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Monday definitely felt like fall, it was dark and rainy, but not super cold. Toni had court in Yakima again, so the 4 kid were on their own doing chores. Mom has passed her water duties on to Jaxsen because it is cold outside. Jaxsen is not thrilled. He seems to think his life is over because he has to make sure the water troughs are full. Yeah, big chore. It is necessary, but really, not hard. The three older kids went to my house after they were done to do their show animal chores, I stopped and picked up Jaxsen on my way by. Ben moved the show heifers across the road on the hill, so they are out of the mud, we had moved the bulls down to the bean field Sunday.
Tuesday Toni was at federal court in Richland, so the kids had halter breaking and chores again. Anna reported that the foals are all doing great, Ray and Golden were not as great at Fast and Warbug, but all 4 were good. The school called on Tuesday and some teachers had been exposed to covid, so no more in person school for the rest of the week, back to online. Jaxsen was happy to have a break from getting up early to get on the bus. He called it the “perfect storm” meaning he got to see his friends for a couple of days, but gets to sleep in the rest of the week. None of us understand why he is calling it the perfect storm, but whatever. The animals are all happy the kids are home.
Wednesday Toni was actually home, but had court of appeals on the phone, then district court on webex in the afternoon, and was getting ready for court in Yakima again on Thursday. Wednesday was Anna’s birthday, her adviser in school went to school with me, so he announced it to the class, she told me I was not allowed to post it was her birthday if her teachers are my Facebook friends. LOL Toni and the kids did chores, Toni and Anna got some pics of the 4 foals. Toni said that Anna is doing a really good job with the foals. Ray had broke his halter, so they put him behind the gate and switched his halter out. It is a muddy mess down there, but the foals are doing really well. Mom and dad came down for dinner and pumpkin pie for Anna’s bday. Like every other year, she wanted tuna casserole for her bday dinner.
Thursday Toni headed back to Yakima. She took a change of clothes in case she had to spend the night for court Friday. Thursday was Ton’s birthday. I had a skin appointment in the morning, I have already had a skin cancer spot taken off, so I go in every 6 months. Toni did not get back in time for chores on Thursday, but they have taken a break on this case until December 3rd, that is when their next court date is. The report from Anna was that the foals were amazing on Thursday. Our friend Brett brought down a gelding for the kids, his name is Kev. Maybe after our kids ride him a few years his kids will want him back. LOL. Dad says Kev needs to be for Anna because he is a gray gelding. Anna wants to ride Pistol, so we will see. Kaine’s horse, Pocket, has been having some health issues, but she is getting back on track, so Kaine is riding Kev for now.
Friday Anna, Kaine and I had dental appts in the morning, so we ran down to Kennewick, we bought tamales for lunch and brought them home. Chad and his apprentice were out at 1 to trim horses, so we went out and caught Cad and Ollie of the riding horses, and then headed to mom and dads. Toni and Kade had caught all of the horses that needed to be done at mom and dads. They went ahead and got wormer into all of the old horses, so one more task done. Dime also got weaned, so now just Fly Guy is left to wean. Coco got there with Regan as we were finishing up, so Andrew pulled her shoes and trimmed her as well. There is nothing like an 8 hr trailer ride then getting your feet done. Marlo came and helped with chore and working on the foals. Toni, Marlo and Anna worked on loading Coy and Golden to take to their new homes on Saturday. Then Marlo came down and we had dinner and played Texas Holdem.
Saturday Toni, dad, Skip and Kade took Coy and Golden to their new homes. They had quite the trip, flat tire before they left, dad aired it up. It only made it to Mesa and they got a flat. They called Steve from Mesa Crossroads and he fixed them up and they continued their journey. Both colts came off the trailer really well and went to their new owners. That took long enough that they were hungry, but only found one mask in the pickup, so Toni ran into Burger Ranch and got them all burgers. Kaine, Anna and I went and got the cows in and sorted off heavy heifers, we should start calving in the next few weeks. Ben went to Othello and got farm diesel, a tarp for the straw, and other misc supplies. Then Ben came home and took the case to mom and dad’s so Toni and I could put out straw. Coco, Anna, Kaine, Jaxsen and I did chores and then Toni got home so we (Kade, Kaine, Anna and I) went home to finish up chores with their show animals, and Toni and Coco put out grass hay to the field, and then it got dark so they stopped.
We had Toni and Anna birthday Saturday night and had meat balls, potatoes, pumpkin cake from the Cow Path Bakery and fireball cake from Kendel.
Sunday we went and loaded out Fast, and she went to her new home. Then we all went and saddled up and brought the heifers up to bangs vaccinate on Monday. Kaine rode the new horse, “Kevin.” We had a lunch break and finished off the tamales and meat balls, and then took the steers back down and left the heifers in. Next, we went back to mom and dads to finish putting hay out, let Ray out and put Black Eye and The Bar in and put out mineral. Coco and Anna found out that one of the mares had aborted, so we went around and checked all the mares to make sure all was ok. Sometimes that stuff happens, but you have to make sure that there are no complications. All was as good as it could be.
We are getting ready to ship out another group of foals. We are almost done with the foals that are sold. We still have some really nice foals for sale. There never seems to be a reason for why some sell and some don’t, so if anyone is looking, there are still some really high-quality foals left for sale. All of our foals come with one week of halter breaking so that they are ready for their new owner.
Long days with late sunsets allow for too many hours of work, but when you love the life you live, there really isn’t much to complain about.
We had four steers butchered and go to TLC Monday morning. We will have more in August or September if anyone needs one. With all of the fairs canceling we have a lot of shows steers that need to be sold to benefit the kids. Anna had a Dr apt Monday afternoon, so dad brought her down and met me at work and I took her over. Toni had taken Kade and Jaxsen in for dental appointments earlier in the day, so we clearly didn’t coordinate that very well. Anna and I were at the doctor until late, so Toni, Kaine, Kade and Jaxsen chopped thistles, went and got Dee to bring up to the house to take to the vet, and then did chores. We had some gentlemen show up as they drove by the house Monday night and buy Blackie’s colt. I got home to our AC not working and the house was 80 degrees, Ben said that means the filter needs changed, which we had discussed on Sunday since it seemed like the house was a few degrees warmer. I changed the filter and that did not help. So Ben worked on it for a while, after I called him, and the fan was not kicking on. We still have the AC window in, we have not taken it out yet, so we tuned it on, and opened the windows since Monday night was cool. However, Chester sat outside our window all night barking. Oh the joys of a border collie.
On Tuesday Toni, Anna, Kaine, Kade and Lucy took Dee to Sagehill Vet to get an ultrasound and the three steers and heifer to get health and brand to go to New Plymouth. When they got home the yearling colts were out in the haystack. Mostly it was just Tank and Cue playing with King over the fence. Yearlings letting the two year old stud know that they weren’t afraid of him. They had gone over a fence, but were easy to put back in. We are working on their fence, putting in continuous fence, so they have panels on one side, and Shiner can get the chains unhooked on the panels. So as he is opening them we are rechaining them and tying with twine. After chores Toni and I put in more posts for the continuous fence and the kids went and fed their steers and cleaned out the barn. Knowing Cupcake and Double Shot were leaving on Wednesday after Toni got done with Court, we locked Cupcake in and moved Double Shot to the house. He is such a good yearling that it was no big deal.
Wednesday, July 1st, where has the year gone?? Toni had court in the morning, then headed down to load out Cupcake and Double Shot. But first everyone wanted to go see the colt they are buying so they went down to Sagebug’s pen. Cupcake and Double Shot loaded like champs. Double Shot has never had an issue loading and seems to like it. Maybe a little like Gunner? Dad went up and watched the kids clip their steers, and then checked them out. After chores the three older kids went to work on their steers and Toni, Jaxsen and I went down to build fence at the lake to move the bulls down there. We finished and then put the solar fencer on it. There are A LOT of weeds. Really tall weeds, which means too many bugs. Hopefully the bulls can get them knocked down. We normally put Colonel’s pen down there but this year a bunch of the fence needed to be replaced and this was a low priority. Dad has sprayed it once, but that had little impact.
Thursday the kids loaded the trailer and worked on their steers and heifer. Toni and the kids headed down and helped load the bulls to go to the lake pen, then went and chopped thistles in Circle 6. Toni was able to touch all of the foals in that pen and Blue Bug was a pain in the butt because he needs attention all of the time. But that just makes him cute. Thursday was also my Friday because Friday is the celebrated 4th of July. After chores Toni and I put in some more posts in at the corral. Our goal was to have the posts in so that we could put the first leg of continuous fence up over the weekend (when I am gone).
Friday we had a lot of projects going on, fencing, moving animals around to more grass, etc. In the afternoon Ben, Kaine and I went over to Connell to get cousin Jay’s mini Peterbuilt, he let us borrow it to go to New Plymouth so the kids had more room. After chores Toni and I put the last of the posts into our first section of continuous fence. Uncle Skip came down Friday and we went to Toni’s after chores and had a small BBQ since the three older kids, Ben and I would be in New Plymouth on the 4th. Basically Toni and I kind of forgot about the BBQ, so it was a thrown together kind of a deal. Mom had made potato salad and the rest of the food was what we found in the refrigerator. For dessert we had cheesecake that had been previously opened, but we put enough stuff on it, you couldn’t tell that it was freezer burnt!
Saturday was the 4th of July, Happy 4th everyone. Friday morning Ben, the kids, Toni and I finished loading the trailer and then we headed to pick up McKenna on our way to new Plymouth to a livestock show. We arrived there around 4, we got unpacked, washed the steers and heifer, weighed them in and then went to our hotel in Ontario. I don’t know if we will go to a jackpot on the 4th anymore that we have to spend the night, it was a long sleepless night with fireworks going off until 2 in the morning and we were getting up and 4:30.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch Toni, Kicker and Jaxsen were working on the continuous fence. Easier said than done! Even though we had put a bunch of posts in, some of those had to come out and be re-set. The tractor didn’t want to cooperate. We still had to drill holes in the brackets we were using. Basically there was just a small learning curve that was dealt with. They got about 100 feet of fence put up, in the heat, before they called it a day. Then they went down to the lake for 2 hours with the cousins for some relaxation on the 4th. Then they had to do all of the chores. Luckily Marlo was there to house sit for me again so she helped with the calves.
Sunday was show day, we got up early and got our animals washed. The show was supposed to start at 9, but a lot of late entries arrived Sunday morning so it did not get started until around 10:30. However, everyone was still in good spirits. They started with showmanship, oldest to youngest, so McKenna and Foxy were first, they did great, it was a really hard class. Then Intermediates, Kaine and Austin and Anna and Freddy were both in the same class and made it back to the championship round. Lastly Kade was a Jr in Idaho, him and Goldmember were awesome and were the champion Jr showman.
Next was Market, Anna and Kaine were both third in their class and Kade was fourth, they all showed really good. Kaine was asked to show someone else’s steer too, since there were two in the same class, and he did a great job showing that steer as well. McKenna and Foxy were 4th in their breeding class, but we had a lot of complements outside the ring about Foxy, and she was recognized from her Sasquatch Showdown win video. Ben, Anna, Kaine and Kade had washed the steers and packed up all of the stuff while McKenna and I waited for Foxy to go in. So we washed her, ate our lunch burritos and headed home. There were a couple of WA kids there, and 4 in the 509 show circuit, and all of them made it at least back to the championship round, and two won their divisions, we are happy and proud of all of the kids.
Toni, Kicker and Jaxen started early. Toni and Marlo had to feed the 7 bottle calves first thing. Then Toni saw that the bulls had gotten out and so had Pony. So she headed down and fixed that fence. After that, her and Kicker got 811 in to go to our friends Chico and Cindy who are borrowing him to breed their cows. He was pretty easy to get in. Then Toni and Jax went to chop thistles, fix a gate, check the horses, and get the yearling bulls in before lunch. After lunch, they got some more bulls in and moved, fixed more fence, then went to work on the continuous fence again. Toni pretty much hates it at this point, but it looks really good. They got a gate post cemented in and some panels blocking areas that they took fence down to build this fence. Jax had called his grandma earlier in the day and told her he needed some pie, and maybe she could make some pie because he was being so helpful with the other kids gone. Of course she agreed! Jax and Toni finished chores at mom and dad’s, turned out Pistol, fed and watered, put more brackets on the fence, got the big solar fencer up and really hot, got another fencer on another fence, then we all showed up to eat pie. We might have been tired when we got home, but we weren’t so tired we couldn’t go have pie. It was rhubarb strawberry with a perfectly flaky crust.
After the pie we all went back to my house for more chores, doctoring, monitoring, checking, fixing a little more fence. The kids had pretty much unpacked everything. Ben and Kicker took the mini- Pete back to Jay. At this point, we are hunting for more shows to go to, but haven’t found any. The kids still have their main show animals on show rations, but we may have to put an end to that if there aren’t going to be anymore shows.
The kids are officially done with school so bring on summer vacation! For us that means cattle shows, cattle shows, and more cattle shows. If there are any.
Monday the weather was looking much better. Anna texted first thing that 848 got in with the show heifers, her and Kaine got him in and put him back in his pen. Dad and mom went to town and brought lunch home for Toni and the kids. The Oregon Junior Livestock Expo, Les Bois Show and the Stateline Showcase placings were announced Monday night. The kids did good, Foxy won her classes and the steers all placed well, winning their classes in some or at least being in the top half. Toni and the three older kids replaced a pole behind mom’s shed. We put in a T post to mark one of the spots where we are putting continuous fence. We Doctored BeeBee and Lizzie. The kids fed their steers and heifers and walked them and the bottle calves. Then we called it a day.
Tuesday Blackie foaled, but it was not black this year. Toni says I had jinxed it and said, you know Blackie is going to have a red colt this year, and she did, so Toni blames me. But he is so cute and pretty, so no one really cares that he is red. King’s pen got the gate open and was grazing in the hay stack area, Anna and Kaine put them back when they went down to look at the not black foal. BeeBee’s leg wrap had come off during the night, so Anna fixed that as best she could as well. We hurried and did chores Tuesday night so we could hurry to my house since we needed to redo BeeBee’s leg.
Wednesday dad took Anna into Connell to get her year book and anything she had left at the school. Kaine had a Zoom meeting to talk about going into 7th grade at the Jr High. We also had a call that night that included parents to talk about it, which we did not remember about until 7, so we missed it. He was not too thrilled with me at that point. Ben turned Anna’s bottle calves out into a bigger pen, so she is not thrilled with him. BeeBee’s bandage slid down again, so Toni and Kaine rewrapped it, while Kade, Kicker and I cleaned up the heifer and steer pens and turned them loose. So, Toni was not thrilled with the bandage on BeeBee. However, mom made strawberry shortcake for us, with fresh strawberries from Lovejoys, so we were ALL thrilled with her.
Thursday was a bright sunny day. It was the kids last day of home school, because Toni had court on Friday, so she made them get it all done and she sent it in to the teachers Thursday late afternoon. Thursday our good friend Allison Trimble Paparoa and her realty partner Blake Westhoff showed up for a fun visit on their way through to list some properties on Thursday. So Toni and the kids made them lunch and they had a good visit. We used to see Allison frequently, but once kids started coming, we haven’t seen her in about 5 years. We still have some partnership horses with her, including Payton. Toni had a meeting at 7, so after she got the troughs full, she took off and was only 4 minutes late (yes, chores really do take until 7 if we are fast and 7:30-8 on regular nights). Anna fed her bottle calves with Kade and Kaine feeding the steers and heifers.
Friday Toni went to court and the kids went to mom and dads. Dad and the three older kids went into TLC to pick of half of a grass fed cow we had in there. If anyone wants to see what meat we have our website for meat at https://got-beef.net/. Toni brought home Subway for the home people, then ran up to change was we had a group coming from west side to look at horses. I had Costco delivered at work, so we all have groceries again. Janice and her crew showed up at 2:30 and Toni and Anna took them around. Janice had already bought Java, but due to Covid had never gotten a chance to see her. So they went around and had a good visit. Janice also decided she needed a yearling, so purchased Double Shot. He is still here until he can get gelded then will ship to the west side in July. We are excited to see Double Shot go to Janice as she has had multiple foals from us and really likes them. BeeBee needed a bandage change on Friday, so I took the three older kids home, Toni brought her grain and some hay, and we all did our chores at my house. Due to the stress of the injury, Beebee came home from the vet a touch thin, so we got her a a protein block and she really likes it. She looks like she is starting to put weight back on.
Saturday I went and got Kade and the three older kids finished clipping and dyed their Angus and Black based animals. Kade, Toni, Kicker and Jaxsen had a small graduation social gathering for their niece to go too, so they left around 1:30, Anna and Kaine finished up the heifers. Luis, Maria and Aram showed up to borrow a bull, we got 922 in for them to use, and Aram named him Jeff, Just Jeff. Nic, Kade’s bull calf, was bloated on Saturday, so I caught Nic’s mom, Dark Night, an ex show heifer, and led her in. He kind of followed. He is a December, so he is old enough to not want to leave his friends. Ben finally had to come down and follow him. Anna, Kaine and I did chores, mom had made pumpkin pie so we ate that after. I also went out and got the appy outside mare and her owner came and got her. One of the outside mares with Leroy also went home. So we are starting to ship outside mares back to their owners. We got home and moved BeeBee and Ben cleaned the barn out with the tractor and put a big straw bale in, so everything has lots of straw now.
Sunday Anna and I went down and checked on Nic and he was bloated again, we got him in and hauled him to the house. We got stuck getting him in, the blazer does not have 4 wheel drive and it was too wet out. Ben was making bacon wrapped shrimp for mom’s birthday, so he had to stop and come down, so it pushed lunch back to 12:30. Everyone came down to our house for mom’s birthday lunch, we got her a new kichenaid mixer, per her request, and some clothes. Skip got her a JoAnns giftcard and some tools. We also had carrot cake, that mom made, chocolate came and cheese cake.
We had people coming at 2:00 too look at the colt they already bought, so Toni, Kicker, Kade and Jaxsen left around then.
Anna went out and washed her heifers. John showed up with Anna’s new miniature, Rain, she is a silver dapple pinto (or so they say). Anna and I took John around and showed him the foals. Then John went down and helped us with chores. There was a rain storm with about 5 seconds of hail. John wore one of Kaine’s hoodies, we should have taken a pic of that. And then mom gave us more pie so it was all ok. John left, we headed to my house to finish chores there. We are loving this extra rain that we are not supposed to get and makes our grass grow.
If anyone hears of someone going down to Riverside, CA, we have our 2 year old, Pow, that needs to go to Riverside and a gelding, Pecos, that needs to come up here. We are planning for that transition to occur around the first week of July. So if anyone hears of any rides, PLEASE let us know. Also, we have 2 mares with foals that need to come into the US from Rapid City, Manitoba somewhere around the end of July if anyone hears of anyone making that trip. Please help us get the word out.
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.