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Spring Has Sprung: Vegetable Gardening 103

Finding the right spot for your garden, laying out your beds and preparing your soil can be grand adventures. As I have mentioned before, I do not care for weeding my garden, so using weed proofer...

 

Spring Has Sprung: Vegetable Gardening 102

After you have determined the placement and layout of your garden spot, the next thing to get ready is your soil. This is my favorite part of the whole season. There is something about digging in the...

 

Spring Has Sprung: Gardening

2021 marks the fifteenth year I will plant a garden, which certainly does not qualify me as an expert, but I have a few tricks up my sleeve I thought I could share with you over the next few...

 

I'll Tell You When to Run

There are three primary questions I ask myself before I write a column: 1) If I were ever to run for a government office, will these words be held against me? (Answer: probably) 2) Is so-and-so going...

 

I Would Have Fired Me

Let’s just cut to the chase. I ran the pick-up off of a bridge. I may or may not have continued to go straight when I needed to turn. This is very far from my normal, but the Lord worked so hard on...

 

I'd Be Safer in the Tractor

I have recently discovered why a majority of ranch women work offsite. I used to think it was about finances, retirement, career goals, etc. I don’t think any of these are the MAIN reason. Simply,...

 

When the Storm Rages

When a person chooses to live a life of agriculture it really is more than a livelihood, but truly a way of life. This means that when we drop into the arctic tundra temperatures, we must still get...

 

We Should Be Ashamed

I am no stranger to grief and the many stages of it. Maybe I’m just staying stuck in the really, REALLY mad phase, but my father-in-law was recently locked away from us for 19 days, without a...

 

A Lesson I Learned At The Gate

As my cowboy and I have been spending time together outside working calves, I have pondered the amazing lessons that can be learned at the gate. On our particular outfit, there are too many gates to...

 

For You, They Signed

My cowpokes and I have been reading a book called For You They Signed: The Spiritual Heritage of Those Who Shaped Our Nation by Marilyn Boyer for our character study. The day after the electoral colle...

 

Living Out the Dash

I absolutely love making homemade Christmas gifts. I enjoy praying over the person who will receive the gift. This year I jumped on the crazy train and decided I was going to give my family a present...

 

I'll Be Grumpy With You

As much as I would love to write about the tyrannical measures of the lockdowns, the overreach of government, the uselessness of masks, the election fraud and the absolute absurd idea that a vaccine i...

 

Incomperable Hospitality

I grew up in the country – we were nestled deep in the woods. My grandparents lived 13 hours away and made the trip to see us maybe twice in all of my growing up years. My dad had a shotgun above th...

 

That Kind of Week

When I was a young girl and my dad didn’t like what we were doing he would say, “I’d rather slam my hand in a car door.” I think that happened this week. As we’ve all been awaiting the 2020...

 

Keep Standing

There is no doubt that the 2020 election is upon us. It has reared its ugly head and I don’t think November 4th is going to calm anything down. Francis Shaeffer warned, “I believe the majority of...

 

Is Civil War Upon Us?

With a houseful of cowpokes it feels like there is always a civil war erupting – there are guns going off, military pursuits, friendly fire and an array of combat situations. "Mama, he hit me on...

 

Cowboy Memory

There is something about my cowboy that I will never understand. The way our minds are hard-wired so differently truly amazes me. We have lived in the same house for over eleven years and very few...

 

Education Options

It is generally easier and wiser to avoid hot topic issues. At the same time, my summer has been completely consumed by working with parents who are trying to decide what route of education they will...

 

A Good Bar of Soap

As a child my family and I would make an annual trek to Las Vegas to visit my grandparents. My Grandma Dorothy was a really, really tough woman. Her husband died at the young age of 45 of a heart...

 

I Still Like Him

My cowboy and I are about to celebrate our 17th wedding anniversary. In the scheme of anniversaries it seems somewhat insignificant. We seem to get excited about those divisors of 5 – 15th, 20th,...

 

My Child Saw Color

Life on the ranch continues to have its fill of spills and adventures. The baby ‘poke has been eating moths and splashing in the toilet. The toddler ‘poke bosses everyone around and can command a...

 

No Longer America

“Come and sit with me a moment, grandson, I want to tell you of how it used to be, When America was a republic and the people around here were free. The year was 2020 when everything started to...

 

There Is Hope

What is hope? According to good 'ol Webster, the definition of the word hope as a verb is "to expect with confidence; trust," and the definition of the word hope as a noun is "desire accompanied by ex...

 

Give Me Liberty

If you have not read Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty” speech in the last week, look it up right now and give it some time. Mr. Henry gave this speech in 1775 to reluctant members of the Second Virginia Convention to develop a military...

 

Holy Cow

My cowboy had some horses consigned at a sale in Laramie recently. We always arrive the day beforehand to get stalls set up, horses put away, chores done and marketing material out. Driving long distances is always an adventure anymore with 4...

 

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