Calm Before the Blizzard

Last week was full of cattle work. Cattle work in addition to our everyday chores that is. Monday afternoon J and I got the calves in, sorted off the heifers and ran the steers through the chute to pour them. We kept a handful of little steers and it was a good project for the two of us.

Tuesday we bangs vaccinated heifers at home and at Cousin T’s. I was also on cooking duty and made Chili with Cornbread.

Thursday we headed back to Cousin T’s to run his bred heifers through the chute. When we got home J and I transferred corn. After a good cuppa joe I started cleaning house and did some food prep for Christmas.

J’s folks and Sister’s family came to the ranch on Friday afternoon. Sister-in-Law brought pizza for supper. After we ate, we did our family gift opening. It’s fun to experience the “magic” of Christmas through the eyes of a 5 and 2 1/2 year old.

Saturday J and I had lots of extra help for chores. The kids love to ride with Uncle J in the tractor. I even saw them driving, with assistance from Uncle.

Brisket was the main course for Christmas Eve dinner. J hasn’t made brisket on the egg since Easter and it was a treat! Homemade french fries, Cherry Pie Jell-o Salad, Crusty Bread, veggies and Chipped Beef Cheese Ball rounded out the meal. J’s Mom made sweet treats for dessert and I made Pumpkin rolls.

We did Christmas a little early due to the weather forecast. Everyone headed back to the Hills after dinner.

J and I got up early early to get cattle fed before the Christmas blizzard hit. It was a frosty and beautiful morning. I consider it the calm before the storm. The snow started at 10 o’clock and the wind hit around 2 o’clock.

J and Rosie got the calves in at 1:30 pm and we hunkered down in the house the rest of the day. We’ll see what type of issues we have to deal with when the sun comes up. Sounds like the wind will continue today. Once this front blows through the weathermen are talking nice for the rest of the week.

I made French Onion Soup for Christmas dinner. I had the perfect amount of crusty bread and fancy cheese leftover from Saturday and it sounded like a perfect fit for a cold snowy day. I’ve been wanting to try this Pumpkin Bread recipe, so after chores I, baked up some quick bread. Delicious!

If you are in this wide spread winter storm, please be safe as you tend to your livestock. I understand inches of fresh snow and wind can make for a lot of extra work. I also know ice accumulation is not fun.

I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend celebrating the birth of Christ and spending time with family. I wish all of you the very best that 2017 has to offer!

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3 Responses to Calm Before the Blizzard

  1. Kim says:

    Our Christmas Day was more like a spring day. There was even a brief tornado touchdown in a northwestern Kansas county. It was quite a change from last Sunday, when we had sub-zero temperatures. I like your snow photos, even though I’m sure it was a pain to experience. We have one more Christmas gathering today with Randy’s sister.

  2. Darcy says:

    Merry Christmas! Your pictures in this post are fantastic!

  3. CountryMum says:

    Happy Christmas!! Our Christmas day was certainly a contrast in temperature to yours. We are midst heatwave at the moment and the kids (and adults) all enjoyed water bombing each other to cool down.

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