March 13, 2014

Bunkhouse Before & After

There is almost no need for words on this post. The 900 square foot bunkhouse served its purpose, moved us to our land, and raised our children for a five years. The time came to build a house and we moved out. Here it is just before repainting.
And here it is now! Same cabinets, except we branded the corner one, see the brand in the oven. The oven got a new coat of paint and the walls a new color. It looks amazing.

We have a few more small projects left, but our first guests (family) arrive today. It smells brand new and actually shines! For those of you who know how much I love to cook - can you believe I did it all on that half-size stove and four foot of countertop!

I will be taking more pictures of the bunkhouse soon. It is two bedroom (one with a queen and one with a twin size trundle bed), with plenty of space to add a blow up mattress and a 3/4bath. So for anyone that plans on passing through Perryton, contact me for more information!

Check out a few of the other pages today too!

March 11, 2014

Brand in the Oven

We are mid-way through  remodel project of our bunkhouse. All that we lack is the bathroom and painting one bedroom. As Ryan says, he had to move me out of the bunkhouse for it to be so clean. I think painting in general makes a room feel clean.

I chose the colors of the bunkhouse while 5-6 months pregnant, and I can't say they were all great. We've gone back to neutral colors and will be collecting decoration items again.

So why is the bran in the oven? I can't tell yet, but it was too priceless. While working on a project in the kitchen we needed our branding iron, so the oven seemed like the safest place to keep it. I'll update you all tomorrow on the before and after of the kitchen!

Please excuse the rather dirty oven - that is one place that didn't get cleaned very often but was well used.

Updating some of the other pages as well!

March 6, 2014

Strong Enough to Live It

This morning I found a quote on facebook:

You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.

I reminded me that on days that get tough, I am strong enough to handle the. Some of you are not strong enough to live my life, and I am not strong enough to live yours. We each have our own strengths.

Check out the food page and find out how I get my kids an extra serving of oatmeal!

And guess what - calving season begins on the 16th, and the cows are beginning to show signs. We'll have a variety of breeds and cattle available by the fall. I may need to purchase a few extra halters because I'm expecting some killer looking calves!

February 25, 2014

A Favorite Memory - Wild Hogs


Several days ago I received this photo from my dad. I knew it was one of his traps, but the animal standing in the corner looked like a monster, a bear, what could it be. It was a wild hog. This brought back several of my favorite memories of hog hunting with my dad.

There are too many stories to tell, some of them successful, some times we went home with nothing and some times there were stories that would scare my mom!

First story - on a perfect moonlit night we decided to take my cousin, Andy, hog hunting with us. We dropped him in a pasture to sit in the cattle feeder to wait for hogs. We also left the vehicle. Dad and I walked to another pasture where we found a herd of pigs rooting in the pasture. After a couple of shots, climbing a fence post and returning to the vehicle, we found Andy inside it. Not sure if he didn't see anything or we scared him!

One evening in a brushy pasture as we stood on a tank dam, we encountered a good size hog and several smaller ones. As it was getting dark dad made a plan on which one to shoot and what to do next. The what to do next was for me to run and climb the tree behind us! He shot the hog and then had a hard time getting me off the tree. Not only was I shaking but I had a few thorns in me as well.

There was a time when my dad was working out of town and the dogs would not come home. We could hear the barking in the woods. My mom and I loaded into the truck and drove in the woods. We called the dogs, Patty and Pudden, until they came out of the woods. The only thing was, they weren't alone! Theses non-hunting dogs had found a hog and decided to herd it to us. When my dad returned home we got the hog. That was some tasty meat!

Last one but a different animal. We often went coyote hunting as well, more to enjoy getting near them, hear the howl and watch them, than to shoot them. Our dogs were great friends with the coyotes and loved to play with them. As we sat in a small brush pile the dogs would slowly bring the coyotes in closer and closer. I was sitting on the ground leaned up against a tree while my dad listened to see where our dogs were. In no time I was face to face with a coyote. While it felt like he was literally inches from my nose, he was probably a few feet away. It all happened so fast. The dogs came running to us and the coyote followed!

We had many late night and evening trips in the woods and to different pastures looking for all sorts of animals! From turtles in the tanks to coyotes and hogs (I was never quiet enough to deer hunt), there was even a hog so big it took the tractor to load and filled the bed of the truck. Now I live in the Panhandle where there are no trees, no tanks and different kinds of animals. We sure enjoy the pheasant though!

I've updated a few other pages as well!

February 24, 2014

New House and New Projects

Honestly - it has been a long time since I've been able to share. So much has happened around the ranch. We moved from the 920 sq ft bunkhouse to our new house:

Yes the house is finished, well 99.8 percent, we have a few more small projects to do and plant grass! We are truly enjoying more space and not all sharing a tiny bathroom. I love spending time in the kitchen and having Tana at the counter. She wants to learn to cook and actually made a pie this weekend with the help of me opening the can of and using the mixer!

We truly feel like we have opened a new book to our lives. New book, new beginning and it comes with both it's challenges and rewards. Since the house is finished we have moved on to other projects. More fence work, painting the bunkhouse and getting it ready for available lodging, and tending to the herd, which should begin to calve in March. Not that we aren't always excited about our children, but looking forward to calving season is exciting. We bought a bull this year and can't wait to see what his offspring turns out like. Plus we bought several straws of semen and have a great breeding plan for this year.

I plan to post more often and also share some of our favorite things about the house, and some things we would do differently, where the inspiration came from and that it is our mini-museum of artwork, collectibles and unique decorations! Also watch as we finish the outside and double our garden size this year!

I'm also posting on several other pages here, so look around, pay attention and keep checking as there are lots of plans and projects in our near future!