Behind the Scenes of Putting it All Together: I LOVE COWS

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Fear? I eat fear for breakfast.

Nature? Beautiful and wild and beloved.

Cows? Awesome creatures that moo and wander and eat grass.

Did Erin hit her head?

No. It’s just all those scary thoughts I had about visiting the Pioneer Woman’s ranch in Oklahoma were entirely unfounded and insane. All right, maybe it’s a lot easier to handle acres upon acres of beautiful open land when you are lounging in the Lodge. Maybe “roughing it” isn’t so bad with fabulous friends to laugh and talk with. And maybe, just maybe, when a cowboy invites you to go light a hill on fire and chase a bull, you jump and squee with glee and all the fear you had leaves your head and you snag your CEO’s baseball cap and run like a child into the vast plains.

The ranch, in short, was to die for. Ree and her Marlboro Man husband were delightful hosts who live in a magical place where wild mustangs roam and cattle abound.

That’s right, while filming Putting it All Together for BlogHer, I wasn’t afraid of my surroundings. I got to chase a bull and light a hill on fire. And I didn’t have an ounce of fear or worry, despite my premonition I’d be curled up in the fetal position, in fact I wanted MORE.

Shhoin bull!

My job is never dull.

Burning the ranch!

Speaking of work, take a look at our finished product. I helped out with the first episode while I wasn’t running around Oklahoma with Ranch Hands. Keep in mind Putting it All Together is about you. Right now the conversation for the next episode is happening over at Susan Wagner’s Friday Play Date, so feel free to chime in.

I get to head back to Ree’s ranch with your ideas in a few weeks. The Marlboro Man has promised another ranch activity, and admittedly I’m over-excited about it. Oh who am I kidding, I CAN’T WAIT! I LOVE COWS!!!

Contributing Editor Erin Kotecki Vest also blogs at Queen of Spain Blog, where she’s trying to convince her husband to sell their Los Angeles home and move to a cattle ranch


  1. I told you Oklahoma was beautiful. I’m so glad you enjoyed yourself here.

    I can’t even begin to tell you how upset I was with myself for not visiting my mom that weekend. She lives 5 minutes away from the Cheddar’s you ate at while in Tulsa. But how weird would that have been? Some random woman showing up at your table: “Oh meh gahhhh… you’re the Queen of Spain!!!! AAAHHH!!!” Okay – it wouldn’t really happen like that and I promise I’m not a stalker. LOL. (Really. I wouldn’t have shown up even if I was in Tulsa at the time. How rude would that be?)

    Anyway, I hope your next visit to Oklahoma is just as enjoyable. Are the same people coming this time, or is it a different set of bloggers?
    .-= Erin W. / Beatnik Momma┬┤s last blog ..Cat Naps =-.

  2. There will be a different set of bloggers and we’ll film 4 more episodes. Right now Susan from Friday Play Date is hosting the conversation for the next episode. And you can stalk me anytime!

  3. I’m so glad you had a good time there… and not a mountain in sight. ­čśë
    .-= Karen┬┤s last blog ..Spring has sprung =-.

  4. Okay… Good to know I have permission. I promise not to be creepy though. LMAO.
    .-= Erin W. / Beatnik Momma┬┤s last blog ..Little Miss Ham =-.

  5. Now that you are a certified cow wrangler you can come up to Alberta Canada and help us with branding next weekend and we can have some health care debates and discussions plus eat lots of good perogies.
    .-= habanerogal┬┤s last blog ..A Quickie Quitting Update =-.


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