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Last week I looked at the calendar and was shocked to find it was somehow already July. County fair starts July 18 and it seems as though we've got a million things to do yet.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

This past Sunday afternoon, my husband was getting ready to saddle a new horse he'd gotten in and he asked me to drive through the cattle and make sure everyone was in.

Friday, May 31, 2019

I started this blog post nearly two weeks ago, and just couldn't get it the way I wanted. We've had more storms since, so I've decided just to finish it up, whether I like it or not!

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

As I watched the trucks make the hill on the overpass road on their way through Dodge City April 27 I got a little teary eyed.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

It had been one of those days. Long day at the office. Uncooperative kids testing what very little patience I do have. I just wanted some peace and quiet. Even if it was for 10 minutes.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

At baseball practice the other night I heard a comment from one of the mothers to her daughter that kind of struck a chord. The comment won't quit swirling in my brain, so I had to further explore my thoughts about it.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

My boys and I have spent the last 2 weekends at pig sales. Small animal weigh-in for the Ford County Fair is quickly approaching, so we needed to get these animals found and get a place to keep them built at our house.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The pictures are all over social media. The big chunks of ice strewn on the highways. The bridges washed out and the water flowing rapidly. All the water. And the heroic stories of survival. Sometimes you can't verify whether it happened or not, but my heart hears it.

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

I started a blog post a few weeks ago about how the cows were getting ready to start calving and all the work I put into a spreadsheet for my husband. I wanted a photo of the first calf to go with it, but all he had was on Snapchat, so it didn’t exist any longer. Well, the calf is still ther…

Thursday, January 31, 2019
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Friday, January 04, 2019
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

This past year my husband has been working weekends at a local feed yard to give some of the horses he's been riding experience around cattle. It's a good deal for the horses and he loves riding pens. Win-win. Except for our boys this Christmas morning.

Wednesday, December 05, 2018
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

It's a short week because of the Thanksgiving holiday. On Tuesday my youngest son brought home his turkey hand art from pre-k and as we were walking down the hall he told me, "Happy Thanksgiving!" He"s awfully excited about the holiday and has been telling us what he's been thankful for. Fro…

Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Friday, November 02, 2018

A trip to the grocery store recently made me have some serious thoughts about my food buying habits. While I'm thankful I have the means to buy food whenever we need it, I also think I'm starting to get out of hand with my shopping/cooking/leftover/trash habits.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

I was on a flight back from Denver Tuesday and had an interesting observation. This was a very small plane heading to Dodge City. Eight seats total. So hearing conversations before the flight got started was nearly unavoidable.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Last week I "celebrated" my 40th birthday. Whether I liked it or not it came. I don't feel like I’ve reached this milestone birthday. It feels like just yesterday I graduated from college and moved out on my own.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

We're in the middle of National 4-H Week, Oct. 7 to 13. Clubs around the country are telling others in their community the benefits of 4-H. Nearly 6 million 4-H members are spreading the word about their clubs and activities. This year's theme, Inspire Kids to Do, will continue even after 4-…

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

As I was scrolling through social media recently, I ran across a meme about teaching kids responsibility. It said, "If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders." It struck a chord with me, as we'd recently taken the bucket calf my boys ca…

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

I think most of the skin on my chest, shoulders and arms has returned to a golden tan color instead of lobster red by the time I’m finishing this post up. Well, what isn’t peeling is now tan.

Monday, September 10, 2018
Friday, August 24, 2018

August brings the last hurrahs of summer and school starting back. My oldest is a second grader and the youngest is in pre-k. This school year has been a little more challenging with both boys in school. One's school is in the south part of the town, while the other is closest to our home.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Recently our publisher Holly Martin delivered awards to staff of the Journal who competed in the American Agricultural Editors Association and Livestock Publications Council contests. Awards were presented at the Ag Media Summit, Aug. 4 to 8 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Earlier this week I got a text from my husband and later a phone call. I didn't have my phone on me when they came, but got back to him as quick as I could. Someone had come to pickup their horse from our house and one of our mares was lying down and not wanting to get up.

Friday, August 03, 2018

Yesterday I stopped by the arena at the Ford County Fairgrounds here in Dodge City to catch a bit of the Miss Rodeo Kansas horsemanship competition. Beautiful cowgirls and impressive clothing make for some nice photos. Shiny black horses from stock contractor Harry Vold’s string made them ev…

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Evenings at my house are often an adventure. There could be the first ride put on a colt. There could be bucket calf feeding. There could be dog or cat chasing. Or it could be as simple as watching the Royals play and supper. It can get kind of western at times, but most nights are tame.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

A week ago, I was near the tiny Sumner County, Kansas town of Milan at the Mid-Kansas Co-op as part of a sorghum tour organized by the U.S. Grains Council for a group of young Mexican leaders.

Friday, June 22, 2018

They say grief comes in waves. I have to believe it does. I've experienced some tough losses in my life—people, animals, and events. And I can attest to it and none of it was ever fun.

Monday, June 11, 2018

How have we made it nearly 2 full weeks into June? Some people track the year in holidays or even mark the days off the calendar. Me? I struggle knowing what day of the week it is because we work weeks ahead on the paper and I have to look on my phone to see what the actual date is. I should…

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Last Friday my husband texted me ever so casually and said someone is bringing a bucket calf home for the boys. I about replied with the eye-rolling emoji but refrained. I had an inkling that I'd end up taking care of it.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Yesterday I was able to ride in a Kansas National Guard Black Hawk helicopter as a media representative. The event was aimed at promoting recruiting and retention for the Guard in our area.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

I smiled when I heard him say the fire was a blessing. From my own experiences I knew he was right.

Friday, May 04, 2018

On May 2 we had a 60 percent chance of rain. I sat at my desk, trying to write a story, only to be distracted by the radar and what was going on outside. About lunchtime I noticed we were under a tornado watch.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

It happened innocently enough. My husband made the comment he wanted to find a young horse to work with. I was a little disgruntled as my "buy Kylene a new horse fund" was depleted during last year's events of buying land and cattle. Admittedly I wasn't happy, but we managed to work through …

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The little red notification popped up on my Facebook last week and I couldn't help but look and see what it was. This notice was for storm tracker Marty Logan going live to a wildfire in Dewey County, Oklahoma on April 12. Weather forecasters had been calling weather conditions "historic" fo…

Friday, March 23, 2018
Monday, March 05, 2018

"Everything seemed to get taken care of. You know? We had something when we needed it."

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

My husband and I bought our first set of cows last fall. Some were set to calve mid-January with the rest following. We were lucky to get the ultrasound dates for calving. The last of them finish up in early March. So far, we’ve gotten 10 calves.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Last night when I opened the backdoor to let the dog out, it smelled like smoke. Instantly I was uneasy. I went back out and sniffed again. It was 11:30 at night and I scanned the dark horizons for signs of fire. I then went through the house to the front door and did the same. I couldn't se…

Thursday, January 04, 2018

The end of the year is often a time to reflect on the past weeks and months. This year, I really don’t want to detail what happened. The short version—A family member became an enemy, my Dad died, Clark County burned, and we’ve had to rebuild.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

This morning I heard of the passing of a local veterinarian, "Dr. Bill." He was old school as far as veterinarians go. I saw him more often than not covered in cow manure from preg checking when I worked at the sale barn between semesters of college. He was quite the man.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

There was a welcome sight Monday when I went home for lunch. There were cattle in the pasture by our house. Not strays invading our empty pasture, but this time they are ours. I couldn't help but smile.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

I was going to write a post about Halloween this week and how my "country" kids aren't street broke, but last night, my oldest boy said something that really struck a cord with me.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

I remember when I was fixing to graduate from Oklahoma State and I was looking for a job. Job announcement after job announcement called for 1 to 3 years of experience in my chosen field. I remember more than once exclaiming, "How can I get experience in my field if no one will give me a job!"

Monday, October 09, 2017

At 2 this morning the howling wind woke me up. I could hear the loose metal on the old shed in our yard flapping away. It was about 54 degrees when I fed horses and 30 minutes later on the way to town it was already 48. Just yesterday it was 80 degrees and beautiful.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

There’s a toy tractor at my folks' house I remember my Dad winning in a raffle during one of the "John Deere Day" events the local dealership held during my childhood. For the longest time Dad kept the tractor in the packaging. My twin sister and I were pretty young at the time, and just did…

Thursday, September 21, 2017

I’ve had horses most of my life. I care for my animals and often they are the center of my universe. I competed for probably 25 years in everything from 4-H horse shows, to Little Britches and college rodeos to barrel races and open/amateur rodeos. Health has been important all these years.

Friday, September 08, 2017

All it takes is a whiff of freshly plowed earth to send me back 30 years to a time when I was riding on the armrest of the tractor with Mom or Dad. I can’t even count the number of times I spent with them going back and forth. I still love the smell of the soil as it’s turned over.

Friday, August 25, 2017

I bought a lottery ticket on Wednesday when the Power Ball was up to $700 million. I texted my husband and told him I did my part to contribute to the prize money. He came home with $10 worth as well.