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A Real Working Cowgirl

Posted Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at 10:37 PM


We've taken Jilly to Nevada's San Jacinto Ranch a few times this summer, and she learned so much more than just more riding.

She learned to really appreciate the Beauty, where ever you see it.

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She learned that it is incredibly hot, and the job still needs to be done.  We had to haul water a few times..... and she and our pups LOVE the water troughs!


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I doubt that they love it more than these younguns though!  What's not to love about a baby face? of any creature?

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Jilly asks Grandpa Wayne lots of questions, and learns the answers.  This is an education that will last a lifetime.  Learning to work hard for other beings, who depend on you, and to value their life, while making your own life/job enjoyable.  Everyone should love what they do, so as to never 'work' a day in your life.

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Jilly learned to value shade, wherever it can be found, and a simple bologna sammich, and a cold gatorade as truly valuable commodities. 

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She was able to spend 6-8 hours in the saddle, several days in a row.  I was a bit worried the first time we took her, that it might be too much.  It's a lot, no matter how you look at it.  She never once complained, and sprung out of bed every morning, bright and shiny.  Speaking of that, we get up at 5:00 AM, breakfast is at 6:00, (if you miss it, too bad)  work all day, get in to dinner by 6:00 PM, (if you miss it, so sorry) And then, there isn't much to do, but shower, and go to bed.  No TV, No other kids, ...and she loved every minute of it.  She got some personalized roping lessons from Kelly Dennis,...and that is pretty awesome. 

This is what she came for.  Miles and miles of ups and downs...and she couldn't have done a bit better.

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Our dogs work hard too, and they don't miss a chance to take a quick cooling bath.

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One of the cowboys that live/work there.

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Jilly learned to really 'trust' her horse. And Marshmallow has only become more Gold to me.

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Yes, these are our dogs...or are they seals?  Who knows.... they love wet anything!

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I wish this was a better, more clear photo.  But this is part of what Jilly learned 'working dogs' do.  These were errant calves, and the dogs were kind enough to reclimb that hill and go get them.  THAT is priceless.  Specially, when you've just come down that same hill.  And this is why they love wet anything they find, and it's well deserved.

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We stop mid day for that Bologna Sammich...and find a bit of tree type shade if possible.  Lots of times, it's the trailer for shade, so it's pretty special to find an actual tree.  So, hit the ground and enjoy the cuisine.

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Note the Blue Gatorade Lips?  Does this not look like  a Child having the experience of a Lifetime?

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Speaking of Lifetimes.... how many of you have carved your name or initials in a tree, to be seen by generations to come?  Naturally, Jilly wanted to do this.  Who were we to not fulfill this wish?

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This is something that is pretty much permanent.  She can bring HER Grandchildren here, and it will still be there to show them.  Maybe she'll even have them on a little Palomino Filly of their own.

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Not to be outdone, we had to have our own.  Any guess what this brand is? 

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This is the youthful energy of a 7 year old.  She is yelling at us

"Come up!  You are old enough to do it!"  What she didn't realize, was that, that was the problem..... we were old enough to know better.

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She enjoyed the wild life, and unfortunately, I didn't get photos of everything, but here are some.

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She can't wait to go again. 

Suppose she'll remember these trips?

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This is how Tiny Ireland started out. One of the hardest working cowgirls ever.

-- Posted by bodine69 on Wed, Aug 8, 2012, at 7:27 AM

Exactly. No man or woman can keep up with Tiny.

Thanks for the comment


-- Posted by jessiemiller on Wed, Aug 8, 2012, at 8:08 AM

I was very fortunate to grow up in and around ranches in Elmore, Camas and Owyhee counties and worked with and for ranch folks for much of my early life.

There was a simple, yet strong, "let's get it done" approach to life back then that rubbed off and guided me well through the years.

I am glad it is still healthy, that you are capturing it, sharng it here, and passing it on to the young ones.


-- Posted by wh67 on Wed, Aug 8, 2012, at 9:04 AM

Warren, THAT is EXACTLY what I'm hoping for. There is such a wonderful life in this old style of living. People may never see it from the roads, but its the same as it was years ago.

We value this life, and want to share it with our grandchildren.

And like you kept it as a backbone... We hope to help raise children who aren't afraid of real work.

-- Posted by jessiemiller on Wed, Aug 8, 2012, at 9:22 AM

I remember the Ireland kids from 4H. They were tough!

-- Posted by KH Gal on Thu, Aug 9, 2012, at 7:39 AM

Yep. Still are

-- Posted by jessiemiller on Thu, Aug 9, 2012, at 9:36 AM

Someday she will look back and these will be some of her very best memories! Thank you guys so much for all the things you do. You are the very best grandparents. I wish I had better words to express how grateful I am to you guys for everything. The icing on the cake is that after you do all these wonderful things for my daughter then you write awesome blogs about it, giving me the opportunity to share your blog and let everyone know how awesome Jilly is! I am so proud of her! She will grow up to be a very special young lady some day and you will have played a big role in that. Thank you! Love you Mamacita!

-- Posted by justjessie on Thu, Aug 9, 2012, at 12:00 PM

Wonderful words, Jessica, but trust me....we are the ones who benefit.... she will continue to benefit other as she grows.

-- Posted by jessiemiller on Tue, Aug 14, 2012, at 7:35 PM

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