oh yeah…the OTHER ranch…

We’ve been having so much fun up at the ranch in Wyoming, that we forgot about some land we have here in Arizona!  Ok, maybe forgot is the wrong word.  How about….just kept making payments and didn’t go back out to see it in over a year…..Yes.  That’s much better.

We’ve  got a “high desert” thing going on near Prescott!  We bought the land about 7 or 8 years ago, and just haven’t built the house yet.  After going out there today, and realizing it’s only a do-able 2 hour drive….it’s back on the front burner now!

It’s about 42 acres and from the front entrance, it is a one mile walk to the back.  I took this picture after we walked to the back of the property (where we would like to build…someday) and can you see the little white speck in the middle of the picture? that is our truck…..parked waaay over there…

Two great things about the property.  The fence (which is the only thing we have done) and the railroad tracks that border the property on the east side..I love trains and it is a ‘ribbon rail’ so there isn’t a clackety-clack thing happening.

Now I won’t even repeat what my hubby calls this mountain….(sigh)

                                            Here is a a general store…

And that is what my son loves about the area…..the skull….. (insert another sigh here)….boys!!

Hopefully we will decide to do something soon because it is a beautiful area and not so far as Wyoming!  Or maybe we’ll just wait until the cows come home…

cow school…

Everything I need to know I learned  from a cow:

1. Wake up in a happy mooo-d.

2. Don’t cry over spilled milk.

3. When chewing your cud, remember: There’s no fat, no calories, no cholesterol, and no taste!

4. The grass is really not greener on the other side of the fence.

5. Turn the udder cheek and mooo-ve on.

6. Seize every opportunity and milk it for all its worth!

7. It’s better to be seen and not herd.

8. Honour thy fodder and thy mother and all your udder relatives.

9. Never take any bull from anybody.

10. Always let them know who’s the bossy.

11. Stepping on cowpies cannot bring good luck.

12. Black and white is always an appropriate fashion statement.

13. Don’t forget to cow-nt your blessings every day.

 (ok, that’s just creepy….)

a purdy day…

A beautiful day here!  I’m holding my breath because I think it will be gone by the evening!

The water is trying OH SO HARD to dry up…..

Here is yesterday…

And here is today….

Not too much difference…..but I can tell.  Maybe I have special eyes…..yeah.  That’s probably it.  So, since it was so lovely out….I decided to go for a little drive…

Yep…that was the Post Office … where it all happens.

And I got a picture of Number 21….

Then I found this guy…..doesn’t he look guilty?  Or perhaps he’s a very naughty donkey..

Well….that’s all for today… .. Later we’re taking a trip to the cemetery….If I don’t go, I might face GRAVE consequences…

smoke, cows and maybe a chicken…

On the way to pick up Jimmy from the airport (on Friday) I had to turn around and go back up to the house.  It seems that when I set off the ‘bug bombs’….they were powerful and set off our fire/smoke alarms and the security company started getting hives.  They started calling everyone, except me, of course and our builder even notified!  So he calls me and says, “Sandi?  Is everything okay at your house?”  Well….as it turned out, I went back to the house and BOY O BOY!  When I set off bug bombs….THEY WORK!!  The house was a huge cloud of smoke!  Ooopsy!  Maybe six bombs were just five too many.

I picked up James, quite successfully from the airport, and without setting off any airport security alarms… and as we drove home….this was blocking our way…

not just two or three….but A HERD!!

They were everywhere!!  And THEN some of them got a little frisky……..if you know what I mean…….RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE TRUCK!!  No!!  I did not get a picture of that, thank you very much.

Finally the herd starting to thin out and we were able to pass through.  I will say that it totally made my day!  (I’m pretty easy to please).

We made it back to the ranch and THE CATTLE GUARD IS WORKING!  Well, it’s been back filled and now we can drive on it!  Jimmy got a little dirty but I made sure that I stayed perfectly clean.

Oh, it’s a beaut!  I can’t wait to find out what our next project will be….. think I can convince Jimmy to build me a chicken coop????  (nah, me neither…..)

the activity…

So much activity in and around the ranch!!  First of all, there is a cattle guard going in the entrance to keep these guys OUT!

Or…IN….wherever they happen to be at the time….

So the entrance is blocked…

which means I need an alternate route….a bumpy route, that is….

but that is fine with me….just a little out of my way…

BUT here is something funny…..or sad, whichever way you look at it.  I drove into our nearby town to the grocery store and saw something so unusual….and hysterical at the same time.  It’s the local bar….now that isn’t funny.  But the fact that the entire front of the bar is under construction AND the chairs and tables and BOTTLES have never been moved AND the fact that someone was inside sitting at the bar drinking WAS INDEED FUNNY!! He must have been very thirsty!

That is the side of the bar.  Here is the front…

What is difficult to see…is the man sitting at the bar.  Not one table has been moved.  Not one chair has been moved. The napkin holders and salt and pepper shakers are still in the middle of each table.  The bar is ….open…for business.  Yes, it is….

workin’ day….

Whooo!!!  What a busy day!  I woke up and made us a HUGE breakfast BEFORE we went out for “chores”.  We had gone to the Farmer’s Market in Thayne, WY and gotten some FRESH eggs!  And Yes!  As a matter of fact it was the first time I have had FRESH eggs!  They were delish!

So we backed up the truck to the water wagon and went to fill it with water to give our trees around the house a little drink.

Once we got that little project underway, I decided that I needed to don my ranch gloves, my ranch boots and my ranch hat.  So, I basically had to start over because I had on the wrong wardrobe.

Once we corrected THAT problem, I was ready to work.

We drove down to the barn at the little cabin, and my keen eye noticed that it was locked…..country style…

Who needs padlocks?  We use a piece of an electric cord….way better.  Once inside the barn (which by the way, isn’t really ours) I found something a little disturbing.

Hmm….A noose.  Does this keep us away?  No!  We hung around for a little while, then went back up to the house to start on a little landscaping.  Ok, yes, I’m mostly taking pictures and pointing but Jimmy did a bang up job for me.  My little stone statue of the mama and baby are neatly tucked away under the trees.

Once (he) finished this little project, I saw the REAL reason that I wanted to help…

“OH PLEEEEEEEEEASSEEEEE!!!  Can I use it, Jimmy, Can I?  Can I?  Can I? Can I?”

Once I physically and mentally exhausted him he said, “Ok.”  And it wasn’t a definite “ok”, it was a “maybe-she-will-forget-about-it ok”

WOO HOO!!!!  I GET TO USE A CHAINSAW!!!!

Once I started waving it around (while it was running) he instantly regretted his decision.  BUT, he agreed to be the camera holder and I agreed not to cut off anyones arms or legs.

I must say, I’m a natural at chain-sawwin’.  I chain-sawwed sooo many things!!  I was exhausted!

Ok….so maybe I didn’t do all that.

But I did chop THREE!!  Then as soon as the fun began, it was over.

See the dangling chain?….I broke it.

Hmmpff.  Women.  Can’t live with ’em, can’t kill ’em.

Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera with me at dinner because we went with our VERY favorite neighbors in ALL OF GROUSE CREEK!!!!  Ok, so they are the only neighbors that like us (me)…..

Anywhoo..we went to Dad’s Steakhouse in Thayne and had a fabulous dinner.  Then on the way home their were cows!  In the road!

Ok, city-folk……cows in the road are not good.  So we pulled over and being the neighborly neighbors that we are….we WRANGLED them back into their pasture!  Yes!  WRANGLED!  That is, if WRANGLED means honk, wave and chase.  So maybe I’m a little tired now…….although I did just think of a funny joke.

What did Rancher Sandi tell the cows in the road???????   IT’S PASTURE BEDTIME!!!!   hahahahahahaha!

stupid cows…

Isn’t this a crazy cow?  They were imported from Scotland and now live in Maine.  They reminded me of a big oreo cookie…..

Speaking of cows….here are some really bad cow jokes…

Why does the milking stool have only three legs?

Because the cow has the udder…..              (sorry)

Do you know why the cow jumped over the moon?

The farmer had cold hands………… (groan)

A New York family bought a ranch out West where they intended to raise cattle. Friends visited and asked if the ranch had a name. “Well,” said the would-be cattleman, “I wanted to name it the Bar-J. My wife favored Suzy-Q, one son like the Flying-W, and the other wanted the Lazy-Y. So we’re calling it the Bar-J-Suzy-Q-Flying-W-Lazy-Y.” “But where are all your cattle?” the friends asked. “None survived the branding.”

Ok, everybody, shut up.  I just couldn’t come up with a blog today.  Nothing happened.  I was blank and found my cow picture.  Now I’m going to go eat an entire bag of Oreo’s.  I hope you’re happy………….. |:(