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5 Ways to Take Care of your Cowboy during Calving Season (or Anytime!)

Calving season is an incredibly busy, and can be stressful time for cowboys. They’re long, repetitive hours of checking heifers and babies. (Read all about some of the “basics” of calving season from last year here and the start of this year’s season.)

So, I know not all of my followers have husbands that Cowboy. But I wanted to come up with 5 ways to let your significant other know they’re appreciated, and are important to you during what’s maybe tough or busy seasons in their lives. Or maybe don’t wait for those seasons at all and just do these anytime you’d like!

  1. Make a good pot of coffee

As I said above, calving season can make the days seem pretty long when One Cute Cowboy is waking up every couple of hours to check heifers, then having to put in a full days work. Coffee is an essential! I’ve made it my mission to make sure I make the best pot of coffee around. I like to make sure before he leaves in the morning that he has a cup and full thermos before he walks out the door. This helps him not only stay going throughout the day, but something warm to drink and keep his insides warmed up during those really cold, long days. So whatever your partner’s thing is, maybe it’s hot tea, or iced tea, or something as simple as Gatorade, make sure they’re getting the best of whatever “go-juice” helps them stay going throughout the day.

2. Rub their feet

Okay, maybe One Cute Cowboy and I are different, but one way we like to spend time unwinding together in the evenings is rubbing feet. This may seem odd to some, but there are actual health benefits to giving/receiving foot massages. It promotes better sleep, improves blood circulation throughout the body, relieves aches and pains, can lower anxiety, and on top of all, it just feel so good! So spend 15-20 minutes a night rubbing their feet, or shoulders, or hands to help them relax and feel a little pampered.

3. Help Out

Is it your hubby’s “job” to take the trash out, feed the dogs, get the mail, or wash the dishes? When you know they’re having an extra long or difficult day, try to help out and do that small job for them. It’ll not only let their day feel a little less hectic, but they’ll also be appreciative and glad to be able to relax a little sooner than usual and maybe help them not feel so overrun with things to do.

4. Boost of Vitamin C

This time of year, it’s easy for your immune system to get run-down when you’re constantly on the go. I like to make sure Riley is fully stocked on everything he needs to stay healthy and keep his immune system up. We diffuse Tea Tree & Orange oil to help keep both our immune systems up. We also really like to juice. So I try at least a few times a week to make a fresh orange juice (for me orange, carrot, & apple) to boost that Vitamin C. He also takes Vitamin C tablets and Apple Cider Vinegar capsules. This way his system doesn’t get completely run down from constantly being on the go.

Lastly, but most certainly not least…

5. Pray

This one doesn’t need much explaining, it’s pretty simple. One of the best things you can do for your significant other is pray for them daily. Every morning I pray for One Cute Cowboy’s day, attitude, protection and spiritual guidance. I believe one of the greatest gifts we can do for others is pray for them, so this one to me is important.


This is just a fun list of things to let your other-half know you appreciate them, and to maybe help take a load off during busy seasons for them. But as I said, you don’t have to wait for it to be a stressful season to do any of the above, I hope you do these for your loved ones whenever you can. Hope you’ve enjoyed! 🙂


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December on the Ponderosa

This month started out unusually warm for December. We kept hearing colder weather was coming, but it was hard to believe when you didn’t really need anything but a light jacket to go outside. But then, let me tell you, when the cold hit, it hit! The last few days haven’t gotten above 16-18 degrees, finally the sun is starting to poke out today. If you follow One Cute Cowboy’s instagram, I’ m sure you’ve seen how thrilled he’s been about the colder temperatures.

This month has been all about wheat pasture cattle. Every. Single. Day. OCC loads up a trusty horse, a fueled 4 wheeler, charged fence batteries, his medicine bag, and hot coffee, 7 Days a week to go check the cattle on wheat pasture and corn stalks. He makes his rounds through 6 pastures at one location, then 2 other separate fields, then checks the bull calves that are also on wheat. While he’s at these pastures he also has to break the inch thick ice in the tanks, and check the hot wire fences to make sure they’re keeping their charge. Cowboy roping a steer

This guy wasn’t sick, just in the wrong pasture and had to be moved.

He checks for anything that might be sick, or not looking healthy. Cowboys wear many hats, and one of those hats is unfortunately, Doctor. One has to know what medicine is good for what ailment, they have to keep track of which ones they’ve already doctored, and what medicine they gave them. Some medicines are so strong they can only be doctored once with that particular kind and it’s imperative for the Cowboy to remember what calf the medicine was distributed to.

During wheat pasture season, calves can get bloated on the wheat really easily and really fast. There are several things the cowboys do to help fight bloat. They put out a block called a “bloat” block and they also add soap to their water and keep hay out. The blocks and soap help the stomach continue to bubble and break down the foam which helps the gas escape. The hay offers dry matter which allows the rumen to operate correctly.

Besides checking wheat pasture cattle, the cowboys have also been feeding cake and hay to the ranch cattle. They definitely keep a full schedule in the winter months!

We also got to get away for an overnight trip to see some of OCC’s family for Christmas, and also had a nice Christmas with my whole family once we got back. Christmas was here and gone in the blink of an eye, which always makes me a little sad. But it’s exciting to think this time next year we’ll have a little pup around to unwrap gifts and start some new family traditions.

The cake my niece made all by herself, “Frosty.”

I hope you all have had a wonderful December, and are ready to jump into the New Year with lots of hope, love, and excitement!

Happy New Year! 🍾


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Keeping Christmas

This was actually a post I had planned for the day after Christmas, but I had some technical difficulties and couldn’t get it posted. So as we look into the new year, here is a few thoughts I’ve had.

What exactly does it mean to “keep the Christmas spirit?”

I hate when Christmas is over. I get the Christmas blues every year. There’s all of this fun and exciting build-up—playing Christmas music, watching Christmas movies, getting and decorating the tree, pulling out all of your favorite decorations from storage, and making your house into a winter wonderland. Finding just the right gift for the ones you love, lighting the Advent wreath, preparing to celebrate the birth of our King! There’s all this build-up, and Christmas Eve comes and the magic is palpable, then Christmas morning is finally here and the festivities of the day begins! Then in the blink of an eye, it’s all over. The lights come down, the wrapping paper gets picked up, the family goes home, and once again, your heart waits for the next Christmas to come.

So my question to you is, how do we keep that Christmas spirit all year long? How do we keep excited and passionate about giving to others, our appreciation for the small things, our waiting for the King?

This year it seems like it went even faster than usual, and I’ve found myself stuck with this question. I want to keep the fulfillment that Christmas gives me in my heart all-year round.

My mind keeps going to Proverbs 17:22, “A merry heart does good, like medicine.” Surely part of the key of keeping Christmas, is keeping a merry heart. But that’s sometimes easier said than done. You get cut-off in traffic, your boss is on you about this or that, your day just doesn’t go “as planned”—it’s hard to keep that merry heart in difficult times.

So I’ve been thinking of how to keep a heart for Christmas all year-round, and this is what I’ve come up with:

  • Immerse yourself in scripture

I’m one of those people that always likes to know more. I want to know facts and details. I used to love Paul Harvey, “and now you know, the rest of the story.” One thing I’ve thoroughly enjoyed is the “subtext” in my Bible. For most verses there’s a footer at the bottom telling details about what the scripture might be pertaining to in that time, going into further explanation of the verse. I think one way to keep a fulfilled heart is to read scripture everyday, and for me, dig even a little deeper to find what the scriptures are actually saying.

  • Prayer

I guess you could say this goes hand-in-hand with reading scripture, but I find when I start and end my day with prayer, I keep a more mindful heart (and mouth for that matter) and reflect more upon the happenings of my day-to-day.

  • Continue to Give

Now, don’t get me wrong , I’m not saying buy gifts for everyone you know or love all year long, but have a giving heart. Maybe that means giving your time to someone to listen, maybe it’s giving someone a helping hand at the grocery store, and maybe it means to simply give–whether it be to your church, someone in need, the homeless, or something else entirely, but don’t let the Christmas season be the only time you “give” during the year.

  • A Christmas Reminder

I challenge you to keep one small Christmas decoration/ornament out in a place where you’ll see it everyday to remind you of the joy and peace that comes with Christmas. The picture above is a candle One Cute Cowboy got me our 2nd Christmas together, and I plan on keeping it out even after I put my other decorations up, to remind me to keep the spirit of Christmas in my heart all year long.

I hope you had a beautiful, joyful Christmas and pray for many blessings to all of you through the new year!

Happy New Year!


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Christmas time is here, my favorite time of year! I can’t help but think of my Grandma Smith this time of year. She was always so cheerful at Christmas (she was cheerful year round!!) but you could tell how much she enjoyed the Christmas season. She always sent out tons of Christmas cards and would receive more than you could imagine. She loved displaying all her received cards where everyone could see. When she’d get more than she could display, she’d start stacking them in a basket. I bet she got over 100 a year, it was amazing.

She not only stayed busy with sending and receiving cards and letters, she made so many baked goods during the holidays. As well as visiting the nursing home and talking with the residents there and usually taking a small gift of cookies or an Upper Room devotional. She was a very thoughtful lady, always giving of her time and love. She would also receive many fruit baskets, and flowers, and baked goods. She was very loved, but she also loved so much back I don’t know how she ever kept up.

In our church this Advent season the theme is Gifts. This past Sunday our preacher, Rusty, spoke about using our gifts for the better good of the world. Recognizing what our gifts are, and what our gifts aren’t. Knowing how to use our gifts, and willingly using those gifts to bless others and glorify Him.

“Each of you should use whatever gifts you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” —1 Peter 4:10

When our preacher was speaking about this, I continuously thought of Grandma. She had so many gifts that she used diligently for the sake of good, and to glorify our King. She never questioned her gifts, she just did as she saw fit and worked with the hands God had given her. She was known for her baked goods, for her sincerity, for her many letter and cards, and she had a way of making you feel significant and special. Her gifts were abundant, and she never shied away from them. God had gifted her with the gift of comfort. You always left her house with your cup filled, whether that be a belly full of yummy cooking, a head full of scripture, or a heart full of love—she knew how to comfort you in whatever way needed.

I certainly don’t have the gifts she did, but that’s okay, not all of us are going to be gifted in the same way. What’s important is knowing what gifts you’ve been given, and using them the best way you can. Not shying away from them or hiding them away, but to use them to bless others and glorify our King.

I always knew there was a lot to be learned from my Grandma, and now I’m seeing even after she’s gone, I’m still learning. Use your gifts, whatever they may be, and maybe by doing so, we can use all our different gifts together to make this world a little better place.

5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working , but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.” —1 Corinthians 12:5-6

There’s no doubt in my mind, when Grandma walked through those pearly gates, and stood in all of God’s glory, He smiled at her and simply said, “Well done good and faithful servant.”

Grandma and I at Christmas circa ’14

May you use your gifts this Christmas season!


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November on the Ponderosa

Wheat pasture month. This is the beginning of once again, a busy season. (It’s all one big busy season really…) This month we started moving some of our cattle to wheat pasture. But not only our cattle, One Cute Cowboy also takes care of a couple of ranchers cattle for them on wheat in the winter time. Usually they want to put their smaller cattle on the wheat pasture, 400-550lb calves, this way some of the smaller cattle are gaining good, healthy weight, and the rancher doesn’t have to take care of them in the winter months.

This guy is ready for the winter, he’s got it figured out–Cow house! Haha!

Most ranchers will have wheat pasture cattle from November through March. So for the next 4 months, OCC will be checking pastures, doctoring sick cattle, checking water, feeding cattle on wheat, and feeding the cows on grass and corn stalks.

One thing a lot of people don’t think about when it comes to ranching is the time it takes to do upkeep on our fences. One thing One Cute Cowboy has done a lot of this month (and will continue to do) is fix fence, build fence, and continue upkeep on fence. What I mean by that is constantly making sure the fence stays hot enough to keep the cattle in, and that means taking a new battery out to the charger every day depending on the fence. A battery will keep its charge for 3 to 4 days. You have to think about keeping your batteries charged when they’re not on the fence as well.

This month we’ve also shipped calves, along with getting some cattle shipped in (to go on wheat pasture and corn stalks.) These are a few of the good-looking steers we got from eastern Oklahoma to go on wheat pasture. One Cute Cowboy and my dad also raise registered bulls, so our little bulls also went to wheat pasture for the winter where they’ll get big for the spring.

We also had a really nice Thanksgiving at my parents. All my dad’s side of the family got together, which doesn’t happen very often. There was lots of food eaten, dominos played, and my personal favorite Scattegories! We played 13 rounds of it, it was so much fun!

My favorite part of Thanksgiving, the cranberry salad. Yum! We are incredibly blessed to live the life we do. One of our biggest blessings this year will be out baby boy in March! We had so much to be thankful for this year!

Hope you all have had a blessed November and I hope you’ve enjoyed November on the Ponderosa!

Happy December!


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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.


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.



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.


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.


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!


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. 😉


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!


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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!