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What is your favorite past time?

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Nana b
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Mine is reading and researching, cooking......and peddling around the house. I just love it!

Now that I am off work, it's like WOW, I can do this for a long time.........but time goes by so fast when you aren't working. I have worked all my life, I mean all my life.....this is an awakening!

I sit here now and contemplate:

If I had one day to do one thing of leisure, all day long, it would be reading (BOOKS) in front of a fireplace.

If I had to work at a job 8 hours a day, a job of my choice, it would be interior decorating.

If I had to do something for 4 hours of my choice and I had all the tools at my disposal, it would be cooking...cooking anything I wanted. I wouldn't even have to eat it!

If I could go back to school for something and I had money to do such a thing, it would be culinary school.

If I had my choice of where to live, it would be on the beach, with the woods behind me!

If I had 1 day left in my life to do what I wanted, I would cook dinner, and have the family all seated at the table for one last supper.......then I would go to bed and talk to my lord....and that isn't my husband! :-) But he's in there somewhere!

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msccolon
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I LOVE to do either and find it very relaxing. I always have a few projects on needles, at least one of which can be taken with me to appointments, etc. I make a lot of chemo caps to take to my onc's office, and I make prayer shawls, then I make personal projects; right now I'm knitting a top.
mary

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Buzzard
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with my wife, kids, and family.............Buzz

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Nana b
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I wish I knew how to crochet!

dasspears
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I spin my own yarn - have 2 spinning wheels. Then I knit or crochet projects. Favorite yarn to spin is alpaca. My sister raises llamas and alpacas so I have a nice stash.

Also like to garden and cook and just started learning how to hook primitive rugs.

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abmb
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I spend hours each morning and night knitting and during the day find time for reading. I knit Prayer Shawls to give each month to my husband's oncology unit and with our grandchildren being born one after another lately, I knit baby blankets, sweaters, booties, and hats. When I have time I knit preemie hats for the hospital. I enjoy reading Debbie Macomber, Sheryl Woods, & Susan Wiggs. I donate all books to the onc department for nurses and patients to read. These are the two things I do in my spare time to keep sane. Take care everyone and God Bless. Margaret

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Kerry S
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Nana,

The wife, dog and I enjoy taking the Kubota and riding the trails in the fields/woods and spotting deer and other wildlife. For a city girl, the wife has become a better deer spotter then me. (she still won’t shoot one) She spotted a 10 point buck laying down just 40 foot from the trail today. We have about 6 miles of trails to play on.

The trails are a great place to contemplate life, cancer and God. What I do is just sit in the Kubota while parked in the woods and take everything out of my mind and place it beside me. Then I toss out all the crap and put everything else back in an orderly fashion. Kind of like cleaning out your desk drawer or deleting old useless files on your computer. It just gets your mind right. I find that the older I get, along with having cancer, the more I need to do this. I am continually changing my life’s value system.

Now, every now and then I come back home all screwed up (thanks to chemo brain) with some stuff in the wrong damn place or I tossed out the wrong damn things in the woods.

Kerry

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greybeard64
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I am jealous Kerry!! Still trying to get my "acres" out somewhere! For now when I want to go hunting its a 10 hour drive south to a little town in Ark. My Aunt and Uncle live there. Of course I would still make that drive, even if I had my place. It is where I can go, anytime, feel welcome, and get my mind right as far as how beautiful nature is and how important it is in our everyday lives, whether we see it or not. The woods for me, are as spiritualy healing as a ride on the motorcycle, a loving squeeze of my hand from my wife, or the touch on my cheek from a grandchild.
hope this finds ya smilin.
and you planning on putting that 10 point on the dinner menu this fall?? LOL.
Chris

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thready
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Sounds great, I think we all need to clean out the mind! Sounds like a wonderful place to contemplate.
Jan

AnneCan
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anything to do with my home + improving it even in small ways,
reading,
sailing,
watching my kids in their activities (oldest daughter - theatre, youngest daughter hockey + soccer),
cooking a great meal + enjoying it with friends +/or family,
swimming.....and on the list goes

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daydreamer110761
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depends on where I am! When I had my own house (in Florida) I was really into DITY projects - painting, refinishing furniture, etc. I had even remembered that I knew how to draw, and did free hand borders along the ceilings and a mural on the wall. Painting and playing in my garden was the life. I had a little corner of my sun room with paints and used to love to make ceramic Christmas villages.

Now...that I rent, and live in a place that freezes for 9 months out of the year.... daydreaming about that beach house with the woods behind it seems to be the thing! (Nana)

At the current moment, I have a half finished hook rug under the bed, a half finished crochet blanket...under the bed. I have paints and vases that my friend bought me since she knows I love to paint - untouched so far. lots of plants outside that I will have to bring inside soon. I like to cook, but this kitchen is the pits! Now I mostly take comfort in listening to old malt shop style music and curling up with a good book, or cleaning the cat box....

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Dreaming.... I'm a daydreamer. I have ideas of projects I will never acomplish or I draw up plans for things I will never build. I think out loud about the way I will build an addition or landscape the yard or remodel the house describing every detail. My wife and kids go along with it saying how nice it will be or what a good idea it is, knowing all along that it will never happen. They know me too well. I have a bad habit of biting off more than I can chew when it comes to daydreams. I have started probably a hundred projects in my life without finishing them. I always lose interest after starting something probably because I know the finished product won't live up to my "vision". My family understands me, they know I like to believe I can improve on things because I'm a perfectionist. But I'm only a perfectionist in my head, my vision of how I would do something is perfect and I'm not happy if it doesn't come out perfect so I don't finish it. This allows me to believe when I do finish it, it will be awesome. I can actually see the finished project in my head and describe every detail and sometimes that's enough for me. I don't always need do it to enjoy it just the planning is fun for me. Crazy, I know, but at least I know it.... Funny thing is, the best things in my life I never dreamed of or planned for they just happened. (my wife and kids)
I do hope I can break my habit though cause now most of my plans and dreams are about beating cancer and being here while my kids grow up.....

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daydreamer110761
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hey hey....I'm the daydreamer here!!!! hehe...sorry.had to go there!

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imagineit2010
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I know, I know ;) I'm more of an "imaginationist" because my mind actually percieves the finished product. That's also why I'm an inventor..... Just not financially successful yet...

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Things I love to do: Crochet, counted cross stitch, scrapbook, putter around the house, I love to cook and I'm good at it, but my husband is better. I love to read ~~ It takes me to places I've only dreamed about. Most of all, I love spending time with my family. My kids and my husband. My dog. She's about the biggest baby I've ever seen. I also love to spend time by myself. Like Kerry, I love to up in the mountains. I love to sit there and listen to nature. It's just so calming to sit and listen. LOVE IT!! I also like to build things. We're putting in a room above our garage. It's fun for me, and there's nothing like pounding nails to get some aggression out.

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just4Brooks
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When I was going through chemo I used to paint rocks. You can see some is you go to my home page. I don’t do it any longer now that I’m feeling better. I just do the house husband thing,. Cooking cleaning, laundry, and I kind of enjoy it. Whet from making good money to a house husband. I like being a house husband though and spending time with the kids better but don’t tell my wife!!

Brooks

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ron50
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FISHING FISHING FISHING When I am out on my own fishing I have no pain ,no problems,no responsibility. It is the earth wire for my soul. All the bad stuff just drains away and I am renewed. I am heading off to a place called Baffle creek next month for a week of hard core fishing. I'll take fruit and veggies but I will live on fish and crabs for the week, just the anticipation makes me feel better,Ron.

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I fill my time with crochet projects. My youngest granddaughter (now 5 yrs old) was a premie. Since her birth I have been making little blankets which I donate to the permie ward at the local hospital which took such good care of the baby.

I also make donations of other crochet projects to other organizations.

I am an avid reader. I love a good mystery, romance novel or biography. I wear out the library card and am a frequent visitor to the used book store.

If I could have another career I would want to go into some type of investigative work...I love a puzzle and challenge.

If I could have the home of my dreams, it would be a log cabin on the top of a mountain that I would own. I like my creature comforts (running water, electric, etc) but I too am partial to the country environment. Listening to the quiet, enjoying all that nature puts out there for us to see, all that is comforting and calming for me.

Most days, life is good...for those days when it is not, I just push through giving myself permission to feel down, but only for a little while...having a goal of some sort helps me get back on track.

Marie

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tootsie1
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I love to read and write poetry and short essays. I also am an avid rubber stamper and scrapbooker. My favorite times are spent with my family, particularly my grandchildren. And I love to sing. Not a day goes by that I don't sing myself silly.

*hugs*
Gail

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herdizziness
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I'd be back in Italy, on my scooter with my old doggie in my basket on the back. Wind to our faces, sunshine on our backs. We'd go to the town market place and buy our fresh vegetables and meat, then we would scooter on our way back home, preparing lunch ever so lovingly.
Afterwards, I would make my way to the public beach and swim in the riviera to my hearts content (um, although this could take hours between swimming and sunning)then I would dry myself off, hop on my scooter and venture out into that wonderful world of Portifino and the rest of Italy at my leisure. Big sigh, yes, that is how I would live out my days.

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Nana b
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I love to garden, but not too much that it's overwhelming......I like to sit back and look at my home and what I created. I get great comfort from my house, all my houses. I miss my cabin that burned down a few years ago. I would go up for the weekend and never go inside but to sleep. I had a friend who would use it and she would clean it for me. That was a great arrangement! I miss her! I also love nature, but didn't like being chased by the Havelina. They are ugly and they chased me up the steps, onto the porch! I had a deer knock down my fence to get into my garden and fruit trees, I had 17 fruit trees. The squirrels would come to my front door and ask if Mark could go out and play :-), my friends bf, who loved those squirrels. I once fell asleep on the drive to the cabin and when I opened my eyes, I was eye level with a elk. IT was SO BIG, as tall as my Yukon! It was in the middle of the road and would not move, so my husband could go by. Good thing he didn't hit it! The raccoons would eat the cherries off of the cherry trees, and the gofers would eat my spring bulbs and make big holes in my yard! I never saw a snake, THANK YOU!

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thready
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I love to do so much but mostly now I love to be with my family and friends. BC I would have 17 things going at once. Now not so much. Since cancer I found I love to cook. I liked it before but now I wake up thinking about the next kitchen adventure. I found a fun little thing at Williams Sonoma. It is a "pocket pie maker". It only cost about $10.00 and I got mine on sale for $7.00. Mr Handsome did not even blink when I suggested I get one, he just took it right up to the counter. I love making pocket pies, he loves eating them.

I love to be out doors. I'm from Colorado and miss the mountains. I miss spending warm summer days by the river, feeling the cool (cold actually) water and seeing the animals. In Texas we don't have what Colorado offers, but I still like to garden and see what I can actually make grow here. It is a bit of a challenge because what the bugs don't get the heat will burn up. Today I went out and thinned the basil garden. It smelled so good. Almost asked Mr Handsome to take me to Olive Garden!

My passion has been sewing ever since I was very young. Chemo took a lot of my creativity from me, but it is coming back-very slowly. Chemo did offer me the opportunity to reconnect with some of my nieces who also share the love of fabric and thread. We communitated on facebook. One project we all did was make pillowcases, then crocheted around the top edge-it was fun to see what they have come up with. They found out that their Aunt also has an enormous stash of fabric. What fun we have with that! I am looking forward to getting back to design work. Now when I pull up a design program I just sort of look at a blank screen. I have noticed the feeling that there is still something deep down inside so I don't think it will be long, but until I can actually draw again I will make pocket pies.

Jan

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Nana b
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use that basil! Take about 10 good size roma tomatoes, peel them seed them. throw in a pot, and simmer for about 15 minutes, high simmer, throw in blender with several pinches of basil, garlic clove, if you have it, and puree, put back into pot and simmer, add a 8 0z can of tomato juice, and 2 tablespoons of butter. Add about 1/4 of a 1/2 pt of cream until it just starts getting a creamier color, you can add a dash of Tabasco....Add black pepper, salt to taste....just simmer for about 20 minutes. Taste and see if it needs to be creamier or add salt.

dish out onto a bowl, eat with croutons, Parmesan cheese and your favorite bread. You can omit the butter, this is sooooooo good and great for cancer patients.

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thready
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I am going to give this a try this week!! Thanks. My sister visited last fall and took a bag full of basil back home with her. (They let her take it on the plane!) She dried it and has been using it ever since.

We will also make Bruchetta with it. 6-7 leaves, 4 romas, 2 garlic cloves (or one if you are not feeling adventurous), pinch of salt, grind of fresh black pepper and a splash of EVOO. Put on a toasted bagett or french bread. MMMM.
Thanks again.
Jan

ketziah35
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I travel back up north and spend my time museum hopping.

zenmonk
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I would definatley say that hanging out with my daughter is my favorite past time. I went through life thinking that I knew what love was until my daughter was born. I have never felt such a profound feeling of love in my life. After years of trying we finally gave up on kids and into our lives she came. Funny how that works. She was born in jan 07 and I had my diagnosis in sept 07. Funny how that works. I truly believe that my love for her has kept me alive and I spend every available moment hanging out with her.

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RickMurtagh
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I loved to go to Red Sox games. I would take the bus to the train station, the train to Fenway, get a cheap ticket after the game started and eat all hot dog, all for about five bucks. The only difference is now I would take all my family and my grandson with me (and I still want to pay only five bucks).

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pepebcn
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herdizz are you italian?

khl8
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favorite pastime is spending the summer evenings on my porch surrounded by friends, family and laughter!! and of course whatever crazy thing I set my mind to! LOL
Kathy

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pepebcn
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l agree with you too!!

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herdizziness
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No, I just spent my time there, it is sooo beautiful, and the people, so vibrant, I've fond, fond memories of Italy, and of course Barcelona!!! Ahhh, the food alone is a lovely memory!!!

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Love to go camping and sit by the campfire just staring into the flame. Although when I say camping don't mean roughing it. We have a 35 foot fifth wheel with auto satellite and washer/dryer so I am not missing any luxuries. Last year, because of chemo, was the first time in 23 years we didn't go. Haven't gone much this year either, but it's just been a busy year. We belong to a private camp resort so we can go at anytime. It's far enough from home to say we are away, but close enough to run back home if need be.

Well I also took up golfing a year before cancer, and find it a very interesting sport. One that is frustrating and a big challenge. Not very good at all, but have fun just getting out and enjoying the course.

Sometimes we will bring our clubs with us camping and therefore, we can do both things and doubly enjoy our time.

Kim

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pepebcn
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l don,t know where you go unfortunadlly
here campings are crowded and
massified ,you know , too much
tourism, and free camping is not allowed
but l allways wanted a nice motorhome!
Concernnig golf yeahh! here you got a hcp7.
Best.

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I make birdbaths/yard art and more from Rhubarb Leaves, Hostas, Elephant Ears.

Will go in the back yard (to an old shed, my hubby calls my Studio) and be by myself and work with the cement and create. (a few pictures are posted in expressions)

Photography and making note cards from the pictures.

Reading

And Nana..I LOVE to cook as well. Great for fun and a stress reliever!

Claudia

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pepebcn
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is giving me lots of ideas!
lets squizze our brains!

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Nana b
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Maybe we should all plan a trip somewhere......Thanksgiving??? Dead (no punt intended) center of the US, who"s putting us up??? We can always go fishing with Buzzard!!

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TxKayaker
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Well I can offer you a choice here in Texas. Can offer you a one bedroom apartment in Odessa,Tx nice and dry there, also have a house in Irving,Tx one in Carrollton,Tx or if these don't work for you have two 5 acre lots in Anahuac,TX near Galveston which you are welcome to camp on but beware gulf coast mesquitoes are as big as sparrows there and out all year and also maybe a few cow patties lying around. I'm with you I'm out of the country around Thankgiving.

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Nana b
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The biggest mosquitoes I found were in North Dakota, or they found me!! WOW!!!

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pepebcn
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american country house with buffalos horses and cowboys
does it exist beside in the movies!
jajaja!
l love this post!

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pepebcn
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american country house with buffalos horses and cowboys
does it exist beside in the movies!
jajaja!
l love this post!

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herdizziness
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Yes, pepe, we do have buffaloes, horses and cowboys still here in America, they still exist.

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pepebcn
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american country house with buffalos horses and cowboys
does it exist beside in the movies!
jajaja!
l love this post!

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HollyID
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Welcome to the board!

I've been living with a cowboy for almost 26 years. We worked on a real working cattle ranch early in our marriage for nearly 10 years.

They do have dude ranches around here in Idaho and some in Montana. In fact, one of the old ranches we worked on was sold as a dude ranch. People come from all over to help with cattle, taste some great ranch cookhouse food. Buffalo around here are either pets, but you can see them in the wild in Yellowstone National Park which isn't too far from where I live.

Love and Hugs,

Holly

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pepebcn
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l really would like to know is some where ln the deep América
with búffalos horses and cowboys! does it exist beside the movies?
jajaja.
l love this post.

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pepebcn
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and look the result!!!!
Ok it exist and where?????

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pepebcn
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Great to meet you it sounds great must be exciting that kind of life isn't ?
Best!

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was the best and I'd go back in a heartbeat. My husband has been cowboying all his life. When we married, we moved to Montana the next day. Lock, stock and barrel. We lived for years without electricity or running water. We did have a creek outside the cabin and a fresh spring on the mountain. Had to make the time go by usually by fishing or hanging out with our kids. Our kids were really young then. In fact, one wasn't even born. They had no television influence and they loved playing outside. There were some downsides to living that kind of life. Our cabin's chinking had major holes and the mice ran rampant. We had to deal with bears, elk, deer and other wildlife. We had a skunk that lived under our bedroom floor. At night, we listened to a battery operated radio with very sketchy reception. Sally Jesse Raphael was one of our favorites to listen to. She was an interesting personality.

My oldest daughter attended a one room school house. Something they don't have anymore. There were 8 grades in that one room. She loved it. With all 8 grades, there were about 15 kids that attended school.

Civilization was about 70 miles away. I never really got to town very often. It was too cold where we lived to grow a garden. It averaged only 14 frost free days a year.

The ranch that we worked on was over 64,000 acres. We had over 6000 mother cows and about 400 bulls. We trailed to high country in the spring after branding, we trailed them back to the main ranch in the fall. Weaned calves in the fall and calved in the winter. One winter, with windchill, it was 90 degrees Fahrenheit below zero. When it was that cold, I had a lot of calves running around inside my house trying to get warm as well as in the barn and calving shed.

I cooked on an old wood cook stove and the kids took their baths on top of this stove after dishes were done in a huge galvanized tub. They thought that was the greatest adventure ever.

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You bring up memories of us kids, bathing in the "horse trough", lol, it was a galvanized tub that Mom would heat up water for. Thank goodness, I was 6th in line and not the 9th.
We also had our outhouse, but we girls got to have indoor toilet, it was a box, that had a hole cut in it, and a toilet seat at the top, underneath was a coal bucket, which every day we would empty into the outhouse. LMAO, those were the days, or rather the YEARS!!!

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I lived in Alaska, we didn't have buffalo, but we had horses, cows, chickens, etc...
I used to ride the Rodeo I did the gymkhana and barrel racing, it was a wonderful life, spent in our cowboy boots and hats.
Now, I'm "civilized" and wear high heels and skirts, but I would give half a lifetime away to go back to my simpler way of life, the cowboy, cowgirl days. I would ride one of my horses to town, hitch them up at the post office, get the mail and ride home again (it was only three and 1/2 miles each way).

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pepebcn
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But little beat cold to me ! I rather prefer cowboy style with our wonderful Mediterranean weather !
But really exciting lives isn't ?
Where are you living right now?
Cheers!

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