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Friday, June 17, 2016

Branding Pictures

Finally got a few branding pics.  We were there all morning and he did his main bunch but had a few heifers at home to do and didn't need as many vaccinators so I got fired.  Yay haha more beer and picture taking time.  Been too busy at most brandings to take pics so this was a nice chance.










Theses are straight out of the camera, it was a bit chilly looked like a storm coming in but it never did.  Only have 4 more to go too and will try and get some more at them.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

A Minute to Myself

Oh my so much going on and so little pictures.  I will have a few from our branding that my mom took but I gotta get them first, just a teaser shot she took off her cell phone and texted me of the branding stove.

We have been to 7 brandings and a cow moving in the last 8 days I am tired and my horses are tired.  I started out using Dee just cause she was in and she needs riding and I am kinda liking her, I can't always trust her to be where we need to be at the right time but it actually is good for me to watch and see whats going on ahead and head off the problem before we need to be in a rush.  Neil even rode her and was frustrated cause he's never rode a horse that doesn't neck rein haha but she couldn't have been that bad cause we went 2 days later and he asked if he could ride her again :)  I'm working on him riding her so we can sell his gelding to the neighbors cause they really want him and Neil rides like twice a year so no need to have his own horse.  I took Razz to a couple shes good but most aren't long enough or fast enough for her liking she gets frustrated with me when we lope to cut off a cow and then imagine I make her walk, oh I'm so awful.  Crazy horse haha.

And today took Jess to move cows to a smaller field and saddled her and it was hot and we got there and her saddle slipped so I tried to fix it in the trailer couldn't so unloaded her and as soon as she got on flat ground the saddle musta caught her in the flank and she leaped up and back and stepped on something and fell on her side.  We undid the saddle and she laid there for a minute and then got up.  I re saddled her and all was fine so we got on and moved cows.  They moved well and it was hot so we mostly walked and then a cow was heading out the wrong way so I trotted up to her and oh no shes sore at the trot :(  Too bad we are still a mile away from the trailer so I figured we would just stay at the back and walk and we did the cows moved really well and one cow took off and I was gonna leave her for someone else to get and Jess kept looking at her so OK we went that way and she decided we needed to lope (she does love chasing cows) and oh man that was awkward and all over the place but after maybe 15 steps the cow run back to the herd.  Not sure if it was cause of us or the weird loping but whatever works.  Got back and got off, no swelling anywhere, looks to be the muscle between the stifle and hock.  No heat but sore to touch.  I will give her a couple days and see how it goes. I think she did it when she fell over.  I put her in a smaller pasture with Trio so she has to walk around but not too far.  And maybe she can diet a bit there too after I was asked if she was gonna foal this year haha.

Day off tomorrow and I am gonna try and do noting, I'm not very good at it but we will see.  I really wanted to show this weekend but its not gonna happen, I rode Easy a couple times this week and hes kinda out of shape and boy he hates bugs so now hes got a fly sheet on and maybe I will have a bit more time to spend with him and Trio too, wanna get her going a bit at least, I may keep her for a bit get her started this fall and see how it goes even though I know shes gonna be way bigger than I want but so far shes pretty quiet so that always bodes well.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Gardening

Anyways back to the garden, planted most of it May 11, potatoes, corn, peas, beans, carrots, onions, lettuce.  Maybe a bit early for the corn specially but it was so nice out and so I took a chance.  Just started to sprout when we had a bunch of cold weather and rain this weekend. So no need to water I guess and now some sun and they should really grow.  As soon as it dries up a bit I will plant all my stuff I grew and I still have a few to buy mostly flowers and I was gonna go see Janice and her greenhouse but was planning to go with a friend and now shes there with her daughter instead, grrr, shoulda just went on my own.
(whole garden view, I just mowed before the rain 
probly needs to be done again already)

(peony that just grows)

(crab tree I trimmed)

(climbing red rose in garden)

(plants I grew)

(pretty bush rose)

(random maple tree that no one planted)

(ornamental crab, I don't prune this 
I don't even know where to start as it is almost a bush)


(love the blooms on the crab)

I had a bunch of tree trimming to do, the crabapple tree especially as it had a branch that was over the garden that wouldn't let the sprinkler get to the one corner of the garden.  I was gonna do it last fall but I read that fruit trees should be trimmed early spring well I was a bit late on that one so I only did one tree if no fruit on it I will still have the other tree.  I also trimmed up all the lilacs and the almost dead honeysuckle and the thorn tree.  Would like to do the bigger trees but I need a ladder and help and that's not as easy to do.

(yellow climbing rose in garden)

(more plants I grew they are getting so big, need the garden)

(plants from Cessford)

Today was the plant sale in Cessford that I always go to and I bought a random number of plants I'm sure there will be enough with mine to fill all my planters I just need a nice day and can get them all in.  We got 2 inches of rain over the weekend so it is soggy around here. Not that I am complaining we needed it but I want sun now. And a week ago started some pumpkins cantelope and squash and they are huge already, specially the pumpkins, I forgot how fast they grow


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Everything At Once

Been working on the garden the last little while in between everything else.  We finally got our bulls tested, all 10 passed although we sent away for trich tests and they will take a week or so to get back but we don't think we will have any trouble.  One bull was so goofy he wouldn't lock his head in so put it sideways then sat on the pole we had behind him, looks so uncomfortable to me but he sat that way a long time, goof ball.  They sure all have different personalities some just take it some are wimpy and others try to fight the whole time.  They all settled down and it didn't take too long.

We also got a calf from the neighbor a week or so ago and he is well mothered and her with him but he wasn't looking full so while the vet was here he looked at him as well and decided he has some sort of stomach bug and just wasn't feeling well, maybe not enough colostrum or maybe got infection from his real mom, she had mastitis pretty bad.  Well after 2 doses he is lively can't catch him for nothing now :)

Still working on the deck although a bit slow for one reason or another.  Although I did get the old deck pretty well pulled apart and rounduped the grass and lilac bush where the new deck is gonna go.  I am kinda waiting on the neighbor to bring gravel as I want to put down lasndcape fabric and then gravel on top and maybe plywood on top of that  cause our deck will be 3-4 feet off the ground so might as well enclose it and store the lawn chairs and stuff under there in the winter time.  He is supposed to come anytime now hes actually bringing it for the garage base which should be going up anytime soon we are getting a quote right now.

While they were out talking about the garage our plumber/electrician was out and installed the AC (hoe nice!) and put a new breaker box in the old pump house where Neil stores stuff and in my woodshop and a new yard light and lights on the run in shed where my horses are, just in case we ever want to calve heifers again (I hope not) or whatever reason.  And wow are they ever bright, I used them when feeding after dark this week just to test them out I like them :)  And last fall I got a sprayer from a friend and gonna use it for the arena to water and its older so needed a few fixes so got working on that as well, turns out the pump doesn't work some electrical issue.  If I cant find anyone to fix it I will get a similar one, they are $113 at Peavey Mart which is still pretty cheap if that's all it costs me to fix it up along with the maybe $10 of other parts I needed.
(the sprayer system, not what I was wanting but I think will work really well)

(some cat likes to help all the time)

(and my new breaker in the woodshop,
 needs a new ceiling too but one thing at a time)

And the window seat is put on hold as I was looking at the plans to see the joists so I could nail it down and it looked like there was supposed to be a vent below the window, well there wasn't so I phoned the house lady and they are coming out next Tuesday to have a look and if its not there just leave it and if it is they will move it to in front of the window seat, so not all bad just made me have to stop when I was really getting going.

(sorta how its gonna look, 
opening in the front for baskets 
and gonna paint it to match the walls)

(but for now just waiting)

Also went to the Draft Horse Sale shoulda brought some stuff but maybe next year, although I feel like I say that every year.  Never bought anything was kinda looking for a pony harness hehe but only one was there and it was pretty light.  They did have a pile of carts/wagons/sleighs.  Even some pony stuff but the one I wanted was too short for Pally and I don't think she knows how to drive but I really want to.
(so many wagons)

(John Deere Pony cart, 
Pony dump sleigh 
and the red one I looked at but shafts are too low)

(stopped at my Moms afterwards to take her for supper 
and she made us take a selfie lol)

An then they had a big fundraiser in Brooks for the people from Fort Mac and so we stopped down there for a bit had supper and listened to the band, stopped in the beer gardens and bid on a few auction items.  Neil got 4 passes for golf he was pretty excited about that.  Not real well organized but they raised a pile of money anyways.