Saturday, January 31, 2009


Someday we'd love to get into it again.... at least us four oldest girls would. If we stay in Bonners Ferry we'd call ourselves the Panhandle Roughriders make up some cream satin dresses and wear green sashes with them to show the Roughrider colors... after all we did live in Saskatchewan for 6 years the SK Roughrider fans are very numerous and I think it rubbed off on us some. But that's all on hold till Naomi's back on her feet. Hopefully the Vitamin-C drip in Spokane will clear her pnuemonia up. Or so we hope and pray for.

God bless.


Friday, January 30, 2009

Good music is a blessing

The Gaither Vocal Band and Ernie Haase and Signiture Sound... on Heavens Joy Awaits... we love this one.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

More news else where

Both Naomi and Lydia have their own blogs that are updated much more often than this one... Naomi's is
and Lydia's is

Hope you enjoy them... I will strive to update this one every week or so, maybe more depending on being able to get on Naomi's laptop... us 4 oldest girls are all trying to use one lap-top so it gets a bit harried at times... couple of us girls are thinking of getting our own lap-tops so if anyone has a favorite brand that you like drop us a note of advise. Thanks.


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Saskatchewan again?

Dad and Jesse headed up to SASK this morning. They are going to look for land near Maple Creek. I put all the horses that we have for sale on the internet and have had interest in 4 of them. I'm excited! To see them go to either or We are having BBQ hamburgers in a pocket for lunch today! They are sooooooo good! I love em!
Please pray for Dad to have wisdom about where to move and, Naomi has pnomia (SP!), again. She doesn't feel good, please pray for her! She needs it! Thanks.


Saturday, January 17, 2009

Thanking God

The other day when Dad and I were on our way to check out some chores that we needed to do for a friend we nearly ran into a llama on the highway! The next morning on the way to do the chores we just about ran into two elk! We all just laughed about it and then we continue on our way. But later I started thinking about how little we thank God for protecting us. He has protected our family so many times. I remember when Mom rolled the van, nobody was hurt, how many times we've got bucked off (or fallen off) of horses and cows, and so many other dangerous things we've been involved in, and nobody has ever broken anything more than a finger or toe. Naomi's knee accident has been about the worst thing that has ever happened in the family. So I am going to try to remember to thank God everytime I escape getting hurt.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Here's some more pictures! Hope you enjoy them!

Jesse and I.

'The twins' as the Nasby's call Ellie and I.

Ellie picking huckleberries last summer. We picked up near 'Roman Nose mountain'.

Sorgards made this apron for Naomi. Sweet, eh?!

Frisbee! Frisbee! And more Frisbee! If you want to know what we do in the summer around here, you'll find that is just this. :-) Lots of fun!

Sunday, January 11, 2009


Ellie, Martha, Zeke, and I went riding yesterday. We all rode bareback. It was great fun! I think we went about 6-7 miles in all. We did quite a bit of trotting and cantering. Cantering is fun, until when you're running on a icey road and you relize that your horse is picking up speed and won't stop. :-) Oh well! It makes for an exciting ride that's for sure! I was thinking the whole time, 'now when is he going to slip, or, go into a full out gallop?'. But he did neither. So I came back home in one piece. :-)

I got a new CD from Steve Kaufman! It's called 'Mistique'. I love it!


Friday, January 9, 2009

Some pictures of the ride

I thought I'd post a few pictures from our ride for ya'll to see. Enjoy!

Lining up for a picture.
Riding in MT.

Jesse and Red. Jesse is recinching.

Alpache and I. I think the farriar (sp?) was tying Pache's shoes! :-)

It's warming up!

It's starting a false spring here. We've been getting 5 degrees C, or 40 degrees F. It's crazy! I recon it's about -20 degrees C in Sask. We're losing snow now, but Nevin Neal (our pastor) says that we're supposed to get more in a couple of days.

Means how Dad and I are still fighting ear infections somebody told Mom and Dad how to make this rinse. You take 1/2 a teaspoon of viniger (white or apple cider), 1 cup of water, and 1 teaspoon of salt. I don't know if that's the exact perportions, but you get the idea. Then you heat it up till it's warm and then sniff it up your nose. :-) Dad has been do this faithfully 3 times a day, but I wasn't doing it until once my ears started hurting again, as they do off and on. Well I didn't know the perportions and I just mixed up what I thought sounded good. And that was, about 1/2 a cup of water, over a teaspoon of white vinager, and a teaspoon of salt. When I first tried it, it was a good thing I was standing by a counter, I near fainted! ;-) That stuff was STRONG! LOL! But once wasn't enough so I tried it again! This time I had braced myself for it but again it near wiped me out. I havn't tried the stuff since! Not even with the proper perportions. I guess I'm not very brave! :-) So until my ears start paining me again I'll put up with the bit of stuffiness.

The other day Martha and I went riding when we went out to feed the horses. The horses are at the end of the drive way so Dad dropped us off and then went up to talk to Allen. Martha and caught our horses and then rode them up to the barn where our saddles are. After saddling and going for a little ride we came back unsaddle and then headed back down to the pen (riding bareback of course). We were just walking along but then remembered that we hadn't tried some new treats on Alpache and Kid. So we turned around and cantered back to the truck and gave them some. When we were on our way back down the road, I wanted to canter again so after talking Martha into it I put Pache into a trot. Well Pache dear decided that a fast trot is what he wanted to do, nothing faster and nothing slower! Martha and I were laghing so hard we nearly fell off. Finally I got Pache to walk again, and later tried for a canter again and got him to do it. Riding is so much fun!

Well G'day for now.

Saturday, January 3, 2009


G'day to ya'll from a very snowy Idaho!
I hate it when websites aren't updated for ages on end and then I found out that we're doing the same thing with this blog. ::oops:: So, I thought that I'd update you on what the Panhandle Roughriders have been doing. By the way, this is Lydia who is writing. :-)
In November we had friends down from Alberta, and when they went back home Naomi and Ellie went with them to help out on their ranches there. The house felt really empty. ::grins:: We could all fit around the table at mealtimes, wow! LOL!
Then Dad, Mom, Uriah, and Ruth, went up to 100 Mile House B.C. to look at land. They were gone for 4 days, from the 21st to the 25th, and man, I thought the house was empty with Nomi and Lellie gone, it was really empty with Dad and Mummy and the kids gone! :-)
On the 23rd we had a potluck dinner at church for Thanksgiving. Us kids walked to the church building which is about 2 1\2 miles away. Means how we didn't have any snow at the time, it was a nice walk.
On the 29th we went and picked up the girls from AB (they went up on the 10th). We stayed a night and did church with them on Sunday then headed back home. Hannah held the fort while we were gone, and did a swell job of it! :-)
We've been riding off and on, usually once a week, sometimes sooner, sometimes later. I was able to get a nice bosal/headstall/horsehair mecate setup. Alpache is doing great in it! One ride we had a bit of a mishap. We had cut out from Riffel's place (where we keep our horses) on a logging road, and when we reached a gravel road (Camp Nine road, off of Meadow Creek road) we decided to gallop. Well all was fine and dandy until Red and Kid saw another logging road that would take them home, they cut that way at a full gallop! Muckers, a little ways before, decided the bush/trees on the other side of the road looked good and hit it! She came up short!
I had managed to keep 'Pache on the main road and soon had him slowing down, Dad and Zeke on Coyote and Al caught up with me and then we went back meeting Ellie on the way. Soon Jesse and Martha came out of the logging road, Martha none the worse for wear, but Jesse was bit sore. He told us that Red was, after diving through some tightly growing trees to get on the road, (he missed the approach), slipping and sliding as the road was all frosty, then he stepped just wrong and took a 10 ft slide on his side. Dad asked him if he was still on at the time. And Jesse said, “Me? I was about 6 ft in front of Red!” He had landed on his wrist and hip, so he was pretty sore, thankfully Red and the saddle that he was wearing (my aussie saddle) were not hurt. Muckers came up limping after her dive into the woods, she had heat in her left knee. So after going for a ways and eating lunch of mashed egg salad sandwiches, we headed home. I managed to get Pache caught up in a rusty barbed wire fence on the way there, but his lessons on ground tying were a help as I got him out of it. He stood quietly with his head down as I lifted his legs one by one out of the fence. Ground tying can help a lot!
On the afternoon of the 12th of December we finally got some snow, I think we had about 13in by the next morning! And it hasn't let up yet, we now have about 2 -2 ½ ft, and believe it or not, it's snowing again! We don't get very much wind, not anything compared to Saskatchewan! So we'll get about 12 in of snow piled up on the porch railing, and it stays there until the kids knock it off.
We've made offers on two different houses but both were refused. So we're still waiting for God to show us which place He has for us. I'm hoping it's around here because I don't want to leave all our friends, but I'm working on trusting more in God's guidance. Sometimes it's hard.
We celebrated Martha's and Hannah's birthdays last month. Martha turned 12 on the 25th and Hannah turned 21 on the 31st. It's hard to believe that it's a new year already!
I've been practicing guitar, and am having great fun with new Steve Kaufman instructional books. I set up a new music program for Naomi, Ellie, and I to practice. None the of the rest of the family seem to want to do singings. We've practiced it once and found that we definitely need a lot more practice before we perform for a crowd. Naomi is giving keyboard lessons to Martha, Zeke, and Cilla, and Ellie is giving fiddle lessons to Zeke and Cilla. They are doing quite good, especially on the fiddle. Means how Ellie and I share a room, I get to hear the fiddle lessons! ::grins:: ... ::or maybe not::
We drive out every other day and feed the horses, on the 31st, Martha and I and Zeke went for a little ride. It was snowing quite hard while we were riding but quit as soon as we put the horses away. :-) It sure was pretty! I miss the big snow drifts and the prairies, but the mountains have their own kind of beauty too. We have four seasons here not just two.... I finally found out what spring and fall are like when we moved to ID! LOL! In SK we had winter, and it was a real winter, and summer! It would go from 0 degrees F to 70 degrees F in a couple of days, and then it was summer time. I found what it's like to be able to go out side in the summer and not have a waving/slapping fit! It made me realize why people around here don't go waving to everyone in sight, and just being plain friendly, what this state needs is a good dose of mosquitoes! Just kidding!
I found that I missed diving under fences this spring! Scrambling away from an unhappy cow dragging her new calf by a leg so that we could ear tag it. And I haven't once walked out to get the milk cows when it was -40 degrees with the wind whipping. But I have read an awful lot of Louis L'Amour books this year! I just love the Sacketts! We joke about the Holters, instead of the Sacketts! If you are planning on making trouble for one of us, you'd better bet on having at least half of the family after you! “You was lookin' for a Holter? Well you got your self 7 o' em!” Nobody has tried anything yet! :-) We must look scary! ::growl::
So long until next time,
The fourth, trouble making, musically inclined, joking, book reading, horse crazy, frisbee fumbling, child and daughter of Kirk and Heidi,
Lydia Rose Holter