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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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“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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Hereford steers

4 Hereford steers for 1.50/lb. They are 580-700 lbs.



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Wasp stings and wet shoes seem to be the indicator that summer is in full swing.

Lots of hot weather hit us last week. Monday flew by, there was a lot to do. Toni was in town all day, she took dad to his dr apt and she had court. The kids unloaded the trailer, since Toni needed it in a couple of days to take to Dusty and get Jackpot. The kids also washed all their steers and heifers. I was really busy at work from being gone Thursday and Friday to go to the Jackpot show and then this Thursday and Friday Anna, Kaine, Leslie and I went to Montana. Leslie told Anna and Kaine that we are going on a real vacation, not a showcation, so if they want to stop, to find some spots. We promised Sonny that if he did a good job at Rizville, we wouldn’t make him show anymore this year, and he has taken that to heart. Anytime anyone asks for help, he says he is done, he doesn’t have to. Well that is not going over very well. The bad news is that on this ranch, we all pitch in and help each other, so little Sonny is going to have to step up.


Tuesday Toni a had mediation all day, I had made a hair appointment after work, so Anna, Kaine and Kade were in charge under the supervision of their grandma. They washed their steers, cleaned out the trailer, sorted the office and did chores. They didn’t put hay on the trailer as we are always worried about bales falling down, but they filled up buckets, checked water, and got everything checked and fed. They are great kids. Since Jaxsen does not have a steer yet, he got to stay with mom and “help” her. I picked Jaxsen up on my way home and he helped Kaine and Kade feed grain. There is debate over which boy started the grain fight, Jaxsen says he kind of threw the grain first, but all three boys needed a shower after chores at my house. Sweat, dirt, and corn dust aren’t really a good combination to sleep on. Ben was out late working on circles, and Toni was out late with settling the mediation. Dad had a busy day on wheat harvest Tuesday, the axle broke on one of the combines and one of the trucks broke down. But don’t worry, his is still running strong.

Wednesday Toni and Kade headed to Dusty to get Jackpot and take Exit’s three ponies back that Dreamer bred. Toni had to be up there by 10 for a conference call with Sonny and ACE. They got back around 3, and then the three older kids washed the steers. Jaxsen stayed to “help” mom all day. Lucy the puppy also went on the trip to Dusty. She enjoys going in the pick-up. Tim Johnson rode Jackpot and we got to see how far along he was in his training. Jackpot is a very handsome, pretty moving, agile stallion. Jackpot is home now and we are looking forward to breeding mares to him in 2020.


Thursday Kaine, Anna, Leslie and I headed to Wilsall, Montana to see Morgan and Joe. Toni, Kade and Jaxsen stayed home to work on the steers, and work. Kicker was getting back from Winipeg on Friday and Ben had to stay home to work too. We left for Wilsall fairly early so we could make stops. We stopped at St. Regis for milkshakes and burgers and we stopped at the Fort Missoula and military museum on the way down. Both were pretty cool, but it was hot when we were there. We got to Wilsall in time to have dinner with Joe, Morgan, the twins, Marlo, Diane, Grandma and Grandpa Morter, Nellie and Rod. Then we set up the camper and went to bed. Toni had a deposition on Thursday afternoon with one of her cases, then hauled butt home so Chad could come out and trim horses. Chad can only do so many in a day, and we have lots to get done.


Friday we helped Morgan set up for their party, moving tables and chairs around. We helped Morgan doctor her horse and hung out with her and her aunts, cousins, Diane and the twins. Jolene, Nick, Kasen and Jay all got there on Friday too. Toni sent us pics of Jaxsen happily working on Kaine’s steers. Jaxsen was pretty much a hard no on helping with the steers, but with 6 steers to get done, he had to step up. The party was a lot of fun and we were glad to get to see how Morgan lives in Montana. We hear a lot about it, but it was really cool to see the life she has made for herself.


Saturday we just spent the day with Morgan, McKenna and Joe, everyone else had left. Toni, Kade, Jaxsen, Ben and Kicker were all busy working at home. They moved some of the horses home from Sagebug’s pen, got two December calves in that we sold as Spokane steers, and weaned them, sorted the bulls out and got them put together, moved a mare out of Colonel’s pen, fixed circles, and all the other normal ranch stuff. Then they went to Tennelle’s birthday party that night. There was a giant water slide and they had a lot of fun.

Sunday we headed home, we stopped at the museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, which was really cool if you ever get a change to stop. Then we stopped in Wheat Montana Farms in Broadwater for lunch, they have a great bakery and deli there. Next, we went to Missoula and stopped and did a little shopping at Murdocks. Lastly we stopped at St Regis for shakes again and did a little more shopping at the gift shop. We got home a little late but had a lot of fun.


Toni, Kade, Jaxsen, Ben and Kicker were busy working at home still. The two Spokane steers left to their new homes. Toni had people coming out and she took a lot of new pics of the foals. They worked on the steers again, and are getting ready for BF Fair which will be here before we are ready. Heat, heat, and more heat is in the forecast. We are doing our best to keep irrigation water on in all of the fields to give the livestock some relief. We are moving the bigger foals back to the main house to get ready to start weaning in a month. It is fun to see the size comparisons. You think a foal is big, then you get it next to some others, and maybe it isn’t as big as you thought. So far we are pretty happy with the foal crop and glad that we are done foaling with this heat.


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Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else.

Toni had court first thing Monday morning, so she dropped Kade and Jaxsen off with mom. Kaine and Kade had football camp starting Monday night, so Christine stopped at moms and picked them up, took them in and brought them home. Coco, Addy, Leslie, Ady and Julian went and watched the Lion King in at Connell Monday night, but with football camp and the shows our kids were too tired to go, or as Jaxsen said, he was scared when it was an animation, he did not want to watch it. Toni and Coco did chores before the movie, and I moved dad’s water when I got there, since he is gone harvesting he thinks that it an excuse.

Tuesday Anna and Kaine dyed the two heifer calves going to Ritzville to the Angus show. They did a pretty good job, but now they both have some extra freckles. Ben and Kicker got the camper backed into the yard, so we could start packing it. Kaine and I set the camper up. Toni took grandma and grandpa to Dr appts on Tuesday, and then her and grandma went grocery shopping while Uncle Tom stayed with grandpa at his appointment. Then Tom and Grandpa went and got blizzards while they waited. Kaine and Kade had football camp again, they both had a lot of fun.

Wednesday Kaine and Anna packed their stuff in the camper. I told them to pack some of mine, we will see when I get home if they did as asked. I went and picked up one set of our new pop up panels so we can try them this weekend and see how we like them and if we want changes before we get the other sets done. Toni, Kade and Sonny went down in the afternoon so they could wash everything before we leave tomorrow. Kameron took the boys to football camp, it was our boys’ last time.

Thursday we woke up, finished packing the camper, hooked it up and pulled it out of the yard so it was ready to go. Then we loaded up the cattle in our trailer and Toni got there and we took off for Connell. We transferred the cattle to the big trailer when we got to Connell and we all took off. We took 14 head of cattle and 12 head of kids plus a baby. Uncle Joe drove the mini Pete and had 6 of the kids with him. He didn’t think that was too great. When we got to Ritzville, Traci and Anna went and got us all burgers at Carl’s Jr while we set up. We were the first ones to the fairgrounds, which was good because with the huge trailer and mini-semi, it is much easier to maneuver if we are the only ones around. It also allowed us to get enough spots for our group in one location. Added to our 12 kids, there were 5 other kids from the 4-H group coming to the show. All of the stock came off of the trailer really well. The 2 baby calves just got weaned and hadn’t been anywhere, but they really acted great. We were all pretty tired by the time Thursday was over.

Friday we woke up early and had a great day of showing. Kade had Reserve Champion Reg Angus steer, and won a fancy belt buckle, with a Stingray calf that we raised. Anna was Grand Champion in her division with her Bred and Owned heifer calf and won a nice back pack. Kaine was grand champion in his division with his little heifer calf and also got a backpack. Jaxsen won his first prize, he was Reserve Champion in his division with Black Widow (most patient heifer EVER). McCall made it back into the championship round, she was a class winner, with Wanda, and Kade was second in the class and was on standby. Kade was called back in for showmanship, but the Judge told him right away that the girls were going to be hard to beat. PeeWee showmanship was last which means we had super tired kids and cattle. Black Widow had to go in both PeeWee classes, again, most patient heifer ever.

Saturday was the steer show, the steers all ultrasounded good. In the ultrasound classes, Kaine, Kade and Ady were all second in their classes and were on standby for the championship round. Anna ended up Reserve champion in the Evergreen steer class. It was interesting because the Judge put her Grand and said phenotypically this is how he would chose, but because he had ultrasound info, he made Anna’s steer Reserve. It was still a good payout for Anna. The bad news with taking 14 head of cattle, is then you have 14 head of cattle that you need to clean out bedding for. Uncle Joe came back with the mini-Pete, by the time we were cleaned up and ready to leave, we were one of the lasts ones there. We needed to wait for Joe to have room to back that long trailer in. But we are very efficient when we load. There was no lost time when Joe got there, he backed up, we loaded, and out we went. Toni, Kade, and Anna went with Joe and Merr so that they could unload the cattle when they got back to Connell, load ours in our trailer, and head home. We all got home around 3:30 and it was still a LONG day. I have not gone through the pics from last weekend yet. Many of the ones below are from other shows.


We would like to say we rested on Sunday. We rested in our minds only. We turned out all of the big show heifers, but had to wash a few first. Now left in is Dillon and the babies along with the steers. That takes us down to only 20 head of show cattle in. Wow, still too many. We are also getting ready to start working on the Spokane steers for next May, so I ran out with Kaine and weaned some of the fall calves and brought them to the house. Then the kids and I went and got tack while Toni took a group around to look at foals. When I got back with the kids, Toni and I went out to the desert to get Ladybug and Lacey Bug in and bring them home. Ladybug is starting to really look like crap. Toni managed to get stung 3 times by wasps in the morning, and 1 more time during chores. Dad got stung once trying to kill the ones that got Toni. Sonny says that wasps were put on Earth by the devil, there is no purpose for them. We all agree. After moving Ladybug, we went to Cecil and Debbie’s and got the three Riley ponies for Toni to take them home this week, and dropped off Truffles and her colt along with Misty. It was a good thing we had replacements to put out because Debbie’s grandkids were not happy we were taking “their” ponies. Luckily they were distracted by a new foal to chase.

We are officially done with jackpot shows until after the County fairs. The bad news is that August is literally starting next week, so we need to get planning to start weaning foals, finish rebuilding the corral, get more calves in to work on. The list goes on and on and is exhausting! Still, we wouldn’t trade it for anything else.

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Great start to the day, Reserve Champion Steer and 3 division champions

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