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About ranchwifeslant

Amy writes a humor column based on rural living and ranch life from the southern Black Hills of South Dakota. She and her husband raise their two kids on a fourth generation cow/calf operation near Pringle; the Elk Capital of South Dakota.

Thought for the Day #3

Okay, so I got a little bored raking hay one day last summer and took pictures with my phone of my view from the tractor seat. I added the quote later. Turned out kinda cool I thought.

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Thought For the Day #2

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Thought for the Day #1

I love collecting quotes and poetry that has meaning to me. I also enjoy photography and snapping photos of our lifestyle. I’ve decided to share quotes and poems and put them to photographs I’ve taken. I also try to post … Continue reading

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My Annual Lucille Ball Moment in Twine

A couple of ideal-looking baling twine balls. Examples courtesy of my Hubs. This column was originally published December 26, 2013 Cutting twine on a round bale and gathering it into a wad may seem like a task any idiot can … Continue reading

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A Day for Celebrating Gratitudes

Thanksgiving may be a day set aside once a year for being thankful and celebrating it with family and food, but I try to be thankful regularly by keeping a gratitude journal. This is a gratitude journal I received one … Continue reading

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A Chilly Day for Comforting Chili on the Kirk Ranch

  This past Monday morning was a rude awakening, not just to freezing rain early in the morning that turned to sticky snow but plummeting temperatures. I had just spent a week at a writer’s retreat in Florida and thankfully, … Continue reading

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South Dakota Farm and Ranch Life in Poetry

Anytime I discover something that becomes a part of my “favorite things” list, I want to share it with others. I met farmer and cattleman Bruce Roseland of North Central South Dakota at the South Dakota Festival of Books back in … Continue reading

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Patches Are So Un-holey

This spring–when it was still snowing–I dug out the jeans I’d stored away for patching; dug out my denim scraps to make patches and sewed different sized denim squares and rectangles on my work jeans. Now I have three new pairs of jeans … Continue reading

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What You Can Get Away with on a Farm or Ranch

This column was originally published February 12, 2014 Farm and ranch residents may not have a grocery store or WalMart located only minutes away, but there are some advantages to living out of town including things you can only get … Continue reading

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Wrestle Like a Girl–Cowgirl Style

This past weekend we held our branding and after processing the whole day with my husband Art several different times, we determined that this year’s branding was probably  the best we’ve ever had, or at least that we can remember … Continue reading

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