One of the perks of ranch wife life is the abundance of life around me. Animal life, plant life, family and friends. Today I’m sharing pictures of different critters that I’ve seen at home and on my recent travels.
Mom and Dad have a lot of toads around their place. The dogs like to bark at them, the Grandson likes to chase them, but I prefer to photograph them.
Last Monday, June 26th, J and I ran the replacement heifers through the chute to fly tag them. We also pulled the bulls off. I lead the girls with the cake wagon while J and Rosie kept them moving along. In the corrals, I worked the back and kept the heifers moved forward in the alleyway while J did the tagging. Afterwards, we took them to the “Windmill pasture.” I enjoy ranch tasks like this.
Late Monday afternoon, J and I moved the pairs at home. While waiting for the cattle to settle J and I saw the little guy below. The bird must have hatched shortly before we saw it. I did see the mother near by and hope she found a safe place for her young.
While checking cattle on Monday, J found the neighbors big red bull in with our cows. Tuesday morning we gathered our bulls and turned them out with the cows. It was a couple of days early, but apparently mother nature thought it was time.
The neighbor was gathering his big red bull when we turned bulls out. J and I stopped to visit and I couldn’t resist snapping a few photos of his cattle working dog. The guy pictured below is about a year and a half and learning to work cattle with his sire.
The rest of Tuesday J spent in the shop and I was in the kitchen. J’s folks along with his brother and his family came out for a visit. I grilled burgers and hot dogs with all the fixings for supper.
J crawled back in the swather Wednesday morning. He spent 3/4th of the day cutting and his brother finished out the day and field. We felt optimistic about this field as it looked better than most of the other fields we h already hayed.
As J was swathing, I did a few odd jobs he needed done. I also baked up the spotted bananas sitting on my counter, edited pictures and did some reading. I finished reading another World War II story, Beneath the Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan. It’s excellent.
The geese pictured blow were in the park along the Waco Suspension Bridge.
Thursday morning we woke to the sound of rain! We ended up with .41″. Even though the hay got rained on, we were happy to see a dab of moisture.
Our visitors returned to Motorcycle City, J made a trip to small town and I baked up the rest of the bananas.
The Muddy Creek runs through Dad and Mom’s ranch. Dad has a hay field right along the creek and spotted this snapping turtle while we were checking hay. We think she came out of the creek to lay eggs.
Friday morning J and I checked cattle at home and the oldest group of pairs. Between the rain and cool temperatures the hay was not ready to bale and that was no surprise. J decided to go to Motorcycle City to spend more time with his brother and family.
The ducks pictured blow were in the stream that was part of the Myriad Botanical Gardens.
The sad news of the week was our neighbor passed away. Last week I mentioned that J and I went to a 70th wedding anniversary party, the groom is our friend that passed. I keep thinking that he did so in style. Family, friends and neighbors will remember Herman from the last time we saw him. He was in a mood of in celebration, with a good mind and feeling ok. His funeral was Saturday morning.
Late Saturday afternoon we got hay equipment moved to the field and J made a few bales. Since J and I took most of Saturday off, we worked on Sunday. We got the hay rolled up and moved back home with equipment. We were happy with the bale count and feel caught up again.
Mom’s West Highland Terrier, Riley, is always a treat. He is a cuddler and photogenic. I will share that he was rather leery of me after Mom and I trimmed his toe nails. Luckily I captured a few shots before the toe trimming.
I hope all of you have a safe and wonderful 4th of July!