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The Connell’s youngest son,
Wyat, inspects the structural
integrity of the ranch sign (it
passed with fl ying colors).
would not hit us, it would actually go
around. Animals fed and it’s back to
the paperwork. Another freezer meal
made dinner a snap.
SUNDAY, MAY 27
It’s Sunday morning and we are off
to Church. I don’t feel guilty about
being away and not getting work
done. It’s raining hard. A new storm
popped up early this morning and
is dropping buckets of water on us.
Before lunch, we check pastures again
and move one herd across the road
to the pasture on the other side. We
like to rotate this group because both
pastures are slightly smaller than the
others and we keep a close eye on the
grass. We take pride in sustainable
The shop at home is an utter disaster.
With three men, (Seth, Dad, and
my brother Matt) dumping their tools
and other miscellaneous items into
it, there is no organization, just a big
dumb mess that I really don’t want to
touch with a ten foot pole.
But, I have no choice. If I
want to be able to fi nd
anything at all without
having to call in a search
team, I need to take action.
I barely make a scratch in
the pile of crap when it’s
already time to do chores.
Horses are fed and it’s too
late to work in the shop.
Dinner is served and I
climb “Mount Paperwork”
MONDAY, MAY 28
I wake early enough
to get the house picked
up before attempting
to clean the lean-to
attached to the shop. (I
didn’t have the energy or ambition
to try and attack the shop again just
yet.) We returned to the fi elds for
more disking and a corn planting
of nearby fi elds. I spent time on my
novel manuscript that I am working
on as the kids knocked out another
school work assignment. Chores and
dinner are taken care of and it’s back
to the blasted mountain in my offi ce.
I swear it keeps growing.
TUESDAY, MAY 29
Salt & mineral blocks are brought
out to bulls and cows at a rental pasture
next door. The bulls’ water tank
is checked and re-fi lled since the tire
water tank my dad built last year broke
from the cold this winter. Laundry
is taken care of and the house is
picked up. Kids are studying for their
Achievement test tomorrow. The fi eld
work is nearly fi nished; we were playing
catch up all this spring because
winter basically turned into summer
with no break in between. The day
fl ies by and is over before we know it.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 30
Work in garden never ends and eight
rows of sweet corn are planted with the
help of my in-laws, the pathways tilled,
and a handful of rows are weeded
before we checked out a new pasture
just down the road. It’s a good one and
free which is a huge bonus. It’s only
eight acres, but we can put a couple of
the horses in there for the summer.
A Costco grocery run is a must;
these kids are bottomless pits. I hit the
hardware store for parts, dog and cat
food, and head home for lunch where
I then pick up the house once more
and made up a donation basket for a
benefi t silent auction. Laundry again.
Today is our last day of school
for the year, all work has been completed
and it’s time for their online
Achievement tests. They knocked it
out of the park, scoring really high
marks. I’m so proud of them.
We brought three of our horses out
to the new pasture next door, and the
rest of our horses were hauled to pasture
ground at my parents’ place. The
swather and round baler have been
brought up to the house and worked
on. Haying will start soon. All in all,
it’s been a really great twelve days!
Thanks for reading my journal!
62 I WORKING RANCH I JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2019