Everyday Adventures

We continue to experience beautiful spring like weather.  Actually, last weekend was more early summer like.

J and I went to the Hills on Saturday for one last trip before we start calving cows.  We ate at the Texas Roadhouse.  It was excellent.  I had the sirloin kabob.  J the pulled pork and rib plate.  All melt in your mouth delicious!

I let the dogs out at 10 pm Saturday night.  In the 3-4 minutes they were out Roxie and Molly found an uninvited guest.  I didn’t know what was going on, just that Molly was going crazy.  I got the dogs in the entryway and soon realized what was hiding out in Roxie’s dog house.  20 minutes later the skunk was dead, things were stinky and the dogs got to go “camping” in the garage.  Great fun!

Sunday afternoon I experimented with PicMonkey.  I have never used a picture editing program other than the one that came with my camera.  I had fun playing around with my pictures and love the program!

Monday morning at 5 am, I put a heifer in the barn that had toes out.  This means baby on the way!  At 5:30 I checked her again, she had made a little progress.  By the size of the calf’s feet I really thought the heifer should have the calf on her own.  She was working, just needed a couple more minutes.  I stayed and watched birth.  It had been years since I have seen an actual natural birth.  What a great way to start the day!  By 6:30 baby was licked off, walking and looking for some breakfast.

J is starting to get tractors ready to farm.  We keep praying for some moisture to come our way.  May showers feeds spring grass and summer crops.  I see the lawn is starting to green up already.

And so goes life on the ranch.  You just never know how your day will start, end or what kind of adventures will commence in the between.

Do you have a skunky story to share?  Have you tried PicMonkey or the Texas Roadhouse?


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21 Responses to Everyday Adventures

  1. LindaG says:

    We do like Texas Roadhouse. We like Lonestar Steakhouse, too.
    The rib eyes are usually quite good at Roadhouse and we love the Delmonico at Lonestar (some sort of rib eye cut).

    Never heard of picmonkey but will check it out.

    And fortunately, no skunk story to share. ;o)

    Hope you all have a great day. Your calves sure look happy and healthy!

  2. Kim says:

    No, I hadn’t heard of picmonkey, but I just checked it out. THANKS for the top, since picnik is going away in April.

    Yes, we have lots of skunk stories around here. Randy just ran into one when he was fixing pasture fence. Thankfully, he wasn’t forced to spend the night in the garage!

  3. Kim says:

    Obviously, I meant “tip” not “top.”

  4. Candy C. says:

    I’m with LindaG, no skunk story, thank goodness!
    I love, love the edits on your pictures! 🙂 I haven’t tried PicMonkey yet, I have been using Pixlr. They even have Pixlr-O-Matic where you can just mix and match textures and frames! I will be checking out PicMonkey too, thanks!

  5. Tori says:

    Hiya, loved the skunk story. We’ve had our own run ins with skunks but they’re much too long to share here. hehe
    I played around with picmonkey the other day and it’s quite easy. I like it.
    Thanks for sharing!

  6. Really love that 4th picture. What a sweet little baby. Glad the mom was able to do it alone. Last calf born on my dad’s farm was all turned around and mom’s uterus ended up coming out too. Watched the vet jam it back in. Needless to say, she never calved again.

    I have used Picnik for years and am angry with Google for taking it away. PicMonkey is a bit like the free version of Picnik. I’ll be keeping my eye on it to see if they add the features I love so much in Picnik. Until then, I’m browsing to see what else is out there while eking out the last days of Picnik.

    Until Google pulled this stunt, I was inclined to join the G+ community but now? Not going to happen. To pull this to add a lesser version to G+ left a bunch of us high and dry. Grrrrr.

  7. Tanya says:

    welcome to the world little cutie!! beautiful photos 🙂 yes, i’ve tried picmonkey, loved picnik and was so sad when i found out it was shutting down, then last week i heard of picmonkey and i’m happy again! is tex roadhouse where you throw your peanut shells on the floor? there’s so many of those “roadhouse” restaurants i can’t remember which is which, but i’m pretty sure i’ve eaten there!

    • Robyn says:

      Looking forward to seeing your PicMonkey edits! It is so much fun.

      Yes, Texas Roadhouse is a “peanut shells on the floor” type of place.

  8. Pat says:

    No skunk stories here, thank goodness. The worst we ever had was a possum in the doghouse that the dog would never go in anyway! I guess the possum figured she might as well move in.
    Being a dedicated Photoshop user, I’ve never even checked out PicMonkey, but a lot of people seem to like it. Judging from your photos, you’re getting a pretty good handle on it. I love the photo of the calf framed by the long grasses. Welcome to the world, little one!

    • Robyn says:

      Oh my, a possum in the doghouse!

      Thanks for the nice comments, Pat! I did more experimenting with PicMonkey on some chicken pictures I took yesterday. check back Wedensday for the results of my Sunday afternoon creativity.

  9. Buttons says:

    Skunk story yes I opened my door for my Border Collie Tasha and she ran in I thought boy there must be a skunk outside and shut the door. I walked into the kitchen and found out now the skunk at least it’s smell was now sitting in my kitchen under my table. B

    • Robyn says:

      Oh no skunky smelling dog in the kitchen!

      We ketp the windows open in the entry all night. There was still a smell in the morning, but not as bad as it could have been.

  10. Love the dogs camping in the garage.. lol! I can remember our dog getting ‘shot’ by a few skunks… oh my just about takes your breath away! Love those sweet little calf shots… Thanks Robyn, for coming by and sharing on ‘Weekly Top Shot.’ I hope you come share again…

  11. Teresa says:

    Beautiful shots. I love watching those “easy” unassisted births.

  12. Peter B says:

    Hi there, and thanks for the little glimpse of life on the ranch!

  13. Farm life is usually never boring! The calves are so cute — I’m happy the newborn is healthy and you were able to witness it’s birth. How cool!

    Thank you for sharing at Your Sunday Best, Robyn. 🙂

  14. No skunk story here. We had a porcupine the other night but luckily our son got the dogs in before they were “shot”. Ahhhh, the great outdoors!

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