Remembering My Dad…

Remembering my Dad!


I’m a bit late in posting this! I was nursing WB last September 17, 2014 in his recovery from surgery a few days before the article below was in our local paper…read the 50 Years Ago in the Days Gone By below.


50 years ago may seem like a long time ago but, vivid memories rush back to me of Round Up and my Dad!

Dad's 50th

Dad was the President of the Round Up when he turned 50 on September 17, 1964 during the second day of the rodeo…and he was pleasantly surprised with a birthday cake in the picture above.


He loved Round Up week as it was the one week a year he took for his vacation from the cattle ranch…


Dad was inducted into the Hall Of Fame in 1990…he was known by the cowboys as the “Cowboy President”…cuz he was a true cowboy…


Dad lived with a fused knee or stiff leg from a football injury during his senior year of high school…they didn’t have penicillin back then. Instead he was in a body/leg cast for a year in a hospital in Portland, OR. Without penicillin, they operated on his leg several times that year to literally scrape the infection off his leg bone.


He lived all his life with sepsis, as it would flare up and Mom would give him penicillin shots when I was little to stop it…but often he ended up in the hospital…and he fought it like a pro football player that is MAD! And he was…Dad wanted to live his life fully with Mom and I…Dad fought hard for that!


Dad on my mare Lottie in 1986, he was Grand Marshall of the Westward Ho parade. I spent the summer riding Lottie every night out into the hills around the ranch with the serape you see on Lottie’s hind end. We ran and loped with that serape flapping on her flanks for months…didn’t want any spooks on parade day!

Mom and Dad Cook Shack Juniper T

Dad never ever complained to me about his life…I never realized he was handicapped with his leg until I was in my 30’s…he did everything in life…riding for cows in mountainous country…roping calves, swinging down off his horse and moving as fast as he could in local rodeos…he was my hero…Mom was my second hero!

Dad and I Herding Cattle

I grew up riding behind my Dad in the mountains…I can still see his right elbow on his hip riding along with me behind him…


He was focused on the cows but he always kept an eye on me to be sure I was safe. In time I was trusted with going off and gathering on my own. But Dad knew where and what and how long it should take me. Our summer cattle range was 25,000 mountainous acres.


Dad, in his element…on his mare Gypsy in the Pendleton Round Up arena.


And me in my element with the life I grew up in and still love today!


Dad was the real deal…I thought of him as John Wayne, he did things with honor and truth…and he raised me to always do the right thing with…


Civility, truth and dignity…doing the right thing, even when life was hard with responsibility…family honor and family respect…and forever seeking the best for others and not yourself.


When Dad stepped into heaven on October 9, 1997…I saddled up in “Dad’s” saddle a few days later…

And rode out into Dad’s homeland…


I am thankful for all that my Dad taught me…


With life and wisdom…

 I miss you forever and love you for always…and I will always be your cowgirl daughter:)


Let ‘er Buck Pendleton!

Our “1859” Magazine Interview…Yee-Haw!

HRCG along with my hubby, Wild Bill, and our business Holton Secret Lab are featured in the current issue of the Oregon magazine “1859” which is a national magazine I might add!


You can click on the photo and the article to enlarge them:)

Do you recall my July 28th blog this summer when I mentioned doing a photo shoot here with harvest trucks running back and forth in front of our house…and the county doing a chip seal?

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Ok good, I’m glad you are following here we are:) I love the article and the photo rocks too.


Thank you to Gwen Shoemaker and your right hand man Brent, for the incredible photo shoot.

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Thank you to Vanessa Salvia  for your amazing words that fit our life and who we are!


Thank you “1859” for the interview…we hope you all enjoyed visiting our “Secret Lab!”


 And speaking of that “1970 SS Chevelle”…ya know the one that I mean…if not then read the article above!


The “1970 SS Chevelle” With A Stock 454/360 Horsepower Engine…


The finished “1970 SS Chevelle” With A Ramped Up 454/570 Horsepower Engine…Built By HSL.


HSL performed a full frame off rotisserie restoration on this incredible SS Chevelle…I love this car!


Zooomm Zoom!



Wherever you may be I’m wishing you a Marvelous Magical Monday followed by a Totally Terrific Tuesday!


Ellie and HRCG over and out for now but not for long:)

In The Golden Light Of Life…I Fall Forward Into Fall!

In the golden light of life,


I fall forward into fall!


Each year I go through a time of transition between the glorious long days of summer…


Into the golden surreal days of autumn.


Memories wash over me…as time passes on…


We do what we ought of instead of doing what we want…


Time passes by and people pass on at the drop of a tear…


And as a warm fall breeze washes over me, it stirs,


My heart with sentimental memories…tears flow easily as I ponder the whys, whats and woulds…


Quietly my wind chimes call me back to the present…


As I fall forward into the season of fall…with a heart full of both grief and gratitude.


Wishing You A Beautiful Fall, Full Of Autumn Colors Wherever You May Be!

Ellie’s Red Rubber Ball!

Ellie’s red rubber ball is a very serious thing currently!


We play tug a lug and throw it baby…throw it!


Our grandma dog, Tucker, spies Ellie’s new ball…she was a frisbee dog in her younger years…


“Hmmm, that red ball should be mine!”


“Oh yeah…well pooh on you Tucker!”


“Its Mine…”


“Mine Mine Mine!”


Yep I think it’s hers:)


“I can still grab it…she’s such a smart alec!”


“I love ya mom…and Tucker’s a ding-dong…”


“And its mine:)”


Ahhh she is so sweet…love you Ellie girl and its yours!

“Fall” Fell Fast Upon Juniper Canyon!

“Fall” fell fast upon Juniper Canyon…


We went from a HOT 100 degrees a week ago to a low of 38 degrees last night…our weather has been weird and crazy the last few years…and this was a blessed but crazy weather event!


A half-inch of rain fell overnight…and a half-inch of rain is a glorious blessing!


Ellie and I did the happy dance…


Of course the wind blew all day…causing some dust to blow…


But…we got rain! It was incredibly peaceful hearing it on the roof last night lulling us to sleep…and waking up today seeing rain puddles outside:)


Yep we are care takers of the land and we love seeing it watered with heaven’s glory and grace…


And the fires in Oregon had a mix of God’s grace with snow and rain but mostly snow…it helped huge:)


Fall is in the air and Melody is smiling! Click on the picture and you will see her smiles:)


I hope for more fall rains to come…with raindrops falling on my head:)


May you be blessed this week…with glorious rains and glorious life…and lots of smiles:)


HRCG over and out for now…but never for long:)

Fire In The Skies!

Fire in the skies…smoke in my eyes here in Juniper Canyon as


Wildfires are burning thousands of acres in the Blue Mountains, making the last week  intense and incredibly scary…


A week ago we had the perfect storm conditions in the Blues…after three years of drought, we had lots of dry fuel waiting for that perfect strike of lightning and we had a dry lightning storm hit the Blues last Thursday night into Friday with intense winds that fueled the fires…while last Friday…


We had an epic dust storm here all day with winds over 50 mph…


And those same winds blew into the mountain fires fueling them with run away flames…residents of Canyon City lost 39 homes to the fire over the weekend due to the winds causing the fires to triple in size. In Oregon alone as of this morning, 300,000 acres have burned with 12 wildfires yet burning.


The weather forecast for Thursday and Friday this week is calling for more wind…I pray the winds stay down here and not hammer the mountains again. We live several miles from the actual fires but we know the mountain country well…I grew up in those mountains on the family cattle ranch…and we love our mountains.


My heart is heavy for the residents who lost their homes in Canyon City and for all the people evacuated from their homes as the fires rage on…my prayers are also with the men and women who are fighting these fires, their job is not easy and I pray that God will protect each one of them.


Our local paper this morning ran a large article on the fires, I have grabbed bits and pieces of it below for you.

The Pacific Northwest is one of three regions nationwide under a wildfire Preparedness Level 5, which means there are more than 14 un-contained large fires exhausting local agencies, northern California and the northern Rocky Mountains are also at Preparedness Level 5, while the Great Basin region — made up of portions of southern Idaho, Nevada, Utah and northern Arizona — is at Level 4.

All together, there are approximately 95 large wildfires burning 1.1 million acres of land in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, California, Nevada and Colorado. The situation is so dire that, for the first time since 2006, the Department of Defense has agreed to send 200 active duty personnel to assist firefighters.

In Oregon alone, there are 12 un-contained large fires burning nearly 300,000 acres, according to the Northwest Inter-agency Coordination Center in Portland. The majority of acres on fire — more than 225,000 — are also on fires that are less than 30 percent contained, which means they have a long way to go.

Jim Whittington, spokesman with the state Bureau of Land Management and regional Forest Service fire staff, said crews prepared well in advance for a difficult fire season based on a third consecutive year of drought and record-low snow pack last winter.

What’s made this year unusual, he said, is the intensity of the season in such a short period of time, with the region hammered by a perfect storm of lightning and wind over the past two weeks.

“There’s an intensity here that probably has not been matched in a number of years, or ever,” Whittington said.


Currently, we are under an air quality alert due to the heavy smoke in the air…out here it is not as bad as Pendleton which lays at the base of the Blue Mountains…however the smoke was noted here all day as once you step outside your eyes burn and you can smell it.


We are heavy in heart and prayerful that God will intervene in this massive fire event…the western states seem to be burning up with terrible fires. We need rain without wind…


May you be blessed where ever you live…and if you are close to any of the fires, I’m praying for your protection and that the fires will soon be over!


HRCG…Ellie and Melody are over and out for now…but never for long:)

Hot Time Summer In The City…

Hot time summer in the city…back of my neck, getting dirty and gritty…


Hot time summer in the country…back of my neck, getting dirty, gritty and sweaty!


Come on, Come on, dance all night, despite the heat it will be alright…right?


Last spring, our county was declared a drought disaster due to the dry winters with little snow pack in the mountains…the lack of fall and spring rains…and the hot temperatures we have had. In other words we have been in a drought situation for the last three years…this year the lack of moisture has become critical.


Several Oregon rivers have been closed to fishing by the Fish and Game, due to the heat and high water temps…the Columbia River waters are a record breaking 71 degrees…causing salmon and large 5′ to 8′ sturgeon to die…threatening our native fish.


We hit a 100 to 110 degrees most of June and July with almost daily fire weather watches due to low humidity, high temps with dry winds and heavy dry fuel that would ignite quickly between the wheat fields and the dry weeds…its a world I have not seen here in my lifetime. We have had dry times and crop failures before but this summer is different…worldwide I might add.


My cousin and I were driving wheat truck one summer…waiting on combines by sight and sound (back in the days before CB radios or cell phones) we were half asleep, reading our books, when all of a sudden we heard our uncle yell and jump off the combine! Smoke was billowing out from under it…my uncle got the fire out under the machine but the fire took off quickly and in a split second we were learning to fight fire. Luckily we got it out before we lost our field!


Tonight as I write it is 74 degrees on my outside thermometer…our humidity is currently 18% with wind speeds of 18 mph with 31 mph gusts…at 10:00pm.


Melody’s pasture looks green as we water it with the big irrigation guns to keep her cooler, plus she has a great shade tree in her paddock area that helps too.


And no she does not get to go out on the lush green stuff as she would bloat and get too fat…as you see she is NOT impressed!


100 degree weather is normal each summer but this year it feels much hotter due to the dry soil lacking any moisture down deep…instead it feels like hot hot desert heat!


For reasons unknown to me, our county road department decided it was time to resurface our roads two weeks ago…with a chip seal effect leaving loose rock…the above picture looks like a gravel road but that is our paved road in front of the house covered in gravel….


Several farmers were heavy into wheat harvest in Juniper Canyon, with semi wheat trucks hauling wheat directly from the harvested fields to the grain terminal on the Columbia River, about 80 miles round trip.


We had 10 to 20 double trailer semis per hour driving by our house…throwing loose gravel with major dust for that gravel road effect:)


And we had a photo shoot schedule here for “Oregon 1859.” Not sure when our article will come out but here is the link…


Last Friday morning, I was scrambling trying to figure out how we could do the shoot with the dust and gravel…emails were zipping and zapping back and forth with the photographer and the editor! Saturday evening we decided to go for it and give it a try Sunday evening:)


God smiled giving us a quiet no traffic day…no semis trucks and only one car during the shoot…it was awesome!


Mom used to always say “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”…so we made lemonade, the shoot went off perfectly…we had silly fun and made new friends with a bq dinner in the middle of it!


Wherever you may be in your life…dusty roads or hot hot temps or lush jungles with beautiful waterfalls or rocky craggy peaks that are steep and tough to climb. Always keep a going with smiles and laugh out loud moments that tickle your funny bone, while making lemonade…the memories will carry you through the ups and downs we all experience at times in life.


HRCG, Wild Bill, Ellie and of course Melody wish you all a cool night or a moderate day where ever you may be…

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