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…

I thought my husband, Boyd, was retiring. Then last fall, he came in the house with the news he was going to buy a bull. He actually went to a couple of sales at that time. And there’s another local one he is going to in a couple of weeks.

As a child, we were always close to my dad’s side of the family. We gathered as a family once a month and on all major holidays. Thanksgiving was one of those holidays.

What is patriotism? Simply put, it is a devotion to one’s country. When “The Star-Spangled Banner” is sung, some people become emotional. I love to see the flag displayed openly, especially when there’s a holiday that we don’t have large celebrations for. I appreciate people who have flag po…

Fall is such a beautiful time of the year. I love it. The heat of the summer is over. And not only that, the busy-ness of the farming is behind us: The grain has been cut and either stored or taken to one of the elevators and sold. The straw has been baled. The hay has been cut three times, …

We see so much about bullies now, and when I look back at my grade-school years, I see that I was a bully! I didn’t hit nor was I physically abusive, but there were some kids I didn’t like and I let them know it.

My husband, Boyd, and I spent a few days in St. George, Utah, last spring staying at a cousin’s house. We were having a reunion and had lots of fun, lots of stories were told and lots of food eaten. We spent time doing genealogy and toured the LDS Genealogy Center down there. It’s always goo…