Life On The Ponderosa · Lifestyle · Rancher's Wife

October on the Ponderosa

Ranch land with cattle and pond

As promised, I wanted to share what’s been going on this month on the ranch. As I mentioned prior, “Fall works” is the moving/weaning/vaccinating that we do in the Fall. It takes a lot of time and a lot of preparation to make it all happen.

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At the beginning of this month One Cute Cowboy, my dad, and a few other cowboys started moving what cattle we had on CRP back to the ranch. CRP pastures (Conservation Reserve Program) are prior fields that were used for crops. The government has offered the farmer a program to put those fields back to natural grass; grass that either has to be mowed or grazed every three years. Ranchers and farmers will lease out their CRP pastures because if they don’t have someone graze it, by government rules, they would have to pay someone to come in and mow the grass. It’s a win/win situation for both parties. The grass is usually a good home for the cattle and it gives the grass at the ranch a “break” during the growing season to gain back growth so that we can rotate the cattle back on those pastures in the winter and spring; because we want to practice good land management. The cattle aren’t the only thing we have to think about as a rancher, you also have to think about the land and the wildlife and how to better our ecosystem.

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Once everything is back in it’s respective pastures, it’s time to start weaning the calves off of the mother cows. Usually when you hear cowboys talking about weaning day, it’s a day starting at day break and not ending until sun set (and sometimes even longer.) It’s not just separating the mamas from their babies, it’s “working” the calves as well. This usually means giving them vaccines, making sure they’re healthy and don’t need any special attention. After the crazy snow storm in May, and all the rain we received (Praise the Lord!) this Summer, we’ve had an uncommon amount of what’s called foot rot. Foot rot is an infectious disease that occurs in the hoof/foot of the cow/calf. It can cause lameness and pain in the foot if not treated properly. Sometimes this is brought on by dampness, hence all of our snow and rain. This was one of the main vaccines we gave this month. The foot rot vaccine helps to clear up those that have it, and to keep the ones who haven’t had it from getting it.

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The reason we wean the calves before marketing them is because buyers will pay more money for a calf that has been weaned for at least 45 day and received proper vaccinations before shipment to the buyers farms or ranches. We practice “fence-line” weaning. This is where the calf is kept on one side of the fence, and the mother on the other side. This allows for a lower amount of stress on the mother and calf, therefore lessening the opportunity for sickness. They’re still able to see each other, and “talk to” each other by touching noses and licking through the fence.

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Fall works doesn’t end there. Because the calves aren’t used to having to go to water on their own, each evening, the cowboys have to go out and push each pasture of calves to their watering hole, so they’ll start to learn where to go to water. They do this for two weeks along with feeding them a mixture of cake and hay until the calves are used to everything and know where to go. Usually after two weeks, they more than have it all figured out. The cowboys continue to feed though, until “shipping day”. Next Month!

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There are still other odds and ends that have to be done besides just the feedings. There are tanks to be moved, fence to be repaired, fence to be built for winter corn stalks & wheat pastures, and equipment to be kept up and baby doctor visits that have to be made. 😉

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These last two images were literally taken not but an hour ago. One Cute Cowboy working in the shop, well after dark, repairing the wire roller so he can build more fence tomorrow. A cowboy’s work is never done.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my first edition of Life on the Ponderosa, monthly ranching series! Let me know your thoughts and any questions you have about life here in the Oklahoma Panhandle! The next ranching post will be at the end of November. I’ll tell you what all has been going on at the ranch for the month.

 

Happy Halloween!

*ASpottedHeart

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Favorites · Ramblings

Festive Halloween Playlist 🔮



Who doesn’t love a good playlist?! I’ve picked out some Halloween festive favorites that I hope ya’ll enjoy as much as I do! I’ve even included the playlist on Spotify at the bottom!

  1. I Put A Spell On You- She & Him
  2. My Body’s A Zombie for You- Dead Man’s Bones
  3. Witchy Woman- The Eagles
  4. Monsters- Hurricane Bells
  5. Dirty Paws- Of Monsters and Men
  6. Ghosts- James Vincent McMorrow
  7. Shake It Out- Florence + the Machine
  8. Shankill Butchers- Sarah Jarsoz
  9. Young Blood- Norah Jones
  10. Bad Mood Rising- Creedence Clearwater Revival
  11. Golden Years- David Bowie
  12. In The Room Where You Sleep- Dead Man’s Bones
  13. Jawbreaker- The Dead Weather
  14. Lights Off- The Dears
  15. Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress) – The Hollies
  16. Witchcraft- Frank Sinatra
  17. Hedwig’s Theme-Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone Soundtrack
  18. Royals-Lorde
  19. Midnight City- M83
  20. Dark On Fire- Turin Brakes
  21. Full Moon- The Black Ghosts
  22. Heads Will Roll- Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  23. I Didn’t Mean It- The Belle Brigade
  24. Rolling In On a Burning Tire- The Dead Weather
  25. Monster Mash- Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers

Hope you enjoy!

 

*ASpottedHeart

 

 

Favorites · Life On The Ponderosa · Ramblings

Pumpkin Patch

For the past three years One Cute Cowboy and I have made it a tradition of going to the Meyer Pumpkin Patch in Dalhart, TX. It’s a fun place where you can go pick your very own pumpkins and gourds. All types of pumpkins—Fairytale, Ghost, Aladdin, Jarrahsale, any kind you can think of! You can go through a a corn maze, though we’ve never gone through it, it looks fun! 

As most of you know, I love fall, so this is a really fun way we like to celebrate it.Pumpkin Patch | A Spotted Heart

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Meyer Pumpkin Patch

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Pumpkin & Corn

Pumpkin Patch 2017

I only got a few! Haha!! But maybe it was a pretty big load! What can I say?! I like pumpkins! 

Pumpkin patch pumpkins with our dog Hershey
Hershey thinks we brought the pumpkins home for her.
A flatbed pickup full of varies pumpkins
Didn’t lose a single one on the way home. Yes that’s my husband’s homemade Yeti 😂

Variety of Pumpkins

If you have the chance to visit a pumpkin patch this year, I highly recommend it! I’m amazed at all the different varieties and colors. 

What’s your favorite type of pumpkin? I think mine is the Fairytale pumpkin. ✨

Happy Fall!

*ASpottedHeart

Favorites · Ramblings

Friday Favorites 🍁 

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Friday Favorites, since we’re only a little over 2 months away from Christmas (!!!!) I thought I’d put one together, maybe give some people some Christmas gift ideas for your special someone, BFF, mama, whoever you’re looking for this year! Hope y’all enjoy!

*I linked all the associated Instagrams at the bottom.

One blush colored faux fur blanket and one black faux fur blanket, hanging over a wooden ladder

Fireside Faux Fur Throw Blanket from Anthropologie

You guys, I’m pretty sure I posted this last year in a Friday Favorites, BUT how beautiful are these?! They sold out last year and never restocked so I thought I’d missed out forever, then low and behold here they are again! This would be a great gift for anyone that likes to snuggle up, or if you have a book worm you’re getting a gift for, what a perfect gift this would be. These are so elegant looking, I want to get my paws on one.

Different colored handmade cat silhouette mugs Cat Silhouette Mug found at PitchPinePottery 

Everyone knows a cat lover right? These hand crafted mugs are too cute to pass up. Plus the colors are such a pretty shade of blues and greens and reddish orange. Each one unique because it’s carefully hand crafted.


Pitchin A Fit Tee from Redford Ranch

I’m obsessed with this tee! It’s so cute!! If you’re heading to the WRCA Finals or the NFR this year, this wold be the perfect staple to have in your wardrobe. It’d pair perfect with some turquoise, punchy boots, and a fur vest!

Bear, Bow & Arrows, and Teepees on a fitted crib sheetLittle Bear Fitted Crib Sheet from Rock & Rollick 

Now that OCC and I are expecting our own little rowdy bear, I’ve been looking at a lot of cute kid stuff, and these sheets are at the top of my list! Rock & Rollick has so many cute baby/kid things that are definitely unique and fun.

Winter Fauna Mugs and Plates featuring a colorful fox, llama,deer, fawn, and rabbit
Winter Fauna Mugs and Plates from Anthropologie

 Aren’t theses gorgeous?! I just found this today while cruising the Anthropologie website, and now I’m pretty sure I need the set. I think this would be a fantastic gift for any tea/brunch lover. Perfect for Fall & Winter.

 


Well, that’s all folks! There’s this Friday’s Favorites. What are some things you’ve had your eyes on lately? Hope you’ve enjoyed!

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Happy Friday!!!

*ASpottedHeart

 

Life On The Ponderosa · Rancher's Wife

Fall works on the Ponderosa


In case you’re not used to cowboy slang, “Fall Works” is when it’s time to work/wean cattle in the Fall. One Cute Cowboy and the rest of the cowboys have spent the last couple months prepping for Fall works. Getting fence fixed, built, and making sure the mamas and calves are ready for weaning season. Docotoring anything that seems to need it, and making sure all is healthy enough to happen.

One Cute Cowboy roped a cow that needed doctoring.
One Cute Cowboy welding on some pens.

One Cute Cowboy had the idea a few weeks ago about a new monthly series I could try. I’m going to start a monthly ranching series where at the end of each month I’ll talk about what’s been going on on the ranch (or the Ponderosa as I like to call it.) I’ll still be doing my mood boards here and there, but starting at the end of this month, I’ll kick it off with October on the Ponderosa. So be looking for it towards the end of the month! I hope this is something y’all enjoy!

Happy Columbus Day!

*ASpottedHeart

Favorites · Lifestyle

October Movie Night

October Movies-Hocus Pocus, The Addams Family,The Worst Witch, The Wizard of Oz
There are so many great movies around this time of year. Makes me nostalgic for my childhood when Disney and ABC had the best movies on every night of the week. I love this time of year, and the many things it brings, so I wanted to compile a list of what I think would make a great October Movie Night!

1. Hocus Pocus


Everybody knows when people start talking about Halloween movies, this is the first one that comes to mind…that’s if you were a 90’s kid like myself. I’ve seen this movie more times than I can count. And when October rolls around I can’t wait to watch it again. It’s funny every time I watch it. And who doesn’t love good ‘ol Binks? I’m pretty sure that’s where my love for black cats started. 

“It’s all just a bunch of hocus pocus!”

2. You’ve Got Mail

So obviously this isn’t falling under the “Halloween” list of movies, but this is my absolute favorite Fall movie. Something about the opening of  the movie, the characters talking about New York in the Fall has a dreamy quality about it that’s always made me want to visit NY during its orange, yellow, and red colored season. This is one of my all-time favorite movies and I’ve probably seen it more than any other movie (except for maybe Tombstone and The Wizard of Oz.) To me, Meg Ryan’s character, Kathleen Kelly, has my dream job—owning a small book shop. I found some fun facts about this movie on Mental Floss, check ’em out here.

3. The Worst Witch


I saw this movie when I was a kid and I remember parts of it vividly, but never knew the title. As I got older I remember bringing this movie up but no one ever knew what I was talking about. I had about convinced myself I’d made it up in my head, or it was some kind of wacky dream I’d had at one point or another. Then one day while I was in college, a friend of mine who loves Halloween, brought it up and I finally learned the name and didn’t feel completely crazy! (Thanks Lindsay!) Anyhow, it’s been years and years since I’ve seen this movie, but it’s a good one! It came out the year I was born (1986), but still has legit good, Halloween/Fall vibes! I think it’s a must! (Amazon Video has it for rent, but I noticed Netflix also has an original series called The Worst Witch, I’m not sure if it’s based off the movie or not.) 

4.  The Wizard of Oz

Maybe it’s because there are witches, but to me, this has always felt like a Fall movie. It’s a classic in every way, and one that I’m always glad to watch. There are people like my husband that have never seen this movie!!! Blows my mind! So if you’re one of them, do yourself a favor and watch this one pronto!

5. The Addams Family


I loved watching the old black & white episodes of The Addams Family on tv when I was a kid. So when the movie came out, I couldn’t wait to see it! I love these characters, and I mean, seriously, does it get any better than Anjelica Houston as Morticia Addams?! I adore her. I used to rent this movie from our local video store over and over until finally my sisters started begging me to get anything else! Haha! Call me weird, but there was a point in my childhood, Kindergarden age, that I was half-way convinced (or just wished) I was somehow related to this kooky family! Haha! Yeah, I was an interesting kid. This is a must for me in the Halloween season.

6. Harry Potter and the….


Just pick your favorite HP movie! They all have good Fall vibes; though I will say I think the first 3 have the best Fall vibes. Might as well just have a whole darn HP marathon and enjoy yourself, you can’t go wrong with any of them.

7. Twilight


Who doesn’t enjoy a good vampire love story? I know I do! The overall aesthetics of this movie are perfect for a dreary Fall evening. I relish in the Washington setting, and I’m not gonna lie, I just plain love this story. I love the books, the movies, the whole sha-bang! New Moon (the second movie in the saga) is a great Fall-ish movie too.

8. Halloweentown 


This is probably the cheesiest one on the list, but it’s still pretty cute. It came out in the late 90’s as a Disney channel special. If you’ve got younger ones in the crowd, this is a great movie for them to enjoy. It’s a fun one.

9. Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin


No Fall movie list would be complete without this classic. It’s perfect for all ages and always puts a smile on my face.

So gather up your popcorn balls, apple cider, and your pumpkin cookies and watch yourself a good Fall movie!

What movies would you add to the list?

As always, enjoy!


*ASpottedHeart 



mood boards

Hocus Pocus

October is here! One of my favorite months! The weather has definitely been cooperating lately, and letting it get that Fall-ish feel. I love what Fall brings– pumpkins, apple cider, crispy leaves, full moons, black cats, and of course fall/Halloween movies! Here are a few things inspiring me this month.

Cat Cake

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Fall Set-up

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Books

Fox

outdoor fall

cookies

scripture

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White pumpkins

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What’s inspiring you this month? Any goals this month? What’s your favorite thing about Fall? I wanna hear from you guys! Leave me a comment or e-mail me! aspottedheart@gmail.com

*ASpottedHeart