These are pictures from the neighbor’s ranch auction sale. The sale that was held the end of May. I haven’t been out and about taking pictures and am sharing these from a few months ago. It also gave me a good excuse to catch up on editing, backing up pictures to an external hard drive and deleting those that needed to go.
Last week I mentioned we are enjoying a slow down on the ranch. At the same time, we seem to have something to keep us busy everyday. Thursday I cleaned the chicken coop, mowed, spiffed up the house and did a few odd jobs while J cut CRP hay.
Friday J finished up cutting and I worked on another crafty project. I found two metal buckets in MN and started painting them. One of the buckets looks like the one in the above picture. In the evening we went to a potluck at a family friends’ house. This cake recipe was a hit!
Saturday J decided to cut hay corals; this turned into a bigger task than he first thought. The small pasture that we feed calves in the fall/winter is full of kochia and various other weeds. J started cutting and ended up doing more that he expected. Between that and an hours worth of mechanicing it took him most of the day. I have to admit my bucket painting took longer than I expected, but the first one’s done! I have plants started so when I get done with the second bucket I can fill them.
J is a Craig’s List person. He likes to look at the Ag and South Dakota pages to see what people have for sale. Friday afternoon he found a gal advertising 10 week old chickens that are healthy, fully vaccinated and on adult chicken feed. The ad said her address was a small town 30 miles west of us. One e-mail and a phone call later I have 10 Pearl-White Leghorn hens. In two months I should have little white pullet eggs!
The CRP hay was too thick to rake and J spent Sunday afternoon baling.
Monday we made a trip to the Big City. J had an eye appointment and ranch type errands to run. I was along for the ride and got groceries. We are now a two-cart Sam’s family. Yes, J and I required two carts yesterday. Mine was full of food and toiletries; J two sacks of dog food and a bag of cat food. Also seen in the back-end of the “station wagon” vehicle batteries and a roll of net-wrap. How did we ever go to town with the restrictions of a car trunk?
Our week is filling up fast. J has a township meeting on Wednesday and another meeting Thursday. I am helping judge visual arts at the County Fair on Thursday and have a meeting sometime later in the week.
This morning it sounds like we are going to get the loader put on the tractor so I can start pecking away at stacking hay. J keeps telling me not to get to many project started as I have a lot of hay hauling in my future.
Are you done haying or have you started hauling hay home? Do you have any crafty projects in progress?