Seventh Heaven

Those who live in a northern region understand front to back and top to bottom what the arrival of summer means (plants, animals and humans). Winters on the Great Plains are especially long and severe – it seems like springtime will never come. June is, to us, a breath of Heaven. To get a feel for what I’m talking about, read on and ride with me out where the deer and the antelope play.

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  1. Karin says:

    As always I love your blog. I know life on the ranch isn’t easy, especially these days. But your stories tell me how wonderful it really is. Thanks again for sharing.

    Farmgirl #2708

  2. Debbie says:

    Just beautiful Shery! June is a wild month for everyone it seems…so much to catch up on and new things to begin too.
    Thanks for sharing your Seventh Heaven…I think most of us can relate to the long awaited warmer temps, blue skies, wild life, blossoms and a change in the wind…Summer is the PERFECT season to appreciate of all of these.
    Sending love and a farmgirl hug!
    Safe and Happy Independence Day to you and yours!
    Deb ( your blogging sister from the shorelines)!

  3. Stacy says:

    I live in Moscow, ID and recently heard of MaryJane’s farm and so signed up to be in the Sisterhood. I was looking at your blog through her link and read about where you are from and your post about going to the Green Bean in Belle Fourche! My family lives in Belle Fourche and the I have a small jewelry business. One of the places I sell my jewelry is at the Green Bean in Belle Fourche! What a fun and small world. 🙂 I grew up in Upton Wyoming and love your pictures and blog. Can’t wait to keep following you.

  4. Joan says:

    What a wonderful blog!!! I feel like I just spent time in your chest pocket – that way I could see it ALL, smell it ALL, love it ALL. Hang in there on the soap box – seems like ‘those’ who think they know – don’t and even since I was a little girl – still no change in their listening to those who do KNOW. I am so in love with the joy you bring to your blog – makes me feel like I am part of your ‘sisterhood’. Thanks again, God Bless you,
    God Bless America

  5. Brenda says:

    Love love this one. Made me feel like I was right there with you and it also made me realize I need to get out and enjoy the things around me more. Your pictures are beautiful and I can’t wait to try the slaw and the cake.Thank you again.

  6. Lisa Price says:

    I wish I lived there, you are so lucky.

  7. martha cook says:

    Shery, I thought I was the only one who dressed like that to go shoo something away! One night, I slipped out of bed to shoo away a herd of elk, which I could hear running by my bedroom window. Afraid that they would reach over the 6-ft. cage around my 4 year old crabapple tree, I went outside in nightgown, rubber boots, jacket, with flashlight — as I neared the elk, I wondered what I would "spook" them with, just "shoo" wasn’t going to work, and I didn’t want to wake my family by yelling aloud. I was chuckling about how silly it was to go out there with no tool of self-defense, but the elk did "shoo" – they must have been very surprised. It is quite private at our rural place, so often I am out dumping the compost bowl, in my p.j.s and robe, some outside shoes, and a big straw hat! Remember Maudie Frickert? Wasn’t that one of Red Skelton’s alter-ego’s? Thanks for a wonderful article!

  8. Jeanne says:

    I get so excited when I see a Ranch Farmgirl Blog has arrived in my inbox. It is like an old friend has shown up to take me away for a little break. Thank you for sharing your slice of heaven each month. I look forward to reading your blog and seeing your pictures. Dolly is so beautiful. All the horses that are pictured are so ultimately groomed. I live in a little town in Colorado and the only place in Wyoming I have seen that is so beautiful was up near Yellowstone and Jackson. I use to travel Interstate 80 frequently and enjoyed the little towns but it is not as beautiful as your neck of the woods. Keep sharing Shery. I can’t wait to try the slaw recipe. Happy Fourth of July.

  9. Snowy says:

    Hey, subtle must be your middle name. Great post!

  10. Rene Foust says:

    I absolutely love all of your pictures! They make me feel like I am there!

  11. Cheri says:

    LOVE you blog as always. Do you ever sit down? Doubt it- but yet you seem to have a great sense of calm and appreciation. Quite a few years ago, I was cleaning for the arrival of my in-laws, and noticed that both barn doors were open. The thoroughbred and 2 ponies were in the FRONT YARD. UGH. I got 2 of them back in, while big ol’ Jake ran off down the road to see what he could find. WELL- I grabbed some grain and a halter/lead rope and jumped on my daughter’s bike. I was dressed in my FAVORITE pink nightshirt MAJOR LOL. Took us about 20 minutes to get a halter on Jake and I had a great NEIGHBORLY conversation about my not so appropriate attire, but just like the country – she said- looks just fine to me.
    I think most horses know how to act with little ones- lol she is a blessed little girl.

  12. cora jo says:

    Shery, I have been without a computer for 2 months…if I thought I could easily live without it, I was wrong…I missed your blog very much. I love your taking me "home" to Wyoming every time. Thank you, my friend. As my granddaughter would say…"you rock". cora jo

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Back In The Saddle Again

After many months of winter and then recovery from knee surgery, “I’m Back In The Saddle Again”…quoting the old cowboy song. Come along for a springtime ride on the Plains.

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  1. Debbie says:

    O.k. Shery! Now you’re just messin’with me! All of this post is wonderful and your photos just spectacular, but here’s the deal from here on out… if you’re gonna post pictures of sagebrush you better be prepared to send me a snip or two in the mail! One thing I didn’t mention in my previous BEACH BLOG post was the fact that one of the gals in my chapter hails from Wyoming (Once upon a time, she stumbled upon a handsome Yankee in her travels too; she’s a transplant like me) and carries sagebrush in her truck. She brought it inside during our meeting to share it with the other gals "who haven’t been to the West." She and my mom and I had a little sagebrush love fest that night in my kitchen! We just kept sniffing it and saying Ahhhhhhh! Nothing beats the smell of the high desert after a gentle rain… dirt and sage and fresh air mingle together creating the most refreshing scent. Hey, we need to make a perfume out of it! Now, on to the horsey pics!!! Lovely… especially ‘yours and his’. Thanks for this inspiring visual of your cherished ranch life and congrats for being " back in the saddle again "…
    farmgirl hugs!
    Deb (your beachy farmgirl blogging sister)

    P.S. I’m not kidding about the sagebrush… I’m emailing you my snail mail address RIGHT NOW! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  2. Debbie says:

    The yellow cabinet: I love your idea of sanding it and aging it a bit with antiquing glaze. There are also waxes available that are tinted that give a similar effect and leave a matte finish which is nice. The door: I like decoupage too and can picture some vintage images (which you love and collect)or some of your photography adhered in a collage fashion, perhaps with some inspiring text incorporated on the door. Red cottage roses would be pretty and romantic! Anything that would inspire you in your new creative space! Have fun! The yellow it is now reminds me of our kitchen at the cottage!
    Deb (MJFBeachfarmgirl)

  3. Rene Foust says:

    I love it!!! The pictures are so wonderful, they make you feel like you are there. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Brenda says:

    Glad you are all healed and living the life you love in the saddle. I lived in the city for so long that I never think about going out the door before getting dressed for the day. I think I miss a lot sitting inside with my coffee before hitting the blow dryer and dressing for work. Here I live with the woods between us and our neighbors. I think I will take my coffee out with me in the morning and sit on my deck in the morning and read my devotional outside. Your pictures are lovely. Love ‘his and hers’, love it. I live Deb’s idea of decoupage on your cupboard.

  5. Su says:

    I love the pictures! There’s no comparision to the country life.

  6. Terri says:

    I look foward to reading your postings and enjoying the photographs. Both take me to places that I have never experienced and they always enrich my day.

    Thank you.

  7. Terry wright says:

    The fuzzy little things are called "pussy-toes"!!

  8. Rachelle says:

    Love, love, love your photos! Ah I can just feel the cool breeze! What we would give for some chilly mornings here in Texas! Here everything is just about dried up. Gave up on the garden, it is burned to a crisp. No grass for the horses or cattle around here. So it is very refreshing to see your pictures and read your blog. Glad your surgery went well and you’re back in the saddle. :o)

  9. MartiBee says:

    So were you sore after your first day back?

    I want your life. Ranching is soooo much more different here in the State of Florida.

    And, of course there are horses in heaven. That’s why it’s called heaven.

    Keep up the great blogging. I always look forward to your entries.

  10. Joyce Wiley says:

    Ok, so you made me homesick for Daddy’s ranch in Wyoming! I live in Colorado now, but used to get to do all those things on Daddy’s ranch. It is a good life!

  11. bonnie elllis says:

    Shery, You did it again. What a wonderful group of pictures of your life. I can get back in the saddle again after my broken femur. I am SO glad you are able to ride also. You share your love of your life with all of us. Thanks

  12. What wonderful pictures! We farm here in Nebraska, lots of flatland, (between Grand Island and the big town of Chapman)! I love the wide open spaces and love my horses! I own three gals (mares)…Sherri, Georgia and Mia. Mia is in
    training (she is 3) with me. I wish I had the plains to ride her in instead of "roundpen" time. Anyway, again, your pictures are devine! Thanks for sharing them.

  13. Dirtduchess says:

    Beautiful pictures. Your life is a lot like mine in Texas. Our roundups are a bit smaller than yours. But the work is the same. I have been off my horse for over two years. A mama cow didn’t like my closeness to her new calf. She attacked me twice. I received two splintered bones in my right leg. I am up and walking. But I haven’t had the nerve to get on my horse. I know how happy you are to be back in the saddle.

  14. Brenda says:

    Thank you for sharing part of your days, the pictures were all beautiful and you made me feel like I was right there. Hope you aren’t too sore after getting back in the swing of things; makes me wish I lived near you. I have horses and because of things in life happening I haven’t been able to ride much but maybe someday.

  15. Marsha says:

    I love your blog, it is so uplifting. You certainly know what is important in life.

    I just wanted to give you my two cents about your yellow cabinet. I think it would look beautiful with little drilled holes in it that make a design; like a pie safe. That’s what I have been wanted to do to my bathroom cabinets.

    Double nickels plus one for me soon; and probably knee surgery :-/

    Life is good tho!

  16. Michelle Hoyt says:

    As always Shery, your photos and comments/ wisdom from the saddle and your view of life and loves on the range inspire me and make me feel kind of lazy! You walk the walk and talk the talk gal. Give Dolly a kiss on the muzzle from her ND friend.

  17. bonnie says:

    I like the idea of Chevis and Dolly images on your yellow cabinet…such sweet and touching photos, and you said she is a fav of yours…why not remember her on this chest?
    Herbs and Flowers from your native soil could be added for special touches…have lots of fun with it!

  18. Debbie Strong says:

    It is always such a pleasure to look at your wonderful pictures and read your upbeat words, Shery. Thank you so much for sharing your art.

  19. GeorgeG says:

    I am just now coming back from a horrible case of heat stroke. I even had to go to the hospital, but I knew the family was taking care of the ranch. I am glad I get to go back out there now, so I really understand how great it feels to get back in the saddle again.

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