A Rancher’s Thanksgiving

Wow…. Have I ever been busy! And…. It’s about to get busier.

I just finished finals week at school and boy is it a relief to have that over with. For some reason I decided that I wanted to take an extra class this last semester. That was dumb. Well, it was smart because I’ll get done sooner, but it was extremely time consuming. I didn’t have much spare time and I really had to bare down to get all my homework done. So thank goodness for breaks because I now have time to update my blog.

My husband’s family has a tradition of going to his parent’s house in Mesquite, NV every year for thanksgiving. Holidays are a bit different for ranchers, whether it’s Christmas, Thanksgiving, a birthday, or any other holiday. There are cows to feed each day, corrals full of calves bawling for hay, heifers calving, and yearlings getting out on the highway or running through fences. Having a ranch leaves the ranchers with full time responsibility 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. The cattle don’t take any time off, so neither do the ranchers. Living the ranch life calls for tremendous responsibility. We don’t get time off if we are in town, which is why we go to Mesquite. We may not get to leave days in advance and we usually come home right after, but that’s a sacrifice we make. I love the busy, crazy life we live and wouldn’t trade it for the world. This time of year is one of the busiest because we are gathering all the cattle off the mountain, working them (vaccinating, branding, doctoring, etc.) and shipping them out to the deserts. By going to Mesquite we get a little mini break, family time, and time to recognize what we are thankful for and how blessed we truly are.

Besides Thanksgiving dinner my MIL is a big time black Friday shopper. Last year we ended up with so many black Friday purchases that they didn’t all fit in our vehicle (there are four of us, my MIL, me, and two sister-in-laws). This year there has been talk about going to Vegas for black Friday. Watch out Vegas, the Gurney’s are coming for ya. I’ll be sure to update you on our adventures.

I wish you all safe travels and a Happy Thanksgiving!

~The Rustic Ranch Wife

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One thought on “A Rancher’s Thanksgiving

  1. Hi, Page
    I love the Blog! I’m glad you are getting a break and hope you and all the Gurneys have a wonderful time in Mesquite and Vegas too. I am having Thanksgiving at my house this year because there will only be 8 of us. It’s Colin and Mitch’s families’ turn to go to the wive’s families for Thanksgiving. I have been having so much fun planning the table decorations and even a handout. I filled canning jars with toffee/nut popcorn and added a tag that says, “Count your many blessings.” After they eat the popcorn they can use the jar to record “blessings” that they receive throughout the year. Next Thanksgiving they can read them and see how very blessed they have been. I will send you a picture.

    I love you,
    Grandma Woodward

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