Cooperation, Persistence, Simplicity

We keep pecking away at fall tasks.  Tuesday we shipped a few steers. Wednesday The Rancher and his Dad hauled a little hay.  We are preg-checking cows on Friday, so I spent Wednesday cleaning house and figuring out a menu. Sounds like we are going to try to run the weaned calves through the chute this morning.  Then I need to start cooking.

Here are more pictures of pairs in the winter pasture.  This was the day we put all the cattle together.

November 7

I haven’t decided if I am coming or going.  I have to admit, I am doing better than just surviving.  I like to be busy!  Coffee is essential and an occasional after dinner nap helps.

I have determined that it helps to communicate to J what I need time to do.  I try my best to do skirt work around his needs, but sometimes I need a little extra time. Lucky for me J’s folks are at the ranch and we appreciate the extra hands!  J’s Uncle came yesterday for an extended visit.  He likes to get away from town life and help with cattle work.

November 7

Last week the computer keyboard quit on us.  After a couple phone calls and a new USB connected keyboard we were back to normal.  Tuesday afternoon we had some funny stuff going on.  J got the minor dilemma figured out and I called a computer expert about a major concern.  The brains of our computer will be 10 years old in January; we think that may be part of our issue.

November 7

With the time change dusk starts at 4:30; by 5:00 it’s mostly dark.  I am still working on the early dark thing.  It can make for a rather long evening.  The weather man said this time of year each day is a little shorter than the day before and we average 10 hours of daylight.

I have noticed an increase in our volume of mail.  This time of year I start getting lots of magazines pushing Christmas gifts.  I am NOT ready to think about the Holiday season.  I would rather concentrate on autumn, soup and getting caught up on fall ranch work.

November 7

A few words from Jessie at Meanwhile, back at the ranch

“…Stop worrying about trivial things.  Stop working so hard to make more money to buy more stuff.  Stop moving so fast.  This is it right here … This IS the stuff.”

Happy Thursday to you!

**Update on Saturday**

I didn’t get a new post together for Weekly Top Shot and am linking up this post.

Preg-checking the cows went good on Friday.  We had lots of wonderful help and the cattle worked like a dream.  The weather could have been better.  It was windy, a little rainy and cloudy most of the day.

Today we are starting up the feed wagon and letting the weaned calves out of the weaning pen into a bigger lot.

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18 Responses to Cooperation, Persistence, Simplicity

  1. Janice says:

    I hate the short days of winter! I am definitely a long days kind of person. Good luck staying on top of most, seems you have a good rhythm. I would suggest you get a new computer soon though!

  2. I am sure that these shorter days have a big impact on the work that ranchers and farmers must accomplish in a day’s time. And nothing worse than darn computer problems.

  3. Linda W says:

    Yeah, I’m not a fan of the shorter days. And I’m really not ready for the holiday season!

  4. Candy C. says:

    Jessie’s words are very wise! I hope you get your computer problems straightened out, it can be very frustrating. We have started getting lots of catalogs in the mail too, I’m soooo not ready! I agree, lets concentrate on November for awhile! 🙂

  5. Darcy says:

    I made your onion soup recipe this week – and it was very delicious! I agree with you, it is easier for our husband’s to know that we have some non-ranch things to take care of, then they can schedule our leave into their day. Good luck with the rest of the fall tasks!

    • Robyn says:

      I am glad you tried the onion soup and liked it! I am putting a big sirloin roast in the oven for dinner after preg-checking tomorrow. I see French Onion Soup in our near future.

      I like your comment that the guys can “schedule our leave into their day”. Isn’t that the truth.

  6. cheri says:

    Love Jessica’s quote! Yep, so busy. I do sleep like a log at night. I like that. It does make for long evenings when its dark at 4:30! I’d rather work until 8 pm then up at 5am to start work! Plus, when its dark, I’m ready for bed! LOL!
    Cameron and I have an agreement. We can vent to each other, but don’t take your frustrations out on each other. Some “help” that we have, is more of a liability then help. That’s frustrating.
    BTW – what is skirting?

  7. Buttons says:

    Miss Robyn your cows are beautiful and it sounds like you have great wonderful family to help that is the best. I understand the press for time this time of year but you will get it all done and then you can relax a little to do those inside chores. I love the outside chores more myself. I love Jessie’s post and Candy is right she is wise. Hug B

  8. Karen says:

    It’s so nice your family is able to help out at a busy time. I like that it’s lighter in the morning, but not crazy about leaving the office in the dark. I’m glad I’m not the only one who isn’t ready for holiday shopping yet. Have a nice weekend, Robyn!

  9. Kim says:

    Sounds like it’s busy at your house, too! We gathered cows off summer pasture on Monday. I was promoted again to 4-wheeler driver. The vet was here on Thursday, preg-checking a group of the cows. Our church bazaar is Saturday, so I’ve done tons of extra baking this week. I need a few extra hours in the day – whether they are daylight or otherwise. Good luck with your work today! Keep safe!

  10. Pat says:

    I’m exhausted just reading about what the upcoming week holds in store for you. You are one busy lady!

  11. Always a wonderful post and photos here ~ I am with you ~ keep getting ‘message’ to slow down and take time to regroup’ and be in the ‘now’.~ Daylight savings time threw me for a loop and was off kilter all week ~ hopefully on the mend ~ Happy Weekend to you ~ xxx, carol

  12. You are SO busy! I would love to follow you around for a few days… that second to last shot of the steer or heifer is SO pretty, the light is magical! Thank you for coming by sharing your creative photography on the Weekly Top Shot, #108!

  13. Enjoyed this glimpse into ranch life. I did not realise the ongoing demands of indoor life were almost as time strapped as outdoor demands. Wonderful last two photos capturing that steady stare of cows.

  14. Pat says:

    Time seems to fly by, especially between now and the holiday season. I can’t imagine how you keep up.

  15. Bonnie says:

    My motto is keep moving forward. I wish I had busy work. With my gardens under the snow I have no outdoor projects. I just wander around aimlessly wishing I had something to do. Finally, I give up and go back to the house. I have lots of winter stuff to keep me busy: quilting, making things, baking things, and blogging. I just wish I could be outside working.

  16. Fell asleep at 7 pm last night and woke up at 3:30 this morning. Blech.

  17. Teresa says:

    It does sound like you are quite busy! Glad things went well with working cattle.

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