Sunday, September 27, 2009

Time travel.


Last week I drove home from Prineville through Spray.

Down winding roads and past creeks inviting you to float down them.

Past a freshly painted, white school house.

Through quaint little towns with stores that advertised "fresh worms".

I drove with eyes wide open through the Painted Hills that gleamed with shades of turquoise, burnt oranges, faded yellows and goldish-reds.


Through valleys filled with dry grasses waiting for fall rains to turn green.


Past cattle grazing and tending to their grown calves who are almost ready to be weaned.

Everyone waved to one another there whether they knew you or not.


No wonder they call it a "Journey Through Time".

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Speaking of journey's...I'm off to St. Louis for a few days. Have a great week!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Before vs. After

Many people commented to me either in the comments section, or in person, about how nice it was that Clint and I were able to get a picture together at Round Up this year.

And I would agree, it was nice to have this picture...



Because we all know how much Clint loves to have his picture taken.

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But what I didn't post was the "BEFORE" picture....



And the "AFTER" picture.


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I'm afraid some things will never change.

:)

Friday, September 25, 2009

Wild Cow Milking

is well...wild.


* a gun shot start

*12 or so guys on the ground

*12 or so guys horseback

and

* a group of very mad mama's.

(Ok, so they're not that mad...at least not at first!)

What could be better?


And...they're off!





It's a little hard to see, but there was a little "hitch-up in the giddy-up" here....


Finally, the cow gets mugged and the good stuff gets streamed into the bottle...



With a thumb over the top of the bottle, Terry hustles to the ring to turn in the goods...



Just in time!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The locals...

...did pretty darn well at the Round Up this year.

I was pretty impressed with how many local people made the performances this year!

Here's our neighbor Blake...



This picture doesn't look like it (slow shutter) but Blake did get his steer flipped.
Or is it dogged?

Or turned?

I don't know. But he got the job done.

(I have never claimed to be a rodeo expert....at least I don't think I have. )
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And this is Brandon, who is a wheat farmer in the north end of the county. I'm pretty sure this was his first showing at Round Up, so congrats to him!



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And this guy......well Wade Shoemaker's not really a local.
Actually, not at all. He's a DVM from Colorado.

And a former college friend/roommate/judging teammate (I think) of Clint's.

A DVM who happens to be a rippin' good steer tripper.

Except for last Friday.


Oh, he roped the steer all right.

But right after this picture was taken, his steer decided to jump up.

And in steer tripping, once the steer is up on it's feet, it's all over.

No dinero for Wade this go around.

But I'm pretty sure he'll be back again next year.

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And I don't know if we qualify as "locals" yet, but we're trying!


Oh, and I had to point out these "locals"....Jerry and Linda.

And note that while we were sitting only four rows behind them, they failed to notice our waving hands and calls to them.

If we didn't know better, we'd have thought they were ignoring us.

But we know better.


Tomorrow: Wild Cow Milking.
And our favorite locals - RJ and Terry!
Stay tuned.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Let 'Er Buck!

We survived the 99th Pendleton Round Up.

Pretty well, in fact.

We didn't even use all of our beer chips.

Now how many OTHER people at Round Up can say that???



These two hooligans joined us for the weekend, and kept us on our toes.

Ok, so Nick and Keely aren't hooligans...

and they can come back whenever they want!


There were a lot of local guys and one of Clint's college roommates that made it into the performances, and my next post will be about them...but tonight I just didn't have the time.



Wild cow milking...


And steer tripping were two of my favorite events this weekend...


And after two days of performances...

A couple of beer chips spent...

Three nights working at a concession stand...

An evening down on main street eating Hamley's pulled pork dinner...

And most importantly, a great weekend with friends...

We can say we...

"Let 'Er Buck"

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Vinson

You won't find *Vinson* on most maps.

Unless your map is from 1900. Then you might.

But trust me. Vinson's out there.

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It's-

A *town* where your nearest neighbor is 7 miles away.

A *town* that doesn't have a gym, or a fast food restaurant or a movie theater.

A *town* whose fire station is the neighbor who owns a D6 Cat and a water truck.

A *town* whose restaurant is the family that has you over for dinner.

And while *Vinson* doesn't have "a lot" in many peoples eyes.

It has everything we need....

...and views that can't be beat.




Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A reminder.

This morning I walked out the door in a new outfit,

feelin' that "new outfit feeling"...

holding two pieces of whole wheat toast in one hand...

and a Diet Pepsi in the other.

All in all, a pretty good way to start the day. Even if the day started at 5:10 am, and we hadn't gotten home until 12:30 the night before.

And while the day didn't completely come off track.

It sure tried.

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I knew I wanted to post pictures from the Round Up concert soon.

Such a fun evening with a pair of dear friends, and a pair of new friends too!

Rodney Atkins.

Reckless Kelly (oh, do I hear my Corvallis friends saying "no fair!").


Dinner before at Crabbies (my first time!).

Great music. Great conversation. Great lessons learned.

Wait: Lessons learned?

Yup.

Halfway through the concert Rodney Atkins told a story about how he was on a plane headed somewhere, and got to talking to a Hollywood-type on the same flight. The Hollywood-type was telling him how he had all he needed in his career, because he had friends who were actors.

To which Rodney replied: Well, I've got everything I need, because I've got friends with tractors!

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And so with today and all it brought....

I remind myself: I've got everything I need.

Because I've got friends with tractors.

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Thank you friends (Terry & Anna) for the tickets and great time Saturday!


*Isn't the look on Terry's face priceless???

Monday, September 14, 2009

A mom's *momma's* love...

I am not a mother yet, but look forward to that day....

And hopefully when that day comes, I will be as good of a mom as Lindsay is.

( And until then, I'll just play with her kiddo's... )

I got to spend the good part of Saturday, with this good friend of mine and her family, who we have been so blessed to get to know this past year.

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Not only can she pack a camera and a two year old at the same time...

But she also packs a homemade lunch for all.

*Listening to Mason's first week of preschool adventures....




"And I played in the kitchen with Cid..."

"I played the dad, and she played the mom, and the others played the kids..."

Chilling (or napping) in the Chevy with the AC on after dropping off the bulls...

*Sidenote: Whoever invented AC should be thanked. I mean, really thanked.


And then waking up for the party...

Hello Mack!

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Thanks Murdock's for letting me hang out with you on Saturday.

I had a wonderful time, and can't wait to do it again!

Like at the *new* ranch. With paint, boxes and carpet stripping tools :)

Friday, September 11, 2009

The view from here.

Soon these hills will be alive with sound of music....errr, cows.

Neighboring ranches are getting ready to haul cows and their calves down from the lush mountain pasture they've been grazing all summer.

The coming months will be filled with -

weaning.
bawling.
shipping.
calving.
new life.


But for now, they remain -

vacant.
quiet.
peaceful.
still.

May the peace of these hills be with you, and your loved ones this week.

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Because there won't be anything "still" or "peaceful" next week!

Let 'er Buck!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Good morning!



Crisp, cool, fall-like mornings are here...and hopefully they intend on staying.


Hurray!


Hope your morning, and the rest of your day is wonderful!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Ellensburg

Friday I woke up and zipped up to Ellensburg, where Clint was judging the Kittitas County Fair.


*Having never been to Ellensburg, I was excited to see what this town/fair/rodeo was all about.

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These showmanship classes gave me a chance to play with my *new* camera and it's settings without Clint knowing I was taking his picture.

(See? No funny faces, or hands in front of his face in these pictures.)

I learned a lot this weekend taking pictures -

1. I am very good at taking blurry pictures. Hence only 2 focused pictures out of the 30 or so I took.

2. My *new* camera has some cool settings. Now I just need to figure out how to stabilize the camera while using it. (I even tried PW's elbows in, human tripod, but no luck.)

3. Green panels often get in the way of good pictures. But I thought it would be a little hoaky standing at the panels in front of the crowd to get a picture of Clint. That's more of a "my-daughter's-in-the-ring-and-I'm-the-mom-trying-to-get-a-good-picture" thing.

And I don't know if Clint would have ever let me come to another fair he was judging if I started hanging over panels to get a picture of him.

So I am left with these.




*This steer's eye balls look a little freaky. But he was a litle freaky himself. Poor kiddo - this steer liked to get away from him.


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We were also treated to tickets to the Ellensburg Rodeo, from a very nice Washington FFA advisor who I do not know the name of. But thank you anyway!

None of us (Matt Kennedy was up there judging the hogs) had been to the Ellensburg Rodeo, but after watching slack on Friday, and the performance Friday night, we're ready to go back!

While the team ropers had a rough go of it (only 1 time w/o a broken barrier penalty), and a bull fighter taking a nasty ride in the air after getting hooked, the rest of the rodeo was great!


This rodeo had a HUGE grand entry ---





We had a great time in Ellensburg -


Great people, quality livestock and wonderful hospitality. You can't ask for a whole lot more!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Repeat.


"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."

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Teach school.
Check pigs.
Check cows.
Check calves.
Check health.
Check feed.
Check water.
Check mineral.
Check gates.
Check fence.
Check records.
Check trends.

Repeat.
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He hasn't been home before 10:00 pm this week.

And yet he hasn't complained about it once.

One of the many reasons I love this hard workin' man.




I love you Clint.

It's a habit I love to repeat every day.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The 800 Club

I'd like to officially welcome 4 calves to the 800 Club.

The 800# Club, that is.

Of the 8 bull calves we weaned last night, half of them adjusted over 800 pounds.

And one bull, 5580's calf, adjusted to 908 pounds! (I guess that makes him a member of the 900# Club.)

To say we were excited....would be correct.

The other four, well they were in the high 700's, but couldn't quite make that leap.

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Welcome, boys. We're glad you're here....