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Then today we woke to snow.

Since I do not have personal halter breaking knowledge of the three foals that are in right now, Pow, Cole, and Hollywood Cad, I can only post about what I hear. Since Anna is helping Toni, they all must be doing very well. Pow has always been a pet, her mom was AIed, so she was never turned out very far, she spend a month or so up at Dr. King’s vet clinic, possibly having a halter on there, so she is doing great. Her main issue is she thinks she is a pet and is unsure why she is being haltered and treated like a horse. And she is amazingly lazy. She is out of KR Gun Powder and Hottie, so we cannot figure out what she is so lazy. Anna started working with her on Tuesday. But don’t be confused, she is still Kaine’s filly. He just isn’t doing the work on her for some reason. He says it is because Toni doesn’t yell at him to go out and help. Toni says she shouldn’t have to yell at him to go out and help. Anna wants to help, so Anna goes out and helps. It is funny how that works out. Cole is Cole, once he smells you he does pretty well. Cole is super solid built, lots of bulk and muscle that he knows how to use. Luckily he doesn’t want to bolt that hard, he just likes to test people. Hollywood Cad wants to be a people pleaser, he just does not accept it all the way yet. This is a colt that absolutely loves attention, super soft, lots of give, really smart, Toni and Anna both think he is the greatest colt. Pow and Hollywood Cad will get turned back out today. They catch, lead, and tie, so they are done for now. This week Toni and Anna are working on Chips and Dualin Pistols. Both are in and ready to go. They actually got started a couple of days ago. If we have easy ones, we have 2 pens we can use for halter breaking, but Toni prefers to just do one pen at a time.


The calves like the house the kids and the unnamed person and I made them. Especially with all of this cold, frozen fog, rain, and now icy snow that we have on the ground. That calf house with some straw in it really works.


I was in Spokane Wednesday through Friday last week at a work conference, it was fun. But, it is always great to be back home.

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We started calving on Friday, Anna’s show heifer Amora had a nice heifer calf by Stingray. Then on Sunday we had a heifer calf by Musgraves Stunner. And there are lots more that look heavy. Hopefully they wait until Wed when it is supposed to warm up a little. Ben is home checking everything now, so if one of them does start to calve, they can get brought in the barn.


Saturday Chad Whetzel came out and trimmed a few horses (9). Then, we had to get ready for our November, December, January family birthday party. Since the bowling alley is closed we had a game night in the show barn. It was a lot of fun.


Sunday we had Kaine’s birthday party since Skip was already up for the other party. Then we hauled the last load of mares out to the desert. We also only kept two riding horses in, Ollie and Riley since pretty much anyone will ride those two, and took the other 5 out too.

 

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Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.

Monday it rained all day, but it was 37-40 degrees all day. Toni has been very busy with legal work, she has a big case coming up with two other attorneys that is very time consuming. Toni is NOT a procrastinator, and it seems like these other attorneys are, so it has caused a lot of stress. Some important things were due Monday AND she had court in the afternoon, so the kids did most of chores. It was almost dark when she got there so just worked with the foals.


Tuesday Big Iron went to his new home with Michelle and John and Magnum came home. Magnum was happy to see his sister Shotgun Sally. Toni moved Ruby across the driveway to be with Cattle Kate since that pen is slightly less muddy. It is a good thing that Cattle Kate is already sold, we would definitely be tempted to keep her, she is just so easy. Dad went to Basin City and got mineral Equine Sr for Double and Kool from Basin City Farm and Home. It is pretty sad when you have so many old horses that you buy Sr. feed by the pallet and not the bag. Jag was bored so she harassed Curly, Curly was not amused.


Wednesday only Kaine had scouts, Kade and Jaxsen got to go to the dentist instead. Their friend Aram transferred from the Othello scout group to the Connell one, so that was fun for them. They have the best scout leader, she gave them knives (she of course contacted all parent’s first and cleared it with them), and they learned how to whittle. Toni and Dad also found some time to haul six more mares out to winter pasture. We just have four left to haul out, but we have to get the whole herd in to sort them. They are the four that don’t want to leave very badly. Chips came in to investigate what Toni and Dad were doing, so they weaned her as she needed to be weaned anyway.


Thursday we went to a surprise birthday for our good friend’s daughter Grace, Grace is like another niece to us (as is her brother Kelten). Grace was the BIG 1 6 on Thursday. And, on the way to her house, one of her friends that was in front of her, hit a deer on Hendricks Rd, so Grace found out about the party when all of her friends were stopped behind the first car and she asked why they were all headed towards her house (none of the rest of them live out that way). Everyone was ok.


Friday I worked on the website and did some paperwork. Then, Anna’s friend Bella came out to ride, they rode Ollie and Slick after school, so I picked the kids up from school so they would have more time to ride since it gets dark so early. Then Bella and Anna cooked oatmeal bars and brownies and watched movies until Bella’s mom got done and was ready for her. The boys went up to Toni’s wand watched Dog Days, they say it is very good.

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Saturday we moved the cows from pasture to the corn stalks. Toni and the kids rode, I was the ground crew, taking down fences, getting gates, etc. Ben and Kicker put hay and straw out with heavy heifers and put up a gate. Anna and I moved some steers around to make a heavy heifer pen, and put her heifer Amora in it. Dad and I put out the last two big bales that were at their house. Then we worked with the foals.


Sunday Ruby left with her youth, Sierra, and Cattle Kate when to her new home. We put up Christmas Decorations, moved new foals into the halter breaking pen, tied up the steers, put out big bales, repurposed pallets and tarps to make a calf house (Kade came up with the “repurposing”, I had other works for it and the other adult involved does not want to be mentioned, LOL), and lots of other fun stuff. With our heifers scheduled to start calving soon, we are now on heavy heifer watch.

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I hate turkeys. If you stand in the meat section at the grocery store long enough, you start to get mad at turkeys. There’s turkey ham, turkey bologna, turkey pastrami. Some one needs to tell the turkey, ‘man, just be yourself.

I like to schedule my Dr visits first thing in the morning, so the Dr. is not behind yet. So first thing on Tuesday I had my skin Dr apt, I have already had one cancerous spot taken off, so I go in every 6 months for skin checks. So, I just want to remind everyone, to go in and have your spots checked out! We also have multiple cousins that have had to have spots removed. If you are out in the sun, wear a hat (we will give you one), and sunscreen, but also be preventative, go to the Dr. Also on Tuesday, Toni loaded out Freckles and Eagle, and both went merrily to their new homes. Christina (owner of thewildroan.com) even brought Toni a late bday present from her store, a beautiful pair of sterling silver earrings. Normal Tuesday evening, Toni and the kids did chores, Toni is working on the three new foals in the halter breaking pen. She slipped when she was working on Mario, but he is such a great colt he just stood there. Princess Peach was already halter broke, or never halter broke, depending on how you look at it. She just follows a person around, so one never knows for sure if they are really halter broke. All three of the foals have very different personalities, but we enjoy working with all types. The kids (minus Jaxsen) have their bottle calves to feed at night, since they never think they have enough projects and want to bring more animals home.


Wednesday the kids only had a half day of school so Toni went and picked them up and took them to lunch. Since I forgot to call the school, Kaine was put on the bus, so milkshakes were on me. My favorite twiners were on a SHORT break home from college so they brought a coffee to me. I think they like to come by and see how many pictures of them I have in my office. The answer is probably too many, I have been asked if I have two older kids (plus the 4 so a total of 6). I answer no, I only have two. Now with Savannah always hugging on Kaine I have pics of her all over too, so I was asking if she was my grandchild, NO, DO I LOOK OLD ENOUGH? The person just stared at me. I am taking that as a NO! But, back to the twins, we consider all of those girls family, even the older two. Haha. With a family like ours, loaded down with girls, what are 4 more? Wednesday Princess Peach went to her new home as Madison was home from college for Thanksgiving break. As they were loading her, they realized she had never been loaded before. The good news is that she is a pig, so the feed buck and some assistance got her in the trailer.


Thursday of course was Thanksgiving, dad invited Terry and Erina down so that was a lot of fun. We of course had prime rib, and a smoked turkey as a side. We don’t spend much time on dinner. Basically we eat it, watch the dog show, then get back out to do chores. We were all surprised the Whiskey the Whippet won Best in Show, not that Whiskey didn’t deserve to win, he was a cute dog. We did decide we could use them for coyote dogs if we had a pack?? Then, on to chores, chores wait for no one.


Friday Toni, Kicker, Kade and Jaxsen headed to Clarkston, for dinner, black Friday shopping and tree cutting. Anna, Kaine and I tied up the Spokane steers and the steers we have in for next year. We also went shed shopping to get a shed for all of our show tack (since Ben is tired of it being in his shed). Hopefully it gets delivered in the next couple of weeks. We also worked on Ruby and Mario. Then we met the twins, Marlo, Morgan, Joe, Leslie and Whitney for dinner and a movie in Connell. We went to the Pizza Station and went to see the Grinch. It was pretty good, and it is always great getting together with everyone. I do not know if Joe has ever watched the Grinch before, but he seemed to think it was pretty funny.


Saturday Mario went to live with his youth, Angelina. We felt they were a great fit and are very excited to see what their future holds. We tied the steers up again on Saturday, checked the cows and heifers, put Cole and Dualin in with Ruby, and worked on Ruby.


Sunday, we tied up the steers, moved the bulls down to the alfalfa field. Toni got home, so we got Strawberry in and weaned our last big foal, Sally, she is one of the ones we plan to keep. We still have the three little ones on their moms. We haltered Cole and worked on him and Ruby. We actually saw a bit of sunshine, but the rain is back today. The positive is that the temperature is in the 40s, meaning it is bearable. Toni and the kids plan to try and get more mares hauled out this week, but it might be a challenge. December is around the corner which is HUGE for us. We start calving in December and we could not be more excited to see our next crop of calves hit the ground.


Also on Sunday, Rachel Hamby, who is riding Friday down in Cali, sent us a picture and videos of her in a trail class. Kade seemed to think that he was going to get her now, but don’t worry, I filled him in that Friday has been mine since birth. I reminded him that he has Slick AND he claimed Charlie, our black yearling filly by Little Cielo. Toni and I are also fighting over who gets Shotgun Sally. Toni claimed Yo and Beebee, so I feel like it is my turn??

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Cold weather, who cares! Toni does, we just can’t let it slow her down.

As everyone knows by now, daylight savings officially ended on Sunday, November 4. Super sad day. That means that I no longer get home in the light, Toni and the kids, and whoever else she can find to help, start chores at 4 to try to get done before we lose the ability to see. Monday Toni, the kids and Coco worked on the foals and did chores. They started chores a bit late, as the adjustment to the time had not quite kicked in. So it was decided that 4 pm start times was the absolute latest chores could start. Especially because we are still halter breaking, and doctoring 2 heads and 1 eye.


Tuesday we were on pins and needles due to a family member having a surgery that ended up going well. Tuesday Toni also had some people come by to look at the bull calves we have for sale. Coco took off for CA, so Toni and the kids did chores.
Wednesday Toni went down to Court in the morning, came back and worked on the foals, then went to the WCA conference in Tri-Cities and was gone through Friday. The kids, Anna, Kaine and Kade (not Jaxsen) did a great job of doing chores all week. Jaxsen got to start cub scouts this week, he was VERY EXCITED to get to join. His best friend Luke is also in cub scouts, so they have a great time. AND someone there let Sonny use a knife. He got to carve a piece of soap. Kaine, Kade and the rest of the boy scouts (not Jaxsen since he does not have his shirt yet) got to carry the flag at the Veterans Day assembly at school. Uncle Skip came down from St. John for the school Veterans Day assembly which we really appreciate. The kids have wanted him to come for years. They were very proud to honor the Veterans. Kade and Jaxsen also got to go home with me at night this week so we have been having a Just Dance Party every night. That Jaxsen is quite the dancer.


Saturday Ben, Kicker, Anna, Kaine, Kade and I started working the cows, we worked most of them on Saturday. Kade helped Ben, he filled up syringes and went and got medicine for him, Kaine helped me doing the same, and Anna helped Kicker bring cows up and wrote down numbers. Jaxsen helped Toni, they sent Bubbles, Dodge and Coco bean to their new homes and weaned Mario and Princess Peach.


Sunday Ben, Kicker, Anna, Kaine, Kade and I finished working the cows, then Whitney came over and took Anna, Kaine, Kade and Jaxsen over for Ady’s birthday party. Ben and Kicker also helped me get the horses in from circle 4 and I hauled them down to the house. Dad helped me wean Ruby and King of Blue. Toni had some documents that she needed to work on, but didn’t get much done because she ended up showing 2 groups of people some horses we had for sale. Then, Toni went and got the kids and we got a load of mares in to take out to the desert. Dad and I hauled them out while Toni and the kids did chores. Saturday and Sunday were pretty cold days. It may be time to pull the longjohns out.


Monday was a holiday, so no school. Anna, Kaine, Kade and I haltered the steers we have at the house. Then, we built a calf shelter for the 4 bottle calves. Next, I took the boys to Toni’s and Anna and I went down and had lunch with Aunt Peggy and Uncle Tom and got groceries. Toni loaded out June, who loaded like a champ. Monday afternoon we got Freckles and Eagle in to start halter breaking this week. Double wanted his blanket on, so we put his winter blanket on him to keep him warmer. Today is still cold, but the outlook is good for no one getting a break here on this ranch!

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Anna’s Pictures from today

 

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We finally had our last show of the year, the kids are sad our show season is over, and we don’t get to see our show family over the winter. We will miss you all.

We finally had our last show of the year, the kids are sad our show season is over, and we don’t get to see our show family over the winter. We will miss you all.


Monday we had Steer of Merit, all of our kids ended up with a check, Kaine had Reserve Champion with his CBJLS steer, his BF Steer barely missed, he was a little low on DWG. Kade got a check with his BF steer, his CBJLS had a little too small of a rib eye. And Anna got one with her CBJLS steer.


Tuesday Toni spent with Dr. King getting the animals winterized. We preg checked Kool, who is in foal, Stinger, who is not in foal, Hottie who is in foal, Pistol who is in foal, and Money who is not in foal. We also pulled blood and stool samples on Kool as she is older and not in the best of body condition to see how we could improve that. We just got Kool a few months ago, and she is really doing well. We are so excited to have a Smokin 45 daughter. We also gelded a colt, fixed a hernia, looked at the two head injuries, and did more stuff that I can’t remember. Dr. King had to be at her next place at 3, and she left us at 10 to 3. Then we proceeded to deworm and haul six more mares out to winter pasture. Tuesday was a long day.


Wednesday was Halloween so Toni went to the school to help in Jax’s classroom then grabbed the kids from school and took them trick-or-treating. First stop was with our grandma and grandpa to scare them. Toni drives the kids around and got home with the kids around 7. We get pizza every year on Halloween and eat candy. Cousin Kendel and her family came and ate with us.


Thursday and Friday were actually normal days. Toni turned Eagle out to recover from his hernia surgery. Felix got moved back with the other colts. We continued to work on the ones that needed to be halter broke and doctor our three that need doctoring. Per the norm, the foals are coming along really well.


Saturday we woke up early and Ben, Anna, Kaine, Kade, Adrian and I headed into the Western Showcase in Moses Lake, we took 5 head and left Toni at home to work. The kids did great, Anna and Kaine went back into the championship round for showmanship, Kade BARELY missed going, he got nervous when the judge was staring at him and made a small mistake. But, him and I talked it through afterward, he just need to breath and relax even if the judge is staring at him. Adrian did really well too, it was her steer’s first show and he performed great. Toni was really busy, she had to get the bred heifers in and send them to their new home with KC Cattle, along with getting a couple of foals in to start halter breaking.


Sunday Toni, Ben, Kicker and I went to a celebration of life for a tragic death in a car accident. Coco stayed home with the kids, our 4, plus Adrian and Kendel’s two, so she had a house full. When we got back we started working on Bubbles and Juney. The wind was really whipping Sunday and we all got microdermabrasion on our faces compliments of the wind. Toni hates fall back because it gets dark so early. She ends up having to do a lot of the halter breaking during the week on her own.


Chores now start at 4 to beat the darkness. We have foals leaving this weekend, Toni will be at the WCA Convention this week, and we have gotten to meet our 2 AQHA Youth that get foals from us this year. Fall back may have occurred, but we continue to move forward with our work.

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When you live for a strong purpose, then hard work isn’t an option. Its a necessity.

With the three foals getting hurt last week, we were a day behind on getting the next two foals haltered and getting halter broke. Luckily we only had one to get ready to ship. Monday afternoon the three older kids helped Toni halter Coco Bean and Sweet Annie. They were both little dolls. The kids petted on them and really loved on them for quite a while. So on top of normal chores, we are keeping the three injured foals in the barn at my house, so then we go there to work on those three. The two head wounds really don’t take much, but Lassie’s leg requires quite a bit of work every night. On Monday Barb came and got Golden. Golden loaded like a champ up a ramp into a 2 horse straight load. He has always had an old soul, so acted like a big horse. Monday was also Sonny’s last soccer match in Basin City. Per the norm he ran around a bunch and had way too much fun.


Tuesday and Wednesday were just normal days, if there is any such thing. The days were stunning so it was no hardship to get outside and enjoy this wonderful fall weather. Thursday was our Football Banquet, so Toni and the kids did chores and worked on the foals and I met them in there. Both Kade and Kaine were recognized along with their teams for a great season.


Thursday Toni and Coco went and got Jitterbug and Ladybug out of their pasture and brought them back to wean Jitter. Jitter had a small poke in her eye, so one more added to the doctoring pen.


Friday Toni, Kicker, Kade and Sonny went to Clarkston to visit the Meachams after school, for the weekend. Anna and Kaine went with the Borbas and Holts to the Middleton Pumpkin Patch, so I was left alone to do chores.


Saturday Anna and Ben went to load hay. Kaine and I went to our neighbor Dalton’s and got a couple of steers that will hopefully work as show steers next year. Then, we had Sandy and Ashley out to look and Rich, Jag and Mario. Ashley decided she wanted to buy Rich. Next, we went to a different neighbor Jacob’s to get another show steer for next year. Then, when we came back, Ben and Anna had unloaded all the hay so we moved the steers, bulls, show heifers and feeder calves all around so everything had enough bunk space. The kids and I then went to go and do chores. We also have a buyer looking at the colts that are left.


Sunday was baby Jax’s 8th bday. We started the morning with Jenifer coming to get Sweet Annie and she left to her new home. Then we got the calves in and sorted the show heifers off that had gotten in with them. We all went to a Halloween birthday party and came home to halter and start halter breaking Double the Fancy, Katana, Mocha, and Lassie. Jitterbug is also in the haltering pen, so lots of work to do!

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Another week has flown by.

Monday, Sonny had a soccer game so I worked on Golden and Flatliner on my own. Golden was golden, easiest colt. Flatliner was a normal Sissy, very smart and quick. Tuesday Toni worked on the foals on her own, the boys had their last football game, Kade played Royal and Kaine was Connell vs Connell. Also on Tuesday Anna got her braces off, very exciting. Wednesday we were both there to work on the foals and they did awesome. Thursday I went to Ranch and Home after work to get shavings for the Evergreen show, so Toni worked on them by herself. Toni always loves the Sissy foals, and she has always loved Golden. Both of them have met or exceeded expectations.


Big day Friday, we hauled into the Evergreen sale in the morning, we took one heifer, Lily. We got all set up and Toni came home to do chores and get the boys. Coco came to help her so Coco could do chores and work on the foals on Saturday. Kaine, Anna and I stayed there for the exhibitor meeting. Toni, Kade and Sonny made it back just in time to go to the banquet. Sonny likes to put his hand up during auctions. The good news is that the auctioneer has been friends of the family for years, so he did goad Sonny on, but didn’t accept the bid. We are considering leaving Sonny home for future auctions. Then in big news, our cousin Traci had her daughter, Kayla Marie, we can’t wait to meet her.


Saturday morning the kids had livestock judging, Jaxsen was second and Anna was third in the Jr Division. That means that they get gift cards for the sale. Then the sale started at 12:30. Our friend Meghan came and hung out with us there. She is not a good sale influence, we may have overspent a touch. But, we have some great show heifers for next year. Kade bought Lily back, so he gets to show her in the Evergreen shows; Kaine bought a really nice Insight daughter from Steve Jachetta at Castle Ride Cattle Company. We got Jaxsen a really nice May show heifer from Rusher’s 4R Ranch, Anna got their other May heifer. Both of them are by PF Counsel 643T 3514. Then Anna bought a January heifer by Musgrave Big Sky from Gayle Suksdorf of Willow Creek Angus and we also got a heifer for a 4H member from Gayle as well. Anna got a Daddy’s Money son from Aldersyde Farms for a show steer. That is a long list and we were only supposed to buy 3 heifers and a steer max. We also met a great family from E-burg that stalled with us on Saturday and Sunday. Keely is a great little helper and we look forward to having her with us at future shows.


Sunday was the big show. Ben hauled 7 more head in for the show that we had already entered. We also had invited the 4H kids to come, so we had Aram, Adrian, Bella and Nadia there helping and showing. The kids all did great. Anna’s new steer won his class, Kade’s heifer Lily was second in her class, and we had a lot of heifers in Lily’s class, so I don’t remember how they placed after Lily. Kaine was third with his new heifer, the two May heifers were third and fourth in their class. Anna was second and Aram was third in their class with the big heifers. Kaine was in the top 4 in the Jr Championship round. All of the kids showed awesome. It was really fun to have the four extra kids come and get extra showing time for next fair season.


Toni left at 1 on Sunday to go back and load up Flatliner. She came back to a catastrophe. For some reason some of the foals had gone over our no climb horse fence (that is 5 feet tall). We specifically had purchased and installed this type of fence as it was supposed to be safe for horses and foals. Let me assure you, it is not. We are pretty upset about what happened and that this fence completely failed. She had to rush three into the vet and Dr. Jacobs was nice enough to meet her in at at the Sagehill Vet Clinic in Othello. She got home at almost 9 that night.


Monday was Sonny’s last soccer match, so now all the boys are done with fall sports. No news yet if any of the four kids want to play winter sports. Golden left and the kids and Toni haltered the next two foals to get halter broke, Coco Bean and Sweet Annie. Hopefully they are as good to halter break as they were to halter. We will find out tonight!

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The fall weather has set in and fall is definitely here.

I feel like we have gotten more done this week then I thought was possible. Monday I had to stay in town and run some errands after work, so Toni worked on Magnum and Big Iron on her own. Then had soccer with Sonny. Tuesday Kaine had a game in Mattawa so again, Toni worked on Big Iron and Magnum on her own. But, she does have Anna to help her with chores, and Kade if he does not have a game or practice. Wednesday Kaine had a game in Royal, so Toni was on her own with Anna, after she got back from her meeting in Union Gap. Thursday Kade had a game in Othello, so I was on my own working on Big Iron and Magnum, which was really good for Magnum to have someone new. Big Iron could care less who works on him, he is very goal oriented. The goal is to be petted and be fed. Thursday Jaxsen also had a soccer match, so Toni and Kicker had to run both boys around. Friday we were BOTH home to do chores and work on the colts, which was great, we could compare notes on how they had been. Sometimes it is hard to keep track of everything we are doing and make sure we are on the same page.


Saturday Kaine had a game in Connell and Kade was in Othello. We had one of our calf buyers coming out after and she got a load of calves. Then we got the cows in, sorted off what we needed to work, and moved them to a different pasture. Weaned the last couple of calves, let the weaned heifers out in the pen with the cows had been in, and put the sold bred heifers out with them. Then, we weaned 3 of the 4 foals we needed to wean this weekend, Coco Bean, Double the Fancy, and Lassie. We ended Saturday when the sun went down.


Sunday was Ben’s big 42nd birthday. So, we started out the day with clipping the heifers for the Evergreen sale and jackpot next weekend. The kids are getting old enough to be a lot of help. Toni clipped bodies while Anna clipped heads, and Kade, Kaine and I got the next one ready. Sonny ran around and played (we are really trying to get him to help). Then we had Magnum leaving at 10. So we left the kids clipping, with Anna doing bodies and Kaine heads, and Kade doing prep, with Ben supervising, and we went and loaded Magnum. He jumped in a like a super champ after a little negotiation. Then, Rachel showed up to see Pecos, he is her colt that is staying at our house while she rides Friday. I left Toni to go help the kids finish, Kade and Kaine had switched jobs, so I took over bodies and Anna went back to heads. We got done at lunch time, and had Ben’s birthday lunch.


After lunch we weaned the last four foals, Katana, Hot Shot, Cattle Kate, and Sweet Annie. They are all such a good group. Hot Shot jumped in the trailer out on the 500 acres with just the trailer gate open and her dam in the trailer. Then we went and got Sagebug, Cupcake and Omen from the neighbors, they just right in the trailer and were ready to head home. Omen was an outside mare, so her owner, our cousin, came and got her. We put Sagebug down in the “stallion station” AKA the corral. So Bishop, Sagebug, and Double are all next to each other down there. But they get along as long as they are not in the same pen together, which we do not allow. We haltered Flatliner and Golden, and then finished chores. Toni and I had left the kids with Ben to work the rest of the calves, Ben and the kids had worked the first group of calves the weekend before. Mom says she is not feeding the bottle calves on weekends or at nights, but with no kids, she was stuck doing the job. Now I am ready for a nap, but no time.


Monday Toni and Chad are trimming a bunch of horses. We are trying to get the mares trimmed up before we turn them out in the winter pasture. This week we need to get ready for the Evergreen Sale, have football and soccer, and have bulls to haul to Connell for testing, as well as heifers to get to the vet. Lots to do, but we will get it done. The fall weather has set in and fall is definitely here.

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It is starting to feel like Fall

Normally I try to start this blog and continue through the week so I don’t forget what we did. But, this last week has been so hectic I forgot, and I JUST remembered we haven’t done it yet.


Monday Toni and I worked on Sherriff and Ragnar to get them ready to leave Saturday and Sunday. Kaine had practice Monday but Kade did not, so we had to shuffle Kaine around to get him there. Tuesday we had Dr. Hank Wisse come out and preg check some heifers and semen test a bull. Kaine’s show heifer from last year was open, so that sucked. The majority of the heifers were bred, so we called our prospective buyers for the replacement heifers to get them scheduled to come out. Then Kaine had Football game and Kade had practice. Kaine’s team finally won one, Yea. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday just working on the colts, football practice. Jaxsen had a soccer match. Our Aunt Peggy had surgery on Monday (she has posted about it on FB so not a violation of her privacy to put it here). Mom and Toni went to see her and took her flowers. Peggy is fighting cancer, but we know that she will win.


Jeanne came down on Wednesday and grabbed up a couple of horses for her and Sonny to ride. They seem to be short on horses this year, so we volunteered to send them a couple! Jeanne also brought a kitten for Anna. That was clearly not fair, so I went and found a kitten for Kaine. Ben hasn’t been getting home very early because of harvest, and was really surprised when he came home that night to two new kittens in the house. It was really funny. Mittens was not impressed with the kittens either.


Friday was Dad’s birthday. Toni and Mom had picked up a cake in town, along with some salad. We all ate at Toni’s house that night to celebrate Dad’s 73rd birthday. We had a big meal, followed by a cake that could feed 20, but only fed 10. We all like cake.


Kade had a game Saturday, they won, yea, and Kaine’s was canceled. So mom and Toni went into the football game and I stayed home, I had a person coming out to look at bulls at 9, a horse person at 10:30, a heifer person at 1:30 and a horse person at 2:30. DynaMight did great at 10:30, thanks Biz for buying Dynamight, it looks like she found a great home. Two bred heifers left to a repeat buyer, thanks John and Lisa, we always appreciate your business. And then Ragnar loaded like a rock star at 2:30. I also sold one of Toni’s favorite bulls at 9. While I was doing all of this Ben, Anna and Kaine were working the feeder calves and the heifers.


Toni, Kicker, Kade and Jaxsen headed to a Mariners game after Kade’s big win, it was Kade’s birthday weekend and that was what he wanted to do for his birthday. They had a great time and Kade was happy. Sonny wanted to know on the third batter in when the game was going to be over. But he did enjoy the food.

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On Sunday Tina, Leslie and Brian came and got Sheriff, he also loaded like a champ. Now we have two colts gone and we get to start halter breaking the next two, Magnum and Big Iron. This is our first noncolor themed group. We had three palominos, two buckskins, now a buckskin and a bay roan BUT both are out of Gunner, so maybe that is the theme? Next week we are back to two palominos. Sunday Toni was back and she weaned Golden and Flatliner. Also on Sunday, 25 year old Abbie surprised us with a little filly. She winters with Double so they both can have lots of grain hay all winter. Any baby Abbie gives us now is just a blessing.


We have soccer, football, colts leaving, calves leaving, and more weaning scheduled for this week. The weather has really turned, so we now in getting ready for winter mode. We have had our Bluegrass brought in and working on getting the rest of the hay home. Still lots of work to do, but no rest of the wicked.

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