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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Monday, May 6, 2019

Good Monday...Spring Has Sprung!!

 Happy Monday everyone!!

A new find from the landfill...who would want to through
away a perfectly good flower pot?!?


Spring is rolling fast and furious around here. What little varmint reduction we got will just be what it is, the fertilizer is on, the irrigation is running, and the hay (along with all the weeds) is growing!! 

We seeded orchard grass into more of our alfalfa last fall, so we'll have a lot more alfalfa/grass mix to sell this year.


Alfalfa, orchard grass...and a few weeds. It'll make good feed this winter!


My trip to Paleo f(x) in Austin TX was exceptional...the number of speakers, vendors and events were "brain exploding!"

My Team! #PFX19

The main stage with a panel of health professionals talking
about how the brain and the gut biome are connected.

Did you know that the brain and the gut are connected? It's actually very facinating...and having a healthy gut changes your whole body!!!

Ryan, me and Sprinkles...yep, I'm short!!!

#PFX19

So, how's your gut? Consider taking the free health assessment!
#JTTA

I hope everyone has a very blessed week!


In Health & Love~ 
 #DoLifeBetter
 gtyyup

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Self Care ~ Animal Care ~ Everyone is Important!

I'm almost afraid to say it...but I think we're past any chance of snow...well, that'll jinx us now!! But it's been the longest, coldest, wettest spring anyone can remember. In the high desert here we should never complain about precipitation in whatever form it comes in...but it's been hard on the ranchers and farmers.

My Man is dragging the hay fields...Rastus is a bunch of help of course!


Tax day has come and gone (thank goodness that's done with for another year!), and another year of poisoning the ground squirrels (we call them sage rats) in the hay fields. Because of all of the rain, we couldn't get the bait out in a timely manner, so the percent of dispatch wasn't as good as other years, but we got what we got.

Easter too has come and gone...but the memory of the sunrise service is fresh in my mind. It poured rain the day before, and we wondered it we would need to shift to plan "B"...but the day broke with some clouds...just enough to get a beautiful reflection as we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus. It was perfect!


Easter sunrise service in Crane Oregon...it was spectacular!! Fitting for our King~

This week I'll be flying to Austin Texas for a huge event...Paleo f(x)...I'm so excited to be selected to go with my team and learn a ton of new stuff...building my knowledge on Paleo and Ancestral Health. I'm pretty sure I'll have a bunch to share when I return!

Until then...have a quick listen to my latest FB live video.

Self Care~You're Important!





In Health & Love~

#DoLifeBetter

gtyyup

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Throwback Thursday~March 2014

March 5 years ago...great memories!!!

Awwww...the newborn calves! How I miss them.
We sold our little herd two years ago in preparation of moving.

Red Dog & Rastus...running and chasing each other as spring is coming.
Not much has changed with these two! 

Sweet Martha Jo~we adopted her so she could live out her life with love.
She wasn't with us long, but it was a very special time.

What precious memories do you have in your heart from 5 years ago?


In Health & Love~ 

 #DoLifeBetter 

 gtyyup

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Happy 1st Anniversary to ME!!

Hello again!!

Yep...it's been a year since I stepped forward and started making changes in my life for the better.

The goal...to NOT let cancer come back. Cancer sucks! 
And I was blessed by God that he gave me a wake up call.


Sunday evening sunset...driving home from church...just gorgeous!

If you have followed along over the years, you'll maybe know that I have posted many sunrises, but very few sunsets. Where our home sits, we have a huge rim rock to the west and south...no sunsets from our place! 

Today, I read a story that used this:
Winnie the Pooh famously said, “If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.”

You know, some of us (including me) just take longer to "get it!"
We have fluff in our ear!

What I would do all over (if I could) is be concerned and proactive about my health and my finances.

Why wait until it's broke to fix it?! I sure don't do that with my truck...or my horse!

So, what it comes down to is...help yourself now not later!!

Below is my Facebook live from today...thanks for following along!!
(not sure why there's just a gray screen, but it's me!)

Your Health Assessment is FREE! Let's find Solutions!
#JTTA Just Take the Assessment!



  
I'd love to hear from you...leave a comment or find me on Facebook!!!
We can "do life better together!"

In Health & Love~

 #DoLifeBetter   #JTTA    #Solutions

 gtyyup

Monday, March 4, 2019

Two Steps to Improve Your Health Goal Success! #JTTA

Right after I got back from Hawaii, I hopped on another plane and headed to Allen Texas for a Health & Wellness convention...and it was amazing!!!

Have you come to a plateau with your health goals? It could be weight, exercise or lifestyle diet...or something else? Have you tried everything and NOTHING works for you? 

This video outlines our latest health goal tool. 

Step #1 is great and accurate.
Then add step #2 and it's dynamic!

#JTTA Just Take The Assessment! It's free...it's HIPPA compliant...it's a report with a health score...it's a tool for you to know what's best for YOU!!! 

We are all individually designed, so why would one answer fit all?!?

Leave me a comment or message me on Facebook!

I LOVE helping people!!! We can #DoLifeBetterTogether






In Health & Love~

 #DoLifeBetter

 gtyyup

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Summer Transformation Challenge!! Enter to Win Up to $1000!!




Must Enter by March 6!!

Looking at the piles of snow…are you thinking of SUMMER???!!! It will soon be here!!!

Everyone has a reason to improve their health…what’s your story??

There’s no better time than NOW to start thinking about getting into that summer swim suit or just tone up, and what better way to do it than to win some money getting in shape!

Set your goals and get ready to work hard! We’ll be selecting the top five men and top five women that have shown the most progress toward their goals during the 90-day contest period.

So get ready to submit your BEFORE pictures. Submissions are open now till March 6th, 2019 so don’t wait!!

PRIZES: ($3500) The best Slim+ transformations within the contest dates will win:

$1000 – 1st Place Male & Female Transformations
$500– 2nd Place Male & Female Transformations
$250 – 3rd Place Male & Female Transformations

Follow My 3 Easy Steps!

#1 Tell me you want to be added to our Private Facebook group Bedrock Your Body. If you’re already in the group…you’re ahead already!!! There you will get support and accountability all rolled into one! No purchase is necessary, but if you want to get ahead of the competition…just sayin’!!

#2 Comment on this post or send me a FB message that you are ready to Take the Challenge!!!!

#3 Email your “before” photos to show a good representation of where you are today. Fitted cloths are best, not baggy.

That’s the easy part 1, 2, 3…then work, work, work, to become the Best You in 90 days!! The challenge ends May 31.

Join me on this fun challenge and Let's #DoLifeBetterTogether !!!


In Health & Love~ 
 #DoLifeBetter 
 gtyyup

Friday, March 1, 2019

Travels for the Gal Who Doesn't Travel Much!

Ahhhhhhhhh...Hawaii...a place I never thought to go...BUT!! When my younger brother and his soon-to-be-bride decided to get hitched there on February 14th, all that changed!!

It ended up that my older brother couldn't take his wife, and I left My Man behind. That was a bit weird! But, it worked! Another single gal and the two of us roomed together in a huge condo at Waikoloa Village on the Big Island.

Beautiful sunsets!
We were there for eight days, but I also had two extra days to get to and from Portland.

There wasn't enough time to see and do everything, but we did a lot!!

Amazing foliage and flowers everywhere!!!

The most memorable church service at Living Stones Church with the ocean at our back.

A day of sightseeing in the Hilo area. This is Rainbow Falls.

Ate amazing food...lots of fresh fish and seafood!! We ate twice at this place "The Fish Wagon." It was my fav!

I got to snorkel for the first time! This was the most beautiful little cove.
I got to see at least a dozen different fish and a Moray eel...wow!!!

The Voyagers of the Pacific luau was spectacular!! What yummy food and talented, authentic performances!

I thoroughly enjoyed the self-guided tour at the Parker Ranch!

Amazing history with hands on displays!

And the highlight if the trip...the wedding!!!
Congratulations Darrell and Michelle Jackson!!
It was a wedding to remember...may all your dreams come true~


The wedding site background.





Me and my brothers Darrell and Larry. Love you both!!
Will I go back...YES!! Next time, My Man must come with me ;~)



In Health & Love~

 #DoLifeBetter

 gtyyup

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Wordless Wednesday




With much LOVE,

#DoingLifeBetter

GTYYUP

Friday, January 18, 2019

Random 5 Friday & Other News


1.  There's a tiny bit of feel of spring...lots of showers, both snow and rain...sunshine and clouds...I've seen the first Bald Eagle. The Bald Eagle is the true sign that spring is coming...the sage rats will be running soon (food source for the eagles)!

2.  The husband is going the the men's sportsmen's dinner tonight...but he doesn't hunt. So, I'm sending him with a hot dish of roasted onions and sweet potatoes. They should eat something besides meat...right?!?!

3.  I keep telling myself that I'm going to hop on my cruiser bicycle and take the dogs for a run...OK...tomorrow!!

4.  The poinsettias are heading to the compost...unless you can tell me how to revive them!

5.  Oh, my...seed catalogs!! It's hard to plan a garden when you are thinking you'll be moving. I may do a mini garden again this year.

Well, I've made it through the first 8 days of the 21-Day Live Video Challenge!! I even made the leader-board...I'm happy!

Hey...have a wonderful weekend everyone!!


Big Town...Little Town?
#MLAChallenge Day 6




Are You Involved in Agriculture?
#MLAChallenge Day 7




Bail Off the Sugar Bus!
#MLAChallenge Day 8



With much LOVE,

#DoingLifeBetter





Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Aging Photo Challenge ~ 2008 to 2018

This has been going around, and I'm really enjoying everyone's photos! Do yourself or a critter...it doesn't matter.

So here's my once-in-a-life-time horse Colt! Hmmm...well, I guess I'm doing both Colt and me...since we're in both pics!! LOL!



2008 as a 3 year old I had competed with him in the Harney County Reined Stock Horse Futurity and we placed 2nd I think...gosh, I can't remember! This photo is from November that year when we helped the neighbors gather and load their cow/calf pairs. Colt was trying to "cut" all the cows!




2018 this past summer, we participated in a three-day Cowboy Dressage clinic. From cows to Cowboy Dressage...he can do it all. Well, that's what the American Quarter Horse is supposed to do!

And...my 21 Day Live Video Challenge...

3 Steps to Success 
#MLAChallenge Day 5




Have a wonderful Tuesday!!!


With much LOVE,

#DoingLifeBetter

Monday, January 14, 2019

I Didn't Cry Today!!!

OK...this 21 Day Live Video Challenge has be hard! Not in the way that I have a hard time pressing the "go live" button...but it's been hard telling my story about my journey with breast cancer. It's emotional! This crying thing totally took me by surprise!

If you've watched the videos, 1-3, you can see that I've been able to get my emotions toned down so I can talk...but I'm still weepy underneath. I had plans for this...like for weeks...to tell this story...and NEVER did I think I would break into tears.

What I think is that I stuffed my emotions into a box inside my heart and didn't look into or open the box...for a few years now. And when I began speaking about it all...BOOM...breakdown!

But, it was all for the good. I got the story out and the reactions and comments from people have been so uplifting! When people say that you are helping them...I've succeeded!

Are You Ready for the First Step?!?! #MLAChallenge Day 4





Here's the link to my FAV Dump Ranch Dressing!

If you want to get connected...leave me a comment or find me on Facebook HERE!


With much LOVE,

#DoingLifeBetter

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Ahhhhhhh...Wonderful, Lazy Sundays!

Sundays are really the only day that I feel comfortable being lazy. I cook only two meals, we go to church at 5 PM, and I pick some things during the day that "I want to do" ... not need to do!!

I started doing the church bulletin and Facebook page a long time ago. One of the things that I enjoy is scrolling through my old photos and picking one to do a weekly post with...like the  one below. It's been fun and keeps my skills going and my mind in the Word.



I've decided to continue posting my 21 Day Video Challenge videos...because it puts them in one spot where I know I can find them...Facebook is where I go live with them, but I like to use my blog as a diary. Like when I took Colt through the Futurities...it's all documented! So, take a listen or not...no worries!

#MLAChallenge Day 2: Leading up to a Crash!




#MLAChallenge Day 3: My Method of Survival from the Elements! 




Thanks for stopping in, and enjoy your wonderful Sunday!!!


With much LOVE,

#DoingLifeBetter

Friday, January 11, 2019

Friday!! Random Five & the Video Challenge

Whoa...the week came and went FAST!! Here we are at Friday again!

Well...here are my Five Randoms for the day...

#1...I took a pretty nice shot this morning with my phone out the kitchen window (dirt and all) of the sunrise and the finches feasting at the feeder, and I hook the phone just now...and that photo is missing...with dozens of others...technology is a pain :(  So...here's Colt and Stanley after a hard few days at Crowley Ranch last fall working cow/calf pairs.



#2...My Day 1 with the video challenge could have been better...tomorrow, I'll turn on WiFi before I start, and I promise not to cry :'0




#3...Dinner is in the slow cooker and the house smells awesome!!!

#4...Speaking of food...I've been on a Paleo/Keto combo diet since March...and LOVE it!!! I honestly lost 11 pounds of inflammation in two weeks...no kidding! I have energy and sleep much better too!!

#5...OK...I'm still on food! The 7 chickens are picking up on their egg production...we're up to 3 a day. But, the rooster...well, there wasn't supposed to be a rooster!!! LOL!!

Linking up with Tom today!

Have an awesome weekend everyone!


With much LOVE,

#DoingLifeBetter

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Testing...for the 21 Day LIVE Video Challenge!

21 Day Live Video Challenge !

This is a Test!!

Testing...Testing!

Well, it works! Gotta tell ya, livin' in the middle of nowhere has it's challenges with modern technology. Our cell phone signal isn't strong enough to support live video...some days it doesn't even support a simple phone call!!

But...with the new, stronger, (sort of) faster wireless router it seems to be doing the job!

So, leave me a shout out about what you think!

Live video on Facebook...then it's easily embedded into the blog!! 
Whooooooohooooooooo!!



Hey...if you would like to hook up on FB, just click this link!

With much LOVE,

#DoingLifeBetter

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Hello from Bert!

Today, we have guest blogger Bert with us! You're on Bert!

Hellooooooo...I'm Bert!

Well, mom says I get to bark today!  I'm not sure how to put cuteness into dog words...as you can see, I'm VERY cute!!! BOL!!! (barkin' out loud)

January of last year, I was wandering the streets of Pendleton Oregon...just mindin' my own business, and a 2-legged picked me up, stuffed me in their auto and took me to prison!!!!! What? Why?????!!!! I hadn't done anything wrong! But, they said I had to wait for my owners to come and get me. Well...pffffffffttttttttttt...those lousy !?#$%@ never came to get me! What?!?!?!?!

I'm sooooooooo cute!!!!!

I have to admit, in the end, everything worked out to MY benefit!!! Well, except for the unlawful takin' of my jewels...those were MINE!!!!! Ahhhhh well...they're gone now, and I guess I don't really miss 'em that much...BOL!!

So, this nice lady saw me on the internet...Facebook in fact. And she said that she couldn't let such CUTENESS be left in prison...so she paid my bail! Whoooooooooohoooooooooooo...I was FREE! But, Oh My Dog...she had like 25 other dogs!! It was a bit overwhelming for me. But...then...something MAGICAL happened!!!

My mom saw my cute picture on Facebook!!
(that Facebook thing gets around)




The rest is history!!! I went for a 3-day sleep-over, and I never went back to the place with 25 dogs. Amen to that!!! Now, don't get me wrong...I love the lady who got me out of prison as she is a wonderful savior of many dogs...Dog Bless Her!!

I've landed the BEST place to live! Two great meals a day, sleepin' on the couch, snuggling with mom on the couch (you see, I love the couch!), lots of fun play time with the other dogs...and my mom. I absolutely LOVE my mom!!!

Well, I must go...all this barkin' has exhausted me...and the couch is callin' my name! Thanks for listenin' to my barkin'!!


With much LOVE,

Bert
who is also

#DoingLifeBetter

with

Monday, January 7, 2019

Cowboy Dressage~My New Love!

Well, here I am again...maybe I really can get this blog rollin'!! Thank you to those who have stopped by, and thanks to those who have left an awesome comment...great to hear from you all!!

A lot has happened in my life in the past 3 years...I wrote a quick summary that you will find in the right column called: Health & Life 2018 and Beyond. There's been a lifestyle change, hence the name change of the blog.

So...Cowboy Dressage...I had been searching for something to do with Colt besides moving cows...which in 2016 was all I was doing with him. As a team, Colt and I had competed in some reined cow horse and the local stock horse futurity for 5 years...and we completed the Mike Bridges 5 year Project building a bridle horse...and I was ready for something different...but I wanted to use Colt's skills.

Options...ranch horse versatility, western dressage, Cowboy Dressage, and others...well, there happened to be a Cowboy Dressage clinic in Bend with JoLinn and Mitch Hoover and Dee Myers. So, we went...and got hooked! Well, me for sure...not so sure about Colt...he was falling asleep...but he has all the training behind him to do well with the discipline!

Hooked, but not landed. My Man and I decided we wanted to move to Montana...so, our place has been on the market, and I didn't do anything much with Colt until I decided I was tired of waiting...waiting to move...and the move wasn't happening very quickly.

Fast forward to last summer...I HAD to move forward with Colt and Cowboy Dressage!! I found a clinic in Alfalfa with Lyn Ringrose-Moe! What a blessing...I was on the waiting list, but we got in!!


We had sooooooo much fun!! Three days of bliss!! The clinic was held at Flying Flower Ranch in Alfalfa...and all the meals were provided...it was a true vacation for me!!!!!

I only knew one person on day one...and after day three, I had a whole new circle of friends!! Everyone in Cowboy Dressage is rooting for each other. Great people with huge hearts...they love their horses and they love harmony with their horses and with their fellow man...what a concept in these frustrating days we live in now!


You'll notice that I'm riding Colt in the hackamore again...well, I LOVE riding him in the hackamore, and it's been a few years since I rode him in the bridle. So, that'll be part of our training this spring. But, one of the awesome things in Cowboy Dressage is that you are not forced to ride in head gear by the age of your horse. There are rules...but the main idea, is that you ride your horse with communication and harmony...striving for "soft feel." So, you can choose what you ride your horse in!

One last highlight...


...it was my birthday weekend...and My Man showed up, flowers in hand, to surprise me!! I was elated and feelin' LOVED...Colt...not so much as you can see by the look on his face!  LOL!!!

So, how do I feel about Cowboy Dressage? I'm totally hooked...and there is more, so stay tuned!!!



#DoingLifeBetter

With Much Love,
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Friday, January 4, 2019

Willy-Nilly Friday 5 ~ Let's Video!



Linking up today with Tanya...who's linking up with Tom...

Yep, I'm confused who Willy-Nilly Friday 5 actually belongs to...but it sounds like FUN!!! I'm trying a video today...testing...testing...

Thanks to both Tanya and Tom (I'm sure one of you will tell me what I don't know!)!!



Confession...somewhere between reducing file size and uploading, I whacked half my head off. LOL!! I have some improvements to make on my video making!!

With much LOVE,

#DoingLifeBetter



Thursday, January 3, 2019

Doing Life Better


Well...hello!!

LOOOOONG time, no see (since June of 2017 to be exact)!

 I seriously do miss blogging...and my blogging friends!

Is blogging again my resolution? No, I don't do resolutions!

"Doing Life Better" is my lifestyle change...every day...and for a lot of good reasons!

BUT! I plan on doing a lot more saddle time in 2019...including a
bunch of Cowboy Dressage with my trusty pard' Colt!!

So, what about you? What are you going to do in 2019?
I'd LOVE to hear from you!!

With love,




#DoingLifeBetter

Linking up with Thankful Thursday