Last week was a busy one and it was a warm one. We took advantage of the spring like temperatures by dong a few jobs outside and opened the house windows. We attended a couple of sales and we each made a trip to town.
J and I kicked off the week with a bull sale. It was fun to get off the ranch for the afternoon, see new country, look at cattle and visit with friends. J went to the sale barn on Monday to watch family and friends sell replacement heifers. I opted to stay home and had a marathon day of baking.
Valentine’s day started with a card exchange, followed by chores. J and I spent the rest of the day cleaning the calving barn. We got the barn cleaned and old straw hauled out. I tackled the tack room and rounded up a few supplies for calving.
J and I pecked away at little things in the barn all week. We let the shed air out and dry a few days before bedding it with straw. We hauled and put up panels and got pens set up. The barn is very close to being ready for caving season.
During chores on Wednesday, J got a phone call from one of the guys he sat with at the sale barn. He called to tell J that he went to the clinic on Tuesday and was diagnosed with influenza a. I spent the rest of the day cleaning house and doing laundry to attempt avoidance of getting sick. I am grateful is was nice out so I could open windows too.
J had an appointment in the Hills Wednesday afternoon. He also made a stop at Wal-Mart. I texted him and advised that he shower and wash his clothes before coming home. I was only half teasing. So far, we have remained healthy!
While at the sale I spotted this beautiful Mini Aussie (Miniature Australian Shepherd), Annie. I had a nice visit with her owner and might be convinced to change my personal breed preferences.
Friday was windy. I made a quick trip to small town and J worked in the shop and calving barn.
J and I accomplished many tasks on Saturday. After chores we transferred corn; hopefully for the last time! After dinner we moved panels. Last fall we set up free-standing panels to make an extra pen. The snow was soft enough for us to dig them out and we thought we better move the panels before it turns cold again. We also went around some fence. Between the snow and yearlings we had several weak spots to fix. Those curious yearlings like to rub and look for places to stick their heads through making fences and gates loose.
Heart of the Farm Planner likes to see pictures of their planner in use. This week I shared this on Facebook: I’d be lost without my Heart of the Farm Planner! I use it to keep track of what I need to do (blue ink) and what we did each day (black ink). I like printing off positive quotes and food for thought pieces that I come across. I’ve been taping them in the “Notes” section of my planner. This is a good way to keep track of inspiring words. I can’t help but think that it will be fun to look back over my planner in years to come and see what touched my heart in 2017.
This week J and I are sorting and picking replacement heifers and keeping a close eye on the first calf heifers. Sounds like Wednesday night or Thursday we are in for a weather change. There’s a chance for a little snow and cooler temperatures. We won’t complain as temperatures in the 30’s are still pretty nice for February in South Dakota.