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Jessica Croft Hahn

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Real ranch life is often ugly.
Real ranch life is having a house that is rarely worthy of sharing on social media, clothes that are perpetually stained and torn, hands that are dirty and scarred and faces that are more often tired and haggard.
Real ranch life is broken down equipment, animals that don't always make it, curse words, empty pocket books, and prayers for the weather to change.
Real ranch life is not a curated feed. Hell, it's rarely even planned... and almost every day can be a ****-show.
It's a collection of non-stop chores, early mornings, late nights, and tired humans.
It's a three ring circus of kids, cows, dogs, horses,and trying to keep everyone fed and out of harm's way.
Real ranch life is not easy. But I would not give it up.
Thank God it comes with a hell of a view.
 

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Real Ranch Life is also often beautiful-
It’s seeing a sunrise come up while riding a fine horse on a high desert mountain range. The pinks and lavenders and neon orange colors that paint the clouds can take away your breath. It’s seeing a new calf buck and kick and party after a belly full of warm milk. It’s watching a kid drag calves to the fire on a horse that is the best babysitter on the planet. It’s gathering up a fresh loaf of bread and a stock pot of chicken soup and dropping them off at an elderly neighbors place just because your wife tell ya to. And then spending an hour and a half visiting with them and leaving with the gentle reminder to not be so long between visits. It’s irrigating a field and seeing the fruits of your labors appear right before your eyes as a hay field seems to grow three inches a day. It’s warm wood stove on a bitter cold day and seeing ice crystals hanging like lace on the barb wire. It’s the green up when spring comes. It’s the wild flowers of every color of the palette. It’s being away from the cities and their light pollution and having the Milky Way so close you can almost touch it. It’s the cleanliness after an August rain and the unmistakable smell of fresh, wet sage brush and damp earth. It’s your sweetheart in a pair of wranglers and some boots and a snap shirt and a dusty ball cap. And ya simply can’t take your eyes off her and her flashing green eyes as she smiles at ya. Ranch life, hell just life, is exactly what you choose to see. Pretty some days and damn hard and ugly on others. But even on the most stressful, trying, homely day, for me it will always be exponentially more beautiful than life in a city. It’s a blessing of infinite worth to love and live on a ranch. Even on the bad days.
 

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Jessica Croft Hahn

August 8, 2021 ·
Real ranch life is often ugly.
Real ranch life is having a house that is rarely worthy of sharing on social media, clothes that are perpetually stained and torn, hands that are dirty and scarred and faces that are more often tired and haggard.
Real ranch life is broken down equipment, animals that don't always make it, curse words, empty pocket books, and prayers for the weather to change.
Real ranch life is not a curated feed. Hell, it's rarely even planned... and almost every day can be a ****-show.
It's a collection of non-stop chores, early mornings, late nights, and tired humans.
It's a three ring circus of kids, cows, dogs, horses,and trying to keep everyone fed and out of harm's way.
Real ranch life is not easy. But I would not give it up.
Thank God it comes with a hell of a view.
You forgot about picking rocks and fixing fence. Also government in one form or another trying to screw you over.
Thrives stealing from farm yards. If someone was in my yard stealing what could I do? Soon as I walk out there the thieves will call 911. Police will come and the thieves will say they felt threatened. I will go to jail for the day to give dirty RCMP chance to ransack my house looking for guns to steal.
Can't shoot shovel and shut up because the crooks come into your yard already having dialed 91 and thumb on button for the other 1
 

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Real Ranch Life is also often beautiful-
It’s seeing a sunrise come up while riding a fine horse on a high desert mountain range. The pinks and lavenders and neon orange colors that paint the clouds can take away your breath. It’s seeing a new calf buck and kick and party after a belly full of warm milk. It’s watching a kid drag calves to the fire on a horse that is the best babysitter on the planet. It’s gathering up a fresh loaf of bread and a stock pot of chicken soup and dropping them off at an elderly neighbors place just because your wife tell ya to. And then spending an hour and a half visiting with them and leaving with the gentle reminder to not be so long between visits. It’s irrigating a field and seeing the fruits of your labors appear right before your eyes as a hay field seems to grow three inches a day. It’s warm wood stove on a bitter cold day and seeing ice crystals hanging like lace on the barb wire. It’s the green up when spring comes. It’s the wild flowers of every color of the palette. It’s being away from the cities and their light pollution and having the Milky Way so close you can almost touch it. It’s the cleanliness after an August rain and the unmistakable smell of fresh, wet sage brush and damp earth. It’s your sweetheart in a pair of wranglers and some boots and a snap shirt and a dusty ball cap. And ya simply can’t take your eyes off her and her flashing green eyes as she smiles at ya. Ranch life, hell just life, is exactly what you choose to see. Pretty some days and damn hard and ugly on others. But even on the most stressful, trying, homely day, for me it will always be exponentially more beautiful than life in a city. It’s a blessing of infinite worth to love and live on a ranch. Even on the bad days
Sounds good but trying to make stuff pay can take the fun out of it. Alternative is town and I would eat a bullet first haha
 

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Ranch Life

Ranch life is not for the faint of heart or easily offended
Ranch life is not for those that love to be commended

Ranch life isn't for those that can't overcome tragedy
Ranch life isn't for those that like to strut their majesty

Ranch life isn't for those that can't take a jab and joke
Ranch life isn't for the delusional and isn't for the woke

Ranch life is about a rattlesnake that may rear its ugly head
Ranch life is about the living, not the quick and the dead

Ranch life is patience and appreciation of each sunrise
Ranch life isn't about the hardships, it is just about the prize

Ranch life passes the years as the ranchers head toward the sunset
Ranch life offers a life full of living, then departure without regret

By MC 10/21/2022



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Sounds good but trying to make stuff pay can take the fun out of it. Alternative is town and I would eat a bullet first haha
No where did I say it was easy. And if it’s not fun for you that presents it’s own set of challenges. But it’s YOUR CHOICE to decide to look for the good or dwell on the bad. I wish ya well and hope that all of us can find ways to keep doing it another year.
 

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Sort of like the old story about having two wolves. A good one or a bad one. Which one do you choose to feed? In this case the positive one or the negative one. Personally I prefer to feed the positive one. Not always easy 100% of the time. But all I have to do is think of all the ways I am blessed and I am quickly back to the positive.
 

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