The Montana Cowgirl

Hello New Year

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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 the baggage of last year behind me. But I can’t. Truth be told, the experiences of this year have been some of the most important, formative events of my life. I would love nothing more…read more

10 Things I Love About October

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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 list: 1. Cooler days, cold nights. Time to break out the long johns, Muck Boots and Carhartts. And sweaters. And scarves. And wool socks. And wool caps. 2. Changing leaves. Montana is always beautiful but…read more

Thinking of you South Dakota

Posted by in Blog, calves, love, Montana

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 we can pay the kids’ doctor bills? The single most devastating thing to happen to a rancher, other that the loss of a family member, is the death of his stock. This life presents an…read more

Two Solid Months!!

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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 website SophiDavis.com or on Facebook. Got through the rest of branding. Started and finished farming despite a glorious June full of rain! Moving cows a couple of times per week. Waking up at 4 to…read more

Branding Pen

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

Getting ready for Branding!

Posted by in Blog, branding, Cowboys, Crazy Mountains, horses, Montana

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 an even longer calving season, branding gives ranch folks a chance to see relatives and catch-up with friends you haven’t seen in several months, all while getting some work done. Truth is, we couldn’t do…read more

Rose Red Baby Calves

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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, we named “Windy Country Livestock LLC” — pretty appropriate considering that we moved from what we previously considered the windiest place on Earth (Livingston, Montana) to the actual windiest place on Earth (Springdale, Montana). The…read more

Of Buffalo and Longhorns

Posted by in Blog, calves, love, Montana, smiles

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 cuter than a copper colored buffalo calf in the spring. They are even cuter than our little black baby calves, which is saying something. In fact, since I was in my pre-teens, I have dreamed…read more

Gust Blog (lol, get it): Marmalade Boots, A Letter to the Wind

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I thought I would post this letter from my good friend on this rare still morning under the Crazies! Plus, I almost choked on my coffee from laughing when I read this. Because it’s SO TRUE. — MC A Letter to the Wind This past year has been a tough one out on the ranch. We had almost no measurable precipitation to speak of all last spring and summer. And unfortunately this winter has been much of the same. No moisture means no grass; no grass means no cows. We…read more

Happy National Ag Day!

Posted by in Blog, calves, food

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 a mess and I couldn’t care less. As you go through your day, please take a second ro reflect on how Agriculture has affected your life. Be grateful, I know that I am.

Calving front lines

Posted by in Blog, calves, Cowboys, Crazy Mountains, love, Montana, ranch wives, sleep

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 would sympathetically night check for Cowboy occasionally on a weekend, only to go back to my regular sleeping schedule all week. It was “fun” and “something different” for me. Unlike my desk jockeying, night calving…read more

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

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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 radius of your home. Chances are they know who you are and where you live.  It makes for awkward encounters down the road. Figure out where the hell your cardinal points lie or forever doom…read more

Ranch Wives and the Super Bowl

Posted by in Blog, Cowboys, love, Montana, ranch wives, tractor

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 it, please feel to check it out on Facebook or YouTube. June 23, 2012 Since the beginning of time, or at very least the beginning of agriculture, there have been men and women ranching. Raising…read more

Lessons

Posted by in Blog, Marriage, ranch wives, tractor

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 the tractor, this will end badly for you and especially the gate. 4. Calling your Cowboy husband to confess your gate incident while he is in a meeting at the neighbor’s is not a true…read more

2013 Catch Up

Posted by in Blog, Crazy Mountains

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 new ranch is 50,000 acres with 1200-1500 head of cattle, depending on the time of year. The new place stretches from the Yellowstone River to the Crazy Mountains and is quite possibly the windiest place…read more

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The life of a ranch dog

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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 and putting her on the ranch, she went to Arizona with me for grad school. Given that we were living in a tiny 2 bedroom condo in downtown Tempe, the highlight of my day, and…read more

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It’s a whole new year…

Posted by in Blog, Crazy Mountains

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.

Guest Blog: Marmalade Boots – Montana Cowgirl

Posted by in Blog, Cowboys, Guest Blog, love, Marriage, Montana, ranch wives

I woke this morning to heavy dew filled air and the ever-present mountain backdrop gone. Vanished into the foggy sky. I grabbed my coffee and watched from the window as freshly weaned calves milled around just beyond our front yard. Like opportunistic predators, they check every morning to see if somebody forgot to shut the gate. They seem to sense that newly planted apple trees and other delights await them on the other side of the fence. I smiled to myself and shook my head “not today kids”. This is…read more

The Chickens Come to Elk Creek

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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 kid around, chicken care, it seemed, was always my job.  The chicken coop was located a couple hundred yards from our old white farmhouse. It was a ancient coop, small with peeling white paint. The…read more

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She will smile

Posted by in Blog, love, ranch wives

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. It has been an incredible honor. As a rancher’s wife, Roxy did not just watch ranch life happening from the house, she was in the middle of it, pouring her own share of blood, sweat…read more