Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Grace and Her New Critters

Grace has two new critters, a terrier to hug, and a fierce lion to protect her.  She writes that she took them with her to the doctor's office but had to leave them in the car.  We're all cheering for her to find some relief for the pain she is suffering.

Corrrespondence between Dwight Blood and 7D Ranch

Hello Dwight, 

That is a very interesting and cool story.  Of course you can use our photos!  Thanks for asking.  My husbands grandparents bought the Ranch in 1958.  If you are ever in the neighborhood please stop by.  Our best to you.  -Andrea

Meade & Andrea Dominick
7D Ranch Managers
PO Box 100
Cody, WY 82414
307-587-9885 phone/fax

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--- wrote:

From: Dwight Blood
Date: Mon, 09 Feb 2015 18:06:10 +0000 (GMT)

Hello, my name is Dwight Blood.  I am the son of Russell Blood who spent his growing up years on the Dewey Riddle ranch in Sunlight.  Dewey was his uncle; Elsie was his mother's sister.  Dad was an orphan.  He met my mother there when she went to Sunlight as a cabin girl one summer.  My brother and four sisters all love your facebook entries since it gives us a way to connect to the place where our dad grew up.  Would you be willing to give me permission to use an occasional photo to post to our family blog Penrose Mornings?  I will always cite the source as 7D ranch.  Your photos have such a special meaning for all of us in our family and we are so glad to see them.  Thank you.  Dwight Blood

Here is my letter and the 7D response, which I very much appreciate.  I believe we have some friends there now, and I'm sure any comments you wish to make to them or any family stories about the ranch and Sunlight would be welcome.  Meanwhile, I'll repost a few of the pictures that give all of us new insight into the ranch that was such an important part of our family history.

View of the 7D Ranch

Back lawn beauty.

As we have learned, the 7D Ranch came into being when 7 Dominicks bought the Dewey Riddle Ranch in the 1950s.  The Dewey Riddle Ranch was owned by Dad's Uncle Dewey and Aunt Elsie and is where he spent some of his growing up years.  And this ranch is where Dad met Mom.  Photo is shown here with permission of the 7D Ranch, with appreciation.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Sunlight and the 7D Ranch

When Steve enlightened us about the 7D Ranch being the original Dewey Riddle Ranch, I linked to the 7D facebook page so I could recycle the 7D facebook posts.  Dewey Riddle was married to Elsie, my grandmother Louise's sister, so Dewey and Elsie were Dad's aunt and uncle.  We heard so much about Sunlight and the Dewey Riddle Ranch when we were little that these places became magic in our imaginations.  Here was where Dad met Mom when she went to the ranch to be a cabin girl one summer.  When I see the various photos of the ranch, Sunlight Basin, and the surrounding mountains and countryside, I feel that for the first time I am seeing the area that was so familiar to Dad and that I am seeing what I have always wanted to see as I look at pictures of the ranch and the Sunlight Basin. The 7D Ranch, I learned, is named after the 7 members of the Dominick family who run the ranch.

Today is Grace's Day

Today we are thinking about Grace.  Grace is a beautiful little girl who has been in a lot of pain. These pictures were taken several years ago during a visit from the Galas. Now she is eleven years old and I am sure even more beautiful.  So we all send our wishes and prayers for relief from the pain that has caused so much concern and misery. We need to see this smile back on her face and listen once more to her laughter.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

February 3rd - Dad's Birthday

This picture was taken in my little house in Powell on South Clark in 1973 or thereabouts, when we had the Wasden family reunion in Lovell.  Brooks and Lorraine parked their pickup with the camper on it in my back yard, and Mother and Daddy stayed with us.  (I remember that Diana came and she slept on the floor in the living room.) Brooks was admiring one of the painted plaques that Dad did during his folk-painting brief career.   My kitchen was so small that when pulled the table out to have a meal, Brig could turn around and open the frig, Pat or Dorothy could reach behind for a utensil, etc.  Worked, anyway.  Dwight and Velna and family were in Lovell for this get-together, too.  Even uncle David and then-wife, Lucille were there.

Name These People

Hi Liz, hope it's all right with you, but I took the liberty of enlarging the photo so I could see it.

You'll have to enlarge this picture to see it more clearly, but here is Judy in her May Day blue organdy dress, and a few other people that we know so well.  Love this picture of Mother!