November is a few short days away. Where did October go? As kids and teenagers time seemed to pass so slow. College time went much faster than high my high school days; now that I am an adult time simply flies. Some days I look back and think life needs to slow down a bit.
Our cattle moving went good last week. We got Cousin T’s pairs moved closer to home on Tuesday morning. In the afternoon, J and I checked our south bunches of cattle. We are monitoring the calves like a hawk for sickness. With the dynamic weather we have been experiencing one can not be too careful.
Wednesday morn we combined the two south groups into one big group. Both groups looked healthy! Saturday morning Cousin T and Janelle helped us trail these cattle home. Saturday afternoon we moved Cousin T’s cattle home.
Thursday J and Cousin T went on a business road trip. I spent most of my day in the kitchen. I got started on my meal preparations for Saturday’s dinner and caught up on laundry.
Fritz, the free-spirited cow dog, is not working out for us. She has worn out her welcome here. Fritz really wants to be a pet and spend time with you. She wants to work cattle, but is rough around the edges. After having a good cattle dog, we decided to try again. Cousin T decided to give Fritz try; Janelle doesn’t have chickens for her to terrorize.
J got a Border Collie puppy from a reputable working dog breeder. The puppy is a cutie and has captured our hearts. J and I are back to cleaning up messes and waking up to an unhappy girl at 1:00 am. Molly seems to be less tolerant in her “old” age. She likes to play, but puppy play is not her thing.
Last Friday J and I tried to gather hay so we can haul it home. I gathered bales in the morn and noticed I was making tracks in the field. Not enough tracks to hurt the hay field, but enough to know it was wet. After dinner J and I both hauled bales. It was going good until I got stuck. I set a bale down in line, I put the tractor in reverse and it was a no go. The ground looked the same as I had been driving on, so I tried again. It was a no go. I called J on the radio and said I need help. It was an easy pull out of the mud and J decided it’s still too wet.
Yesterday we had flurries in the morning. After dinner we decided to put all the pairs together in the winter pasture. We headed out on our 4-wheelers to gather cattle; half way through the process the flurries picked up. Ice droplets hit my eyes, ice collected on my glasses and my glasses fogged over. I worked hard at not getting lost and positive self talk. The Rancher is lucky as he can see without his glasses, but his beard was a furry icicle.
When we headed out to get the pairs we noticed the bred heifers found a hole in the fence. A hole that was under a snow bank when we checked the fence last week. We gathered up the heifers and brought them into the calving pasture.
Ranch life is an adventure; some adventures are more fun than others. The last week has been busy and we have more fall tasks that need to be done “before the snow flies.” As we drink coffee this foggy morning we see a fresh 2-3 inches of snow fall.