I was born and raised in Ammon, which at that time was a quiet small farming community. When I was a teenager I became acquainted with youth from Idaho Falls area/ Our Idaho Falls friends referred to us as “hicks from the sticks.” We laughed at that with them, knowing we couldn’t argue with …

As we were going to the ranch the other morning, pulling a trailer with cows and calves to summer pasture, Boyd, my husband, and I discussed the importance of the color green in our lives. We were noticing an acreage of ground that had been in the Conservation Reserve Program for many years.

I got up this morning at 5:45 and just sat in the recliner in my living room, enjoying the peace and quiet of the farm. The birds start singing early, and that is such a beautiful and upbeat sound to start the day with. We did have a couple of cows bellering through the night and a dog barki…

When I was a child my dad would s take a taste of his food, and if he thought it needed salt he not only salted what was on his plate but every plate within his arm reach. So I developed a taste and love for salty food. We now often have salt blocks sitting in our garage in the valley ready …

Reunion time is something as children we always looked forward to every summer. Now, as adults we see how much work goes into getting a reunion organized, getting people involved, finding a place to hold it, organizing meals and entertainment, and sometimes even organizing places for people …

Spring is a time of new birth. The flowers immerge from the frozen earth in all of their glory. How I look forward to the first crocus and tulip. There are many baby animals born in the spring.

What is a ‘professional, and what qualifies one as such? In checking I find that a “professional” is a person who is: competent; efficient; experienced; licensed; qualified, and skillful. I wondered about my friends’ use of the word “professional.” And if we perhaps think differently.

I was reading a book recently about a man and wife and their experience managing a lighthouse. A lighthouse is a tower with a bright light at the top, located at an important or dangerous place regarding travel over the water. The two main purposes of a lighthouse are to serve as a navigatio…

The snow that usually comes in December and January has finally arrived at our home, now the middle of February! We had doubts that it would come this year. This snow brings back memories.

As I stepped out onto our back porch/wash room the other day, I thought something smelled rotten or dead. I asked Boyd, my husband, to take the dog’s dishes out to the garbage and throw them away as maybe that was where the problem originated.

We seldom had visitors come to the ranch. When we were first up there in the late 1950s, we didn’t have any means of communication with people in “the valley.” We were 20 miles away from Iona with no phones. I never felt isolated though, and it was rare that we had company. Our neighbors, Re…

Looking out our window and seeing three large John Deere tractors ready to go when it’s time to feed the cattle, my mind wanders back many years. I remember by dad, Derrald Ricks, farming with horses. He would harness those horses up early in the morning, bring them home at noon, unharness t…

Our daughter, Christine, put together a ZOOM meeting for our family at Thanksgiving time. It was a good thing to do as we had to cut down the amount of people who came to our home for Thanksgiving. This gave us the chance to visit and see them.

This definitely was a different Christmas from any that Boyd or I have ever experienced. Usually we have a group of 25 or more at our home on Christmas Eve to enjoy food, singing, reading of the Bible, and sharing and unwrapping gifts. This year there were five of us here at our home. Our da…

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Now that Thanksgiving is over with, I need to get serious about Christmas shopping. It isn’t always easy for me to buy Christmas gifts for my guys who work the soil and tend the cows.

Thanksgiving is an annual celebration of the harvest and its bounty. This celebration actually was started many years ago spanning cultures, continents and centuries. In ancient times, the Egyptians, Gree and Romans feasted and paid tribute to their gods after the fall harvest. Thanksgiving …

On Sept. 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed. As dictated by Article VII, the document would not become binding until it was ratified by nine of the 13 states. On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the document, and it was subsequently agreed that government…

There are some beautiful colors in nature during all seasons: Do you remember when people used to go to “color analyzers” to see which colors were best for them to wear? These colors would be in groups of spring, summer, fall and winter.

Fall brings memories of school days gone by! One memory focusses on the fall after I graduated from high school. School started the first of September and the first morning of school that fall I stood at our door watching the school bus go past our home without stopping or even slowing down.…

Good morning! I’m sitting at the kitchen table overlooking the lake at our condo in Big Sky Montana. It is snowing this morning and what a peaceful setting this is! We love going out on our deck and feeding the ducks bread, watching people in canoes on the lake, and sometimes seeing moose or…

This is the time of year when there are a lot of family reunions going on. Those reunions are important in order to keep in touch with family, near and far. It brings a family closer together as they gather and visit, play games, eat and share memories. These reunions can be a three or four …

“The hills are alive with the sound of music...” How about “The farms are alive with the sounds/aromas/visions of harvest.” Yes, harvest time is upon us. As you look around you can see hay bales in the fields and hay stacks being erected close to cattle enclosure. The air is full of the swee…

As I was driving into Idaho Falls the other morning when it was raining hard, I got to thinking of how I loved rainy days. I was born and raised on the farm and loved that life! We never went on vacations like some people did, but if we had a rainy day where it rained enough to stop work in …

It’s hard to believe the amount of farming that can be observed by looking out the windows of the house. At the ranch, the area where the men work is large and spread out. It helps to be able to see the dust of their vehicles coming when it is time to serve a meal. It took me a few years to …

Living and working on the farm and ranch teaches us many things. We may work all summer long: tilling; planting, weeding, irrigating; and then a hail storm can wipe out all of those hours of work with the result of no harvest! No, that’s not fun, not even pleasant nor fair, but that is life.…

Most of the calves have been branded and with their mothers, have been moved to summer pasture. On our first trip to the ranch this spring, about the first of May, I wondered if we would even be able to get to the ranch. High snow banks lined the sides of the road and pastures were white wit…

When my husband, Boyd, and I drove to the ranch the other day, I got to thinking of how I miss the rhythm of our life when we lived there with our children during the summers. Looking back, it seems those earlier rhythms were easier to follow and live with.

The community of Dehlin was homesteaded in the early 1900s through early 1920, and at one time there were 65 or more families living there. It is located 20 miles east of Iona, and the only way to get there at that time was horse and buggies on a rough, dirt road.

Last November my husband, Boyd, and I went to the tri-state wheat industry meeting in Spokane, Washington. Wheat Industry leaders from Idaho, Oregon and Washington host this yearly meeting that attracts many farmers from those three states. Boyd attended committee meetings and I joined him a…

We seem to be overwhelmed with technology in everything we do. We can bank without going to the bank; we can order anything we want by using a computer and expect packages to be delivered by mail or Fed Ex. We can even order from an on-line menu and have a meal ready for us when we get to th…

No fences to check or fix doesn’t mean that winter is a time for a rancher to sit around and do nothing. Before he gets the cattle moved from summer pasture down to the valley and winter pasture, he gets the corrals scooped out of all the manure in them. That manure is spread out on the fiel…

My husband, Boyd, has a little red book. In this little red book is important information — really important information! Boyd starts off entering cows/heifers as they deliver their calves. He enters things like date, possible weight of a newborn, condition of a newborn, cow/heifer tag numbe…

According to Google, “20/20 vision is a term used to express normal visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet.”

Christmas shopping is upon us now! Actually Christmas shopping has been with us all year since last Christmas. I have friends who shop the after-Christmas sales for their next Christmas season. That may work for them, but there are problems with me doing it that way.

Christmas 2019 is almost here. Hopefully, the shopping is done, the gifts are wrapped, and the rush is over. But realistically I don’t think this is the way it is for the majority of us.

As we start a new year with goals and resolutions, it’s good to take stock of where we have been and where we want to go. As we get older, we get a lot of advice from people both young and old:

Although we should be thankful every day for what we have, it is nice to have a special holiday set aside for this purpose. I have heard many people say that Thanksgiving seems to be more of a family holiday than Christmas does, and I think they are correct. A lot of Christmas is spent in pu…

We are so blessed to be able to have locally grown fruits and vegetables to eat most of the summer and through the fall. With that cold spell that came a couple of weeks ago, there was a big rush to get potatoes harvested. A couple of nights before this killing frost, Boyd and I got our spud…

The shorter, cooler days and longer periods of darkness let us know that fall is definitely here. The leaves on the trees are changing the colors of their wardrobes from green to golds, yellows and reds. When we are outside in the early mornings or evenings, the warmth of a jacket or sweatsh…

Looking out over the foothills east of Idaho Falls, it is hard to believe that at one time over 1,800 people lived, worked, and loved in this area. Back then you would have seen cabins, with smoke snaking its way out of the chimneys, scattered throughout the landscape, men working with horse…

Well, here we go again. I thought I had made it through this summer without sitting behind the wheel of the pickup with a load on the trailer behind, but I was wrong. I was called to work the other morning as another driver was needed. We were hauling straw from a field I’d never hauled from…

The other evening my husband, Boyd, asked if I wanted to ride with him on our John Deere Gater to go out back and check the cows. It was a beautiful fall evening, sun still up, air starting to cool down, so why not? Thinking this would be no more than a pleasant ride out and back, I didn’t t…

It’s time to think about getting ready for school and I’m not sure anyone is ready to face that yet! Summer has flown by fast this year! I can remember myself getting ready for the fall starting of school. I always loved school and studying, so looking forward to returning to that was exciti…

We are told that we all need to be needed, to feel needed. Apparently, for some people, there is a lack of that need, and I’m not sure what the consequences are if that lack is not fulfilled, but I do know that if any of you have that need, marry a farmer/rancher.

How excited we would be to have school out for the summer. The last few days of school all students were put to work. We had to scrub down the walls of the classroom and scrub all of the desks inside and out. I can’t remember having to wash windows, but we had to clean any shelves and closet…