We are well into the month of August. How did we get over the hump of summer so quickly? With the change of the month came a major switch in our weather. July 31st the temperature was in the mid-upper 90’s and then we had a cool down. The remainder of the week blessed us with highs in the upper 70’s.
J got out early Monday morning to check cattle and wells. I spent the morning doing skirt work. That evening we got .31″ of rain.
Tuesday morning I helped J get a yearling heifer out of the cows and look the pairs over at home. We also got the old wire wound up to finish the windmill pasture fence project. J spent the afternoon baling straw at the neighbor’s place. Lucky for me, J needed a few tools. When I ran them over to him, it gave me an opportunity to photograph wheat.
A light shower came through Wednesday morning while we were ultrasounding replacement heifers. No one complained about getting damp while running cattle through the chute. I made an errands run to small town in the afternoon. The local Master Gardeners have a weekly farmer’s market and I wanted some garden produce. Due to it being a “bad” garden year there were only four vendors at the market last week. I managed to find some cucumbers, summer squash and fresh baked crusty bread.
It was 50* when I got up on Thursday morning! The cool temps put J in the mood to build fence corners. We spent most of the day fencing. J checked the well at home while I was making dinner and found an open heifer in with the cows. We went to put her back and found a calf in the tank. It took a couple of hours to get everything back to normal; heifer to home pasture and tank float fixed. Unpredictability is a consistent factor around a ranch.
I spent most of Friday in small town as it was garage sale day. I’ve never sold stuff garage sale style and got along ok. I also had fun catching up with a good friend and visiting with shoppers. Have you sold items garage sale style? If so, do you have any pointers?
J and I spent the majority of Saturday doing more cattle checking and we took salt and mineral out. We had a shower come through in the morning and drop .25″ of rain.
Sunday afternoon J went to the lake with Roy and another friend, Cody. One of J’s goals is to water ski in all decades of his life. Roy and Cody helped him check off skiing in decade #4. I stayed home and baked chocolate chip cookies.
I mentioned that I started reading The Count of Monte Cristo. I’m almost half through it and it reminds me of a soap opera and the plot line can be hard to follow. I kept going back to Wikipedia to keep myself straight on the characters. While trying to sort through the complexities I seemed to have lost interest and haven’t decided if I’ll go back to reading it.
I highly recommend the World War II novel Wives of War by Soraya Lane. I also read Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea last week. My current book, a contemporary fiction, is a total change of reading pace.
What are you reading? Have you read any of the books I mentioned?