Thursday, June 25, 2015
Pickles and Petunias: Pickles and Petunias: Camp Cook: Pickles and Petunias: Camp Cook : My culinary skills are nil... my mother still tries to get me to sit down and look at cookbooks with...
Once a year this wide open prairie
sees wagons and riders
along the dirt trails...
the spectators are
song birds, mosquitoes, flies, and the occasional
ground varmint brave enough to come
out of their hole...
OH, and the persistent photographer
(that would be me.)
if you know the country
and have a high enough clearance
on your vehicle...
you can meet up with
them at a pasture crossing...
But, up in these hills,
it's a long ride between
and a long scene with no
after they all paraded by me
this little bird sang me a song
and said see you on the other side...
Have a great day...
P.S. this post is sharing over at
the Run-a-Round Ranch Blog
hop over and visit more posts
filled with fences!
(ha, no pun intended.)
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
At the Gann Valley 130th Anniversary Celebration
there were fun times and games galore...
There were prizes and trophies
for all kinds of winners...
Lollipops were more prized than trophies
in the minds of the little people...
(it's still unclear if this little boy actually
won that lollipop or if he confiscated it
from his cousin??)
Little Bailey was pretty proud
of her trophy for winning the girl's round
at the kid's pedal tractor pull..
(especially since she did better than most of the boys!)
This couple was "mighty" proud of
the cash prize they won for
the fastest time at the
four-wheeler Blind barrel race competition...
I think these two gals won trophies
for their skills at throwing Buffalo Chips
(that's right, real buffalo s#*!)
which probably explains why
the gal on the right has her
hand behind her back...
(eeoouck, where's the hand sanitizer?)
There was also a men's category winner...
P.S. that photo bomber isn't a sore loser
he's the game official passing out the trophies
(and a serious one at that)
these couples were winners at the
bean bag toss tournament....
and last but not least
we have a winner of the
Kyle Evans Memorial Trailride
I'd be smiling too if I just won
a Heritage Rough Rider 22 Caliber Revolver
with custom made Holster
(well, my husband would be happier than me!)
Best of all...
everyone that took part in
the Gann Valley Celebration
was a winner just
because this little community
knows what fun is all about!
Thanks for stopping by today,
hope you have a winning day!
Monday, June 22, 2015
The storms have been rolling through this country....
Sall told me, "you better go take pictures of the garden,
because it may not look the same in the morning!"
So far, we've been fortunate to miss the bad stuff...
at least somebody listens to me...
prayers are a "good thing"
that's something to keep in mind
and when you can't sleep and are awake at 5 a.m....
grab your camera and look to the east....
every storm passes and leaves
something to be grateful for.
P.S. I've spent all day adding another page to Sall's Country Life, a new Face Book Page and a Paypal site...all to sell some videos that I produce. Please check out the new page and if you're interested in a video of small-town-prairie-life culture purchase my video using the Paypal Buy Now button on the right side bar. Thanks for stopping by! Bye Now!!:)
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Monday, June 15, 2015
I followed the trail riders once again...
The Kyle Evans Memorial Trail Ride
started in my home town,
Wessington Springs, SD
and ended 25 miles west
in Gann Valley, South Dakota
(of course they traveled a lot further
over hills, down cow paths,
and crossing creek beds...)
and I would catch up to them
on some road going no where
to catch a glimpse of a real
wagon train crossing the prairie...
I wished I could wave my magic wand
and turn my trailblazer into
Crossing the prairie on the back of a horse
is definitely on my bucket list.
but, for now I will be satisfied
to stalk the real cowboys and girls
with my camera and try to put
together a trailride photo book.
Some memories just need to be saved on paper,
not only for the riders,
but especially for the want-to-be's (like me)
and to challenge the future generations
to keep such a valuable tradition alive!
After a three day trail ride,
the final destination was the
130th Anniversary Celebration
Gann Valley South Dakota....
It was a beautiful fun-filled
day for the town,
people came from
miles around to enjoy
food and games and demonstrations
and finally the big dance
at the firehall!
As for me,
I will be going through around 3,000 photos
to put together a DVD movie and a photo book
covering the the 2 events.
in the mean time,
check out my Flickr site
to see more photos from Gann Valley
and the Kyle Evans Memorial Trail Ride
Friday, May 1, 2015
Happy May Day!!
Mother Nature is teasing us
with these little
tiny spit-showers here and there.
(did you ever get a spit-bath from your Grandma?)
Ughh, not pleasant!
That's about all we can get this spring...
We can't seem to buy a good rain shower,
so it's been a daily chore
to go out to the garden
and hose off
Grandma's Mother Nature's spit!!
The garlic and onion crops
have been surviving well...
and just this morning I noticed
some apple blossoms!!
I've been so busy around here lately,
it's time to stop and smell the roses
stop and take some more photos!!
Speaking of photos...
have you been digging through
deciding on which one
to have made into a 16"x20" canvas??
Remember to give me a comment to enter your name in my drawing
My last post has all the details
check it out!!
Pick out a photograph (your own)
and say "Hey, sign me up!"
on face book
contact me some how and your IN!!
and just in case you aren't into mounting
your own photography,
you can buy mine at Sweet Grass
in Wessington Springs!
Here's my latest piece....
There is something about this scene
that reminds me of happy childhood days
"eating out" at the local cafe
There was a huge picture of some Herefords
hanging over the corner booth...
Mmmm, Aggie's french fries and those
cows watching over me...
Life was good!
(if I don't sell them, they'll be in my
kitchen...nothing says country
like a couple of cows and a windmill!)
kitchen...nothing says country
like a couple of cows and a windmill!)
Anyway, these two heifers are available
to purchase and are on display
at our local coffee shop!
Thanks for stopping by and taking
a little side trip down memory lane with me!
(anyone hungry for french fries?)
(anyone hungry for french fries?)
Have a great weekend!
P.S. Since there's a Fence between those cows and us,
I'll be entering this post in Theresa's Good Fences #58
link to it here for more great blog posts with fences!!
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Awhile ago I got an email from
an online canvas printing company
I'm really bad about not trusting every
free offer I see, but this one
really panned out in a good way...
this representative said he saw
my blog and liked my photography
and thought they would be
a good fit for
Sall's Country Life
(yeah right, I bet they tell that to everyone!)
after checking them out
to see if they were legit,
I decided to take him up on his offer
and ordered me a print!!
Well it was as good as he said it would be
and it didn't cost me a dime!
(sometimes you do meet an honest representative!)
So in exchange for the free canvas print
all I have to do is give them a review
on my blog...keep reading please...
and boy would I ever like
to give them a GREAT one!
A quality print to hang on my wall...
Fast shipping right to my door...
and here's the best part...
(I hope you're still here)
A Discount coupon to share
with anyone reading this!!
Yes, that's 35% off for anyone
that want's to click over to
and type in this coupon code:
Okay, but don't click yet...
they also are letting me
GIVE-A-Way a free canvas
to one lucky winner!
Yep, your picture blown up on a 16"x20"x.75"
wrap-around canvas print
just like the one I received...
So here's the deal...
let me know in a comment HERE
if you want your name in on this drawing!
let me know on facebook
if you want your name in on this drawing!!
let me know on instagram
if you want your name in on this drawing!!!
I will be drawing one lucky winner's name
on May 22nd
every time you give me your name in a comment
I will throw it in the hat!
and don't forget about the 35% off coupon
to use anytime from now until June 15,2015
So there you have it:
A great company
a great offer
and I'm sharing it with my
Have a great day,
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
The days get away from me...
every day I want to sit down
and post some pictures
and blog about something
but then another chore appears
and hours later...
no blog post
and the chores keep on coming!
today is the day...
I just have to share these magnificent trees!
We took a Sunday drive to a friends
house by Willow Lake...
His yard is lined with
these giant beauties...
planted back in the 20's...
They just leaned
each branch extending
in the most fearful ways
as if trying to grab
onto the next tree's limbs!
it was a fun little trip,
and the dogs enjoyed the
tour of all the trees and buildings...
We finally got a little rain
(if you can call 30/100ths that)
the Christmas cactus got
to come out and get
a fresh rain shower....
I think the wind has blown
9 days out of 10 here
with gusts up to 50 m.p.h.
The wild plum bushes are blooming
on the prairie...
I dressed up and braved the wind
and the ticks to go get a picture
the wind had taken it's tole
on the field bushes already...
hardly any petals on these poor flowers...
Miss Nosey wasn't going to
let me go out to the trees
("great" more ticks to pick!)
We have one tree closer to the house
and more protected from the winds...
It was just starting to open it's blossoms...
I grabbed one of it's branches
to take to a warmer spot!
This is it as far as live flowers,
I'm so hungry for some color...
last night the frost did in
our lilac bushes
That makes two years in a row now!
Anyway, between a couple painting jobs...
painting our own kitchen and dining room...
a little more done in our workshop/studio...
filing the @#$&* taxes...
the usual cleaning, laundry, yardwork, etc.
we have managed to get away for a little fun
a trip to the Opera House
to see a real live Cowboy Laureate
and hear his cowboy poetry...
which was a real treat for a couple
of old prairie bums!
And speaking of old...
since my last blog post, I turned another year older!
just another day on the prairie
is what it was,
but this delicious carrot cake
from Sweet Grass
(our favorite coffee and sweet shop)
made the day a lot
Which reminds me...
tomorrow I will be posting
something sweet for all of my followers,
friends, visitors, occasional commenters,
anonymous peekers, and face book stalkers!
So tune in tomorrow for something special.
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