Our ranch celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2013. There is actually a discrepancy with the dates, because his Grandmother homesteaded this land one year, but didn't get the papers until she "proved" it up several years later. I have now decided to put together a book for just our ranch and maybe call it …..The First Hundred years or something like that. I have very few photos (almost none) from the early days, but I could probably find something similar on the internet. I think at the top of every page I will have THIS IS in black and then the focus text of the page in another color. I plan on keeping the photos b/w with a bit of spot coloring. So I will probably be jumping around from current to old…bear with me. It's really like an AAM for our ranch!! I am hoping that this will be a legacy for our boys and their families to see what was and what is.

A very special Thank You to my dear digi scrapping friend Carol aka cstaff for encouraging me to document the everyday life of a cow on our ranch. She kept after me… gently prodding and reminding me to do this, I thought it was far too boring and mundane….she thought otherwise. She is the inspiration to create this ranch/cow book!

Winter Storm

Journaling reads:

This has been one of the longest weeks...EVER. The cold and wind have been brutal. The temperature has ranged from +10 to -28. The wind chill in the -40’s range. We moved the cows home from the Ridge today in preparation for calving. When we started the weather was cold, but by the time we got home we were in the middle of a complete whiteout and blizzard. This storm delivered 10 inches of snow, making our total for the season over 80 inches. The cows have trailed down this 3 mile stretch of road so many times they know exactly where to turn and what gate to turn into. They are creatures of habit and were so happy to be back at the home place to calve. This group of cows never ceases to amaze me; they are loyal, tough and hearty. They truly exemplify the Spirit of the West. February 3, 2014

Keeping my ranch pages very simple and graphic to please the men in the house!!

Katie Pertiet:
Winter Words Brushes and Stamps No. 02
Chalked Flakes Brushes and Stamps No. 01

Maplebrook Studios:
Anders Solids Paper Pack