The grass is green.
The birds are singing.
The earth smells sweet.
And the irrigation canal is empty.
It was time to bring the heifers, and their…
Added by Diane Stringam Tolley on September 30, 2011 at 8:50am — No Comments
I was herdsman for my Dad.
A simple job, now that calving season was pretty much over.
Added by Diane Stringam Tolley on September 28, 2011 at 8:50am — No Comments
I had been herdsman for my Dad for several months.
This combined my favourite activity, riding, with various other responsibilities.
Like checking the herd every day for cows that were calving.
Cows that looked like they…Continue
Added by Diane Stringam Tolley on September 27, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments
I mocked/made-fun-of someone.
I have repented.
It was my first day of school.
I was breathlessly, happily, finally in grade one.
I had just enjoyed my first bus ride.
It was bumpy and dusty.
I had been…Continue
Added by Diane Stringam Tolley on September 26, 2011 at 10:52am — No Comments
And my dog, Cheetah, was barking.
Something she did a lot. At night.
We had tried to train her out of it, but had never quite succeeded.
It was annoying.
Finally, I went out to see what could be bothering her.
Coyotes howling in the…Continue
Added by Diane Stringam Tolley on September 25, 2011 at 7:33am — No Comments
The one in town.
It was a whole different lifestyle for me.
I had a tricycle.
With a little plastic tassel…Continue
Added by Diane Stringam Tolley on September 24, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments
The girl who's family owned the only swimming pool in the town was hosting an impromptu pool party with her friends.
One girl came without a swimsuit.
“No problem,” the hostess said, “I have a whole drawer full. Just find one you like!”
She then waved,…Continue
Added by Diane Stringam Tolley on September 23, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments
How I love to sing.
I'm not saying I'm any good at it. But I love to do it.
I sing all of the time.
When I'm cleaning.
Shopping. Actually, that is a big one. Usually, people just stare and shake their heads, but occasionally,…Continue
Added by Diane Stringam Tolley on September 22, 2011 at 11:59am — No Comments
Because of the negative and very vocal comments, I chose not to watch.
For three years.
One evening, while working in my office, next to the TV room, I caught a few snatches of conversation…Continue
Added by Diane Stringam Tolley on September 21, 2011 at 8:53am — No Comments
But I was twelve.
It was totally the end of the world!
I had acne.
I was devastated.
Looking back, it couldn't have been all that bad, but when I compared my blotched and disfigured face to that of my best friend, with her…Continue
Added by Diane Stringam Tolley on September 19, 2011 at 11:29am — No Comments
When most of the world still sleeps, or is just beginning to stir, the ranching families of Southern Alberta are already up and out.
Stock to feed, cows to milk.
Diving into the day’s first chores with unfettered enthusiasm, a smile - brought by the pure joy of work most…Continue
Added by Diane Stringam Tolley on September 18, 2011 at 7:24am — No Comments
In December, 1999, my husband finished a year-long project to replace the cheap and totally scary table which had been a gathering place for our family since 1979.
These are some of the pictures from the final stages of that undertaking.
Added by Diane Stringam Tolley on September 17, 2011 at 12:01pm — No Comments
Wouldn't you just love to invite them to dinner?
I know you've all had one.
Some of you might have had several.
You never forget them, no matter how hard you try . . .
My husband and I were hosting our very first, ever, dinner…Continue
Added by Diane Stringam Tolley on September 16, 2011 at 10:39am — No Comments
A 'Cute' of puppies
For over 35 years, we have raised Old English Sheepdogs.
I love them.
To me, they are the perfect breed.
Happy, loyal, smart, easily trained, friendly, protective, gentle.
All of the best qualities of DOG writ large.
Muffy - okay, she got bigger . . .
We only lived in Winnipeg for eight months.
It was a beautiful city.
It just wasn't home.
But, in support of the breadwinner and student in our family, we had packed up our household and moved.
When we moved to Winnipeg, we brought everything we owned.
In one of my Dad's cattle trailers.
He cleaned it first.
Moving on . . .
But there were one or two things that we didn't bring.
One of them was a decent kitchen table and chairs.
Oh, we had a table. And chairs.
Just not . . . decent.
We had to dip into our savings and buy something.
I should point out here that Kijiji…Continue
With six kids, one husband, assorted hired men and various other duties and hobbies, she did a lot of it.
Added by Diane Stringam Tolley on September 13, 2011 at 8:20am — No Comments