First allow me to exhibit a little stability in my life. The marriage to my high school sweetheart is in its 48th year and counting. She is still my cheerleader and the love of my life. We bore and raised 4 beautiful daughters who have all married men we couldn’t have chosen better ourselves. Those four marriages have blessed these grandparents with 14 grandchildren, and one more on the way.
Pretty much every other category of my life has been based on an old saying my Dad used many times, “Variety is the spice of life.” It would be easier for me to tell you what I haven’t done than explain what has put food on our table for all these years. I have been blessed with an exciting and ever-changing plethora of jobs and businesses. At last count, revenue has been earned in one capacity or another from 38 different jobs or businesses we have owned.
Our most recent venture has been to enter the registered Scottish Highland Cattle business. We have purchased a small acreage with ½ mile of seasonal creek frontage and acres of willows for our cattle to seek refuge from heat, wind, flies and the winter cold. Please read more about these intriguing animals under our “Our Beef” tab.
I honestly believe you and I can relate no matter what your life consists of. Life growing up for this kid was idealistic: small town, farm boy where everybody knew your name where your accomplishments, victories, and your sins were not long hidden. Not too proud to do any job, I have gone to work in greasy coveralls, suits and ties, hard hats, and cowboy hats. I have been a farmer, rancher, dairyman, welder, pipe-fitter, garbage man, accountant, elected official (tax collector), government employee working disaster relief all over the United States, and a working cowboy to mention a few. While working a disaster in Connecticut, a co-worker who appreciated my down-home humor and frequent one-liners branded me the “Common Sense Cowboy.”
We have made over $100,000 net per year at a couple of these enterprises and have gone completely bankrupt at one point many years ago in the dairy industry. Three years after the 1982 bankruptcy, my wife and I bought a small garbage company in south-central Idaho. This was in a town where the coffee crowd said there was “nothing to do.” Long story short and lots of hard work later, after 19 years we were able to sell the business and retire at the age of 53. Since then we have played a lot and have taken a couple of part-time jobs for play money and sanity. Some of life’s experiences include being a licensed scuba diver, a private pilot, and a powered parachute pilot.
Other activities to spike endorphins involve riding snowmobiles, both mountain and road bicycles, motorcycles, and enjoying canoeing in our local streams and lakes. On a more personal note, in my life I have struggled with drinking too much, smoking too much, and eating too much. With the Lord’s help, some common sense approaches, and self-discipline, I haven’t smoked for more than 30 years, I have no problem with alcohol, and I now weigh 157 pounds, which is 27 less than when leaving high school and 48 pounds less than my peak of 205 at the age of 21. So, no matter where you are in life or where you have been, I have probably been there or very near. Looking forward to getting to know each of you better in the coming months.
My government work has forced me to work in many big cities around America and I have found myself feeling sorry for people who have to live in the human ant pile in those masses of humanity. Hence the start of a blog where you all can come along with me and witness life in the wide open spaces of western America.
Much of this will be from an aerial view as we float over farms, ranches, cattle, horses, streams, hills and wildlife. The goal is to make you feel like you are right up there with me and hopefully give you some common sense approaches to life’s challenges as we journey together.
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