The View From My Saddle

Some days you get be a cowgirl. Other days you get to be the cook. I love to do as many things outside as I can, but I don’t mind being under a roof either. There is a place for everything in a balanced life. Balance is an art and it is also a very do-able thing even though Life sometimes challenges our ability to make it so. Oft times the ‘view from my saddle’ is a treat – rather than being what I do most of the time. Cowgirling isn’t an every day affair.

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  1. Claudia says:

    Beautiful! Can almost smell the sage…

  2. Diana Henretty says:

    I love your post for several reasons, the pictures are out of this world with beauty, and the way your decorate just gives my heart a thrill. I made your little candle lamps with tin bowls and hurricane globes placed inside you had displayed around Christmas, now a centerpiece on my kitchen table.
    But, a couple other reasons, is that each time I read it, it reminds me so of the John Denver "Song of Wyoming", and also his many songs about the cowboy’s life.
    The father I barely knew, spent his last years on his ranch in Wyoming, and so when I read your post, it connects my heartstrings to him, even though he has been gone for 34 yrs, when I see your pictures, it somehow helps me see
    him once again.
    Thanks so much for making my day brighter and my heart lighter!
    Hugs from Noel, Mo. ……Diana

  3. Denise S says:

    I always love ALL your pictures you post!

  4. Ann says:

    Dear Shery – I am always delighted and astonished by your prose and gorgeous photos. I have the delight of sitting on my screened porch right now and oh, how I wish I could capture the scene as you do. I enjoy your musings and blessings very much!

  5. Joan says:

    Once again another super read and visual delight. Thanks for the fun afternoon, sitting here with the beautiful breeze, looking out onto my flower gardens, none as pretty as yours though. God Bless

  6. Cindy Hunter says:

    Love your post…especially the pictures. While this time of year is busy with all the bounty of the garden, I savor every moment! Winter will be here soon enough.
    All of it is a blessing.

  7. Carol Norwood says:

    Shery … As always I love your post and your pictures. I don’t think there is such thing as "too many" sky pictures; I love them all! Is there any chance of getting your sweet beet relish recipe? It sounds delish! Enjoy the remaining summer days … Carol


    Carol, Actually it is my momma’s recipe and I would be happy to post it :o) Thank you all for the friendship and kind words.  Shery

  8. Karen says:

    Dear Shery, I cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoy your pictures and the topics you write about..I have never lived in the west…I have only dreamed about it since I was a little girl. Being raised in Ohio, my Grandfather and Grandmother had a small farm where we spent most of our weekends. I have been in love with horses ever since I can remember. Your pictures sometimes make me cry, they are so beautiful and full of life. Wyoming is such a gorgeous state. In 1975 we took a trip to Yellowstone. It truly was the trip of a lifetime. I wish I could return! Please continue to post your lovely stories and pictures. Thank You

  9. Jan says:

    Wow! Your plantings are doing superbly! Do you fertilize on a regular basis? What do you use?
    What a wonderful summer…


    Jan, I don’t use plant food…just good homemade cow & horse poop :o) In the spring, I top dress my garden a new layer of aged manure and then turn it over.  Thank you, Shery

  10. Marian says:

    Thank you for sharing with us your Saddle sights. I live in BC, Canada on Vancouver Island in an area called Yellowpoint. My husband and I moved here eight years ago for our retirement. Not much retiring is happening but we are doing what we love to do; me gardening and developing a very small scale kitchen/market garden and my husband fly fishing. We love the country living but some days we do wonder what we were thinking taking on a very small property which needed much work and a fixer upper helper house in need of much in the way of renovations. But, we plug along, doing what we can when we can and when we can afford to. Your entries are most interesting and give me incentive to keep on going with our projects here at ‘Naturewood’ our given name for our little plot of land. Thank you. Marian

  11. taylor says:

     First time i have posted. i live in kentucky having moved here from the mountains of new hampshire. my horses- arabians and rocky mtns. keep me busy as well as gardening and "junking" – still searching for my little teardrop or small trailer to cowgirl up. i love your pictures, your horse is lovely- a quarterhorse ? your plants are lovely as are their containers. what fun- will be looking forward to your blogs from now on- thank-you !

  12. taylor says:

     First time i have posted. i live in kentucky having moved here from the mountains of new hampshire. my horses- arabians and rocky mtns. keep me busy as well as gardening and "junking" – still searching for my little teardrop or small trailer to cowgirl up. i love your pictures, your horse is lovely- a quarterhorse ? your plants are lovely as are their containers. what fun- will be looking forward to your blogs from now on- thank-you !

  13. Pasture Road says:

    How jealous I am! I work on an online auction website that sells tac and other farm equipment. Some of my best days are those that I get to drive a herd of cattle. Currently, my work consists of posting pictures of cattle that are for sale…Not the same.

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A Bounty Of Blessings

Every morning is a gift, a fresh start … the new day is full of discoveries and positive happenings … even amidst challenges. At least, it can be thus if we don’t forget to balance our focus.

Remember this: TODAY you are here on earth for a reason. You have talents and qualities that can bring goodness to the lives of those around you. That idea alone is a high calling! A kind smile, an encouraging word, a fun and loving gesture, offering the gift of listening – – simple things can change someone’s day. For that matter, building others up changes US for the better.

Sweetening a day for someone else is a sure way to do the very same thing for ourselves.
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  1. Mary Rauch says:

    I just had such a lovely "visit" with you/your pictures. I suppose your young friend was thrilled with the pictures? I was! Sure liked the black and white also!
    I see what you mean about not-too-much-daylight under the Corgi; so sweet. Thanks for the pics!

  2. Betty Benesi says:

    I love this time of year when the horses are so sleek. Also it appears you don’t have the usual brown grasses common this time of year. We’re pretty dry this year in California, but have had an unusually cool summer.
    Love your gardens. They are such an inspiration!

  3. Joan says:

    As always another wonderful visit with you and all your lovlies – containers, flowers, young friends (great pic’s), words, awww sweet baby Miss Sally, way to go sis — snag the glamper and the beautiful horses, what a joy to have a visit with you. Thanks Shery, God Bless

  4. Jan says:

    I am so glad that you got to ‘meet’ such a wonderful spider. I believe that it is a crab spider. They change their color to match their background and do not have webs. They simply wait for their meal to come to them! They have always fascinated me..
    That little Miss Sally is the cutest. No wonder you couldn’t resist her! Your gardens and views are beautiful. Ribbon is one gorgeous girl.
    I have a beet addiction going on and my blood pressure is DOWN. Going to research that!
    As usual, your pictures are wonderful…

  5. Kay (Old Cowgirl) Montoya says:

    You have made my day. When I grew up in Burns Oregon, I had friends who lived on ranch’s, had to my Mom had a fear of Horse’s and I a huge love for them. So I rode at all my friends ranch’s. Even did a cattle drive, bareback and farm horse. We got along great. Your pictures and comments bring me back to a wonderful time. I am 70 now and lost my husband of 27 years last Nov. I am moving on to a Manufactured home park in the city of Salem. I will live through you and your wonderful description of your ranch life. Thank you and God Bless you.

  6. Debbie says:

    Oh Shery, I LOVED every little word and photo in your post and the message is one we all need to be reminded of more often than not I’m afraid. It’s so true about what an eden of your own no matter the size will bring to your corner of the world. I marvel at the insects, toads, butterflies, bees, snails, moths, hummingbirds, squirrels, snakes and birds that visit my garden. It’s truly amazing. Your little Sally O Malley is A DOR A BLE! May I introduce her to Max? And Ribbon is beautiful beyond words.

    Thanks for sharing your view from the saddle. As always it’s a delight and a lift when we visit!
    Hugs from the east!

  7. BeckyT says:

    Thank you for such a lovely visit. I like your attitude. Beautiful flowers and pictures. God bless you.

  8. Gosh Shery, your photography takes my breathe away! LOVE your posts!

  9. Theresa Bondurant says:

    I love your posts! It takes me to another world….out on the farm. what a life you lead.  And that puppy! Take two bundles of love! Thanks for you posts.  I always look forward to them! Best to you….Theresa

  10. Nancy Beers says:

    Love all your pictures, I too am so thankful for each new day and the blessing it hold.
    Love Miss Sally O Malley, enjoy her That little One will bring a new blessing each day.
    Thank You !

  11. Jan says:

    Hi Shery, I love all of your posts, but I think this one is my favorite one so far. The senior pictures of your friend are beautiful, great job! Your little Sally ‘O Malley is adorable!! These little Corgi’s are just the best! I love, love mine to pieces. Love your idea for the fall bird garden and your flowers are so pretty!! Ribbon looks beautiful as usual, she really is a fantastic looking mare. Can’t wait to see the pictures of the new glampers campers! What fun you girls must have on your get-aways. Well until next time…..Blessings to you.

  12. Diann says:

    Thanks, I needed some positive today…sigh. I live in a lovely part of the country, but, I work in a really ugly place, a men’s prison. I am so often bombarded with such negative ugly. In a few years I will retire from "that place". It is my fervent hope that my attitude toward the human race improves. Thanks again for the lovely pictures and the uplifting words, I really needed it.

  13. Juanita says:

    Shery, just love your photos and the puppy is so cute. When you do your quotes I copy them in a book I have for further reading and whether yours or some you have quoted, I love them. Your ranch is beautiful and I can get lost in the reading. I also want to be a glamper, I’m almost 70 and have an eighty year old husband who is sick so I guess I never will be, only by dreaming. That’s ok because I read about you girls all the time. Take care and keep up the good work, Love ya farm sister, Juanita

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