view sourceprint? 01 Ramblings from a Ranch Wife: November 2011

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"The darkest nights produce the brightest stars"

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Bucket List

This is my entry in the Just Ask Bucket List Getaway Giveaway. Just Ask offers a breast and ovarian cancer screening and is encouraging people to share 15 things that I want to enjoy in my lifetime as a reminder to be aware of my health. Want to enter? Head over to to get the details.

1.  Take TR and QT to Disney World in Orlando Florida.  My sister and I got to go when I was about 4 years old.  I don't remember much of the trip, just that it was magical!

2.  Take TR and QT to the ocean so maybe they can see a real shark!  TR is fascinated with sharks (and dinosaurs, but where would I take him to see a live dinosaur?).  Every large body of water we come to he thinks is an ocean and it has sharks.  It would be awesome to be able to show him a real ocean and sharks.

3.  Show a horse at the Elko County Fair, and do well.  Meet Max.  He just turned 2 this July.  Max is short for Maximus because he is huge.  I hope to show him at the fair.

4.  Win the Women's Branding Contest at the Elko County Fair.

5.  Win the Coed Branding Contest at the Elko County Fair with the Cowboss.  I love roping with the Cowboss.  I've never won a buckle in anything.  I think that winning a buckle roping with him would be the best thing in the whole wide world!  =)

6.  Own my own home/ranch.  Because who wouldn't?

7.  Visit Ireland.  I've always wanted to go.

8.  Visit Australia.

9.  Be a grandma, but not for at least 20 years!  My boys are 2 and 4, if they have kids before I am 40, something will be seriously wrong!

10.  Raise my boys to be happy, healthy, adults.

11.  Never miss an opportunity to tell someone I love them.

12.  Successfully bake an Angel Food Cake from scratch without if falling out of the pan.  Lets face it, this is a pretty lofty goal, and I may not be able to do it until I am a grandma!  I haven't even attempted it yet.  I remember being young and my mom banishing us from the kitchen, and house if the weather permitted while baking an Angel Food Cake.  Something tells me that with my little boys in the house, my cake would fall for sure.  My mom makes the best Angel Food cakes.

13.  Write a book.  Whether it is a cookbook or photography book, I'm not picky, I just want to be published someday!

14.  Run in a marathon.  Maybe not a marathon, but a race of some sort.  I don't even have to win, just to say that I did it.  My motto has always been "Why run if nobody's chasing you!"  I'm hoping to change that in 2012.

15.  Go to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, and not sit in the cheap seats!  I first Visited Churchill Downs when I was a Sophomore in High School, and have been back a few times since, just never to actually watch the Derby. 

What's on your bucket list?

Sunday, November 6, 2011

P365 October

What a busy week!  I feel so far behind today I may never catch up!  We've spent the last 5 days with the in laws in Idaho weaning, picking replacement heifers, and pregging our cows.  Our herd tripled last spring when, in a momentary lapse of judgement the Cowboss and I decided to take out a loan and buy some bred cows.  Our motto:  Buy high, sell low!  Well, we wont be selling low this year, we should be able to double our loan payment this fall, and hopefully cover ourselves just in case the market suddenly drops in the next year or two!  Who else but a cowboy and his wife would use their vacation time to brave chilly temperatures and do more cow work?!!

Here are my favorite P365 pictures from the month of October.  This first one I took of the Cowboss roping at my brother and sister's place in Northern Nevada.  My sister and her husband bought this cute little guy this fall.  For just a baby, he is really willing, and what he doesn't have in knowledge, he makes up with heart.  Kind of strange seeing these white calves, in a primarily black Angus area!

I like this picture because to me to speaks fall in northern Nevada.  It is dry, dusty, and in some places drab.  There is still a little green grass, but everything has taken on that brownish color that tells me snow is not too far away.

This week is S-Curve week.  You can see the road curving in an S away from TR and QT.  It gives the viewer a place to start at, and makes you wonder what is just beyond the edge of the picture, where the road is going to take them.

It also shows fall in the Rubies.

Here is our "Fudd Filly" aka "Sadie."  It is kind of an uncommon angle for a picture of a horse.  What I like the best is that it shows her kind eye.  You don't have to see all of her to know she is a horse.  I also really like the almost sepia feel of the picture.

We have some pretty high expectations for "Sadie"  she is a potential kids horse for TR and QT.  Her breeding should make her an awesome cow horse, something they can drag calves to the fire on, and sort cattle.  As a three year old, her kindness and willingness to do what is asked of her make us think she will be perfect for the boys before too long!

I think this cabin is called The Fish Creek Cabin.  We stopped here for lunch while Elk hunting a week ago.  I love the chinking between the ties, and felt that it just begged to be photographed.

Hindsight being 20/20, I wish I would have been there at a different time of the day, or asked the Cowboss to stand up so that he wasn't partially in the shadow.  I wish it wasn't so far away, it would be a great place for some family pictures.

Lastly, last week was Circle Week.  Our challenge was to find something circular in shape to photograph for the week.  While cutting wood I stumbled across this old barbed wire (literally!).  Keeping with the fall feel, it worked perfectly as a picture.

Nothing spectacular, but these are my favorites for the month!