Tag Archives: Arizona History

Doomed to Decry Those Who Come After Us

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Difficult to believe that here it is, another December, another Christmas! And this December, Arizona seems to have forgotten that it is supposed to be winter – apparently the desert is subscribing to the current theory of climate warming, and is taking its time about producing our normal cold, freezing mornings.

And then, perhaps it’s waiting… Continue reading

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Ranching Until Sanity is Gone

So I was all set to whine about the dry lake and the disaster on the pasture when the wettest summer in years came along – so exciting!! It began with some tremendous downpours on the Flats, where it filled up all the tanks to overflowing, so no more worry about having to get the tractor to drag the cows out of the ooze – horrible job, and so worrying… Continue reading

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Once Bitten, Twice Shy

So here we are, in the 3rd week of April and this blog is just being written! But I have a good excuse – so much has happened that events seem to fly by and overwhelm me and there was just no time to sit down and get with the program!

Anyway, here it is…

The most awful thing that happened this month is that our beautiful Sarah… Continue reading

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Breathing History

Spilt Gold

Spilt Gold

You may remember the devastating forest fires we had here in the Chiricahuas several years back – well, yesterday I saw the effects of those fires for the first time. Some of my friends and I decided to cross the mountain over to Portal, to see the rock formations there, and to visit a bird sanctuary. The… Continue reading

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See You Around The Geocache

Enjoying Cowgirl Clinic

Those of you who have been following our web site will have heard about the cowgirl clinic – so let me tell you that it has come and gone, with huge success. The four participants learnt a lot, improved their horsemanship skills, and had fun – and what more can you ask of a self… Continue reading

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Ah, those Indian Cows!

You are likely quite sick of hearing about our green grass, but as a final comment on it, let me just say that we had the summer round up a whole month later than we should have had it because of the muddy corrals, and, because of the delay and the rains, the late calves we branded were probably 100 lbs heavier than we had expected. Not a bad problem to have, of course, except that the little bulls were far too developed to be castrated, and so will have to be sold, when the brands dry up, in October, as bulls instead of steers – so generating a lower price. There is always a drawback, it seems! But even as I sit here writing this, the ones we sent off this week are probably being loaded onto the buyers’ trucks in Willcox, and on Tuesday we will get the check and see just exactly what they brought. Continue reading

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It’s the Rainy Season

I finally gave up on my fat, lazy horse, Scotty, and sent him over to Grapevine for wrangler RJ to ride. RJ is not only a good horse hand, but he is also tall and much heavier than I am, and I thought he would be the best to work all that fat off Scotty. I don’t think Scotty appreciates the fact that this is all for the good of his heart, though – he misbehaved with RJ on the trail, and the other morning, before setting out, he put on quite an exhibition of silliness, shying and huffing and puffing at the water tank in the arena. Finally I’d had enough – “Scotty-o!” I bellowed, “QUIT! Behave yourself!” It was quite funny – he rolled an eye in my direction and immediately quieted down, and turned into a normal, civilized horse about to go on a trail ride. Continue reading

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Rekindle the Sensations of Freedom

The great annual happening, the monsoons, are always eagerly anticipated here in the high desert, and the other day Danny launched once again into the annual conversation we all like to have at this time of the year, the discussion of thunder in the distance and the glimpse of faraway lightning, way down in Mexico. This conversation spans the centuries – I bet that the ancient people, who lived here all those years ago, were even more obsessed with weather than we are now – imagine that not only was there no faucet to turn on, but there was no well to get the water from, and, if it didn’t rain and fill the lakes and little water holes, you were pretty well done. Continue reading

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Books Sitting There, Waiting For Me

So the annual excitement is about to begin, or I should say, has begun already – and I mean the watching for, hoping for, praying for thunderstorms and the monsoon rains.

I have to agree with the often voiced opinion that the weather patterns are changing, and that we are indeed in an ongoing drought. I only hope it’s not like the one that drove the ancient people from here in the 1400s, which apparently lasted for forty years! It was so different in the early 70’s, when I had first arrived in Arizona, and my ex-husband and I were managing a large farm – I remember spending many a time balancing on top of the loaded wheat trucks, trying to cover them with heavy tarpaulins in the face of gusty winds, fighting off the thunderstorms and slanting rain. Continue reading

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What’s In a Name?

I’ve been sitting here, thinking over the years that I have been at Grapevine, and my mind went back to our very first guests. They were a young couple from Switzerland, by name of Annie and Urs, and they were touring around the USA. They stopped in here for a few days, we had a great time with them, and they left. When they checked out, they paid with a… Continue reading

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