Every Once In A While….

You hear a song or a sound that takes you back in time…maybe its a visual image that takes you back to the memories you hold dear in your heart…

Not long ago, I was looking out my kitchen window…

doing lunch dishes and I saw a pick up and stock trailer go by…

Wondered who it was and if they were moving cows…

And then I saw something big come around what we call the big corner, about a half of mile from our house, and another something big followed it around the corner and another and another and another…five semi cattle trucks!

Oh be still my heart…

I was immediately transported back in time…old memories of cattle trucks on their way here, either delivering cows or picking them up…and I so miss it!

I have not seen five cattle trucks come rumbling around that corner since the old Juniper T days when my dad and his brothers ran 800 head of Black Angus mama cows…and it took my mind back to old sounds and good memories…

When I lived on the winter cattle ranch…as June 1st dawned, the first truck came over the first hill with full lights on and dip down into the next hill while the second truck bobbed into sight on the first hill and so on until they all lined up in front of my house.

Lined up and ready to load in the early morning dawn, as one by one they left loaded full of cows, heading for the summer range in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon…

I grew up in those mountains gathering cattle with my dad and also on the winter ranch. We had around 25,000 acres on each ranch…the last summer we were on the big ranch was 1979. In 1980 we began raising 200 head of steers on mountain pasture that we kept until 1992.

That’s when Wild Bill and I hired out to manage cattle ranches with many an adventure on the two large cattle ranches we managed…going from Central Oregon, 35 miles out of Prineville, on the Crooked River. close to Post, Oregon. Draw an X through Oregon and the middle of it is Post, Oregon….post office, store and bar.

And then on to Pinedale, Wyoming where we ran cattle on the high desert close to South Pass during spring months and then moved them to the summer range up behind Yellowstone.

I was one lucky cowgirl that I was an only child as Dad took me everywhere with him to work cows, gather cows, salt cows, fence and develop mountain springs…we often traveled 20 to 30 miles horseback gathering cattle and moving them to new pastures all summer long…we would leave at first light, with frosty dew still on the ground, riding out a few crow hops to wake us up and return home at dusk…horses were tired and we were tired…mom was waiting with a hot meal and a hug…it was a life not many know.

We lived on the outside of civilization…no electricity, no telephone, no people, no TV or radio, no newspapers or mail delivered, no running water…our life was simple. During the busy times, we had lots of help with dad’s family, my uncles and cousins would come to help gather cows or in the early years help fence those 25,000 acres as it was not fenced…the first ten years dad had a fencing crew busy fencing, while we rode for cows…I think we had the better deal:)

I miss riding and gathering cows with my dad and our dogs, the one in the picture is Blue…Dad’s on Bucky, she was one of my high school horses and she loved to crow hop first thing…then she settled and all was fine. Every day we had a new adventure riding out early to check cows and babies, making sure the springs were all working and moving cattle to new areas with better grass…we both loved the cattle and the horses…our hearts beat the same with the cowboy life, loving what we were doing!

Seeing those cattle trucks brought tears to my heart as I remembered the old days…where time stands still.

I watched each truck drive by the ranch…disappearing down the canyon…as those old memories flashed in my mind.

I wanted to walk down to the barn and see the brand inspector, the cattle buyer, if we were selling and most importantly my dad…waiting on me to grab my horse, to help him sort cows.

By the time we had kids, the big cattle ranch I grew up on was gone…unfortunately, our kids did not learn to ride horseback or to gather cattle on the mountain or winter ranch.

Funny how those trucks took me back to old times…back to good memories…how I remember and how I miss it…be still my heart!

Now where is my kleenex! Darn It!

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 my Aussie’s sweet picture! I love my girl!

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Have a wonderful “Fall” wherever you may be!

I’m Back…I’m Back…Yep I Am!

I’m back…I’m back…yep I am!

From the adventure of surgery and I’m feeling like me again!

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And I hate this part as I feel good enough to do more but my body says “yeah right gf, go ahead and try”…so I’m taking it slow.

But doing more each day…grabbing life and as usual hanging on tight for the ride of my life! It always feels dang good too…that ride thing on my horse’s back:)

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I am truly sorry for being so long in posting a new post…I have thought of you all daily but I have been too tired to do much of anything.

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And last week we had a severe weather alert…and a tornado warning….scary yes and whoa…tornado?

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Here in this corner of Eastern Oregon we do not get tornadoes…ever…and now it is becoming a common experience each year with a tornado alert!

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OK Kansas., now quit that…you can keep the tornadoes and we will keep our peaceful fluffy white clouds along with the man in the moon each night!

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And we have hit over a 100 degrees already…unheard of in June here…another record and a first…not good for the wheat at all!

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And I’m back…all is well and all is ok! I have tons of pictures to capture to make up for lost time and posts! Hang on and know I am not going anywhere! Wishing you all a wonderful evening with good stuff from me…

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HRCG, Ellie, Melody, Dasher, Tucker and Wild Bill we’re over and out for now…but not for long!

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Hang tight and enjoy the daily delights of summer once again!

Storms Of Earth…Storms Of Glory

Low rumbles of thunder grab my attention…

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As the clouds build and gather over us…

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It is eerily quiet as the rumbles grow closer…

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Our sunshine and blue skies slowly disappear…

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A stir of a breeze sends my wind chimes gently swaying…here comes the dust storm…

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 And…BOOM!

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Run for cover Ellie…C’mon lets go!

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Its a busy crazy time of year here and I’m slow with posting…

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I will return soon…until then HRCG is over and out…stay tuned!

Rainbows Are Dancing

Rainbows are dancing with gusto as “Old Man Winter” slowly waltz’s himself off to his snow cave for a very long nap!

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Spring is coming…Spring is coming!

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With incredible storms above…

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And incredible rainbows stretching over my head as I snap happily away!

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Now if I can just find that pot of gold hmm? Oh wait, I did…its living here:)

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Wherever you are in this huge world, I hope that “Spring touches your heart with a new hope…while filling it with crazy joy!”

Yup, I’m over and out for now…but lucky you, I’ll be back!

Skies Of Glory…God Of Light!

Skies of glory was incredible to capture…I hope you enjoy the photos!

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It all began Friday morning about 7:30 when the sky colors and odd clouds caught my eye…

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I looked out while grabbing my camera!

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No time for shoes…thankfully it was already 58 degrees!

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The colors and clouds kept changing…it was calm here but there was turbulence above in the clouds…

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The majestic light of Heaven was shining through the clouds with iridescent amber colors…

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And the word “Glory” was on my mind…”Shekinah Glory.”

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As the sun slowly climbed out of his bed…

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He peeked out at my camera and beamed his bright golden rays of light, for a beautiful day!

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May you have a “Glorious” Weekend Wherever You May Be!

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“I miss you much my sweet kitty angel girl!”

5-14-1995 to 11-24-2014

Psalms: 19:1

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