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“A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.”

Monday started out like a normal day, a little windy and cold but not too bad, but then the snow came. So the day ended cold and wet. Pre-storm was entertaining , with animals we are supposed to be checking on, feeling their oats and running through the hills. Since they were all running, we figured they were ok! Kaine and Kade had a math team competition, parents were not supposed to be in there until around 5 for the knowledge bowl, but since the snow started to come down it ended early, luckily cousin Hayley and Aunt Gayle were in there and brought them home for us. Both boys did great, Kaine was 6 overall for this grade and Kade’s team got 5th. Good job boys. Anna and Toni did chores in the wind and snow. Toni told Anna when they first left the house not to worry, your face will numb up soon and you won’t feel cold at all. I don’t think Anna was impressed. Ben and Kicker were out late doing the cow chores, feeding everything due to the snow and wind, and lots of water to thaw.

Tuesday we at least all had delays, the kids had no school. Ben and Anna went and checked the cows early before he went to work. I brought my own pickup to work since my work pickup is two wheel drive and it was not a pleasant drive home the night before. But, Butte handles it like a champ. Dad, Anna and Kaine took Jewels to Sagehill Vet in Othello to make sure, one last time, that she is not pregnant. She is not. Toni and Kade did chores in the snow and cold. Anna and Kaine worked on the two mini fillies in the barn.

Wednesday it is still cold, I am still hoping for some warmth, people are calling me crazy. Toni and I went to Pappy’s funeral Wednesday afternoon, for all of you that know Miss Kyra, Pappy is who bred her and gave her to us. Pappy was a great man with A LOT of knowledge about horses and racing Quarter horse blood lines. He loved spending time at the track and we are so happy that he was able to see one of Miss Kyra’s foals run in 2018, and it showed him as the breeder. One of his life long ambitions was to see a horse he raised raise, and we love that we helped him fulfill that goal. I had an LID meeting in Burbank at 7, so I was really late getting home.

Thursday I went to Mattawa first things for interviews, they have a lot less snow then us. Toni checked cows and of course we had a cow calving, however, at least it was sunny on Thursday, she had him all right and he got up and nursed and was dry before dark. Toni and the kids did chores, and the kids went sledding down the big hill.

Friday it snowed again, all day…..The drifts are getting high, Toni and the kids barely got the 4 wheeler around to do chores. We were also getting nervous about our horses, but we continued to check them and they were all doing really well. Again the kids went sledding. Toni and I used to sled the hill behind mom and dad’s house when we were younger and it is an awesome sledding experience. Just enough slope to really get some speed without being scary.

Saturday it snowed and the wind blew. Kicker went down and plowed out the drive way at mom and dads with the tractor so we could do chores, it was still rough going, we could not get the 4 wheeler around so we used Toni’s pickup to do chores, with googles on to keep the show out of our eyes. We had to walk into the corral where Double, Kool, Whim, and Bish are. Toni still got the pickup stuck in a drift and Kick came and pulled her out with the tractor. Ben, Anna and I got out to the desert and fed the mares a few bales of hay and checked them. Saturday they did not know if they were hungry yet and half of them ran off. See all the calving cow pictures on Facebook, I am glad we don’t have many that are calving right now. Our cousins have 90 calves in the show barn and the shop, they are divided by pens, depending on what pen they came out of, and they are hoping to mother them up when they take them back. This weather is hard on everyone that ranches.

Sunday it snowed, but luckily the wind had stopped, or slowed down, so it was not as cold feeling. Kicker had to go to Moses Lake to get flowers for Grandma and Grandpa’s 70th wedding anniversary celebration. Ben, Anna and I got back out to the dessert, and the horses decided they were at least a little hungry on Sunday. Toni and I tried using the tractor to do chores, but, dad decided he was going to drive it for us. So, dad drove and Toni and I walked in his tracks. There are lots and lots of drifts everywhere. With the wind lots of snow has blown into the barn, and the mini fillies don’t really like it. We had to get all of the bulls that we had out on pastures to the house, since they were watering on lakes that we can not keep open. So the two older bulls that we are using are in with Gunner, and none of them like that, and the yearling bulls for sale are in the Spokane steers pen, so the Spokane steers are locked in the corral. We put Dyna in with the yearling foals since she had a hard time getting around in the snow, so she does not have to walk as far.

Sunday night we braved the weather and went into Connell to celebrate Grandma and Grandpa’s 70th wedding anniversary. Most of the family made it in. Rick Machatto was the emcee for the night and did a great job keeping everyone entertained and the night moving forward. It was also the Sale Dinner with the BB Cattle annual bull Sale moving forward on the 11th. Everyone had a great time and thank you to Michael Jay’s restaurant in Connell for staying open for us and providing a sensational meal!

Grandma and Grandpa have provided a great foundation for this family. A line from the BB Cattle Bull Sale Welcome letter really sums up their marriage, “Snow was deep, wallets were light, and optimism was necessary.” What a way to start a marriage!

And more snow pictures:

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KT Cash on Justify

KT Cash on Justify is a lovable charming colt out of Miss Kyra and by Just Plain Starlight, “Colonel.” Miss Kyra is a big elegant mare by Remember Smash out of Cashs Juno. Remember Smash is a AAA money earner that was raced very little, several of his foals went to CA to be money earners in barrel racing. His sire is Easily Smashed who was an AQHA race Champion; he had 14 wins and had earnings in excess of $320,000. He had an S.I. of 99 and his foals have earnings of over $9 million. Her dam, Cashs Juno, is by Juno Dat Cash, a AAA and AAAT sire by Dash for Cash, and her dam is by Pasamonte Paul (AAAT and AQHA Champion). Miss Kyra’s pedigree also includes the Old Man, Jet Smooth, Easy Jet, Rocket Wrangler and much much more. Colonel is a son of Tamalight, winner of $21,492.10 in NCHA dollars and COA. Colonel’s dam is Wright on Sugarnic, winner of the Cascade Cutters Futurity. This colt has an incredible pedigree, an unbeatable confirmation, and an incredible disposition. He is bred to have a lot of agility and endurance. He was born 6/9/18 $3,000

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Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

Monday the kids had no school, teacher in-service day, next Monday the kids have school, then next Monday the kids have no school, BB Cattle Co bull sale, then the next Monday no school for President’s day, then we will have to see about Mondays after that, we might revisit school on Mondays. Dad went and got more pellets, which was good since we were close to rationing. Anna and Kaine checked the cows Monday AM. I went to the East District for a meeting, then took coworkers to Checos for lunch. Kade had basketball practice Monday night, so Toni, Anna and Kaine did chores. Kicker came down and took the pellets off of the trailer. Ben got the steers in so we sent one to Colton Tuesday afternoon, he shows our steers at the fair.

Tuesday everyone was back to school again. Anna was excited because it was the start of a new semester and she has Ag with Mrs. Shattuck this semester. Anna is applying to be an ambassador with the 509 Show Circuit too, and she is excited about that. Toni checked cows Tuesday morning. Dad took Jewels to Sagehill Veterinary clinic to get an ultrasound to see if she is pregnant and he took a tire in from the flatbed trailer for a tire repair. Then he snuck in my house to get the left over pie out of my fridge for mom, but I caught him on the camera and sent him a text. The kids did chores, Toni had a meeting that went longer then she had expected.

Wednesday Toni checked cows in the morning, our big red eyed Hereford cow had a really cute black ballie heifer. The kids and dad did chores, Toni headed to Tacoma in the afternoon for a big case that she has going on. 337 calved after Toni left and before Ben got home. Thursday dad checked since Toni was in Tacoma, Rob’s cow Olivia calved. Kade, Jaxsen, Kaine and Kicker went to the Pinewood Derby in at the boy scouts. Both Kade and Jaxsen’s cars did really well. Kaine got his last Cub Scout award since he aged out of cub scouts. Toni said that the eating was good in Tacoma, but the people and weather, not so much.

Friday I did not have to work so I checked. Dad had an apt for Red to get the oil changed so I went and picked him up and took him back. Diane needed some totes, and we have lots, so she came out and got totes. Besides that I just checked the cows, cleaned the office a little. Toni’s mediation did not get done until late Friday, so she was really late getting home. Kade’s basketball team got to play during half time at the varsity girls basketball game, dad took him to it since Toni was not home yet. I hear it was a really good game. Kade’s team won, but it was against the 3rd graders, so good job to them for playing so well.

Saturday we had a pretty good day, we tagged the calves and checked the cows. Krista and Sue came out to look at Jitter Bug and Hollywood Cad. Ben, Anna and Kaine got the yearlings heifers and steers in and were getting yearling weights when I got back. Toni, Kicker, Kade and Jaxsen were at Kade’s basketball games in Connell, they won both, good job boys. Then we did chores and looked through the Hereford World and picked out Hereford bulls and heifers we want to buy (haha).

Sunday we checked cows, like normal this time of year. Then we weighed the show steers, they are gaining really well. Cody came and checked on Felix, and brought some friends, one is scared of horses. So of course the horses had to maul her. Then we did chores early to get home to watch the super bowl, and Toni, Kicker, Kade, Jaxsen and Kaine with to a superbowl party at Booths. We were also going through our long list of bulls to AI too and narrowing it down. Toni and I normally like the same type of bulls and Ben likes a different type, and Kicker normally just waits to see what we pick out and pick from those on what to breed too. Ben’s comments are always super amusing. One bull he says is so short bodied he looks like he ran into a feed bunk, and another is so fat his blubber is just falling off of him. Toni and my comments back on his bulls are must better, like not enough rib shape, not deep enough, etc. it is quite comical. We have the more professional, legitimate comments that count. No one can take Ben’s comments seriously. Winter it last night, so lets all hope it comes and goes quickly.

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Toni and Anna doing chores in the snow yesterday.

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Checking Cows and Horses

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Meet the Mares: Bell

Jazabell Shine is a 2006 daughter of AQHA Rom earner Shiney Men Can Jump. Shiney Men Can Jump is by Shining Spark, who is in the AQHA Hall of Fame, World Champion, ROM Performance, NRHA money-earner, AQHA Leading Sire, NRCHA Leading Sire with $3,000,000. NRHA $3,000,000 sire. Sire of: World Champion Offspring, Superior Performance Offspring, AQHA High Point Performance Offspring, ROM Halter Offspring, ROM Performance Offspring, NRHA Money-earners and NCHA Money-earners. On the bottom side Shiney Men Can Jump is out of Ms Jumpin Jack Sprat, who is a daugther of Docs Jack Sprat. Docs Jack Sprat is an earner of AQHA Show H-58/P-43, Superior Halter, ROM Performance, AQHA Champion, NCHA $3,069.33, NCHA COA, SIRE OF: 125 performers and leading sire with NCHA earnings over $3.4 million. Bell is a fancy rabicano bay mare. She has a great personality and loves attention. She is broke to ride but has not been shown.

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Meet the Mares: Lizzie

KT Tin Lizzie is a 2006 mare by Zinks Major Kid and out of Miss Jug Derby. This mare produces awesome ranch/cow/working ranch foals. Her breeding includes Dandy Derby, Major Bonanza, Skipper W, Hancock and more. Lizzie is a great mare that normally has one of our favorite foals every year.

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Meet the Mares: Rosey

Frankly Rosey, “Rosie,” is a 2005 grey mare by Frankly Majestic and out of A Tuff Edition. A Tuff Edition is a Tuff Continental and Mr Breeze Bar bred mare. Frankly Majestic is a Okie Leo grandson. Rosey is a really sweet mare that everyone loves. She is claimed by 5 year old Scarlett. She was born palomino so she has the crème gene as well as a grey. With Rosey’s coloring genetics she has had some very colorful foals. Her foals are normally very sweet like her and easy to train.

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Meet the Mares: Annie

anniejan2019Sonita AnnieOakolena, “Annie,” is a 2006 mare that is out of Docs Peppy Anna, “Peppy,” and is by Sonita Oakolena. She is a half sister to our mare, Friday, and to Pecos and Nugget. Her sire, Sonita Oakolena, has won NCHA $7,362 C0A . Sonita Oakolena is by Sonitalena, who has an NCHA LTE $224,583, NCHA Hall of Fame, Offspring LTE $221,826, 1990 Will Rodgers Open Futurity CH, 1996 NCHA World Champion Cutting Horse, 1996 NCHA World Champion Stallion, 1996 Abilene Spectacular Mini Masters Open Champion, NCHA COA, Bronze, Silver, Platinum. Her dam, Peppy was a fantastic mare that had foals that ended up in many different arenas, cutters, ropers, ranch horses and one is at the WP Guest Ranch. Peppy was by Little Peppy Conger, who had earned his NCHA Certificate of Ability, 1993 NWCHA Reserve Champion Open Horse and LTE over $25,000. Annie herself has been a cutter, roper, barrel horse, etc. Annie is a big bay mare with a great confirmation and disposition.

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If you’re ridin’ ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there with ya.

Hopefully everyone had a great Martin Luther King Day! The kids were home from school Monday so Anna and Kaine checked cows. Cousin Diane and her daughter Tash were over visiting so Toni made lunch for them, dad, mom and the kids so she came down and got Kaine and Anna late morning. They all had a great time and a nice visit. No new calves Monday but it was a beautiful day. Toni had a dribble off (basketball dribbling) with the three older kids in the afternoon. Toni says she creamed them, the kids tell a different story.

Tuesday everyone was back at school. Mom and Debbie went to a sewing class, so dad was getting everyone off of the bus, so no homemade pizza pockets as after school snacks. But not to worry, mom had a loaf of bread dad just had to put in the oven, so they had fresh bread, cinnamon, sugar and honey to put on their bread. Jaxsen had an Angus calf on Tuesday, Loud calved, I guess it is Jaxsen the 2nd?? Two of Jaxsen’s calves are shown below. Toni was going through her pictures on her phone and this made her decide she should check the mares, no foals. When Ben got home there were two more calves to greet him. When Toni got home there was a dog by her mail box that had been hit on the road, luckily she got ahold of the Adams County Pet Rescue and they came out and got it.

Wednesday Ben stayed home from work to semen test bulls with Dr. Hank Wisse. Dad came down and assisted Ben in getting the bulls in. The older bull was down in circle 5, and it was so muddy down there the pickup went anywhere but straight. So luckily dad was there to help. Poor baby Jaxsen had to have mouth surgery, and they had to be in there at 7. After the surgery when Jaxsen was asked how he felt, he said he felt like watching Netflixs, so normal. Towards the end of semen checking bulls our load of grain showed up, Stefan had forgotten to text me so we were not ready for it. Luckily Ben was home and the driver was a nice guy. So the driver walked around while Ben and Hank finished up and then Ben cleaned the old grain out before the new grain was put into the pile. Kade had boy scouts on Wednesday, the boys’ friend Aram also had scouts so dad picked up both boys and Aram helped do chores. Kade told me he was going to miss my birthday with me because he had basketball practice Thursday, I told him that was acceptable, but no cake for him.

Toni checked cows on Thursday, she texted me that it was a muddy mess down there and she could not get some places due to the mud. However, they are just out in a corn field, so she could see the places she could not drive too. Jaxsen was back at school and made sure everyone saw his missing teeth, I asked him what he had for lunch and he said chicken soup that I had made him. I said I don’t think I made soup for you, he said, “yeah, don’t you remember?” So I guess I made some soup for Sonny. Kade had basketball practice so dad took him to that while Toni, Anna, Aram, and Kaine did chores, they got most of the cockleburs out of Whim so were just finishing chores when I got there. Mom had paid lemon bars for my birthday, and they were awesome. Ben made a really cool Horseshoe Angus brand for me out of metal and barbed wire to put on the show shed. Mom made some awesome embroidered towels with unique buttons for the kitchen. Toni got some makeup for me for Cattlemen’s and a cool shirt that says not my pasture not my bull. Anna made a cute little box for me in class out of clay to hold trinkets. And Ben went and got Checos for dinner and that was pretty great. So I had an outstanding birthday, thanks everyone for the birthday wishes.

Friday the kids had a half day of school, so Toni and mom picked them up after school and got them bacon cheese burgers from the Burger Factory, Toni ran into Aram while she was picking up the kids, and he wanted to go home with the boys, so she talked to their mom, and picked up Aram and Daisy too, and went and got more burgers. Dad headed to St. John for a funeral for one of his class mates. He saw some other local people so he should have car pooled. Toni and the kids got Whim all cleaned up and he looks really good.

Saturday we had a busy day, Ben, Anna and I checked cows, then Ben needed to head to Pasco to get his 4 wheeler, so we dropped him off at the house and he took Kaine and left. Then Anna and I went around and checked all of the horses. We got the cows in and sorted heavy heifers. Toni came down to show a Hereford bull, so Kade helped us move the heifers around. Then we went down to take pictures of Whim since he was all cleaned up. The kids did the front chores while we took pictures. Then we had my birthday party on Saturday night, I got more then a girl could ask for. We stayed up and played Phase 10 until well after 11.

Sunday Ben and Kicker built fence around the corn field so we could let the cows out as soon as hunting season got over. Anna and I checked cows, and then we grabbed Ben to help tag calves. Kade came down and Anna, Kaine, Kade, Toni and I tied up steers. Anna and I headed to town to get groceries, Ben and Kicker loaded the flatbed trailer up and Toni and the boys took the grass straw down for Toni and dad to put grass straw out. Ben and Kicker kept working on the fence, when Anna and I got home we went out and helped them, pulling out fence posts. Then we went down for chores and Toni and the boys were working on a small fencing project. We finished that up, did chores and went home for the night. Another week in the books for 2019 and so far it has been great.


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