Farm Happenings 365

So  Word Press has this thing going: can you blog about one subject 365 of 2012?  I can try.   I think  I can.  I think I can.  I might stray every once in a while but will hopefully come back full circle.  I considered Beef Recipes 365. That might work anyway.  Well, not 365, but maybe once a week?  After all, beef is what it’s all about right?

Back to life on the farm.  Bad day at the ranch.  One of our cowboys was riding pens…checking for sick cattle.  Somehow his horse got his back legs tangled up in the mud and a hole.  The cowboy went airborne and the horse broke both legs.  He had to be put down immediately.  Everyone was shook up.  Big Boss called and said our cowboy was OK but was in the shed crying over his horse.  Literally.  Big old tough  guy cowboy heartbroken because his horse was dead.  I can understand that.  Out here, cowboys and their horses are family.  They are an extension of a cowboy’s personality and important beyond words. 

Big Boss swore off horses years ago when he went airborne for no good reason.  I asked him a while back if we could just find an old mare that wouldn’t go any faster than a Sunday walk in the prairie.  He just looked at me, not even quizzically.  Didn’t even acknowledge my request.  Bummer.  I still think I look a lot like Dale Evans.

I’ll share my “The Last Time I Rode a Horse” story sometime.  Not pretty.

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10 Responses to Farm Happenings 365

  1. Teuchter says:

    Happy New Year TQ and all your wonderful family!! Can you suggest a nickname that we may call you by? “Queenie” just conjures up all sorts of negative connotations for me, from a cockney fishwife to a long ago burlesque dancer (no idea if such a person existed other than in my imagination!!!!) but if you are happy with TQ that is fine by me! After all Richard Armitage seems quite happy to go along with being referred to as RA!! Oops!! Should that be HWSNBMOTB (He Who Shall Not Be Mentioned On This Blog)?? If so, I promise to refrain in future!

    To be serious for a change, I was so sad to hear about the horse having to be put down. My heart goes out to the Vet or whoever had the unenviable task of having to do such a thing. I have been told that my RL name means “lover of horses” and I find it to be true as I always have been!! I look forward, however, to reading your “The Last Time I Rode a Horse” saga! Knowing you I’m sure it will be most interesting – and fun? Perhaps it is something you can now look back at and enjoy although it may not have been funny at the time. At least I hope that is the case!! 🙂


  2. The Queen says:

    LOL!!! “Queenie” was my nickname in Jr. High…my maiden name kinda morphed in to that. TQ is fine altho being The Queen of All That She Sees and Thus Reigns Over is really who I am. Not. Not sure why The Mr. aka Big Boss started calling me that other than he considers me Queen of His Heart. Awwww.

    Have I told you before that had our first son been a girl, your RL name was chosen …or a derivative of it. Drop the “ey” and add an “a”. And HWSNBMOTB can certainly be mentioned. Just not sure how I’m going to tie him in with the farm! or Josh Groban or George Strait for that matter. ; )


  3. Carol Dismukes says:

    TQ and Big Boss, my heart truly goes out to the ‘family’ over the loss of a good abd loved horse. Thankful that your cowboy will be okay, Very hard way to start the year. Farming and ranching requires a bunch of toughness but good,strong hearts still ache.

    TQ, I am really enjoying your blog and looking foward to each post.


  4. phylly3 says:

    So sad to hear about that horse! Life can be cruel at times.
    I am humbled by your ambition to blog every day. I wouldn’t be able to do it. I get writer’s block quite regularly!
    I am enjoying your very engaging style! 🙂


  5. servetus says:

    Beef everyday?

    What about lentils? 🙂


    • The Queen says:

      beef…lentils…beef….lentils…ummmm, sorta no contest there. Especially if you’ve EVER lapped your lips over Big Boss style brisket. Or prime rib. I know, now I’m bragging…


  6. grammyjj says:

    First off, I’m so sorry about the horse (you knew I’d say that, didn’t you)! I’m glad Cowboy wasn’t hurt, though.
    Second – I can tell you plenty of great nicknames for the Queen. Her Royal Cakeness, Madam Cake Craps, or just Ethel.
    Finally – please, please, please don’t forget the story about your last horse ride. I know I’ve heard it before – but it needs to be committed to cyberspace for all of us to enjoy!

    PS – as far as the brisket goes, if it’s anything like his steaks – YUMMO!!!


  7. The Queen says:

    I knew I coud rely on YOU for lovely nicknames. And I’m sure you were just getting started. *sigh*

    Pork tenderloin has just been thrown into the smoker by Big Boss, so we know what’s for lunch today. And I just started black-eyed peas…yes, I know that was supposed to be on the menu yesterday, but having suffered thru a particularly vicious strain of stomach virus, black-eyed peas were not even remotely close to getting into our plates. Truth is, everyone was pretty much on their own!


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