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Toni and dad took two weanlings to the vet for travel papers yesterday, more calves and practices loading Quinn

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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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What did Mil’s foal end up looking like?

Glo, Mil’s filly, is a really sweet red roan, her bio is below. Mil and Rip were a great cross, Glo is the trifecta, disposition, pedigree and confirmation.

KT Gunz for Chics, “Glo,”
Filly
Sire: 
NZ Scotch Time, “Rip”
Dam: 
KT Gun in a Million, “Mil”
Date Born: 
4/25/21
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Color
: Red Roan
Price: $8,000
Glo is a red roan filly out of KT Gun in a Million, “Mil,” and by NZ Scotch Time, “Rip.” Rip is owned by and stands at CD Performance Horses in Syracuse, Kansas. Rip is a smart, versatile stallion with size, mind, and disposition to match, he is a money earner in heeling and running barrels. He is used for all aspects of ranch life, starting his heading career, and reining cowhorse events. Mil is our brindle mare that is by KT Gunpowder N Lead and out of Wright on Sugarnic, “Stinger.” Stinger won Pro division of the Cascade Cutters Futurity and is a daughter of Lenas Wright On. Her dam, Just Plain Sugari has NCHA earnings of $111.31 and is an AQHA point earner. She is a granddaughter of Smart Little Mesa, Slide Me Again and Just Plain Colonel, who are all money and pt earners. Gunner is a son of Cue Bars Laddie, a blue roan stallion that has been shown as a reiner, cowhorse and rope horse. He was the recipient of the Open AQHA All Around Trophy and is a CCHA Hall of Fame Horse. We own this filly in partnership with Tina Kocar.

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Life on a ranch is never dull!

The kids still did not have school Monday, teacher in-service day. The three older kids finished up clipping and started to pack the trailer for the show this coming weekend. No school, not 100 degrees, Toni is back in fencing mode. So before chores Toni and the kids put up some fence. I know, we are only all shocked it took her this long. The kids worked on Fortune, so he had some kid interaction before he left on Tuesday with his Youth. He is who we donated for the Youth Development Program. Mom made carrot cake on Monday, it was REALLY good. She used fresh carrots that Toni had chopped up on Friday. Then the three older kids went and finished their chores with their show animals. Now that irrigation is off, Ben and Kicker are feeding cows at night, until we can move them to the corn field, feeding bulls and fat steers, and running water on the duck ponds for the hunters.

Tuesday Toni took the two foals we are shipping to Oklahoma and Texas to the vet first thing. She loaded them both on her own. Fat Buddy had to have a grain bucket shook in front of his face to load, but Rog jumped right in. They are two really special foals. Kids are back at school. Our Youth foal left, we are excited to see how Ava and Fortune do. Kade and Jaxsen started basketball practice on Tuesday, Kaine is not playing since they have to be COVID tested twice a week, or before each game, I am unsure which, and he did not want to be tested. The activity bus and I got home at the same time, so I gave Kade a ride down the driveway. The Mormon missionaries were at the house when I got there. I think they find Toni and I amusing. They say they are coming back next Tuesday to build fence….

Wednesday Mike was coming out to butcher two steers, I realized when I got in the pickup that I did not leave a check. I went back in the house, gave Anna a check and collided with a spider on my way back to the pickup. It bit me in the ear, I twisted my ankle getting it off, I hate to break it to the spider, I am fine with spiders, and if it had not bitten me, I would not have smashed it. But the whole way into work I felt like my ear was hot and swelling, I think it is all psychological.  However, my ankle swelling is not. I really hate being lame before a big show. I will just keep it moving and hopefully it does not stiffen up. Toni, Anna and Kaine put in a post on Wednesday, for the new section of fence. Kade had basketball practice. Then the three older kids went up and worked on their steers and heifers and continued to pack for the show. It is kind of junky how dark it gets, but it will be worse next week.

Thursday we got some more rain. Mom and dad went to Wenatchee for the day for Mom’s doctor appointment. They had a good time but got back late. We had to let the dogs in and out for them while they were gone. All the dogs are good so not a big deal. We were in a rush mode Thursday because we needed to leave Friday for our big show. The kids continued to pack, tried to get their clothes picked out, and work on their cattle one last time before we were planning to leave. Jaxsen had no show animals, but had a basketball tournament, so everyone was gearing up for a big weekend.

Friday I went and got the kids out of school a little early, at lunch time, and then we ran downtown and got burger factory for lunch. We got home and washed the heifers and steers that are going to Moses Lake. Toni went down to get chores done but we had a mare down and a 2 year old that was lame. She got stuff in, moved around, and didn’t get chores all the way done. Luckily Jaxsen had Marlo coming to help him finish when he got home from school.  Dad was already up in Moses Lake helping set up for the Western Showcase.  We finished packing and headed to Moses Lake for the show. Traci, Natalie, Ady and Julian beat us there, but we got set up and then Toni and dad headed home. The rest of us went to dinner at Rock Top and then checked into our hotels.

Saturday we got up and washed the steers, heifers did not show until Sunday. It was dark, but the temp was decent for a November show. Ryan Rash was the judge, we were all looking for to watching him judge, and he was fast. 5 min classes, not the normal at least 15 min. And there were lots of steers there. All of the steers showed well, and the kids all placed decent, so a good day overall, we were all happy. This was the first show for all of the steers and most of the heifers.

Toni missed the show as the mare that wasn’t doing well took a turn for the worse. Luckily our good friend Rowdy Barry brought  a bottle of Zesterra over, they gave the mare a drench, and she bounced back.  proearthanimalhealth.com has more info on this all natural product.  Toni came up to the show after the showing was over, but after the mare was acting normal and mom and dad got home.  Jax had a basketball tournament in Moses Lake at the same time, so Kicker took him to the first game then came over to the show. He also missed the show because of how fast the judging went. Toni took Jax to the second game, then some friends took Jax home where Dad picked him up. Kicker and Ben went home and did chores.

We had the 509 banquet Saturday night, and had a good time. Anna is a 509 ambassador for 2022, so she is really excited. She also won the Leslie Alexander award, we all tried to not tear up when Jana gave it. She had heifer of the year with 006 and won second in photography. The boys did not apply for the any of the awards, that is why they did not get any.  Toni lectured them the entire way home about it. Natalie, Ady and Julian did not sign up in 2021, or I am sure they would have gotten some too. Julian has really been shooting a lot of pics, he might have gotten a photography one, the pictures of Kade and Savannah below are ones Julian took.  We got back to the hotel at a decent time. Even after a huge dinner, followed by cake, the boys were hungry so raided our purses for money and went and spent all of our spare dollars on candy from the vending machine.  No such thing as a sugar high, they both still went to sleep by 9.

Sunday was showmanship and heifers and fall back. So we got up half an hr earlier, or did we get to sleep in a half hr?? Everyone showed great on Sunday as well. Anna had second in her class with her Traynham heifer, and everyone else placed well. Natalie and Kaine both were called back to the championship round in showmanship, but everyone really showed great. We were all happy with how well everyone did. The Seldom Rest heifers did really well for not having them long and already going to a show. It was just a great experience overall, thank you to everyone that put it on.  Having a high quality judge like Ryan Rash made the show that much better. Ryan is such a positive judge with a positive message.  We really hope they get him back next year. 

Also on Sunday, Ben sold Bjorne the Hereford bull and some meat, he came to the show in the morning and had to run home. Kicker and dad stayed up and helped us pack up and head home.  Even with 299 head entered, we were headed home by 2:30. It was amazing! The show was so well run and organized. We got home, got unpacked, the kids had to wash their show cattle. Toni and I headed down for chores.  Our 2 year old was still lame so we got her in and put her in the round pen. Hopefully we start to see some improvement. We also got Ram in to start halter breaking so he can go to his new home.  We got the halter on him out in the corral because he is super chill and friendly and didn’t know what was happening. After we got him haltered Toni messed with him while I started chores. She got him leading after a few minutes and was able to lead him over to his pen. These Sagebug foals in general are really easy to work with. We were pretty tired and it got dark early so we got chores done and headed home.

Even though we are still in 2021, the Western Showcase is our first 2022 show because these calves are the 2022 show string. Now we get a break while we get ready to start calving. Life is never dull! Also, don’t forget to jump over to our facebook page and vote on your favorite pictures for our annual calendar, which will be fore sale.

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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.