Happy Dance

Monday and Tuesday J and I spent all day hauling hay. We have one last load to go; one load of weed bales and we are done. The hay is off the fields, stacked in hay corals and ready to feed our cattle. It feels great to have this huge fall task completed!

October 9

I’m currently reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

The last book I read was The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne. This is a Holocaust story written from the view point of a 9-10 year old boy who’s father was a high ranking SS Officer. It was an easy read and I enjoyed taking in the perspective of a child and how innocent we can be in the face of world events.

My Aunt gave me A Woman After God’s Own Heart: A Daily Devotional by Elizabeth George for my birthday. I enjoyed reading and learning more about how God wants us to live. I plan on looking into more Elizabeth George books.

October 9

I took the above two pictures during preconditioning. I like the character I captured of calf #16; the black and white edit adds a neat tone.

Below are pictures of one of the neighbors Charolais yearlings. The soft kind eyes of this yearling reminds me of a past show steer or two. I took the yearling pictures on one of the photo adventures Mom and I had.

October 9

So far October has been beautiful. We’ve had a few windy days, but for the most part lots of sun with temperatures in the upper 50’s and 60*. The crisp autumn mornings are perfect for a walk with the dogs. Hooded sweatshirt weather is one of my favorites.

October 9

J and I have been discussing our next set of tasks. Bringing pairs home from summer pasture, shipping a load of steers and calf weaning is in the future. First we have a  to get around the winter pasture fence and complete a few projects in preparation to wean calves.

Are you done hauling hay? Have you weaned and/or shipped calves? Have you seen the Gone Girl movie or do you plan to?

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7 Responses to Happy Dance

  1. buttons says:

    One huge task down congratulations. Now on to the next one I understand be safe out there. Love the shots. Hug B

  2. Jona says:

    You always get the best cattle pics – love them! I have not read Gone Girl, but a couple ladies in my office have recommended it (and I trust their book judgment). I just finished The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd and will now dive back into Tattoos on the Heart.

  3. kerrie k says:

    I am swooning over the eyes of that Charolais. What a beauty.

  4. Cheri says:

    #16 sure is a sweet looking little babe!
    Hay hauling! Ugh! That’s something we need to get on ASAP!
    We have blue grass we’ve been feeding the cows. But need to get the alfalfa home. That’s a long task.
    Our steers go out the 21st. Then we will wean our replacement heifers, ship the remaining cows to auction. Then start getting ready to preg cows.
    The ebb and flow of ranch tasks! Love it!

  5. Well… we’ve discussed before that I have a Bud. also known as my BIL and he does all the haying. They wrapped up haying this week and the bales are bunched. Some of them will stay in their respective pastures and just be put in hay corrals there, some will come to the new barn to make windbreak and feed our saddle horses all winter, and some will go home to the corrals to feed replacement heifers and weanling colts.

    We ship calves the 23- I think. Helped the neighbor do that this morning though. Bringing saddle horses by the light of the full-moon is the best thing ever!

  6. Tammy says:

    Robyn – I also have always loved Elizabeth George. 🙂

  7. Kim says:

    I read “Gone Girl” at the recommendation of Brent several months ago. There are lots of twists and turns for sure. I don’t know whether we’ll go to the movie or not. I’m reading “A Life Intercepted” by Charles Martin right now. He is a really good author. Another thought-provoking book I read recently was “Five Days Left,” especially with the internet news of the 29-year-old cancer patient who plans her death in November and an Ann Voskamp blog post that responds to her decision. As far as the farm: We got done planting wheat yesterday, just in time for some rain. Good timing! The guys haul hay to the ends of the fields after each cutting, so it’s an ongoing process during the summer months. We didn’t have enough to do a 4th cutting of alfalfa, though there are some people around here who did. The guys are swathing some sudan right now for feed. We won’t take mamas and babies off pastures until around November 1. It’s nice to have had enough moisture this summer that we don’t have to pull them off early like we have the past two years. Have a great weekend, Robyn!

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