Welcome to JKs Rough String Ranch

Welcome to the Rough String, and thanks for stoppin' by!! Grab a hot cup of coffee and sit a spell!
10/22/18 You will see a name change on the blog. Lots of things have changed in my life in the past few years, and I feel compelled to share my story.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Howloween!!!

Bwhhhaaaaaaaa...freeze dried jack-o-lantern after 3 weeks! Mother Nature can do cool stuff!


A bit of a blast from the past...Cindy Sue and Cowboy from 2007. Rastus from 2013. Yes, I was forgiven for their abuse!

Have fun, be safe...keep your dogs safe too from all the scary goblins in their costumes...it can be very frightening for them!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Meanwhile, Waiting for the Water Trough to Fill...


What else would you do...but have a photo shoot!

Let's chase bunnies!

The "Get Up" command in action!

"Hey Mom...I feel stupid up here!"

Awww...but you're so handsome Rastus!

And...other stuff...

Boulder & Sage
Boulder & Sage

Tumbleweed Corner...yes, in my arena...gotta get to cleanin' that mess up!

Have a wonderful Fall weekend!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

If You Don't Do Anything Else Today, Do This...

Yesterday on FB, an unknown video appeared through Buckaroo Traditions, and it is one of the best MUST watch videos of all time IMHO. I've watched it several times...and it gets me right in the heart every time I watch it...had the same affect on My Man too!

This video, that plays out a real life scenario, reaches down into your soul and lets you forget about all the bad stuff in this world...it shows how one simple gesture of kindness can change a life...or two in this case.

Horses...and kids...

Monday, October 20, 2014

Good Bye Sweet Martha Jo


Dear Sweet Martha Jo,

Your time with us on this earth was not long.
But the paw prints you left on our hearts are so very strong.

You brought us countless blessings each and every day in so many ways.
It saddens us to see your empty bed and 
your favorite spot for sunbathing in the grass where you'd lay.
But, our hearts are comforted knowing that we'll see you again at the end of our days.

Rest in Peace little one~

Our Treasure, Martha Jo

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fall Branding & My Man's Birthday!

Sunday was just about as fun as it can get for us...branding in beautiful fall weather. Well, as usual, my hands were busy with a rope and a wad full of two-rein gear on Colt! But I got My Man to take a few photos of Pierce and Colt after the branding.

The Bros!
After the branding, I took the boys to the creek for a drink, and then lead Pierce back across the wood bridge...he did so nice. Colt pawed water right into Pierce's face at the creek (that's why he looks so splotchy)!

It's time to take Pierce to every outing we can. I saddled him at home with the other boys and when we got to Diamond, I tied him to the trailer, gave him a hay net and rode away.

Occasionally I'd hear Pierce whinny, but all in all, he was a very good boy!!

We had to sort off the slick eared cow/calf pairs, the bulls, and the neighbor's stock that was mixed in with Rancher Dan's herd...I love the sorting! Once we had all the slicks together, there ended up being about 30 calves!! And oh my...some of them were big enough to go through the squeeze chute!

We had the son-in-law there who's a professional buckaroo...we let him and his buddy do most of the really big calves. But, we learned a lot about handling those big ones and got in on a couple...it was a really good experience.

Ah yes...the birthday boy :~)

Happy Birthday dear husband!!

Gretchen had to work at the Hotel...so for lunch, we all headed over to the Hotel for beverages and the best burgers!!

Branding goes hand in hand with good food!!

This is why we always say that "We're livin' the dream!" Friends and life experiences just don't get any better than this.