Variety Is The Spice Of Life

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.”

New Beginnings Faiffield Idhao

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.

RV94LJ Fairfield Idaho

 

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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12 thoughts on “Variety Is The Spice Of Life

  1. Kelly Edwards says:

    I expect a story about me! Just kidding ~ your honesty might get me in trouble ~ hee hee!
    Sure enjoying this ~ thanks!

  2. Kris says:

    We have a cabin near Camas Cow Camp but live in Minnesota (for now). I love the aerial views of the prairie and look forward to your future projects.

    • Rod Pridmore says:

      Hey Kris, Which Camas Cow Camp? There is one on Lawerence Creek and another over Well’s Summit. I was the cowboy at the Lawerence Creek Camp 1985-1991 and am now back working on the mountain for the current owners as a part time retirement gig. Great to be paid to go on trail rides 🙂 Happy you enjoyed the video. If you would care to join me on another ride there is a video attached to the post “Home to Few, Loved By Many” at my http://www.commonsensecowboy.com/ web site.

      • Kris says:

        It is the Lawrence Creek cow camp. We were just there this past week and talked to Pete again. Our little place is just beyond the cow camp and used to be owned by Jack and Carmen. I’m sure my husband would be interested in getting in touch with you to learn more about how things used to be up that way, and how some of the springs were developed. Would you mind sending me an e-mail and I’ll pass your address along to him?

        I shall take a look at Home to Few, Love by Many.

        • Rod Pridmore says:

          Thanks for your interest. I’m not sure if I would be any help, but would love to get together and visit about what I remember. I definitely remember Jack and Carmen. I was the rider when he was digging the post holes around 20 acres of his land by hand. As I recall he was some kind of a professor and I teased him about being an educated man / educator and yet not having sense enough to find something better to do with his weekends than dig holes:).
          My e-mail is simply commonsensecowboy@gmail.com, you are welcome to share it.

  3. Eric Swartz says:

    I used to live in Fairfield when I was about 13, in the early 80’s. My father was the manager of the REA (Prairie Power Co-op). I really enjoy seeing your photos & videos. Brings back a lot of memories.

    Thank you

    • Rod Pridmore says:

      Glad you enjoyed. I ask Andy Frostenson (now my son-in-law) about you. He said that you were basically his neighbor when you lived at foggy bottom. Our weather is turning bad, but hopefully I will get up flying soon and put up some more posts.

  4. James Finkbeiner says:

    Rod, nice to see what you are “up to”
    Remember me? I taught in CCHS for a couple year in the early 00’s, and attended Bible study at your house on Wed nights with Bruce and Kathy (What ever happened to them by the way?).
    I have often thought of you and Sally, and the Whipples and Rasts, and the lessons I learned sitting on your couch. Mostly about the community of believers that helped me through some dark and lonley times. I thank God for you all.

    James Finkbeiner

    • Rod Pridmore says:

      Hi James,
      Good to hear from you and thanks for your comments. Bruce and Kathy now live in Buhl, ID and are doing well. We see them periodically and they are still the same fun, God loving folks they have been for years. Where are you now and what’s your story? Stop in if you are ever back in the high country.

  5. Janene Giesler says:

    Loving the look of your new website and reading your personal story, even though as your sister I know it! 😉 love the photo of you and your bride…
    Love, Sheri/Janene

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