Michele, My Belle

I’ve mentioned in earlier posts how jazzed I am about our local flock of farmgirls. Now, northeast Wyoming has an official farmgirl sisterhood chapter and we’re calling ourselves the ”High Plains Sage Hens”.

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  1. cyndy says:

    This city girl is just "plain" jealous!

  2. Michele Hieb says:

    Shery…thank you for all the your kindness:) I look forward to our farmgirl nights, junk diving and antique trips in the near future.

  3. Sarah says:

    Sounds like a fabulous evening…and the recipe for chocolate chip pumpkin bread is forthcoming, yes???

  4. Diane Bell says:

    I so look forward to your posts. I read them over and over. I am a city girl wishing to be a country girl. I am country at heart. Keep up the good work.

  5. RanchFarmgirl says:

    Yeppers…on the recipes. Just waiting to hear back from Michele. Shery J

  6. RanchFarmgirl says:

    TJ, You simply must visit the Farmgirl Connection website which you can visit easily by clicking on the MJF header at the top of this page. Then, join the chat group and that will be a good bet for finding farmgirls in your neck of the woods. I’m sure there are plenty of them. We’re in a much more sparsely populated area, so I’m confident you can locate some farmgirl sisters if you keep diggin’! Thank you for the kind words. Shery J

  7. Maria says:

    What a fun group. Michele has a beautiful home. I feel like I was there with all your beautiful photos. So glad you gals had such a great time. I think I need to start a farm gals group where I live!

  8. Oh Shery,
    As always, I luv your photos…and the picture with the Geraniums….well, I am sooooo pining away for Spring & Summer as I just luv geraniums in my garden.
    Where I use to live, they were perennials…but up here in the Pac/Inland NW they are annuals. I have 5 plants (that I dug out of my garden last fall)in a big plastic container in my family room…waiting to go outside & greet the sun…but for now…they give me joy bringing green into my home.
    Farm girl hugz followed by ‘dirt manicures’ lol!

  9. Blair says:

    The photos, gorgeous!

  10. Ann says:

    I love your photos and the group’s name. How fitting and adorable!

  11. christine says:

    I love to read your blog. I am working hard to become a Ranch Farmgirl myself. Two years ago I bought my own piece of heaven in Wyoming…40 acres of potential for me to pour my heart and soul into. For now I’m stuck in Florida with a condo that won’t sell but your blog keeps me going and fuels my dreams. Thank you.

  12. Edna says:

    I love all the photos…I am looking forward reading future blogs….I am a country girl at heart,but still in the city….Thank you

  13. Reba says:

    I so enjoyed your blog and the photos are absolutely gorgeous, just like it always is in the west! I am still in the city but I feel like a "part" even though I do not have a farm of my own yet. Mary Jane is right, "farmgirl is a condition of the heart." Thanks for sharing.

  14. RanchFarmgirl says:

    Hi Farmgirls, I contacted Michele and asked for the recipes I mentioned in this article. Here they are. Enjoy! ~Shery J

    Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

    1 2/3 cup flour
    1 cup sugar
    1 tsp baking soda
    1/4 tsp baking powder
    1/4 tsp salt
    1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
    1 stick of butter melted
    1 15 0z. canned pumpkin
    6 0z chocolate chips (semi-sweet)
    2 eggs

    preheat oven 350 degrees. fold ingredients with a spatula (wet to dry). In a greased pan bake 25 min for small loafs, 55 min for large loafs, or 15 to 20 min for muffins or until springy to touch….Enjoy:)

    Spiced Tea

    2 cups Tang
    2 packets of Koolade lemonade (unsweetened)
    1 1/2 cups sugar
    1 cup instant tea
    1/2 tsp cinnamon plus a pinch
    1/4 tsp ground cloves plus a pinch

    combine and stir well
    Add 2 to 4 tsp of mix to coffee cup of hot water and enjoy:)

  15. I want to live in Wyoming and be in your chapter!!! please!!! I want to ride a horse rounding up cattle and pack iron and shoot at varmits!!! Seriously…I so enjoy your blog I finally decided to let you know. I too have a new chapter here in California…YES THERE ARE STILL FARMGIRLS IN CALIFORNIA…and they are blessing my life every time I turn around. You said it all so beautifully.

  16. I enjoy reading the blog and look forward to hearing about all you ranch girls, I live on the east coast. I have an acre more or less and I say this is my farm acre. I love animals and gardening. I am going to try the recipes they sound good. Keep up the good work. Love you all Juanita

  17. Betty jo says:

    Oh My gosh, the bike is awesome… there are lots of goodies. I love it and it is so awesome that you brought it into your home!!!!

  18. Veesha says:

    I live in the Powell/Cody Wyoming area, how far are y’all away from here?

  19. Sheree says:

    Shery, what a wonderful peek into your life! Michele is indeed very talented. Thanks so much for sharing your terrific photos of her skills. It warms my heart to see something like a bicycle decorated and hung as art. What courage! Being a city dweller, very disconnected from like souls, I have raised many an eyebrow when visitors see a family pitchfork used as a kitchen curtain rod or a manure fork decorated with silk flowers as a wall display. lol

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Farmgirl Fellowship

Last fall, I jumped into the role as MaryJane’s “Ranch Farmgirl” and shortly thereafter, an unexpected and delightful ripple effect came into play. A part of my life took on new meaning. I looked at my circle of gal pals in a whole new light.

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  1. Rosemary says:

    Your china is beautiful 🙂 I think you just inspired me to start a new collection!!

  2. Cindy says:

    Oh, can I come to one of your monthly shindigs? I make delicious "edibles"……really, though, (no, really…..can I come?)……your get-togethers sound absolutely wonderful! I’ll bet the laughter is infectious!! Pistol packin’ mamas that can cook and laugh at themselves? Wow…..fun!

  3. RanchFarmgirl says:

    In answer to those who have written and asked if the photos I use are my own…Yes, they are. I’m not a ‘real’ photographer, but I sure do enjoy it as a hobby. I have a Sony Alpha 100 DSLR and I bought a zoom lens and a wide angle lens to play with.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your kind comments. I love hearing from you and about the details in your own ‘farmgirl’ lifestyle whatever it may be! Happy Trails, Shery Jespersen

  4. Oh, it sounds like your chapter knows how to have some real fun, gun toting and all. Is there something wrong with my computer, your background comes in bright blue and it really hard to read? I look forward to your lovely posts and great pictures.

  5. For a brief moment, I wish I lived over in your neck of the woods…but then remembered that cold white stuff followed by winds! Did I mention, I HATE Wind!!! lol!
    I luv your "friendships are like compost in the Garden of life – they help us grow"….

  6. Rural Farmgirl says:

    Brilliant as always. I always love hearing stories of farmgirls getting together and having fun. It is amazing how wonderful life is when we are open to the possibilities.

  7. Bonnie says:

    Gosh, Sherry. I wish I lived in your neck of the woods. That group of gals sounds mighty fun. Farmgirls do have fun wherever they are. I love your positive outlook. Happy Valentine’s day, Bonnie

  8. Marsha says:

    I love the china!

    I invite you to enter my Valentine giveaway. You could win a pink, bead-knitted purse, hand-knit by me, with a chocolate bar charm.


  9. How wonderful this sounds. I moved into the area we live a couple of years ago and left most of my long long time friends an hour south. I would love to know enough women in my new neck of the woods to do something like this. I would love to have all my new blog friends I have made in the last few months all together in one spot. How much more we could learn from each other.

  10. Kimberly D says:

    That get together sounds fun, a group I use to meet with once a month stopped getting together, and I miss it. Makes me want to move to your "neck of the country". I am use to cold and wind…I live in Michigan and lived in Utah not too long ago.

  11. Debbie says:

    Hi Shery!
    What a delightful topic! I know exactly what you mean about looking at your friendships old and new in a different way since Mary Janes Farm came into your life… I have had this same revelation! I have been playing in the Farmyard Connection with my new farmgirl sister’s for the last 2 weeks and it is just such a nice warm place… all the gals are so friendly and supportive of everyone’s "farmgirl dreams" no matter how big or small…
    I vowed to myself that in 2010 I would round up my own " off -line "farmgirl friends" to play with whether it be,gardening, swapping recipe’s,talking chickens, home schooling, art or making new friends at our local horse rescue! I have a few that fit the bill, we just need to make it official. Perhaps with spring just around the corner we’ll have spring fever meeting where everyone brings there favorite seed and garden catalogues and we begin the planning for " new gardens to come "! You and your words on "farmgirl fellowship" have inspired me to not get lazy about this resolution! I have been part of another kind of sisterhood for twenty years that brings me great joy. I have " beach sisters"! Women who are my neighbors and friends in a small beach community of seasonal summer cottages. These tried and true friendships are such blessings.. Now,I just need to find me some gals with "farmgirl fever" to carry me through the rest of the year once my flip flops have been hung out to dry!
    Thanks again for such a great post!

    as always… love love love the photo’s!!!

    Deb~ Pat some horse necks for me o.k.?

  12. Marcia says:

    It has been said that all of us have made numerous "acquaintances" in our life of travels. The true count of the gift of "friends" is usually found on one hand, and should you be able to count more, Ahhh…..you are truly blessed! I believe you are on the road to a higher count!!

  13. Rebekah says:

    Oh Shery! I just had to say how much I LOVE this post! And girlfriend, yes! You are a REAL photographer! Beautiful!

  14. Janice K. says:

    Yes, Shery, your pictures often occupy the background of my desktop. Todays image of the back of the wagon made me say "AWWWW…" to myself, and think that it would be a wonderful trip to go ‘camping’ with just that kind of set-up.
    Last year I started to research a Farmgirl group in my area and came up with one woman that I simply did not connect with. You have reminded me that this year would be a wonderful time to start my own group. In caring for my dying mother these past few years, I had lost the time and inclination to seek out friends. Now that mom is gone, my life is a new reality and I need to get back to basics!
    Thank you for your contribution,

  15. Terces says:

    Dear Shery,

    Just when I was feeling "lonely" your writing inspired me to reach out to others. Thanks for the nudge. So appreciate you, your sharing, your photos and your amazing contribution to us women out here. Thank you so much. Terces

  16. Jessie says:

    Oh Sherry ~ You make me long for my own horse again! I haven’t had one since about 1 1/2 years after I got married (I’m young and only 3 1/2 years from that, but still!). My horse was my best friend growing up, very hard letting him go. Sometimes I come across a picture of him and sit stare at it, wishing. I now have 2 darling little girls that I want to grow up "Farm" and loving horses as I did. My grandmother still has horses (she’s the guilty one who taught me to be a horse crazy-girl!) but she lives in WI and I, like you, live in Wyo. However I don’t think there is a Farm Girl Chapter in my area. So if any of you Farm Girls who read Sherry’s blog would like to start a chapter in Star Valley, Wyoming, there’s already a member here! 🙂
    And, as Deb said, pat some horse necks for me, will ya? And maybe a kiss or two on a velvety nose wouldn’t hurt either. Or sniff in the mane. Or a hug around a warm neck. Or… ok I’ll stop. 😛

  17. connie k. says:

    Hi Shery,I loved the stories and awesome pictures,like the other girls,and I am so thankful I found you today, because I have been feeling misplaced and I will try to gather up a few of my friend’s to have some fun, absolutley! Thank you, and I will read your blog with anticipation. :c

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