Come all you Texas cow-boys
And warning take of me
Don’t go out in Montana
For wealth or liberty
But stay home here in Texas
Where they work the year around
And where you’ll not get consumption
From sleeping on the ground.
Montana is too cold for me,
And the winters are too long
Before the round-ups have begun,
Your money is all gone.
For in Montana…
"Leonard" is a song written and recorded by American country music legend Merle Haggard. The song is a tribute to songwriter Tommy Collins.
Cowboy Change: Different-sized gun cartridges used by cowboys as small change in days past.
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Haggard’s first top 10 hit was “(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers” in 1965. From the 1960s through the 1980s, Haggard had 26 #1 country singles including classics such as “Mama Tried,” “Okie from Muskogee,” and “Today I Start Loving You Again,” which has been covered more than 400 times.
Allow milk to form clabber.
Skim off cream once clabbered.
Set clabbered milk on very low heat and cut in 1 inch squares.
Place colander into clabber.
Dip off whey that rises into the colander.
When clabber becomes firm, rinse with cold water.
Squeeze liquid out and press into ball.
Crumble into bowl.
Mix curds with thick cream.
Lunkhead…A widespread term, first recorded in the California gold fields, for a stupid, thick-headed person.
Dear Readers: My Wild West Trivia Contest will be on hiatus this month. I will be on the road the first part of August helping my daughter settle into her new apartment before she begins her first year of graduate school in Missouri.
Born during the Great Depression, Merle Haggard’s family followed the migration toward the West Coast and settled in Bakersfield, California.