horses. Maybe just this Cowboy on this Paint Horse.

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April 18, 2013

Getting ready for Branding!

Rush getting mentally prepared for branding tomorrow… This week is an exciting one  on the ranch. In between showers of rain and snow (finally!) we have been busy sorting pairs of cow and calves, cleaning up and cooking for the first big branding of the year here on the island. After a long winter and […]

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April 17, 2013

Rose Red Baby Calves

Last December, Cowboy and I bought our own cows. Our little herd consists of ten black Angus cross cows from a rancher in Wilsall plus two Gelbvieh-Red Angus cross cows courtesy of Cowboy’s parents. At the advice of our accountant we set-up an LLC for the livestock, which, after much discussion and a few cocktails, […]

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March 28, 2013

Of Buffalo and Longhorns

Ah, buffalo. They really are one of my very favorite animals. My aunt and uncle ranch in Colorado and raise buffalo, and during my visits there, the buffalo cows and calves could be heard outside the windows at night, the cows making a soft woft sound to their babies. To be sure, there is nothing […]

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March 19, 2013

Happy National Ag Day!

In honor of America’s greatest industry, I am going to do what most people in Ag do on their birthdays, anniversaries, vacations, and days off… work. This morning will include moving pair of mama cows when their brand new coal black baby calves to their respective new pastures. The sun is out, the house is […]

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March 7, 2013

Calving front lines

Calving season is upon us here on the little island under the Crazies. Although technically we are due to start calving until next week, we welcomed our first baby calf weeks ago and have been getting a handful of calves almost everyday for a week now, translation: let the craziness begin. In previous years, I […]

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February 11, 2013

Guest Blog: Marmalade Boots, Sixteen Things This California City Girl Has Learned About Country Living

MC Note: Because sometimes it takes fresh perspective to appreciate the very true and very funny aspects of this crazy, wonderful life. And great friends too, thanks lady. Enjoy, commiserate, laugh out loud (I did all of these). Regardless of how slow they may be driving, don’t even think about tailgating anyone within a 30-mile […]

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February 6, 2013

Ranch Wives and the Super Bowl

I stumbled across this post draft that I started back in June (yes, I am that far behind). I thought it was good to bring it out today as the Dodge Super Bowl commercial has been on my mind, Facebook, Twitter, blogs and almost every conversation in the last two days. For those that missed […]

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January 20, 2013

Lessons

Today was a super productive day, in a destructive kind of way. Lessons learned: 1. Do not leave the mare pasture gate open while feeding. 2. Yelling will not bring those bi#$%&s back. A bucket of grain will. 3. When driving through a tight gate, don’t attempt to tap it open with the bucket of […]

January 16, 2013

2013 Catch Up

Since I have changed up damn near everything in my life at least once in the last year, it’s time to do a little recap followed by a look forward: In November 2011, Cowboy and I left our little island under the Crazies in favor of a spread an hour south in Springdale, Montana. The […]

January 8, 2013

The life of a ranch dog

Our ranch dogs really do have an amazing life. Whether they’re chasing the tractor, moving cows or just watching cowboy work in the shop you can tell these dogs love their life and why wouldn’t they? Take Bailey for example, the Australian Shepherd that I got my senior year of college. Instead of taking her […]

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January 2, 2013

It’s a whole new year…

Goodbye 2012, hello 2013. Gratitude. That is my only resolution for 2013. Remember to say “thank you” for all of the blessings and lessons in our life. From our range to yours, Happy New Year.

June 24, 2011

The Chickens Come to Elk Creek

My mom, the Ponderosa Queen, had chickens when I was younger. I was still in elementary school and my feeling towards those chickens was that of love… and hate. They smelled, they had to be fed, they had to be locked up at night and let out first thing in the morning. Being the only […]

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March 14, 2011

She will smile

This weekend we lost Cowboy’s grandmother Roxy. After too many years of fighting cancer, Roxy left us to remember her, miss her and love her. For me, as the new addition to the family, it has been my chance to get to know her as the person she was and the family she leaves behind. […]

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