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To Be a Horse

So I am catching my breath after October – it seems I lived several lifetimes in that one month!

First of all, my step-children from Australia, along with two good friends, came to visit, and they took me for a birthday trip to Sedona.

We had a lovely time in that bustling Mecca of tourism – but I miss the old Sedona. I well remember that, when I… Continue reading

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Possessions Bring Responsibilities

There is an old saying “Be careful what you wish for – you may get it.”

This piece of wisdom almost – not quite – might apply to us desert rats, always whining for more rain – because this summer, we for sure got it! Can you believe 24 inches for the year, and 21.90 inches for the summer alone? All the more wonderful when I think back to… 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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Aura of History

I really can’t imagine where my time goes – to think that once I had time for Gerry, Grapevine, the guests, the office, Comanche, Tequila, Scotty, Clementine, the goats … I guess it proves the old saying that work expands into the time Continue reading

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For Tequila

I am constantly amazed at how little time I have these days!! To think that once I used to leap out of bed at 6 in the morning, ride Comanche to Grapevine, spend the day at the office, come home at 3, take the goats, sheep, dogs, and Comanche for a ride/walk, get Gerry settled for the evening, drive back to Grapevine for dinner and visit with guests until 9… Continue reading

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Of such thought are neuroses made

Katie visiting with friends

Katie visiting with friends

I wouldn’t have thought it was possible to be so-called “retired” and stay so darn busy! I have no idea where my time is going these days.

As some of you may know, I am about to undertake my first vacation in about 12 years and actually leave… 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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Staircase to the Portico

I can’t believe that not only is it time for a new communiqué, but that it’s as late as it is – I don’t know what happens to my time. I can’t imagine that, once upon a time, I spent 12 hours a day at Grapevine, and still had time for things like goat walks and newsletters! I guess it’s the old truth of “jobs expand into the time available”… Continue reading

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Eve’s Wonderful World of Animals

“There are two insults which no human being will endure; the assertion that he hasn’t a sense of humor, and the doubly impertinent assertion that he has never known trouble.” – Sinclair Lewis

As you can tell from the quotation above, I am rediscovering some old time authors, Sinclair Lewis being one of them. I wonder how many of you have read any of his novels … lovely tales… Continue reading

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That’s the Stuff That a Good Life is Made Of

I don‘t know where the time goes – I hardly write one blog, but another is overdue. I swear I don’t know how I ever had the time to run Grapevine! And here it is, time for another spring round up starting Monday, and it seems to me that it was only yesterday that we finished the last one. … Continue reading

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