Last Thursday Molly and I loaded the car and headed south to see my folks. The last time J and I made the trip was late September. I thought I could sneak away before branding and farming started. Molly was a good companion for the 8 1/2 hour drive.
I got home mid afternoon on Thursday. I had to get the sheep tour and inspect Mom’s new project is a flock of South Downs! After supper we loaded Mom’s ewes and look them over to a neighbors.
After unloading ewes we stopped in to visit Dad’s brother. Uncle B and his new wife. UB just got remarried and this was the first time I got to meet my new Aunt.
Friday we did chores.
After chores Dad and I went to visit Grandma (Dad’s Mother). When we got home from Grandma’s Mom and started getting dinner ready for the branding crew. When I was growing up Mom and I did a lot of team cooking. It was great to work with Mom again.
Saturday we worked 2 groups of cows and branded the calves. In addition to Dad, Mom and I, my cousin M (UB’s son), Neighbors T, and J came over to help.
Sunday morning Molly and I headed the car back North. My cowboy suggested I leave Molly in Nebraska, because Mom and Dad get such a big kick out of her. Mom’s dog Riley was not real excited about the idea of his space being invaded. Riley is calm, easy going and slow; the exact opposite of Molly. I am sure he was glad to see the hyper “fruit bat” go home.
We bucked the wind all the way, but were thankful to have had a sunny day to drive on. Molly slept the entire way home.
What did you do this weekend?