Monthly Archives: August 2008

Days Of Our Ranch Lives

Dear Friends,

I have just re-read your comments, and so am encouraged to rave on some more about the lovely summer we’re having.

Rain in the desert!First of all, about two weeks ago, we had a veritable downpour at Grapevine – and so strange are the weather patterns here, that over at my house in the next canyon, scarcely a Continue reading

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Slaughter Ranch

I talked last time about the Dragoons Culture people, who disappeared from here around 1450 AD and archeologists aren’t really sure why. One theory is a 40 year drought – and, having experienced a 12 year one, which we fervently hope is ending, I can certainly appreciate that. The other theory is that they were driven out of here by the Apaches, who were gradually moving down here from the Continue reading

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Carrot Cake

2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 cup oil
2 ¾ cups flour
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
½ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp cloves
1 ½ cups crushed pineapple, drained
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 ½ cups grated carrots

Frosting
1 cup butter
1 lb cream cheese
4 cups powdered sugar
Carrot Cake RecipeGrate carrots in food processor. Change to a chopping blade, measure 2 ½ carrots back into Continue reading

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Saying Goodbye

We’ve had lots and lots of interesting guests over the years – an unforgettably beautiful girl from Ethiopia, a tall guy from Mongolia, a lady from Madagascar, a few from Russia, and of course, lots of Europeans, many English, recently quite a few Scandinavians – but for the past two weeks we had a couple who particularly interested me and enchanted all staff and guests – two sisters Continue reading

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Comanche

Comanche the horse at Grapevine Canyon RanchI guess that would have to be, to begin with, one of my own horses, and of course, the head horse here, Comanche. I have had him for some 18 years, and he is now 20, but full of life and baloney – he is the horse I ride out and then dismount, take Continue reading

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Dragoons Culture

Did you know?? In our history snippet, let me tell you a bit about the early Indians who lived here, about 1200 to 600 years ago, the Dragoons Culture. They were a bit like the Anasazi or the Hohokam tribes, but enough different that they merited their own name, the Dragoons Culture. They were agriculturalists, and lived in villages, one of which was about ¼ mile east of my house Continue reading

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Pretty Weeds!

Tequila the horse at Grapevine Canyon RanchI suppose that you will get tired of my crowing about the grass, but you can’t imagine the annual tension at the end of each June, waiting to see if it will rain – and the overwhelming joy when it does! And in the next edition I’ll be able to show you some Continue reading

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