Tuesday, December 31, 2013

In the Dark

A fuzzy picture, but I wanted to show you my little visitor last night...

Me:     What are doing in my yard?
Doe:     Technically, this is my yard.  You built your house in the middle of a hay field and my ancestors were here before it even became a hay field.
Me:     Well, you told me.

The deer really enjoy eating the olives from our Russian Olive trees.  The olives feed them all winter, as well as the birds.  In Wyoming, it is illegal to plant new Russian Olive trees.  They are considered a weed tree.  I'm happy that, though they have a bad reputation, these beautiful trees are serving the wildlife in our area.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Fence Post with a View #9

A Fence Post View of the Uinta Mountains, south of Lyman, WY.  Guest Photographer - David Dale Pinter

Friday, December 20, 2013

Fence Post with a View #8

Taken in Almy, WY  Hunky Hubby watering the 4-H sheep.
The Best View this old fence post of a gal could ever have would be a nice view of this man from any angle, thank you very much!  I've loved him for a thousand years....okay, only about 35 years.....and I will love him for a thousand more!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Fence Post with a View #7

We recently completed a HUGE fencing project on our lower 40 acres. All of the fence had to be removed and replaced with new post and wire. This was a daunting job for two middle aged ranchers, who aren't in the best physical shape. Thankfully, with the love, support and physical work of our family and friends, the project is complete and the cows are safe in their wanderings.

We wanted to share a few photo of the project over the next few weeks. Below is our wonderful friend, David Dale Pinter, who spent hours helping us patch the fence before we could get it replaced. You may remember David Dale as a guest photographer in previous posts. David Dale is the photographer of the pictures in this post.

That's Hunky Hubbie working on the fence

Super Friend and Photographer Extraordinaire, David Dale Pinter

Monday, December 2, 2013

Still Growing Stuff!

We had four wonderful days off from our jobs this week.  I am so very thankful for our employers, but it is really nice to have a few days to get things done around the homestead.  Wednesday was so wonderfully warm that I decided to finish up in the greenhouse.  I pulled the last of the late planting of carrots and spinach.  We had the spinach for dinner that night and it was so sweet.  It is my belief that the late planting of spinach are the sweetest and the best.

As you can see from the picture below, I also cut the last of the herbs and hung them for drying.  I was really sad to cut the mint.  I have been enjoying a daily cup of fresh mint tea with local honey all summer and fall.  I'm really going to miss that fresh taste.  There was lots of mint to dry, so I'll still get my cup of tea.

We also grew a nice crop of rosemary (yum on chicken and in baking powder biscuits), some lemon thyme, oregano, parsley, and chives.  The chives are drying on the cool rack that Hunky Hubbie devised from an old barbeque rack. 

All the weeds have been pulled from the beds and the soil has been worked.  Hunky Hubbie planted some cold hardy lettuce, spinach, and radishes.  This is a test crop to see how cold hardy they really are.  We do, by the way, live in Wyoming at 6700 ft elevation.  It gets really cold here, though we have had an exceptionally warm fall.  We want to see how long we can sustain crops in the greenhouse without heating it.

I pulled all the seeds from a pot of bachelor buttions that my dear mother in law gave me for my birthday.  I want her lovely gift to keep going for many generations.  I have always loved her flower garden by her back door.

Friday, we went to the Uinta Mountains and got a load of firewood.  We need one more load to complete our winter hoard.  While we do use propane as a supplemental heat and hot water source, we are able to use wood as our primary source of warmth.  We are able to heat our 1400 square foot log home on less than $500 per year.  I must admit, however, that I have to have my propane water heater.  That is what makes up the majority of the money spent on propane.  We hope to get an on demand water heater that is solar heated someday.  

I hope you enjoyed the update on the fall happenings at the Tiny Taylor Ranch homestead.  We are heading into winter and Christmas preparations.  Winter is a busy time, but is also the time to enjoy the warmth of our little cabin home.  Stay tuned for more adventures on the homestead.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Fence Post with a View #6

Today, we feature the photography of one our besties!  David Dale Pinter is the guest photographer today.  You can look forward to seeing more of his amazing photography skills in upcoming "Fence Post with a View" posts.

This is a beautiful photo of Red Canyon, located just outside of Lander, Wyoming.  This view is truly larger than life.  It makes you feel wonder at God's ability to create something this vast and beautiful. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The King is Crowned.....Again

If you know me.....and you should, after reading this blog.......then you know that there are three constants in my life....

1.     God
2.     Family
3.     George Strait

Introduced to me by my dear sister in law, Ruthie, George Strait has been in my life for more years than I care to admit.  When it comes to George, my emotions have ranged from lust (hey.....don't judge.....a girl can dream), awestruck, inspired, sad, happy and everything in between.

So it delighted me to wake up this morning and learn that King George has earned the coveted CMA Entertainer of the Year award.  Pretty much a no brainer for me....but we need to give the other guys a chance to shine every once in awhile.

God Bless You, George Strait!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Backyard Visitors

Mr and Mrs Blue Heron came to visit the back forty about a month back.  Little Heron was also here, a'visitin'.

Daddy Heron decided to look up from eating to check out the neighbors.  Seems some crazy lady, wearing pink capris and a wife beater was trying to take pictures of his family.

He said to Mrs. Heron, "Look at that redneck, taking pictures of us.  Least she could do is put some decent clothes on.  We work so hard on our plumage.  Do we have to put up with this?"  He and Little Heron went back to snacking on bugs.  They tried hard to ignore the click of the camera.

Finally, Mother Heron had enough!  She shouts at the oddly clad photographer, "Look, Lady!  We are just trying to eat in peace.  How do you think it feels to have crazy paparazzi hanging around all day?  Give us a break!"

She couldn't let it go at that.  As the photographer walked away, she shouted, "By the way, wife beaters went out of style in the 80's.  Sheesh!"

Guess she told me.........

Monday, October 21, 2013

My Hero Brings Home His Plunder

Hunky Hubbie has been very busy this fall.  he's been working very hard on the ranch and at the home place.  He does enjoy the autumn season.  He and Dear Son went out looking for meat to put in our freezer.  Below is the result of such efforts!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

State Kidnapped my Neice

To make a long story short, the State of Utah has denied my nephew's parental rights of his daughter because the mother was married to another man when she got pregnant by my nephew. They gave parental rights to her husband, saying that the nuclear family overrides DNA proof of paternity. this is an antiquated law that needs to be changed.

Please pray for my disabled Navy Veteran nephew (he was injured while serving on an aircraft carrier in the Gulf during Desert Storm) and for his beautiful daughter, Cadence. He hasn't seen her for 6 months.

If you would like to help, see this link. http://chardalescuriousjourney.blogspot.com/2013/10/your-help-needed-birthday-card-drive.html We are doing a birthday card drive (Cadence will be two on Halloween) If you decide you want to send a card, please include a note that says that you are a friend of mine and that you know how much her Aunt Sherone loves her.

We don't want her to grow up not knowing about a whole family that adores her.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Snow Storm in South Dakota

This morning I read an article about the recent snow storm in South Dakota.  This storm has been devastating for the ranchers in that area.  Authorities are estimating that there has been a 5% loss of cattle in the State.  Looking at this event from the eyes of a small rancher, we would be out of business with a 5% loss of our stock.  Some of these folks will lose everything they own and will have to liquidate family lands and homes to recoup what they owe their creditors.

To read more about this sad state of affairs, visit South Dakota Storm

As for me and my house, we will send up prayers for these people and for the cattle they try to care for.