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Meanwhile, back at the ranch...

Meanwhile, back at the ranch...

By Jessie Veeder

Western North Dakota based musician, author, columnist, rancher and mom of two young daughters reflects each week on rural living, its characters, heartbreaks, triumphs, absurdity and what it means to live and love in the middle of nowhere, which to Jessie and her cast of characters, is the middle of everything.
Find out more about Jessie, the ranch and her music at veederranch.com and jessieveedermusic.com
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The perks of being a ranch kid...
The perks of being a ranch kid...
Happy Thanksgiving. This week's column is about what it means to bring the kids along on shipping day at the ranch. On the podcast Jessie and Chad catch up after a really busy couple weeks and talk about all things, including the significance of this time of the year for the family. They talk a bit about their rocky road to parenthood as well as how scary it can be to face taking over a ranch operation before you feel fully ready. Also, call them if you need a kitten or some tips on how to survive a 7 year old birthday sleepover party.  For more stories and pictures about The Veeder Ranch and to learn about Jessie and her books and music visit veederranch.com or jessieveedermusic.com Share your stories with us! Email jessieveeder@gmail.com
01:09:05
November 25, 2022
A Horse Ride Down Memory Lane
A Horse Ride Down Memory Lane
What happens when the family tries to fit an entire life into one week? Jessie finds herself alone in her basement talking to you about memories of an old horse because despite her attempts, she couldn't bring herself to wake up her exhausted husband to visit. This week's column and podcast is a little late, a little nostalgic and a little awkward, just like Jessie herself. She gives an update on life at the ranch, reads her column and shares one of the first songs she's ever recorded, one she wrote when she was only 12-years-old. Oh, the memories old horses give us.  Thanks for listening.  For more stories and pictures about The Veeder Ranch and to learn about Jessie and her books and music visit veederranch.com or jessieveedermusic.com Share your stories with us! Email jessieveeder@gmail.com
25:21
November 18, 2022
Late Night Worries
Late Night Worries
Back after a week off, Jessie and her husband Chad catch up when they can, which is in the middle of the night. The family's Halloween costumes remind them of Jessie's lack of sewing skills and Chad's ability to do everything (annoying, right?) And they dig in to what keeps us up and wakes us up at night. While the episode's lighthearted, the column, "Edie's worried" digs into how we deal with our children's fear, and how difficult it can be to balance the truth with the comfort.  For more stories about The Veeder Ranch and to learn about Jessie and her books and music visit veederranch.com or jessieveedermusic.com Share your stories with us! Email jessieveeder@gmail.com
01:08:11
November 09, 2022
Unplug like it's 1998
Unplug like it's 1998
This week it snowed at the ranch. Yup. A nice little ice and slush blizzard to remind us what winter is really like here. Jessie sits down with Chad to talk about why it's become so important to her to finish reading and actual book, and then he tells her why he thinks one of the characters in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the worst villain of all time. They talk libraries and old cell phones, bow hunting and the new wild animal that has been hanging around the place. Jessie reads her column of the same name and shares an old song she recorded in her college days off the album "A Place to Belong."  For more stories about The Veeder Ranch and to learn about Jessie and her books and music visit veederranch.com or jessieveedermusic.com Share your stories with us! Email jessieveeder@gmail.com 
01:14:31
October 26, 2022
The layers of fall
The layers of fall
We're in what Jessie calls the in-between season, where we pull on layers in the cool mornings and strip them off slowly throughout the day as it warms up. We don't give it much recognition because we're all scrambling to get work done before winter comes, so Jessie sits down to recognize it and talk it out with her husband Chad. The conversation turns to fall work and food, naturally, because we're up north and we're getting cold and we're starving for carbs and cream. Hear why Jessie thinks Chad would be a good contestant on reality game shows and learn why Jessie's all time favorite meal was after she jumped out of a plane over the beach.  See those pictures and read the skydiving story here Jessie reads her column of the same name. For more stories about The Veeder Ranch and to learn about Jessie and her books and music visit veederranch.com or jessieveedermusic.com Share your stories with us! Email jessieveeder@gmail.com
01:04:37
October 19, 2022
The juggle is real
The juggle is real
This week's been a struggle, and Jessie and her husband Chad  sit down to pontificate on what they're feeling here. Is it stress, the season change, or just trying to get the kids out the door on time for school? Plus, Jessie's current book choice and her fear of heights prompts Chad to give a bit of insight on what it was like working as derrick hand at the height of the oil boom, which then gets them talking about how far their community's come. If you want a linear and precise hour of conversation, this isn't it, but then, isn't that life. Maybe you can relate.  Jessie reads her column of the same name. For more stories about The Veeder Ranch and to learn about Jessie and her books and music visit veederranch.com or jessieveedermusic.com Share your stories with us! Email jessieveeder@gmail.com
01:05:57
October 12, 2022
Taking a back seat to the dogs
Taking a back seat to the dogs
If you like dogs this is the episode for you. Jessie recently realized her true place on the ranch and, well, this episode and column is her way of working it all out. She sits down with her husband, Chad to reminisce about the good dogs, the bad dogs and all the reasons we love them. Which got them thinking about  the best dog movies of their childhood, their infamous pug and that time Chad found himself butt-naked on the deck with a shotgun in the middle of the night... Plus, Jessie reads her column of the same name and stick around for her song "A Girl Needs a Dog" at the end of the episode and watch the music video featuring all the good dogs here! Link to Jessie's sketch and poem about ranch dogs here For more stories about The Veeder Ranch and to learn about Jessie and her books and music visit veederranch.com or jessieveedermusic.com Share your stories with us! Email jessieveeder@gmail.com
01:02:47
October 06, 2022
What they left behind
What they left behind
This week Jessie sits down with her husband to talk about homestead houses and how history can haunt us, just like the Goat Man Chad encountered near the Lost Bridge in the badlands. Find out what word Jessie just made up out of thin air last week, hear a story about Lutheran kids dressing up as nuns and get the scoop on the spooky relic from the old house behind Jessie's childhood home that chills her still.  Plus, Jessie  reads this week's column. Read it yourself  in Forum  Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com
01:07:06
September 28, 2022
It's Tomato Season and I'm Coming For You
It's Tomato Season and I'm Coming For You
If you're not hungry, you will be after this episode, because it's all about food! Soup season is synonymous with tomato season and this week the couple talks about the tomato soup recipe Chad made up when they first moved back to the ranch, which leads to all sorts of talk about cream and butter and the different styles of cooking the two grew up with. Plus, learn about why you'll never eat pork chops and mashed potatoes without creamed peas again and why Chad can't be trusted with a cooler. Enjoy the soup recipe below or find a video version on the Instagram feed at instagram.com/jessieveeder, online at veederranch.com or in Jessie's book, "Coming Home."  Plus, Jessie  reads this week's column. Read it yourself  in Forum  Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Cowboy’s Garden Tomato Soup Ingredients ¼ cup water or chicken stock. Add more depending on how thick you like your soup 3 cups fresh tomatoes, diced 1 cup (about 3 medium carrots) diced ¼ of a large purple onion, diced 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced 1 12-ounce can tomato sauce 1 stick butter 1 bay leaf 1 teaspoon celery seed 1 teaspoon dill weed 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro ½ teaspoon rosemary 1 teaspoon chopped chives Ground black pepper, to taste 4 chicken bouillon cubes 1½ cups heavy whipping cream (room temperature) Directions In a large soup pot add the diced tomatoes, carrots, onion and garlic to ¼ cup water and simmer on low for about 5 to 7 minutes or until the tomatoes start to gently boil. Stir in the tomato sauce, butter, seasonings and bouillon cubes and simmer the soup on low, allowing the onions and carrots to cook, about 30 minutes. Once the vegetables are cooked through, slowly stir in the heavy whipping cream and say “M’m! M’m! Good!” while Campbell sobs silently to himself. Heat (don’t boil) for a few minutes, serve it up and have yourself a happy and well-fed fall. Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share your stories by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com
01:11:08
September 20, 2022
The yard light's back on
The yard light's back on
This week Jessie catches up with her husband after he returns from leaving for a 75 day hunting trip (ok, maybe it was just 5 days). A small change in the barnyard makes Jessie reflect on how wrong they all were about the future of her home, and Chad wonders if Jessie would wish her kind of creative drive on her children, and then asks her to explain gravity. There's lots to unpack here, figuratively and literally... Plus, Jessie shares a song and reads this week's column. Read it yourself  in Forum  Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share your stories by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com
01:10:04
September 14, 2022
Welcome to the season change
Welcome to the season change
This week Jessie sits down with her little sister Alex and somehow a talk about the weather turns into embarrassing confessions and what was found in the septic tank.  The flies and the wasps and the rooster and the tomatoes and the mice are taking over the ranch and for all the inconvenient things, a fall ride to roundup cattle makes up for it all in a breath. Jessie shares her column about just that.  Read it yourself in Forum Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share your stories by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com 
01:00:13
September 08, 2022
Cheers to Middle Age
Cheers to Middle Age
Jessie and her husband Chad have officially climbed the hill to reach middle-age and on this week's episode they talk about it. Like, what they would tell their younger selves, why Chad settled into his beard and cargo pants, how Jessie just can't anymore with uncomfortable underwear and why time is worth so much more than money.  Plus, Jessie reads this week's column. Read it yourself in Forum  Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share your stories by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com
01:12:15
August 30, 2022
Summer, don't leave me
Summer, don't leave me
This week Jessie has coffee with her little sister, Alex, who is a former guidance counselor and teacher, to get some perspective on back to school. Alex gives some tips on the best questions to ask about your child's day to actually get a response and Jessie tries to get to the bottom of why having a kid going into first grade is carrying more weight than the first day of Kindergarten. They talk season changes on the ranch, back to school traditions and more.  Plus, Jessie shares a song and reads this week's column. Read it yourself  in Forum  Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share your stories by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com 
01:03:28
August 23, 2022
This world needs more barn dances
This world needs more barn dances
This week Jessie reflects on the nostalgia of the age old barn-dance, and why some of this sentiment needs to remain in the modern world. She and her husband Chad reflect on who taught them to dance, how their Dirty Dancing days are over and pontificate on the old house that used to be on the house, who lived there and why they left.  Plus, Jessie shares a song and reads this week's column. Read it yourself  in Forum  Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share your stories by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com
01:05:22
August 16, 2022
Showtime in the Badlands
Showtime in the Badlands
From fishing trips to film crews, Bible camp a barn dance and a musical in the badlands, family life has been a bit of a blur the last week. Jessie and her husband catch up after bedtime to share the latest and reminisce about memories in North Dakota's favorite tourist town, Medora.  Plus, Jessie reads this week's column. Read it yourself  in Forum  Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share your stories by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com
01:17:47
August 11, 2022
40 Years
40 Years
This week Jessie convinces her parents to sit down with her and talk about what 40 years of marriage looks like, what her mom thought when her dad brought her to the ranch when there was still party lines and how her dad's night in county jail gave him clarity on the direction of his life.  Plus, Jessie reads this week's column. Read it yourself  in Forum Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share your stories by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com
01:10:50
August 02, 2022
It's mid-July and they're in the hay fields
It's mid-July and they're in the hay fields
From haying to old Bible camp memories, weird pets, the proper way to pronounce s'mores and how to deal with an accidental toad murder, Jessie and her husband cover all things mid-western July in this episode because if you blink, you might miss it.  Plus, Jessie reads this week's column. Read it yourself  in Forum Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share your stories by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com
01:06:18
July 26, 2022
What to lose in a fire
What to lose in a fire
This week Jessie and her husband Chad reflect on a fire they experienced while they were living in the old ranch house. What they went back inside to save revealed things about the human experience and our connection to the stuff we carry along with us. Jessie explains why she once stood in the rain naked and Chad thinks when he dies he wants to come back as my aunt's Corgi. Jessie reads her column and shares a song.  Read Jessie's column in Forum Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share your stories by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com 
01:22:07
July 19, 2022
Get your Goat
Get your Goat
Jessie has a couple goat stories from her high school rodeo days (where she never won a buckle, but showed up in the ranchiest rigs). The two talk 90s childhood and all the dangerous ways they rode in vehicles and a week recap from the ranch.  Jessie also reads her column of the same name and shares a song. Read Jessie's column in Forum Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share your stories by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com
01:01:04
July 13, 2022
On Marriage and Montana
On Marriage and Montana
This week Jessie and her husband Chad sit down to visit after a long weekend in Minnesota with the family for 4th of July weekend. They reflect on the difference between a vacation together and a vacation with kids, which mostly requires another vacation. The two talk their recent trip to Montana and how it reminded them that its time to prioritize their relationship and they take inspiration from Jessie's grandparents, who have been married almost 70 years. Also, why do dads get all the praise when they go to the grocery store with the kids?  Jessie also reads her column of the same name and shares a song. Read Jessie's column in Forum Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share your stories by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com
01:15:58
July 06, 2022
The Sweet Spot of Summer
The Sweet Spot of Summer
Jessie sits down with her little sister Alex and gets interrupted a thousand times by the kids, sidetracking the conversation and giving you a glimpse into the real life of juggling motherhood and work on the ranch. Really. And in the column, well, there's just lots of nostalgia for the fleeting summer and fleeting childhood. essie also reads her column of the same name and shares a song. Read Jessie's column in Forum Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share your stories by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com
57:59
June 28, 2022
A Sentimental Branding Day Roaster
A Sentimental Branding Day Roaster
This week Jessie gets all sentimental about a giant roaster she uses each branding day at the ranch and she sits down with her husband Chad to talk about why it's so special to them to have guests at the ranch. They are working on some new plans for the ranch and you'll get the exclusive scoop here.  Jessie also reads her column of the same name and shares a song. Read Jessie's column in Forum Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share your stories about your branding day memories by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com, so you'll get in on that too. 
58:05
June 20, 2022
A spare toilet in a plastic world
A spare toilet in a plastic world
This week Jessie sits down with her husband to get to the bottom of why he saves everything and how it makes him feel that he has a spare toilet when a spare toilet is needed on the ranch. And they share stories of other savers in their lives and how resourceful people may be a dying breed.  Jessie also reads her column of the same name and shares a song.  Read Jessie's column in Forum Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share your stories about the resourceful person in your life by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com
01:02:11
June 13, 2022
What a Cowgirl Carries
What a Cowgirl Carries
What does it mean to be a cowgirl? This week Jessie sits down with her little sister to talk about the cowgirls in their lives and how they are trying to raise their daughters with a cowgirl spirit. Oh, and of course, her daughters have a chance to weigh in as well.  Link to Jessie's Are there Anymore Real Cowboys music video featuring footage from the ranch archives and photos of North Dakota cowboys and cowgirls.  Read Jessie's column in Forum Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share what "cowgirl" means to you by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com
40:45
June 06, 2022
Notes on a Rural Summer
Notes on a Rural Summer
It's the official kickoff to summer and Jessie talks with her young kids and her little sister about making the most out of the fleeting and magical time. There's lots of nostalgia in this one, plus some cute moments from her daughters, Edie and Rose. Jessie reads her column and shares a song.  veederranch.com
46:33
May 31, 2022
On Vows and Working Cows
On Vows and Working Cows
No human is perfect. Not individually and surely not together. And especially not when working cows. This week Jessie sits down with her husband, Chad, and talks about marriage and ranch work, parenting and romance and the whole mess of what love and commitment really looks like. It gets western. It gets real and it gets a little sweet. Read Jessie's column in Forum Communication's newspapers across the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share your own rural love story with us by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com
59:49
May 23, 2022
The Promise of a Greener Summer
The Promise of a Greener Summer
This week it's all about the rain and the rain and the rain. After a long dry spell in Western North Dakota, the sky broke the silence and dropped almost five inches in a few days, filling the dams, cricks, and our hope. Jessie reflects on the stories we tell and the memories we revisit when the sky opens up. Catch her original song, Raining, at the end of the episode and download it at jessieveedermusic.com or wherever you get your music.  More at veederranch.com
22:11
May 16, 2022
A Slice of Rural Life at the Local Cenex
A Slice of Rural Life at the Local Cenex
It's raining at the ranch, so Jessie takes the opportunity to visit with her husband, Chad, about memories of growing up in their hometown in the 90s, specifically the old Cenex station. She reads her column and shares her song "Boomtown."  Link to Jessie's American Cancer Society Fundraiser here Read Jessie's column in Forum Communcation's newspapers accross the region or on her website at www.veederranch.com Find Jessie's books and music at www.jessieveedermusic.com Share, subscribe and share your own hometown/small town and rural memories with us by emailing jessieveedermusic@gmail.com
40:37
May 09, 2022
Lessons in life and heartbreak on the ranch
Lessons in life and heartbreak on the ranch
Western North Dakota based musician, author, columnist, rancher and mom of two comments on and reads her weekly column about life on the ranch. This is Jessie's first attempt at turning the column into a podcast, reflecting on the latest spring blizzards during calving. Making sure you leave comments and suggestions as she works this whole thing out! The full column, with photos and more is available at http://veederranch.com/2022/05/02/lessons-in-life-and-heartbreak-on-the-ranch/ Learn more at Jessie, the ranch and her music at jessieveedermusic.com
08:44
May 02, 2022