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Monday, June 27, 2016


Fixing, doing, and updating a 50 year old house is taking a long time.  I moved in here in 2010, and then Bobby and I went to Pennsylvania for a couple of years, then to Abilene to work.  So doing curtains and everything else has taken a long time.  

Today I crossed the last thing off my to-do list--cornice boards.  My mother-in-law put up hand made drapes about 30+ years ago.  She had some drapery outfit out of Snyder do them and there is no way anyone could afford to replace them today.  It was amazing how much hand stitching went into each drape.  After all this time and the many sandstorms,  they were rotten and dirty, so I took all of them down and slowly but surely made curtains (something that is washable).  She had cloth covered cornice boards in one bedroom to match the drapes, so I tore all the fabric and padding off, and sanded the glue off.  Finally I am done painting them. 

Some day I may re-do them, but for right now they are as done as they will ever be.  I love color.

Monday, June 6, 2016


I got to go home to Montana in May, and had the best time, even though it snowed and the power was off for three days.  Here are just a few shots of all the friends I got to hang with when I was there.

This is Zeus.   He is half German Shepherd (look at those ears) and half border collie.  He is very smart and very attached to his owner.  She said his mother died when he was a tiny baby and she raised him on a bottle, so no wonder he waits for her by the door.
This is Penny, Zeus' best friend.  They run and chase each other, making me envious that I can't run like the wind.  Penny is very spoiled (in a good way).  She gets in the house, gets in Cowboy's chair, and doesn't even get in trouble.  She thinks my role in her life is to give her massages in the evening, and if I sit down on the couch, she piles in the middle of me ready for a deep tissue work over.
This is the dear one!  Amy is old, and doesn't really get to go with the cowboys anymore, but she spends her time puttering around the yards, and sleeping whenever she needs to.

I was in the Women's Run at Billings with Cowboy's Sweetheart, Farmer's Wife, and daughter Maggie, and my cousin Connie.  Here, we are standing on a street corner waiting to get together with the rest of the gang, and this lady walks up and says, "I bet you don't remember me."  Gosh, I hate to admit that I don't remember people, but out of a crowd of 7000 women, I wasn't expecting to see anyone I knew, so I had to say, "Give me a hint!"  Deanna is the sister to my dorm roommate when I was in high school.  Here is Deanna and my cousin Connie.

Me, Cowboy's Sweetheart, and Connie.  We walked the two mile and finished in the middle of the throng of bodies.
Here is a cutie who was part of the 7000+ bodies to participate in the event.
The snow storm that killed the electricity for three days.  This doesn't look too bad, but further west they got a foot of snow and the wind was gusting up to 60 MPH.  This tore down poles.

Cowboy and Chantal heading into that wet blizzard to check the heifers.  Calving heifers is tough enough without these conditions.  The wind was fierce.

This is Cowboy, keeping late hours.  He just finished putting a prolapsed heifer back together in the dark.  Anyone who thinks that beef is too high needs to take a few days helping Cowboy.