On the Ranch Journal
Lonesome and Dove
Paravicini has lived and ranched in Wyoming all of her life. These are
excerpts from her diary of daily life on the family Pearson Angus Ranch
northwest of Daniel...
July 1 - Bulls meet the ladies
Sunday, July 1 Scattered more bulls to meet the ladies...
Monday, July 2 Somewhat slower pace this time of year on the ranch, so I "farmed" out my muscles to Shenefelt Services to help them wash windows and clean carpets... Seems this "parity" concept that I recently read about in a highly regarded, Montana-based, agriculture newspaper spells out many ranchers' plight/battle cry quite well, indeed. It quotes "Mr. Webster" as defining parity: "An equivalence between ranchers' current purchasing power and their purchasing power at a selected base period" or "the quality or state of being equal or equivalent." Well, it goes without saying that the dollar earned and the dollar(s) that must be spent hasn't been equal, or even close to it, for over 20 years. In other words, the price of buying equipment, fuel, groceries, labor, feed, and insurance - hence, the cost of doing business - is far from this parity business. I, however, really doubt that we'll ever see the "$140.75 per cwt. for 550 calves" that the ag paper's publisher says we should be getting to balance the "teeter totter." So in a nutshell, if we're to survive these tough times, we gotta rustle up all the extra work (take-out jobs) when, where, and while we are still able-bodied. Sort of...turn out your old saddle horse once in a while and make hay while the sun shines.
Tuesday, July 3 Whew! Hot as heck. Nearly 95
degrees! Hardly a puff of breeze. I'm melting like butter, right down
into my boots. In this heat, even the mosquitoes and the horse and
deer flies are losing interest in eating!
Wednesday, July 4 Firecracker hot...again...
A friend stopped by for a visit, so we grilled a juicy beefsteak and
slapped it on a plate beside some French fries, cornbread, and a garden
salad - then we all enjoyed a great visit! Good friends, food, shade,
and tipping our hats to the American flag on Independence Day will
make any day perfect!
Thursday, July 5 Another meltdown today! And
I can now smell sage and pine smoke. Sh--, we're burning up again!
From atop the bluff, I can see several billowing smoke columns to
the West and Northwest of the ranch. Looks like the Beaver country
and the Hoback Rim are hosting a big wood and wildlife barbecue.
Sunday, July 8 More "tiny" rain showers.
I've never seen so many miniature rainstorms that leave a person so
Monday, July 9 More rain showers. Yes, baby!
Keep up the good work. We're all doing a rain dance!
Tuesday, July 10 Hallelujah! Real rain is falling,
rainbows are cheering, and the tired fires are "reining"
in and turning away! Gone, for now, in a puff of dampened smoke! Yes!
July 29-August 4 Getting our moods, mentalities,
and equipment geared up for the grinding hay season. Gotta get out
there and round up whatever grass chanced to grow. Looks like the
crop will be real short this year. What a bad year to need to buy
a baler and a rake. Will just have to bite the bullet, cinch up the
belt, and do the best we can to pay for 'em.
Where did that story go?!? The stories from earlier front pages aren't gone. We just move them to the monthly journal pages to make room for the latest diary entries on the front page. See the Journal Index for a listing of all previous front page journal entries!
|The Pearson Angus Ranch is located approximately 2 miles
northwest of Daniel, Wyoming, and 11 miles west of Pinedale, where she
lives along with her husband, Rudy. Historic old Fort Bonneville, built
in the late 1800s, is located next to her family's ranch. Cris is a writer
and photographer for The
Sublette County Journal newspaper, where you can find more of her
accounts of life on the ranch. Cris can be reached by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copyrights: Photos and page text content copyrighted,
Cris Paravicini, 2001. No part may be reproduced without permission
of the author/photographer. Page graphics copyrighted, Pinedale Online,