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September 13, 2017
10 Commandments of a Ranch Wife from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

10 years. It's hard for me to believe I've been writing here for 10 years today! This is my place to journal and document some of what goes on at the end of the dirt road and I never expected that anyone would be interested enough to read it, but this space has become even more special to me because of ya'll. I am humbled that ya'll take the time from your busy lives to stop in here for a visit

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September 11, 2017
Dirt, Demolition, and a Dozer from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

You would think that a wet summer and green grass would mean we get to sit back on our laurels and take it easy, but it really just means that we get to tackle other projects. Thus, the endless plumbing photos: A good assistant is invaluable and our top dog is always on the job and he takes it very seriously Improving the water system will make things easier in the long run, but it means

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September 9, 2017
Pick Up the Shovel and Dig Another Well from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

I hope that everyone enjoyed a safe and fun Labor Day weekend. I know that many folks are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the ongoing fires in the Northwest. I can't imagine the work that lies ahead, but we're sending continued prayers and doing what we can from this end. As for us, no cookouts, or gatherings, as most of the country kicked off the Labor Day weekend. We spent

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September 3, 2017
What I've Been Up To from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

Before I jump into today's post, I need to apologize to ya'll. I hope no-one made my Cornpone Pie recipe yet. There's nothing wrong with the recipe, but there is a mistake in the cornbread  recipe. There is only 1/4 C of vegetable oil...not 1/2 C as I originally posted. I'm so very sorry. And an anonymous comment came in saying they couldn't find a link to print my recipes. I'm sorry, but I have

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August 21, 2017
Cheering Up Skeet from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

Our girl came home on Wednesday afternoon for a short visit and to pick up Harvey. She is back from Hawaii where she presented a job seminar and had a job interview so she had lots to share and enjoyed her adventure. She had to go back to begin her final semester of grad school on Thursday and now we are left with one sad and lonely puppy.                                  So we took him

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August 18, 2017
A Tree's Demise from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

Tuesday was a sad day. We had a tree trimmer come out and trim some trees that badly needed to be pruned and we had one tree that was dead and needed to  be cut down: I'm fairly certain this was the first tree ever planted here and it broke my heart to see it cut down. And yes, tears were shed. This tree probably got the most water of any tree on the place because it was in the middle

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August 14, 2017
A No Sew Day from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

We received another inch of rain throughout the night on Friday, into Saturday morning, saturating the ground and making for a lovely day to sew. DH had a Safari Club fund raiser to work, in another town, so he left at 6. The rain quit at 6:30 and the pups and I headed out on our morning adventure. It was such a pretty morning. Doesn't look much like a desert these days:

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August 11, 2017
Adventures With Skeet and Harvey from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

I had too many photos for one post about the rain and I really do think the puppies deserve their own post because they just had way too much fun after the rain                               can you say happy?                                    They were completely perplexed by the sound of the croaking toads. The toads are in the water and can't be seen, but their serenade can only be

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August 10, 2017
Toad-ally Blessed from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

God has certainly poured His blessing out upon us this week                              On Friday evening we had .8" of rain.  On Sunday evening our rain gauge at the house collected another 1.6". And Monday afternoon and evening we had another .8". Not a lot for many of you, but here in the desert, that's just huge! Other parts of the ranch are too wet to get to so we're fairly

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July 28, 2017
Mornings With Skeet from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

Since we no longer have small children, nor have grandchildren yet, you get posts about Skeet. This little dog has been such a wonderful addition to our family. Honestly, he's just the perfect dog for us. And he's so vocal! Not as in barking vocal, he only barks when someone other than DH or I drive up, which is exactly what we want him to do, but he talks to us. Even our girl, said, "

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July 23, 2017
Hard Headed Heifer from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

And yes, that title could be applied to me although technically, I would be a cow. :) This fella's hard headed, yet has a soft heart. He is incredibly kind to children and animals, yet does not have much patience for folks with no common sense or work ethic. Lately it seems that much of society wants what they want when they want it and they have their minds made up without much regard for

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July 17, 2017
On Any Given Day from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

DH is a good steward of the land: And of heifers who think they can hide in dirt tanks The other morning, the boys brought up some heifers that needed to be year branded and given a booster vaccination: Please show me the way out of here:                                          I helped so pictures were few and far between:

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July 6, 2017
What I've Been Up To from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

Gosh, I wish I had time to publish a short post every day. Then you wouldn't have to wade through posts with random subjects like this. But part of the reason I write, is to keep track of what goes on around here. One of these days when someone asks, "What did ya'll do out there all the time?", I can direct them here or hand them the growing stack of blog books I have printed. :)  I hope

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June 22, 2017
Puddles! from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

We'd had a little bit of rain earlier this spring, but we were getting pretty dry. The excessive heat - 105+ day after day, coupled with the wind - didn't help matters either. I think they're forecasting another 110+ day today. Today, we're winding down. This is the last day we're working the Corrientes and I had planned to sneak out and take some pictures, but they're branding over at Devil's

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June 16, 2017
My Week in Food from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

Whew! It's been a whirlwind of a week and I spent much of it  in the kitchen so food is what you get to read about today. We worked 4 days instead of three and it's been HOT! That's why breakfast is at 4. By the time they eat, load horses trailer to the various pastures  it's just about light enough for them to start gathering and they can get things done by noon. It's been over 100

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May 27, 2017
Swing a Rope Sunday from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

Last week we had a little rain and DH was able to take our old backhoe and plow up the arena. We had some roping cattle that needed to be broken in and that means you can find us in the roping arena by 6:30 for as many days in a row as time allows: It's been about 50° in the morning and that's perfect for a little roping practice: The cattle don't get hot and we rope 'em easy: And

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April 28, 2017
Fishing With Skeet from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

We've been putting in some really long days. Monday was, of course, sale day and we sold 1131 hd of cattle. Then Tuesday dawned bright and early. Well, at 3:30 it is neither dawn, NOR bright, but we were gathering cattle and I rolled out of bed and headed into the kitchen to start breakfast for the crew. And then again on Wednesday, when the boys sorted off calves, loaded them, and we headed to a

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April 18, 2017
Sorting Bulls from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

After dinner on Friday, the boys gathered the bulls in Headquarters Pasture and brought them to the pens.  I tried to take a few photos and all the while this fella: was snorting at the back of my neck. By the time I  got out there, they had already sorted off the beef bulls which DH and Dane hauled out on Monday, and DH was culling through the Corrientes: There are 80 bulls in this

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April 15, 2017
MUD! from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

Those of you that have been reading here for any length of time, know what that means! And you know that I'm going to post about it because rain in the desert is always post-worthy. We had 5 days of branding scheduled, but the rain started on Tuesday afternoon. It was a very vocal storm too. Goodness, the thunder and lightening just shook the house every 3 seconds. Someone wasn't too fond

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April 8, 2017
Morning in the Saddle from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

Our girl called Wednesday night and said she was headed this way to pick up some supplement for a fellow student's study. It was close to midnight when she pulled in and she left at 2 the following afternoon. Short and sweet, but we'll gladly take the kids whenever and for however long we can get them! She saddled up with her Daddy in the morning to sort off a few steers that had crossed the

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