Saturday, July 31, 2010

Animal Count of Ranch Rosalie Mariposa

As of today, July 31,2010, Ranch Rosalie Mariposa has six starter cows....3 baby girl cows, better known as heifers, and their mamas. And for my birthday Monday, the 2nd of August, I gifted Ranch Rosalie with two red roan Quarter Horses.

The cows are: Rosalie Mariposa and her mother, Miss Rosa; Nancy Lou and her mother Mary Lou; and Sweet Sofia and her mother, Mama Selena.

The two beautiful red roan horses are: 2yr old Lovely Camila, a red roan filly and future brood mare and 5yr old Nevada, a red roan gelding. "Lovey" and "Nevada" are both registered Quarter Horses with foundation papers.

As Ranch Rosalie Mariposa grows and develops, I will post information.....Enjoy !

Friday, July 23, 2010


RANCH ROSALIE being born.

Ranch Rosalie Mariposa will be located in the beautiful San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado in a community called Mogote.

Mogote is located just a few miles...maybe four....down the road from Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Rail Museum , where you ride on an anuthenic steam locamotive thru a mountain pass and down into Chama, New Mexico.

The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Rail Museum can be found on the corner where highway 285 makes a right angle and there is a sign saying, " 6 miles to Antonito".

The town of Antonito is about thirty miles South of Alamosa, a little bit larger....but still not very which is about 17 miles from the Great Sand Dunes of Colorado National Park.

Antonito is the nearest "town" to Mogote and thusly, Ranch Rosalie Mariposa's actual mailing address will be Antonito, Colorado...I think.

We are excited about the upcoming birth of Ranch Rosalie Mariposa and will sharing photos and stories with things develop.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

COW GIRL ROSALIE MARIPOSA......A True Story from the New West

Rancho del Corazon is located in the heart of the San Luis Valley near Alamosa, Colorado. It is beautiful, peaceful and a home to horses, cattle and a few humans.

It was from my experiences at Rancho del Corazon, that this true story evolved.The sequence of events occured over the first few months of the Winter of 2010. They began in the later weeks of January, crept across February and came to rest this past week, on the 5th of March.

In my head, there are big ideas for a horse ranch somewhere in Northern New Mexico or Southern Colorado. My search for just the right property is what led me
to my friend Sofia and her wonderful layout of land in Southern Colorado.

Sofia is a very kind, smart and talented rancher, architect and cowgirl poet-musician, who grew up in the beautiful San Luis Valley.

Upon my second trip to Sofia's property, I became fascinated with her good looking herd of Hereford cattle.

Leisurely, we rode in Sofia's Land Rover, across a pasture full of very pregnant Hereford cows. There before us, was a constantly moving vision of a great number of red, white-faced bulging mama cows. They were so with-calf, that I was surprised when we left the ranch that evening without having witnessed at least one cow baby's entrance in the world.

As I surveyed what layed before me, although my intention had been to find a ranch on which I could raise and ride Icelandic horses, I became increasingly curious about Sofia's lovely herd. The idea of adding a few Herefords to my future collection of animals, became a focus in my dreams.

Eventually, I asked Sofia about the possibility of purchasing a couple of baby cows from her.

It was about that time, that the question of branding irons came up. It was explained that I would need to have my own iron with my own "logo". In my mind, there was no question about what my "logo" would be. I declared, without hesitation, " My horses and cows will have a butterfly on them."

After a couple of trips to Colorado to look at Sofia's properties, it was time for me to return to North Carolina. Reluctantly, I left around the 7th of February and drove back the 1,800 miles to my island home off the coast of North Carolina.

After I had been back in North Carolina about a week, Sofia called with the news that the first calf had arrived. She was enthused about the beauty and good health of the first baby "out of the chute" and said she had named her Nancy Lou in honor of me. I took this as a great compliment and thanked her for being so kind and thoughtful.

As I thought about Nancy Lou, the beautiful little heifer, I decided that I would like to purchase her. She would be the first "starter cow" for "the herd in my head". Sofia agreed that she would sell Nancy Lou to me. It was at that moment my heart sang, knowing that a new chapter in my life was soon to begin. Wow, my own little red and white heifer. How special is that !?

This past Monday, the first day of March, I received another phone call from my friend, Sofia. Again, she was very excited to relate the latest news from the herd at Rancho del Corazon.

Sofia's news was both wonderful and amazing. She reported that the first brockle-face ebony Hereford had been born the preceding day. That meant that, unlike Nancy Lou, who has a red body and a white face, the newest heifer had a black body and a white face....and much to Sofia's surprise and delight, right in the middle of the new baby's beautiful little white forehead was the very distinct image of a black butterfly !

Oh my, what are the chances of that ever happening ? First, I had declared that I would have a butterfly branding iron and then , a few weeks later, this little heifer arrives with a black butterfly image right in the middle of her lovely white forehead. We both were amazed and delighted!

Sofia declared that she had named the new baby "Mariposa" which is the Spanish word for butterfly. And of course, you guessed it, my heart decided that Mariposa would be my second starter cow.

I asked Sofia if she would sell Mariposa to me and she agreed. I knew that Mariposa was meant to be mine and I was grateful that Sofia would allow me to put my butterfly brand on this very special little "butterfly girl".

If the story ended here, it would be enough and very interesting in of itself, but the most interesting and amazing chapter of this story unfolded from my head a few days after the call about Mariposa's arrival.

On the following Friday afternoon, I was sitting at my computer writing some emails to friends, when out of my noodle tumbled the most amazing memory. You might have trouble believing what I am about to relate, but I promise... with all of my heart ...that what I am about to tell you is totally true.Cross my heart and hope to die!

This is the way it happened: My mother, Rosalie, died in January of 2006. She was 93 years old and had contracted a staph infection which ate away her left heart valve . There was no way that she could be operated on and saved, and my oldest son and I had to sit by Mother for five days and watch her die.

On the last day of my mother's physical presence on earth, I talked to her a lot. She could not speak , but I felt in my heart that she could hear what I was saying and understood. I said, "Mother, you are going to be very happy soon as you are going to see Daddy, your mother and father, your grandparents, Aunt Marylou, etc etc....and I am going to miss you."

And then I decided to do something that I had thought about a long time.I said,
" Mother, I am going to miss seeing and being with you so very much. Please come back to visit me in the form of a butterfly.I will look for you."

I am now the soon-to-be owner of two lovely little cow and white Nancy Lou and black and white, with a black butterfly on her forehead....Rosalie Mariposa.

I have not seen my two new little cow girls yet, but I already love them very much.

Dedicated to: My young and lovely-inside-and-out, Sister in Christ, Sofia. Without her friendship, this story would not have been born.

Original story by N.E.Renfrow aka Nancy Lou
Copywrited March 7, 2010

Thursday, March 4, 2010


Cowgirl Cupcake ranching it up in Southern Colorado, on
Sista Sofia's Rancho del Corazon.
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Friday, February 19, 2010


Sonia............Benny Boy's MOM !
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..............SOFIA's World.............

Sofia cooks,
Reads books,
Just looks,
This is her window on the world.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

His Eye Is On the Sparrow

I sing because I'm happy,

I sing because I'm free,

He has an eye on the sparrow,

And He has an eye on me.

(Lines from an old gospel song ..." His Eye on the Sparrow")

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

.....There Are No Boundaries

The two people in the world, who loved me unconditionally, were my father and my first born son. They have both departed the earth without me........I now have no boundaries in-so-far as love is concerned. I know that God put me here to bring happiness into the lives of those who reach out to me. And I the best of my ability.
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A Quote from Epictetus

" He is a man of sense who does not grieve for what he has not, but rejoices in what he has."


T O D A Y is..........

The first day,


(This is not original....I'm not sure to whom I should give credit?)

Monday, February 15, 2010


I'm so glad to be alive today,

Here in the state of my birth.

Wise with years,

Tempered with tears.

Happy and knowing,

To the West I'll be going,

To drive fast cars,

See Jupiter and Mars,

But...never forget right now.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

.........America the Beautiful

............Oh beautiful for spacious skies!
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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Shooting Stars & Butterflies

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

Shooting stars,

And butterflies,



My Valentine

If you were mine dear...

I would hold you,

Fold you,

Behold you......




Our moments in love.

Night Snow

It fell last night..

Heaven's lace,

Upon my face,

Flakes unique,

Upon my check,

From heaven,

And God,

With grace.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Here .....In My Heart

You are here today,

Alive in my heart.

You are always with me,

We are never apart.

I carry your love with me,

Everwhere I go.

You are always with me,

Here in my heart.

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Original by N.E.R.......Februay 11, 2010

Maybe Baby

Who'd a'thunk it ?!

All these years, I've dreamed and assumed,

That I would have a grandbaby.

Instead, much to my surprsie and delight,

It seems I might have a baby grand...

Maybe !
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Monday, February 8, 2010

HOT Cookies

Cookies are.......




And oh soooo delicious....

When HOT!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Cowgirl CUPCAKE..........................

Cowgirl Cupcake,

Riding the range.....

Seeking ,


Reaching out............

Holding hearts,

Embracing thoughts,

Seeking life's mysteries.

Cowgirl Cupcake.....

Weakly strong.

Righting the wrong,

Flying with eagles,

Loving the land,

Knowing she can.

Cowgirl Cupcake acutely alive....

Loving each breath,

Having seen death....


Riding the range.

Manhattan Evening

Posted by PicasaMy artist friends Eslye and her son Olan....strolling in Manhattan.

Beauty is Everywhere.Seek & your heart shall find it!

Beauty is everywhere... You must seek it with your heart. Truly, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder"......even on the streets of New York City....where I made this shot in July of 2007.
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My Photograph of a Photograph of the Artwork of a Tattoo Arist

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

I Heard You SMILE Today

I heard you smile today,

With your heart....

When you spoke to me.

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Does it get more exciting.....

Than THIS !??
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Wednesday, February 3, 2010



Are treasures,

Which come in.....

Unexpected measures.

Life Light

Fret not my friend,

Your soul sparkles....

Lighting up the world,

With a heartful....

Of fireflies.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Knowing Y O U

Knowing you...

Frees my heart to...

Fly with stars,

Dance on Mars,

Race fast cars.

Knowing you...

Is loving life.

God's Surprises

Never do I know,

What He will bring tomorrow.

Today's sorrow,

May bring snow...

And a new beginning !

Rain Hope

Rain today,

Not my choice...

Sun tomorrow...,

Rejoyce !

Monday, February 1, 2010

Hear the Love


Evening falls,

The earth hushes.


Can you hear the love?
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Saturday, January 30, 2010

At the Indian Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico....August,2009

How beautiful life is in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The past is present.

The present lives,

And the future is in our hearts.
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Monday, January 18, 2010

Appreciating L I F E

Last night,

As I was taking a bath,

My friend called,

To tell me that:

Her daughter's 13 year old friend....

Had died.

How fagile and precious...

Life is.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Three Strikes.....You're OUT !

WOUND me....once,

You're forgiven.

WOUND me....twice,

You're not nice.

Ssstriiiiike 3...

You're O U T !

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

for: YOU

for: YOU........because I care.

For mater where,

You ARE......................

Original photograph and text by: N.E.R.
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Monday, January 4, 2010

Poppy P O W E R

Why does anyone need to imbibe the milk of poppies?

I get visually high just LOOKING at a poppy.

How absorb the colors thru my orbs.

I cannot imagine that sniffing ,swallowing..or however one physically drugs with a be as thrilling, productive and wonderful as absorbing that visual image into the history of my brain.

Is there anything more exciting to behold?

Original photograph and text by: N.E.R.
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Sunday, January 3, 2010

GOD to ENFOLD YOU....Scottish


God to enfold you,

Christ to uphold you,

Spirit to keep you,

In heaven's sight;

So may God grace you,

Heal and embrace you,

Lead you through darkness.....

Into the light.

Original photograph by: N.E.R.

**NOTE: I did not write this text. We sang this song at the Westminister Presbyterian Church. It is an old Scottish hymn.
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