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It’s a Great Day to Be Alive!

Monday was definitely a Monday, Toni was on the phone all day about a big bankruptcy she is doing, she managed to run her cow into Sagehill Vet in-between calls. Kaine had a baseball game in at Connell, Anna had a tennis match in Pasco. Kade and Jaxsen did front chores. I went to Kaine’s game, and Toni did not get off the phone until 7:30 to do back chores. Anna won both of her matches. Kaine’s team played really well for their first game. Luckily we have great friends that will run Kaine in for me, I just met him and Maria, Luis, Aram and Daisy in at the game. Anna got home from her match and met us down there too. A dairy in the area had their parlor house burn down Sunday night, so my parent’s neighbors, Roland and Dalton, helped haul the cows to Quincy to be milked. Rolanda had called and asked to use our gooseneck and Red, so they hauled 890 cows. Luckily we live in a great community and lots of neighbors came together and got all of the cows hauled.


Tuesday, Toni called me in the AM to tell me Tessa foaled, and NO, I could not keep it, it is bay with a strip and she is 90% sure it is a filly. Toni can be such a fun killer! I let John have my blue filly out of Lura, yes, all of Gunner babies are mine. After chores we went out and checked to see what the foal was and it is a colt, such a disappointment. He is pretty cute though. I named him Top Gun. We just LOVE the Tessa foals so I was pretty excited when I thought he was a filly we could keep. Now that we have petted on him, he also looks like he is a roan.


Wednesday Anna had a tennis tournament in Connell, so I got off of work a little early and went and got mom and Kaine and we went and watched. Anna was playing doubles with her friend, Kassidy, we sat by Kassidy’s mom Becky, and cheered and embarrassed the girls the entire time. They won their match. The boys playing doubles next to them thought we were funny though and laughed. Toni had to head to Sunnyside early, but brought home carrot cake from Bon Vinos (best carrot cake around!). Toni was sure Strawberry was going to foal, but we went out and checked and no new foals. Ben and I are dieting, I am dong the optavia diet and Ben is eating low carb, I made philly steak stuffed peppers, and they were so good. It is a good thing I only made one for each of us, I think I would have tried to eat another they were so good. Ben is busy making food for the Spokane Jr Livestock show when he gets in at night, we have three one gallon bags of breakfast burritos as far.


Thursday it was a beautiful day, two bulls left and headed to Oregon. No new babies. Friday, John H. brought Toni out her new puppy, a cute Idaho Shag/Border Collie female named Lucy. Kaine had a baseball game at 6, so I was late getting home. Toni took Anna home so she could feed her bottle calf and do chores. Toni also decided it was time to start building fence again, so Toni, Dad, Kade, and Anna put up a span of wood fence in the yearling colt pen.


Saturday, it is a great day to be alive when you get to ride all day herding cows. Anna had to go and sell plants at the FFA plant sale, so she missed out. But, Toni, Kade, Kaine and I all got to ride and bring the cows in. The horses were not too bad for their first time out all since last fall. We had left Ollie and Riley in to ride during the winter, so we did not have to feed them all, and Toni rode Ollie since Anna was gone, so her horse was definitely fine, but, Slick, Bev, and Cad were all a little fresh. It was a GREAT ride.


We had the cow in by about noon, so the boys’ friend Aram came down after lunch and they took him for a ride, Kaine rode my horse, Cad, Aram rode Bev, Kade rode Slick and Anna was home by then and rode Ollie. After they got done they caught their Spokane steers and worked on them. Ben was working on the fence in the middle pen, so he watched them.


Toni and I went and got Sagebug and hauled him out, after Ben told us the fence was hot. We also hauled the last of the heifers to get bred, and two of the fall heifers down by Leroy so they would not get bred. We also moved stuff around so Bishop’s pen to the hill so they had more room, and Whim down to Bishop’s pen. We moved Gunner’s pen out to the desert, the cows in circle 5 into 6 and the Herefords out with Gunner for now. We moved all of the heavy mares into Circle 5 with some of the cows. We put Red Robin in with Bishop and moved Lura and Tessa in with Gunner. We did two days worth of work in one day, so we were home pretty late.


Happy Easter everyone! The kids had an egg hunt at mom and dads in the AM and then the Meachams with to Kicker’s brother’s house in Moses Lake. Ben, the kids and I went home to make dinner and then mom, dad and Skip came up there. After lunch Ben, Anna and I went out to check horses and found Dunny and Peanut. Peanut is my dream color, my first breyer horse was a dunalino named Peanut, thus the name. Twist was locked in at mom and dads, and mom texted when we were headed down to do chores that she had foaled, both mares had cute fillies.

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Spring Break

The kids had a great start to spring break, they got to work on their steers, check cows and help with chores, check on the sheep, what more could a kid want? A vacation? Well, we get one of those at the end of the week when we go to a steer show in Pomeroy. More of the same happened on Tuesday. No new foals so far this week. Wednesday the kids started packing up their show stuff to leave on Thursday for Pomeroy. Toni’s Hereford cow, Lucinda, had a cute black ballie heifer calf. Toni and the kids have been working hard on the steers all week, and the kids are ready to roll. They have been super excited for the start of the 2019 show season, which this will be our first show.


Thursday Toni hauled Curly down to my house for Willie to pick up on Friday. Curly had to be a turd and run around before he finally saw the light and went into the corral. It also took a bit of persuasion to get him in the trailer, but he finally went. Mud had foaled, I saw her on my way to work. She had a cute buckskin colt by Gunner. Then Toni loaded up the kids and the steers and hauled them to Connell to get them all clipped. Jay helped the kids wash and clip their steers. Jay helping is somewhat humorous. After the kids washed, Jay came in and said they owed him $5 for every mudclod they had failed to get off. I think Kade may owe him $25? Basically they need to do a better job of washing to meet the Jay standards. Kade’s steer hadn’t seen a blower before Thursday, but all of the steers did really well considering the limitations winter placed on everyone and everything. They finished loading up our tack, that Jay had borrowed to go to Denver, and we were ready to set out for Pomeroy. I got off of work a little early and we headed on our way with as many people as we could fit in the Mini-Pete. We got there around 5:30, unloaded all our stuff, fed the steers, and then went to have dinner at Joe and Jessie’s house up the Toucanon. It was a long windy road up to their house (they claim it is only 12 miles, but I don’t think so).


Friday we did not wake up really early since we only have the three steers, we let the kids sleep in until 6. Kaine was in class 3, Kade in class 4, and Anna in class 6. All of the kids showed great, Kaine was 5th in market, Kade 3rd and Anna 2nd (so she made it back to the championship round). All of the kids showed awesome in showmanship and made it back to the championship round. Kaine was the grand champion Jr showman. Toni, Kade and Jaxsen headed to Clarkston with Grandma Sherri and Grandpa Bear, who came to watch the kids show. Leslie and I loaded up the 4 kids, Anna, Kaine, Ady and Julian, and headed home. The kids didn’t make it out of Pomeroy before they were asleep. I don’t think they are as ready for the show season as they thought!


Saturday we loaded up one bull and sent him to his new home, we checked the horses and cows, no new babies. Circle 6 still had about 14 days before they start plowing it, so we moved the cows down there to graze that down before Isidro sprays it. It was windy and cold on Saturday so we decided to let the steers have a day off since they had just been to a show.


Sunday we went out to check, no horse babies, but two calves, both Angus. Our neighbor, Teresa, came down and bred Rus (the cow), we bred her to KT Small Town Kid. Toni, Kick and the boys were back so they came down too. The three older kids unpacked their show stuff, and started packing the bigger show box for Spokane. There was some squabbling going on between the three older kids, so it is probably a good thing that Spring Break was almost over. Toni and I took the trailer down to mom and dads to haul out the two mares that had foaled this week. Tall John showed up on his way home from Moses Lake and helped us get the mares in and haul them out. Then we played with his mini aussie puppies he had in his pickup. They are adorable! If anyone wants one, he has 3 left to sell.


We remembered when we were doing chores that we were supposed to take pics of Duallin, so Toni grabbed him with her handy piece of bailing twine and used that as a halter. These yearling colts are just an amazing group. Duallin is definitely one of our favorites. Ask Toni to tell you her favorites in that pen, she has an excuse of why they are all her favorites. I blame her for not having them sold. When someone calls she gives them a questionnaire and then scares them off. We really only have 5 left to sell, but that is quite a bit for us.


Kaine and I also took Jag and Rich out for a walk. I am not sure if Kaine was leading Jag or if she was leading him. Whichever way works for them I guess. One of us adults is going to have to make sure Jag knows she is supposed to follow not lead at some point.
The kids head back to school tomorrow. We have quite a few shows on the schedule so need to continue to work on these steers and heifers. One more fun thing!

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Our great great Grandpa Sim in his autobiography said it is spring when the killdeer come out. I say it is spring when the sweet weanling colts turn a corner and become wanna be yearling stallions.

Back to school and work, Kicker went to Boise Sunday for a Monday meeting, then headed back on Monday afternoon. Anna had tennis, the boys are starting baseball soon. Sonny was finally feeling better last night after being sick for a few days. Ben got home to one of our recip cows having calved, with twin heifers. The kids are excited to have a bottle calf again. In addition to the twins, both Mavis and her mom calved Sunday night with bb calves. Monday we also put Shiney in with Sagebug. We will see how that goes. We have tried to breed Shiney to a horse other than Colonel before and it has not worked. So far she is acting ok. Spotty loves being near the house so he can have his human slaves pet him daily.


Tuesday was the last full day of school for the week, a half day Wed and then spring break (allegedly 2 days are conferences but no school is spring break in our book). There are still no new foals, at least there are a couple of calves. Wednesday was parent teacher conferences, all of the kids are doing great, conferences were pretty short. Dad, Kicker and Toni took the 4 kids to Michael Jays for lunch. We had three more calves Wednesday, an Angus, a Braford/Angus and a Hereford. Coco is back form CA, I brought her home from work with me. Maybe she will inspire some horses to foal??


Thursday the four kids went with Toni to Farm Fair at the TRAC in Pasco. Jaxsen was so bored he fell asleep under one of the tables. Toni found out one of our favorite steer showing kids, Daniel from Finley, is joining the military after graduation and will not be at the fairs this year. We are sad he will not be there, but very happy and proud of him. Toni took them all out to Sonic after for milk shakes and pepsis. They were all so exhausted they needed some caffeine for chores. Farm Fair is put on by the local Farm Bureau and it is an opportunity for schools to bring their 5th grade classes in to learn about agriculture. The groups rotate every 7 ½ minutes to different stations. There are 2 sessions each day and Farm Fair goes for 2 days. There are approximately 1500 students that come through in those 2 days. It is a great chance for us to teach kids about beef and why it is important to them and their daily life.


Friday Anna went to the Farm Fair with FFA and worked in the alfalfa booth. Dad took her in to Connell and Toni went and picked her up. Luckily we have a lot of help with getting everyone where they need to be. Also on Friday, Twiggy had a cute colt by Dude, I think we should call him Stick. Toni and the boys worked on the three Spokane steers. They wanted to go back to Farm Fair with Leslie, but Toni told them that they needed to work on their steers. Leslie had Daniel in her booth helping her.


Saturday Chad came out in the morning and we got all of the riding horses trimmed or shod, and the two mini yearling fillies trimmed. The kids caught and washed their steers while Chad and I worked on the horses. We had an outside mare come in on Saturday so Toni went and unloaded her and her and Ashley took the tour.

We had 400 head of yearling sheep arrive to eat down a grass seed field which is very new and different for us. I can’t remember a time we have had sheep on the place. We went down and helped unload the sheep which took about an hour and a half. It was interesting. Now we just have to watch their water troughs, the fence, and the dog food for the guardian dogs. We get to check them at least once a day while they are here.

After the sheep, the kids and I caught the show heifers, who are not happy about it. Then we worked on the steers and heifers and took everyone for a walk. Toni and Coco hauled Shasta in with Bishop, Bebe home and one of the fall calves to stay down with Kendel’s bull. We also wormed and West Niled all of the yearlings and moved the colts to their own pen, which they proceeded to run out of. We got the fence fixed and they were in for the night. They did not do too bad for not being caught all winter and having to be led around the house with the kids, dogs, and ranch stuff all over.


Sunday we woke up to a miniature horse filly out of Foxy and by Dreamer, each kid claims a mare and Foxy is Kaine’s. He has not decided on a name yet, but Loxy is the front runner as of now.

Sunday we had another outside mare come in to breed to Bishop. When Toni when down to get ready, she noticed Louie was out and the colt pen fence was broke again. She caught Louie with a piece of string and fixed the fence, again. It usually takes 2 times of them getting shocked before they catch on that they can’t run through the fence. So we expected to fix the fence about twice, that has happened, so now they had better stay in! We had a bull leave, and one leave Saturday. We had to sort the fall calves that we weaned last weekend, the bulls thought the heifers were coming in heat. We went out and checked on Leroy’s pen and got hugs from Trump, he missed us so much. Once we got back we decided to move Whinny over with Double, move Kool with the fillies, and halter and work Jag and Rich. Time for them to get halter broke! Then we went and did chores and checked the desert. The three boys went with Coco for a walk while Toni, Anna, and I finished with work and checking. The desert is simply beautiful in the spring with a calm beauty and fresh grass, if you know where to look there is plenty of wildlife to keep a nice walk interesting.


We are all super hopeful for foals this week and maybe those last few cows could calve! With spring in the air it is time to get those foals on the ground and get this show in the road.

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This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather.

Monday was a great day, the snow was melting, birds were singing, mud was drying up. Can it get any better than this?? Toni knew Shiney was going to foal Monday, so she kept going and checking her, but Shiney waited until Toni had to go to a meeting to foal, sometimes mares are tricky tricksters. Shiney had a cute colt with a white body spot. Anna had her first tennis practice Monday, they spent most of practice cleaning the snow off of the tennis courts. She said they actually played for about 20 minutes.


Tuesday Toni and Dad went into Michael Jays for the Washington Cattlemen’s Meeting that was in Connell. They both said the meeting was really good, but Toni had a business call first so they got there late and dad had to take mom to an appointment, so they left early. Toni had a call that night too, so the three boys and I did most of chores, since Anna was at tennis practice. Ro has not gone out with a stud yet since no one wants Trump to leave, he needs his nightly pets.


Wednesday was the first day of Spring, I am still wondering what the groundhog was thinking with an early spring when there is still snow on the ground. But, the weather is definitely improving. Dad and Toni with to the WCA bull sale. The twins went down and had lunch with them. They saw lots of friends and had a great lunch. I was hoping for a foal today so we could give it a spring name, but the mares were not ready. The two year old Hereford bull left today, he went to Ellensburg.


Still no foals on Thursday, there are lots of mares getting heavy, so I guess they will all foal on the same day?? Bub is out breeding cows like he is supposed to be, we had a couple in heat Th morning. The rabbit that was outside my office window had moved on to greener pastures, so I don’t even have an office pet anymore. Toni and the boys, minus Sonny because he was not feeling well, did chores, and then Toni took Anna, Kaine, and Kade into have dinner with the twins before the twins went back to college. Leslie, Shelby, and Whitney were also with them eating. They ate at the new place in Connell, Papa Ray’s, and said it was good. I went up to help Ben and Kicker sort the cows for AIing on the weekend, but, they were done sorting. We had someone coming out to get a show steer, so I showed Danny and the kids the steers and we loaded one out for them.


Still no new foals Friday, I guess someone should have a talk with these horses. Toni and Ben pulled CIDRs at 8 so we can AI Sunday. Then Ben went off to work and Toni went home to work. She had to leave for Kade’s math team competition at around 1, so she had a busy morning of getting a full days’ worth of stuff done. Sonny stayed home from school since he was sick, Toni dropped him off at moms while she was at math team. Kade’s team did really good. Ben was late getting home from work, so Kicker and I fed the cows, Ben got home right as we were getting done.


Saturday morning we were up bright and early to give the cows shots for AIing. Then we got all our steers rounded up, and loaded in the trailer to head in for steer weigh in. We fed them a little too well over the winter and most of them were a little heavy. Better too heavy than too light. Next, we ran into Connell to get fuel and Toni and the kids decided they needed lunch, so I made then walk down to the Burger Factory while I got fuel. We went home and the kids washed their Spokane steers after lunch and we caught our heifers for the Angus show. The heifers thought they were done showing and not super happy with us. They are big fat hippos, so it is really fun to try to catch them with them swinging their big booties around. One got herself so upset she had the hiccups. They were decent after we caught them. Ben and Kicker went and built fence where we were going to move the cows too, Toni and I sorted the heifers, sorted the cows, sorted this and that while we watched the kids. We put Gunner and Ellie in the yard since we needed to use their pen, and Gunner caught his reflection in the window and found himself to be a good looking stud.  Then we headed down to do chores. While doing chores we had some friends show up with two little girls. They wanted to pet the “baby” horses and ride. The girls were very petite and wearing dresses, but they were game to sit on Rudy and pet Trump. Trump started nibbling on their clothes when they weren’t paying enough attention to him. Spoiled maybe? The girls also went and petted Rocky. Sometimes little people don’t love big old Rocky, even if he loves everyone that wants to pet him.


Sunday we woke up to rain, but, it is better rain than snow. Anna, Kaine and Kade caught their Spokane steers, but did not wash them since it was raining and cold. We also did not catch the Angus heifers since there was not a lot of room in the barn. We moved Dreamer and the mini mares up with Bev, the yearling mini fillies down by the house, and the May heifers will go in with them when we put a bull in with the show heifers, and we put Gunner out in circle 4 where Dreamer was. Toni and Dad put out straw while Ben and I sold a bull and sorted. Toni rode Riley and I rode Oley and Ben rode the 4 wheeler, and we moved stuff around. Whitney came and got the kids and took them to a birthday party. Mark came and AIed. Then we pushed all the cows down below the grass hay field to a patch of corn stalks that were left. The heifers getting bred are in the old stalks where the cows were and the no breed heifers we hauled down to circle 6. We hauled Cece, Ladybug and Miss Kyra to be with Gunner, and Ro and Lola to Leroy. We are all sad that Trumpy is down in Circle 3 where we can’t pet him everyday. Luckily we still have Spotty, Jojo, and Regis around the house to spoil. Maybe more soon?

 

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It’s all a matter of perspective. You can look at mud and see mud, or you can use creativity and positive thinking and see potential grass.

It’s all a matter of perspective. You can look at mud and see mud, or you can use creativity and positive thinking and see potential grass. Right now we are being really positive. Monday was a marvelous day, the sun was out, and the weather was awesome. The foals were playing, birds were flying. The kids did the front chores, Toni and I did the back chores, since we have spring forward and I am home to help with the chores now.


Then came Tuesday, freezing rain, snow, just a general dissatisfaction with the weather. Kids had no school, we had a late start. It warmed up during the day and the snow turned to rain. Luckily no foals and no calves during the weather event.


Wednesday was a nice, sunny day. Anna had horse judging practice after school and rode the activity bus home for the first time. Mocha had a cute bay roan filly by Gunner. Dad swore she was grulla, but up close she is clearly bay roan. Mocha’s foals are always super sweet right off the bat. This filly will leave her mother to come nibble on your coat. The only problem is that she has no problem leaving her mother. Day one she was already over investigating Curly the bull with no adult horse supervision. Luckily Curly is easy going. We had someone come out and look at Regis. Everything is still covered in snow or now it is covered in mud. Kicker had to stay at work late so Toni helped Ben feed the horses and Herefords.


Thursday was still nice and sunny. It has still been freezing at nights but it getting warm during the day. The Sandhill cranes are circling and wondering why there is still snow. Besides everything being cold and frozen life is pretty good. And it definitely good be worse, we could be flooded like part of the Midwest. We shipped out a bull on Thursday to some new buyers. The bull was awesome and Toni loaded him with the buyers. Thursday night tall John had to come out and help with chores because he needed a foal fix. We think he might have an addiction problem. He is addicted to horses. So Toni and John fed the Herefords and horses. John also grabbed Toni’s camera so he could try it out since it is new.


Friday was a great day, it was chilly in the morning but nice and sunny in the afternoon. The snow was melting, you can definitely see a difference. I took Trinity and Jewels to the vet in the morning, Jewels is getting spayed, since she cannot have puppies, and Trinity has a growth under her chin getting removed. I took them both to Sagehill vet in Othello. Then I got home and got circle 4 in to sort off the cows and heifers that are getting AIed on the second round. I got them all sorted then had a quick lunch and ran into the school and get Anna and take her in for her sports physical. I got into an argument with the nurse about eating beef, besides that everything went fine. Then I grabbed all the kids from school. We got home, they had a snack and I left them to help Ben with the CIDRS while I went to get my dogs. Both were happy I was there to pick them up. I got home in time to help pull out two CIDRS then we headed down to do chores.


Saturday we checked first thing. Then Ben helped me load up some hay and Toni, the kids and I tried to get the horses in the snow filled corral to haul the heavy and open ones up to breed. It was quite interesting. We were able to get 4 open ones in. Then Toni and I hauled them 2 at a time out, circle 5 is VERY muddy, we barely made it out the first time with our partial load and did not make it the second time and had to lead Barb and Bayley up the hill. The pick-up and trailer had to be towed out and we broke one tow strap in the process. The mud was deep. We put Barb in with Leroy, Annie in with Colonel, Abs in with Dude, Bayley and Stinger in with Bishop, and Ellie in with Gunner. Toni got stuck again, this time on a snowpile that hadn’t melted when she slid into it because of the ice that is still out and about. It was a long day and we had a lot of walking. Then we took Double down to the house and put him in the heavy pen, so we had a pen for Sagebug to go into. The barn is actually empty for the first time in a while so the kids got to catch their Spokane steers, who have had a LONG break that was not good for them mentally.


We also got some videos of Whim when we moved him, which was hard due to how muddy and slick it is. Whim is such a pretty mover though that the videos look ok.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day, I got the kids St. Patrick’s Day Potatoes from Sees. Dad went and got Sagebug on Sunday, and we put Cleo and Mocha in with him. We also got one of the heavy mares into the corral, Mud, and we hauled her down and she is in the heavy pen. The kids caught their Spokane steers again, who were not happy about being caught two days in a row after their long break. The kids also cleaned off the watch rack, from all the mud so they can start washing them, they are muddy messes.


We are really happy with how well Josh did with Sagebug, he has had a lot of riding in the short, snow filled months he has been there. With Sagebug home, we are now officially started into our mare breeding season. We can’t say we are excited about it, but it had to start sometime. With the better weather, the bull market has picked up and we are excited to see our repeat bull buyers. If you are in the market for a bull, we think we have some really good ones so feel free to come look. We are also getting some amazing foals on the ground for anyone wanting a 2019 foal. With the better weather, we will once again be ready to give people the ranch tour and show the horses. Just let us know if you are in the area.

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Sun, sun, where are you?

Another hectic Monday, but the kids DID have school. Not only did they have school, but I had an email when I got to work from Anna’s ag teacher that they had CDE regionals after school. So mom and dad went and got her clothes and ran them into school for her. Her friend Daisy went too. Cousin Kendel needed our bottle calf to put on her cow, so her and Toby came down and got her and she is happy to have a mom. Toni tried to let the foals out to run around in the sun today, but the Jersey Norman kept trying to come in the barn and lay on their new straw Toni gave them, so it was a cluster. One of Maria’s calves was frozen to the ground in the morning as it was 9 degree weather, so Toni met her with a bottle of milk to feed it and try to get it moving. We have a yearling bull that slipped on the ice and hurt his back leg, so now he is in the barn too. And we also have to figure out where to separate the cows too to breed them starting next weekend. We don’t have a lot of places right now that have water and that we can get too to in the pickup to feed them. It definitely does not feel like the week of March 4th. When Toni, Kade and Kaine went out to do chores the fence was broken around the hay stack again, so that needed fixing. Kaine and I went home to water and feed the animals in the barn and let the mares back in. It was a chore keeping Norman the Jersey out and the show steers and get the mares in. Sally calved yesterday, and her calf did not nurse, so Ben and Kicker tubed in with colostrum. We had a heifer calve, a KM Broken Bow 002 daughter, Ben and Kicker put her in the barn since it is her first calf and it was so cold out. 548 and 508T also calved, both of their calves got up and nursed right away and did great. Anna got home from her FFA competition at around 9:30, I picked up her and Daisy and met Maria. A sheriff saw Maria sitting along the road waiting for us so he stopped to ask her if she was stuck. Ben and Kicker did not get in until 9:30-10 from feeding and getting all of the calves situated. Then Ben was up all night checking the cows since it was so cold, I told him I would have switched and he could have slept but he said he could not sleep anyway. The stress level is getting to be too much for all of us! Even when we think we have enough straw down, the animals situated correctly, we are all up wondering if we missed something.


Tuesday, it was still cold and did not feel like March. It was dress up like your favorite Dr Seuss character at the elementary school so Kade make costumes for himself and Sonny. Overall it was a pretty good day, we had one calf, a cute Hereford heifer out of a Times A Wastin daughter and by our 10Y son. I asked who was going to show her and Toni said she was. I told her she was no longer a Jr and she told me she was forever 21, so she still qualified. Toni and the kids had chores done when I got home, we just had the stuff in the barn to do when we got home. Ben and Kicker were actually in by around 7:30.


Wednesday, the snow was back……..And then the rain came………then back to snow. Boy scouts was canceled due to the weather. Kicker took the kids to school, Toni and the kids did chores. Toni got some cool pictures of the mares in the ice storm with her new camera. Like Larry O, a neighbor, said in his twitter post, as bad as it is, just think of how bad it would have been 50 years ago, no pickup, no spotlight, no heater, you are out checking for new calves on horseback, trying to get through the snow and ice. It really makes you appreciate what you have.


Thursday was a great day, the sun is shining and it got to 40. Ben sorted off the cows that need to have their cidrs pulled at 8 on Friday morning. Toni and the kids did chores, minus Jaxen of course. The two mares and foals enjoyed being turned out with the steers in the sun shine. Toni, the kids and I all went down to put them back in the barn for the night to put straw out. Toni and the kids had to actually go out and get them in, they did not want to come back. We made Jaxsen help put straw out, you would think we made him shovel the whole driveway. But, he did help somewhat with a grumpy look on his face. He reminds us he doesn’t have to like animals!


Friday morning dad texted that Cleo foaled, good girl waiting for a nice day. I am VERY disappointed it was a colt, but very happy that it was a grullo. We would really like Cleo to have another filly for us. Mom thinks we need to keep him for another stallion prospect. Toni and Ben pulled the CIDRS bright and early in the cold, but from how the weather has been it could have been colder. Since Cleo had foaled Toni went out and checked the mares, Mocha did not want to be found and she had to hike to her. But she had not foaled. And as we keep saying, to ourselves and everyone else that will listen, the weather could be worse.


Saturday we ran the AI cows in and gave them shots. Then we went out to check on the mares and found Ceecee and her foal, so we went back and got the trailer and got her and Mocha in. We moved the old mares at mom and dads over a pen and put all of the mares and foals, and Mocha in the front pen. We had to shovel out some of the gates to get that plan to work, snow drifts are still all over even with a couple of sunny days. The mares and foals have 2 big grass straw bales and a shed with straw in it. And a bull, just in case they need a bull. All four colts are now at Mom and Dads in the front pasture along with Mocha. Then we got the cows in again and sorted off the Herefords and the second AI group, we put the Hereford cows and Eric, our 10Y son, down in circle 5 with the horses. Then we ran the AI cows in again and sorted off the bull calves so when the cows started to come in heat they would not ride. Next, we went down to do chores.

After chores we had a birthday party for Kicker, we had pizza, 2 pies and a lemon torte.


Sunday we got up bright and early, especially since it is the best day of the year with spring forward. Toni and Kicker put out big bales. Ben, Anna, Kaine, Kade and I got the heavy cow pen in and sorted out the cows that had calved, tagged the calves and turned them out. Then we got the AI cows back in and sorted them into AI groups, so it would be faster when Mark got there to AI. We went in and had a lunch break then were ready when Mark got there. Mark brought an extra person, Alex, so AIing went really fast. We got done in record time and then put the Herefords down in circle 5 and the Angus out in the corn field with Bub, our KR Direct Deposit son. Then Toni, Anna, Kade, Sonny and I went down and got Twiggy and Shadie and took them back to put with Mocha to watch. We need to move a few more mares, but we can’t get to the corral down in Circle 5 yet due to snow. Shadie and Twiggy are two that we can walk out and catch and we had to lead them up the hill because of how soft the road is. We are now feeding the mares and the Herefords in Circle 5, but until we have this snow off the ground, we have to feed. Hopefully this snow melts soon. We hear the forecast is for more snow and potentially freezing rain on Tuesday. But we are trying to stay positive that this is the last and we can see spring around the corner.

And we are getting great reports back from Josh and Crystal regarding Sagebug. He is doing great, Josh has been opening gates off of him and riding him down the road.

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Toni’s checking pictures

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Mares in the Ice Storm Last Night

Due to the pickup fire, Toni got a new camera. She took some really great pictures last night when she was out feeding the mares. You can see the ice hanging off of the mares. Hopefully this all melts, soon…..

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Checking Pictures

We have the heavy cows on the hill so they have some nice warm straw to have their babies in.

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Appreciating what you have

More snow Monday, and more snow and more snow. At the end of the 10 day forecast, guess what, calls for more snow. The foals and mares are tired of being locked in the barn, but at least there is a barn to lock them in. Toni took the kids to school so we did not have to worry about the bus, she said 260 was horrid. Then she went out to check and plow through the snow drifts. The kids got off early, Toni went back to the school and picked them up. Then Toni and the kids did chores. The loader would not start so Ben and Kicker game down and got the tractor. Toni, the kids and I went to my house and we put new straw in for the foals and calves. Then Ben and Kicker called, they were stuck feeding and we needed to come out and get one of them to come back and get the tractor. Red is now chained up to try to make it. We had one calf that day, he was born in the heavy pen and had straw, and is doing great.


No school, too much snow. We actually did not get any snow today during the day light hours. Anna was sick so Toni left her home and did not take her to help work. Toni and the boys were busy, feeding, check, etc. On Facebook we found a really cute picture of Kaine on the 4H website. Then, when they were out in the desert Toni’s pickup started on fire. Luckily everyone is safe. But Toni lost her camera, Dewalt 2ov power tools, and Lucchese boots (yes, she packs them around in case she need to jump on a horse and take off her snow boots). Ben and Kicker dukes of hazarded it out to them when Toni called and said her pickup was on fire. But there was no saving it. The pick-up was gone. Then they got to the house to do chores and the 4 wheeler would not start. So when I got home dad was trying to hook the 4 wheeler up to the battery charger, so he and I did that. Then we locked Cleo up with a shed since she is getting heavy. It was a long, long day that could have ended a ton worse than it did, so we are all trying to remain positive.

Toni cannot believe how many tools she lost. She has tried to put the necessary tools on her amazon gift list, like fence stretchers, sledge hammer, fencing pliers, wire cutters, bolt cutters, all the stuff she packed around in her toolbox. It is amazing how much stuff she had accumulated over the years, and how much it cost to replace it all! But again, it could have been worse. The boys got out of the pick-up fine and no one was hurt. We repeat that a lot. So far the only thing she has been able to salvage was the ball off the back. Everything else is a loss. No one wants to use fence stretchers that may have compromised metal and look like they went through a war. That fire burned hot.


Wednesday, MORE SNOW and no school again. But this snow kept the fire from spreading, so again, a positive. Toni bought a new very used pickup, tan this time, and Kicker went and got it. Toni was back checking with this pick-up by 11. She borrowed Ben’s pick-up for earlier chores. Anna was ill and still at home. Toni took my blazer home that night, which does not have 4 wheel drive and I am hoping that Kicker fixes the window, since Toni is driving it. Since Toni got a new pickup so fast, my window is not fixed. Insert sad face here.


Thursday still no school, but the winds howled during the night and many of the roads are drifted over again. Most of the day was pretty normal, feeding, checking, etc.


Friday we needed to put CIDRS in cows to AI next Sunday. I took the kids to school and then got the cows in and started sorting. I did not get a lot sorted on my own. I had to leave at 12:30 to go chaperone a math competition with our good friend Maria. Ben came home from work around 1 to continue sorting on his own. Then Toni got down there to help after her last conference call and then Kicker was down after work. They got done CIDRing the cows at around 8 that night, so then they were not in from feeding until almost 11. Our math team was 4th overall in their division, which was awesome, there were over 200 kids there and 24 schools. We rolled in about 11 pm as well, so Ben and I got home about the same time. Maria’s uncle brought Dutch Bro for Maria and I.

We also had to cows calving during the sort, Ben and Kicker saw one of them early enough and got her in the barn. The second one calved in the pen but they saw her right after she calved and got the calf in the saddle shed.


Saturday we got the cows in again to sort out the heavy ones to put on the hill due to the cold. We let the two colts out with the steers during the day so they could run around out in the sunshine. We also tagged and moved out the already calved cows in the heavy pen. Toni, Kicker, Kade and Jaxsen were in West Richland for Kade’s last basketball tournament, they were third in their bracket, good job boys. Ben and Anna went to the father daughter dance, they had a good time. So Kaine and I had a son mother night and ate coconut shrimp and watched Christopher Robin.


Sunday, were has the week gone?? Ben and Kicker put straw out in the heavy pen and cleaned up the old straw, they had both the loader and tractor going. Ben went up and pulled a calf at cousin Kendel’s house, so I helped Kicker get done feeding the cows. We did chores and checked cows. More snow predicted this week along with freezing rain. We do have people coming out and looking at bulls and have made deposits, but this weather is too junky to actually get them shipped out of here. We are now into March, and the saying is, “In like a lion, out like a lamb.” Well, we are now into March, I am waiting for that lamb!

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