Thursday, November 20, 2014


It's my birthday.
32 years.  32 great years.
I am blessed, and have so much to be thankful for. 
A hard working, handsome husband.
Wonderful family & friends.
A lifestyle that I love living.
A job that challenges and rewards me.
There's not much that I want for, and I don't take that for granted.
Although I could always go for another case of Diet Pepsi.  ;)
And maybe one less chin in my selfies.  Lol.
I hope the next 32 years are as great as the first 32 have been.
Because they've been pretty great.
Success is reason enough.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

When the FFA Alumni comes to town....

The National FFA Alumni hosted a Regional Development Conference here in Hermiston last Saturday.  The group spent the day at Armand Larive Middle School here in town.
I helped with registration in the morning, and then went back to the ranch to help with doctoring calves and doing other stuff that just takes more time to do in the cold.

I heard the conference was really good - and I am glad!
But what I thought was super fun, was the dinner we hosted the night before at the Walchli's.  John & Marjorie graciously opened up their entertaining space to us on Friday evening and it was a great spot for a fun dinner!

Spoo BBQ'ed tri-tip and his famous potatoes, and I did a trio of salads. 
Tomatoes w/ feta & cilantro and a cilantro dressing, pesto orzo w/ kalamata olives & tomatoes and Caesar salad.

I think if John had been there, he'd tell everyone that the polar bear is his pride & joy of all of his hunting trophies.  Lacey & Maddee thought they'd join in on the posing fun. :)

Thanks to all of the FFA Alumni members who came out for dinner.
It was a pleasure to host you!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AI'ing for Thomas Angus - Round III.

We helped the crew at Thomas Angus breed another set of cows this weekend, on a circle out at Boardman.  

I thought I'd show you how the set up looks for a Genex Chuteside Service project.  We've been using our portable AI barn and a palpation gate, and those have butted up to Thomas's WW Livestock portable corral.  (If a ranch doesn't have a corral, we'll bring out Daniels double alleyway, but that wasn't needed since Thomas's have their WW corral.)

Depending on the day, Chris has also set up additional panels to help sort in or create a wing to gather cattle into the corral.  Since we've bred at a different circle each time, the portable equipment has really made it convenient to AI these cows. 

The palpation gate has been a really nice addition to our normal set up, and we're trying to figure out how to take it with us everywhere we go. It's given Clint a way to "get out" of the barn and help push cattle into it, without having to go by me in the office area of the barn.  Basically, it helps free up an area that is typically very congested - especially on projects where we'll have two different guys breeding and me thawing in the office.

Speaking of the office....welcome to mine.  ;)

It has everything I need - Diet Pepsi, a heater....oh, and AI supplies. 


The heater is new actually - Clint thought it'd be nice since the weather was predicted to be so cold and we were at Home Depot Saturday night so we picked one up.  It kept the office area so toasty warm that when it was in the low teen's outside, I was thawing semen in short sleeves & a vest.   And because Clint can't wear a coat when he AI's (he can't wear any layers on his arm that he gloves up on, so most of the time he breeds in a long sleeve shirt with one sleeve rolled up, and a pair of bib overalls) the heater was nice for Clint too.  Our barn held the heat well, so much so that I had to turn it down to low about halfway through the morning group.

The guys brought the cows, Marty called out the matings, and Clint & I kept rolling along in the barn.

We like to see cows means they're in heat.  We'd just like them to keep the riding out of the alleyway, lol.   But David got them settled down and coming our way to the barn. 

The rest of the breeding went really well. 

Chris, David and Tyler brought the cattle and no one seemed to be waiting on one another which meant we all kept a good pace.  And thankfully Marty was there to help us mate & record numbers, and her help allowed us to move right along.

I'm not sure what the plan is for future re-breeds, but hopefully a majority of the cows took to the first AI and the Thomas's will see good conception rates.

This picture totally cracked me up - doesn't Tyler's horse look like a camel with his blanket on over his saddle?

No group picture this year, but it was another successful Genex Chuteside Service project.

And success, well it is reason enough.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Baby, it's cold outside.

On a ranch, when it's cold outside - the work still remains.

Actually, cold weather usually means more work.

Everyone on the ranch wakes up early to make sure cattle have access to thawed water troughs, enough feed to keep them going, and as much protection from the elements as we can provide.

With the cold temperatures and snow we received this past week, the guys have worked extra hard to make sure that all of the cows were taken care of, and had what they need to get through the weather.

As the cold weather continues, and if you're lucky enough to be snuggled up in your house all warm & toasty - remember that there's a rancher out there working to provide the best care they can for their cows when the weather turns cold so the cows in turn can provide us a safe & healthy food supply.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Happiness is....

Tall boots & leggings on a cold wintry day.
A jacket that fits just right, and has a hood that keeps the blowing snow out.

Leaving the office knowing everyone had gotten home safely.
My Ipsy bag & Birchbox delivered on the same day.
So much {Fun Mail} for only $10.
A night of fun, walking tacos, visiting & prizes at the Echo School Carnival - love this little community we live in!
Roads that were plowed - thank you ODOT and Umatilla County Road crews!
A hot breakfast for the guys, and no dishes to do afterwards.
A morning spent prepping meals & salads.
Lunch at the house with my handsome husband.
Time to take pictures of snow, and cattle and the goodness that surrounds us.
A calf doctored, a shower taken, and a pickup packed to go serve dinner to a group of FFA alumni members.
Happiness is all around us.
And it's good to recognize it.
Happy Friday friends - keep living the dream!