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the pick up battery up to the dead battery, let it charge for a minute, then gave her a crank. VAROOOOMMM!! Got home and done with chores around 9 p.m. Kurt thought he was going to work with hay tonight, but his dad called and said it was still too green. So he got to stay home to do some studying. We had leftovers, took a shower and hit the hay. SUNDAY, JULY 12 Got to sleep in this morning and oh, golly, it was already hot outside! I went out at 8 a.m. to let horses out and they were sweaty just standing there waiting for me. Off to irrigate another field. Pulled up to set gates and noticed it was quiet. Too quiet. The motor was shut off. Great. Couldn’t get it to start. So left it and went to the other field, the same motor we struggled with last evening. This one was running though thank goodness. Grabbed my golf club and headed one way shutting gates and while Kurt went the other way to 1/6 VERT. 68 | WORKING RANCH | MARCH 2016 Kurt on the chute. open gates. 9:30 a.m. Came inside, dried off from all the sweat, and got ready to head to church. Took two dozen eggs with me to sell, while Kurt loaded the 4 wheeler and took the pick up. He was going to go to North Platte to check cattle after church, while I was going to run some errands afterwards and come home. 12:45 p.m. The church served pizza after service today. Then Kurt and I split ways. He headed west, while I headed to Walmart to grab some groceries. I had to make the drive home quick since I bought milk and ice cream and it was one of the hottest days of summer so far. With my busy morning I had forgotten to bring the cooler along to put my cold stuff in for the drive home. 4:30 p.m. Kurt got home covered in sweat. The air conditioning in his truck wasn’t working. It looked like he had run through a sprinkler! I put a box fan in with the chicks today. 7 p.m. Got a call from David, he said the hay is dry and Kurt needs to help bale tonight. If the moisture stays right, it’ll make the perfect night for haying. MONDAY, JULY 13 It was darn hot this morning, too. Got up around 7 a.m. Kurt had an EMT call out, so he went to that. Meanwhile, I caught Coozie and Jake and got them saddled. Pastor, his daughter, and grandson, came out to ride a horse. They also got to see the chickens and gather eggs, as well as play catch with Ace, our dog. They also got to go check cows with Kurt. After they left, Kurt went to help Kristen bale some hay, and I got the fun job of talking with an internet technician and troubleshooting our internet problems. We also found out this morning that we had a water line break. So I had to call to get the phone line located so that we can do some digging later to find the problem. So basically, I stayed home all day in the air conditioning waiting on appointments and technicians and making phone calls, while Kurt had to brave the heat ridging beans and baling hay into the night. TUESDAY, JULY 14 8 a.m. Kurt and I helped a neighbor with some bulls today. 10 a.m. David and Kurt went to check some cattle down on the valley. That meant I finally had an afternoon to myself. I took a good long nap while the men were gone. Did dishes, laundry, swept, played with the dog, and made strawberry rhubarb crisp. Yummy. 7:30 p.m. We went and checked irrigation motors. One motor was definitely not fine. It had a serious problem and was totally over heating. Kurt quickly turned it off. But seems like we might have been a little too late to save the motor. It was beyond hot. Oh dear. 8:30 p.m. Went out to check cattle behind the house. Filled salt tubs and checked water. 9:45 p.m. Ran outta light to see the cattle and had to come home. Tomorrow we have another big day.


Working Ranch - March 2016
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