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“Why is summer mist romantic and autumn mist just sad?” — Dodie Smith

Monday started out as a beautiful October day. There was no football practice, so the kids were home to help with chores. But then, Kade got sick, Toni went and got him from school. A fire started in Mesa, and almost burnt up Connell. We are all thankful to all of the volunteer firefighters out there saving all of the houses and the town. They worked all night, and when I went to work on Tuesday I could still see flames and fire engines. Connell has such a great community, the restaurants in Connell were getting food ready to send out to the fire fighters and feeding the people that had been evacuated. We are thankful to live in such a great community. Pictures are from Emma Mauseth facebook page. Thanks for the use of your pictures Emma.

Tuesday was still such a beautiful day, but it was definitely getting colder. And starting to feel late when it is only 7:30, but so dark already. I hate it. Kaine and Kade had a football game Tuesday night in Connell. Toni and the kids did chores and then she ran Anna home to do the cattle chores. She and the three boys met me in at the school. The boys had a great game, lots of tackles, Kaine even got to pack the ball, since the other team was in a different league and there was not a weight restriction on who got to pack the ball. The wind howled and it was a really cold game, Toni and I had to switch off and on who took pictures to warm up our hands. We went to Papa Rays after the game and had dinner.

Wednesday was a sunny brisk morning. Ben was working late, and Kicker was still gone on his work meeting, so we hustled through chores to go and do the cattle chores at my house. Jac Jac and Gangsta were doing really good. Anna has taken over Jac Jac. Sonny had boy scouts so he got to miss out on chores. Toni had a couple of hearings on Wednesday but got home in plenty of time to work.

Thursday Kaine and Kade had pictures for football, so Anna and I started chores and Toni ran the boys in. I have not seen the official pictures yet, but some of the preliminary ones on Facebook have been cool. Jac Jac and Gangsta have been pretty good to work on, not as good as the last two groups, but better than expected.


Friday Toni and I got heifers in to preg check. Dr Hank Wisse came out and Kameron came out too to help since he is looking at the ones we have for sale and he wanted to ask Dr Wisse questions. We only have a few open ones, two we did not breed, so we were hoping they were open and just double checking. They were show heifers and who knows if someone’s bull got loose at a show at night and was tied back up by morning. Not likely, but possible, but we did not want any surprises. They were summer heifers so we are just waiting to breed them in 2020. One heifer we were completely surprised she was open, she has not been in heat, so we are guessing she has something else going on. One heifer we found out was a twin to a bull, her mom calved down at the bottom of the circle and sometimes the coyotes get the calves down there. But normally they leave the carcass where you can see it. They must have drug it off, because there were no signs of a second calf. Toni rode Friday and I rode Ollie to get them in, they were the only two horses we could catch out in the 100 acre pasture, Cad and Shimmer were big NOs on getting caught. We actually could have caught Riley or Bev but neither Toni nor I wanted to ride them. Friday did awesome sorting cattle for her first time. She got right up and would push them and caught on to the sort really well. We are always really happy with Friday.

Then we had lunch, moved everything around, Toni switched to Ollie and I switched to the pickup so I could run ahead and open gates. After that Toni had to run into an assembly at school and I stayed home and wrapped some things up. Next, we started getting ready to go to Evergreen Sale and Jackpot. Kade and Kaine were both recognized at the assembly for their ROAR (Responsible, Orderly, Always Safe, and Respectful), Kade was student of the month for his class and Kaine was recognized for his playground demeanor.

Saturday morning we headed to the Evergreen sale in Moses Lake. We got there early so the kids could participate in the knowledge bowl. They had a lot of fun and it was a new experience. The kids picked out a few heifers they wanted to bid on, and Kade picked out a few steers. At the awards presentation before the sale, Anna had the third place high point heifer, so she won a little money from showing Dillion. We ended up buying three heifers and one steer. We helped Gayle Sukdorf and Steve Jachetta pack their stuff out, and then Gayle helped us set ours up. We put our new animals and the four steers we in the tie outs and then headed to dinner. We had a great dinner at Incas.


Sunday we got up and washed the heifers and steers for the Evergreen Jackpot. It was dark so it was hard to see how clean we got them on the wash rack, but the water was warm. Our clubby steers we raised did really great. They all acted like they had been to a show before.

We started out the show with the heifers we bought, Anna’s is a May heifer, and she was the only one, so in a class with Aprils. The heifer showed great. Kaine and Kade’s heifers are both Marchs, and Kaine was third in his class. Anna and Kade didn’t fare quite as well, but these heifers are new to them and need to be in “show shape” (obesely fat) to compete against the heifers that are already being hauled around. Then we showed our two Dakota Gold steers in AOB. Anna’s was Reserve Champion and Kade’s was second in his class. Both steers did great. Kaine showed Austin and Kade showed Gogol in cross bred steers. Both steers showed wonderfully. Ben, Kicker, Sonny, mom and dad all showed up to watch the kids. As well as Steve and Juanita Jachetta and Allison and Austin Porterfield. So they had a lot of help and a huge cheering squad.

After we got back from the show, the kids washed their heifers and steers while Toni, Sonny and I cleaned out the camper. Ben and Kicker headed to get some hay. Next, Anna, Toni, Kade and I went down to mom and dads and haltered Baretta, Lily and Snip. They all did fine. We are hopeful that Anna can take one over so we each have one to work on this coming week. We also got our 4th cutting of hay up and got the bull calves turned out down in the alfalfa field. We are still waiting on the corn to be harvested so we can get the cows out on corn stalks. Harvest is still underway so we are a touch understaffed, but we are making do.

If you still want a 2019 foal we still have a few left for sale, and two 2018 foals.

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“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall…” – Oscar Wilde

I hear people say how they love fall, it is their favorite season. It is not mine, spring is, when cows are calving, mares are foaling, grass is growing, we spring forward. Spring is closely followed by summer, lots of light, growth, kids are out of school and cattle shows. Fall leads to darkness, feeding, snow, no grass and cold. So fall arrived on Monday, Monday was cold. The solar fencer must not have been working due to the lack of daylight, the fence was down along the buckwheat. We were out fixing it in the dark, due to the days being shorter because it was not that late. Kaine and Kade were at football practice, and Anna and Jaxen got to help. Kameron was our football taxi, but dad did go and meet him to pick them up. Thanks dad. Lorraine and Dave were up from Boise to see their colt Stick on Sunday and Monday, then they took the scenic route back to Boise.

Tuesday the sun was shining and it was a beautiful day. Toni and the kids did chores early, the boys had a Connell vs Connell game in Connell. It was a great game, both teams played really well. It is always hard to play against your friends. Then afterwards we went down to Michael Jays for dinner, which they were about to close but stayed open for us. Cousin Jay came in and had dinner with us. We finally had to leave because the boys were falling asleep. Kicker, Anna, and Ben missed the game to stay home and take care of the home front.

Wednesday was another beautiful sunny day. The coaches canceled football practice for the rest of the week. Kaine, Kade and Jaxen fed down the driveway while Anna, Toni and I worked on the foals. Then Toni and I finished chores. This is the Trump, Top Gun, and Gen group. The group that is going to ruin halter breaking for the rest of the foals. On day one Trump and Gen were pretty much halter broke. Top Gun came out of the desert, so he wasn’t quite as far along, but what a smart smart colt. These three have not been a challenge. Anna took Trump over right away.


Thursday was another nice day. We got a load of grain in the morning. I had a work meeting in Richland and had a great lunch at Frost Me Sweet. Toni had a conference call at 6:30, so her and the kids started chores early and were half done when I got there. Kicker stopped in Moses Lake and got a tarp for the grain. After chores Kicker, Kaine and I put the tarp on. Ben is still getting home late from harvest, but he actually got home when we were all still awake so we saw him on Thursday.


Friday I picked up the clocks that we ordered to donate as prizes to the Angus Show on October 13th in Moses Lake from Knights Welding. The clocks look great. The kids are excited for the upcoming show. We worked on the three colts and did chores after work. We went ahead and weaned Snip because he was in and we could literally push him into the weaning pen. With the Evergreen show Oct 12 weekend, we had to wean 2 groups of foals at once. The three older kids took the three foals and led them around out in the driveway, through gates, around the dogs, and just got them ready for new people.


Saturday was gone in a blur. Kaine and Kade had a game in Quincy, so that took most of the day. It was a great game, we won. Kannon Jenks, he is 4, was sitting behind us, and he kept us amused most of the game. He talks nonstop. We didn’t get back home until 3.

We got home and the three older kids and I caught the steers and two heifers we are working on and we washed them. Then we got Baretta and BBB in and weaned them. The kids stayed at our house and did the cattle chores. Kicker went to Boise for a big work meeting. Ben got home at around 5 and helped the kids. Toni and I loaded Trump, Top Gun, and Gen 3 times each to get them ready to leave Sunday morning. Again, these colts are ruining us. They all three jumped in the trailer like it was nothing.

Sunday morning Kade came down and we caught the steers and heifers. Then we got the big herd of cows in to sort out the bred heifers to preg check. Next, the kids washed their steers and started clipping while I sorted the heifers off. The kids got two clipped before lunch. While we were washing and clipping, Toni was down at the house loading out the colts. Top Gun, Genuine and Trump all left Sunday morning. While she was down there Toni also got Jac Jac and Gangsta in to start halter breaking, weaned Nellie, and moved foals around.

After lunch Chico and Cindy came to get their cow that we had been breeding. She did not want to leave with them and was not very good to load. We finally got one of the old show heifers, Libby, and used her to help get “Samantha” into the trailer. Toni got there about the time that Samantha got into the trailer. So we helped the kids finish clipping the steers, and by that I mean Toni took over.

Afterward, Toni, Kaine and I went down and got Colonel and his group in to wean Lily. Anna, Kade and Sonny started packing the tack box for next weekend. Once we got the Colonel pen in and Twist and Lily loaded Kaine took the Ranger home, so the kids could do the cattle chores, and Toni and I went down and haltered the two colts and weaned the fillies. Gangster did better than we expected when we got him in the ally and were able to touch him all over. Toni was able to lead Jac Jac once he was haltered, so he is going to be great. Currently Snip, Nellie, BBB, Beretta and Lily are being weaned, so all of our buckskin fillies are in the weaning pen.

Ben finally got home Sunday night, so we had a small birthday party for him at Toni’s house. She made meatballs, potatoes, rolls and salad, and I got a cake for him at Costco. Somehow we got everything done efficiently and had dinner at 7:30. I am not sure how that happened.

There are a number of broke and green broke horses on our for sale page. We do not own them, but we raised them. Be sure to check them out as they are all really nice and priced right.

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Conflict follows wrongdoing as surely as flies follow the herd. – Doc Holiday

The days are growing shorter, but I don’t feel like there is less work to do, just less light to do it in. Toni had a busy day Monday with court and law issues. She actually has a busy week, but I guess that is not different from normal. Monday was Kade’s birthday, we celebrated Sunday because Kaine and Kade had football Monday night and did not get home until late. And none of us wanted to wait that long to eat dinner. Dad was home from work early so he took the boys to practice. Ben was home late from work again, so Kicker did all of the cattle and circle chores.

Tuesday was a nice sunny day with a lot of morning dew. Cousin Jill came out to see her miniature horse foal and Bev, to see if she wanted to take Bev home for a while to use. Toni and Jill toured around and looked at horses in the afternoon. All were well and were they were supposed to be. Stina, one of the yearling minis, decided that she wasn’t getting petted enough and nipped Toni in the arm. Just so everyone knows, Toni is not a fan of miniature horses. The boys had a great football practice. Dad did not go to work Tuesday, he took mom into the dr, so he was the football taxi, that it what he calls himself. Mom’s arm is now out of the sling and she has a different cast on. Anna helped us do chores. Kicker and Ben were both home late, but, Kicker was home a little earlier, so he did the cattle chores. Fall is a busy season, with weaning, harvesting, football, cattle shows. Tuesday was also Papa Barry, Kicker’s dad’s bday. The Meacham family has Merritt and Kade on the 23, Barry the 24, and Barry’s grandpa was the 22. Lots of September bdays.

Wednesday Toni had a big mediation, she did not know when she would be back. I was in charge of taking Kaine and Kade to their game in Royal City. Toni’s mediation got over in time, she met us at Royal City. The kids did chores, they were done when I got there to get them. I took Anna home and she started the cattle chores. The game was great, however, Kaine injured his hand/wrist area in the last few minutes of the game, so he was out. Toni has a competition going between the boys, whoever has the most sacks gets a milkshake. Kaine was at 10 when he was came out, Kade got 11. The first week of October is the boys last week of football.

Thursday was a big day, Dr. King came out to fix hernias, ultrasound, float teeth, coggins tests and more. Tall John came out to assist. Toni texted him, said will you come help me on Thursday, he said yes. About an hour later, he asked her what they were doing. It is always good to have a friend that will just come help, even when they don’t know what is going on. For all he knew, they could have been burying someone! They were a very proficient team and were done by 4. Cousin Leslie, Mar, and little KK came out at 9 with Mar’s horse to get his teeth done. Another acquaintance from Warden came out to get inoculations on her gelding. Added to that we had 15 horses that Dr. King worked on and she looked at 2 heifers of ours. Super busy day! Then Tall John and Toni went around and took pictures and did chores. I went to a coworker’s retirement party after work. So I was literally no help. The kids got home in time to see Dr. King and Tall John. The three older kids had wanted to stay home from school to help, but they have missed enough school already.

Friday Kaine and Anna had Dr appts in the morning. Then we went and got our flu shots and I took them to school. After school Anna, Kaine, Kade and I tied up the heifers we are working on and the steers. Next we went and did chores. Kaine and Kade stayed at the house to help Kicker do chores. Toni played catch-up in her office until chore time as she was only in the office 2 days that whole week.

Saturday Kaine and Kade had a football game in Connell vs Ephrata. We won, woohoo, it was a great game. But it was cold, rainy, and windy, a forecast for the entire weekend. Mom, dad, Skip, Leslie and Whitney all came and watched. Kaine had a sack that forced a turnover and he recovered the ball, so he was the milkshake winner. Whitney, Leslie, Kaine and I went down town Connell and got coco and coffees after. I was unsure if Toni gave him an automatic win, or two points or something. But, Saturday was a rainy miserable day. The pictures below are from a different game, I have not downloaded those pictures yet.

After that, Anna, Kaine and I tied up the heifers and steers. Then we moved the Herefords into circle 5. After that we got the three weaned calves that had escaped back in and weaned them again. Toni and Kade ran down to mom and dad’s and got a black outside mare in, that due to the weather, was not as easy to catch as she normally was. After running the entire herd in and sorting her off, the mare went home to Idaho. We just have a handful of outside mares left. Then we had a little break and then went down to do chores. It was still rainy and cold. We had another birthday party for Kade and dad on Saturday night with Skip with enchiladas.


Sunday Kade came down and we tied up the steers and heifers. Then the three kids and I went and put mineral out and picked what steers calves they wanted to show next year. Kaine got a cute clubby steer at Brandan Annalee sale in Montana. Kaine and Kade stayed at the house to help Kicker with chores. Anna and I went down and Toni, Anna and I put halters on three of the foals that we weaned, Top Gun, Trump and Gen. They all did really good. It was rainy and cold still, or again, however you want to put it. So we did not do a lot of extra outside work. At one point it was raining so hard we had to go into the house and take a break. But if the rain is followed by sun and some warmer weather, we get fall grass. There isn’t much better than fall grass to extend the grazing season.

The last full week of September is over, with fall weather upon us in full force. We are in weaning mode, which means sold foals get weaned first followed by for sale foals, followed by keepers. We still have approximately 10 really nice foals left to sell, so if you want to come look, please let us know.

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Be happy  –  it drives people crazy.

Monday and the start of a new work week. Toni had court in Tri Cities all day, she had a pretty busy schedule last week. I forgot to drop Kaine’s football gear off at mom and dads, luckily Kicker was in Pasco and picked it up for me. Thanks Kicker. The boys had football practice, their good friends Max and Luke came home with them on the bus, and Max and Luke’s mom, Jade, took the boys to football practice. Jade let Jaxsen go too. The fence was broke around Sagebug’s pen when Kicker got home, but they were all in and looked fine, no scratches or cuts. So Toni, Kicker and Coco fixed fence. I got home and Anna and I did chores, when Toni and Coco were on their way down she only saw Anna out doing chores, so she walked down and helped us load hay. Boys had a great time at football practice and riding home with Jade.

We had rain on Tuesday, which was nice. The boys did not have football practice, but not because of the rain, because their coaches had other commitments that day (Viva Las Vegas). So we had lots of help at chores. Anna, Toni and I worked on the foals we are halter breaking. The boys helped feed. Toni was supposed to have a meeting on Tuesday, but it was canceled due to the rain.


Rain showers off and on and Wednesday, it was a cool day. Jade took the boys to and from practice. Toni had court again on Wednesday, then spent most of the day in Othello meeting on another big case that had a hearing coming up. Anna, Toni and I worked on the foals, they were doing really great, I led Tank and Posey together. Dad worked most of the day Wednesday, so we did not see him after chores. Ben was also home late on Wednesday, so Kicker did all of the cattle and circle chores on his own.


It was bright and sunny on Thursday. Toni headed north to her meeting that was postponed due to the rain. Anna and Jaxsen helped do chores, we did the short version and did not work on the foals, but, Toni got home earlier then we had expected and caught us. The boys had a great football practice and were excited for their game on Saturday.

We had more sprinkles on Friday. There was not any football practice Friday, so Anna and Kade both helped with the foals, so we took them on a long walk around the field. All of the foals are doing great, but, Twiggy gets jealous of all of the attention the foals are getting and is a pain. She will walk right between the leader and Stick because he is getting too much of her attention.

Saturday Kaine and Kade had a football game in Royal, so Kicker, Toni, Kaine, Kade, Jaxsen and I all piled in and headed to Royal. The game was really good, the weather was awesome, the game ended in a score of 0 to 0. We all went and had lunch at a great little pizza and BBQ place in Royal. Then we headed home and the Mechams got ready and went to a wedding.

Kaine, Anna and I caught the show steers and the two heifers we are halter breaking and worked on them. Then we went to Ochoas and got kittens, 4, three calicos and an orange one. Next, we went to Debbie and Cecil’s house and got the miniatures and brought them home. I think Debbie and the miniatures are both sad. Then, Anna, Kaine and I did chores. Kicker got home in time to help Ben do chores.

We had a busy day Sunday, Ben, Anna, Kaine and I got up and weaned the bull calves. Toni, Kicker, Kade and Jaxsen got up and cleaned house and made lasagna for us to come over for Kade and dad’s birthday. Dad had to be at work by 2 so we had a lunch celebration.

After lunch Anna, Kaine, Kade and I tied up the steers and heifers. Then, Toni, Kaine, Kade and I got some of the horses in so we could wean foals. Anna was helping Ben at the house. Next, we went and got the trailer and hauled Tessa, Top Gun, Mud and Gangsta to the house. We weaned Top Gun, Gangsta, Trump, Gen and Jac Jac. Jac Jac wasn’t on the schedule to wean, but he is older and he voluntarily walked into the weaning pen, so we left him in there. Gangsta and Top Gun came out of a field away from the house and are having the hardest time with the weaning process. Trump is doing the best, but is the oldest. It is pretty exciting to get weaning underway!


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Random Pictures from this month


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“When I hear somebody sigh, “Life is hard”, I am always tempted to ask, “Compared to what?”” – Sydney Harris

Monday, the start of another busy week. Toni told me on Monday that she is so busy she won’t be able to sleep Monday night. She had Mrs Haws and her son out to look at foals for her sister, they were facetiming. The sister called Toni a “girl” which Toni felt was an awesome compliment and proceeded to tell everyone all day that someone thought she was a girl. I guess when you get her age, if anyone thinks you are young, it is exciting. Kids had school and then Kaine and Kade had football practice. They caught some praying mantises for Kaine to take to school on Tuesday. We have 3 foals to halter break that have hernias, so Dr King will be out to fix them in a few weeks. Anna came out to help us, she claimed Posey right off, since Posey is the youngest and smallest. Tank is also in, because HE got a gnat to the eye and we are putting cream in it. Boys had fun at practice and are ready for their game on Tuesday.


Toni said she did manage to get a few hours of sleep Monday, which is better than none I guess. Mom had an apt with the orthopedic surgeon on her wrist. She had to have surgery on Wednesday. The boys had a football game Tuesday night, Toni was there to get them when they got off of the bus. So they did chores and then Toni took them all home. Anna and Kaine then mixed up grain to take into the show and started chores, since Ben and Kicker were both still at work. Ben and Kicker got home and Kaine came in to get ready for the game, Anna continued to help with chores. Toni, Kaine, Kade, Jaxsen and I went in for warm up. They were the third game of the night, so they did not end up starting until around 8:30. Kicker made it in after chores before the game started. The kids played a really good game. Both Kaine and Kade had a lot of good tackles and broke through the line.

Wednesday was weigh in day for Connell after school. Toni said her and the kids had it handled so I did not head home to help. Coco went with them to help, but that really meant that she was in charge of Sonny. Mom had surgery on her wrist at 6 AM, I guess they did not get the memo that she is not a morning person. The surgery went well, weigh in went well, so I guess Wednesday was a success. EXCEPT the fact that the horses got out in the buckwheat field, just on the edge, not actually in the buckwheat, and Ben, Kicker and I spent a few hours fixing fence. Yes, I called in reinforcements.


Thursday was our board meeting, so I had to go to work. So Toni was in charge of the kids again. The kids did great, Kade won his class, Kaine got second in his class and Anna got third in hers. Bella Holt was also showing a steer she got from us, and he showed very well too. Thursday was a long day because Anna is now referred to as Little “M”, meaning Little McCall. She wanted everyone there extra early due to the washrack size and whatever other reasons she came up with. Toni is really into letting the kids make their own decisions, except if that decision is really dumb, so she let them get to the fairgrounds earlier than necessary. But it allowed there to be plenty of time to get ready for the show. After the showing was over, the kids went up to watch the pigs show. A wasp had gotten into Kade’s soda, so when he want to take a drink, it stung him in the tongue. His tongue proceeded to swell up, but luckily with ice and Benadryl, the swelling and pain was kept under control. Once the showing was over, there were bouncy houses in at the Connell Fair, so the kids and Toni were late getting home. The fence was still up and hot.


Friday was fitting and showing, I FINALLY got to go. The kids did AWESOME. Kade was Grand Champion Junior, Anna was Reserve Champion Intermediate and Kaine was Reserve Champion Junior. Bella and her steer from us also made in into the championship round.


PeeWees got to show too, so Jaxsen showed Kaine’s steer, Chevy and Julian showed Kade’s steer, Silver, Savannah showed Silver and Kaxsen showed Ady’s steer, Little Black. The kids all had a great time. Sonny was being very honest with the Judge and when asked what he liked about showing, he responded, “The money.” Well, we can’t fault him for that, everyone knows by now that he does not love the show ring.


The kids ran around and Kade got ready for the Round Robin. Kaine and Kade’s good friend Kutter won in the hog division, making it really fun for both of them. Neither boy won Round Robin, but both showed really well and had a great time. The girl that won is an excellent showperson and did fantastic.

Saturday was a busy, fun filled day. We started in the morning with Livestock judging. Toni was a group leader, which thrilled her to no end, and she got a group of adults together for some competition. Coco beat her this year, but Toni still beat the kids. Then Leslie and took some of the kids down to the parade, whoever wanted to go. Kaine and Kade stayed at the camper and practiced football and Anna and Bella stayed to do homework. Martha made us posoto for lunch, it was really good. Then we had the livestock auction. Thanks to everyone that supported the fair, especially thanks to our buyers. Dale Bayley bought Anna and Kade’s steers and Ed Poe Insurance in Connell bought Kaine’s. CBJLS had fantastic support this year, probably better for the steers than they have had in a long time. With Benton Franklin being so soft, this really made the difference for many of the steer kids. After the successful auction, we hung out, had dinner and went to the awards ceremony and dance that night. On a side note, we were supposed to have brisket for dinner, made by Chef Jay, but somehow the dogs got the refrigerator open and ate the brisket during the night. We had to settle for tri-tip. Life is just really hard sometimes. After dinner, there was live music and everyone had a lot of fun. The kids were really tired (and maybe the adults too) so we went home about 10.


Sunday morning we got back up to go in and clean up at the fair. Once we got home, we needed to clean-up the camper as that was our last fair for the year. The kids had homework to do after that, which may or may not have gotten done. We had a mare come out to breed to Sagebug. We sold our last two fat steers and they left Sunday. But, Colton that bought a steer from us did not make weight, so if you are looking for a steer he has one for sale. Then, Ben, Kicker, Anna, Kaine and Kade tied up the steers we have in for next year. Our next jackpot is in October and we need to get them halter broke if we are going to go. Toni felt that the kids should take a break Sunday, but those little workers wanted to get their steers ready. Toni, Jaxsen and I moved the two mares and foals that were with Dude back down to the house and started halter breaking Stick, he did really good. The kids said the steers did really good too. Life continues to move at a fast pace, and it never ceases to amaze us how responsible and hardworking these kids are.


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“I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.” – Oscar Wilde

Monday, Ben, Anna, Kaine and I came back from Boise. Toni and the boys had a busy day, there was a person out in the morning looking at foals, there was a kid out in the afternoon looking at heifers, and Toni sold the May heifer as a show heifer. We are excited to have another show heifer out there getting shown. We are also getting a heifer in for one of our best friend’s daughters. It has yet to be decided if she will be shown, but she is going to get halter broke. Anna, Kaine and Kade caught the steers when we got home and then came down to do chores and see grandma and grandpa. It was nice to have some time away, but now we need to get back to business.

Tuesday everyone was back to work, school and football. Jaxsen got a day off from working on steers because Toni had a late afternoon meeting so she could not take the kids up to work on them. Jade took the kids and brought them home from football since Toni had the meeting. Thanks Jade! We got a few new pictures of foals Tuesday night. But the gnats were so bad all of the horses were clingy because they wanted scratched. It was definitely a gnat in the eye type of day.

And then it was Wednesday. Ben started harvest, so he left at 3:30. Kade had scouts, so Jade picked him up from school and took him, Jaxsen is not doing scouts this year. Jade also picked Kaine and Kade up and took them to football practice. Anna and Jaxsen worked on the steers, for a little while, when I got home and asked them why they were already loose they told me there was wasps in the gate. So I don’t know how much they actually worked on them. Mom had tripped on her dog leash and broken her arm, so Mom, Dad, and Toni spent the majority of their day in the ER.


Thursday, Toni had someone coming out to look at foals, so they drove around. We had moved the desert pasture into an irrigated circle, but those horses are not happy. You would think green grass would make for jolly horses, but they are mad they got moved. Dad took the extra show steers in to get brand and health checked so we can sell them, they are headed to Idaho. Boys had football practice and Anna helped with chores until Toni got there.


Friday, Toni and Kicker took Jaxsen and headed to Clarkston, Toni and Kicker are going to a Cougar game and Jaxsen gets to stay with Grandma Sherri (and Papa Barry). Kade gets to stay home with us, the boys have a football game Saturday, the kids need to clip their steers and we get to set up for Connell.

Kaine and Kade had a football game in Ephrata, Ben took them so Anna and I could get some work done at home before the Connell Fair. Coco also went and watched the boys play. The boys played awesome, and Connell won. Anna and I got circle 4 in and sorted off two show heifers we sold to wean and halter break. Then Anna went down to help grandma freeze pears and peaches. I moved the riding horses into circle 5 so we could move around the weaned calves and turn the show heifers out in their pen. Chad and his family came down and looked at foals. Then Anna came home and we caught the steers and Anna washed them. I continued to move the calves around that we have weaned and sort them. I ran the steers over the scales and weighed them. I moved Gunner, or Gunner moved himself since the gate was open, into the feeder calf pen, from the bull pen. Gunner was really helpful getting the calves in. Then the boys and Ben got home, the boys clipped their steers and Anna, Coco and I went to do chores.


We started Sunday by getting the camper ready to take into the Columbia Basin Junior Livestock Show, “Connell Fair.” Then the boys went out and mixed grain. Next, we headed in to set up at the Connell Fair, we got the camper parked, and most of the 4H group got there at the same time so we are all together for the most part. Toni, Kicker and Jaxsen got home a little after 1. Ben worked on circles most of the day. We got home from set up and the kids caught, washed and worked on their steers. Toni, Coco and I went down to do chores. We sorted off 4 foals to start halter breaking. Moved some of the old mares around.

Don’t forget , if you need some beef for your freezer the Geddes and Meacham kids will be at Connell and have put lots of work into their steers all year. Not to brag, but these kids work their tails off and we are pretty proud of them. We are hauling in on Wed, so come see us there!


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The Sun is Setting on the Week of the Fair

Well, last week went by in a blur. I normally write this while it is happening so I don’t forget anything. But, since I was at the fair I did not. Monday we hauled in, Joe and Merrilee took us in in the Eby and Mini Pete. We had 4 steers, Anna, Kaine, Kade and Ady’s, and 10 open class, 6 heifers and 4 bull calves. The day went really well, the bull calves were not very halter broke but settled in really nice. We got everything washed and settled in. This was Kissy’s first show, Kade’s bred and owned heifer, and she acted like a pro. We had a touch of drama with the dairy section of the barn telling our 4-H kids to stay out of their aisle, but we just told the kids to get along.

Tuesday was market, so we were up at around 4:30 and got all of the steers washed. Our 4H group works really well as a team and everything went smoothly. We were all back out and dressed by 8 to get the steers fit. There were approximately 50 head of steers at BF Fair this year, so down in numbers, but not by a lot. All of the kids did GREAT, Anna was Grand Champion 4H market steer, and our “niece,” I am using air quotes because she is not really but the kids say her mom is like their aunt and her and her brother are like their cousins, and Toni and Kicker claim her most of the time, and that is what they tell people at school, Grace was Reserve Champion 4H Market Steer. Kaine and Ady made it back to the championship round and Kade was third in his class, so all kids did really good, we are very happy. Kade had an Angus steer we raised, “Mini Pete.” It was hot on Tuesday, we normally go on rides Tuesday because there is not a line, but since it was the hottest day of the week we decided to wait until Thursday. Jax may have tried to negotiate for 2 days of rides, Tuesday and Thursday, but we told him it is too much money for those bracelets and be glad we let them go on rides at all. However, we did go and ride the camels on Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, was our cousin in law Nick’s 40th birthday. Happy Birthday Nick.

Wednesday we were up at 4, since we show open and 4H. We fogged the open cattle and the kids washed the steers. Grace made it back to the championship round in the senior division; Anna made in back for intermediates, and was Grand Champion, Kade, Ady and Kaine both made it back in the Jrs, and Kaine was Reserve Champion. Grace’s brother, Kelten, also showed really well, but did not make it back. All of the kids showed great. Anna had the clubby heifer there, her and two year old Savannah showed her, she was Grand Champion in Other Breeds. Kade and Kaine both took Angus heifers, each one won their division; Kaine had the supreme Grand Champion Angus heifer with Miss Moneypenny. Kissy Suzuki also showed really well. After the open show the kids had to wash their steers. Wednesday is always the longest day of the week.

Thursday the parents did chores and we let the kids sleep in, most parents showed up. Then after we washed everything the kids went on rides. Grace and Trinton, another kid in our 4H group, took the big kids on rides and Toni, Traci, Leslie and Jolene took the little kids on rides. Danny and I hung out in the barn and watched the stock, Danny may have rested his eyes a bit. It was hard work but we managed to pull it off. Anna and Grace only went on a few rides, then Grace and Anna went around to the different barns to learn how to show their animals for the round robin that night. The Round Robin was great, all of the beef kids showed really well, I am sure all of the kids did but I did not watch the rest. Toni and Jaxsen stayed Thursday night with us in the camper. Toni, Anna, and I went to the food court following round robin so Anna could get a snack while Leslie took the kids on rides again.

Friday was the sale, the sale went pretty good. The Champions were first so Grace and Anna got to sell at 10ish, after all of the intro stuff. Steers were last in the sale, I think they sold at around 2:30, we would like to thank all of our buyers, NW Farm Supply, Northwest Farm Credit Services and Watts Construction. Dad started texting Toni in the afternoon to see when she was going to be home. They got home to the yearling colts, and Whim since he lives with them, getting into an empty pen and pulling the jump wire off. So they were out, but not free. Of course no one helped her get them in or fix anything, but the colts did ok.

Saturday the kids played laser tag and we walked around the fair. We had a exhibitor meeting at 4 and our kids did really well judging. Trinton was Reserve Champion 4H, Grace was Reserve Champion FFA, Bella was 4th in Intermediate and Anna was 10th. I did not actually hear how the boys placed, but they got blue ribbons. Toni went out and checked all of our livestock Sat morning, then Toni and Ben came back on Saturday night to watch the rodeo and load steers at 1 am. I had been sick all week so I went to bed. Toni, Leslie and Traci took the kids to the rodeo, then brought them back and went and hung out in the barn until it was time to load out. It was quite the team that loaded steers, from what I hear. All the steers got loaded, none of them got away, and no one got taken to the emergency room (yes that has happened before). The new fair rule was that the fair does not shut down until 12:30, so steer loading went later than normal, with the crew coming back to the camper at 2:30, then we had to get back up to load our stuff out at 6.

Sunday we loaded out the open cattle and tack, went home and took a nap. We now have a small break before CBJLS. If anyone missed their chance to buy some beef, do not worry, we will have 3 steers that the kids need to sell in Sept at CBJLS. School and football start Monday, so it looks like Jax is going to have to help Anna with the steers for the next few weeks. We are all in for some fun times!


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During a heat wave every dude stinks.

Monday started out a lot the same as last week, it flew by because there was a lot to do. Kaine, Kade and Anna worked on their steers and rested. Jaxsen hung out with his mom. Toni was at home having meetings most of the day. Monday night Leslie came out and got the kids and took them to a sheep clinic so they could practice showing sheep in case they get into the round robin at the fair. We had a call on Ty Monday night, so Toni ran out into the desert and got some pictures of him. I am still working on the 1700 pictures from the Evergreen show at night. We also had calendared that Kool could come back in heat, and she did. We weren’t planning on breeding any mares this late in the season, but Jackpot decided that he was going to take that decision out of our hands. We are trying to view that as a positive.


Tuesday Toni had court first thing in the morning, so she dropped the boys off with dad and mom, since dad finished helping with harvest Monday. Tuesday was a really hot day, over 100 degrees, so the kids just tied the steers up in the barn under the fans and did not work on them much. The kids came down and helped do chores on Tuesday. Mom and Jaxsen made brownies for us all and we had brownies alamode after chores. When it is that hot outside, and you feel like you are melting into the ground and sluggish just as you walk around, you know it is best to do as little as possible and keep the water on.

Wednesday was another hot one. The kids just put the steers in the barn under the fans again, they seemed to be getting a little lax in their washing duties. Kaine and Kade fed grain Wednesday night while Ben and Kicker worked on circles. Toni and I did chores, we are keeping water running in each pen so the horses can get under the sprinkler.
Thursday was a little cooler. The kids washed their steers. Our friend Dianne was up from Oregon, so Toni got to catch up and have lunch with her. Then Thursday night, Toni and Jaxsen got chores done so us adults could go to a surprise birthday party for our friend Tennelle. The kids went down to mom and dad’s for pizza and root beer floats. The boys ended up spending the night and Anna went back home. Ben worked late so he did not come with us. But, Toni, Kicker and I had fun.

Friday was one of those, thank goodness it is Friday kind of days. The heat just saps a person’s strength. The news said that we were supposed to get a break in the weather. We are starting to move mares around, get foals moved around, ship mares home, so Friday was just getting everything planned out.

Saturday started with Anna and Kaine tying up the steers. Also, John and Raven came out early that day, along with Tall John, Joe, and one of Joe’s kids. While Toni and Kade were driving them around on the tour, they found a mare that had cut her face. John led her up to the house. Kaine, Anna and I ran her into the Othello vet to get stitched up. Then we all went to a family party at Tom and Peggy’s. It was a lot of fun, the kids swam in the pool, Kaine and Kade were trying to flip off of the diving board, and they were getting pretty good by the time we left. When we got home, Toni and Jaxsen did chores, Kade and Kaine fed steers, and Anna and I ran into the vet to pick up the mare. Ben and Kicker were working on circles. After that Toni and I went out to get one of the outside mares in that we just adore.


Sunday we got all of the heifers and steers tied up. Tim and Laura came out and got Lily, who was out with Bishop. Erina and Terry came out and got Livy, she was in with Dude. Erina is on summer break and brought us homemade pickles made with zucchini. We got the cows in and weaned the December and January calves off of the heifers and got in a load of beef cows to send in. It had been stormy the last several days, so the weather was amazingly nice. It was the perfect weather to work cattle and get work done.


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KT Easter Bunny, “Peanut,”

KT Easter Bunny, “Peanut,” is a delightful dunalino filly by KT Heza Pana Dude, “Dude” and is out of Reed Dunny Doll, “Dunny. Dude is by Zinks Major Kid and out of Panas May Day. Dude is a great stallion with some unique markings, and has great breeding that includes Pana Dude, Major Bonanza, Skipper W, Skipster and more. Dunny is a daughter of point earner Reeds Rangler, with point earners Somethinglovely and Johnny Pine also in her pedigree. She is a granddaughter of Snipper Reed and Pine Doc Smith. Her pedigree is full of performance, cow, show and running horses. This is a big built dun mare that really throws nice foals. She has an awesome disposition and confirmation. She was born 4/21/19. $3,000


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