Saturday, November 22, 2014
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
I have been asked by a few people to return to blogging. I would love to. However, after days like today, I can't find the time or sanity.
While doing chores this morning, I saw a big coyote trot across the wheat by our house. I "ran" to the house for a gun. Back door locked. It's never locked. Carefully pick my way around the house on the ice. Cartoon flounder twice so as not to fall. Get to gun safe. No key. Give up on killing coyote. Realize I haven't seen Banjo, the dog.
Search for dog. Find him in tree row. He is bleeding and obviously a aick dog. Can't get him loaded. Yes, I said it was a sick dog. I can load horses. I can load cattle. I could not load the dog. In my defense, he is a Great Pyrenees. He just flopped down and refused to move. I would get his front end up only to have the back end drop. Back end up and front end down. You get the picture. Thankfully, the area vet clinic had a vet coming our way. He could come by after preg checking some cows. I was happy to wait for him. The vet got Banjo feeling a bit better. I headed to town for work. I have amazing employees who are happy to cover for me when I call with this kind of problem.
Chaney and I are loaded and halfway to town when I hear "meow" from the back of the vehicle. Alice, the cat, had snuck in. Ugh. No time to run her home. She hung out in the store with us right up to the point she tried to nap on Chaney and left a nasty mess in the store. I let her out. She didn't come back. This is, of course, the favorite creepy country kid cat.
Chaney screamed the whole way home. Got home. Went to bathroom. Toilet paper was wet. Wet toilet paper?!? Really?!?!?
If you need me, I will be in a closet with a bottle of wine.
Monday, September 29, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
This little girl has value. In many countries, girls are not seen as blessings. She gets to run around our yard without shoes and be herself (within reason). The country we live in didn't make us stop having kids after our second child. We weren't forced to get rid of her. She can grow up and be president if that's what she and the country (God help us all) desire.
Friday, September 5, 2014
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Our Thursday evenings have been spent rodeoing. Austin and I have been looking forward to the day our kids could enter rodeos and this was the summer. The kids loved it and so did the parents.
The girls were in both stick horse events and real horse events.
Degnan got a new horse at the end of the summer. He and Dice got along very nicely. They placed in barrels and made a really nice run the last night. We are still waiting on the results from their pole run.
He also started tying goats this year. He has practiced and worked hard to get the steps down.
It's a big job for a seven year old.
We had lots of support and cheering from family.
A "good job" hug from Buddy.
Cousins and rodeo go together like country girls and dirt.
Joslynn even joined in the fun and made a very excited flag run.
Everyone loves the run "home".
He finally agreed to trot on the way home. She loves Casino and he must love her. It's the only way to explain the transformation from competitive steer eater to carousel horse.
Oh, Makenna. I can't decide if she is as brave as they come or if she is severely lacking in sense. This girl likes to go and the faster the better. We had to make a rule for her. "You can go as fast as you want as long as you are in control and both feet are still in the stirrups." She made that work for her but I have to admit, I did have to yell/scream at her the last night to pull up. It was way too fast for this mom. Yes, I am embarrassed of the scream. No, I will not live it down.
We are done with this year's rodeo season. We are excited to go next year and see where we can improve. As a parent, watching your kids and your horses together is one of the most nerve wracking things you can do. It's also one of the best.