Friday, September 30, 2011

Making enemies in a small town is easy.

I need to remember that I live in a small town.

This means that everyone knows everyone and there is no exception to that.

I need to remember that even if I don't personally know the person driving (way too fast) on the dirt road near our house there is a good chance that my husband does.

If I don't know them and J doesn't know them, then there is a good chance that my mother-in-law taught them in school. Also, it wouldn't surprise me if she was their favorite teacher. That seems to be a statement I hear often.

If my mother-in-law doesn't know them, there is a good chance my father-in-law has done business with them in the past. He's probably made a few good teeth for them (he used to own a dental lab) or maybe he's sold them a lamb or two in the past.

If that fails, there is a good chance our families are connected through my sister-in-law's marriage.

Bottom line is...the stranger on the road that I (loudly and rudely) screamed at for speeding yesterday is not a stranger, but now I'm pretty sure is an enemy.

I clearly need to work on my friend-making skills. Clearly.

Happy day, my friends!

It's a big weekend at the ranch. We are bringing the sheep home from the summer pasture!
Gringo leading the pack!

Stay tuned...

...oh, and not to toot my own horn or anything, but the picture above won 2nd place in  the 2011 American Sheep Industry photo contest! all the entries will be posted on the American Sheep Industry website on October 1st. :)


TexWisGirl said...

great job on the photo! and good luck with the sheep moving!

Tanya @ Lovely Greens said...

SO TRUE...I've moved to the same type of community and I definitely have a habit of putting Mrs Happy Face on. Oh well about the speeder! She'll come around with your husband's, mother-in-law's or father-in-law's good word ;)

Crystal Cattle said...

Oh small towns. I grew up in one and will now be moving back to one. Definitely something I'll keep in mind. Love the picture. You did an awesome job!

Emery's Mom said...

I seriously love that photo! You totally deserve that!
And, in regards to the crazy driver... they are driving unsafe and need to be yelled at, I'd want you to yell at me if I were driving unsafe... J can just tell them you're a crazy californian.

DJ said...


And I love that photo!

Stephanie said...

Congrats on the award! That photos is so great. You totally deserve it! :)

Jenny Glen said...

snort! I totally understand your anger but I'm in the same boat. The sheepdog trialing community is small and we make a living at it and when I get mad at someone, it's so hard to let it roll off me. My Irish roots don't like being repressed!
(but you were probably worried about dogs and sheep and they SHOULD slow down!)