I came home at 9pm one night last week thinking, “Ugh,I’ve had a long day.” That is until I passed this on the road into my house.20130315-234119.jpg









And then I realized my husband was having a much longer day. “What are you three doing??” I asked? “Wendy, I’ve had 12 heifers calf out today and I’ve got another one calving out right now. Follow us. I need help holding the flash lights.”

Seriously??? A glass of wine was so close to my fingertips and now all they will be holding is a million candle watt spot light focused on the vagina of a heifer. Welcome to my world.


 Yes, it was 9 o’clock at night. Yes it was a school night. But when you’re in a ranching family, kids work late too.  So there we were, in the middle of the ranch, all working together, to make sure one heifer didn’t die while giving birth to her calf… we call that calving out… I should probably have a ranching dictionary with these posts.   And on this night, we sacrificed our good night sleep for the lives of our animals. Just wait until tomorrow to see what happens! Pretty sure this will be a first for you!








About Wendy D

I was born in San Francisco and ended up marrying a rancher in Reno, Nevada. I have a big city job anchoring the 5 o’clock news but come home to the country where my husband’s family has ranched for 5 generations.


  1. Pam Vaughan says:

    Wendy, I read your blog about every other day. I enjoy your news casts and your blog. You are a wonderful women and I can see you adore your family and your children are growing in your wonderful influence. This also includes your hubby. I love ranch life although I do not live on a ranch. I live near Doyle. Take care and I will see you at five tomorrow..

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