Rode Hard Put Up Wet

My Horses

I soon became friends with lots of students in High School.  It was almost like a game.  How many friends could I make?   Wow!  I wasn’t on the road any more, but still had that “hurry up and make friends” attitude cause it may not last. It was hard to break those old traveling thoughts. […]

Odessa, Texas

                                                  A Place to Call Home If you have never been to Odessa, well, let me enlighten you.  When you get close to Odessa/Midland the air is pungent with the smell of sour gas from all the pump jacks scattered around the area.  You can’t miss them seriously. Oh and if you can  find […]


No not hay baling wire. I need to ask for your indulgence on this blog.  It will not follow all the blogs before, but I feel the need to explain the last few months.  I’ll get back on track with the next blog in Mid-February.  Yep, HAYWIRE, which is the same as Crazy, Chaotic, Confused,  […]

On the road again.

Like Willie song, “like a band of gypsies” You will recall the long haul we had from New Ulm, Minnesota to Guntersville, Alabama.  Well the trip from Fort Collins, Colorado to Ruston, Louisiana was a long trip in the bed of that Dodge truck.  Daddy had put a mattress in the back where at least […]

Bad Wreck

Really Bad Wreck Fort Collins, Colorado was interesting only because it was to leave its mark on us.  One Sunday morning, Butch and daddy decided to take the day and go fish.  I think the lake was call Red Feather or something like that.  Anyway, mom decided she and little brother and I would go […]


Really not fun for us kids Music!!! always played an important part in my family.  More especially with my dad who loved playing music.  Daddy could play guitar, mandolin, piano, French harp and Harmonica.  He was pretty good.  My son, Shaun, didn’t do bad himself.   His dad goes by Freddy Carr and is probably the […]


The best of everything for all ages Okay, let’s get back on the road.  I want to tell you about our last trip to Durango.  Dad had finally purchased a 36’ Pontiac Chief Trailer.  We had looked at some really pretty trailers.  Spartans and Schultz and others that were really nice but not in our […]


                            When daddy was good, he was really good. Ok, I remember a couple of things that I believe should be told right here. As hard as my dad was, he loved my mom’s parents.  I remember him and my mom’s older brother going in together and purchasing a milking machine.  Now, my grandpa just […]


Shooting rabbits, gigging frogs, climbing trees I guess Hiawatha, Kansas was another town where we had two sales.  I remember a friend there by the name of Pricilla.  I spent the night with her a couple of times.  They lived on a farm outside of town and I believe there were 6 kids. Don’t remember […]

Teacher was told off.

Yep, daddy was mad At one point back when we were still without a trailer and back traveling with Brooker Sales Company, dad had a sale in Red Oak, Iowa.  We ended up renting part of an older lady’s house. It was really cold and deep snow outside and by now I could enroll myself […]