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Checking cows, tagging calves, moving pairs, fixing fence, building fence, getting ready to brand here after while.. Lige helped me this morning and we pushed a pipe corner in the ground. Got it all fixed up and wires strung, took a hose and put it on the new planted trees, fixed a gate… supposed to rain this afternoon, we’ll take it! Supposed to go get a backhoe tomorrow and do some water works..

I was at Jones branding on Friday and asked Eric what he was doing the next day. He said he and Chas were headed to Miles City to the Bucking Horse Sale.. I told him I’d thought of going to Sheridan for the Leather  doings, and had always wanted to go to Miles City for that event, so he said to come along.. Cindy couldn’t go but grudgingly said I could. They picked me up about 1 in the afternoon and we headed out. Nice trip and good visit, got there about 6 and went to the arena and hung out. Hooked up with their friends and relatives who we were going to spend the night with, went up town where they had Main street blocked off with 3 bands playing. We went up into an old hotel and ate prime rib, pretty late, then hung out and finally quit about 1.. found the house went in and crashed and started up again about 7:30 the next morning.. all kinds of people were staying at the house, Eric slept on a couch upstairs, Chas slept on one downstairs and I unrolled my bedroll on the floor and tossed and turned until time to get up.. went to a casino and had a Bloody Mary to start the day right after breakfast then  back to the fairgrounds for the bronc match and racing.. it was a blast.. never saw anyone unhappy or on the fight, everyone was having a great time.. when it was all done, we went to a Mexican restaurant and ate supper and left about 7:30 and got home about 12:30… I drove.. I like to drive… if you ain’t been there, you owe it to yourself to go, at least once.. I’d like to take Cindy up next year as they have lots of horse races in between the broncs and she loves horse racing.. first I’d ever seen other than on TV and it is quite a rush… I’d like to buy the last horse across the line and make a saddle horse out of one of them big TB, big smooth cats!

When we checked cow this evening we found a calf who was lost from his mother, so brought him home..Cindy fed him half a bottle of milk while Chance and I went back to finish checking.. we found his Mom, and weren’t sure if she’d kicked him off or what so took the calf back out and the dart gun and give her something to make her sleepy, laid the calf down and here she come and wanted him, so we untied him and he jumped up and went to sucking while she just stood there with a dreamy look on her face.. we opened some gates and let some pairs cross the road to go north.. came home and trying to catch up with what I missed while we were gone..

Me and Pilgrim went out to move some pairs around this morning, hardly got out of tyne yard and he picked up a hole at a fast trot… he skidded his face for quite a ways on the ground before he went down..slammed me pretty hard and rolled up on my leg.. I sure seen stars.. weird as he is real watch about holes in thew ground, heck, maybe he just stubbed a toe.. I managed to hold him with the get down in my belt… poor ol’ feller was plumb ashamed of himself.. he’d gotten a bunch of grass under his bosalita, he slid on his face so far… I finally quit seeing stars but was really hurting in my left shoulder.. I finally got back on, moved the cows thru’ the gate. reset gates and decided i better go get it checked out… came in and took a shower and Gramma hauled me to the clinic, bent but not broken.. I am eating pain pills, over the counter, they are helping.. got a branding tomorrow and I am sure me and Pilgrim will both be sore.. Cindy and a couple of grandkids went with me this evening and we tagged some calves, big stout buggers and they are barely licked off…

Cows calving, so need to tag and kick out pairs, bran dings, trees being planted grass growing, fence needing fixed.. trailer tires needed replaced and repaired… same old same old as every spring, like always we could use a good rain, but the grass is growing, tho’ it seems slow as always.. when I checked cows out east this morning, there was a whole bunch of pairs off by themselves close to the gate going west, so I opened it, got behind then and sure enough a smart ol’ cow and her calf headed for it and led the others out.. pretty easy to move a bunch that way.. I’d sorted off most of the drop bunch who hadn’t calved a few days ago and kicked them south, so been having to check two pastures.. not handy.. so this afternoon, I saddled Hub and Pilgrim and led Hub and kicked the rest of the pairs out, that were out east and then kicked the uncalved ones south, Tate came along at the right time and set gates for me to cross the road, so I had that going for me… 😀  Poor little Hub had to lope to keep up with Pilgrim’s trot.. hauling a couple steers to the sale tomorrow and hopefully a couple of these horses who never have gotten any use out of… hate to sell them, but we seldom ride mares and they are just wasting grass… hope someone needs them…

About 40 to 45 mph the last couple days, supposed to blow again today and tomorrow, but drop off towards evening and not blow quite as hard either… oh well, those people who don’t like wind really shouldn’t live in this area I guess as we get a lot of it… branded in it both days.. not a lot of fun, but it could have been worse, we could have had a couple feet of snow with it. A few photo’s from the branding day before yesterday, Chance and Tate brought some boys over to help… there were already some there.. they all worked their tails off and did good..

 

Had a little drizzle/rain this morning, Chance and Sam and I rode out to kick out pairs and tag, there were way tool many in there… I was wearing my slicker and got hot so took it off and it set in to raining pretty hard, put it back on and sat it out and it quit… so left it on as it would sprinkle now and then.. not sure how many we tagged, but it was a bunch, older pairs and 10 new ones…Sam got to kick out one pair, pretty much by himself, but he got wet and cold, but didn’t whine about it, we finally quit,as there was a chance a neighbor was going to try and brand at noon, when we got in Cindy said they’d postponed until tomorrow… so maybe we will go back out and kick out the rest… rain…. I love it!

To all the mothers out there.. mine’s been gone for a long time now.. I miss here… been going to bran dings.. we’ve had a mix of hot and cool, but so far real nice weather for branding’s.  Lige went with me yesterday over to Q & J’s… I cut the second bunch and he ran the nut bucket… Chance and I went out and tried to tag calves last night but to many have gotten too much age on us and we couldn’t catch them all afoot, so we will have to rope them and tag.. When Cindy and I checked this morning there were a couple fresh ones and we got them.. one was even the mean old horned cow but I got him tagged, he was still slimy… we are about to leave to go to Mass then we need to kick pairs out and try and tag the ones who need it.. probably take Gramma to supper somewhere for Mothers day.. she and Tate had their monthly religion class yesterday and he bought her flowers.. Fr Tyler is supposed to be home this evening.. another branding tomorrow, tho’ there is a chance of rain, but I doubt it will stop it as the guy needs to get them done and moved out…

Heard the expression, “Slower than an old cow having a calf”?

Never made much sense to me because when an older cow gets ready to calve, she don’t mess around.. if you see one with a water bag and she hasn’t calved in a hour, you better catch her and run your hand in there and see what’s going on.. so… Cindy and I got a message that one of our cows had calved, not far from the road and an observant neighbor lady went by and saw that the calf was under the fence on the wrong said of the cow.. so we drove down the road, found the cow and calf, but they were not next to the road, but farther into the pasture, next to a fence where we join with neighbor…so we hurried back around and into the pasture, cuz’ things didn’t look right.. when we got there, sure enough, the calf was on the wrong said of the fence and dead.. evidently she didn’t get the sack off his head fast enough and he smothered…. it  happens sometimes… dang….. while we were out there we decided to go ahead and check on the rest, maybe tag some new ones.. did that and even kicked 4 pair out that wanted to go.. wasn’t much of a problem, got them headed right, got around them and opened the gate and came back behind them and they did the rest.. shut the gate and went on our way… seen a cow off a ways and thru’ the binoculars could see she had a water bag, so went and piddled around, check some other stuff, tagged a couple calves, gave her plenty of time and came back and ….. nuthin’… as we sat a ways away and watched her for signs of calving,  I called Tate and told him he had a couple to tag and might want to get them while they were new as they looked pretty lively and the cows looked like REAL good mothers! He met us in the pasture, got the tags and we went and watched and ran a little interference for him while he tagged them, went back and checked the cow and … nuthin’…. drove close enough to check and could see a toe and it was the correct position, so knew she wasn’t having a backwards calf.. we came home, ate some supper, and went back out.. by now, more than an hour had passed… usually, on these older cows, I don’t worry, but after losing one today, it made me a little head shy, so when we got there and no calf, I hurried home, caught and saddled a horse, got all my gates to the corral set and loped out to get her in.. and….. she had a calf…. so yes, sometime they are slower than an old cow having a calf.. I bet if we’d have never gotten close when we first found her and left her alone she’d have had him in 15 minute.. just goes to show, them cows know more about having calves than I do!

I finished up some leather repairs this morning and finished up my new corral addition this afternoon.. got a branding tomorrow at a neighbors…

Little breeze, but not bad…after Mass, this afternoon, Tate and Gabe and Chance and Gus and I went out and kicked out pairs.. they were getting pretty thick.. when we got done, I fed, only about half what I’ve been feeding, the grass is coming on and they ain’t very crazy about hay.. probably won’t feed much more now.. I rode Hub for his first outside excursion putting out pairs.. he did great. Gonna be real nice when he’s finished. Dustin Dennis did a great job on him. I am plumb tickled.. got bran dings coming up this week.. Chance and the kids are out working with the forge.. Hope took some photos of some of the things we made and will post them on my page on Facebook.. men’s group here in a bit.. we haven’t met for the past couple weeks, so I am looking forward to it.. probably be hit and miss from now until fall as everyone is getting busy…

 

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