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Ranch life builds character. At this point we must be full of character.

Monday was a little colder than it had been, I think it was around 9 in the AM according to weatherbug. Toni and dad went and got Cappy from Jason Hicks. Cappy was doing great and looks like he will be a great colt. Now we are deciding if we will breed anything to him in 2023 or wait another year. He still has some growing to do. Toni and Dad had a great and uneventful trip.  Kaine had drivers ed after school and did two of his drives, they are down to their final weeks and final drives. It will be good when that is over. Anna did not get her virtual trail class filmed on Sunday, by the time we got done the phone was too dead to go up and do it at our house. So Toni came up to do hers, and instead they helped load a heifer and then Anna and Toni’s phone both had low battery. So the videoing of Anna and Gunnie saga continues. But Gunnie is doing great and will know the pattern by heart when they get to the videoing.

With the change in weather there were a few calves getting sick again. Ben and Anna doctored the list Toni sent when she checked in the morning. The calves are easier to doctor at night in the feed line. We are still cleaning up the desserts mom made for my birthday, my scale is happy they are almost gone. Toni and Anna finished the video of Anna and Gunnie, however, our internet was slow and it took her phone forever to upload it to youtube. So, the saga continued to the bitter end. The video needed to by uploaded by 10:30 pm and it got uploaded at like 10 pm. The good news is the video process was great, except Anna is so done with it she kind of forgot a couple things, Toni reminded her on the video, but whatever.

Wednesday Ben had meetings in Moses Lake, so Toni and Kade helped Anna with cow chores when the horse chores were done. Kaine had drivers ed on Wednesday as well. Pow was on her way up from S. CA where she has been with Rachael. Bruce, the shipper, was stuck in Bend for a few days due to the winter storm, but Wednesday was the day. Pow Pow showed up around 2. We blanketed her since she had been is S. Cal. Pow thought it was a lot of fun to chase the other horses, since they were scared of her blanket. But when it came time to eat, Pow settled right in and is just part of the herd.

Thursday two cows were out when Toni went to check, they both had tags showing they were cows we bought, not raised. I am guessing I know why they were for sale. They had broken the gate, so she got them back in and got the gate fixed. Ben had meetings in Moses Lake again, so was not home for chores. Toni, Anna and the boys did all of the chores. The weather had been so nice that doing chores wasn’t a chore.

                Friday Toni and the dogs checked. Then Jeannie came out to look at bulls. They couldn’t find them so had to drive around for quite a long time before they found them. The bulls are all really gentle so they got out and walked through them. The bulls are in a 100 acre pasture and just stand there while you walk among them. Jeannie liked the coming 2 year old Hereford bull so that just leaves the coming yearling Hereford bulls and some Angus. Marlo came out and helped with chores. However, we will not have Marlo next Friday because she is going to a concert, sounds like a fun concert. Toni and Marlo worked on the foals.

Saturday Kade had a shooting competition, he did really well, he was a using a new gun from his grandpa Barry. Dad went and watched. Anna and Kaine caught their steers and Anna caught her heifers. Lane came out while she was washing her heifers and helped her finish. John came out to get his wedding present, mom made him a cool basket and Toni and mom filled it with good, and to get his miniature horse, Mini. He had not told his bride he has a miniature horse until that day, and she was pretty excited to get her home and for her to have a foal. The boys got to go hunting in the afternoon for the youth hunt, so Toni and I did their chores. Jaxsen helped us, but we got an ear full about how the boys should have to come back from hunting to do “their” chores, he should not have to do them. We moved Holly over with the other yearlings and brought The Joker over to work on. He was very similar to Jaxsen, he did not want to go over and it was a slow walk. I feel like if we understood “horse” he would have explained why someone else needed to go over. The Joker and Summer do not enjoy each other either. Once Summer goes to her new home, we will bring another colt over as well to work on. Mom wants the other colt to be Willie, he is her colt.

Sunday was a rainy day. We were supposed to build more fence around corn fields now that hunting season is over, but we elected to do more office type work and wait on the fence. I put out mineral as well. Toni worked on a case she had on Monday. Anna and the boys caught their steers, and Anna her heifers. Camas came out and assisted Kaine with his steers. We worked on The Joker and Summer. The Joker realized he was in so did really well on Sunday. When the rain paused Kade rode Stormy around.

                This week we lost our mare Tessa. She was an older mare that had started to decline. She was a great mare for us and we loved her. While John was out he told us that he had counted the mares on our website and there are 20 mares over 20. Although we strive to take great care of these older mares, the clock is ticking. You can’t beat time. We try to be really transparent on our blog and facebook page so people can understand what real ranch life is like. It isn’t all fun and games. We also have to deal with sickness, death, the stuff that makes life difficult.  Ranch life builds character. At this point we must be full of character.

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Just a normal week in January, or is it??

                Monday was rainy, not complaining, everyone needs rain. The neighbor’s sheep was back, Toni dogs were flipping out barking at the sheep, the cows were running since the dogs were barking and the sheep was in there. Made checking slow. So the sheep is a black ram, if you don’t realize he is in the herd he can really freak you out. You are wondering what this deformed calf is doing. Then you realize, nope, big black ram running around chasing cows. Identity crisis, or species crisis? Kaine had driving and drivers ed after school. Jaxsen had basketball practice after school. So dad was a taxi service after school. Toni and Kade did horse chores, Anna and Ben did cow chores, we are still doctoring a few calves for pneumonia. We color tested Fabby and Cash and got our Fabby results back. Animal Genetics was running a special over the holidays. Fabby is EE so we have another HZ horse in the herd!

Tuesday morning the kids had a two hr delay due to freezing fog. When Ben and Anna did morning chores they heard a lot of mooing, the sheep was upsetting the cows, the gate got knocked down, so around 20 cows took that opportunity to go and eat hay from the stack. We got some DNA back from calves on Tuesday.  When Toni went down to check at around 11, she noticed two heifers had crawled through two fences, through the horse pen and then into bull pen, and gotten in with the bulls. So the chase was on. When she finally made it out with the cows the sheep was herding the clubby heifers around. By the time Toni got done chasing everything and checking everything, her pick-up was overheating and she had to race down and park it at mom and dads since that was the closest house. Dad took Kaine to driving school and Toni went to Jaxsen basketball game after they got done with chores. Jaxsen’s team won. Anna and Ben fed the cows.

Wednesday was a beautiful day. Toni told the cows to start calving while the sun was shining. No one listened. Toni was in Kade’s pu as she hadn’t had time to look at her pick-up yet.  Ben hauled his pickup into Deweys in Othello, it would not start, ended up being the starter and he had it back the next day. Dad went and picked Kaine up at drivers ed and dropped Jaxsen off at practice.  Toni and Kade put coolant in her pickup and she made it home, but the pickup was fresh out of coolant by the time she made it the few miles home. So clearly there is an issue. Cash’s test results came back and she is body aa, so that is great. Toni continued to work on Summer and Holly in the rain all week. Summer is really easy and nice to work with. She ties well, leads well, catches well. She loves humans and is very interested in where you are going to pet her.

Thursday Kade drove Papa Bear’s pickup down in the morning, ran out of gas, but made it to the  middle of mom and dad’s driveway. Toni drove Kade’s pickup since hers was lock out tagged out. We had Zach come out and look at heifers on Thursday night, it was so wet out that Zach and Ben got stuck, they had to walk to mom and dads and get the battleship (or whatever they call that tractor) and get out. Anna and Ben got stuck feeding, So Kaine drove in front of them in the tractor keeping them going. Ben got stuck again checking ponds and Kaine went and pulled him out with the tractor again. Toni had both fillies out leading them through mud puddles, so at least all of this rain is good for something.  Jaxsen had a basketball game on Thursday.  They had their second win. Jaxsen played really well. It is hard to imagine because of how tall Kaine and Kade are, but Jax is really tall for his age too.

Friday Toni doctored calves while she was checking. Her pickup is still out of commission. Luckily Kade’s has 4-wheel drive because everything is a mudhole.  Marlo came out to do chores. She got to lead Summer in the rain, through the puddles, and all around. Summer did not care. Then Coco and Shea showed up with Shea’s grandma Sherry. We haven’t seen Shea in months so we were all excited to see her, pass her around, love on her. Toni took her to pet Holly and Summer. Summer nuzzled the baby a bunch, Holly didn’t care about her. Shea says “dog” and really liked the dogs. She will be 1 at the end of Feb. 

Kade had his first trap shooting competition in Colton. He shot really well for his first time out, we are all very proud of him. Anna and Kaine caught their steers on Saturday, the steers are doing really well. We checked cows, doctored calves, got heavy cows in, etc. At chores Toni and I worked on her two pets, Summer and Holly. Kade did not quite make it back from Colton in time to do chores, so I helped Kaine feed hay while Toni fed grain. Anna and Lane went to Moses Lake after feeding cows and went ice skating.

                Sunday we did more ranch work, checked cows, doctored calves, Ben and Anna tagged calves, Kaine and I put out mineral and checked the heifers and horses. While checking the horses we found 149 and 215, both Angus bulls, down with the heifers. So we got them in while Anna and Ben were pulling a calf. Anna and Ben came down and got them while when we got done and Kaine and I went and fixed the fence in-between circles 4 and 5. Marlo came and helped do chores. A random dog showed up and Toni’s house, I posted him on FB since Toni does not have FB, thanks Melissa, she tagged his owner who was located within 30 mins. Turned out he wandered in to their house and they never found his owner, so sounds like he is a wanderer. But it sounds like he found himself a great home and he was picked up right away.  

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