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November is the month to remind us to be thankful for the many positive things happening in our life.

                Monday was windy and warm for November. The corn field was done being harvested, so it is time to move the cows over, and work them. They are ready to go. We had email on Shi Monday morning, then a Facebook message asking if he could stop by, so Toni thought she had two people coming, but it was one. I did not know she had been talking on the phone with someone and thought it was all the same group.  The guy looking came in a semi, but it was all good. Toni just brought him through the double gates on Hendricks. The only confusion was that the horses in the pasture thought the semi should be hauling hay so were surrounding it and had to be asked to move when he was ready to go. Kade had basketball practice after school. Jaxsen got to help with chores before he left, and told his mom that Kaine and Anna let him get hurt. I said I did not know how him running face first into a gate was a someone else issue. LOL Gen Again left on Monday, and headed to Oklahoma. His shipper was a little late getting there due to the high winds, but Gen loaded great in the dark. Anna’s club calf heifers from CA got here after dark, they actually got to Connell, and then Ben and Anna went and got them after chores. So we had a pretty busy Monday. None of us got home very early. Luckily we are getting used to the dark and have all dug out our headlights.

Late Monday night our great uncle Don lost his battle with cancer. He got pneumonia late last week, and due to his already weakened immune system he was not able to fight it off. Don was 87 years old. Don was a great uncle and we all miss him.  We have been very blessed to have such a tight knit family, growing up our great uncles and great aunts were just another set of grandparents. Our second cousins were just another set of cousins. Uncle Don lived in Hermiston so we were able to see him pretty frequently. We are thankful for the time we had with him.

 Tuesday morning Kaine went with Kelten before school to lift weights. The kids are all growing up way too fast. I told Toni I wanted a ragdoll kitten from Marcy for my birthday. She told me I have too many cats…. She found it extremely amusing. She is just so funny. She may have gotten me one, but the $300 cost (which is cheap for this type of cat) was just too much for her. The bus has been getting the kids home late, they switched the route around so they are the first ones on and last ones off, or something like that?? So they have not had enough time to get chores done before dark. We are really looking forward to Anna getting her license on Thursday and being able to drive everyone so they get home an hr earlier.  Frank and Susie are in getting halter broke, but being Double babies, that was basically done when they were born. Toni is getting to have an easy week.

Wednesday morning was brisk, but it was a sunny day. Kaine and Kelten went and lifted weights early in the morning again. Toni did her chores early, Kade had a basketball game after school. Frank followed Toni into the shed during his walk about Wednesday, I guess he was just going to help himself to the feed. He is quite the character.

  Happy 16th Birthday Anna! Thursday morning Ben took Anna to Moses Lake to get her driver’s license. I am not old enough for this. They then went out to eat and dallied around, so she never made it to school, but you only turn 16 once. However, as a fun birthday treat they built fence in the corn field for the afternoon. Kade had another basketball game, they won Wednesday and lost on Thursday, but he played great both days. Anna wanted chicken teriyaki for dinner, so I had uber eats drop it off at work. And Door Dash brought burgers for the rest of us.

We had lost another member of our family on Thursday, Ben’s brother’s wife, Trisha Gail, passed away. Trisha and Chad lived in Hermiston about 15 years ago and worked for Uncle Don and his twin brother, Uncle Doug. So we used to get to see them frequently, and in more recent years just annually, or biannually, depending how frequently we got to make a run down there. We all grew close with them and kids when they lived up here.   

Happy Birthday Toni. Anna got to drive to school for the first time, exciting. Toni did not get to do anything new with her new age. I took Lynn into Sheena to get an ultrasound. No puppies, so we are all sad about that.  Then Whitney and I took Anna and friends to Richland for nails and dinner. The boys did chores, Toni helped even though she was supposed to take the day off for her birthday.  She did go out and ride her horse for a bit alone and have some quiet time. She is in the middle of working on a bankruptcy motion, so really just had a normal day. Benjamina and Kit Kat came in and started halter breaking.  Benjamina is a power house, but is super smart. Kit Kat is out of Leroy and Izzy, so she is a Double Leroy combo which has been really good. Toni is trying to claim that Kit Kat is one of hers.

Saturday we worked cows and turned them out on the cornstalks. Pintos came and got Slugger in the morning, it was foggy most of the way for them. Brock and Renee came and looked at Shi in the afternoon and bought her. We now only have a few weanlings for sale, and Jackpot. Jaxsen had basketball in Moses all afternoon.  Kade got a mild concussion at bb on Friday so had to rest all day Saturday with Mom. Toni, Kicker, and Jax got to go to Michael’s Bistro for dinner Saturday night between the bb games. Jax was the starting center for the second game as the tallest kid, Sam, wasn’t there and Jax is the second tallest. Even though we think he is small, he is actually tall for his age.

We also started calving on Saturday. The Hereford bull calf is a few weeks early, but is doing ok. He is living in the barn with his mom. She is a really good cow, but is a dog hater, so we have to be really careful around her to keep the dogs out. This bull calf is an AI calf.

  Anna, Kaine, Ben and I finished up the cows, heifers we bought and steers we bought on Sunday. We weaned the three summer calves and turned the bulls out into circle 4. We had the big party Sunday at noon for Toni, Coco and Anna. Mom and I gave Toni some custom Hey Dudes with Rocky on one side and Dude on the other. They are really cool. After lunch we wormed the riding horses and turned them out into the corn field with the cows. We moved Gunner down by the house and put the three old horses at my house in his pen, Cad, Shimmer and Cleo. Toni came down and we hauled Tuilp and Dream Truffle (the mini filly the kids are keeping) to moms, and put three heifers in the back of the little 4 horse trailer to haul down with the other weanling calves.  Lightening Bug still has a bad leg, but we turned her out with the weanlings to get her out of the mud. We are still hopeful to see her improve.

We were pretty excited that we got the papers on our little bay colt. We had bought Shorty bred with an understanding of who she was bred to. The DNA came back she was bred to a different stud- LW Playguns Diamond. AQHA has been really great to us and helped us work through this to get papers for him. He is a super well bred colt with Young Gun, Freckles Playboy ,  Fanta Lena, and much more. The colt is named KT Ima Freckled Son if anyone is interested in a really well-bred bay colt. We also have the last Colonel colt left out of Blue. He is priced a touch high, but that is because we think he is worth it. He is one of those just really cool colts that is going to be easy to break, but still have some style. Other than that we are down to fillies that are actually priced high because we don’t care if they sell.  They are the fillies that we would like to keep, know we can’t keep them all, so priced accordingly.  As always, we welcome visitors if anyone wants to come look at the foals.  If anyone wants to look at horses for the next 12 months, then you are in luck, you can buy a calendar and enjoy a stunning new picture each month of these beautiful horses. Contact me at ktranch@gmail.com if you want a calendar.

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Last Week in Pictures

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November: the last month of autumn, but the beginning of new adventures.

Monday morning bright and early Rog headed to TX, the shipper called Sunday and wanted to pick her up, but we asked her to wait because we were still at the show on Sunday. Rog loaded up a ramp into side load trailer like a pro and headed to TX. The shipper was on time which a lot of them are not. Rog has been a mini me of Leroy, and game for just about anything. We are really going to miss her. Her not brother that had been living with her, since he is headed to Oklahoma any day, was also sad to see her go. Poor Gen again aka Fat Buddy. We brought Ram, one of Fat Buddy’s other “brothers” in to get halter broke and be Fatty’s friend for a week. Kaine and Anna cleaned all of the tack out of the trailer Monday night and cleaned out the barn. Kade had basketball after school. Jaxsen had basketball practice, Toni took him.  Dad went to Lewiston to get some oats. Ben and Toni unloaded them then did chores. Ben and Kicker fed the cows and checked duck ponds.

Tuesday, what happened Tuesday?  Well Dad still had my pick-up from taking it to Lewiston for oats. So he decided to drive it around while he had it. Toni thought that was pretty funny so took a picture and sent it to me, so she ratted him out.  Lightning Bug somehow got super lame on her back leg, could be in her hip, unclear. There is nothing we can see. So she is in the roundpen getting care, and under close watch. Ram and Fatty are still getting worked on. Ram got tied up for the first time and did great. Ram is out of Sagebug and Reba, a Colonel daughter. We were very upset when he was born because he is a colt not a filly. We would have kept him too if he had been a filly. He is amazing minded and has a really cool dun roan color. Toni was feeling a bit ill, so she hasn’t been making us build fence, so that is nice.

Wednesday Coco rolled in from CA. She is going to take her mare, Money, and her foal, Penny, back to CA. Coco is pregnant with a little girl, so Toni spent most of Tuesday trying to convince Coco to name her guardian if her and Jake both die.  Toni would also like the baby to be born with red hair.  Ram and Fat Buddy got some exposure to Coco to help with any stranger danger they might have. Fatty has none, but it is still good for him to be exposed to new people.   Anna and Kaine got home and set up the giant dog crate to haul the mini down to Andee. We got packed to go and packed up the pickup.

Thursday was Veterans Day. We live in the greatest country in the world. Thank you, Veterans, for all you’re doing to help keep it that way!  Ben, Anna, Kaine and I drove to SE Idaho to spend the weekend with the Geddes family. We had a great time hanging out and playing card games. It was great seeing everyone.  Katie and Alvina came out to pick out Alvina’s new project foal. They were between Blue Starlight and Memphis. Memphis really took to Alvina so she made the choice easy. We are really excited for Alvina to have a Leroy foal out of a Double daughter, under Katie’s supervision.  We were all hoping Alvina would love Memphis. Toni showed Memphis’ granddam, Porche, for many years doing anything and everything with her, so we are hopeful that this will be a good fit. Marlo came out to house sit and help with chores. We are in one of our busier times because all of the livestock needs to be fed as we are out of pasture, so it takes all of us to get chores done each night. Marlo helped Toni, so Fat Buddy and Ram got more exposure to strangers. Marlo helped lead them and work on them. Fat Buddy has to wear a fly mask when he goes with his shipper, so that came in the mail and they worked on getting him used to the mask. It wasn’t big enough, but luckily mom could add some velcro to make it fit, so all was not lost.  Toni and Kicker fed the cows in the dark, in the mud, so I am sure that was fun. 

Toni is filling in the rest since I have no idea what happened. Yea, I have a great post going here. Toni, Leslie, and Dad went to the WCA convention early Friday morning. Toni was speaking at the Washington Cattlewomen’s annual meeting and had to host her meeting with co-committee chair, Nancy Belsby, for Water and Ecology.  There was a really good turnout and lots of good discussion on issues with DOE, water, Wotus, and various other subjects.  Mom called when they were at the convention and said the horses were out, so they headed home. Marlo and Coco helped get the horses in and fix the fence. This is the same fence we are working on replacing, so that just made Toni want to get back to fencing. Chores were the same, work on horses, feed horses, check everything, feed cattle, check water, look for anything sick, injured, lame (cows and horses). Kicker had to check duck ponds for the hunters.

Saturday Kicker and Kade went bird hunting, after feeding in the morning that is. They got home in time to go with Toni and Jaxsen to Jax’s basketball tournament. Kick and Kade stayed for one game then went out passed Moses Lake to get some equipment Kicker had bought in an auction. Jax had a great couple of games and his team finally had their first win. To celebrate Toni and Jax went to DQ and got blizzards on their way home.  Once home, everyone went separate ways to get chores done in an effort to try to beat the darkness.  Toni and Kade fed the mares in the corral in hopes that they could get them in easier on Sunday.  Then off to regular chores.

Sunday Kick and Kade went hunting again. Toni and Jax went down to load Ram out for his move to Klamath Falls. The wind started howling about 3 am Sunday morning. Ram was perfect. The buyers had trouble with their normal trailer so brought a 2 horse with a small door to get into, but Ram took his time, and eventually loaded allowing his new owners to hit the road.  Toni went and pushed Frank in, haltered him, dewormed him, worked on him for 10 seconds, then led him across the drive-way so he could live with Fat Buddy and get halter broke.  Frank is out of Rosie and Double and just a wonderful colt.  He is going to move to California in December with his new owner.  Then she caught Abs, and her and dad moved Abs into the old mare pen, and moved Rosie and Blackie back out into the big pasture. After lunch, Toni, Coco, Kade, and Jaxsen went and got the whole broodmare herd in, sorted, dewormed those that were staying down there, sorted out the pairs that were down there, hauled all the pairs home, hauled Jag home, weaned 2 foals, moved Money and Penny, dewormed the stuff that came home, turned mares out, moved 2 mares back out to the broodmare band, then started chores.  Toni was headed home to start dinner about the time we got home from Idaho. It was dark. It gets dark so early it is hard to get enough done during the day. We came back to massive winds that will dry out the mud and make life a bit easier. But man the wind is bad when it is howling. Gusts up to 50 mph the weatherman said.  Luckily our drive home from Idaho went well.

We are always busy on the ranch, but making time for family is a priority. I am glad we got to go see Ben’s family. The kids all are growing like weeds so they are really changing between visits.  Just like the calves and the horses, you don’t see them for a week or a few days and they really change.  We are down to our last couple of colts for sale, Blue Starlight, the last Colonel colt, and Ima Freckled Son- this colt is unregistered and will not be able to be registered with the AQHA. Both are nice colts and ready to go if anyone is looking for a foal. We also have a couple of fillies with prices on them that we don’t really want to sell. But they have a price if you have to have them. Also, we have our annual calendars for 2022 for $25.

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Last Week in Pictures

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I can’t believe it is already November

Our Seldom Rest heifers got to SITZ Sunday night, Ben and Anna loaded them up, plus her Nile Merit heifer, and they headed home from Montana bright and early Monday morning. Ben and Anna got home from Montana with the three heifers at around 1:30, Toni met them at the house so she could see the heifers.  The neighbor called Toni to see if we could help him sell his mare, she is unreg, hasn’t been ridden in years, but is pretty. She would make a good recip mare if anyone is looking. He is asking $750 for her. Toni did most of chores, and Anna and Jaxsen finished them up. Toni worked on Smokey Joe and Fortune. Then we went to Kade and Kaine’s last football games. Both boys played great, Kaine got injured the end of the first half, but walked it off and continued to play the second half.

Kaine was a little sore Tuesday morning form his injury, good thing it was the last game. The boys were home Tuesday night to help with their show steers and heifers and to help with halter breaking foals and chores.  Anna brought back presents for everyone from Montana and she handed them out on Tuesday night since it was the night we were all in one spot. She got Jax a neck pillow that is a dinosaur and is now part of his nightly tv watching routine.

This is a short week for the kids, half day Wednesday and parent teacher conferences. No shocker, all of the kids are doing great in school. Toni had court right after conferences, so Kicker brought them home and Toni went to Pasco. Dad picked up Anna and Kaine and brought them home. All of the kids were home for chores. I picked up Anna and Kaine at mom and dads and we went in for their conferences in the evening.  It isn’t a hardship to go to parent teacher conferences when all you hear are good things, you wonder, whose kids are they talking about? Where is all the sass we hear at home?

Thursday the three older kids worked on their steers and heifers, washed, blown and started clipping.  Thursday was a big day as Grandma Norma turned 91. Toni, all 4 kids, Dad, and Mom went over and had lunch with Grandma. Traci and Leslie were both there with Traci’s kids. Leslie made a fantastic brisket with all the sides, with Mom’s special peach trifle for dessert. Everyone was stuffed when they came back home.  There isn’t much you can get grandma for a gift, but she does love people to come visit, so she got that and some paper flowers that were pretty neat.

Friday mom, Kaine and I went to Connell for hair appointments. Toni had court again, so she dropped Jaxsen off with dad. Anna and Kade washed and continued clipping. Mom, Kaine and I brought lunch home for everyone. Toni got to mom and dads about the same time Katie did, she was bringing Queenie home. Joe and John also showed up and brought home Derringer. Joe, John, Katie, and Toni all walked down to look at Stetson, the black stud.  After lunch Marlo came and helped the kids, I went down and fixed the fence in circle 6 until chore time, so we could put the weaned calves down there.  Kicker brought home some giant carrots so Toni spent Friday night chopping up carrots. 

Saturday morning Ben and Anna went down and finished the fence in circle 6. Kaine and I ran in the weanling calves and sorted out the three small ones, no tagged ones to retag and a few that had bad eyes. Kicker and Kade went hunting. Toni worked on a deposition. Logan came and picked up his steer from Janas. Next we tagged and doctored eyes. Then we went to Connell for the Halloween party. We came back and ran the heifers and steers down to circle 6. Then we went and did chores. Anna and Logan went to the straw maze.

Sunday morning Anna and I took 4 of the minis to my coworker Bob’s house, his wife wanted them to visit and eat down their grass. Lorenzo came and looked at Slugger, Toni and Jaxsen went down to meet them. Kade and Kicker went hunting. Kaine and Ben got the bulls in and sorted off the ones that are sold and put them in a different pen. Then we had a bull buyer come out and pick out 108 for her 2022 bull. We all had a good chat with her. Toni, Ben, and Kaine fixed a pole that was down in the corral, When we got back the kids continued washing and clipping. I put out mineral and Ben and I took some hay down to the weaned calves.  Toni finally got a hole dug through some cleachy where we are building some wood fence and put the post in, then she went and got the tractor started.   Ben and Toni put straw out with the horses.  After we got straw out everywhere, we turned Smokey Joe back out in the big pasture, where he proceeded to buck and kick and be merry, moved Fortune over with Rog and Gen Again, and got the next two victims in. Slugger and Blue Starlight get to be halter broke now. Slugger has already had a week of work, so this is just a refresher for him. They both did great being haltered and being separated for the group. 

                Anna went with friends back to the straw maze on Sunday night, because no school Monday. Kaine had his “friend” Camas (yes Camas is a girl) out to hang out at the house. Her dad and brother came too as we have been friends with her dad forever. I looked out the window and there was a bonfire going down at the barn, so that is what the older kids did for Halloween entertainment. Toni took Jax trick-or-treating to a few houses. She wasn’t feeling great so she only took him to places were we have already been around the people. Jax got lots and lots of candy and had a great time. Happy Halloween to all!

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I am not going to jinx it by saying how well it is going, so I didn’t say it.

Monday was a beautiful October day. Toni loaded out Dual Again and Nevada first thing, and they headed to Olympia. Mom and dad went to Ellensburg in Toni’s Tahoe to get a recliner that Toni bought in a benefit auction for horse therapy. Marly was missing, Marly is Jaxsen’s dog, and Toni found her still in her pickup. Poor Marley. Toni got Quinn in and moved PBJ over with her, so Rog and Gen Again are together. Ryan Cotton found a ride for our Seldom Rest heifers to Montana. So Toni called and talked to the transporter. We had the grid kids BBQ Monday night, Toni, the three boys and I went. We donated the patties, and maybe they ran out?? They were almost out when we went through the line, but there were not that many people left.  They thought there would be 310 people, which is plenty! At least the coached didn’t talk about every single kid this year. Toni waited until the last minute to get the burgers so she had to run to Othello, then Connell, then into the school, then back home for chores, then back in with Jax to the BBQ.

Tuesday Toni called and talked to the destination place for our Seldom Rest heifers. We hopefully have it all set up. A big thank you to Sitz ranch for letting us ship the heifers to their ranch so Ben and Anna can pick them up there on their Montana tour. Also, Kaine and Kade had a football game in Benton City. Kade was injured during his game, ankle stepped on. Kaine’s team won and both boys played great.

Wednesday there was no practice, so everyone came home on the normal bus, and helped with chores, heifers and steers. Toni was still working on foals when I got home, so I just watched her.  We had some fence to fix, weaned some foals, started feeding hay to the big pasture. That means it is officially fall. So maybe not the best day of the week, but we knew it was coming.

Thursday Ben and Anna headed to Billings to participate in the Nile Show.  They did not take anything, but Anna won a Nile Merit Heifer that we will take next year, and she wanted to watch it. She is also helped Brett and Jill Tonne with the heifers they were taking. Kayla came out and brand inspected the steers that are going to get butchered this weekend, and two heifers that we sold. Kendel came down and helped since Toni needed to leave at 11:30 for hair appt. Ben and Anna made it to Montana, and went and checked out the show.  We weaned a few more foals, fixed some more fence, moved some horses, and did normal chores which includes halter breaking. We have 2 we are working on this week plus Rog and Gen that we are shipping out soon so we just continue to work on them.  It was also Jax’s 11th birthday, so mom made brownies and we drank rootbeer.

                Friday was dress up day at school, Kaine and his friends had a group costume and Kaine was the rodeo clown. Anna got to show Brett and Jill Tonne’s heifers at the Nile, she was pretty excited. Angela from NRSC came and Toni showed her around to check things out. Marlo came out and helped with chores. Brandy and Chase bought a bred heifer and came and picked her up. Chad came and we got Tulip, Quinn, and Rog trimmed up. They wanted to get more done but ran out of time. Some of the horses escaped into the alfalfa field, Toni, Marlo and I put them in with the turned out horses. It was dark by the time we got done. Marlo and I got back up to the house and a few of the heifers were out, so we ran them in and Kicker started checking why the fence was not hot. He found where the jump wire was down and got it hot.

                Saturday Kaine got up and did all of the morning chores. Kade and Kicker went hunting. Anna and Ben watched the Nile heifer show. Keven and Stefanie came out and got their 5 fat steers and looked at the bull calves. They want to pay the kids to halter break whatever bull they get. They are leaning toward Jack Frost but want to talk to their son first. Next, Kaine and I turned everything back out and took a lunch break. Dad called Toni Saturday morning and the fence along the alfalfa field was down again, so Dad and Toni worked on it until lunch time, and then Toni needed to work on a motion. Luke came out to spend the morning with Jax as his birthday party.  So Jax got out of fixing fence. Kade came down after lunch to work on his steers. I was catching the TX steers and Kaine had just gotten done washing his steer and heifer and was blowing them. Then Kaine, Kade and I got the cows in and sorted the 3 bulls calves out that had escaped and but them back in their pen. Next we met Toni down at the house to do chores. Saturday was the last day for Quinn and PBJ, time to move on to the next victims.

Sunday Toni, Kicker, Kade and Jaxsen went to get Meacham family pics. Kaine got up and did chores early. Then we put wheat straw out with the cows, since the corn stalks have not been harvested yet. We put out mineral and protein blocks as well. It rained off and on Sunday, which we need the rain. We took a lunch break and then caught the TX steers again and cleaned up some stuff outside. We went to do chores, and Marlo met us down to help us. Kaine started feeding, Marlo and I got in Fortune and Smokey Joe and turned Quinn and PBJ out. Marlo went to help Kaine and I haltered the two. Then we went down and fed the cattle grain. Kicker, Toni, Kade and Jaxsen got back around then and Kicker finished up the cow chores feeding hay. Marlo, Kaine and I cleaned out the barn and put out more straw.  Ben and Anna picked up Anna’s NILE merit heifer at 3C Cattle. Thanks Lacey and Chad for your awesome donation to the NILE merit program. Anna is really excited to work through this program and get back to the NILE in 2022. Then Anna and Ben headed to Dillon Montana to get the Seldom Rest heifers which got delivered to Sitz late Sunday night.

Another super busy week. We are really working to get all of the foals weaned and moved to their new homes. So if you haven’t picked yours up, contact us so we can get that arranged. There are quite a few in the weaning pen, but they are all getting along pretty well and we are slowly getting them halter broke. I am not going to jinx it by saying how well it is going, so I didn’t say it. (The foals below are just some pictures of foal, if you see your foal below and have you date set up, we have you down).

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Time just flies with so much to get done

                Monday morning was brisk, but at least the sun was out. The boys all had football practice. Anna and Jaxsen did most of chores, before he went to practice, and then Toni and I worked on the foals. We hooked Nevada to Tulip, this is her second day on her.  I led Dual Again around while Tulip led Nevada. Toni worked on Rog and Spark. Anna went home to feed the new show animals and lead them and let them go. Ben and Kicker were out fixing circles, we only have water for another week or so, so you need to get the last soaks in. and FYI, Ben and Kicker work on circles and chase water basically every night when water is on, I just don’t always mention it.