Saturday, July 27, 2013

What is so great about today?

It is Happy National Day of the Cowboy (and girl!)  Here is a Christmas picture from when I was much younger.  Can you guess which one I am?

Third from the left, on my horse Streak!  We were moving the cows closer to home for the winter and it was cold and snowy! This was a three day event if I remember right.  This is what we did for family "vacations".  I recall wishing we could have gone to Disney Land instead, but now I wouldn't trade these memories for anything.

 Blueberry pancakes will forever taste burnt and my little sister won't let us forget how we scared her out of sleeping in the camper when she had been rubbing it in our face that she was the only one that got too.  We might have made up a story about hantavirus and mouse droppings sighted in the camper.

I always knew growing up that I couldn't marry anyone who was not a cowboy.  I tried to date a few non-cowboys, but they never compared. So lucky to have found mine :)

and I love that I am raising a little cowboy

and cowgirl
I love this life. 

A few fun facts about cattle

Cattle outnumber humans in 9 states: Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, and Wyoming.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
More than 100 medicines, including insulin and estrogen, come from cattle.        
Cattle consume less than 2/10ths of 1% of all water used in the United States.

Beef fat, called tallow, is an ingredient in soaps, cosmetics, candles, shortenings, and chewing gum.

Bones are used to make glue and fertilizers. Blood meal, a fertilizer, is made from blood.

Gelatin, made from bones and horns, is used in making candies, marshmallows, ice cream and photographic film.

Other products besides beef are made from the beef carcass. Leather, made from the hide, is used to make a variety of items, from clothing to basketballs. Eight pairs of cowboy boots can be made from one cowhide.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
My heroes have always been cowboys. 


  1. My fun fact is that beef is high in iron - and runners need plenty of that!
    Love your family photo! My horse was called Rocket :) We rode English style, but I always wanted to learn Western style and do those barrel races!

  2. I LOVE this!!!! Maybe I can convince Ward to move out west. Not too many Cowboys or Cowgirls in Maine. ;)

  3. I hope you have that first picture framed and out where lots of people can see it- it's great! That was a family vacation? That would be the best!

  4. Very cute! Who doesn't love a cowboy?

  5. Love this post! Not enough young cowboys and cowgirls being raised to have a love for the land and the animals and crops they raise on it.


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