Balance in Life: It's Time for the Annual Roundup in Caddo, OK

Mortgage and Lending with SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) NMLS 223495

Mike in Tucson will be less visible on the blogosphere for the next ten days.  I'll be working cattle. 

"Well, who will you get to help work cattle in the spring?"  I put the question to my friends Dick and Olivia in early 1995.  Dick, having retired from the Air Force, had decided to ramrod a cow/calf operation on Glen Mar Ranch in Caddo, OK.  The ranch has been in Olivia's family for four generations.

"I guess I'll hire someone," was the reply.  "Don't hire anyone this year," I answered.  "I'll take a vacation and we'll work the cattle together."  As a kid, between high school and college, I worked cows on a dairy farm in upstate New York.  I like cows, and they get along with me just fine.

My Darlin' and I are leaving in the morning for the ranch.  We'll drive out and back.  This will be the 14th time Dick and I have worked his herd.  The cows know us by now.  They know I won't punch a new hole in their ear when changing out the fly tags and number tags.  That's good.  We're less likely to be kicked. 


I'm Mike in Tucson, your preferred Tucson, Arizona mortgage lender.
Mike Jones (Tucson Mortgage Company, LLC): Loan Officer in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona
Think of me as enjoying my vacation!  LOL

Comments (24)

Chuck Carstensen
RE/MAX Results - Elk River, MN
Minnesota/Wisconsin Real Estate Expert
Sounds like it could be fun. I don't like herding cattle...I am from a farm...but if that is what you enjoy then have a blast.
Apr 11, 2008 02:50 AM
Nick Bastian
Realty Executives - Tempe, AZ
Real Estate Agent - Tempe
Mike.. Yee Haw! Have a blast my friend.. Glad you will be back in time to join us on the 24th! Maybe we can hear some fun stories. :-)
Apr 11, 2008 03:02 AM
Bill Roberts
Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate - Oceanside, CA
"Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner

Mike, Have fun Buckeroo. I guess you are "Home on the range."

Bill Roberts

Apr 11, 2008 03:06 AM
Kent Simpson
Realty One Group Mountain Desert - Tucson, AZ
Real Estate Is About People
Mike, have a great time--and stay away from the pointy end of the steers!  I look forward to some stories when you return.
Apr 11, 2008 03:15 AM
Atlanta's Home Inspector, David Lelak IHI Home Inspections
IHI Home Inspections 404-788-2581 - Canton, GA
Experience the IHI Difference
Mike, this is what all little boys dreams are made of, go have a great time.  It's funny how different people are and what they do to take a break. 
Apr 11, 2008 03:31 AM
Tucson Real Estate Experts Anne McKechnie
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Tucson, AZ
Previews Property Specialist

Have fun up there and relax!


Apr 11, 2008 04:35 AM
Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Have fun and bring back plenty of photos and stories to match.  :-)

Don R.

Apr 11, 2008 06:25 AM
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
Sounds like a fun time. I was a bit disappointed you won't be spending a week on a horse when did cowboys start using ATV's?  Have fun.
Apr 11, 2008 09:26 AM
Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

Loved the video Mike -- brought back my ranching days for sure except for the 4-wheelers.  Lucky you!


Apr 11, 2008 07:52 PM
Doreen McPherson
Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe - Tempe, AZ
Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~

When ever I think of herding cattle, I think of City Slickers. 

Have fun, be safe and see you on the 24th cookies and all! 

watch out for


Apr 11, 2008 07:59 PM
Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN
Mike - Brings back old memories. I haven't worked a ranch in 30 years myself. I can just imagine how the legs feel after that first day.
Apr 12, 2008 12:40 AM
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation
Goodness, you are a wealth of surprises.  I'm sure there will be a lot of good blog material coming from this little vacation of yours.
Apr 12, 2008 12:54 AM
Tara Colquitt
Tara Colquitt, The Credit Woman, LLC - Philadelphia, PA
Credit Counselor
Mike: Whatever floats your boat! Oh, there isn't any water around there, huh? Whatever spins your spurs? Okay, I'm gone! 8-)
Apr 12, 2008 01:44 AM
Joeann Fossland
Advantage Solutions Group - Tucson, AZ
Master Certified Coach to Motivated Agents

Mike! You are too cool! This is why I like you: You have your priorities just right! Have a blast. You can blog when you get home.

Apr 12, 2008 07:25 AM
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate
Cool video. I never thought about changing out the tags, and how the cows might react. That's actually an indication of their intelligence, to have memories that last that long.
Apr 12, 2008 08:29 AM
Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire

Four wheelers??? How to destroy an illusion. I thought cowboys still rode horses....don't they?

Have a could you not!

Apr 12, 2008 10:38 AM
Susan Davis
Austin, TX
Excellence Advocate

What awesome memories and what a tale of bovine friendship!

Have a safe trip!


Apr 13, 2008 03:58 PM
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

Round um up & herd um out!! Or, is it head um out?? It's been a long time since I've been on a cattle drive so I jest cain't member...

You git those lil doggies along now and watch out fer yerself partner. We don't need you pushin up no it?

Later in the rain~Deb

:-)  i done broke my spill chick.

Apr 15, 2008 10:08 AM
Linda Scanlan
A Fan of AR - Burleson, TX
Mike - I'm so sorry I missed this! What a treat! I know you had could you not have? You're wife is as cute as I pictured look so good together! Have a wonderful week and it was great talking with you today!
Apr 21, 2008 12:10 PM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


Thanks for commenting.  I've been away so long that I won't comment to each of you, but I WILL reciprocate and come comment on each of your blogs!

Mike in Tucson

Apr 22, 2008 10:02 AM

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