Category Archives: Farm Life 101

Things I’ve learned since marrying the rancher’s son.

A butt kicking dose of farm life

A couple of weekends ago, we received a call for help from my ranching in-laws. They had 1400 feet of 6 inch PVC pipe that needed to be laid in trench they had dug to deal with the overflow of … Continue reading

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disaster averted

It’s impossible to predict accidents. They happen so quickly, and often times, nothing can stop them once the chain of events leading up to an accident triggers. It’s even worse if the cause of the accident can be traced back … Continue reading

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Great! I’m a pushover.

I never thought I could be described as a pushover, but after this week, I can’t deny it. There’s pushover in my blood. My in-law’s farm is often the recipient of abandoned cats and dogs. Why people think it’s humane … Continue reading

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Holy cow! The things they let live on a farm

Farm-life is full of fixing things, and this week for my in-laws’ farm was no different. The main pump for the pasture water went out, so off we go to help. I use the ‘we’ liberally here—99.9% of the time … Continue reading

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Bring on the branding irons!

Over the weekend, my family headed to the in-law’s ranch for the yearly branding of the calves. When my children were younger they hated this event. They cried and hid in the trucks, or cowered outside the corral. Boy, how … Continue reading

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It’s me against the herd

Last weekend I found myself alone, standing in front of a bunch of cows and their calves. I’d been left there on purpose to stand guard over a broken gate my father-in-law was fixing. For those of you who have … Continue reading

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FARM LIFE 101: The Houdini Bull

In my novel RORY’S CHOICE, the bulls on the farm break down a fence and escape. I’d seen this happen several times on my in-law’s farm so I knew the setup was realistic. I found out this weekend bulls can … Continue reading

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Farm Life 101: The runaway horse.

This week, my children took their yearly visit to the in-law’s farm without mommy and daddy.  They returned with stories on all kinds of animals, from coyotes to kitty-cats, the four-legged creatures on my in-law’s farm received a major dose … Continue reading

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Letting go of a piece where it all began: Farm Life 101

When I married my husband almost fourteen years ago there was this cute little puppy on my in-laws ranch.  The runt of his litter, Dude was the smallest Blue Healer I’d ever seen.  The little bugger couldn’t keep up with … Continue reading

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“Just Desserts” Farm Life 101

On farms gates are pretty important things.  You know, since it keeps the animals where you want them. A few weeks ago, my mother-in-law, in her desire to be helpful, went out in the snow and fed all the animals … Continue reading

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