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Working Ranch - November/December 2017

Craig and Chad, horseback, pushing cows into the pen. to the neighbor’s to help him load his trucks while I must clean up and get to a PTA meeting at JT’s school. But I do manage to get all the cows checked before I leave. TUESDAY, MARCH 7 Started raining about 3 a.m., not a big rain, but enough to make the pastures slick. After I took JT to school, I went north of town to check cows and managed to slide my truck off the pool dam and in the edge of the pool. Spooked me a little, but Craig was nice about it when I called him to come pull me out even though it was my new truck. It took him a couple of tries but he fi nally got me out. I fi nish checking the cows and start feeding. When I got to Trenton to feed the fall calvers, there was a 300 lb. heifer with her head stuck between the barn and a tree. I had to work at it for a while but I fi nally got her out. Craig and Chad working on the plow today. We need to quit and get cleaned up mid-afternoon to go to a funeral for one of Craig’s cousins. Just as we’re grabbing a quick bite, we get a phone call that we have two yearlings out on a busy highway in Trenton. I jump in the feed truck and head that way to make sure they aren’t in the middle of the road. Craig and Chad pay out and then meet me up there. We’re able to get them back in fairly easily and without incident or anyone getting hurt. We get the fence fi xed and Craig and I head home to shower and change for the funeral. Headed home, my mom had brought JT home from school and he’s got a project due tomorrow that he’s been procrastinating on, so I set in and try to help him get organized so he can knock it out. We work on it until 10 p.m. but fi nally get fi nished. Craig checked the heifers for me. I cooked breakfast food for supper and we all crashed. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8 Up early and on the road. Chad is going to work on welding on a new set of pens we’re building north of town. Marty is going to be plowing. We’re headed to Oklahoma to look at some young bulls. Today is the day our calves are selling at OKC West so we decide to go by the sale barn and watch them sell. We decided to go in the café and have a steak while we’re waiting on our neighbor’s calves to sell. We get on the road by about 7 p.m. so we can be home by the time JT gets home from church. Long day, lots of miles, but it was a good day. And the windshield time always gives Craig and I a chance to brainstorm and discuss new ideas, future plans, and count our blessings. We are truly blessed. THURSDAY, MARCH 9 I took JT to school this morning then helped Craig get moved around. He’s putting out fertilizer for a neighbor. After I get him situated, take him fuel and lunch, I decide to sneak away to meet my friend Traci for lunch. I walked in the café and sat down - just as I was about to order my drink, Craig called and he’d blown a hydraulic line on the sprayer. I told Traci I was so very sorry and I had to leave right away. She said she didn’t have anything planned for the afternoon so she decided to just go with me. We went and got Craig and took him to get a new line made then got him going. Traci and I spent the rest of the day checking the cows and feeding the calves. It was nice to have the company. Well this was just a brief glimpse into the daily activities around here. No two days are ever the same and we usually start on Plan A and end up with Plan M or N before lunchtime. But it’s a great life and we are truly blessed beyond measure. NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2017 I WORKING RANCH I 73


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