The past week has been a roller coaster of work, catching up, weather and cleaning up.
J was gone to his monthly FSA (Farm Service Agency) Board meeting on Monday morning. I got caught up on housework while he was gone and grilled fish from our Sunday catch.
In the afternoon we cleaned up and put away the rake and baler. J and I put loaders on the tractors and got them ready to haul hay.
Speaking of our fishing from a week ago Sunday, Kari thought we needed a picture. Kohl, Me, Brylee and Rosie smiled for Kari. Next time we will get Kari and Anson to join us!
Tuesday was a horrible windy day and J spent it mechanicing. After dinner I went to Small Town for an appointment, delivered eggs and got a few groceries.
The wind was just as strong on Wednesday. J went to the Big City and I spent a quiet day at home. Sometimes it’s nice to peck away at little tasks and have some down time.
J sent me south to start gathering bales on Thursday morning while he checked cattle. We met back at the house for dinner and spent the afternoon hauling hay.
Around 7 o’clock in the evening a front hit, wind, rain and hail. We were not home when the storm hit. When we got a quarter-mile from the house we soon realized that the eye of the storm was over our yard. Dark was closing in and we knew Friday would reveal just how damaging the hail was.
The houses suffered cosmetic damages, torn window screens, busted siding and one broken window. The calving barn sky lights have a few holes in them too. My garden was a total loss and the wild flowers on the west side of the house are not in good shape.
Friday J and I looked over the carnage, checked pastures and started cleaning up the yards. It took us over three hours to rake the yards, clean up the garden and haul off all the branches and leaves.
We are very blessed that the hail storm was a narrow band and minimally affected our pastures. The little bit of grass that got hit will pop out of the set back.
We have friends west of us that had tennis ball sized hail that did major damage to corn, wheat and pastures.
There was .40″ of rain in the gauge, but I think we got more than that. The water looks like it ran hard through the cattle lots and the prairie had standing water on the gumbo spots. So, we are not sure how much rain, but glad for the drink.
Saturday evening we had another shower come through. This time we got .24″ and a gorgeous post rain sky. The picture above and below were taken shortly before the sun went down on Saturday. The clouds and lighting were fabulous.
J and I had a week full of variety: a meeting, errands, appointments, mechanicing, hay hauling, yard cleaning, cattle checking and house work. We feel blessed that the hail damages we received are fixable, the cattle have grass to eat and we are safe.
Have you had any sever weather or hail at your ranch?