A Not So Irish Scavenger Hunt

Happy St. Patrick s Day!

This post is kind of a stretch for me.  I struggled with the picture prompts, it’s been a busy week and I’m not Irish.  My heritage is predominantly Czech and English.  The Rancher has English and German blood.  Because of St. Patty’s Day, I made Irish Soda Bread.  I used Candy’s recipe; she blogs at the Lazy J Bar C Farm.

March 17

I am lucky and blessed!  I am a full-time at home ranch wife.  I work with my husband and his folks.  Cattle are my passion and I get to work with them everyday.  I am lucky to be living a lifestyle and working in a career I have always dreamed about.  What has always been in my heart.

During calving season we do chores in the daylight and in the dark.  First calf heifers require babysitting day and night.

March 17

The Ranching Business is no pot of gold.  The hours are long, the work is often dirty and it can be hard.  Our livelihood is highly influenced by Mother Nature, markets we have no control over and high expenses.  At the same time, we are continuing a family tradition, caring for and improving our family land, and helping to provide wholesome beef to a growing population.  Our work is fulfilling and we are happy.

We hope to see lots of clover in the pastures this spring and summer.  Clover is a great legume for cattle to eat.  First, we need rain or wet snow to nourish our pastures, crops and land.

March 17

The Texture Tuesday Theme is Wise Words.  The Rancher found this quote and said it reminded him of me as I like to get up early and get to moving.  He frequently tells me to calm down and reminds me there is no need to be rushing around so early.  We have come to a happy medium.

There’s something about getting up at 5 a.m., feeding the stock and chickens, and milking a couple of cows before breakfast that gives you a lifelong respect for the price of butter and eggs. ~Willima F. Vaughn (1920-2010)


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16 Responses to A Not So Irish Scavenger Hunt

  1. Tamar says:

    What beautiful animals!

  2. Yogi says:

    I love your post. Your animals are beautiful. I come from a family of ranchers and I know that it is hard work.

  3. Lea says:

    You did a great job with the Scavenger Hunt!
    The portrait of Mama and baby together is beautiful!
    Lea’s Menagerie

  4. Karen says:

    How lucky you are to be living your passion! Beautiful photos.

  5. Susan says:

    I hear you on the tough prompts this week, but you managed quite well in the way you stretched. My father grew up as a dairy farmer with more than 140 head at his family’s farm. I heard many stories about up a 4 a.m. and the hard work of the day. That calf and mama photo is very sweet. A new baby of any kind always brings a smile.

  6. Kimberly says:

    Great set! Love the mama and baby shots! Our neighbors have a few calves right now and they make me smile every time I drive past.

  7. Tami says:

    You are blessed to be living the life of your dreams. There really is something awe-inspiring about those early morning hours – gives you a different perspective on the world.

    We don’t raise cattle, but our landlord keeps them on our place so we get the joy of watching the newborn calves without the work. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing your pictures.

  8. Jessica says:

    I hear ya on not being Irish, this week was a challenge! Beautiful shots this week!

  9. Patti Wilson says:

    This is one of your best posts, Rob. I love the quote, it is true. You need to include checking the ewes at 2:00 A.M. By the way, I am tired…….mom

  10. Emily says:

    Have you ever been to the Czech Days festival in Tabor?

  11. Sandra says:

    Love the quote!
    thanks for sharing 🙂

  12. Teresa says:

    I love your pictures. The cattle all look so happy!

  13. Candy C. says:

    I like your different take on the SHS prompts! Good job! That quote is sooo true too! 🙂
    I did NOT make Irish Soda Bread yesterday, bad Candy!

  14. Marilyn says:

    I love her green “earrings”!!

  15. Pat says:

    I love those green earrings!

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