Congratulations must be in order!

This week we celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary. I cannot quite wrap my head around how old that makes us. Of course, Remi robbed the cradle when he married me, as I am MUCH younger. Still, I am starting to be able to relate to all of the old people jokes shared on Facebook to honor our milestone. I decided

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Camp Cook Adventure #517

I have several part-time jobs, which alleviates any opportunity for boredom, but the one job I have loved the most is wilderness camp cook. It has provided me with thousands of memories of back country adventures.

One such adventure began as I found myself happily riding up the trail in the back of a string of horses on a quirky horse… it

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No, Susan, you did NOT pass… Remi’s just desperate!

It has been about 20 years since I was replaced in the hayfield by my son, and in those years, tractors have changed a lot in this operation. This haying season, I got called out of retirement mainly because we could not find anyone else to drive a tractor. So I stepped into the tractor for my 30-second lesson in

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Camp cooks come by their reputations honestly…

The strongest earthquake (5.8) to hit Montana in more than a half century had its epicenter in Lincoln, Montana, last week. Just four days before, I had been cooking in the K Lazy 3 Scapegoat Wilderness camp very close to the epicenter. I am really glad I was not sleeping in the shower tent when the quake hit. There had

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Class Reunion Reflections…

It is class reunion season, and I am feeling really old, since my baby just attended his 10th year high school reunion. My 40th reunion is coming up this weekend, and it reminded me of my 30th year class reunion 10 years ago. It was the event that inspired me to come home and make a bucket list. In my

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Children of the Great Depression…

Summer is the time when I decide to roll up my sleeves and clean out some junk. However, my parents were children of the Great Depression, so I can still hear their voices ringing in my ears when I think about pitching stuff that could potentially have some use in the future — even though it has received no usage

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When a bear visits…

When I was growing up on a guest ranch near Augusta, Montana, a book and a movie entitled “Night of the Grizzlies” struck fear in the hearts of nearly all of our guests one summer. It was about grizzly maulings in Glacier Park, and it was gruesome for the ’70s. Lately, we have been plagued by a bear on the

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It all started with missing socks in college!

There are aliens or some form of paranormal beings among us! I know this might be hard to believe coming from such a reliable source as myself, but I have conducted my own independent research on this topic and concluded, without a doubt, that we are not alone in this universe. My observational study of this phenomenon began many years

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Out West…

From Facebook, I pirated a great summary of what branding day is like in one paragraph written by Janie Carlson of Two Dot, Montana. She wrote, “L6 Bar branding 2017 Day went pretty damn well. I got cussed for the dry cow and tried to spill the herd. Jason got flattened and cussed Sid. Chase’s horse wanted to pig a

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Nothing worse than not enough water… except too much!

On Thursday morning, following our blessed three inches of rain, Remi came in from checking the creek level and said, “Well, I guess we won’t have to move to Ingomar.” It is not that he has anything against Ingomar, MT, but back in 2011, when we replaced our bridge after that “100-year flood,” he swore that, if this bridge, which

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Tip of the hat to Ed Shinn!

The best part of this job is hearing from readers and finding that something I wrote inspired them, such as this letter that came in a large envelope full of poems from Ed Shinn of Toppenish, WA. Ed wrote, “I am an old guy… turned myself out to pasture several years ago. My wife and I have been enjoying this

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Happy Mother's Day!

Florence Anna Bohlman Roberts April 18, 1922 to March 2, 2006

Sunday is Mother’s Day, so I would like to wish all mothers a special day. Those of us who have lost our mothers realize how time spent with our mothers is more valuable than any other gift we could give or be given. I have never written a column

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The legend of the Crazy Woman Mountains…

The legend of the Crazy Woman Mountains…

We have the privilege of living ALMOST in the shadow of the Crazy Mountains. There are several versions of the legend of the Crazy Woman Mountains, which were later named the Crazy Mountains. Last week, I featured a poem by Sandy Seaton Sallee of Emigrant, Montana, who won this year\’s Buck Ramsey Cowgirl

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With tongue in cheek…

With tongue in cheek…   I love it when I open my email and find a message from my editor saying, “You ought to use this for a column.” After reading it, I knew Linda was right, so here is a guest column from Julie Carter of Cowgirl Sass & Savvy entitled “Cowboy Cookin\’ …Making It Simple.” Thanks, Julie!

Cooking is

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Susan, you'd better stick to Remi's plan…

Susan, you\’d better stick to Remi\’s plan…

Calving season is bearing down on us, and that means a shift in my world. I have to shift from physical fitness activities like power walking to the break room for a snack and lifting paper weights to doing things like lugging newborn calves into the heated tack room in the barn from the

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Cooking with Susan 12-25-14

Christmas crisis! Christmas is only 194 hours away as I sit down to write this week\’s column. The only problem with that is that I have at least 195 hours\’ worth of stuff to do to get ready for Christmas. I\’m not really good at math, but even I realize that doesn\’t leave much time for sleep! Just this afternoon, I

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Cooking with Susan

Grouchy Grandma\’s House Rules for the Holidays…

One of the nicest compliments I receive is when readers tell me that they have hung my column on their refrigerator or mailed it to someone (often anonymously) to try to make a point humorously and semi-tactfully. Since we are in the holiday feast season, I thought it might be an appropriate time to

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