Heat, heat is the story this past week. We had a week of temperatures in the upper 90’s and over 100 degrees. J and I got out and did some work in the mornings, but between the heat and fire risk we didn’t do much in the afternoons. Sounds like we have another week of heat ahead of us.
I got the lawn mowed before the big heat hit. After the extreme temperatures, I might not be mowing for a while. I also sprayed weeds. Other than the brown, the yard looks sharp.
J has all the hay equipment serviced and ready to go. We are waiting for CRP acres to be released for haying; the normal haying date is August 1st. We are hoping that the USDA releases CRP acres for early haying due to the drought we are experiencing.
I spent Thursday morning tearing out fence while J did some work on a water project. We are tearing out more of Great-Grandpa’s woven wire and replacing it with barbed wire fence. Friday J and I attacked the project together and got the woven wire rolled up and pulled over have the steel posts. After checking cows Saturday morning, we finished pulling posts and got the barbed wire winded up. The next step is to build corners and set a few wood posts.
I had an appointment in North Dakota boarder town first thing Friday afternoon. J went with me and made a stop for fencing supplies. On the drive home J’s phone was going wild with fire calls in the county west of us. A storm front passed through with lightning in it.
Around 5 o’clock pm we got the call to fight fire as there was a lightning strike north west of us about 12 miles. By the time J and I got to the site the fire was under control. J drove the pickup as I sopped up burnt grass (and buffalo pies) and sprayed a few flames that flared up. This was my first official experience as a volunteer firefighter.
Saturday morning I went with J to check cattle. He has been telling me that our pairs on the south place look awesome. That pasture has caught more rain than we have at home, the grass looks good and the calves are doing well. To top off our check all the bulls were home and working. Before it got too hot we also drove through the pairs at home.
Have any of you read this classic novel?
I added the photo below at the last minute. I captured it on Friday before J and I started soaking up along the fire line. The big clouds, rainbow, and tall grass looked pretty to me. If you are having a hot dry July thus far, stay safe and keep cool.