My latest adventure was one that Sister invited me on. She has asked me many times over the years to go with her to deliver or show sheep. I usually decline and think of twenty-seven reasons why I can’t go. This time I couldn’t say no.
Tuesday June 6th I headed to Nebraska and spent the night with Mom and Dad. Due to my travels with Sister, Molly had to stay home with J. Mom and Dad delivered me, and a few ewes, to Sister and took Miles (Sister’s Son) home with them. This was the first time I got to see Burch Livestock since their move from Iowa to Nebraska. Sister and her family are living on the farm that Mom grew up on.
Wednesday afternoon Kolby, Mick and I wormed a group of lambs and got ready for our sheep delivery mission. Thursday morning we ran ewes through the chute to worm and trim feet. Mick and I headed south with a trailer of sheep around noon.
Our original plan was to stay in Ponca City, OK and go to the Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile on Friday morning, but we miss calculated our meeting point to deliver a couple of sheep. To go to the Mercantile would have been a 99 mile backtrack, so we decided to keep going south. Sister and I made it to Oklahoma City and stayed the night.
Friday morning we walked around downtown, visited the Myriad Botanical Gardens and went to Stockyards City. The gardens were amazing and Sister was more than patient as I took pictures of pretty flowers. For two girls who don’t get off the farm/ranch much and haven’t been shopping together for years, we thoroughly enjoyed the western stores and boutique shops. Sister and I ate an excellent dinner at the Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, delivered a few more sheep and drove on down to Waco, TX.
Sister and I took a Saturday morning walk around the campus of Baylor University. Our second stop was Magnolia Market at the Silos. After dinner we found ourselves in downtown Waco at a farmer’s market. Also, downtown was the Chisholm Trail Heritage Trail Boss and Longhorn sculpture project. In the same park resides the Waco Suspension Bridge. We completed the sheep deliveries and drove to Ponca City.
Sister and I made it to York, NE early Sunday afternoon and met Dad and Miles. Mick got Miles back and Dad took me home with him. I spent Monday and Tuesday with Mom and Dad before heading to South Dakota on Wednesday June 14th.
It does my heart good to spend time with my Sister and go on a new adventure with her. I love to check cattle with Dad, work with my parents in the garden and help Mom with her sheep. Mom knows just how to spoil me, she made a leg of lamb and grilled lamb burgers! I also got to visit with Uncle Bill, Aunt Janet and several neighbors. It was a much appreciated trip away from my everyday life.
Watch for more pictures from this trip in future blog posts. I have a lot of flower pictures from the botanical gardens. There are more photos of fun things I saw at home and on the road.