About Me

Name: Jolyn Ann Young

Alias: Mom (As in “Mom, I always call you Mom, huh, Mom?”)

Location: Over 50 miles past the pavement, one hour past mail delivery, and 10 miles past the headquarters of the O RO Ranch at the Triangle N camp in northern Arizona.

Age: (15 + 7 – 2 + 10) + (1 + 1 – 1) Hint: I’m 31.

Height: I always say I’m 5’5″, but I’m actually 5′ 4 3/4″. My husband says I’m 5’2″. I round up, and he’s just plain wrong.

Weight: Are we measuring with or without a small child or children’s shoe/jacket/doll/truck/snack/sippy cup in my arms? I have no idea what I weigh these days when unencumbered by proof of motherhood. Hey, that’s what we can start calling those extra pounds: “proof of motherhood.”

Marital status: Still with my first husband, whether he likes it or not.

Children: 2 children; 1 boy and 1 girl. I think anymore than two kids would be too much for me. I often think two kids are too much for me, then I look around and think “Oh, crap.”

Religion: Attempting to follow Jesus Christ, but I fail daily. One of the greatest joys of my life thus far has been teaching my daughter to pray. Side effect: whenever I curse, she instantly asks God to forgive me.

Most embarrassing moment: Um, there are definitely too many to choose from. Maybe the time I walked into a closed sliding glass door in a custom hat shop in Abilene, Texas, or the time my friend Theo and I walked into the wrong house for a college graduation party and announced “We’re here!” only to find a strange man and his little dog sitting on the couch in his underwear watching TV. The man was wearing underwear, not the little dog. Had the dog been wearing underwear, I think that would have counted as the dog’s most embarrassing moment.

Favorite drink: Pink lemonade. If you come hang out with me, we’ll stay sober and make some bad decisions.

I grew up in the small-town ranch country of northern California and moved to Nevada in my early twenties to work on a cattle ranch north of Elko. I met a tall buckaroo who picked me up for our first date in his ’92 Ford, and I put my hand in his back pocket as we walked through downtown after dinner. We have been married since August 2012, although we struggle to remember the exact date.

Jim and I recently traded the sagebrush sea of the Great Basin for the prickly paradise of the rocky Southwest. These days, we live in a remote cow camp with our four-year-old daughter Grace and two-year-old son Milo. I write a humor column about our crazy adventures off the grid and 2 1/2 hours from the nearest town. My goal is to become famous enough to be on Dancing With The Stars, or at least get some hate mail.

My husband and I both love the ranching lifestyle and are grateful we can raise our kids around horses, cattle, ropes, and dirt.

Faith comes first, family comes second, and everything else works itself out.

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15 Responses to About Me

  1. Mike Orphey says:

    I’m really enjoying reading your articles. I’m an old NM / AZ cowpuncher. My wife & I moved over 30 times the first 7 years of marriage. All the while totin our boy w/ us. I got into another line of work and started building our own outfit. After 32 years we got it. Still owe some on it but ours. She is still by my side, working has hard has ever has an ASM @ Tractor Supply. Remember your gonna hit hard , hard stumbling blocks in whatever it is your gonna do together. Just get pockets full of faith and love and take small deliberate steps. Thanks,
    NMpuncher63
    PS
    Noticing lots of workin buckaroos wearing work boots these days. We used to also. Maybe you could give me a reply on that.

    • Jolyn Young says:

      Hi Mike! So nice of you to leave that lovely note. I’m working on a blog about what modern-day buckaroos wear, and work boots are definitely on the list. Guys who have broken their legs and/or ankles in the past often wear the lace-up kind for added support, and others wear the pull-on kind at brandings or when processing cattle because of all the walking involved. They’re also great for winter because you can wear thick wool socks (or stuff handwarmers into them), which you can’t do with a pair of custom Paul Bonds.

      Can I steal your line “Pockets full of faith” for a blog title? I love that!!

  2. Miranda says:

    I have enjoyed reading your blog. My Mom has lived just outside of Winnemucca since I was 14, I’m 38 now, but I spent all my summers and winter and spring breaks there with her. I miss Nevada and the great basin so much! Your blog gives me a little window so that I can escape the hell of San Diego for awhile.

  3. Ruth Hendon says:

    Loving your blog! The images that your writing have created in my mind are cracking my husband and I up! Bringing back so many memories! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Megan Force says:

    My husband, Bud, shared your blog with me, and I’m so glad he did! I found myself clicking all over your website to read more. Thanks for sharing your words and humor!

    • Jolyn Young says:

      Hi Megan, thanks for the feedback! Your husband was so gracious to help me with my photography last year, I can still hear him say “don’t be afraid of the shadows” when I’m editing my photos. I’m glad you enjoyed my website, I have been revamping it this week to try to make it more dynamic and engaging. Thanks again and have a great day!

  5. Richard Foxx says:

    Your blog mysteriously appeared on my FB page this morning. Great way to start the day. Please add me to your list of admirers. Hope our trails cross one day. Many blessings…

    • Jolyn Young says:

      Facebook mysteries are the best! Glad you enjoyed. I post one blog a week, click the “follow” button and enter your email address to receive alerts to new posts! Have a great evening.

  6. Max says:

    The first time someone sent me a link to your blog was 2 years ago. It was the “If you’re going to marry a cowboy” one. At the time I thought, “wow! This is soooo relevant!”

    Relevant was an understatement. We’ve moved 5 times in the last 2 years. At one point, I remember thinking “Hoooolllyyy poo. A year ago we weren’t even a the last place; we were at the place before THAT!” Lol. A friend of mine said growing up, she moved 23 times. True ranch wives are a rare kind, that’s for sure. I’m beginning to think it will take at LEAST 23 times at this rate.

    Thanks for keeping it real 🙂 I love reading about it from someone else and reminding myself that it’s not just me. :’D

    • Jolyn Young says:

      Glad these stories are helping you, I’ve found we ranch wives have a unique lot in life and need to stick together! Whenever my house is really dirty, I think of the line from the post you mentioned that goes “…you better get used to dirt” and I think “Who in the Sam heck would write such a stupid thing?! Dang bloggers!” LOL the dirt does get a little old sometimes. I just want to be clean for half a day!

  7. Nancy Brenfleck-Cain says:

    I saw your article in Horse and Agriculture Mag which I picked up at Savoini’s Feed in Prescott. Please do not describe yourself as ‘desolate’, I think you are one of the most fortunate of women. I lived at the ORO in 1989-1990 with my then-husband Pat Cain who was foreman. In my opinion the entire ORO Ranch is God’s country, and Triangle N was one of my favorite places–I wished we could have lived there instead of at Headquarters. I have many photos i took at Triangle N because I loved it so much.

  8. Nancy Brenfleck-Cain says:

    Correction of above entry–I found your article in AZ Horse Connection (not Horse and Agriculture–I go them both the same time).

    • Jolyn Young says:

      Hi Nancy, thanks for the feedback. I love the Triangle N country as well, I think it is so pretty! We wintered at Mahon, so it is nice to be a little closer to town, especially with my kids being so young. I know we are blessed to live on such a beautiful ranch – the “Desolate” in my column title refers to the remoteness of our home.

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