Tuesday, March 14, 2017

You Know You Live in a Ranch House When....

You Know You Live in a Ranch House When....

A little collection of ranch house notes.

The other night while winding down after a a long day, I was thinking about our ranch house. You see, we moved into the Circle L Ranch house about 7 years ago when Cody's parents retired. This ranch house is our home, and now a part of the story of who we are and a large collection of all the things we love.

After talking to our older generation neighbors, we have come to the conclusion that this ranch house was built before 1910. Our house was a 1 room homestead. The previous owners then added a larger kitchen, a couple of bedrooms and an upstairs.

In 1965, Cody's parents, Fred and Darlene, bought the Circle L Ranch and in 1979 Cody's parents added on a living room, bedroom, bathroom and a laundry room. Cody's parents raised 5 kids in this ranch house.

I came up with a few lines about living in a ranch house.

You Know You Live in a Ranch House When.................

You can only run a few appliances/ electronics at once.
We are pros at knowing what will flip the breaker. Even with updated wires, this ranch house can only handle so much. If we flip the breaker, we have to run over a hill to flip it back on.

Your bathtub also serves as a calf warmer and dog bathtub.
It also has seen more sand, mud and manure than most houses in its lifetime.

Your refrigerator has 2 shelves/drawers full of vaccinations/ medicine for cattle, dogs and horses.
Yep, you read that right. Vaccine and medications for all our animals is important for us to have on hand at all times.

Your laundry room also serves as a vet room.
Our laundry room is pretty big, it has a shower, a huge sink, a washer, a dryer and large shelves. This room doesn't only hold dirty and clean clothes, but you can find all vet supplies needed to treat a sick cow or calf, bandage a sore on a horse, animal ID tags, and the list goes on and on. We make sure that we have all the necessities we need because it takes a vet at least an hour to come to the ranch.

Your washer has washed more than clothes.
I will just leave that right there!!!

You have fresh air EVERYDAY!
I mean really, think about all the drafts of fresh air that we get. When Cody and I moved in, we had new windows put in and even though these windows helped with a lot of the drafts, it didn't stop them all. Let's just say when the wind blows so do our curtains.
This is just one corner...

Your entry way look like the Calvary came for a visit.
I counted them this morning and we have 30 pairs of boots in the entry way. Whether we need Cowboy boots or Bog Boots, they are ready to go!!

Your fireplace has a place for a wood box.
No, not a box for wood, but a box for a cold calf.

Your kitchen sink washes more than dishes.
For example, calf bottles, calving equipment, dirty kids, etc. Don't worry, that's why Clorox was invented.

Your mud room really has mud in it.
And NO I don't clean it everyday.

Your floors have the creaks.
No really, it is one of the things that I love about ranch houses is the creaking floor. You can hear the kids coming when they get out of their beds.

You have a floor furnace.
Actually I love the floor furnace. It is very convenient to warm your cold feet and dry wet clothes.

Your house has a cellar.
Every old house that I know has a cellar and it is servers as a weather shelter and for food storage. I am thankful to have it.

Your electrical outlets are only 2 pronged.
This is probably one of the things that drive me up the wall, all appliances need 3 pronged outlets. Let me tell you, it is frustrating!

Your front door is the original wood door.
That is all. Our door is heavy and made right and I like it.

Isn't this a good view? Iron on the hill.
Your lawn ornaments consist of old rusted machinery.
Let's just say that we have a stock pile of iron.

Your sewer is just a pipe line to a row of old trees.
Our ranch house does have a septic tank which was put in when Cody's parents added on, but the rest of the house just has a pipe. The good news is that when we have a back up, all we have to do is go dig the dirt away from the pipe.

Your back door serves as the door to the gun safe.
Yes, there are guns by the front door, back door and everywhere in between.

Your walls are insulated with old Levis and Western Shirts!
Yes, you read that right. Back when this house was built insulation consisted of old shirts and jeans. Our walls still have them in it. We put insulation on top of them to help. We also found old newspapers packed in the walls. We left them.
Ranch house hat rack.

Your hat rack is a prized buck.
I will leave it at this: Check the photo out!!

Your floors are hard wood.
Living in the Sandhills, I appreciate our hard wood floors.

You have a clothesline.
Fresh air is the best to dry laundry and I know ours has been drying clothes since the 1900!

Your cook stove is gas.
This is one of the most important items in our ranch house. This is handy when the power is out, we can still have a home cooked supper and boil water if we need to.

Our ranch house is made with beams, walls and lots of stories.
The form of ranch houses never matters as much as what goes inside – because those are the people and special things that transform any space into a home. Ranch houses not only house and protect people from the elements, but they tell a story, express a person or family’s interests and make guests feel welcome.

Ranch houses are originals and they all have character.

You are welcome to come visit our ranch house anytime.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

I Help Feed The World.

I Help Feed The World.

It's a Special Day Today!!

Give a Girl a Cowboy Hat and She Can Conquer The World
(Mary Williams Hyde)

Today, March 8 is a special day. Not only is it my BIRTH-Day, it is also International Women's Day 2017.  I wanted to do a SHOUT - OUT to all Women, but I want to do a special SHOUT-OUT to all Women in Ag.

Did you know that women involvement in Ag is growing?
Whether they are ranchers, farmers, mom operators, or maybe even a combination of all, women in Ag are special people.
I wrote a poem about these special people.

Let's celebrate with a CHEER! and a Poem!

Women is Ag is an attitude, really; a pioneer spirit, a Special American brand of Courage. 
Women in Ag face life head on, she shines her own lights and has no excuses. 
Women in Ag stand tall, with their head up. They tell their stories by speaking the truth. They defend what they hold dear.
Women in Ag might come in all walks of life. A farmer, a rancher, a banker, or a vet, maybe a bookkeeper, and anything in between.

So on this day, March 8, 2017, lets all CELEBRATE all Women in Ag!!

Women in Ag all play a vital role in the agricultural community and we should all be committed to telling our stories.

So on this special day, let's flood social media with ladies.

Audra Mulkern over at AudraMulkern.com has a challenge for us today.

Here is her challenge:
Take a picture of yourself, or have someone take one of you, post it your social media accounts on Tuesday, March 8th - International Women's Day.
Post to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, etc  and Hashtag to

Make sure your post is public so I can find you and I will re-post, re-gram, re-tweet.
Lets show the world what a farmer looks like.
Because you are one.
Make sure that you check out her page.

So will you join me in this challenge?

Monday, March 6, 2017

A Sunday Thought~Celebrate the Gift of Today

A Sunday Thought~Celebrate the Gift of Today

Celebrate Every Day!!

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. 
Isahiah 61:10

My thoughts for the last couple of weeks have really been on our world. You see, how do we rejoice in the Lord when we live in an uneasy, broken world and every time we look in a newspaper, read social media, or read our emails, we hear about another awful crime or awful story?

I saw a wood sign the other day in a store that said, "Celebrate Today! I came that you might have life abundantly!" I should have bought it, but I just took a picture of it. This statement really changes my views. God has given me this day, and I want to make sure that I am doing what he wants me to do everyday. This statement is a reminder to me that in the darkest of days I can still find something to celebrate. Each day is a gift, and although on some days it may take some thought, there is always something to rejoice about.

Here are a few of examples of what God has done for me:

One of Cade's cows had a backwards calf, and after pulling the calf out, Cade's cow died from the complications of the delivery. Life and death happens, we all know that, this story is no different except that Cade now is responsible for feeding his calf. I think it's a good lesson for Cade and he is getting a kick out of feeding his calf. They already have a bond. You see even when things look dark, God reminds us that he is still in control.

This past year, the repair bill on our vehicles tripled because we have so much water and mud. I mean we have replaced more ball joints, bearings, and bushings then I can even count, but guess what, we have green grass coming. You see even when you think about all the money, God reminds us that we need all the moisture, because our cattle need it.

Last week I got a phone call from a friend that I haven't chatted with for a long time. I really appreciated her words. "Naomi, keep your head up, God has a plan for you." You see, even when we think we are taking 5 steps backwards, someone is there to tell us its okay, now take 10 steps forward.

You see, these are only a few of my examples, but we can all learn to celebrate today. We have to look for it.

What makes your heart pitter-patter?
What makes a smile come to your face?
What makes your soul find peace?
Whatever it is, go do it. If its calling a friend, then pick up the phone and call them.
If its going for a walk, then head out the door and do it.
If its going for a horseback ride, then saddle up and go.
If its sitting in silence, then find a quiet spot.

My point is that when things that make our heart and soul feel good, then God will be able to work magic in them. We can consciously release all our worries, fears and burdens to God. When we look at all the amazing things that happen everyday- the beautiful sunrises, the miracle of life, the miracle of salvation and forgiveness, a phone call, a hug, a child's laugh, a friend's visit- our heart and souls will leap with wonder that will fill our minds with love and joy.

My prayer:

Lord, help me look for the magic in this day. Open my eyes to the reasons for joy so that I can celebrate life in all its fullness. Thank you for giving me life today. Thank you for everything you have given to me. Thank you for showing me your ways.

Happy Monday, friends.
Going miles on Sunday Thoughts.