Time Has Come Today

“Time Has Come Today” drifts in and out of my mind as I fall into a time warp…I’m listening to music that wrapped itself around my life and my heart during my high school years…Gloria…The Rapper…Wild Thing…Time Has Come Today…tunes that take me back to old times…and old memories.

DSC01432

I’m not sure why I am writing about the 1960’s and 1970’s…the words tumble out as I write and the memories come back fresh as new. I was an impressionable cowgirl at heart, who loved her parents, loved her horses, loved her family and loved her country, during a time in life when our world was in turmoil.

DSC01612

America was at war in a foreign land called Vietnam and yet also with itself in many ways. It was a time of fear, rage, war, confusion and changes that had never occurred on American soil in our lifetime…it was a crazy time in American History to grow up in, as the world was upside down…life was precarious and America was changed forever.

DSC01189

American youth did not know what to make of going to war, let alone a draft number. If your draft number was chosen, it was ultimately scary as you had no choice but to go…we could not vote but we were sent to fight a war in a foreign land that we did not understand. We could shoot and kill the enemy…only to be shot down ourselves with enemy fire…coming home…dead in a box…none of us understood what war hell was and we did not know what to do.

Scanned Image 2

Many of us, like myself, supported my parents generation and World War II, I had heard the stories and seen the reels of American war history play out in US history classes. I had uncles who fought in Normandy as well as D Day and Pearl Harbor…and I knew friends and cousins who either enlisted to go to Vietnam or had their number called in the draft to go to war.

07_Helix_08

Growing up in a very small community…I went to a small school that included all 12 grades with the same 8-12 kids in my class…we were close as our small classes felt more like family, and some were as I had cousins in every grade when I was in school, all the way through! My class it seemed had the luck of the draw, as we found ourselves smack dab in the middle of the 1960’s.

Scan 2

We began High School in 1967…we had hopes, dreams and plans for our future. Our biggest fear was Freshman Initiation…and that was a very scary deal! Our initiation lasted for a week…my Junior initiator, (eventually became my boyfriend, he was lucky as we did not have many boys to choose from), chose for me to be King Kong (did I say real lucky) on the first day which entailed having brown grease paint smeared on my face and on every part of my skin that showed…I had to wear a dark brown sweatshirt with dark brown tights…and they put gunk in my long red hair! It was a crazy week as each day was different…one of the days we had to roll a jelly bean across the floor during noon hour blind folded so the entire high school could watch us! The last night, which was Friday night, we were blind folded and one at a time we had a dozen eggs cracked over our heads in front of the entire student body and faculty…as the night wore on after the eggs, we had to crawl around outside on the grass and be blasted with cold water…it was part of tradition…it was part of the deal!

DSC01217

Life was intense back then, but we stood together as a nation, one nation under God, indivisible with justice and liberty for all. We had Vietnam and rebelling against society…I was a rebel without a clue, and I was not very good at that thing called rebelling. I did not know anything, except that life was changing. I knew there was a horrible war overseas that we had never heard of called “Vietnam”…and we could not vote in an American election until we were 21 years old. Many young men and women went to “Nam”and did not come home…and I wondered, “Why can’t we vote?”

CCF07102010_00000

As I walked in the door after school each day, I heard David Brinkley and Walter Cronkite reporting how many casualties we had in Vietnam today…how many young American men and women died…showing graphic images of war that was very real…and terrorizing! Our American youth were dying in a foreign country and we could not vote in America until we were 21 years old…yet we could be drafted to fight in a war we had never heard of. It scared me as I knew some of those who enlisted or were drafted…it was incomprehensible in my mind that so many young Americans were being killed. As the daily TV news reported and played the photo journalists video with their daily shots of the life and war…we saw deeply traumatizing photos of people, children and old people fleeing the war while being shot down…nightly news was war hell and it gripped your heart deeply.

CCI00013

I was safely locked up on a cattle ranch….(thankfully) for my own good! I listened to Wolfman Jack if I could pick him up at night…we did not have electricity or running water…we had one portable AM  transistor radio that could pick up stuff at night sometimes…(we did not have FM back then or satellite)…I can still hear it crackling, fading in and out. And if I couldn’t get Wolfman that night, then Dad had Ira Blue coming in and out all night…and Mom lived between her 16-year-old daughter who now fashioned herself as a cowgirl hippie and her husband who was John Wayne and keeping an eye on his only daughter with a grrrrrr!

scan0012-2

I did not turn against my country and I never turned against my parents or my family. Mom and Dad and I could always talk even if we were all a bit perturbed…we did not yell at each other…we would not talk until we cooled down and then we would talk and seek to resolve the problem. I am sure that the late 1960’s and 1970’s put my parents to the test at times with all my questions. I am a seeker as I want to know everything, the facts and the why, what, when and where or explore the hows and whys in order to find a solution…and ultimately understand the reasons.

Jackie-Kennedy-JFK-1960

America had subtle signs back in the 1960’s and early 1970’s…but no one thought America would turn on itself

cropped-jfk-assassination

We lived through President John Fitzgerald Kennedy being assassinated, I was in grade school and his public death was the first time I saw death. I worried why this happened…as America is safe right? But our President was shot in cold blood so how could America be safe? Our nation grieved deeply…we were a nation in deep mourning and shock.

pb-101122-jfk-04.photoblog900

We cried when we saw a young first lady with her young children mourn the loss of their husband and father…we as a nation could not make much sense of how it all happened…but we as a nation stood tightly together…we knew we were now on a new road.

LBJ-AF-One-Step-Down2

Vice President Lyndon Johnson took President Kennedy’s place, as our nation was thrown into turmoil…he became our President during one of the most confusing times in history…riots, war hell, American lives taken and America itself was at war with it itself…nothing was sacred anymore!

martin-luther-king-2

Five years later, the shocking assassination of Martin Luther King on April 4th, 1968…I was with my boyfriend at the time and we both heard it at school as we walked to the library after school…I was working on a historical debate! We were shocked…another assassination…and why? During my debate the next week, I spoke out as we grieved another loss of life…and two months later Robert Francis Kennedy was shot dead June 6th, 1968…he had visited our small town a month earlier and enjoyed breakfast with locals that I knew. I had followed him in my government class  and I was supporting him.

On June 6th I was spending the night with girl friends, school was out and we were celebrating…my freshman year was behind me, and I was about to ditch my glasses as I was getting contact lens…whoo-hoo!

newsbobbykennedyassasinated-tl

It was close to midnight when we heard their Mom let out a sound that was not right…we ran to see what was wrong and stood speechless as we watched RFK being shot down and the life and hope go out of him. He was a family man with kids…this cannot be happening again…no way…is nothing sacred anymore? And Vietnam raged on as now America was at war with itself!

lyndon_b_johnson_36th_us_president_1280x960

President Johnson tried to do right, but gave up after 5 years in office in 1968…and we elected a new president.

NixonJohnson5

President Richard Nixon took office as Johnson headed home to Texas. Nixon was a family man who was respectful…he wanted to end the Vietnam war, bringing home our troops…and from the get go, he sought to do just that.

LBJ-Nixon-Treason-Nixon-762082

Nixon began withdrawing troops out of North and South Vietnam. America had a glimmer of hope and then…Kent State riots and shootings happened on May 4th, 1970…it was the end of my Junior year in high school. Mr. Keller who taught our government class, found a small black and white television for us to watch the riots and history, live, unfolding before our eyes. Four students lost their lives that day at Kent State, two of which were not involved in the riots…when the shooting stopped, many more students lay injured.

nixon_military

 In 1973 Nixon signed the Paris Peace Accords, which basically ended US involvement in the Vietnam war and the protests in America came to a formal end. However, the memories of Vietnam and Kent State echo in American culture and U.S. society…and they yet echo in my mind and my heart.

As peace was slowly restored to our nation, something called Watergate was in the news for months…wire tapping and spying…what is that and what is happening…it sounds like a Mission Impossible episode! “What did you say? Nixon is in on it too, as well as his cabinet and top aides? Water what?” Sounds bad…and yes it was.

Richard_Nixon's_resignation_speech

President Richard Nixon resigned August 8th, 1974…I was nine months pregnant at cow camp in the mountains, with Dad’s black and white TV hooked up to antennas on top of trees and up on top of mountains so we could watch the world news.

newsnixongoodbye-tl

I remember holding my bulging belly watching as Nixon resigned and I thought “WHAT?!” A month later on September 8th, 1974, President Gerald Ford pardoned Nixon…and I delivered a son.

Life was not rosy in the 1960’s and 1970’s, but America still had dignity and respect…morals and values…with civility…honor and regard for our fellow-man. We grew up being taught to value and respect our parents and elders…even if you had to go scream in a pillow! And, yes I did that too, all of us did back then! We were taught to honor the lives of our elders and parents with value and respect for the sacrifices they made for us…and that is why young people who “could not vote” went to Vietnam to fight for our country…to fight with dignity and honor for America…to fight for us!

DSC04962

America as I knew it, evolved into our present America…which is nothing like it was when I grew up in the 1950’s – 1970’s. It saddens my heart as I know we can never go back to the good old days. Life has changed and the world we once knew is now American History…and those of us who are still here…well, we try to remember the good times and the bad times…with dignity and respect for the price our fellow Americans paid for us to live…and to be free…and we move on.

I hope that the United States brings back American History and American Government to our schools…we have had several young employees who have never heard of Pearl Harbor. It makes me ill and sickened that our youth today are not being taught the old ways…the ways that bring gratitude, respect and appreciation for those who went before us…those that paid the price for our lives, giving us freedom and respect. My parents taught me, if you choose it, it is your choice and you will suffer the good or the bad…you made your choice, go lie in your bed. Yep…that was how I was taught and learned from my parents and from my aunts and uncles…that is an honorable life…and we honor our history and our heritage with respect, honor, love, civility and love….

1174743_653213268023746_214251532_n

Do I support our troops….you bet….Amen! I respect those who fight for our freedom and stand firmly for America!

SONY DSC

I will forever stand with our troops and with God for America. I am a 100% born in America American and I will fight for our lives…I will stand firmly!

Spring Photography With HRCG!

Spring photography with HRCG is fun! No I have not run away from blogging…just slowed down a bit…running the office for our business keeps my nose to the grindstone except when I run out the door with my camera and happily snap away:)

DSC06308

Ok Ellie…lets go!

DSC06373

Climbing the hill behind the house, we climb into a different world…a peaceful world full of beauty.

DSC06374

Ellie is smiling at me trudging behind her…Ms. Smart Alec with the puppy energy:)

SONY DSC

We often have crazy spring weather as…

DSC06502

Dark clouds roll in with a bit of wind and rain and

DSC06518

Two hours later a beautiful sunset appears!

DSC06357

Tucker relaxing, while wondering where that little black tornado Ellie is?

DSC03072

Melody doesn’t care…she is happy to be loosing her winter coat…she loves seeing green stuff:) She truly has a coat of many colors…during winter she is a dark brown bay…in early spring she begins to turn white while her legs, head and tail remain dark…she is striking and so pretty…as she eventually sheds the white and becomes a lighter bay roan with a bit of grulia…and she is all heart:)

SONY DSC

Rainbows above, incredible skies, full of beautiful views and vistas!

SONY DSC

Beautiful kitty girl…love you Minnie…she is very fastidious about keeping her stripes in order:)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

One of my favorite photos…

SONY DSC

Melody and Buck sharing a horsey moment…

SONY DSC

Skies and clouds dancing for my camera…

SONY DSC

As crops full of color grow beneath them…

DSC02767

And rainbows above bring delight and another mad dash for my camera:)

DSC06390

Wherever you are in the world, may you be blessed by the season of Spring…may you find joy and laughter as warmer days come once again…filled with new life and full of amazing beauty.

DSC06548

HRCG over and out for now but stay tuned…Part Two of Living in the Middle of Nowhere is next!

Age Is An Issue Of Mind Over Matter…

Age is an issue of mind over matter…if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter!

SONY DSC

Age does not blow me away too much…even so I have begun a new decade of my life on planet earth.

SONY DSC

I was 59 years of age last year in this photo.

SONY DSC

And this year I turned 60…WHAT? Oh come on…no way I am still in my early 40’s!

CCI00001

While age has never bothered me…this particular year has me facing the fact that time is passing by…even though I still feel young, time is of the essence.

DSC01951

Each decade of my life has been an adventure of learning significant life lessons…and lessons are one of the very best parts of life…we can glean the wisdom and grow in a positive way or not grow… I choose grow!


DSC00744

Turning 60 has given me a clear view of life…which has helped me let go of old hopes and dreams, as I realize that they will never come true.  Instead of grief, I have found a great peace and freedom as I let them go. I’m making good changes in my life while getting rid of old baggage and old things I do not need anymore…it has set me free emotionally and mentally while increasing my energy in a positive way.

Melody and Grandma

My new decade is one of reinventing myself, while learning new things, as I explore life in an open and creative way.

-7763

WB and I are writing a new chapter together, while embarking on new adventures a head!

IMG_6486

Being older gives you the ability to not sweat the small stuff…Life Is Good!

SONY DSC

 Older Gals and Older Guys Rule!

DSC00280

Now let me see, I forgot where I put my horse:)

_MG_2166_2

Have A Wonderful Week!

Word Of God Speak

Word Of God Speak” By Mercy Me

(If you have this song, be sure to play it with the photos)

DSC02787

I’m finding myself at a loss for words
And the funny thing is it’s okay
DSC03422
The last thing I need is to be heard
But to hear what You would say
DSC04553
Word of God speak
Would You pour down like rain
SONY DSC
Washing my eyes to see
Your majesty
SONY DSC
To be still and know
That You’re in this place
DSC02578
Please let me stay and rest
In Your holiness
DSC05705
Word of God speak
DSC02550
I’m finding myself in the midst of You
Beyond the music, beyond the noise
DSC06311
All that I need is to be with You
And in the quiet hear Your voice
DSC06299
Word of God speak
SONY DSC
Would You pour down like rain
Washing my eyes to see
DSC04137
Your majesty
To be still and know
DSC05293
That You’re in this place
Please let me stay and rest
SONY DSC
In Your holiness
Word of God speak
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
I’m finding myself at a loss for words
And the funny thing is it’s okay
SONY DSC
I hope you have enjoyed this post…I was capturing new photos today and listening to music…and Word Of God Speak by Mercy Me began playing…whoa…I love their music and this particular song has played in my life often…and the music fit the photos of where I live:)
SONY DSC
May you have a peaceful and restful Sunday evening and a Stellar new week a head:)

Happy Thanksgiving From Hot Rod Cowgirl!

Happy Thanksgiving to all who read my blog…I hope you had a wonderful day with your family and friends! Thanksgiving is a time to stop and look at the many blessings in our life the last year or even years…it’s a time of gratitude, a time to be thankful for the life we have and the life we live, a memorable time for family and happy times with friends.

DSC05290

I’m going to try something different with this post. My part of the post will be the photography. I will insert photos that fit well with the words from one of my favorite songs. When I was going through breast cancer, this song is the one I sang in my head whenever I went to surgery or saw my oncologist. It has always touched my heart deeply and I hope it does yours too.

Blessed Be Your Name

By Matt Redman

Blessed Be Your Name

In the land that is plentiful

DSC04213

Where your streams of abundance flow

Blessed be Your name

Blessed be Your name

When I’m found in the desert place

DSC02603

Though I walk through the wilderness

Blessed be Your name

Every blessing You pour out

I will turn back to praise

DSC03112

When the darkness closes in, Lord

Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord

Blessed be Your glorious name

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

When the sun’s shining down on me

When the world’s ‘all it should be’

Blessed be Your name

On the road marked with suffering

DSC05679

Though there’s pain in the offering

Blessed be Your name

Every blessing You pour out

I’ll turn back to praise

DSC04955

When the darkness closes in, Lord

Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord

Blessed by Your glorious name

DSC04918

Blessed be Your name!

You give and take away

My heart will choose to say

Lord, blessed be Your name

Blessed be Your glorious name!

By now you should be full of turkey and all the trimmings…trying to make room for desert and more desert! Wishing you a fun weekend shopping, decorating or just hanging out! We are to get snow beginning Sunday…with super cold temps as in 6 degrees at night with a ripping hot daytime temp of 15 degrees!

DSC04862

I have to comment on the flowers. Petunias are not perennials…and as soon as we get winter here they are gone. However the last two summers they have all come back into 6 of my patio barrels…and they came back beautiful! The summer of 2012, we were busy remodeling and the summer of 2013 the weather was colder in June so I was late in planting. By the time I was able to plant new flowers, I had petunias growing back by the bushel in my barrels!

DSC02042

May you be blessed by the joys of the season…HRCG over and out for now but never for long! I am yet working on the awards I was given…hoping to post them soon:)

And I’m off…stay warm and gobble gobble!

Amber Waves of Grain By Sharla Shults…

Hot Rod Cowgirl:

http://catnipoflife.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/amber-waves-of-grain/

http://awakenings2012.blogspot.com/2013/11/amber-waves-of-grain.html

For some odd reason this posted below Sharla’s blog…this is my second re-blog, and I hope I am doing this right! Sorry for the edits! I want to introduce you to Sharla Shults who is a gifted writer and published author of poetry that comes from her heart with beautiful words and thoughts. She writes to tell the story of American History…which is our story, our history and our heritage. We each have a story to tell and share of our families history of coming to a new land called America. It was their strength and gritty determination that brought us the life we live today…giving us heritage that runs deep and history that makes America truly America. I am honored that Sharla chose to showcase my photography with her beautiful poetry, on both her blogs, go take a look…at both Awakenings and Catnipoflife. Thank you Sharla!

Originally posted on catnipoflife:

MarcyAwakenings featured Marcy @Hot Rod Cowgirl who is Riding Through Life One Horse At A Time…Courage Is Being Scared To Death But Saddling Up Anyway! Marcy is a true American who captures America the beautiful not only with her poignant words but also her awesome photography.

You are encouraged to visit Hot Rod Cowgirl where Marcy and Wild Bill are both riding through life one horse at a time! Giddy-up! AND Whoa! only when there is no other place to go! 

***********************************************************************

GO to Awakeningsand join Marcy…

View original

Solitude On The Land Is My Solace Of Fall

Solitude on the land is my solace of fall….

DSC05315

Every year this time I find myself reflecting on the harvest of summer as the seasons change and once again, silence falls like a veil of dignity on the land as it rests..

DSC05303

I love it as I love the quiet…the solitude of silence. I love walking out into God’s beautiful world. The land sleeps and yet when I walk it I can hear the stories of summer…stories of harvest and the history of family.

DSC05284

I grew up in a world of silence a third of the year, living on a remote cattle ranch in the mountains, without electricity, telephone, TV or even radio…the hectic life of the world disappeared and a new world of solitude became my life on the ranch. My world and daily life was my parents, our horses, the cattle and our cow dogs.

Dad and I Herding Cattle

Life was simple. Get up. Go catch the horses, saddle up horses with Dad while Mom packed lunches into the saddle bags for us…follow Dad out of cow camp into the frosty meadow and head up Coleman Ridge…which was a mountain with a mountainous trail that we rode up…about half way up Coleman the trail disappeared. We had to pick a way to get to the top so we just zigzagged up the ridge breaking over into either the direction of Bear Creek or head off in the direction of Young Camp depending on which pastures we planned to gather and check.

SONY DSC

If Dad chose for us to go towards Young Camp and on towards Jordan Creek,  we rode a few more miles to get to Young Camp and then we rode over another ridge from Young Camp that dropped us into the Upper Jordan area. Riding down the ridge of Upper Jordan Creek, you got off your horse leading the way down the ridge to the bottom as it was steep with heavy under brush, loose rocks, rock walls and logs…you took it slow and easy zigzagging your way over logs and brush. If you ran into cattle, you shooed the cows out of the brush and pushed them along in front of you trying to get to the bottom. Once you hit the bottom, you stopped for them to get a drink, while keeping an eye on them in case one decided to make a mad dash, as usually there was always one that did. As soon as you could you drove them on up another ridge into Whiskey Creek or if you steered them a bit different into Brown Miller and Elk Mountain country.

Mom and Dad Cook Shack Juniper T

After we got them settled for the night, we turned back towards home, cow camp, where Mom kept the home fires burning…we would get in just about dark and in time for dinner. Dad would say “We rode about 35 miles today Marcy, you did a good job with the cows, taking it slow.” After dinner and a couple of card games of double solitaire with Mom, I usually hit the hay as I knew we would be up early, saddling horses and heading out once again to check on more cattle to be sure they had plenty of water and good feed. Never a dull moment on a cattle ranch as each day was a new adventure filled with good memories:)

DSC05305

Life was simple. It was quiet and peaceful…solitude…I learned to survive being alone…doing without worldly stuff and things…one depended more on God and the incredible beauty of His sky…His land…His weather…His animals…and you expected less. Life was good. I miss it….I miss it a lot.

DSC05088

Stay tuned as I am working on my next Pendleton Round Up post:)

Previous Older Entries

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 830 other followers

%d bloggers like this: