Thursday, August 17, 2017

Summer FB Remix

The majority of Hayseed Files readers don't view the Facebook version, so I've collected a few of this summer's photos for those folks.

Zach (my son) and Cady's wedding! Hubby and a friend, Donna, made the cake stand. I baked the cake; my sister Jenny helped me decorate it.

Left: Sugar and her subjects. Right: Sugar and her newest friends.

You can see why I named the new bull Pigpen.

Anything that can be climbed will be climbed.


"I am Summer, come to lure you away from your computer." ~Oriana Green

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Calico and Ariel Go to Camp

Blueberry's kids, Calico and Ariel, visited a youth camp at Circle J Ranch and Retreat Center in the Tensleep Canyon. Yours truly chauffeured, shepherded, and introduced them. At first, Calico and Ariel were rather overwhelmed by the new surroundings and strangers, but they soon began to have fun and make new friends. 

Before we left camp, three children told me of their plans to acquire a goat of their own. Two boys even announced their intention to come to my place and buy a goat. I grinned, imagining the expressions on their parents' faces when they heard the news.


"See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!" ~1 John 3:1 NIV

Monday, July 24, 2017

It's a Species Thing

The human hiking experience:

Finally here. Ah, the cool, pine-saturated air. Bright butterflies and wildflowers. Imposing peaks. Beef jerky and almond M&Ms eaten beside shining waters. Friendly hikers from afar. Trails that beckon come higher. Soul-soothing tranquility. Why do we stay away so long? 

The cowdog hiking experience:

Countless chipmunks, squirrels, pikas, marmots! Each one chattering, teasing can't catch me, can't catch me, you dumb redneck dogs! We try. Come close a few times. Do manage to bushwack an unsuspecting Labrador retriever at the trailhead. The folks call us back, but we only hear the call of the wild. We wolves have no names, obey no orders--but give us a bite of your pimiento cheese sandwich, please.


"'For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken,' says the Lord, who has mercy on you." ~Isaiah 54:10 NLT

Thursday, July 20, 2017


One of my dearest little friends (family, really) passed away last Sunday. If I told you how much I'm grieving Blueberry, how much I miss her, you'd probably call me batty--so I won't mention it. 

Blueberry's kids, Calico and Ariel, pictured when they were a few days old. Thankfully, the doelings were plenty old enough to wean before Blueberry died.

Took this on the way to town to the vet clinic. The look on her face said, "Are you sure you know how to drive this thing?"

Me and Cora, saying good-bye. 
Ariel, foreground, on her mama's new grave. Surely Ariel didn't know that Blueberry was buried five feet beneath her, but, well.... 


"The thief's purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness." ~John 10:10 TLB

Friday, July 7, 2017

Farms: Great Places to Live, Unless You Like to Sleep at Night

Overheard in grocery checkout line:

Young mom with kids, buying eggs: “I’ve always wanted a farm. That’s my dream: to own a farm.”

Me, tempted to say: Lady, I bet you have no idea how hard you’d be working on that farm.

Checker: “Yeah, I grew up on a farm.”

Young mom: “And I’d love to have chickens. It would be so wonderful to wake up every day by the crowing of the roosters.”

Me, tempted to say: Ha! After a night of sleep interrupted by the caterwauling fox family, dogs chasing the fox family, and spouse calling the name of the cat who hopefully hasn’t become the midnight snack of the fox family, you’ll be ready to feed those ol’ early birds to the fox family. And don't get me started on cows and calves.

Me, carrying groceries to the truck: I definitely need to work on my attitude.  

A juvenile offender. 

Afternoon nappers, making up for lost nighttime REM.


"Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don't plan on harvesting Golden Delicious." ~Bill Meyer

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Wyoming, USA

Most Americans don’t live here. Wyoming’s population barely squeaks over 587,000—and that’s only if grizzlies, grey wolves, and good cowdogs are counted in the census.

Visitors come in the summer months, though, when our notorious weather generally behaves itself. Millions of camping, hiking, marshmallow-roasting, trout-fishing, rock-climbing, trail-riding, dude-ranching, cabin-renting, rodeo-cheering, jitterbugging, wildlife-watching, selfie-taking, souvenir-buying, wildflower-picking, mountain-admiring, fossil-hunting, history-buffing sojourners join our ranks.

The influx wildly boosts the local economy, of course. Grouchy locals get something fresh to grump about—traffic—since the usual topics, weather, oil prices, and politics, have grown stale. Most Wyomingites, though, are proud and happy to share our delightful state with the rest of the world—for a little while. 

I took these photos yesterday as we hiked near Wagon Box Creek in the Big Horn Mountains.


"The valleys are where I learn how small I am, the mountaintops where I see how great [God] is." ~Roy Rogers

Friday, June 30, 2017

Caught on the HamCam

Sugar and the goaties live for attention and publicity, so they enjoy visitors to the farm even more than the visitors enjoy them! 


"Praise God for a King who gives a woman dignity instead of taking it." ~Beth Moore

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Attention: Rubber Feed Tub Manufacturers

This is an ad-free blog, but if folks from Fortex or Duraflex happen upon these pictures, they may want to hire the kids as models for their next advertising campaign.

Willie and Seely

Calico and Ariel

Mork and Mindy

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Dad's Day!

Hope you like this song as much as I do: "Good Good Father" by Chris Tomlin


"For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that every one who believes in him may have eternal life." ~John 3:16 PHILLIPS 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Alkali and Alibis

My shrub roses, whose glory normally peaks in June, look scroungy this year. A month ago, two hard frosts sent the poor things scurrying back into dormancy. Many haven't even begun to bloom. 

Have you noticed that when something goes awry in our flower or vegetable beds, we gardeners have more excuses than trowels and hoses? Instead of admitting our ignorance, laziness, or blunders, we quickly cite weather conditions, insects, disease, seed or bedding plant quality, soil types, and my personal go-to, mineral-heavy well water. (Hey, maybe that's why I'm the only one on the planet that can't grow daisies!) 


"Take the hardest thing in your life--the place of difficulty, outward and inward, and expect God to triumph gloriously in that very spot. Just there He can bring your soul into blossom." ~Lilias Trotter, as quoted by L.B. Cowman, Streams in the Desert

Friday, June 2, 2017

Sugar's Office

If Sugar's feet (she foundered last summer) are trimmed right and the ground is soft, I can (finally!) ride her. The other day, she and I got to help bring in cows to be wormed, work them into the alleyway, and then take them out to pasture. Many might call that ho-hum, but I found it heavenly. For her part, Sugar seemed proud and happy to be back at her cowhorse job.  


"It takes courage not to be discouraged." ~Ben Ferencz

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Belated Introductions

My apologies to Benny and Scarlett, who were born weeks ago but had their limelight stolen by the new baby goats. 

As exciting (and cute!) as calving and kidding season has been, Hubby and I are relieved that the middle-of-the-night checks and midwife sessions are over for the year. It's beyond wonderful to be able to sleep in pajamas ALL NIGHT LONG. 

Bella is besotted with her first calf, Big Ben, aka Benny. 

We had to name Ziggy's heifer Scarlett,

Benny and Scarlett wrapped up the 2017 season with a red-and-white flourish. Our new bull is a Black Angus, so next year's calf crop probably won't be as colorful.


"You aren't an afterthought or an accident. The Creator of the universe has chosen you, individually, by name, for a great mission He entrusts to no one else." ~Christine Caine

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Kid Cuddles

Our goat kids entertain, play on, and snuggle with visitors, whether they be kids or grown-up kids. Unlike cow mamas, goat mamas don't mind strangers playing with their babies. Maybe that's because goats think that they're people--or that people are goats.


"The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love." ~Galatians 5:6 NIV

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Waylon, Willie, and Seely

Meels proudly presents her new triplets! 

That's Waylon on the left and Willie on the right. Their little sister, Seely, is in the middle. If you're an old country music fan, you already know that they're named after Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Jeannie Seely.

They're living up to their names. Seely is smart, fun, and feisty. Waylon and Willie have already escaped from their pen to run wild around the barn--three times. Maybe we shouldn't have named those two after ramblers and good ol' boys.


"You have taken account of my wanderings;
Put my tears in Your bottle.
Are they not recorded in Your book?" ~Psalm 56:8 AMP

Thursday, May 11, 2017

All Little Kids Love Playgrounds

Calico and Ariel love to play on their tractor tire/jungle gym/circus arena/launching pad, especially when they have an audience.


"If we wait until we're ready, we'll be waiting for the rest of our lives." ~Lemony Snicket, The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #6)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Mork and Mindy

Moey's a brand new mama, and a most devoted one. As of this writing, her kids have only been on terra firma for 21 hours, but Moey has bathed each of them so often that they haven't yet had a chance to completely dry. When she's not washing the twins, she's curled up beside them, telling them how much she loves them. Moey hardly even stops fussing over them long enough to eat, which, if you know her, is more than remarkable! 


For now, Mork (left) is smaller than his sister, Mindy. 
The umpteenth bath.


"You don't have to be awesome and do everything. You simply have to believe that the One who is Awesome loves you through everything." ~Ann Voskamp, The Broken Way

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Next Best Thing to Grandkids

Introducing Blueberry's new kids, Calico and Ariel! The first four pictures were taken when they were just a few hours old; in the last, they're about 8 hours old. I've taken lots more photos, of course, which I'll probably be sharing with you ad nauseum.


"No cowboy was ever faster on the draw than a grandparent pulling a baby picture out of a wallet." ~Author unknown