What the heck happened to January? It is almost over. The excitement of 2021 is almost 1/12 down.

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr Day.  Monday was a pretty nice day for it being January, it was a little slick in spots in the morning, but, I feel like for it being January it was not bad at all. Anna and Kaine checked cow, then dad took Anna in for her Drive and mom and dad picked her up. The kids did some work around the house and then went and did chores. Mom and Anna made some pumpkin muffins. I had more coconut lemon cake.  It is still my birthday month, so Mom is still baking.

Tuesday was a little colder than Monday, but still not bad at all for January. Anna and the dogs checked cows. Lucy was waiting for her in the back of the pickup. Dad took Anna in for her drive again, they got to drive to Pasco.  Anna wasn’t too nervous, more nervous about the other driver in the car. Anna and Kaine did chores, Marlo came over for dinner. The Mechams went and visited the Mayan ruins on Tuesday at Tulum.

Wednesday Toni texted from Mexico that they were going to go and visit a different beach, the pics looked nice but Toni said the waves were big.  We are still sitting here waiting for something to calve, no new calves on Wednesday. I called and got our rooms reserved for Angus Jr Nationals in Nebraska in July. The kids did chores, mom made us lemon lasagna for a dessert, it has a white Oreo crust, a cream cheese mixture middle, then a lemon layer and then cookies sprinkled on top.  It was awesome. Ben hauled Slider up to our house to load out to go to Canada Wednesday night. The shipper was supposed to be there at 10, he texted around 4 and said it would be more like 10:30, then he texted at 10 and said more like 11. He was there at 11. Slider loaded great, the shipper did a great job, nice trailer, if you have a horse going to Canada we have a number.  Ben also made a quick trip to Irrigon OR to get my surprise birthday present, but I didn’t know that on Wed. Because I go to work and come home in the dark, it wasn’t hard for them to hide her from me.

Thursday it spit snow a little bit, so it was good that the shipper came Wednesday night and not Thursday morning, as was the plan on Monday. Slider made it to Anna in Canada by morning, they said he did great. Dad took the Colorado and checked cows Thursday since Toni was still in Mexico and the kids were at school.  He said something calved, maybe, but wasn’t too particular about what. Marlo came and helped with chores on Thursday, her last day house sitting, Toni, Kicker and the boys will be back on Friday. Leslie noticed on the room reservation that it only had one queen, so I called to see if we could make it two queen beds per room. First the guy argued with me that I had gotten them on Priceline, no, I called. Then he said he could not help me. So I hung up and called again, and that person said they can just submit an email to the hotel and request doubles. So we did that. We will see what happens. Tomorrow I guess I will rebook the rooms and then cancel the others?? Marlo came down and helped the kids do chores. Ben made finger steaks for dinner, they were really good. Thursday night Kade’s heifer, Kissy, calved.  Kade now thinks that they should be home so he could see his dog and new calf.  He has a terrible pair of parents that made him go on vacation.

Friday the Meachams were on their way back from Mexico. 539 had a cute bull calf on Friday. Mom, dad, Skip, Marlo, Anna, Kaine, Ben and I had birthday dinner #1. Ben made meatballs and bacon wrapped shrimp. Mom made coconut rum pie and apple pie.  The coconut rum pie is her version of the one that they make at Bonefish. Hers might be better. She makes amazing desserts. It was great. I also got the Belted Galloway heifer I always wanted name Oreo, in addition to a lot of other great things. This was the surprise Ben went down and got for me on Wed and hid from me in the barn.  I got a Hoey sweatshirt, a light for the roof of my work pickup, tools from Uncle Skip, Budweiser mugs and more.  I was really sad to read there will not be any Budweiser commercials during the Superbowl.

Saturday Anna, Kaine, Kade, Toni, Ben and I got the yearlings in to get yearling weights. We had someone coming to look at feeder calves Sunday morning, so we kept the 5 and 6 weight calves in. We had 8 of them. We hauled the rest back up, since the corn fields are all just hot fences and the gates are in the middle. We were worried about first calf heifers being first calf heifers and not getting them back in. But, they came down fine. Toni, the kids and I did chores after. We had two new calves, a Hereford and Dillion, Anna’s Angus show heifer, calved.  Toni calls the heifer Dilly so told Anna the calf needs to be named Pickle. Anna just looked at her, so not sure where that is going.

Sunday we sold the 8 calves and then tagged the 3 calves in the corn field. Then Toni, Jaxsen and Kade came down and we got yearling weights on the bulls and show heifers and steers. Most of them had to be led through, and that always puts Ben in a cheerful mood. Jolene thinks he should take a break when we are on the show animals, that way he does not upset the kids.  By that I mean Anna, so he doesn’t upset Anna. The boys are just like, whatever.  Then, Toni, Anna and I went and moved the broodmares off of the alfalfa filed and got Pepper in and took her to the house.  Luckily we have a great lead mare out there- Mocha. We tried to catch Pepper, she is wise to the game, but Mocha just loves people. So we caught Mocha. Then we let Mocha go because we decided to try to catch Pepper again. I mean Pepper is over 20, she should just stand there. No, she didn’t. So then we caught Mocha again.  Our precious Mocha gets led out the pick-up window and leads the other horses to where they need to go like the good girl she is.  Then we took Queenie, Shorty, Charlie, and Rosie B down and turned them out with the other mares in Circle 5.  Now all of the broodmares that don’t need special attention are in one pasture. All of the specials are still at the house.  Kaine and Kade were busy doing something, we are unsure what. We just know that they wanted to try to start Ben’s old blue pick-up, totally suspect, we said no.  Then we all went down to do chores.  Once Kaine and Kade are done with chores, they now practice roping. They currently each stand on opposite sides of a barrel, both rope the barrel, then play tug of war. Boys are interesting. They are becoming decent ropers.  After that we had birthday party #2, enchiladas and Toni made a Texas Sheet cake with Grandma’s maple frosting recipe. Toni also made a apple dump cake, because 1 dessert for 8 people is never enough, and Kade made a vanilla mouse. All were great. Toni, Kicker and the boys got me some clothes and two pairs of Ariat booties. They also brought some alcohol, shirts, jewelry and more for us from Mexico.

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