I am a cattle beginner.  I am new to raising cattle and speaking cow.  When I speak cow it is just that. Plain and simple cow. I’ve attended many livestock shows with my husband and heard all the rating points stated over the microphone by the cattle judges. Not me. When I look at cattle, I think they either look strong and well shaped, or not. They either have high tails, solid legs, bony hips (dairy cows), or not. None of those complicated anatomic terms for me. I’m doing my best though and maybe I will be speaking the lingo better later.   We breedRead More →

Breeding and raising grass fed beef cattle has been what I call, “on the job training” to say the least. I suppose, it could even be labeled “field training” as it’s called in my former police world back in Vegas and I can even attest to a foot pursuit or two although I was the one being pursued by an angry momma cow while my husband and son tagged the baby calf’s ear and weighed the newly born little guy. My former field training officers at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police back when I was barely 21 years old (most of whom have moved ontoRead More →

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  I am originally from Las Vegas. A place where you can literally fry an egg on the sidewalk in the summer and the interior of your vehicle gets so incredibly hot during the day that people have tried to bake chocolate chip cookies on the dash board in their cars. True story. I saw it on the news so it must be true. It gets to 120 degrees on the pavement during the day in Vegas and in my former life as a law enforcement officer, directing traffic or standing on a crime scene for 6 hours was just plain ovenlike. Our uniforms consistedRead More →

There exists a huge learning curve for starting a blog. You really must be talented in quite a few areas such as communicating, organizing, planning, collaborating, creativity, and photography.  Thank goodness my brainy brother Jeff is a techie so I haven’t had to become talented in that area too.  I read quite a few blogs and many of them have been a beautiful work in progress for 5-10 years. In their own ways, each of the blog author’s talk about some of their lessons learned and I am a sponge, trying to soak it all up. I am learning as I go and so farRead More →

I wrote this in August, ’16 after the final day of BMT graduation weekend.  Seeing my son graduate and become a United States Airman was quite the experience.  I am proud to be an Air Force Mom! “Today, right before I had to say goodbye at Lackland Airfare Base to my newly graduated Airman son at the required 1800 hour, we sat quietly at a picnic table having some dinner and laughs after a very quick 4 days of partial freedom for him from training. The sun was shining, and young military women and men were busy with activities throughout the large base. There areRead More →

“Choose your friends wisely. They will bring you UP, or they will bring you DOWN.” I said that to my son when we lived in the big city pretty regularly. Enough that I’d receive the automated eye roll by the time he reached his late teenage years but also enough that i know he remembers it and perhaps, just perhaps he thinks about the character of people he calls his inner circle. I am pretty fortunate in that I met my best friend when we were young girls still and I would walk through fire for her to this day. She would do the same.Read More →

Most moms gets to the place eventually. The place where they’ve been replaced. Sigh. Last night was that time for me. I am an Air Force mom. “wingman, leader, warrior..I will never falter, and I will not fail!” My airman is flying home for a visit soon. When I asked him what time he would be in so that I can be at the airport on time, I saw it on his FaceTime face. He didn’t even have to say anything. I wasn’t the one that was going to pick him up. “Bu….t What do you mean? Ohhhh. I get it. Ok.” Ugg He’s beenRead More →

Most moms gets to the place eventually. The place where they’ve been replaced. Sigh. Last night was that time for me. I am an Air Force mom. “wingman, leader, warrior..I will never falter, and I will not fail!” My airman is flying home for a visit soon. When I asked him what time he would be in so that I can be at the airport on time, I saw it on his FaceTime face. He didn’t even have to say anything. I wasn’t the one that was going to pick him up. “Bu….t What do you mean? Ohhhh. I get it. Ok.” Ugg He’s beenRead More →

I have this friend named Karen. She was so right when she said, living in this rural farm environment that, “you need another man around.” My husband just informed me we need to move a new freezer in and everything needs to be moved from one to another. What? I was planning on relaxing in my robe while having peeled grapes fed to me today. That doesn’t fit into my plans. Living in the city, everything was made very easy for me. My recycling was picked up twice a month right at the curb. What? Yes. Right at the curb. Now we keep everything separatedRead More →

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For the past week I’ve been creating names for my blog in my head only to have the dream of a cherished name dashed when I found it was already taken on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, or Facebook. These are the big four right? “Your readers will expect to find you under the same name while searching for you on the net” I read. Hmmm. Okay. Well, this morning, I was thinking again while my husband watched his beloved business money network. I wish I could be more interested in watching news about the stock market but I am not. At all. (Laughing) My mind thinksRead More →