God Bless Small Town America…God Bless Their Native Son!

Last weekend, we traveled to a small community to attend the funeral of a young man who died too young.

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The graveside service was packed with all ages of the community where he was born and raised…

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They came to pay their respects and to remember this bright young man, who touched their lives with his can do spirit, his fight and determination to live and his heart of gold.

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He was an intense part of their lives, as he belonged to the community and they claimed him as theirs, with open hearts of love and compassion for his family and for those of us who knew him.

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In a time when America is struggling with civility, honor and respect for their fellow-man, we stood together as a community, remembering and sharing our thoughts while we celebrated his young life.

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America whispered hope to me that somber day…there’s still places in America where people are united with honor, truth, civility and respect with Almighty God involved in their lives!

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We are one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.

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I saw it first hand in the heart of a small community burying its young and I saw it in the eyes of my fellow Americans, as we struggled to understand why his young life was cut short.

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As we came together that day, no one said anything about republicans or democrats or Obama or Trump or war or retaliation. Instead we stood together, like Americans do, when we’re faced with something we do not understand.

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I pray and hope this young man’s family knows how much they’re loved and their son, grandson, brother, uncle, brother in-law, best friend and friend was very much loved…as we grieve with them.

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God Bless Small Town America…God Bless Their Native Son!

Snowmageddon Winter

The winter of 2016-17 will go down in the books this year!

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We begin with mid December when Lady Winter was ramping it up…

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And she snowed…and snowed…all dang day long throughout January 2017!

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Dotty and Ellie preferred watching TV, trying to sleep a bit and getting caught up on their shows…

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Lassie, Mr. Ed, Caribbean Homes and Life’s A HOT Beach anywhere but here…Help!

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And the sky continued to fall with more snow…lots of snow!

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Adding a bit of drama each time with a tad bit of…

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Artistic wind whipped drifts…make that Holy Cow drifts!

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“So, Ellie, what do you think?”

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“I think Dad’s shop is buried!”

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“Yep it’s buried and so are the barn doors!”

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“Holy Cow, can you see him? Dasher looks stuck against the building…lets go help him”

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“Dotty…I have never had snow up to my belly before…WOWIE”  “Ellie, I still don’t have snow up to my belly…cuz I’m bigger…snicker ha-ha-hee-haw snicker!”

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http://www.eastoregonian.com/eo/local-news/20170210/winter-misery-hits-historic-levels-in-pendleton#.WKDwlkuM40w.email

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Stay Tuned:)

Juniper Canyon Crazy Snow Dazzle!

Juniper Canyon Crazy Snow Dazzle

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Happens every few years…

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It’s been a long time since we had a normal winter here…

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And this year we have a fun winter!

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With crazy dog daze play!

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“Hey you…I’m the boss and I need to be in the lead!”

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And “Who the heck are you anyway?”

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You have lots of Dots…and your name is Dotty…and you are my new fur-sister!

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And we leave you tonight with wishes for a Cool Crazy Week!

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And “Snow Daze” will be continued…stay tuned:)

 

To Everything…Turn Turn Turn!

There is a season, turn, turn, turn…

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And a time to every purpose under heaven!

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A time to be born,

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A time to die…

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A time to plant,

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A time to reap…

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A time to kill,

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A time to heal…

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A time to laugh,

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A time to weep…

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To everything, turn, turn, turn…

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Stay tuned…much more to come…

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Three more verses with photos synced to “Turn! Turn! Turn!” by “The Byrd’s.”

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 “Pat the cat also likes the Byrd’s…I mean the Bird’s!”

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HRCG is over and out with a swish of a very well known tail…my sweet Melody:)

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Along with a  Aussie’s sweet picture! I love my girl!

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Have a wonderful “Fall” wherever you may be!

Simple Moments…Simple Times…Simple Me……

Simple Moments…

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Bring Me Joy…

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Moments In Time…

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Make Me Smile…

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Simple Times…

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                  Thankful Moments…

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Happy Horses…

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Happy Tucker Girl…

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Our Sweet Never Dull Life…

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Grabbing My Camera…

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And Smiling…Yup…Thats Simple Me:)

Let ‘er Buck!

Let ‘er Buck 2016!

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The Pendleton Round Up Rodeo is off and running!

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Once again its time to Boot Scoot BOOGIE!

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Its time to Rock…

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And Roll!

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Gotta love those pick up guys who get you off your Wild Ride:)

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Yup…rodeo week is here…its that time of year when you can join in and see people you only see once a year…its a time to celebrate the end of harvest and its time for a rodeo that is rich in heritage…steeped in tradition and full of history…in this small town they call Pendleton.

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Son Greg is following in the footsteps of those who went before him…

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His dad, WB, and my dad, his grandfather, by working in the arena during the rodeo…

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A big job to fill as our arena guys are in charge of fences, unexpected wrecks, livestock with lots of unforeseen issues…

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They work hard to keep the livestock safe and everyone else safe as well as themselves. Photo above is of son Greg going airborne last year…he was banged up but ok!

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Round Up is an amazing week…we all volunteer one way or another…we all grumble that it is too crowded and well grumble grumble grumble…we should leave town for the week…

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Round Up becomes a part of who you are when you grow up here…its in your heart…its in your blood and each year you swear this is the last year but…it calls your heart back home and thats what it’s all about…along with amazing cowboys and cowgirls who get out there and live it by working hard and playing tough!

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And thats it…I’ve lived here forever and like a moth drawn to the flame…I’m home!

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Rock on Pendleton with the Rhythm of Round Up…and Let ‘er Buck!

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Of a warm summers night in Juniper Canyon…oh how I love this time of year here!

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Its heaven on earth to this cowgirl…the sounds of various birds and critters…in the distance I can hear neighbors yet harvesting…and the magical light is soooo pretty!

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I’m outside every summer evening and then some to not miss anything! WB likes to watch TV so he does that to relax but for me it’s being outside as much as I can! I love it!

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We just got home from a trip to Portland, 550 miles round trip, whew!

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As soon as we got home I took off the city clothes and put on the country girl clothes that I will forever be me in…

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I do love getting dressed up for special times and things but its hard to take the country cowgirl out of me for very long before I need my jeans or crops this time of year, a simple tee-shirt and of course one of my various cowgirl belts…and I’m home:)

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Once I made the change it was Ellie’s turn to play, she usually goes with us but today was going to be a long drive for her as in boring…

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I watered my many flowers and also watered my water dog…Ellie loves loves loves water! So we be playing…she is such a good good girl:)

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And for reasons unknown Pat the Cat, (he’s the orange one), one of our “Lion” barn cats likes to hang out with Ellie, so he comes up from the barn to visit and he also brought his companion, our other Ellie, named Ellie as she was found in an elevator as a kitten someone abandoned, am so glad that she is ok and doing well! We have Ellie the Cat and Ellie the Dog:)

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Sun has set and its getting dark…Stone Coyotes singing on my iPod…love them! I have many fav’s from Outlaw Country on XM radio…love that station!

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Same ol’ blah blah me here tonight…I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful summer evening…an having a perfecto memorable summer too! God night all:)

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And remember God has the night shift with all your worries…over and out from HRCG, brought to you live from Juniper Canyon on an incredible summer night!

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Yee-Haw!!!

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