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Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, a friend, ‘R.W’, shared how she loved to pamper herself; on and on she went. Some words were quite interesting. Tee hee. She said she loved to shower, to dry herself, using the nice thick towel Granny had g...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    April 12, 2024 

Cooking in the West

There are many negative attributes of social media, but there are also posts that are truly enlightening. One such post recently led me to check out Warren Johnson’s Facebook page, which led to discovering his blog. I do not personally know W...

 
 By Karen Odell    Voices    April 12, 2024 

CAPITOLETTER

April 8, 2024 It will be darker today at Capitol and on Tie Creek. The moon will be blocking the sun, so hope everyone stays inside, saves their eyes and doesn’t look up. It won’t be a perfect eclipse here, as it will be in the eastern states. Dic...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    April 5, 2024

Cooking in the West

Another teacher that I taught with for 25 years at Big Timber Grade School has gone to the great classroom in the sky. Marion Beley was a fourth generation Montanan who taught a total of 46 years with 41 of them at BTGS in the county where she was...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, APRIL has arrived! Since ‘farming’ is in our background, it’s delightful to hear ‘farmers’ ‘take’ about this new season. It’s also great to hear them talk about those new baby animals, cute baby bullocks bei...

 
 By Karen Odell    Voices    April 5, 2024

CAPITOLETTER

April 1, 2024 We are back to winter at Capitol and on Tie Creek. The moisture can’t decide if it wants to be rain or snow, but any moisture is good. The snow gathers, and melts and then gathers again. Dorothy Padden did not plant her potatoes on E...

 

Carter County Public Health Corner

submitted by Carter County Public Health April 24th Vaccine Event We are partnering with PHARM406 for a vaccine event here in Carter County. The following will be available: Pneumonia, RSV, Shingles, Covid-19. Come by the Event Center at the...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    March 29, 2024

Cooking in the West

As Easter approaches, and the robins return, my thoughts turn to digging out the spring and summer clothes. I look at my white flabby arms and panic. Then I look at my white flabby legs and become inspired to unload the ironing off the exercise...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, a while back, a Sunday School teacher smiled as kids came in; she asked, ‘What Day is today?’ All raised their hands, she nodded, all said, ‘EASTER SUNDAY!’ ‘How did it happen’, she asked? Jake spoke: ‘My Gr...

 
 By Karen Odell    Voices    March 29, 2024

CAPITOLETTER

March 25, 2024 Palm Sunday usually brings spring, but at Capitol and on Tie Creek, it brought the most snow of the winter. Dick and Erma Albert made a trip to the Hills, on Wednesday, for an oil change and shopping. They picked up some medicine for...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, Palm Sunday, years ago was a bit different then it is today. Several of us were together, ‘Susie’ smiled and shared: “When I was just a little kid, I remember one Palm Sunday when the Pastor mention...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    March 22, 2024

Cooking in the West

This past few months I have been having heart rhythm problems. Long story short, I have to have a second ablation procedure at the Missoula Heart Institute on the very day that calving starts. Now, calving doesn’t really start on the first date t...

 
 By Karen Odell    Voices    March 22, 2024

CAPITOLETTER

March 18, 2024 It was another mild week at Capitol and on Tie Creek. There was a day of drizzle and warm rain, and by Sunday, the wind had become brisk, but the sunshine felt warm. Dick and Erma Albert made a trip to Belle Fourche for dentist...

 

Adventures of calving heifers

It’s my FIRST Spring in the ranching life, We FINALLY started calving. Gathered the heifers to the lot, I’m giddy and almost laughing. We were also building a new barn To help us with this task. In fact, the welders had to stop, So we could pull a c...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    March 15, 2024

Cooking in the West

We are at the stage in our lives where we find ourselves in the bleachers every Saturday for elementary intramural basketball, because we would never miss a game of grandson basketball. Where else can you watch your grandson celebrate an assist with...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, each and every one of us folks could tell of a single item that holds importance and joy that he or she would never part with. ‘Patty’ told us of a fifty-year-old recipe card that was in her mom’s handwri...

 
 By Karen Odell    Voices    March 15, 2024

CAPITOLETTER

March 11, 2024 The Capitol and Tie Creek weather has been warming up all week; until by Saturday and Sunday, it was a wonderful warm day to be outdoors in the beautiful calm sunshine. Dick and Erma Albert got some extra shopping done in the Hills,...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    March 8, 2024

Cooking in the West

Our community is mourning the loss of Judy Vidack, who moved to Big Timber to teach at BTGS in 1969, touching the lives of hundreds of students plus parents and community members in her forty year tenure teaching elementary school. She lost a short,...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, ‘Sally Ann’ stopped by, mentioned that SPRING is just around the corner, but she was pretty sure that we still might get some Snow Showers. She loves Snow Scenes, all sorts of Snow Words, also watching neigh...

 
 By Karen Odell    Voices    March 8, 2024

CAPITOLETTER

March 4, 2024 March came in like a lion cub, or a protective ewe, at Capitol and on Tie Creek. First it was sunny and warm, but soon a fierce wind came, and then the snow came drifting down again. The accumulation was small and melted fast. On...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, awaking to snow sometimes reminds us of thinking back, a long time ago, when we were kids and lived on the farm. When we woke, we’d peek out the window and when we saw a fluffy white blanket covering our far...

 
 By Susan Metcalf    Voices    March 1, 2024

Cooking in the West

When our son Bret bought into our ranching operation when he came back to the ranch after college, I no longer had to be the unpaid hired hand man in this operation. I was demoted to Assistant Nobody, which is a great title. I love my life of...

 
 By Karen Odell    Voices    March 1, 2024

CAPITOLETTER

February 26, 2024 Ronda Cordell’s trip to the Little Missouri Soup Supper, last Sunday, turned out to be quite interesting. A half mile west of Chancey and Megan’s, she ruined a tire. It was dark by the time the doughnut was mounted, but she man...

 

Conversations with God

Hello God, it’s me, Mara: You know, Lord, ‘S. B.’ stopped over, wanting to share his birthday, and to chat about his family so – here goes: “One granddaughter worked in Probation another one was a wiz at computers. If our grandparents were alive, he...

 

Cooking in the West

Calving season is almost upon us. It is a time that fills me with both enthusiasm and dread.There is nothing more rewarding in ranching than helping calves come into the world. The dreaded part is the small percentage of mamas that have delivery...

 

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