Where's the song ~~ "Don't let your daughters grow up to marry a Cowboy" ?

​​​​​​​Life is tough! Requires hard physical work, long, long days of pain, dirt, and broken fingernails.​
​Days of frigid cold & scorching heat; through the dust & mud; daybreak into the darkness of nite~~​
​the heart & body becomes toughened & weathered replicating leather!​
​A forever constant factor for a real Cowboy's Wife is tons of sweat, oceans of tears and a constant 'drought' in the wallet!​
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​​​​​​​​​IF​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ she wants to spend anytime at all with her Cowboy, she must do as he does, you become partners!​
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​​​​​​Kick off your boots, grab a cup of coffee, sit back and envision yourself in my life!​
​... It really isn't that bad! There are many rewards to be had to make it a great lifestyle! ...​ ​​​​​​​

Sunday, August 23, 2009

GASP *&! ..GURGLE*@!

AHHHhhhhh! ... A breath at last!
It's been a l.o.n.g.......4 months since I posted...
Tonite I decided I very much needed to take a few moments, to see if blogging was still occuring or if some new form of communication had been developed in my absense.
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FYI...I am in the market for a new calendar & clock!
Ones that will give me back some days and hours!
...and even some seasons!
I'd pay dearly...if someone can scrounge them up!
My last post was barely a month into Spring,
and here it is now a month until Autumn! WOW!
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We have been working non stop since this new "adventure" came to us. Progress has been made, but it is slow, tedious and frustrating!
20+ years of neglect and abuse just may take forever
~if ever ~
to turn this place into half of what it was so long ago.
Do we have the stamina to do just that?
That is yet to be seen....
We promised ourselves we'd not push ourselves as in years past....
as it is not OUR place!
...but old habits are hard to break!
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DON'T EVER EVER judge a book by it's cover!
Remember, we had not seen the inside of this house before we agreed to take on this new direction in our lives.
We Knew what we were getting into with the barns, pastures, fencing etc.
But the house?
Foolishly, we thought
"It's a brick house! What could be wrong?"
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Well............we may not have said yes...
had we seen beyond the brick facade!
GRUELING beyond anything else we've tackled in our lifetime!
(and mind you, we have taken on many challenges...)
May 1 to July 1, was 7am - to wee hours of the night for me!
EVERY SINGLE DAY!

I cannot believe how some people live...and abuse!

The first night I "slept" here...on an air bed, I woke every 15 minutes unable to breathe!

At 2 am, I woke up Cowboy and told him that I'm too old to take on such a daunting task!
The grime, the filth, the stench! The next day, we called the owner and he scheduled a carpet cleaner for the following day.
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This started a a huge snowball effect...
one which, to this day, has not quit rolling!
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The night it was cleaned (they said it was the worst job they'd ever tackled!)
the urine smell was worse!
Cowboy's smeller doesn't work like mine,
maybe because he's around horse and cattle excretions all day,
but mine is fine tuned and it did not like what passed over the sensors!
I ended up sleeping in my car most of the night!
I came inside once to get a drink of water
...only to run to the toilet and puke!
I gathered my purse and the Yorkies,
ran back to the car and headed home to our other place!!
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Needless to say, before anything could progress within these walls,
the old flooring had to be removed, the floors and walls
primered with Kilz...several times.
The one and half year old carpet & pad was sooooo saturated
with cat and dog urnine, one couldn't have salvadged a
'clean' square yard of it if one wanted to!!
That was just the beginning...........
many many other daunting challenges,
disgusting discoveries have come to face us since May 1.
Luckily, my job's starting date got put off until July 1
because she saw what we were faced with here!!
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Our home an hour away, was becoming a burden...
watering, weeding etc...every waking hour and waning muscle
was needed for this place if it's ever to be comfortable
for us to make a positive 'go' of our choice to move here.
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We pondered for sometime on what to do...
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There are only so many hours in a day,
there is only four hands between us...
and the wanting for an "easier" life,
was increasingly becoming a tougher life!
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So...we advertised on CraigsList...to lease our home out.
Within 2 days, a gal from Boise, Id. with 2 kids wanted to lease it and be closer to her family.
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...As of last Wednesday....
that burden was taken off of our shoulders for the most part.
No extra hours have to be squeezed out of the week to tend to it;
no more double power bills, 2 yards to mow and maintain....
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So tonite, after spending a whole day of doing nothing....
truly nothing,
I decided I'd make a post....and then take one hour each evening
after work, to try and catch up with all of my friends
in the world of Blogland!
I've missed out on a bunch I'm sure! I know of two young gals who probably already had their babies and I missed the big event!!!
I know of one who was getting married...and I've missed out on all the fun!
But....
this week, I'm hoping to catch up on all of you!
I've missed all of you!
This W.O.W. is definetly triple W.O.W. these days....
but not ready to hang it up or to be turned out to pasture...
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maybe next week, I'll think so....