The First Week of the Eighth Month

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 raked and baled the weeds he cut last week and checked cattle. When I came home I saw the neighbor back to harvesting wheat and J baling straw behind him.

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?


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4 Responses to The First Week of the Eighth Month

  1. Kim's County Line says:

    The wheat pictures look like home (though earlier in the year). Did their crop suffer because of your drought?

    We are also thankful for cooler temperatures. We got 0.30″ of rain Saturday night into Sunday, but we missed the larger amounts many of our neighbors had. It was a little discouraging (OK, a LOT discouraging) to see 2 inches in the gauge at the co-op, which is only a few miles from us! I should be happy for those who got it. We have more chances this week, so we’ll see. It’s too late for our corn crop anyway.

    I tend to read mysteries and thrillers. Ironically, a friend at church mentioned yesterday that she is reading “The Old Man and the Sea.” She is missing having chapter breaks.

    Have a good week, Robyn!

    • Robyn says:


      Much of the wheat was swathed and baled as hay. I’d say almost all the winter wheat and a good portion of spring wheat. The majority of corn in our area is suffering due to drought and the extreme heat two weeks ago. There is a field west of us that looks good, at least from the road. J is curious about how it will yield, if they don’t chop it.

      I understand the disappointment of missing out on the rain. J’s cousin got more like .45″ to our quarter inch. It will be our turn someday.

      Funny about “The Old Man and the Sea.” It’s a short book and I wonder if the author of “Life of Pi” didn’t get some inspiration from Hemingway.

      I hope you have a good week too!

  2. Our temperatures have done the same as yours, luckily. High 90s and low 100s are the pits.

  3. Brig says:

    Beautiful photos, thank you for sharing. They sure do make me home sick for the days of living on the home ranch.
    We have triple digits for quite sometime now, but starting to cool down into the high 80’s-low 90’s. One storm, full of it’s self it was, with thunder boomers and lightening passed through night before last, but only two drops of rain…
    Just finished reading: Born A Crime, Scaling the Rim, The South Coast, Beneath a Scarlet Sky, and Rimworld. Lilac Girls is next up or maybe a good western romance, instead.

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