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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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Jarring Thumps

LUCKILY, IT WASN’T QUITE AS BAD as all that, but it was bad enough – not so much the branding itself, but the dry days that preceded it. All the tanks on the Flats dried up completely, and Bones Tank was so low that it was mostly mud with just a bit of water that remained on the bottom, in 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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That’s my new windmill

Lots of exciting things to write about this month, to be sure!!

ImageFirst of all, our Sarah, my good friend and Grapevine’s last Barn Boss, got married to her Lonnie on Saturday, March 1st, and all of us went to the wedding in Phoenix. Phoenix was awful, as usual, but the wedding was lovely – Sarah wore a fabulous white gown… Continue reading

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Send Us Some of Your Rain

I sure wish we could trade places with the UK this winter – I hear from our friend Steve that they are having endless rains, with houses flooding, and pastures so waterlogged that horses can’t be turned out for fear of some leg condition that I, living here in this dry desert, haven’t even ever heard of … while we sit here, dry as a bone, with endless blue skies… Continue reading

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Old Turtles

And so, here is the New Year, would you believe 2014!! To think that the First World War had begun this year, so to speak – but then perhaps thinking thoughts like these makes me sound like an old turtle…

Masters of the Bed

Masters of the Bed

Never mind foreign wars – I have some of my own. The… 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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