Last week J sent me to count yearlings and take out salt/mineral. Here are a few pictures of our replacement heifers, steers and spay heifers.
Thursday evening J got done cutting oats and the first field of forage winter wheat. J’s Dad and I got done raking and baling the creek bottoms and moved back home. Friday morning J did a little odd ball cutting around hay corrals.
In the afternoon J and his folks went to the eastern edge of South Dakota for an extended family reunion. J’s Great Great Grandfather and two of his brothers moved to Minnesota then homesteaded in South Dakota from New Brunswick, Canada. This was a gathering of the families of these three brothers. J said it was neat to meet relatives, learn more about his family history and visit the original homestead site.
I held the fort down and did little animal chores. I have two bum calves to feed, in addition to the chickens, dogs and barn cats.
I used the quite weekend to work on a couple of projects. I found two more terra cotta pots. Yes, I painted them. I think these are the last of the pots. I do have a few saucers. Something makes me think they would make good candle holders.
I also painted an old milk bucket. I have a few touch ups to do and hope to get that done today.
I am caught up on picture editing, tried to think ahead on meals for this week and did NOT do house work or laundry!
J and his Dad were in a toot to get back to haying Sunday afternoon. J cut more wheat and T started baling oats. This field was too much for the rake so he just baled it.
Monday T finished the first oat field and I teamed up with him to rake the second oat field and first field of wheat. J and his Mom cut the next field of wheat and dealt with a few odd cattle tasks.
Current Reads: I can’t remember if I mentioned that I joined an on-line book club. Thanks to Miss Kelly’s suggestion I am reading along with . Our current book is Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik. The Rural Housewives came up with a list of 4 or 5 books and we voted on the second reading choice. I did not vote for this book. I wasn’t impressed with the title and the book description didn’t peak my curiosity. I’m glad for the ladies that voted this read in; I have been hooked since chapter 1. It reminds me of The Girls from Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow.
For my birthday my Aunt/Godmother sent me two devotional books. While raking I have a few minutes of waiting on the baler and started reading Carolyn Larsen’s One Minute Devotion for Women. Starting January 1st each month has a theme and each day has a bible reading and short explanation of how we can use God’s word in our daily lives. I stared on July 1st, back read and am caught up and past July 16th. I am really enjoying this devotional.
Happy yearlings, sassy replacement heifers, making hay, crafty projects and good reads all in the life of this ranch wife. We have lots of hay left to make. Today J is in the swather and we are waiting for the wheat to dry. When I get my projects finished I will post pictures. I may have to wait until I give them to a few some special people in my life. Fun surprises are good and I don’t want to spoil the fun part.
I have to add that we are having a cool spell. Cool as in yesterday’s high was in the upper 60’s and this morning is a brisk 48*.
What are some of the creative projects you are working on? How is haying going on your ranch?