Purple Cone Flowers

Sunday July 5th we ended up with .40″ of rain and most of it came late in the afternoon. With another delay putting up hay, J and I went to the Big City on Monday. We had a short list of errands and ate dinner with a good friend.

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When we fly tagged the yearling steers and spay heifers we came up one short. After spending half a morning looking for the missing yearling we didn’t find it. J called the neighbors to let them know we were missing a yearling. When we got home Monday evening we had a voicemail saying the lost was found. Tuesday morning J and I set out to get the steer back. It was a nice cool morning for a 4-wheeler ride.

In the afternoon I worked on some crafty projects while J serviced the haying equipment.

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With cooler than normal temperatures our hay wasn’t dry enough to bale on Wednesday, so J spent the morning checking cattle. After dinner he took a cull bull to town and made a few stops for repairs and maintenance things.

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I took full advantage of the day and gave the house a deep clean. I’ve been getting by with spiffing up the place and thought it was time do a little more. When I got done cleaning I decided it would be fun to pick wild flowers for the kitchen. I took my camera as I hadn’t captured any pictures of purple cones flowers yet.

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Thursday it was back to the hay field. J was relieved and happy to get back to the “task at hand”. J’s Dad and I raked and baled until we ran out of dry hay. Friday was more of the same. It’s amazing how much work we can get done when the weather cooperates.

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Saturday J finished up swathing “the field that never ends” and started on the oats. The oats are as good as last years phenomenal crop. That helps make up for the less than stellar hay-bet barley crop. J’s Mom raked hay and I stayed home.

With rain delays its been easy to keep up with household things, but there are always odd jobs that get left undone when ranch work gets busy. One such thing was tending to my little garden. I also finished a couple of projects that I’ve been working on.

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On average we take Sundays off from work; our minds and bodies need a day to rest. During haying season we “make hay while the sun shines” and the weatherman says we have moisture headed our way later this week. We are caught up baling prairie hay and the oats are going to take a few days to dry before we can wrap them up. Good thing as the yard is starting to look shaggy again.

Can you believe we are closing in on half way through July? How is your summer going so far?

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6 Responses to Purple Cone Flowers

  1. Lisa says:

    Love cone flowers. It’s going to be hot this week. Xoxo

  2. Darcy says:

    Your flowers are so pretty – and I’m glad you’ve had a bit of a chance to make hay. We finally got a reprieve from the triple digit temperatures, and it’s not supposed to be higher than 85* this week, so we are very much looking forward to that! Have a good week – and even though you probably don’t want it right now, enjoy any of the moisture you do get. 🙂

  3. Cheri says:

    Hi Robyn.
    I just love your wild Flowers! Some of our late wild flowers are coming on. The wild sunflowers are my fav. And the sticky shooting stars…
    Kinda nice to have an unexpected breather. Then back to the grind that much harder!

  4. CountryMum says:

    The coneflowers and wild flowers are so very beautiful!
    Glad to read to got some hay done, and hopefully you will get it all finished before the next lot of rain.

  5. Kim says:

    I don’t see cone flowers in the “wild” around here. They are among my favorites though.

    The county fair is this week, so, of course, we will have triple-digit temperatures. Thankfully, a few years ago, we moved 4-H foods judging into the basement of a church. That helps, though it’s still hot setting up the display at the fairgrounds.

  6. Alica says:

    You’re right, it’s hard to believe we’re already into July! It’s been tough to get hay done here, with all the wet weather we’ve been having. We just don’t get long stretches of sunshine, and we end up baling most of our hay at high moisture and wrapping it. Jim’s just starting 3rd cutting. I’m glad you had a good crop of oats!

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