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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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Busy Doing Nothing

You might realize that having two puppies keeps one so busy that there is no time to sit down and write a blog?? Or indeed to sit down and do any stupid things like paying bills, updating the books and other stuff that is no fun at any time, but even less so when two whining little voices lure you out to do Doggy Fun Stuff.

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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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Keep Optimistic

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year. Drive safely, keep warm and, above all, keep optimistic!!

I am about to bring down my little Christmas tree. I bought it some years ago – a miniature little thing, about 2 ft. high, which I stand on my coffee table, already decorated and ready to be plugged in. Very handy – after Christmas… Continue reading

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Friendship Does Not Wither

A trustworthy horse can provide invaluable therapy for people caught up in a hectic pace. Riding can help a person shed stress and stop the mental conversations that cause it. Few experiences equal a trail ride in the fresh air, especially if there is gorgeous scenery.… There is nothing quite like a rein-swinging walk to lull a person back into natural rhythms; nothing like a brisk trot with its metronome-like… 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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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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What a Show This Will Be!

You know that Arizona is on the national map when the New York news channels start talking about the awesome spring flowers that are about to appear! Generally, especially with the weather news, we are, to put it in cow vernacular, sucking on the hind tit. Are there storms in the east? More than well covered. Frost in Florida … heat wave in Chicago …mud slides in California… you bet you hear about it…. global warming, global cooling, long and short summers – we are treated to it all, as long as it doesn’t concern the south west. Perhaps they think we are still a part of Mexico, before the Gadsden Purchase? Continue reading

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The Life of a Vaquero

How time flies when you’re having fun!! Our fun at the moment is more rain – following on from last week’s news. So far we have had 3.70 inches for January, which may not seem much to you, but to the high desert it’s bounty indeed. When the first day’s rain was over, I rode up to the South Fork Tank, high up in the Noonan Canyon. Predictably, it was… Continue reading

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