Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas 2010

From bale feeders to TV's, puppies to gawdy jewelry, and family calendars to multi-tools....

We saw it all this Christmas!

Oh - and we ate....a lot!

These past two weeks, I haven't blogged at all...

And like my sister lovingly said yesterday, "Hey, didn't your husband get you a fancy new camera for Christmas? How about you use it and put some pictures up!"

My husband did get me a new camera - he's pretty wonderful like that.

It's a Canon Rebel Ti1....and I have no idea how to use it. At least not yet.

Well, that's kind of a lie. I know how to use the "Dumby" (or is it "Dummy"?) setting. That's what the pictures below were taken with.

But the best present of the gift of family, and we were blessed to spend time with them over the weekend.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Breeding at Wadekamper's

I didn't lift a finger...

But Lon, Sheri, Jess, RJ, Tyler & Clint did.

Five days. Five hundred cows & heifers bred.

Hopefully with brilliant success.....hopefully......fingers crossed!

A lot of work (and a touch of mud) for all - but spirits were still high on Saturday.

Thank you Wadekamper's for a great week (for Clint) and a great weekend (for me)!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Random bits & pieces.

Clint made it to Oregon - wahoo!

And he was able to get a new phone, which was a much needed item.

See, I kind of washed his phone right when we moved out to Nebraska....I got it dried out, and it worked for a couple of months after that. Lately it hasn't been charging. It hasn't been a big deal, since we don't get cell service at the ranch, which is where Clint spends most of his time....and when we're traveling, I'm usually with him.

But it was time - and we got a good deal.

In other random news -

Our puppy Leo is growing like a weed. He's now officially taller than Austin.

But while he may be taller....he's not smarter. As was evidenced this weekend while trying to sort a cow out of a pasture at the ranch.

Jace still likes to go ride whenever he comes out to the ranch. Which happened to be this last weekend.

It was a good thing - we can always use Jace's help.

It's always fun to go ride with Jace. It's also a good excuse for me to practice not falling off a horse, and we get a good laugh watching Jace trying to get up into the saddle.

We love the kid - but climbing up the stirrups into the saddle isn't a move he's mastered yet.

But he's working on it. Go cowboy, go.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Look we come.

The Sexson's are headed for good 'ol Eastern Oregon!

So excited!

I didn't think we were going to be able to swing it, but Delta dropped their rewards tickets over the weekend....and now I get to come home for a few days.

Delta SkyMiles - I love you!

Sorry - I'm a bit excited. Clint had already planned on flying back on Monday the 6th to help Wadekamper's AI their heifers and cows and now I'll be able to fly in Thursday night the 9th and spend the weekend! Then Clint will drive home and I'll fly back to Lincoln Monday afternoon.!


Ok - I'll calm down now. It's just that we've both been really missing our good friends back home and we're so excited to be able to come back and (hopefully) spend some time with all of you!

“Friendship is a treasured gift, and every time I talk with you I feel as if I'm getting richer and richer.”

holy experience

760. Thanksgiving with Clint's mom's side of the family in Denver.

Phrase of the day - "You touched it, now you have to eat it!"

761. Turkey roasted in a roaster oven. It looked easy peasy to do - and it turned out delicious!

762. Pie. Pie. And some more pie.

763. Four generations all together. It was great fun getting to meet & visit with everyone.

764. Black Friday shopping.

765. Clint waking up at 3:30 am to come with me.

766. Killer deals - and getting to watch a funny fight at the Target checkout line.

767. A great college football weekend - oh, except for the OSU game.

(Ugh - they were killing us Saturday night! What happened Beavs?)

768. Visiting with Scott, Alan & Melinda and getting to play with the kiddos.

769. Getting to visit with my dad on the phone.

770. Great weather - not that it stuck around, but it was nice while it lasted.

771. A Saturday morning spent visiting.

772. A niece and nephew who we love to pieces. And it's nice too that they'll watch our dogs. (Thanks again Jacer! You did great!)

773. Getting to see the big buck while we were out caking.

774. My husband. Love you. Mean it.

775. Co-workers who'll pick up the slack while I'm gone for a few days.

776. Reservations for dinner at the Bowring next weekend.

777. Sky miles.

778. Loving when it all just works out.

779. Coming home to Oregon - can't wait!

Monday, November 22, 2010

In the spirit of Thanksgiving.

“It isn't what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful, but what you have in
your heart.”

“He enjoys much who is thankful for little; a grateful mind is both a great and happy mind.”

“Difficulties are opportunities to better things; they are stepping stones to greater experience. Perhaps someday you will be thankful for some temporary failure in a particular direction. When one door closes, another always opens.”


My many "thanksgivings" continue....

740. Good health.

741. Two thumbs up for both Clint & I at the dentist.

742. 28 years....and counting.

743. Beautiful birthday flowers from my husband.

744. Thoughtful cards and fun presents from family & friends.

745. New experiences.

746. The horn on a cutting saddles.

747. Warm clothes on freezing cold days.

748. Heat. Many have to live without it.

749. Homemade Thanksgiving dinners....early.

750. A whole apple pie.

751. And for me....a slice of coconut cream pie.

752. Pouring over Black Friday ads.

753. A chunk of Christmas shopping done. (I don't know when I could say that at Thanksgiving before!)

754. Small gestures.

755. An agency that wraps itself around an employee in times of tragedy.

756. Prayer.

757. A new haircut & color.

758. Thanksgiving plans & travel.

759. Blessings that multiply day after day.

Friday, November 19, 2010


I've been working on getting CD's burned of the Clancy Family Tailgate that happened back in October.

Sorry family & cousins.....I'll get them out before Grandma's next birthday, I promise! :)

I found these two in the ones my mom took....

And they just made me smile.

And I have NO idea what we were taking a picture of either!

Have a great weekend everyone - and keep smiling!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

It's official.

The Camry has been totalled.

Sad day. : (

I loved that car so.

But alas....all is not lost. Because now I get to buy a new car.

Except I'm jumping ships.

See, I've always been a Ford girl. The pickup I have now is my fourth Ford.

My first pickup was a 1985 tan Ford Ranger. It was sweet. My parents won it with a $10 raffle ticket at a cow show in California when I was 2 or 3. Both my brother and I drove it through high school.

Then my parents got me an F-150 extended cab. It took me to college. And then it blew up on I-5 outside of Albany. But I couldn't hold that against had a gazillion miles on it, and had been a great pickup.

So then I got an F-250. Clint and I took it on our first date to the beach. Good memories with that pickup.

And finally, after I graduated...I bought the big daddy. An F-350 diesel crew cab.

But it only gets 15-17 mpg, and when you drive over 2,000 miles a month, that adds up to one big gas bill!

So - if the car dealership can get it all worked out....

I'm jumping ships, and buying this...

It's a Chevy Equinox. And it's highway rated for 32 mpg!


And it has all wheel drive....which I think will come in handy this winter.

What do you think?

Monday, November 15, 2010

The fighting has ended.

You know it's time for a new dryer, when Mel (my mother in law, who lives right across the lawn) comes over to the house and asks "Is everything OK?"

And my response would be, "Oh yeah, I'm just drying a load of laundry."

Ever since we moved out here to Nebraska, we have been fighting with our dryer.

"We're fighting!" it was always saying.

Name the college friend.... :)

First it was the heating element that didn't work.

Then, it needed a new fuse.

Thankfully when both of these went out, we had great weather, and I could dry everything on the clothesline. Not so easy when it's 18 degrees outside and snowing.

And finally, two weeks ago, it just kept thumping and thumping.

You know it's bad when you can't watch TV in the other room, while at the same time drying a load of clothes.

My first instinct was to ignore the dryer. I mean, the clothes were getting dry (eventually), and the house wasn't burning down. But then last week, it just quit. You'd throw a load in, press start, it'd make a few rounds, and then just stop.


We (I use we loosely....basically Clint did the work) took it apart, wiggled some things, took the drum off, re-tightened the belt, wiggled some more things, and started her up.

Still a no-go.

So, this weekend we headed into town and bought this little number....

Hello lovers. I love how you do my laundry.



Space savers. (We love that you can stack them!)

Actually, we were just going to buy a normal dryer, but when we got to Home Depot, we saw that these were on mega-sale, and that we could stack them.

Did you know that you can only stack a washer/dryer if it is the same model and made in the same year? True!

We ended up buying the pair, so that we woudn't get a year down the road, have our washer give out on us, and then have to buy a washer that we couldn't stack.

The $450 off when you bought the pair didn't hurt either.

So - we're back in business.

And the piles of laundry that had been stacked up - are done!

And the multitudes continue.....

holy experience

720. A three day work week.

721. The many sacrifices our Veteran's have made for us.

"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” – Elmer Davis

723. Finally getting a rental car - a cute little Ford Focus.

724. Getting over 32 mpg on the drive home....and NOT hitting a deer with it.

725. Waffle cone Wednesday at TCBY.

726. Rifle season for deer in Nebraska. Unless I was imagining it, there were a few less deer on the road when I drove back to Kearney.

Is 85,000 deer licenses a lot? Because that's what they issued for Nebraska this year.

727. Success for the hunters who were out at our place. They got a really nice buck.

728. Our new washer/dryer.

729. All of our landry....done!

730. An evening in Scottsbluff.

731. Checking out the new Chevy Equinox with Clint.

732. Dinner at Sonic.

733. Talking with my family on the phone.

734. Getting to talk with Lindsay before she hit the beach with the boys.

735. Getting a peek at the Black Friday can too! Look on Do you have your Christmas lists ready?

736. Our first snow!

737. "Caking" the cows with Clint this weekend. Ranchers here feed big 2x1 inch pellets of "cake" that are compressed distillers/screenings/feed and are high in protein and energy. The cows love them and will follow a truck with a caker on it wherever!

738. Getting my own cake - PW's chocolate sheet cake cupcakes - with buttercream frosting. Have mercy...the diet kind of got thrown out the door this weekend. But these were worth it.

739. Just a really great weekend at home - loved it.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Shipping time.

Our neighbors, the Finney's shipped their calves this weekend, so we spent Thursday morning at their place.

It's what the neighbors do around here....everyone pitches in and helps each other whenever it's needed.

And it all just works. It's a good thing I tell ya.

Anyway, back to Thursday morning. Semi-trucks can't get to where the Finney's headquarters are located, so everyone brings their pickups and trailers, and after gathering & sorting the calves, the calves get hauled down the road in various trailers to the neighboring ranch, and their loading facilities are used to weigh and load the calves into the waiting semi's.

The neighboring ranch is owned by Ted Turner, and they only run buffalo on the ranch, which are too big for standard cattle corrals. So the beautiful working corrals, scale and loading chute don't ever get used by Turner's. But they work just great for the Finney's! Lucky them!

These are just a few pictures from the morning....everything went smoothly which was a blessing!

And an even bigger blessing.....when we were done, Jean, Y & Mel had warm cinnamon rolls, shredded BBQ beef sandwiches and chips & dip waiting! Yum!

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Camry had a bad day.

Bow season started in Nebraska this weekend.

The good news: I guess you could say I got my first deer of the season.

The bad news: I got it with the Camry.

Actually, for the record - the deer hit me.

I was just following the car in front of me coming home on Hwy 2 last Friday night. Going under the speed limit I might add, since I was like "Well, if I stay behind this car, if a deer comes out, they'll hit it first."

But there was a group of deer on the side of the road, and after the car I was following went past them, one bolted out....right into the front side of the Camry.

Let's just say.....the Camry's future after Friday night is not looking so good.

And I wasn't even reading!

I'm blessed that I wasn't hurt at all.

After talking with my insurance company today (praise God for insurance!) it sounds like the Camry will most likely be totalled. But I'll know more later this week after an adjuster looks at it.

And to top things off....wouldn't you know it, there are NO rental cars available in Kearney until tomorrow afternoon?

So I've been driving around in town in style!

If you can call duct tape, baling twine and plastic sheeting stylish! :)

Can you?

So - I'll probably be in the market for a new(er) car.

One that gets good gas mileage.

And repels deer.

Any suggestions????

But like my wise Grandma said today when she called me out of the blue,

"There's always a little bit of good in anything bad."

That's a quote to take to the bank, I tell ya.


And the multitudes keep rolling in....

holy experience

700. Sweet little Addie Marie's baptism yesterday.

701. Getting to hang out with her, our other niece and nephew Rylie & James, and their parents.

702. Not realizing how much damage I'd done until I got home. (I long as the car was running, I should just keep going. So I didn't even realize that I wouldn't be able to hardly open my car door until I was in my driveway.)

703. Good weather Friday night....It would have been a major bummer to drive the 100 miles I had left home after the deer hit me with a busted out window in the rain/sleet/snow!

704. A husband who can just make it all better. Love you Clint!

705. Really good auto insurance. Thanks Kerri! I'll be sad when I have to switch to my Nebraska agent in February.

*If anyone is looking for a really good insurance agent, I highly recommend my college friend Kerri. She's on top of things, makes sure you're covered, and does it economically!

706. Safely making it home.

707. A morning spent outside.

708. An afternoon spent napping.

709. Sunshine.All.Day.Saturday.

710. College football on TV. Too bad the Beavs lost :(

711. Facebooking with friends.

712. Leftover pecan pie.

713. Working together.

714. Hugs & a kiss goodbye.

715. Cute little 3-packs of Lindt truffles in the Christmas aisle in Walmart. It's the perfect amount of goodness for $1!

716. 70 degree Nebraska!

717. A great Zumba class tonight at the Y.

718. Clearance Halloween candy. (I know, it kind of off-sets the one above...but clearance Halloween candy only comes about once a year!)

719. Lots of love....from all directions!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Falling into place.

Hello friends - it's Wednesday.

You probably already know that.

This week has been chaotic, busy, and FULL.

But in the best way possible.

I've been in meetings in Lincoln and haven't had access to my {multitudes} are a bit late.

But better late than never!

holy experience

680. A beautiful October and a November that's looking pretty promising!

681. A family filled Halloween weekend.

682. Carving pumpkins.

683. Roasting pumpkin seeds.

684. Funny, exasperated stories.

685. Making dinner together & the sweet "breadsticks" our niece and nephew made us. (Please ignore how beat up this pan is! Eeek!)

686. Halloween treats.

687. No tricks!

688. A great sale at Pieper Red Angus - really, I'd have to say it was the best hospitality I've seen at a sale.

689. A new colt. (Yup, another one!)

690. A hilarious, funny, spooky and fabulous time at the Cornstalk haunted corn maze!

691. A sister-in law who provided the best laughs! Thanks Kristi for letting us laugh with you! Of course, we were NEVER laughing at you! ;)

692. Quick phone conversations with Clint in the mornings this week....they've been the best way to start my last two days!

693. A new dress from Target. And it was on clearance...sweet!

694. A couple of well spent days in Lincoln.

695. Teaching new co-workers what it REALLY means to be a Beaver Believer!

696. A better (although crazy) week at work - and I got to meet with our administrator - good experience!

697. A totally unexpected surprise waiting on my desk when I got back from Lincoln. Thanks Mel {and company}!

698. Talking with my sister.

699. 2 more pounds lost this month! (Small - but steady!)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Hope your day is filled with lots of treats....

And only a few tricks!