The Mother Ranch Blog

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month—living with an abusive child

Oct 27, 2021

She came into our home at 4 years old.
She was bright and sunny and funny and everyone who met her, loved her.
She crawled into friend's and family's and stranger’s laps grinning up at them,...

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The Rollercoaster of Caregiving and Self Care

Oct 23, 2021

This week I realized the severity of caregiver burn out in my dad (he’s been in caregiver mode for a year, culminating in my mom’s massive back surgery a few weeks ago) and...

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Broken Ankle AND Foot and a New Pastime—Zines!

Oct 15, 2021

This week a broken ankle AND foot and a new little "zine" (a tiny handmade magazine.) I follow someone making these awhile back and was taken with the idea so I thought I'd try it. Scroll down...

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Returning to Balance

Oct 08, 2021

Good Morning from the Mother Ranch!

Whew! What a crazy couple of weeks! Started off with the sting from hell a couple of Fridays ago, Mom's surgery was the next Monday, Tuesday Michael...

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Getting Older is an Act of Courage

Oct 07, 2021

A few weeks ago (I wrote this pre-surgery) I was visiting my mom who seemed pretty down in the dumps. That's to be expected with cancer and a degenerative and debilitating back issue. Because of...

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Mom's Surgery (good news!) and Ambiguous Grief

Oct 02, 2021

When my Mom went into the hospital for back surgery on Monday my life stopped. Literally. I didn't seem to be able to function. I sat and stared. I turned on the TV and stared.

She got there at...

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...and now I get an EpiPen...

Sep 24, 2021

Yesterday I went out to walk the dogs and was just standing outside in the grass when BAM! something stung me in the calf. I never did see it but after last week's 10 red ant bites on my ankle and...

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Cupcakes!, 1920 Tobacco Barn Rehab, & the Scary Squirrel

Sep 18, 2021

Good morning from the Mother Ranch!

In the adoption world, they call the day your child was placed in your arms, their "Gotcha Day." Rayn, my heart horse, had her Gotcha Day this week, we've been...

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Hammock Time!

Sep 08, 2021

A few years ago, at our Colorado ranch, Michael and I bought Brad a Father's Day hammock. He'd always wanted one and we finally had the space! We decided on a double for just this reason:

How had...

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