“Nothing burns like the cold.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

By Monday, we are what, 5 days in to the NFR? Guess who headed to Las Vegas, Yes, Toni and Kicker, which is why she was unavailable to read my post last Monday. Grandma Sherri is now retired, so she came down to stay with Kade and Jaxsen. Kaine had basketball practice Monday and the three older kids did chores, Jaxsen fed Double. Anna worked on Double Shot and Ty, Kaine fed down the driveway and Kade worked on the water. King was in with the older mares, so the kids had Ben come down and help them get him out. Ben also worked on the Polaris, since it is still not running, and put a battery charger on it. Chores took so long Sherri came down before they got done.

Tuesday we had a heifer calf by KR Direct Deposit and out of 405 and a Entice bull calf. There was no power at the school in the morning, but it came back on before the kids got sent home for the day. Chores went better for the kids on Tuesday, Anna said both of the colts did great, Kaine and Kade did front chores and water while she worked on the colts. Jaxsen fed Double and then went in to the house. All three bigger kids did back chores. Grandma Sherri came down and got Kade and Jaxsen and they went home and made ornaments that turned out pretty cool. I am disappointed I was not invited. Caleb and Kelten from Farmers Electric stopped by to assist Ben on a little remodel he is working on. I think that Ben learned it is not as little as he was hoping.


Wednesday I took dad down to his post op from this shoulder surgery, it is healing really well, he is cleared to drive and he is starting physical therapy in a week. Then we took mom to get her blood drawn and I took dad to get a coffee while mom was in giving blood. After I took them home, I went back to work. Toni and Kicker boarded their plan at 1 and headed back to WA. The kids had high hopes that Toni would make it back for chores, but you know how flying goes, she did not.


Thursday was our board meeting at work. Ben is at weed school so Toni checked cows. Our club calf experiment continues into this year and we had our first one of this calving season. A black Dakota Gold heifer with a dash of white on her face, Whitney says her name should be Dasher. Anna says she was born on Kaine’s birthday so he should have first dibs showing her. Toni said that checking was really junky in the fog, and took lots of excessive driving around the field to hopefully find all the cows. Toni was supposed to have court in the morning but it was pushed back to the afternoon, and then it was continued. Ben brought pizza home for Kaine’s birthday and we had lemon pie for dessert that mom made. We had two more calves on the ground when Ben got home. Kaine turned 12 on 12-12. That is pretty cool.


3 more Angus calves when Ben checked Friday morning, 2 heifers and a bull. I cannot think of what happened on Friday, other than I had to go to work. I know Toni had a bunch of work to catch up on too. Well, Friday must have been work, work, and more work. Chores got done, everyone lived through it, so it was a good day. We celebrated Kaine’s birthday at Mom and Dad’s on Friday night. Ben made meatballs for dinner. Ben is really good at cooking things that are mostly made with meat. Mom cooked up some noodles so we had a kind of balanced meal. Uncle Skip wasn’t able to make it Friday night in time for dinner, but the rest of the family was there.


Saturday Kaine had a basketball tournament all day in Connell, so I was in there. Toni was working on preparing documents for her hearings on Monday (4 of them). Anna and Ben got the cows in and sorted off the 4 late calvers that we were selling. Then, after they turned them out 7 cows decided to calve. Toni and Kade did chores and when Kaine and I got home it was time to go over to Grandma’s for the Nov – Jan birthday party.


We had a lot of fun at the birthday party, we celebrated all of the people turning 40, Toni, Leslie, Nick, Kendel and Bree, we celebrated Uncle Tom turning 70, and we celebrated everyone else too. We had a baked potato and chili bar, lots of drinks, lots of presents, and a piñata. Then it started snowing and we went home in the snow. Anna’s cow, Taffy, was calving when we left. So Anna and I went out to check on her. Of course she was in the last place we looked, so checking took many hours. We finally found her, with a live healthy calf, around midnight.


Sunday the couple that came out and looked at the 4 cows bought them. Ruthless’ owners came out and got him, he loaded and got caught like a champ. They also wanted to look at Cue, so he got brought in and caught. We tagged all 17 calves that needed tagged. We let Ty and Double Shot out and put Salbia and Magic Freckles in to halter break, which was just put the halter on Salbia and BAM she was halter broke. No joke. Magic Freckles isn’t quite as good, but she is pretty good too. Neither one of them had to drag their lead ropes, they come right up to whomever is around. They are not shy. Then Kaine opened up his presents from Uncle Skip, so Kaine got to celebrate his birthday Thursday through Sunday, but again, he was 12 on 12-12, that is a special birthday. After that we all headed home to rest up before another week begins.

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