Monday, December 17, 2012

Walking... A Great Time to Think!

I love to walk.   It is good exercise and relaxing.  It is a great time to think.  Those that walk would probably agree. Some that know me best would say I think way too much on those walks!  Nevertheless, I am happiest to walk with my dogs in some of the prettiest country in Northern California.  It is a great attitude adjuster!   Last week, I stopped to watch my horses  and how they followed each other around the pasture.  As you would imagine, one is always in the lead.  He makes sure of that.  The others seem content to fall in line.  They grazed peacefully and without a care.   In all the craziness of the world, it was a calming sight. 
When I got back I found an email that was passed along to me.  It was simply titled “I Believe”.  I don't know who wrote it, but the parts I liked most are shared below;
I Believe...
  • That it is taking me a long time to become the person I want to be. 
  • That you can keep going long after you think you can't.
  • That we are responsible for what we do no matter how we feel. 
  • That either you control your attitude or it controls you.
  • That heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences. 
  • That maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had and what you've learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated. 
  • That our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but, we are responsible for who we become.
  • Two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.
  • That we must always have hope and faith. 
  • The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything.  They just make the most of everything.
Happy Holidays to all those who I have had the opportunity to meet in person and to all of those who stopped by A Cowgirl’s Promise online.  
P.S.  Take a walk.  It is a great time to think!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Bulls...The Coolest Dudes in the Field!

As much as I love cows and calves, I love the bulls!  From the time I was a little girl, alongside my grandpa, it was a thrill to get the chance to help him with his Angus bulls. They were big, tough and I really thought they were well, cool.  I admire my mom (pictured here on the back of one of my grandpa's Angus bulls) as she gave me the love for horses and a no-nonsense attitude.  She was my hero farm girl and also a wild one, riding just about anything including calves, cows and yes, the bulls. 

Early November is well, “full of bull”.   It is time to gather, sort, and put bulls out with the cows.  That takes some work and the bulls can be easy or not, depending on their mood.  Through the summer months, the bulls hang together in fields, eating, fighting and basically laying around.  Kind of like one long Sunday afternoon during football season!   But now, it’s time to get busy.  And you’d think they’d just jump at the chance to get out there with the lady cows!  Well not so much.

Since most are the size of a horse (or bigger), and some have a bit of an attitude, things can go any which way when moving them.  But this year, with a little help, they managed to get where they were supposed to go and they found the lady cows!

Just a few weeks ago, while I was taking these pictures, someone asked, why I was so interested in the bulls.  I remembered what I thought when I was a little girl and I said...
 “because they are the coolest dudes in the field!”

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

California Cowgirls

October, November and December are a busy time of year for everyone. For California ranchers, it’s far more than just the holiday season, it's branding season. That means, friends and family gather together to help each other in the ageless tradition of gathering, doctoring, branding and vaccinating cattle. And amazingly, with all the technology today, it is still a community where a simple phone call brings many hands to help. What a thrill to watch loop after loop, thrown seemingly effortlessly. It is technique, patience, a good horse and etiquette. I admire all those I know with such talent, but most of all, the women. These California Cowgirls are every bit as talented (and in some cases more so) as the cowboys they rope with side by side. It’s a skill not easily learned. These ladies are grandmothers, mothers, sisters, daughters and yes, friends. Hats off to each one of them, they are All Grit…No Quit!