Rodeo Cohorts–Night Jacket

If you ask around bucking horse circles, one name keeps coming up as a top contender for all-time top bucking horse sire–Night Jacket. The big paint stud is made a name for himself as a bareback bronc first, then after retirement, his colts have populated the best bucking horse of the year lists. Night Jacket … [Read more…]

Rodeo Cohorts-Peanut

Peanut, Make It Do, came by his nickname honestly. When he was unloaded at the Bay Meadows Track in 1966 for training, he was a scraggy two-year old, much smaller than the other Quarter Horses coming into the barn. He was owned by well-known horseman, Judd Morse, who predicted the 850 pound midget would win … [Read more…]

Rodeo Cohorts–Scamper

Today I’m starting a new blog called Rodeo Cohorts. One of the definitions of cohort is a companion or associate. That is what the equine contestants in rodeo are, companions and associates to the people who ride them and enjoy watching them compete. I’m going to spotlight a different horse each week, including barrel, rope … [Read more…]

Marvin the Manic Meadow Lark

For some reason, we attract the loony Meadow Larks. The sane ones go someplace else to live. For the last few years, we had a female who nested in the rain gutter right by our front door. She wasn’t happy when people came in and out that door and her anger only increased. Each year, … [Read more…]

Perseverance Wins the Race

As I walked in the door of Patty’s Parlor of Pain, better known as Aarstadt’s Fitness Center, I saw this saying framed and hanging on the wall. That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us; not that the nature of the thing itself is changed, but that our power to do it is … [Read more…]

Meet the Authors Chain Interview

I have been chosen to participate in a chain interview by Jessica Jayne, author of In Flames. Thanks, Jess.  Here goes: What are you working on right now? I’m working on the sequel to Sugarwater Ranch. The working title is A Heart Like Mine, and it’s Sissy’s story. She’s a pistol with a well hidden … [Read more…]

Everyday Heros

          There was a lively debate raging in the United States over whether we had any business getting involved in a foreign was when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The events that happened on November 7th, 1941 changed everything. There were still people who felt we shouldn’t engage in a war so soon … [Read more…]

Pets–beyond the range of cats and dogs

I firmly believe kids should have pets. Our kids had all the normal pets, plus a few non-normal (abnormal?) ones. They had dogs and cats, lambs, calves, pigs and the odd goat or two. By the time they were four, they each had their own horse. Our daughter ran barrels and poles on the sweetest … [Read more…]