• Family

    Welcome to Our World

    This blog is about our life on our Oklahoma Centennial farm. Since leaving radio I needed an outlet to tell the stories about life on the farm. In the 10+ years that I was on the air I heard many times how much everyone enjoyed my stories about the farm. (Okay there was that occasional grumpy person that said they didn’t like them but heck, you have a lot of other choices so move along.) So for those of you that are interested, here is where you can catch up on all the chaos that happens at The Mace Place.

  • Dogs

    The Adventures of Diesel

    Oh this dog! This is the story of how “Diesel” came to live on the Mace Place. I did some volunteer work at the local animal shelter. I took photographs of some of the animals that were waiting for adoption. It was a Saturday in late September and Mo was bringing me one dog at a time. I laid on the floor and played with them to try to get them to not be so timid. I had just finished TRYING to photograph a yippy, barky, chihuahua. Mo was taking her back and I was looking at the back of my camera trying to delete the million pictures I had…

  • Dogs

    The Life of a Heeler

    What is with this dog? I realize that heelers are bred to do just that, heel cattle…chase them up the alley and into the tub but how many times does this dog have to get kicked in the head before he figures out it really isn’t that much fun to nip the heels of those cows. As we head down to the barn we may tell him to “stay at the house”. He will sit on the back step and watch as we walk towards the barn.  All it takes is that secret sound to bring him down to the barn in a full run.  That secret sound?  “HEP HEP!” …

  • Daily Living

    What is a Ranch?

    I’ve always struggled with the definition of a “ranch”. Dictionary.com describes it as: noun –an establishment maintained for raising livestock under range conditions. Chiefly Western U.S.and Canada – a large farm used primarily to raise one kind of crop or animal. It doesn’t say how MUCH range or how MANY animals but I have always thought of it to be a big operation; thousands of acres with hundreds of cattle. That’s why I struggle to say “I live on a ranch.” If someone asks I always say “My husband and I have a small cattle operation in southwest Oklahoma.” Here is the honest truth. David and I own 160 acres of land. It has a house, a hay barn, an equipment barn and a small barn behind the house with 4 stalls and fenced runs.…

  • Calving

    What We Won’t Do to Save a Calf

    I arrived home from work right before dusk. As soon as I walked in the door, David was following me. “Nan! We have a calf that we need to get up! He’s really weak and can’t stand!” I rushed upstairs to quickly change out of my work clothes, grabbed a couple of old towels and a blanket and ran out the door. David had already started the side by side so I threw the towels in the back and jumped in. We raced off into the pasture to get to the calf. As soon as I set my eyes on it, I fell in love! David knows I love color!…

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  • Opinions

    Traveling Trials & Tribulations

    I don’t like to travel by air any more! It’s exhausting! People don’t care about themselves like they used to. You see all kinds of attire when sitting in the airport. I keep thinking to myself “have some self respect people!…Buy a full length mirror!” You can still travel in comfort but you don’t have to do it in your house shoes and pajama pants! I prefer wearing my Ruby Ribbon ponte pants, my Tieks and a nice comfortable blouse. You can still dress nice and be comfortable for air travel. And can we talk about carry on luggage? I recently traveled on Southwest Airlines. Did you know that you…

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  • Dogs

    Meet Our Dogs!

    To get to know the Mace’s better you have to meet our dogs! They keep us laughing all the time. Oldest first…. Meet Rowdy! He’s a red heeler/blue heeler mix. He came into our family just a year after we were married. He was just a pup when he came to live with us (maybe 6 months old). He is a cranky old soul but we adore him. Notice the dent on his forehead? Yep, typical heeler, he was kicked right between the eyes and broke his skull. You can read more about that story HERE. Then, There is Diesel! Diesel came to us about 3 years ago. I had…

  • Copenhagen Cowboy,  Daily Living

    Haying Season 2018

    I’m sitting here tonight, after working a 10 hour day at the casino, looking at old photos of my horses and sharing them to Facebook (you’ll have to check my personal Facebook page for those). I have the window open in my craft room and listening to the sounds of the tractor getting far away and then closer, farther away and closer. The crickets are chirping and I can hear a barn owl in the distance. It is 9:00 at night and my husband (David…aka Copenhagen Cowboy) is on said tractor raking hay. Yes, we both work full time and yes, we farm/ranch in our “spare” time. People ask if…

  • Gardening

    It’s Watermelon Season … How to Slice a Watermelon

    I don’t know where I saw this but it has been several years ago. I have been using this technique to cut watermelon since reading it. I thought I would share it with you today. Here is how I slice a watermelon. First cut the watermelon into two equal halves. Place the watermelon cut side down onto your cutting board. Using a sharp knife slice down, removing the outside skin of the watermelon. When all of the exterior skin is removed, clean up the watermelon by slicing off all the white parts (I don’t know the technical name for it.) Place the peeled watermelon, cut side down, on a large…

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  • Crafting

    Crafting with my Cricut Explore Air 2

    My husband bought me the Cricut for Christmas 2017. I have to admit it intimidated me at first. But, like everything I do in life, I ripped open the box and jumped right in. My first word of advice for anyone new to the Cricut world is WATCH LOTS OF YOU TUBE VIDEOS. There are a lot of much more talented people out there than I am so I started finding YouTubers with lots of followers. Here is a list of some of the Cricut Crafters I follow on You Tube. WAIT! Before I give you that list I have to say this…Please, if you are going to do YouTube…

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  • Gardening

    So, You’re Intigued by Straw Bale Gardening?

    Straw Bale Gardening has gathered some momentum in the last couple of years. David and I started straw bale gardening in 2017 after our friends Nick and Tauna had such great success with theirs. Our main purpose for trying straw bale gardening was the tomatoes. You just can’t buy flavorful tomatoes in the grocery stores anymore and going to the farmers market at 7:00 AM on a Saturday morning was just not an option for us. We live nearly 40 miles from the nearest farmers market (over 30 miles round trip to the nearest grocery store). So, we decided to give it a try last year. We started with 12…