September 21, 2015

When the Works All Done This Fall

Dear Friends, There’s magic in that phrase! Someone was asking about our schedule the other day, and I thought for a minute and said, “We can probably make that work, when the work’s all done this fall.” As soon as I said it, I realized they would not know what I was talking about! “When […]

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August 1, 2015


Dear Friends, One thing we live with this time of year in our dry desert country, is the fear of fire. And fear is the right choice of words. For the last several years, we have fought fire, but not on our property. The last fire that burned on us was four years ago, when […]

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July 14, 2015

Riding the Circle

Dear Friends, I was talking with someone the other day, who mentioned “riding the circle.”  That phrase transported me so quickly to a place I love — in the saddle, and so much more.  When livestock are gathered over a big stretch of country, you make a big sweep, like riding a circle.  And someone […]

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June 16, 2015

Never Give Up

Dear Friends, If you listen to old timers, they’ll give you some advice about sheep. It usually goes something like this: “Sheep are always looking for a way, a place or an excuse to die!” Or “Yes, sheep are just one crisis after another!” They exaggerate of course, but I have to tell you about […]

May 7, 2015


Dear Friends, I’m not sure I’ve ever written about shearing.  It just happens.  Well, not really, there’s lots of planning and “getting ready” that has to happen before the big event.  We think of cutting hay and threshing wheat as harvests, but sometimes we don’t think of shearing in the same way.  But it is […]

April 10, 2015

New Pastures

Dear Friends, I had a chance the other day, to do something I really love.  Take the horses out.  We needed them moved up the canyon to new pasture and it just worked out that I was the one to get it done.  Like any group of animals, they love new terrain and being turned […]

March 20, 2015

Bummer Names!

Dear Friends, The last ewe lambed!  It’s a time for celebrating for so many reasons.  This signals spring, tender shoots coming out of the soil, budding bushes and trees, babies everywhere, spring bird song, longer days and more light.  I feel a little guilty saying all this, because I know our friends around the country […]

February 7, 2015


Dear Friends, My year is off to a hectic start. If you’ve been paying attention, you know I missed the January newsletter. And now it’s February and if I don’t hurry up and write, that will be over too! We’ve brought in the sheep and lambing is underway. Usually the sheep begin lambing in a […]

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