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Merry (Retro) Christmas

I have to say this was a Christmas to remember. God has poured out his blessings on our family and I am so very, very thankful.  One of those blessings has been the opportunity I have had to enjoy my close-knit group of creative, funny, quick-witted, quirky kids and their spouses.  This year they had a grand plan... locate the ugliest Christmas sweater or outfit ever and wear it for our family Christmas. The hard part was finding one. It seems this was a popular event, not just in rural Oklahoma, but everywhere. We were in Minnesota several weeks ago and a thrift store in The Mall of America (yes a thrift store-a chain thrift store-there were three of them in the mall) was selling these things for $20 a piece!  Finally I found ours at our local thrift shop for $1.99.  It was such a big hit we're making plans for next year!  Someone mentioned Easter outfits...we'll wait and see about that one.
Not all the kiddos were as excited about dressing the part.  Those refusing to dress…

"What'll You Give?"

Thought I'd update you on what's happening on the Chain Ranch.  We've been really busy getting ready for our 2nd Annual Red Dirt Red Angus Sale.  
We have had cattle sales on our places for the past 14 or 15 years, always hiring a sale company to put them on.  The last two years we have been doing most of the work ourselves along with the @Oklahoma Red Angus Association and @Cattle In Motion and @Superior Livestock .  Come On Out Saturday and Enjoy The Day.
If you're really feeling adventurous and you're a golfer...or not... come watch the Pasture Golf Tourney on Friday.  It's getting more attention than the sale!

Need a Hug? Try Psalm 15

I opened my Bible this morning for my daily study and turned to this scripture.  Many of us are going through some difficult times right now, and this scripture gave me comfort and guidance. It put everything into least it did for me...for today.  I'll have to read his word again tomorrow because it just doesn't stick:)  Have a Great Saturday and Remember He's In Control!
"The Character of Those Who May Dwell With The Lord"
LORD, who may dwell in your sacred tent?     Who may live on your holy mountain?
The one whose walk is blameless,     who does what is righteous,     who speaks the truth from their heart;  whose tongue utters no slander,     who does no wrong to a neighbor,     and casts no slur on others;  who despises a vile person     but honors those who fear the LORD;  who keeps an oath even when it hurts,     and does not change their mind;   who lends money to the poor without interest;     who does not accept a bribe against the innoc…

Memories of Droughts

                      My dad is 85 years old and a wealth of wisdom and knowledge.  He serves as president of the Cowboy Story Tellers of  the Western Plains.  A couple of times a year a newsletter is printed and being the president he is required to write an article.  Today his story was on the droughts he had witnessed and I thought it too good not to share.  There are more "drought" stories, and he promised he would elaborate more so watch for Part II of Memories of Drought and other stories from my dad, Ralph Chain.                 
P.S. If you're interested in becoming a member of the Story Tellers' Assn. meet us in Pretty Praire, KS November 5th!

                          Memories of Droughts

About anywhere we’ve been this summer, all we heard about is how dry and how hot it
has been. We were in the Kansas Flinthills this week selling cows at El Dorado, Kansas, and about all we heard at the sale barn were people talking about running out of water and creeks an…

Rural Women Rock

Today I'm posting for Rural Women Rock as a guest.  Rural women along with their non-rural sisters are finding a voice through RWR giving them an opportunity to share their exciting lives and stories. Here Goes!

Hi, I can't explain how excited I am to be asked to share my story. I'm thinking it might have something to do with nepotism, but I'm not sure.  I've been blogging from for the past year or so.  My first attempt to share my family's agriculture story was through a website I designed on my own, which was an insurmountable task for a tech challenged baby boomer.  But I did it.  The advertisement stating "Have a Website Tonight" enticed me.  But by 3:00 a.m. I was pretty sure they hadn't taken into consideration time zone differences.  By the next day I was questioning their promise.  Anyway, I didn't give up and came up with  Today I know it's outdated and blogs are the way to keep pace…

Delightfully Disarrayed Summer Ends In Blogger Blowout

This little post has been waiting to get published for two weeks.  When Kasse asked me to "guest post" for, I put it aside.  But, by golly, I'm not wasting it...remember, I don't waste anything. So here it is...

Fickle blogging has taken a toll on my site hits. Somewhere between this summer's drought, and life's interesting and unexpected little curves, bumps and multiple blessings, my attention to social media has waned a bit.

I was totally blindsided by the fact that grandkids (10 of them!) could utterly-completely capture your heart, absorb your time and thoughts, and unselfishly rearrange your priorities.

I've continued to write--- constantly---in my head. I’ve just had a problem finding time to get it on paper or computer.

Last month a tweet from Monsanto Blogger, Janice Person ended my dry-spell when she extended an invitation to Jeff Pulver's Small Town 140 Conference in Hutchinson, Kansas. Janice and I became frien…

Are You My Mother?


Back From Sabbatical!

Sorry for the Two Month Absence.  My Excuse for  Paltry Postings?
A Whirlwind Ride on a Human Hamster Wheel! Between...



Seven Rules From God

If you're like me I need continual nudgings, taps on the shoulder, swift kicks in the rear from the Lord, nearly everyday. Today I found this piece in some of my old files and the Lord urged me to share it!


Decide to have a good day

“Today is the day the Lord hath made: let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

Pslams 118:24


The best way to dress up is to put on a smile.

A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

“The Lord does not look at the things man looks at, but the Lord

Looks at the heart.”

1 Samuel 16:7


Say nice things and learn to listen.

God gave us two ears and one mouth, so

He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking.

“He who guards his lips guards his soul.”

Proverbs 13:3


For what you believe in.

Stand for something or you will fall for anything.

“Let us not be weary in doing good, for at the proper time,

we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good.”



My Swashbuckling Cowboy

You never know what unexpected problems you’ll encounter on a ranch. Today we straightened a listing  cake bin. This 30 ton cake bin holds cattle cubes that are fed to the cattle during the winter months.  A semi load holds 24 tons which we will fill about 4 or 5 times a year.   Brad's addiction to “fearlessness” keeps my life interesting. I have always been the by-standing, nail-biting, naysayer of negativity while he has ALWAYS been my Swashbuckling Cowboy.


Esther Learns To Iron

Hope DHS doesn't come knocking at my door. I confess, I let my 4 year old granddaughter iron and yes, she burned her finger.  The truth is when I was Esther's age my mom gave me an iron and a sprinkle bottle (a pop bottle  filled with water and topped with a metal  stopper covered with tiny holes big enough to allow water to sprinkle from)  I tried my hand at hankies and pillow cases. I've pretty much hated to iron ever since.  Maybe I've found a solution to my high dry cleaning bill.

Mama Mia That's A Spicy Bologna Sauce!

I "Thank God I'm a Country Girl" but there are times I do yearn for fine fare. To get a grasp of just how rural we are...our nearest Wal Mart is almost an hour away.  The "good grub" selection in our area is limited to chicken strips, cheese burgers, chicken fries and chili dogs.  So this past month when long time hunters visitng from New York City let us in on some of their Italian cooking secrets, I was on the front row taking notes. Tony who operates his own restaurant, Piazza Italia, shared his recipes for Bologna Meat Sauce, Bruschetta and Chicken Parmigiana. He also brought authentic hard salami, sweet salami, Pecorino Romano sheep milk cheese and brick oven baked bread. 
Some Italian Cooking Tips...
Most Important-A Sharp Knife, Good Olive Oil and Fresh Ingredients.  Tony said we have most of the ingredients around here, it's all in the way we prepare them.  Chicken Parmigiana--- On a good chopping board pound the chicken breast 1/4 inch thin or thinn…

Cowboy Story Tellers Association of the Western Plains.

Board Members from left to right- Richard Jackson, Robert Klemme, President Ralph Chain (my dad), Secretary Joanna Peard, Martin Dick, Wayne Prewett, Roger Ringer, myself and Tad Hacker. 
This group of "Young and Old Timers" has been responsible for keeping a plethora of great stories alive for future generations to enjoy. The past 20 years the group has gathered at various locations across several states rich in history. They find a host from that area and enjoy a day of story telling, singing, poetry readings and always a great meal.  It has been a group that I've "grown into".  Several years ago they were going to disband because the number of "empty saddles" was increasing.   I couldn't watch this small group of people who had once been numerous and virbrant fade away.  I spoke up and encouraged them to "keep on keeping on".  It worked...they decided to keep the group together- BUT- I came home that day with all of the finances in th…

Saving Their World

Some of My Super Heros

There's More To The Story...

The previous post (Waiting For A Leader) was brought on by several things primarily after doing research for ANCW's website. My look up around 30 different terms that consumers don't understand.  Terms such as factory farming a label we've been given by animal activists . At this point it seems there is nothing on the web to counter this misconception.
I've been told we must be positive, and I've tried hard to be positive comments and stories; but animal ag people we're going to have to take some steps on the aggressive side. Play defense.  This problem is not going away.  It's becoming a muddled mess in my eyes.  I'm not sure who's coaching. I'm not sure who our friends are.  I'm not sure about anything anymore, except that HSUS is sprinting ahead of us while we flounder.  I want someone to get into the drivers seat; be coach; be boss; be in control. 
The past two months I've witnessed more discourse among our ani…

Waiting For A Leader-Unite or Be Destroyed

I’m Waiting For A Leader.

For the past two years I’ve been hounding. I’ve yapped and yakked and pleaded and prodded. I’ve created and crafted--- a website, blog, and facebook page. I’ve joined and paid--- NCBA, ANCW, AAA, NBSB, NRA, USFRA, OFB, all with hopes of eliminating this plague called HSUS. A plague that as one professional put it “is light years ahead in destroying our animal ag industries.”

I’m disillusioned as I witness state universities "supporting the supporters" of HSUS. I’m disgusted as I watch ranchers “playing the animal activists game” using taxpayer's dollars to house wild mustangs. I’m dumbfounded as I witness animal ag industries cannibalize themselves and each other and hear educated producers blurt uneducated statements, “Who is HSUS?”

HSUS is united-were fractured. They’re one-we’re fractioned. They’re balanced-we’re straddling. They’re winning-we’re losing.

If you’re an animal ag producer you can’t have it both ways. There’s no sleeping with th…

Brown Bag Carmel Corn

Anyone purchased a box of store bought carmel corn lately?  I don't know about you but I can't let go of a five dollar bill to satisfy my sweet tooth. Thought I'd share this great carmel corn recipe that a young 4-Her used in a demonstration  years ago. We've enjoyed it many times. 
1/4 cup white syrup
1 cup brown sugar
1 stick butter or margarine
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp soda
3-4 quarts popped corn
Bring syrup, sugar, butter and salt to boil.  Boil for two minutes stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and add soda.  Stir well.
Put popped corn in a large brown paper sack.  Pour cooked mixture over corn and shake well. Place in microwave on high for about 1 1/2 minutes.  Remove and shake well.  Return to microwave for another 1 1/2 minutes. Remove and shake well again. Pour out onto wax paper to cool. When cooled break apart.