Thursday, April 27, 2017

Round Up Recap...

Another RB Round-Up has come and gone. It was great fun to spend the day with family and friends, with lots of laughter, hugs, and a few tears.  
One of the highlights was the Marine Corps F-18 flyover at the start of each rodeo.  T was in the cockpit of a B-17 when they flew in for the performances and was kind enough to text me a pic and a heads up.


They were something to see and as our house sets up on a hill and looks across to the Sierras, I got to see them again on Sunday as they came over the top of the house.


I have few of my photos to share, as I only have the camera on my phone, but MattCohen has some good ones.



















 There was a well done memorial to a dear friend that we lost last fall, a big kind hearted man we all loved. Not a dry eye in the place when his son lead a riderless horse.


A big thanks to my BIL for the tickets, and to cousin Jess for keeping me in line as best he could.

BIL and Jess

I've been working on getting Dad's things sorted, and it always seems like one step forward and two back. So today, Jess (fresh from competition shooting and cyber security in Texas) and I took a mental health day. I got up early baked a batch of cowboy cookies, packed lunches, and checked all my gear. As soon as Jess got here we loaded up all his guns and mine in the Rav and headed out for a day at the range. We pretty much had the place to ourselves, ran a lot of drills, and put a lot of lead down range. My shooting has been off and it was really bothering me. Then with some great coaching by Jess, it finally became apparent what adjustments I needed to make, and the fix was so simple, I could have cried. But Jess was so proud of me for working through it I didn't dare.    It was a very good day.


 



28 comments:

  1. I want to BE you:-) However I could never have the energy. Was the fly over a missing man formation for your dad?

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    1. Annie,
      LOL, you would be bored to tears!

      No,had nothing to do with dad, and they didn't do the missing man formation. Dad was in the Army air corps and then the Air Force. These were Marines! It was the Cowman's dad & uncle that were round-up directors.

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  2. Beautiful photos. Thumbs up to Matt!

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    1. Adrienne,
      Matt does take great photos.

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    1. Changes,
      Thank you, I am glad you enjoy them.

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  4. It's a nice interlude from dealing with the loss of Dad. A rodeo, friends and family, a day at the range and cowboy cookies...that's a bit of heaven there.

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    1. LL,
      Willie and I sure miss Dad, especially his enthusiasm and dry wit.

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  5. Wonderful photos. Love those fly overs. Miss seeing the Blue Angels come over Lake Washington during Seattle Seafair. Makes my heart speed up every time.

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    1. Celia,
      They are great photos aren't they!
      I got chills when they went over, something about those low passes is exciting, and patriotic, and wonderful.

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  6. The pics are awesome, but I admit I'd be terrified to watch--esp that bull. Geesh. The things people do for fun! I'm glad you took some time off; we all need it and you're doing some tough work.

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    1. Granny,
      The bull is just doing his job, and actually has a very good life. They are valuable animals and get the best of care.
      It was good to get away and think about something else for a while.

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  7. Them Horse Gatherings (city folk talk) look like fun. Are cowboy cookies anything like cow pies? (I'm going to hear about that one.)

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    1. Woodsterman,
      Have you never been to a "horse gathering or rodeo"? That's just dang sad.
      My cowboy cookies are a bunch better than my hockey puck biscuits. Now that you mention it they do kinda look like mini cow pies, I could rename them cow pie cookies, it could keep them from disappearing so fast...

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  8. Beautiful photos and great action shots.

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    1. Rain, He does take great photos! Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. Cowboy Cookies? More info please.

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    1. BW Bandy,
      Hi, Cowboy Cookies are pretty simple. I can email you the recipe if you would like.

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  10. Glad you're getting things worked out!

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    1. Old NFO,
      Slow process, but I'm working on it.
      Congrats on the new book out. https://oldnfo.org/2017/05/01/rimworld-into-the-green-2/

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    2. Tank you, tank you! :-)

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  11. What great photos! And well done getting out to the range, powerful therapy. God bless and prayers.

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    1. LSP,
      Thanks to Matt! It was good to get out. Bless you Padre for my special request prayer.

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  12. Wonderful photos. The riderless horse is especially touching. I'm glad to hear you got out to the range, too. Have you read the story about Georgia O'Keeffe and her sister in Texas, heading out to shoot bottles and watch the evening star? It's in Joan Didion's "White Album.' If you haven't read it, I'll send a link.

    I do have a question. I was out and about early this morning with my camera, and scared up a couple of good-sized snakes. They went scooting off, but it set me thinking. I have good, knee-high boots I wear all the time: Nobel MUDS. I need them for dewberry brambles and fire ants as much as mud and slop, so it's good they're comfortable and not hot.

    But I'm wondering whether I need snake boots. We have copperheads, cottonmouths, rattlers, and coral snakes around here, although I've only seen coral snakes. I usually bump into non-venomous watersnakes, and they're as eager to avoid confrontation as I am.

    Still, I'm spending more and more time in tall grass and along bayous, and I'm usually by myself. If snake boots really offer protection, I'm thinking they might be a good investment. Knowing which to buy is the issue. I've heard stories of snakes going right through Chippewas.

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    1. shoreacres,
      Thanks. I haven't read about Georgia & her sister. Please do send the link.
      As for the snake boots, I am far from an expert, and for the most part wear high top leather boots when in rattle snake territory. With that qualifier I would go with the Muck Boots Men's Pursuit Snake Proof Hunting Boot https://outdoorhole.com/best-snake-proof-boots/ It doesn't show a woman's boot, but I bet one can be found or a mens small enough to wear. I would be carrying a heft walking stick as well. Let me know what others say, and what you decide on.

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    2. Thanks! I'll start the research. We have a good hunting and fishing show that's on AM radio four days a week from 4-7 a.m. It just occurred to me that I can call in to the show and ask those guys, too. Most of them have been guiding or arranging hunts in Texas for years. Believe me, they'll have opinions -- and their know their business.

      I haven't found the entire text yet, but this will give you a taste of it.

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  13. Great photos! Reminds me of the Calgary Stampede Rodeo that comes to town every year.

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  14. Jenn,
    Thanks, I will pass that on to Matt Cohen.
    Lucky you, I have always wanted to see the Stampede!

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