Monday Dad took Crystal up to Allie’s to get bred to NZ Scotch Time. Toni went and made Crystal’s old pen into a creep feeder for Molly B, so she could get more grain without Tulip getting it. It has been raining the night before so when Molly B went crazy with her new found freedom she did fall down. Toni also started calling her the Monster which Mom has forbidden Toni from calling her that word. I went to a meeting in Ephrata for work, and then we got to tour some of the small Hydro Power plants. Dad picked out a mare he wanted at Allie’s while he was up there. Chad came Monday night and we trimmed two yearlings and Cad. Toni’s 1 and 2nd best she says on the yearlings, Glo and Fabby. It was their first trim, one did better than the other. Toni has 4 picked out for herself in the yearling pen, hoping she gets one of that group as the kids continue to take hers or they get hurt. I told Toni that she can’t ride my horse, Cad, because she is 25. Now Toni is trying to find ways to ride my horse.
Toni, Kaine and Kade worked on the two and three year olds when Kaine got home from football practice. Kade’s three year old, Stormy, that he stole form his mom, is doing really good. It is really Toni’s fault he stole her, she let him start her and he has not given her back. Kaine’s 4 year old, Pow, is with Rachel in CA, so Toni gave him Peanut to start, and calls Peanut “his.” Peanut is very sweet and is generally pretty good. And Nelli is cousin Patricias, I think that Kade normally works her, but sometimes Kaine or Toni does. She is pretty good, except, if you work her too much she decides she is just not coming in from out of the pasture for grain, it is not worth it. She is fat, so that motto is clearly not hurting her. It seems like Toni or Kaine normally work Jean, we had too many to start so put Jean on the for sale page. She is doing pretty well. We also have Star, but she isn’t as big, so she is just getting a light start. Dad ran to Lovejoys and got us all strawberries and mom made us strawberry shortcake. Toni, Jaxsen and I went down to build fence on circle 3 and put up half of the rebar posts. Kade roped after his chores were done, he has been working on his roping skills. Anna rode Kady after she got done working on her show animals. Kaine went out and chopped down Russian Olive Trees.
Happy Birthday Mom. On Wednesday Anna took Pistol, Gunner’s dam, to school for her Animal Science class. Pistol did a great job and was a big hit. Toni and I finished putting the posts in circle 3 and got the fence up. We tried to chase Tank’s pen out into that area, but they ran off. Kade went and helped cousin Hayley stack hay after chores. It was his first “real” job where he got a little money. I guess working for the ranch doesn’t count, but he does gain a lot of muscle, so there is payment. Kaine and Ben went and chopped down Russian Olive Trees. Kaine still has football practice after school. No activity bus, so Dad is running to get him.
Thursday Lendy finally foaled. A fancy buckskin filly by King. Thursday was Joss birthday, so Joss got to name her. Her name is KT Special Edition or “Joss.” This leave four more mares to foal. The final four, the final countdown, whatever you want to call it, but they need to get with it. We also got two outside mares on Thursday. Our buddy Jake has been trying to AI two of his mares and he is sick of shipping semen, so they came out to Sagebug. One of the mares is a Double daughter out of our old Cash mare. She looks like a twin to Money, but since they are full sisters, that makes a little sense. Kade worked on Stormy, Toni got down there and he was using one of her “good” saddles, she got it on a auction for cheap but she has decided it is a good one. But then after the two discussed it, she decided he could use it. Stormy did great, she is a great three-year-old. It was Stormy’s first time being saddled. Kade normally just rides her bareback but it is time to make her a horse. Yes, he got on after saddling her and rode her around.
Friday mom and I went in and got our hair done with Tennelle, then we needed to kill 30 min to get our Chinese food from Mei-Lings, so we got some groceries, coffee at Kaffrins, some spiced apple stuff for mom to try, and cruised main street. We went home, I went and checked Tank and Gunners pens, then picked up dad and we headed to Kaine’s football game/jamboree. Toni, Kade, Anna and Jaxsen did chores. Marlo met dad and I at the football jamboree. It was an interesting game, they did 8 plays and then switched. The kids played really well. Dad and I took Kaine to Bob’s burgers after because he was very hungry. This was his first game as an almost high schooler. Where has the time gone?
Saturday morning Anna and Kaine went and got Camas and brought her over. The kids washed their show animals. We caught the steers that had not been jackpotted, some for the first time and some had been caught. Anna’s friend Brandi came over, and we got some pics of Anna with her Nile heifer, then Toni and I went a little crazy, and got Angus Queen pictures and just some pictures in the neighbor’s flowers (we asked permission and were not trespassers). Then Anna and Brandi went to the Lind Combine Derby and hung out. They had a lot of fun. The boys wend down and broke the beaver dam, did chores, worked on their steers, etc. Jaxsen and I went down and fixed some fence and took some pictures. Kade rode Stormy for the second time with a saddle and because she was so good, he rode her in the driveway. We were all like, dude, this is gravel, if she bucks you off it is going to hurt. Kade didn’t care and Stormy didn’t buck.
Sunday Kade and Jaxsen came down and the kids tied up their steers again. We got ready for Mom and Erina birthdays. Ben made bacon wrapped shrimp, Tri Tip and Dutch oven potatoes. Toni brought a dessert buffet and appetizers. We all had a great time. Erina wanted to take one of the puppies home. After the party Toni and the three older kids led the not halter broke steers a bit. It didn’t go great. We will leave it at that. The steers did get let go after that. We went down to do chores and started moving mares around. Shadie went in with Comet to the heavy pen. Are they heavy? Probably not but we are hoping that they are. Rosie, Mil, and BB went out into the big pasture. That resulted in lots of running and craziness. The weather didn’t help as it was stormy out. It was fun to see the mares and foals all running around and showing their stuff.
It was our second weekend in a row with no cattle show. The kids have a jackpot next weekend, so I guess that is over. Then after that jackpot we get ready to go to Jr. Nationals. We are starting to plan the route and by “we” I mean me because Toni is still in denial that she is going. The kids are almost done with their long school year, and just in time because we were going to Jr. Nationals, school or no school.
It is crazy to think we are almost done foaling, and at the same time this feels like the longest foaling season ever. This June still is cold and wet, so it doesn’t feel like summer, yet it is almost mid-June already. This 2022 foal crop is just amazing. Every single foal out in the pens has got the wow factor and it is really hard to want to sell them. For anyone looking for a foal, come take a look, you won’t be disappointed.