Cowboy Dictionary: An Illustrated Index

In ranching, we use many words and phrases that might confuse someone who doesn’t begin a day’s work by catching a horse in the dark. Here’s a basic dictionary of common cowboy terms. Horse (n): A horse is a beast of burden, tool of the trade, partner and buddy all in one four-hoofed package. AContinue reading “Cowboy Dictionary: An Illustrated Index”

Town Trip

A ranch wife’s days are marked by the next town trip. A list is carefully made prior to each trip, because forgetting to buy a curtain rod doesn’t mean that you can run to the hardware store the next day; it means the sun shines through the window and blinds you while you’re trying toContinue reading “Town Trip”

The Good Ol’ Days

I’ve heard tales about going out out the spring and fall wagons for 3 months at a time, when each ranch had a crew of at least six cowboys, each cowboy had at least ten horses in his string, and there were a whole lot more ranches still running in the Great Basin. I hadContinue reading “The Good Ol’ Days”

Mrs. Young III: the new (and hopefully improved) Miss Laubacher

After a two-year hiatus, I’m back at the blog machine. Not to be confused with the fog machine. Not that anyone was likely to get those confused. Not that those two have anything to do with each other. Sorry I mentioned that. Hope I didn’t cloud anyone’s thought process. Since my last blog post, IContinue reading “Mrs. Young III: the new (and hopefully improved) Miss Laubacher”