Monday, March 2, 2015

Thankful for the weekend.

What a weekend!

It might have been short - but it was good!
 
And as I sit down in my easy chair late Sunday evening, to catch a bite to eat & watch a bit of The American rodeo we DVR'ed earlier today -
 
I am thankful for so much.

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February birthdays. 

This crew was all born in February and they give us a reason to celebrate each year!

Our little annual celebration is so much fun, and something to look forward to.  We simplified our normal taco bar to picking up pizza & salad and I was so thankful for the minimal prep and no dishes afterwards.
 
A husband who left early to do chores and let me sleep in until 7:30 on Saturday.
(It was GLORIOUS!)

 
Jersey milk cows who do their job, and enjoy a little long stem grass hay after feeding their calves.
 
Baby calves with scours that responded to electrolytes.


Reliving the fun of February birthdays as I tossed the piles of pizza boxes into the dumpster.

Taking in my first bull sale of the season up in Eltopia, and a nice drive there.

Panda Express - an easy dinner after the sale that is a treat for both of us.

 
A house remodel that is making progress.

 They pulled the foundation boards, framed in the floor and packed the gravel for our cement parking slab.
 
Rollin' Rock bulls that are hammering at the bunks.
 
 
Charolais calves that are bucking & playing, and nursing & growing.

Double M calves that are getting bigger by the day.

More of those baby calves entered in the software in anticipation of branding.
 
 
 
Frosty mornings that gave way to sunshine that warmed our backs during the day.

Chicken salad for lunch at Last Chance.


Blurry pictures, crazy bangs and smiles on both of our faces.

This good life.

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And  there is so much more.
 
As I set this to autopost for early tomorrow morning & head to bed,
 
I want to wish you a happy week friends - 
 
May it be filled with so many things to be thankful for.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

February.




 



 
 


 
February is how I imagine having a baby would be like.
 
There's a lot of anticipation....
A lot of work & effort.....
A lot of late nights....
A few moments of self doubt....
 
And then you finally see the light at the end of the tunnel....
Get a few nights of sleep....
And it all didn't seem that bad.
 
In fact - you can imagine yourself doing it again next year.
 
And for me at least, that is how February is.
 
Maybe we'll get to do it all over again next year.
 
:)

Friday, February 27, 2015

February birthdays.

The best way to end the month?
 
With some of the finest friends you could ask for, who all work in an industry that is worth living for.
 
 
Thank you Karl, Jeanne, Ian, Clint & Brady for being born in February and giving us a reason to celebrate {February Birthdays} every year!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The tail end.


When we get close to the end of calving, I always think about the year that Mack & Mason were with us for a Friday a few years ago and Mack went home claiming to his parents -

Mom & Dad - Clint has cows calving out of their tails!
 
And while they weren't calving "out their tails"....although that might be a cleaner version of what actually happens.....it always makes me laugh.
 
And so as we get down to the tail end, I thought I'd post a few pictures of the baby calves.

These are out of the late calver's, so they're a bit on the small side - but they're still cute!







 
I think there's less than 10 first calf heifers to calve (and we started with close to 200) and probably 25-30 two and three year old cows to go.  For only being 30 days into the calving season, I think that's pretty good.
 
And I think everyone would agree that we are ready for a break, and a full night's sleep.
 
...That is, after the guys get done branding calves....

They started yesterday at Jack's on the early AI calves and don't show signs of letting up.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ranch rodeo.

Last weekend the Coehlo's hosted a Ranch Rodeo in conjunction with their Hermiston Horse Sale out at the sale barn.  There is an arena at the back of the sale barn that worked just great for the rodeo.  They split it down the middle with panels, and the teams would wait on one side while the team up would complete their event on the other.

 





 
Teams of four guys entered, and competed in four events -

Team roping (2 steers), team branding, team doctoring and team sorting.

 
Clint, RJ, Terry & Jesse formed a team and while they might not have placed as well as they would have hoped -

 it was great fun to watch them and the other teams compete.





  
Honestly - not a lot of teams got times in all of the events and from the crowd side of things, we just enjoyed visiting with each others.  Sure we wanted {our guys} to do well and of course we cheered everyone on, but we were also tickled and could find the humor when a Jersey calf would duck away and get saved from being roped,
or when a heifer
 
JUST.WOULDN'T.GO.BETWEEN.THE.DANG.BARREL!
 
 
It was great fun.
 
Seriously.


 
Besides roping with Morgan at Jordan Valley last year, Clint hasn't entered any of these types of events lately and I'm a bit inexperienced as to what to do or bring.   So while I was quite proud of myself for remembering to bring lawn chairs for myself & Anna, I had an epic fail when I forgot the cooler of beer. 
 
Rookie mistake.
 
You can bet I won't make that one again.  ;-)

Monday, February 23, 2015

These two.







These two...

Crack me up.
Make me laugh.
Keep me guessing.
Like attention.
 
These two....
 
Like soft serve vanilla ice cream in a dish.
They may have gotten a dish each this weekend.  ;)
Love to go with Clint in the pickup.
Love to work cows.
Love to play.
They're playing in the living room as I type this.
 
And these two are two of the sweetest dogs we could ask for.

Friday, February 20, 2015

5 on Friday.

1. Good & great.

Valentine's Day has come & went, but this post is worth reading any day of the year.

Because like Beth says:

"Life’s just not always great.
But, man, it can be good."


2. Gravel can be pretty.

Did you know that?

Because I think it can be.



Clint harrowed our driveway and all around the sale barn yesterday and it looks so nice.

Perfect little lines of gravel all around.

 It's the little things.



3. Hot tea.
 
I've fallen off of the edge into tea-land. 
 
Like - I bought a second Keurig for my office so I can have hot water any time I want, kind of fallen off of the edge. :)
 
Some of my favorites right now are:


 

 I can't find it in the grocery store here, but I buy it at our local Cash & Carry restaurant supply store.

If you want to get really wild & crazy, mix one bag of Wild Sweet Orange with a bag of Tazo Passion.  It is DELICIOUSNESS in a cup!
 

I buy this at Cash & Carry too.
 
You can only buy this tea in the loose leaf (not in a bag) - and I don't have time for that.  So when I need a {treat} I head to Starbucks and pick up a Venti.

It needs to steep for awhile, but it is amazing!
 
 
4. Rollin' Rock Bulls.
 
 
They're growing!

I'm looking forward to their sale on March 13.


And I'm so proud of this guy, who's been working so hard with Ryan & Beau to make sure these bulls are ready for that day in March.

 
5. This life.



 
It's a good one, but there are days and weeks or months where it can be hard & trying. 
 
And then there are days when it all just comes together, you get a bit of sleep and you forget the hard and just live the good.
 
 
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Happy Friday friends!
 
Keep living the dream!