Monday, October 31, 2011

Pumpkin Carving!

When it comes to carving pumpkins, we don't mess around....

And when it comes to hosting pumpkin carving parties, the
Murdock's don't mess around either!

Happy Halloween!

I hope you have a spooktacular day! :)

Friday, October 28, 2011

Fall at Double M.

New baby calves hitting the ground.

Spring calves getting their first meal from a bunk at the feedlot.

Wide open views of the meadows and mountains.

Cool mornings and even crisper evenings felt as we head to the pastures to check pairs.

Leaves changing colors right along with the grass.

Mornings spent getting ready for work while listening to freshly weaned calves bawl across the freeway as the feed truck heads their way.

They're all signs of fall here at the ranch my husband works for.

And while a lot of work comes along with the fall months for him, I just feel blessed that we get to live the life we do....and enjoy the experiences that come along with it.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Winner winner, orange spiced harvest dinner.

Congratulations Lindsay!

Your comment "cows coming home :)" wins you the Orange Spiced Harvest Scensty bar!

Now for my secret....
when I first had generate a number....
it generated the number 2.

And that was a comment I had left responding to Sarah.

So I had it generate another number.
Because unlike Bunco, the hostess doesn't get to win her own prize.
(But all bets are off this Thursday when I host Bunco at my house!)

There - I'm glad I got that off my chest!


By the way, one of the gals I work with is placing a Scentsy order this week. Sarah's recommended Autumn Sunset, but I'm going to buy 3 bars so I get a better price - because I'm cheap like that.

So - any other recommendations?

And thanks to everyone who commented!
- Here's to a great Fall 2011 -

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A chance to change.

Well - it's Monday. And when I got to work and was asked "How was your weekend?", all I could say was...

"It was a weekend."

Exageration on the "a".

So today I've been asking myself....

Was my attitude positive this weekend?
Did I try to see the best in my spouse first?
Did I think about others before myself?
Did I ask to help others and really mean it?
Was I thankful for all I received this weekend?
Was I as patient as I could have been?

I'd like to say that I could answer 'yes' to all of the above.

But I'll be real....I can't.

I'm human.
The people in my life are human.
And when you throw livestock into the mix....well, so much for having a plan.

We all get frustrated.
We all get cranky.
We all get sick.
We all get tired.
We all get discouraged.

But the beauty is....we're all forgiven.

"Listen. You have not been sprinkled with forgiveness....or spattered with have been immersed in are a minnow in the ocean of his mercy. Let it change you!" - A Love Worth Giving

And in most cases, we get another chance to change.

We get another day to wake upon on the right side of the bed.
A day to be rested and well.
A day to see the best in others.
Another day to see the many blessings that immerse us.

Because some day....we won't have another day.

So it's up to us to make the days like {today} - count.

And if you look at it that way - we're beyond blessed.

1042. Cousins, an aunt and a grandma who called to check in.

1043. A dad who was able to get back to work for a bit this week.

1044. A sister who cleared her schedule for Thursday.

1045. A beautiful week of weather.

1046. A calf who finally stood up on day 3.

1047. A husband who has a truckload of patience.

1048. A husband who puts up with me when I lack the aforementioned truckloads.

1049. To do lists marked off.

1050. Pictures hung, dishes done and laundry baskets emptied.

1051. Getting to hang out with Lindsay and Nichole over dinner, beer margarita's and the OSU vs WSU game.

1052. A ten minute nap....that turned into an hour nap.

1053. A sister who woke me up and let me know the Beaver's had won.

1054. Go Beavs!

1055. Getting to sleep in.

1056. A day of rest for Clint...kind of.

1057. NyQuil, Tylenol PM and Coricidan.

1058. A weekend free of calving problems.

1059. A full fridge and easy dinners to put together.

1060. Phone conversations with friends.

1061. A full week at work...but I'm so thankful for the job I have.

1062. A new day to be a newer (and better) person, wife and friend.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Falling for Fall.

So I looked up from my {life} and realized that October is almost over.

Umm, hello? September, I missed you. Where did you go?

And October - well, I guess we're having a short term relationship too...and for that, I'm sorry.

And really, it's too bad. Because I think Fall is my favorite time of year.


I love being able to wear long sleeves to work and not having to worry about sweating.

I love using the seat heaters in my car.

I love having cornstalks and cat willows and a scarecrow tied to our front gate.

I love fall colors.

I love college football. (Although I'm not loving how the Beavers are playing this year, but I know they can pull out the stops this weekend against WSU. Go Beavs!)

I love breaking out my fall scents - if you're a Scentsy fan, I'm loving Spiced Orange Harvest right now. Although that's kind of a tease, since it's a discontinued bar....sorry! But their Honey Pear Cider is a great fall scent too!

I love watching weaned calves grow and change.

And I love pulling the covers up at night and curling up with my husband.


So I'm curious....What's your favorite thing about Fall?


One person who leaves a comment on this post gets their own "Spiced Orange Harvest" Scentsy bar.

I loved it so much when I bought it in July during their "Bring Back my Bar" promotion, I turned around and ordered more so I'd have a stock pile. I promise - it won't dissapoint!

I'll choose a random winner Monday - and get your Scentsy bar to you so you can enjoy before Fall dissapears!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Power Dog.

We have a pretty special dog in Austin.

Clint's had her since she was a puppy, and I remember many judging trips where she'd curl up under the first bench seat in the 12 passenger van and just ride quietly along for miles and miles as we drove across the country.

And when we'd get to a workout, she'd hop out of the van when Clint called her and stay right by his side. Working when asked, laying down and staying put when idle.

She doesn't ride in too many judging vans anymore, but if there's a car or pickup door open, and you can't find Austin anywhere, she's probably curled up on the floorboard ready for you to take her somewhere. Not on the seat though, because she knows better than that.

One of our neighbors was over the other day and was asking about our dogs as they were all around us playing in the lawn. She remarked that Austin must be just a puppy because of how small she was.

Well, that 'puppy' is 8 years old and the gray is starting to show in her face.

While she's older now and is more easily tired, she still loves to work.

I wonder how she does it sometimes....

To head off into acres of tall grass in search of cows, and not being able to the cows or us or over the grass. I mean, it has to be similar to the feeling I get when I head into a field of corn.

I'm not sure why I think about that, but I've been pondering it.
However she does it - she always gets the job done.

But no matter her age, or ability to work,
she'll always be our {Powers} and the power dog of the group.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Looking for more.

I haven't had time to put together a cohesive post for awhile, and this post isn't cohesive in any way, but I've been thinking a lot about how when people choose to count their blessings, and be thankful - it's visible.

Both to themselves, and also to other people around you.

So in the whirlwind that's been these past few weeks, I've been keeping a notebook in my car and trying to jot down the many blessings that surround me.

I've missed writing down many this week....but that just means there's room for more.

And I'll take {more} blessings over {fewer} blessings any day of the week.

1019. A visit with Mel.

1020. 62 bred heifers!

1021. Co-workers who know the right questions to ask.

1022. A suprise package in the mail - love the T-shirts Kristi!

1023. Catching up with Jace & Jacobi.

1024. Dinner conversation with Tom, Wade & Clint.

1025. PR YG 1 - figured out. Can you?

1026. A cute new puppy for Jess.

1027. Sunsets and looking thru cows for sale.

1028. A sunny drive - no rain thru the Gorge!

1029. Dad getting to go home from the hospital....or in his words "getting released!".

1030. Wheelbarrows of wood filled for the fire.

1031. Shingles nailed down and steps that can be made surely.

1032. Neighbors who stopped by to check in.

1033. Catching up with L1 on the drive home.

1034. Fall bulbs planted! All 244.

1035. Creating fall decorations with Mason & Mack.

1036. Sweeping, vacuuming, dusting, washing & tidying - DONE.

1037. Visiting over dinner.

1038. Stocking up at Costco and spending the afternoon with Lindsay.

1039. Bunco prizes and Christmas shopping attended to.

1040. A husband who does the laundry.

1041. The time we get to spend together.

"There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits to the human capacity for intelligence, imagination and wonder." - Ronald Reagan

Friday, October 7, 2011

To be thankful, in spite of it all.

Our family was thrown a curve ball last week.

One I'd like to throw right back, but am starting realizing that that won't be possible.

And so I'm working on adjusting - is that possible?

I've wanted to write down my thoughts, but nothing I've written, or re-written seems to be adequate.

And I don't even know if this post is what I want to write, but like a friend who's been going through the same thing told me this week...."Try to feel everything. It'll be difficult, but it's a step."

And so in the midst of all that's been happening, I'm trying to feel out the blessings. And wandering and hoping that it's OK to focus on them, instead of the other thoughts that wrestle in my mind....

My multitudes from September 26-29, 2011
Cool evenings and mornings that were welcomed in a light jacket.
Morning sunrises.
The tinkle of ice that joined my morning iced coffee.
Laughter and the decompressing that Bunco brings.
Seeing little Royce and his funny antics.
Leftover peach pie.

And those from September 29 - today....
A phone call and voicemail. Even though it was hard to make.
A sister who went with me.
All those blank white boxes on the calender.
Nurses and doctors who care and guide.
Co-workers who visited.
Friends who cared.
Tests and scans that helped make decisions.
Getting a chance to say "I love you".
And having more days ahead to repeat it.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

The Crown Jewel Event - The Candids

The post that was 100 pictures.

Well - maybe not 100 - but there's a few.

Lindsay and I made an unexpected trip to Salem, so I'm a few days late in getting these posted, but here's a few candids from the 2011 Crown Jewel Event held at the Gohr Ranch in Madras last weekend: