Monday, December 31, 2012


Happy New Years Eve Gypsy Trail Friends! 
I had an epiphany this month that I just had to share!!!  Ok, so maybe it wasn't an epiphany but a stoke of genius......or maybe just a fun, simple, and  mad scientist food creation at very least!

Christmas Vacation Drum Roll........rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr....................
.................EGG NOG CREAM PIE!  Yes, that is right, one more use for that glorious Holiday Beverage!

Egg Nog Cream Pie 

~Party Guest List
  • 3 Cups Egg Nog
  • 1 Large Package Vanila Instant Pudding (5.1 oz) 
  • 1 Pie Crust ( Can be Grahmn Cracker, Traditional Pie Crust, Store bought or Homemade) 
  • Whipping Cream ( or Cool Whip...whatever makes your skirt fly up) 
  • Mixing Bowl, Spatulau, and Wisk
Egg Nog Cream Pie ~ Party Guest List

Follow PUDDING Directions and USE 3 Cups Egg Nog! 
It is super thick so it will still set up like the pie directions.

Pour 3 Cups Egg Nog in a mixing bowl

Add Pudding Powder to Egg Nog in bowl

WHISK Away at the mixture until you don't think you can whisk anymore!
3 Minutes seems to get it whipped into shape pretty good.

POUR Crazy Egg Nog Concoction into Pie Crust
A Spatula is very helpful to get the thick mixture off the sides of the bowl.

Resist the temptation to stick your thumb in it for a taste.
(You do have permission to lick the bowl that you are finished with:)

Lathe in a delicious WHIPPED CREAM TOPPING!

  Serve & Enjoy! 

Here is a quick version of the recipe without all the pictures :)
My Oh MY Egg Nog Cream Pie ~Party Guest List
  • 3 Cups Egg Nog
  • 1 Large Package Vanila Instant Pudding (5.1 oz) 
  • 1 Pie Crust ( Can be Grahmn Cracker, Traditional Pie Crust, Store bought or Homemade) 
  • Whipping Cream ( or Cool Whip...whatever makes your skirt fly up) 
  • Mixing Bowl, Spatulau, and Wisk
 Party Plan:

Add 3 Cups Egg Nog & 1 Large Package Vanilla Pudding to mixing bowl.  Whisk throughly for about 3 minutes.  Add Mixture to Pie Crust.  Spread generously Whipped Cream topping on top of Pie Filling. 
Serve and Enjoy or Chill & indulge later!

(Tips : For a milder taste, You use half milk and half egg nog for your pie filling mixture.  If doing so, use pie filling directions and only use 2 1/2 cups liquid)

THANK YOU so much for traveling the gypsy trail with me this year!  Looking forward to a fabulous 2013!
Much Love,

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  6. Cheesy Card Game Chip Dip ~
  7. Yummy Potatoes ~
  8. Snicker Doodle Salad ~
  9. Wild West Lasagna ~
  10. Just for You Sweet Pea ~ Sugar Snap Pea Appetizer:
  11. Treat Your Taste Buds - Tomato Salad:
  12. Bucking B.L.T.omato Salad Sandwich:
  13. Bronc Rider to Breakfast- Ham & Cheese Crossiant:
  14. Fill Your Feed Bunk - Homemade Pizza:
  15. Sow Your Wild Oats ~ No Bake Cookies:
  16. Cause a Commotion~ Creamy Tomato Soup:
  17. IDAHO COWBOY~Homemade Potato Soup:
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012


LOVE this time of year and the attitude of gratitude that wafts through the air. Filling hearts, homes, and families with appreciation for the countless blessings pouring into our lives everyday! 

Here are a few moments that I am THANKFUL for:

Today I am thankful for matches. Seriously....they are awesome little fire startin dudes :) Lovin' a cozy home and wood heat. .........they are awesome Can you imagine trying to flint and stone up a spark every time you wanted a fire....I would freeze to death!

 Today I am thankful for bumpy gravel roads :) .....and getting to you bump down the road. Thankful for the simple little things in life that make you giggle.
 .......Usually, my lil' sister & my little cousin, play the "aaaaaa" game on the way down the gravel road to my Dad's. They are both 5 and you wouldn't believe the fun you can have playing that game for a mile down the road. Hahaha.....tonight I found myself hitting the washboards in the road & saying......aaaaaaaaaaaaaa.......all by myself. I'm easily amused. What can I say

 Today I am THANKFUL for Assuming the BEST from everyone you meet. Thankful for humbling life lessons that remind you that people are not always as they seem and they are usually always better than you think, if you expect the best and give them a chance. Blessed ♥

 TODAY I am THANKFUL for Power and all the heat, water, lights, and basic blessings that I take for granted everyday.

Today I am thankful for the scenery driving country roads.  Love to coming around a bend to a herd of goats or beautiful black cows grazing.  Love Idaho 

 Today I am THANKFUL a roof that is still on the Pink House in this wind! Thankful for warm fire to cozy up to after being outside. Thankful for not getting blown off the table we stood on to put a tire on the roof to keep the tin from blowing off the house :)

 Today I am Thankful for packages delivered to your door, wonderful Lil' Red Roan customers ordering, a beautiful sunshinin' day, and small town hospitality, that when a neighbor stops by around lunch time, you can offer them a meal. ♥ Loving December Blessings!

Today I am Thankful for elves that sneak in and wash sinks full of dishes. Thankful for cut wood and warm fires. Thankful for clean rooms & beds covered in a quilt made out of Grandpa's jeans. Thankful for neighbor whose Christmas Candy....was a lasagna....on a night you really didn't want to cook.

 Today I am THANKFUL for friendly small town customer service, hard working, firewood packin, room cleaning, bed makin lil' boys, and hours spent in good company.  

 Tonight I am THANKFUL to hear the sound of a 97 year old man singing a lullaby to his beautiful bride of 60+ years. What a blessing to witness a true love story.

THANK YOU for taking the time to travel the gypsy trail with me today.  So grateful for you stopping by and hope you are inspired to write your own WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR TODAY list.
Much Love,

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Evening with Joe and Ella

Recently, I would have a blessing arrive on my doorstep bigger than I could ever imagine.  I was given the opportunity to spend time with some elderly neighbors for a few hours in the evenings.  I was a little hesitant in the beginning, mainly just because I hate to be committed to doing anything at a certain time and place everyday. :)  However, this visit would be come a bright spot in the day.  An evening spent with good people, in a home full of love and wisdom.  I jotted down a few of the amazing stories that have been shared with me so far.  Such an amazing Life we are given the opportunity to live!

I can think of no one else I'd rather go to dinner with!  The conversation is second to none.  Here are a few of my favorites. 

Ella: "Did you lose a button on your shirt?"
Joe: "No, I didn't lose a button.  I have a belly button there and that's the only button I need."

Joe "Old Mac's bridle didn't have a throat latch and if there was grass near by, he would shake his head until that bridle came off"
Ella remarks "They're foxy!"

A young Joe was in Sunday School and was asked to recite the ten commandments.  As he was going along instead of ...Don't covet your neighbors wife.....he said...."Don't cover your neighbors wife"
Oh the kids bust into laughter!  The nuns however did not see the humor.  (This is one of my favorites.  Just to hear the laughter in their voice when they tell a story :)

"I'm having an off day.....but I'll Giv'em Hell Tomorrow!" ~ Ella, age 96

Joe telling a story about being out in the field cultivating and the lonesome cooing from the doves.
Joe: "I hate them dam doves.  Such a lonesome sound.  About a mile from home with a team and a cultivator.  I walked home.  Dad asked me where the horses where?  I left them back about a mile. 
Dad said I better get them before they take off running and tear up the cultivator.  They hadn't run off.  They was tired from a long days work.  Coo Coo.  Coo Coo.  Hate those Doves.  So lonesome
Ella: "I took a Life Saving Class.  Learned how to carry a drowning person.  Whenever my Mom would miss me...I'd be down at the bay.  We'd swim with the ocean liners. Those Big Ocean Liners pull alot of water.   Swim almost out and then the big waves would almost push you back to the dock. 

Ella fondly speaks of the ocean and swimming in its cold water.  Walking on the beach, water lapping at your ankles.  The sand wears your feet smooth to where there's not a callus left on them.

Joe and Ella both tell about sitting in the front room one night and they saw a mouse.  They set out after the mouse.  Joe shifted the furniture around 10 times.  They got to laughing so hard chasing after the sneaky little thing that they had to stop.  (Love to hear the laughter in their voices as they reminisce about time shared together)
Ella: "My Dad died of TB.  I still remember the kids at school...My Momma says I can't play with you because your Daddy had TB.  Dad was a mechanic, one of the 1st to work on Ford's Model A's and T's.  Dad died when we were young, leaving Mom with 2 young kids to take care of.
One of the traits Ella often speaks about her mother is that she never worried.  Said there was just no use in it.  Valuable lessons to be learned :)

When Ella was 8 she WON a one of the 1st Model A's made.  The Mason Lodge gave tickets out at the elementary school.  It was her Lucky Day...of course her Mom had to sell it.  (Love them, I can just hear her voice as she tells me the stories)

Joe and Ella tell about a real estate guy named Draper that showed them the Idaho property.  They came up from California in 1973.  It was a pretty sad looking place Ella recalled.  Sand drifts up to the big picture windows and not hardly a tree on the place.  Ella told Joe "If you want to get it ok...but I think I'll live in town"  She soon follows that up with "Famous Last Words"
There home now is fully surrounded by trees and has a beautiful green lawn.  They put in lots of hard work.

Joe and Ella visiting one evening out on the yard swing:
Joe: Cat's can do anything in this yard and my dogs can't do anything.
Ella: Dogs make a bigger mess.
Joe:   Those dogs protect you from Gangsters.
Ella: Gangsters would take one look at me and leave.  Mean ol' woman in that yard! 

Ella kicks at the cat.
Joe: You're too mean
Ella: They can lick their butt somewhere else.

Ella breaking up a cat fight.
Joe: Let'em fight! ....Best cat wins!  (Insert sly smile)

Joe tells a story about picking black berries with Aunt Doll. 
A bear came up.  The Bear said WUFF.  I said WUFF ...and we both left.

Ella was an amazing cook.  I still remember the delicious meals she would make for the branding crew. 
Joe tells a story about Jerry Williams: I'm gonna have to bring my wife over so you can show her how to cook that chicken. 
Ella: He did always love my fried chicken.

Spit Fires tonight :)
Joe and Ella outside in the swing. 
Ella sent the dog away.   She doesn't like them up by the swing.
I said, Broke his little heart.  Joe replies, "He'll have a lot more broke if he comes over here"

Ella tells a story from her school years
We would line up to go into school in the mornings.  Teacher wacked my hands for talking in line.  Well, it wasn't me!  I asked what she did!?  Ella replies, "I took that ruler and wacked her back!  I got sent to the priciples office.  I'd take my punishment if I've done it but I haven't done it. I'm gonna Buck.  I've got a temper then .
Joe chimes in...That's how I lost my finger....She wacked it off.

Joe, age 97, tells about riding a horse the other day.  He was warming it up for one of his Great Great Grand Kids that had came up from California and wanted to ride.  He remarks about how he'd seen stories in the paper about 80-90 year olds's not funny!  Need to ride everyday.  It had been about 3 months since I'd rode and I thought my arms where going to fall off my body!

Almost every night Ella tells me about words from Joe's father, "It's hell to get old" she says and now I understand what he was talking about.  

After dinner, we often have warm water foot soaks and do a foot massage.  Often times, Joe, age 97 and Ella, age 96 can be seen playing footsy at the table.  They are the cutest ever. What an inspiration!  So blessed to be able to stand in their glow.
Here is a few more stories from Joe and Ella: Mules and Beaver Hats

*******Additional Joe and Ella Stories******* Updated 2/20/13

      Muskal Wine ~ “I remember one time when I had to much to drink.  I was maybe 17 and mother had went to Oregon to take care of my older sister.  That Muskal Wine!  I must have spent two days on the Davenport.  Oh, I was sick!  Typical Teenager.  (as she shrugs her shoulders)  These young kids tickle me.  They don’t think we know anything.  They could learn a thing or two if they would listen” Ella, age 96

Joe recalls a story about taking Ella’s mother to the Doc : Ella’s mother wasn’t feeling good.  We took her down to Doc Tunin.  He was a good country doctor.  Wasn’t anything to big, just wasn’t feeling right.  He was really examining her well.  She says, “Well Doc, you examine a guy from Ear Hole to A hole”   (lol….I think she actually said the word but Joe was too polite to say that in front of Ella and I)

“Ol Dorthy was a cute gal, a lot of fun, good personality….but the morals of a snake”  

“I like a good high ball every once in awhile” Ella, age 96

“Coming down from Oregon, I had enough credits that I only  went a half a day my last year of highschool.  I took a job working for Judge Winburn.  I was a typist and took short hand.  In his office, he had a cubby hole that was just big enough for a cot.   When he had too much to drink he’d go in there and sleep it off.  Leave me in the front office to take care of business.  Quite a thing for an 18 year old kid”  ~ Ella

“Dad used to make Muskal Wine.  It was nice, sweet and not to strong.” Joe, age 97

“Mom was dating a guy named Chuck. During prohibition I think.  They bootlegged in the house.  There is a big crock downstairs that Mom used to make beer in.  It would take about 30 days to ferment” ~ Ella

“Ol’ Sam Rich, he had a big long beard and a crooked foot.  Good ol’ man but scary looking for a kid.  Dad had sent me down Sam Rich’s place to get him to help harvesting grain.  Sam could sew sacks.  He could do Anything! Didn’t care what you paid him as long as he got a buck or two.”   Joe  … (remember to ask about him drinking Canned Heat!)

“You can lose a few fingers and you can lose a few toes….so long as you don’t lose your Mind…you’re all right” Joe Marty, age 97  (missing a Toe and partial finger)

Joe, were you parents tough?  Joe replies“ Yes, those Swiss people are tough.”  Ella chimes in, “Yes, the Swiss people are Tough….just ask me!  (as she points at Joe and smiles)

“When Dad was 6 or 7, he would herd goats.  Everyone had a couple goats to milk.  Around daylight, he would head up the trail with his goats to graze on the top of the mountain.  Those goats are smart.  Coming home at night, those goats drop right out and go to their spot to be milked”  ~ Joe speaking about his Dad
When it started to rain and thunder all the goats would run for cover under a tree or bush.  If they got up and ran to another tree…you better go with them because lighting would hit right where they were at.” Joe, speaking about stories from his Dad

“He could do Anything He Made His Mind To” Joe, speaking of his Dad

“There were four girls in the family and there were no doctors for any of them.  Joking….Pappa probably used baling wire to tie their belly button”  - Joe

Rabbit Drives –  Joe remember the Rabbit Drives.  Anybody with a 4 wheeler would go, horseback or on foot too.   Ol’ Siddoway had a brand new pickup and he told me to come…Zig Zagging through the sagebrush. The sagebrush was high.  They would gather the rabbits into a corral.  Squealling ans screaming. There were THOUSANDS of them.    You can’t image it.

 “That town ain’t made for hillbillies” Joe, age 97  ~ 2/19/2013

UPDATED JUNE 12, 2013 ------------------------------------------------------

* Leo Nagel had a prune orchard.  They picked, washed and then put them in trays to dry.

Russian Jake, he was a TOUGH ol' bird!  Tough and his wife was tougher.  Their mules got loose and ran through the field and the trays.  Leo was a big strong man.  Leo was MAD he could've killed him.  Went up to Russian Jake, MAD, and hit him in the chest as hard as he could.  (Joe chuckles) Russian Jake didn't even budge.  ...In an accent, ...."Oh Leo, don't fight" Story told by Joe

*"I used to hook 8 mules.  4 abreast is the best, if not you lose a lot of power. 
Farther you get back from your load, more power you lose.  Closer you keep horse power to your equipment, more power you have. 
If they weren't too wild, I could hook 8 head in 10 minutes" Joe Marty
Happy Anniversary! 6/12/2013

"He was a handsome critter when he was young. He had the most GORGEOUS Eye Lashes! We hit it off pretty good. I fell for him. We fell for each other" Ella, age 97
(64th Anniversary, I think, they couldn't remember for sure)

Holding Hands & Dancing a Jig ~ Grateful for the examples I have the privilege to learn from. Joe & Ella, holding hands as they watch the Lawrence Welk Show. It was swing bands tonight & one of their favorites. They were dancing a jig from their chairs. 97+ in age and they still some of the funnest people I know. Tonight we laughed till we were crying." ~ 10/7/2013

Thank You so much for taking a few moments to travel the gypsy trail with me. 
Hope you enjoyed the ride ~ Mindy

Friday, August 17, 2012

Young Creations- handmade in the USA

Idaho native, Kaylene Young has been in love with sewing forever!  At a very young age, she would sit in her Mom’s lap and watch her sew.  (Her Mom said, as soon as she was old enough to understand Don’t Touch : ) As she got older, Kaylene would start to do some of her owning sewing, making prom formals and more.  Eventually, Kaylene would be making clothes, costumes, and dresses for her own kids.  

A few years ago, Kaylene decided to take her love of sewing and start sewing for others.  Young Creations is based out of my hometown of Hamer, Idaho.  I wanted to share with you some of the amazingness that this little town and YOUNG CREATIONS has to offer! 
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Young Creations, quality apparel, handmade in the USA!!!!
Don't let the cute little buckaroo clothes fool you.  Young Creations offers a wide variety of services for everyone in your family. 
  • Under Armour
  • Moisture wicking work out apparel
  • Formals 
  • Costumes
  • Totos
  • Skirts
  • Onsies
  • Western Vests
  • Dance Team Costumes and MORE!!!
Young Creations had a booth at the Mud Lake Fair and Rodeo and these little Western Onsies caught my eye.  Aren't they darling!

Young Creations  ~Western Onsies
Visit the web-site to see full price list

Western Onsie paired perfectly with a spunky kids coat!
All handmade in the USA!!!

Western Onsies and fun vinyl chaps

Look at the detail!  Love it!

Western Onsies and fun vinyl chaps
Vest and Skirt Sets
Custom Costumes for your favorite Princesses or Pirates!

Interested in getting your very own YOUNG CREATION!
Here is contact info so you can do just that!
Young Creations ~ Created by You, Remember by Everyone
Kaylene YoungPhone: 208-339-7401
Blog and Website:

 Thanks so much for traveling the gypsy trail with me!  Have a wonderful day and take time to check out all the small town wonders and hometown artisans in your back yard! ~ Mindy

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Mud Lake Fair and Rodeo 2012

Hooray for another AMAZING hometown fair and rodeo!  This wasn't just any fair and rodeo though....It was the fair and rodeo that I grew up going to every August.  The fair that gathers all the surrounding towns together in celebration.  A collection of a years worth of talent and hand work on display.  Youth actively engaged in agriculture showing sheep, lambs, pigs, beef and more.  We are transformed from a spread out farming and ranching community to a bustling fair grounds filled with fine foods, rodeo action and fun!
LOVE this time of year! Truly blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of the Fair and Rodeo!

THANK YOU to everyone who works together to make the Fair and Rodeo a success!
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Here are a few moments from the weekend that made me smile:

Renegade Horses
Renegade horses: 7 am as turn our car towards the rodeo can see LOOSE horses grazing by the road.  A second look and you can clearly see that they are escaped broncs.  Car passengers jumping from all doors to hurry and jog around the culprits and return them to the rest of the herd behind the bars of the powder river panels.  Thankful that we were able to get the broncs in without any trouble.  Also Thankful to all the timey's who managed to go through the gate and close it without letting any horses out.

Never a dull moment!

After slack, we commenced to go about the rodeo duties.  Showing horses the arena and out gate, sorting, ect.  While back sorting a young boy is in the back pens and asked if he can help.  I remember him from the year before but have to ask his name. 

He replies...."My name is Nash.  Your name is Mindy, I remember.  Last year when we were gathering the Rodeo Bulls from out back....a bull turned back and You had to put me in a tree so I wouldn't get ran over."  Yes, surprisingly enough, I had blocked that memory out apparently.  What a trooper.  He ran slide gates for me all afternoon.  Good help too.  Thanks Nash!

Sorting in the back pen's big, tall wooden fences
Hanging out with Nash and other cool kids...brings me to my next story.

Coming down the chutes....I don't remember exactly what I was excited about but something had happened that I thought was fabulous.  Walking by a bull rider, an adult bull rider, I stuck out my fist and said "Nuckles"    ...Yes, I made a full grown adult fist bump...just like I would if I was hanging out with my 5 year old little sister. was hilarious!   I instantly realized how dork that was and that I need to hang out with more adults :) Don't worry though, I didn't let it phase me.

Friday night was our 1st performance and we had our ups and downs.  Like the fact that I missed 2 bareback flanks.  The good out weighed the bad throughout the evening though.  THANK YOU to Champion Stock Saddle Bronc Rider JD Brock for entering!  It was an honor to have you here.
Thank You to King Cattle Co for sending some great buckers!!!
Saturday's Rodeo action was filled with more spills and thrills.  Huge Thank You to Lynn Smith for helping load and flank.  Lynn picked up for Hoggan Rodeo as I was growing up and I will always consider the Smith's to be Rodeo Family! 

Let'em Dance in the Big Pen Boys
Flanking Lynn Smith.  Also pictured Rodeo Chairman: Dave Burtenshaw and Dusty Peterson
Thank You for EVERYTHING!!!
Thank You to Savannah McGarry for being awesome!  Helping hang flanks, sort and just doing whatever needed to be done.  You rock! 
Adjusting a flank and hanging out with cool cat, Savannah McGarry
Mud Lake was the debut of Bronc Rider, Tiffani Casey!  She did a great job, riding two horses over the course of the weekend.  Tiffani was better with each ride!  Huge thank you to bronc riders, JD Johnson and Garrett Smith for helping Tiffani and showing her the ropes.

Visit margaritahoggan's channel on Youtube to see more bucking horse rides from the night

CONGRATULATIONS to Horse Ropings Champions : J2 Hoggan ( age 12), Pat McGarry and Daughter Savannah McGarry (age 17)!  J2 front footed him.  It was awesome!!! 

Mud Lake Fair and Rodeo, THANK YOU again to everyone who makes this week possible! Thanks for taking the time to travel the gypsy trail with me and if you see me somewhere and I nuckles....just assume I've been hanging out with all the cool kids  ~
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Monday, August 13, 2012

Fair and Rodeo THANK YOU

Mud Lake Fair and Rodeo

Just finishing up a week of Fair and Rodeo fun!  This week really got me thinking about all the people that it takes to make things successful.

Feed and Water
Feed and Water
Start all over again.....this is a basic rodeo weekend for us.  Fairly simple, but this weekend I got to thinking about each and every person that works so hard to make a flawless rodeo .  Year round there is work being done to make this week a success. 

Here are just a few people that I'd like to Thank
Thank You to the family that donated corrals for the rodeo stock to lay over at before we could get hauled in to the rodeo grounds.  Thank You for the hay, water and care provided for those animals. 
Thank You to the pickup man that hauled flanks, chaps, and the barrel bucket home from the last rodeo so we would have the tools we needed for our rodeo.
Thank You to Dad for taking the time to go through the pen of horses with me so I had knowledge to be able to place them in the rodeo where they could shine.

Thank You to the high school rodeo team for putting on a team roping for every one to enjoy.
Thank You to the contractor that hauled in roping steers. Thank You for hauling in my dogging steers.
Thank You to every food booth that was open and cooking food to feed the fans.
Thank You to the farmers and ranchers that work year round to produce food for us to enjoy.
Thank You to every one who volunteers time to serve.
Thank You to everyone who worked so hard to get the new concession building finished.  It is beautiful and a wonderful place for our community to gather together.
Thank You to the devote woman that wiped down tables every night to make them clean and fresh for the next day.
Thank You to the 95+ year old neighbors that came down to the fair to enjoy some fair food and let us be in your presence.  Even staying to take in a little team roping action. 
Thank You to the strong young men that helped get the wheel chair through the gravel.
Thank You to each and every person that came down to compete in the team roping. 
Thank You to everyone who volunteered to make that event a success and raise money for the children and the future stars of rodeo.
Thank You to everyone who worked so hard to ensure that the water system was up and running to water livestock. 

Renegade Horses
Thank You to family that was up 1st thing Thursday morning to load and haul bucking horses even though they had spent most of the night volunteering at the high school team roping.  Thank You for volunteering your time, vehicles and expertise.

Thank You to the student studying to be a pilot that took time at home to volunteer his precious time to serve.  Thank You for hauling, feeding, running and doing so much!

Thank You to mother nature for every drop of moisture we've received this year and the grass that we were able to kick livestock out on to graze. 

Thank You to everyone who helped set up the Pink Tent. 
Thank You to Scott and Shyanne Hathaway for working the DoTerra Essential Oil booth and sharing HEALTH with all our friends and neighbors.
Thank You to everyone who sets up a booth and adds to the fullness of our fair.
Thank You to everyone who patronizes our booths and enjoys in everything the fair has to offer.

Thank You to everyone who puts time into making the kids rodeo a success.  Thank You for taking entries. Organizing personnel and volunteers.

Thank You to everyone who donates stock for the kids to ride, rope, and chase.

Thank You to all the cowboys who donate time, fuel, and horse flesh to clear the arena, pull kids in the hide race and make the evening a success.
Thank You to every family who came out to watch.
Thank You to every courageous contestant that entered up in the rodeo and their families for supporting them.
Thank You to everyone loading cattle, taking ropes off and working diligently behind the scenes.

Thank You to everyone who helped run timed event stock through in the cool of the night after the kids rodeo so that we would be ready for slack in the morning.
Thank You for your help running bucking horses through.
Thank You to the family who donates a personel vehicle to feed livestock.  Thank You for feeding, letting us use your vehicle, driving, and always going above and beyond.

Thank You to the cowboy that drove out in the middle of the night to deliver steers for our morning slack.
Thank You to those who raise livestock for a living and provide the cattle we need to compete with.
THAN K YOU to my guardian angels that the bucking horses that escaped in the night were still close to the rodeo grounds and we were able to run them in on foot as we pulled in for slack.

THANK YOU to EVERYONE who closed the gate behind yourself and didn’t let the bucking horses out. 
Thank You to the cowboys who helped run stock through.
Thank You to the barrel racers who staked the arena.
Thank You to all the contestants for entering the Mud Lake Rodeo.
HUGE THANK YOU to every contestant that Thanked the volunteers working behind the scenes to put on a rodeo for them. 
Thank You to every contestant that Thanked the high school girls that were taking off ropes.  Thank You to everyone who untied a calf, followed their livestock out of the arena and was courteous.
Thank You to the hard working committee who works year round to get donations and added money to make this rodeo possible.
Thank You to the community and business that donate and support their local fair and rodeo.
Thank You to the rodeo judges at the grounds hours before the slack performance putting up barriers.

Thank You to a Rodeo Secretary who is in constant contact.  Keeping me updated with entries and always working to make it the best show possible.
Thank You to the ticket takers.  It is a Thankless job and we appreciate all your hard work.  That is how we pay to put on our rodeo is collecting of tickets.  THANK YOU to each and every person who buys a ticket and makes another year of Fair and Rodeo possible!

Thank You to everyone sorting and loading cattle at the top end of the arena.  Thank You for doing your job so well and keeping the cattle in just the right order.
Thank You to the person tieing the barriers.
Thank You to the person waiting for the cowboys nod and opening the latch.
Thank You to the judge watching the barrier to give the animal a fair chance.
Thank You to the flagger in the field that drops that flag and signals the stop watch.
Thank You to the timers, stop watch in hand, recording the events and documenting the prospective champions of the weekend.
Thank You to the announcer for keep us informed and the flow of the performance rolling.
Thank You to every volunteer takes a rope off and pens the cattle back where they are supposed to go.
Thank You to for feeding, watering and caring for the stock that hard worked throughout slack.
Thank You to judges for drawing a pen so that we could sort and be prepeared for our rodeo performance.
Thank You to every food booth and having a hot meal prepared to be enjoyed.

Thank You to the cowboys who helped gather bucking horses.
Thank You to the neighbor kids who helped run slide gates while we sorted. 
Thank You to the bull fighters that ran back pen gates to receive the different pens of horses we would use in the performance that night.
Thank You to the pickup men, neighbors, friends, and little brothers who rode and sorted bucking horses out of the arena to us.
Thank You to the judges and secretary for being so great to work with all weekend.
Thank You to the runners moving stock up to the top corrals so that they could be competed on.
THANK YOU to everyone who works so deligently at that end to keep things running smoothly; Sorting, Loading, Tieing barriers, and working together.  I never have to worry about a thing while I’m loading bucking horses on the other end during a performance and that is a huge blessing.
Thank You to the queens who run stock out and keep our arena clean. 
Thank You to 4H and everyone who participated in the opening ceremonies.
Thank You to the beautiful national anthem singer
Thank You for offering up a prayer on all of our behalf to start off our rodeo right.
Thank You again to our announcer for keeping things rolling and keeping us informed.
Thank You to the bucking horse loaders.
Thank You to every cowboy who runs a slide gate.
Thank You for running a neck rope and tieing broncs in.
Thank You to the men who trip latches, pull gates and are an essential part of every horse bucked.
Thank you to the Cowboys who enter!  Thank You to the cowboys who drive hundreds of miles.
Thank You to the Cowboys who ride!
Thank You to the stripping chute crew who receives bucking horses all night, takes saddles off and puts animals back in pens.
Thank You to the pickupmen rescuing cowboys and clearing the arena for the next bronc. 
Thank You to the dedicated volunteer on the out gate.
Thank You to the Bucking Bull guys for hauling in quality bulls for the Rodeo.  Sorting, loading, and taking care of everything needed for a successful bull riding.
Thank You to the bull fighters that work all weekend, where ever needed to make things run smoothly and go above and beyond.  They were there from the very first animal sorted in slack to the very last horse fed.  Thank You for putting yourself in harm’s way to protect the cowboys.
Thank You to each and every person who bought a ticket to the rodeo.
Thank You for every fan that cheered on a competitor and enjoyed the rodeo.
Thank You to the great girls that watered the calves.
Thank You to guys that helped grain and feed the calves.
Thank You for feeding the steers, bucking horses and bulls.
Thank You to the High School Rodeo club for preparing delicious dinners for the entire crew to enjoy.


Thank You to the pretty lady at the feed store who set out a bag of corn for me to pick up Saturday morning.  The baby calves sure loved it!
Thank You to the awesome committee member who put a new float on the trough for the horses and bulls so they had endless water to drink up all through the hot summer day.
Thank You to the bull fighters and friends who helped feed rodeo stock that morning.

THANK You to everyone who entered projects in the fair!  Thank You to all 4H leaders who work year round to teach and prepare for the fair.

Thank You to everyone who enters livestock and shows sheep, pigs, and steers. 
Thank You to everyone who gets their livestock in top condition to show and sell. 
Thank You to all the buyers who support our 4H kids and buy top quality meat!

Thank You again to the food booths who slave over hot grills all day to make delicious meals for all the fair goers to enjoy. 

Thank You to the horse ropers who helped gather and sort bucking horses.
Thank You to the bull fighter’s wife and girlfriend for running a slide gate.
 THANK YOU to everyone who helped Friday with all the jobs that had to be done for performing EVERYTHING AGAIN flawlessly.  Thank You for loading, sorting, running neck ropes, pulling slide gates, opening chute gates, stripping chutes, out gates, and more!

Thank You to the Champion Bronc Rider who took the time to help a novice rider get ready and how to do things to be safe. 
Thank You to a All Around Handy Rodeo Dad for helping load bucking horses and flank.  LOVE RODEO FAMILY! 

Thank You to my calf guy for hauling delivering calves and coming to pick them up.
Thank You again to the awesome Bull Guys.
Thank You to those who stayed until the very last animal was fed and kicked out on hay.

Thank You to the cowboys who helped gather and sort steers to go home.
Thank You to the steer contractor for delivery and picking up steers.
Thank You to the cowboys who helped jump start pickups, sort and load bucking horses.
Thank You for the help taking down the Pink Tent.
Thank You to the neighbor who brought down more hay and fed.
Thank You for all the help unloading and getting hauled home.
I know that this list doesn’t even begin to touch on everything that goes into making this weekend a success.  Thank You to all the un-sung heros! 
This truly is an amazing fair and rodeo and it’s because of each and every person who pulls together to do everything that need to be done.  It was an honor to be a part of this weekend and I am blessed to live in this community.

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