Bundled up and saddled up and went north this morning to gather cows to preg. Cold and biting wind. we got them gathered and went to stuffing them down the chute for the vet to preg. Got done about 2:30 and went and ate lunch. Pretty good day, we kind of got a little out of the wind and it warmed up to about 18.. so it wasn’t all that bad. Sure was glad I wore my wooly chaps and ear flaps on my hat!
Cooled off the past couple days and got some snow off and on, but so far it has melted during the day… had a half inch of moisture ninth rain gauge the other day for rain and melted snow… still awfully wet and muddy. This year is one for the record books.
Supposed to stay cold the next couple days then warm up a bit on Thursday. That is good as Chance and I are supposed to go help a neighbor to the north work some calves that day. Supposed to help a couple neighbor the first of next week ship their calves. Doesn’t sound like the market is too great for calves.. same price or lower than last year. I have been reading of bankruptcies and financial problems for ag people.. pretty bleak looking.
On the up side, there is lots of hay available.. cheaper than last year.. we need to get some in.. but it is so wet it is hard to get it out of the fields. Guess we just need to trust the Good Lord that we will get what we need by the time we need it.. heck, He ain’t never let us down so far..
I went over and helped a neighbor pair off his heifer calves and bring them in and wean them.. there were 4 of us horseback.. worked good and was fun.
I took Gabe and Gus and we went North pretty early Saturday morning to help trail some cattle home for neighbors. I need to go back on Tuesday and help them wean or something…
We rebuilt two sides the little lot/pasture to the eat here.. we call it the Hog pasture.. evidently at some point Grampa or Dad ran hogs in it.. I tore the old fence down 40 years ago and got ride of the woven wire fence and reused the barbed wire and added new post and wire where needed. I guess it’s time to do it again. We used to keep our weaned calves in it and just use it for about anything, any more.. looks better and should hold cattle in better now, too. Still need to do some work on 2 sides, replace wire on one and just remove and reset existing posts on the other.. that wire is in pretty good shape.. can’t afford to plumb rebuild all this stuff, tho’ it would be good if we could.
Supposed to have some snow and wind coming in this afternoon.. kind of drizzly this morning.. I have a neighbor shipping on Monday I need to help, so hope it is done by then..
Not sure how much snow we got.. 6 inches to perhaps a foot… rain/snow gauge shows a bit over 6 inches, but it was blowing pretty good all the time it was snowing, so not sure if it is right.. cattle seemed to weather it.. Chance and I got the bale unrolled on the back of the tractor yesterday and I fed the horses a little and the bulls some.. rest of the livestock all have access to lots of grass. Cindy stayed in Wednesday night and last night.. I imagine she will be home this afternoon… a local girl has a wedding this afternoon down in the Hills, but not sure if any of us are going..,Cindy doesn’t like to go by herself and I hate to drive in and then she have to follow me home.. guess I will wait and see what she tells me we are doing!
Looks like we got a like taste of winter coming in tomorrow evening.. supposed to start off raining and then turn to snow tomorrow night or early Thursday morning.. lots of wind and temps in the 20’s/// supposed to be in the 70’s today.. so that will be nice…NOT!
Chance and I moved cows down south last week, but seeing as there could be some nasty weather, he and I and two dogs and horses went and brought them back yesterday and put them in the pasture west of us that has a creek with lots of trees.. there is good grass every where. We have to go help a neighbor move his cows home tomorrow morning, so thought we better get things prepared around here..
We also got a couple loads of hay in yesterday, so if we need to we can feed, tho’ we shouldn’t need to. We also made sure the yearling heifers were close by and can get in behind protection. There was one who needed doctored so we roped her and gave her some feel better juice. I have a fencing project going on that I may work on today, also have leather projects that need done. Gabe came and helped me re-fix the Nitro last weekend.. what we had done before came undone, hopefully we got it so it won’t do that again. I am hoping this is just a little early winter and will turn back warm and stay that way for a long time.. I enjoy winter less and less each year…
Been getting some rains.. froze last night.. frost on the windshields…
Chance and I and two dogs moved the cows back down south.. we’d moved them north to graze some hay ground I couldn’t get anyone to come hay and wanted to get the good out of it.. I will take that back, one guy said he would but for more than I was wiling to pay.. he wanted almost as much per ton as I can buy hay for, and it didn’t cost me anything to graze it… they have been fighting fence and getting into the neighbors, so we decided to just put them where they couldn’t do that any more..
Went and watched Gus and Sam play football this evening.. kind of a run away 36 to nothing. Gus played quite a bit, Sam played some.. hard for them to play him a lot.. he is the runt of the team..
Got some funerals to go to.. one older guy that it was expected, another guy not much older than me.. cancer and it came quick and he went pretty quick… got another neighbor fighting it, but sounds like his kind is pretty treatable.. my brother is fighting some..sure has made him look old…
Funerals, where country folk go to pay their last respect and see their neighbors, seems like..
Got a fence rebuilt with the help of Chance and the boys today, went and got more wire so we can keep rebuilding… also got a metal gate rebuilt that has been laying by the shed for way too long.. hopefully it will be a successful fix and not fall apart.. my welding isn’t always the best! Boys have a football game tomorrow, we need to go watch.
Cool this morning…. chance of rain, this evening and tomorrow… guess we will take it.
I have not been able to get my messages on my cell phone, like I am supposed to, so on Wednesday, when I went to town on business, I stopped at the Verison store and questioned them and ended up with a new phone.. I had been on Straightalk, but found that when the tower is busy with Verison customers, Straightalk customers phones don’t get the signal… seems kind of sci-fi to me, but the lady said it was true.. so I got a deal with Verison and a new expensive phone…they never did get it to work, after 2 hours, but said it would… I came home and that evening couldn’t get it to work, so called them back and ended up on the house phone, off and on, for a very long time………….. finally a guy called me back and said that sometimes it just takes more time and to give it 24 hours….so I called them back after 24 hours, and the lady did some checking, finally called me back and said that is was a chip in the phone that must be bad… all this time, I am without a usable phone as they disabled the old one….Cindy is supposed to take it in with her when she goes to work and hopefully they will drop it off at her workplace so she can bring it back to me.. I told the lady I was beginning to remember why I quit Verison in the first place….also told her she should just run out to my place with the new part for it.. of course she made an excuse they had to have it in the shop… 60 miles away…. I told her that Verison ought to do something extra special nice for me, to make up for it, she said they would..now we wait!
I went and dug a couple holes for corner posts on a short chance of fence that we are rebuilding… after I finally got the lady to leave me alone, I went out and set the corners.. Ari Cat, CC and Lige had come up to get water bottles filled and they ran the horses in and were messing around with Tonka, Ari Cat’s pony… I went to watch and “help”… Ari fell off to the side and we found out that her boots are loose enough because she popped one off and her spur.. I may or may not have been involved in the incident, depending on which witness you ask… Ari Cat gave me a hug and said she was alright…she landed pretty easy and Tonka ain’t very far off the ground… she got back on and did some more and then put him away.. I ran the girls home, Lige already having left us..
The butcher is here this morning getting a cow for Tate.. she is going to be made into hamburger… as much of a pain as she has been , crawling and jumping fences, I know we are really going to enjoy eating her! LOL
Tate and I ran up to the neighbors just before dark last night and got a couple steers he had made a deal on.. he will fatten them and butcher them. One is a steer the guy had got from me a year ago.. so he is back home.. tho’ I bet he doesn’t appreciate it.
Went to the neighbors this morning and helped him load lambs for the sale.. Bitty enjoyed it.. she got to get a little wool in her teeth and stare at sheep.. she loves that stuff!
I went down to Punkin Center and got some more grain for the bum calves and filled up Teddy with diesel.. one of these days I need to go get his oil change.. been almost a year and about 2000 miles… since the last oil change..
Worked in the leather shop most of the rest of the day.. working on a saddle and a belt for a guy.. I got crazy and decided to to it all carving.. man, that is a lot of carving!
Chance and I went down to Nellies this evening and had pizza for supper.. then Brad ad Chance showed up while I was working on the belt, and they petered me for awhile, then Brad decided he needed to go home..
Cindy worked the late shift today, so will be calling about 10 to say she is headed home..
Pretty good day, but my back hurts.