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!​
​​​​​​​​​IF​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ she wants to spend anytime at all with her Cowboy, she must do as he does, you become partners!​
​​​​​​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! ...​ ​​​​​​​

Friday, April 29, 2011

I've been home for whole 4 weeks.....

...the longest stretch in 6 months!!

I would not change the time time I've spent away from home since September...but I need this time.
I am trying to put my head in a good place.
My Dad was diagnosed last September with prostate and lung cancer.
Between his weakening body, numerous falls, 911 calls, hospital visits and treatments,
my younger sister from Minn. and I took two week turns as helper, chauffeur and caregivers.
Cowboy and I traded our Christmas with the kids and grandkids at the last minute to spend it with my parents, as Dad had taken another turn for the worse.
It's amazing how when the need is there, one can dig deep within themselves to find the strength, the stamina, the drive to do all that is necessary... and appreciated...in caring for a loved one
 ~ even at the expense of your own physical, mental and financial state.
The toll is not realized until the "job" is done. And it's huge!
All of my time spent with Mom and Dad since September, will be forever treasured in my heart.

I lost my Dad February 22...the day he and Mom had wed 63 years prior.
I miss him every moment of every day!
Even though we were as different as black and white in our lifestyles...
we were definetly two peas of the same pod in our ideals.
Mom gave me a gift a few years back, a wall plaque that states:
"Sometimes when I open my mouth, my Dad comes out"
I am proud of that fact!


dickiebo said...

Keep your chin up, ol' pal.

Shirley said...

I'm sorry to hear of the passing of your dad, it's something I haven't faced yet, but will soon.
Hope things are improving for you.

Mikey said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss. It's a hard thing to do, caring for an ailing parent. Big hug to you girl!

Sage said...

I am so sorry to hear that news, it is never easy to lose a parent and no words can truly express how sorry I am but I am glad you got to spend the time with your Dad, those memories will help ease the pain of loss xx xx

Linda said...

[[[[[[[hugs]]]]]]]] I lost my Dad a couple of years ago....its hard.

fernvalley01 said...

so sorry for you loss.Hugs my dear swwet lady.Funny I said once ,"i got really mad ,and opened my mouth ,and out mom jumped!" She got a huge lagh out of it

DesertHen said...

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father! (((BIG HUGS)) to you. It really sounds like the trail has been pretty bumpy and rough the last year! I do hope things start looking up for you soon! =)

Emma Rose said...

I am so sorry about your loss.

Vaquerogirl said...

So sorry about losing your dad. I can only imagine the implications of that. But your Dad raised one amazing gal and he can go to his rest knowing that you rock on in the world!

LL said...


The Wife said...

so sorry for your loss.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Hey ..good to see your post..until I read it. I am so sorry, I hope you can wrap the good memories around you like a warm Quilt and be comforted.
How is your Mom coping with the loss..sixty three years, she must be really lonely.
I am sending you a hug:)

Anonymous said...

Dee from Tennessee

So very sorry, just now read this, and I too thought of your mom. So very sorry but thankful you were able to help -- you'll never regret it. Hugs from Tennessee.

That Janie Girl said...

Sorry for the loss of your dad. Glad to see you blogging again, though!

Shirley said...

Just checking in- I hope you are having a good summer, don't forget that we miss you in blog land!

Tatersmama said...

Oh Hun... I've been so slack lately, that I just came across this! I'm so sorry about the loss of your dad, but like you said, you have a lot of sweet memories to treasure, and I hope they bring you peace...

Missin' you sumthin' fierce, my friend - and the coffee pot's on.

connie said...

Just popped in to see if you were around and here you are back again! I've missed your writing and your positive outlook on life. As the old song says, "There's no place like home." and I know that you will have it back to where it should be. Sometimes it just makes your jaw drop when you seen how some folk live; and a lot of it has to do with sheer laziness.
I was sorry to hear about your father's passing but glad that you had that time together at Christmas. Blessings and love from Connie

Trainwreck said...

Miss you and think of you often. I hope all is well with you and your Cowboy!<3

fernvalley01 said...

Oh Goodness ! I never even saw this! Love and hugs , far too late

gel said...

I'm so behind in reading your blog because I thought you had abandoned it.

Deepest condolences almost now a yr later on the passing of your dad. Somehow I hope he knew it was their wedding anniversary and that it gave him extra love in this circle of Life and to your mom.