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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Moving Cows and Treating Calves

Lots going on around here but for now will just mention Monday.  I was just going out to catch Jess and go riding and Neil says he is gonna move his cows out of the oat field so I asked if he needed help and of course he says yes so we had a job for the ride :)
(sure is pretty riding through the trees)

I headed out and its 2 miles to the field so its kinda slow.  Neil takes Bob(the side by side) and so he's faster so I got a head start.  And then he starts at the far side and I come down the road and make sure they don't go down that way.  At least that was the plan.  He went and got a few from the far side and I was still on the way, as I got closer I could see going towards the road would get in the way of the cows coming out the gate but there was some farther down the fence so I went towards them and even though I was on the outside of the fence the cows kept running towards the other cows, was weird to be on the wrong side of the fence though.
(I love the shadow we make )

(Jess looks toward Bob like a friend horse)

We got them out and the cows really wanted to go somewhere else not just out the gate so since he was gonna move them North in a couple days we decided to move them there now.  Well Neil was gonna close the gates and open the ones for the new field and he saw a sick calf.  So while he was taking a picture of it and texting the vet I went to the far side and started gathering those cows.  We were not sure it was water belly (my thought) or a rupture (Neil's thought)
(following the cows into the gate, Jess is a little sore on the gravel 
but she would rather that than walk in the ditch, her choice)

I got the few out of one field and the gate to the alfalfa field was open and so I had to get off and close the oat field gate so they wouldn't go in there and I am so awkward getting on I needed a low spot to put Jessie and then my saddle slipped and so I fixed it and then I saw a rock and so I used that.  I never realized I kept the video on for all of it but I did.
(Little long but I even cut it shorter, 
was 11 minutes but rest was just walking)

The cows run to the dugout and I just followed then and they kept going towards the other cows and by then Neil came up and they were going towards the gate and sick calf didn't wanna go so I left him and followed the cows through the gate and he brought sicky home to the corrals.  I was ahead of him so I opened the gates right into the corral, and he closed the gate where the cows went.  Worked well.  I like that he uses Bob  and so he can close all the gates (well almost)
(there's the dugout)

(I think this pic is really cool, 
I was trying to get the clump grass
 and it looks like the world is round here )

(everything looks so far away in my go pro)

It was a good 2 hours and almost 6 miles.  Pretty good workout for both of us.  Its much easier to ride by myself when I have a job to do.
(sicky is the middle one, not looking at me and not the cow)

(he was quite happy to be left behind)

Turns out the calf had water belly and the vet come out just as Neil got to the corral and he was bloated and not looking good.  Vet figured he had maybe till morning but he had seen others who lived, but with the bloat there was something else going on not just water belly.  And it had been 3 days since Neil looked at the cows and so it coulda been anytime between that and Monday he got a blockage.  Vet says quite often its runty calves and its caused by not enough water and salty feed.  Hes not surprised this year cause it was pretty droughty for most of the summer and if he had a low milking mother coulda happened.  he wasn't really a runt though.  First one I've seen here in 11 years, kinda weird.  I had never seen it on nursing calves but I guess it does happen.
(poor guy, but he sure felt better after that)

He treated the bloat and he looked a lot better after that.  Figured his bladder didn't burst it was a blockage in the urethra and so he cut a couple holes in his belly and boy did it leak out, some blood but mostly urine.  He said if he lives he will just constantly leak out there, it will get kinda rotten on his belly then heal up and be fine in about 3 months then we sell him and he should grow up normal.  poor guy he was not feeling good but looked better after he was less bloated.  We put him in a small pen and he had a good drink of water but had no interest in feed.  Tuesday he still looked good no interest in much and this morning he was lying there dead.  Kinda felt bad for him, I was hoping he'd pull through but looks like he just laid down an died :(  Probly for the best but still a sad way to go.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Hanna Rodeo All Horse Parade 2015

I'm in a new challenge again this fall, same group as the winter one but this is a shorter one and easier time for me.  Its the 4321 challenge.  so its 43 days and 21 hours horsemanship.  Im in at 3 hours so far.  it goes till the end of October so I have lots of time and doubt I will have trouble finishing this time. I picked Jessie cause I kinda wanted to get her in shape and riding again if I am gonna sell her and get another cutter.  Well I went to the Hanna Rodeo Parade today, perfect its in my challenge time.  They started it a little later than last year I think and so that was handy for me, never had to leave home till 9.  On a Parade day?????? I know pretty spoiled here :)
(I was so worried about her feet since she wasn't shod this year, 
but it was all pavement and didn't seem to bother her, if there was gravel 
I probly wouldn't have gone)

Got up there and brushed her clean, its hard to get her shiney when shes shedding summer hair and getting fuzzy but I did as good as I could, white legs and face.  And then put goop in her hair and realized I forgot a mane and tail brush.  Oh well used my body brush and it worked fairly well.  Was all ready and just sitting around visiting till parade time, that was nice.
(they had this cute little donkey dressed in overalls and a straw hat.  
She woulda gone in the parade but didn't wanna walk that far)

(Jess wasn't sure what that weird thing making a lot of noise was)

(also map my runned it, I love that program)

Its kinda a cool route too cause they go up the  road to the Old Folks Home and all the people sit outside to watch.  Then over to the Lodge, where a lot of them used to use horses so they love seeing that.  Then up to the hospital, we loop around the parking lot and the nurses wheel them out and they get to see it too.  Then down to main street where most of the viewers are.
(Close to the beginning)

(going by the Lodge)

All in all a good morning, a little chilly and cloudy but still warmer than last year.  Its too bad it was cloudy though cause the pictures don't look as good.  I'm hoping someone got a pic of me in the parade since Neil didn't come this year to take one.  I got a few off my go pro but I'm not in any, just my pony.
(Jess gets her goodies in the trailer after we are done)

(her favorite part of getting rode, lol the grazing afterwards)

(Neil thought he would put the cat on Jess, Jess was fine with
 it, the cat didn't want any part of that though.)

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Race Day

So this year again I planned on entering the Drumheller Marathon.  Not the full marathon of course, that will probly never happen.  But I did do the 10K.  That was a spur of the moment decision, I figured I had time to train and so I entered it ahead of time so I was in and had a goal.  of course morning of race day was cold and rainy.  Good thing I preentered cause it woulda been super easy to climb back in bed.  Although I was pretty excited about it this year.
(we saw this guy walking his dinosaur....he never did the race tho :) )

I been training, 2 short runs, 2 longer bike rides and 1 long run a week.  I did my long run Sundays since that's what day the race was.  I upped it a mile a week.  I shoulda had more time but there's always a need for more time so I just done it.

I started running, which I know is a mistake but its so hard not too when everyone else starts out that way.  By 1K I was sore in the legs so I walked and got passed, then at about 3K I was feeling better so I could walk faster but by then i was so far behind everyone but I kept going.  I did start to feel a little better later on and was a little faster.  My goal time was about hour and a half.  Of course I also estimated the path wrong, I thought 10K was 6 miles, turns out it is 6.42 miles.  So i finished with 1:40:50.  not bad, I was pretty well done at the end of the race so that made me feel good that I could not have gone faster, that's always my worry that I coulda done more but not on this day.
(my shirt and medal and number)

(I never wore the shirt cause it was cccold out, 
started with rain then just cool,
 was nice to run in after the rain quit)

Not to make excuses but I was not feeling great, my lungs were sure not 100% with having a cold and then the smoke and my lungs are not clear but the legs held up and that was more than I could ask for.  I had a massage on the Wednesday before and she told me to just stretch and do yoga, no more workouts and so that's what I did, but I kinda wish I woulda done a short walk the days before just to keep it up.
(my time and Im 129 out of 131)

(and the winner, 38:27...not gonna be me ever!)

(and Neil did the 5K and faster than last year so thats cool)

Already looking for another race, theres a night race in banff, its only 5 miles so should be easy peasy and cool its at night!

Monday, September 7, 2015

New House

So in case you didn't know...hear it on Facebook or something we are getting a new house this fall.  I am super excited about it, its been a long go.  I'll start way back when we got married in 2004.

We were talking about a new house, Neil said this one was old and we should get a new one built.  He was saving money had stocks and when they hit a certain amount we would cash them in and it would be about half a house and get a mortgage for the other half.   OK sounds good.  I didn't want to live in a house where the roof leaks down the walls, the basement is cinder block and its caving in, the basement filled with water, the windows were so old and let in cold air, and there was no insulation left to speak of.  I never knew it then but I tell everyone now, don't live in your mother in laws house.  I like my Mother in law...we don't have a lot in common but I like her.  But every time she comes here she wants to move stuff back to how she had it and she just puts stuff there.  Its annoying I want stuff where I put it.  And its gotta be hard for her seeing it different then she had it.  So don't do it.  But I didn't have anyone tell me that before we got married so here I am 11 years later.

After we had been talking about what we wanted in a house and stuff for a while, we even looked at a few plans,  then Neil told his dad and his dad said well that's no good, a new house on a farm never raises property value.  Well I was quite annoyed but not knowing them like I do now and so not being as confident to say what I think around them I didn't say much.  But on the way home I told Neil I planned on living here for 20 or 30 years still, I wasn't worried about property values.  He said he was planning on that too.  But it made an impact on him anyways and so we put it off.  Then cow prices went down and we didn't have a lot of extra money and we got used to living in this house.

About 7 years ago we got a new well, we woulda needed it new hose or not so that was good, then about 5 years ago, we got the roof reshingled, they did a good job and it didn't leak!  Yay!  that was nice but there was a whole lot of water that had leaked in the house from before and I wanted to tear off the ceiling and fix it, cause I'm sure there was mold there so I started tearing off the worst marked tiles and then I went away for a scrap booking weekend and Neil was so proud that he replaced them.  Well I wasn't happy and mentioned it, never mind they don't make the big tiles anymore and he used a smaller size and it looked stupid.  We also got a sewer pipe replaced that went outside, and last summer we only had water to the toilet and bathroom sink.  That was real handy.  We spent most of the summer showering down at the local campground...which has real nice showers actually.

Then all this going on and Neil said we need to get a plumber and he might as well replace all our plumbing.  I said I think we should rethink this new house, cause its already been a roof, now plumbing, pretty soon sewer, and the basement walls, then the windows and new siding......   Well he didn't say anything and whatever, I know he needs time to think about stuff and make it his own idea.  Well in Aug last summer we went to Fort St John to visit my aunt and on the way home we stopped in Red Deer and he said we should look at some houses.  YAY!!!!  So we looked a a lot of them, from the big, no huge, ones to the smaller mobile home looking ones.  We decided on a ready to move (RTM) that they had on the lot there, we really liked it.  The people in there were super friendly and helpful but we were not ready to buy right away.

So we go home and I go for the weekend to the threshing and when I come home, he had the plumber out and he just did a temporary fix and made all our water work.  That was nice to come home and get to have a shower at home.  So we were decided, we didn't want to get it in the winter so we planned on going in the spring and ordering it for summer.  Then I hurt myself in February and so that was out so by the time we went in a decided on everything we wanted and the saleslady in Brooks was so slow (and it was branding season so we never got down as much as we wanted) we finally ordered the house and its coming October 10th.  Super excited!!!!!!

I got a few pics of the stuff going in, the rest will have to be a surprise until it gets here :)
(the outside...sorta. we have black trim, and different windows,
 and the bottom under the deck will match the siding,
 but this was the model on the lot)

(the floor plan, we are facing the bottom part to the lawn)

(the color of the cupboards, its licorice)

(the counter top is the laminate, and the back splash will be the white subway 
tiles with a row of the glass after 3 tile rows)

(and the lino, they discontinued this one so we got the same sort of pattern 
with wider boards and knot holes, I actually like it better)

(and we plan on a garage but not till next summer, and we were deciding on size 
so I just drew up a quick plan, looks like 30X32)

I didn't get pics of the carpet, its just a plain light grey, for the main bedroom, one spare bedroom and the living room.  The walls are owl grey and the trim is white.  The siding is Harvest slate with black soffits and eaves and trim.  I'm super excited, stuff is starting to come together, the 17th the guy is coming to put the pilings in and then we are getting the backhoe guy the say after to dig in the water and sewer lines, a septic tank and a cistern.....Oh ya we are having town water :)  We talked to the electrician and he figures easy to move power and phone lines from old house and they now run them right under the house rather than bery them so that easy, after the house is here he will come do that and hook everything up.