Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The fall cows.

So that I remember...

This year's fall cows

The babies are growing,
the cows are gaining condition,
and the hay keeps coming.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Not always romantic.

Life on a ranch can seem pretty romantic.

A tall, dark, handsome man on a horse driving the herd to the next pasture.

Soft moo's from cattle grazing lush green grass.


But the truth is, while we live a great lifestyle, most days aren't exactly romantic.

There are days you spend hours in a barn trying to nurse a sick calf back to health - only to lose it.

When the rain or snow pelts your face & soaks your clothes as you try to feed cows in a 30 mph wind.

When angry mother cows won't follow a calf, stay in a pen or go through the chute.

Or when you don't get into the house to eat dinner until 9 pm and have to go right back out to do a night check.

And if I'm being really honest, most of our days are filled with muck, manure and mud.

God bless our washing machines.


So why do we keep doing it?

(And I use the term 'we' very loosely here...)

Are we all crazy?


But I guess it's because we love the lifestyle and we're surrounded by great people.

Also -  people need to eat.

This week I read that to feed the world, in the next 50 years farmers and ranchers will have to produce as much food as was produced in total over the last 10,000 years.

That kind of blew my socks off.


If I know myself at all - I'll need a reminder as to why we stay in this game here in a few weeks.

Calving is about to start, and that means long days and not a lot of sleep.

And while I'm being honest, I can get grumpy when I don't get enough sleep. 


So while it may not be romantic, and it's not always the 'fun' thing to do;

I think we'll keep on doing it.

And my hunch is that we're probably not the only ones 'crazy' enough to keep doing what we do.   

So bring on the mud, the muck and the romance.

And the new baby calves.

As the saying goes, we can sleep when we're dead.

Remind me of that in a month or so, will you?

Friday, January 4, 2013

5 on Friday.

1. Double M had it's first Spring 2013 calf yesterday.

It's a little small & 10 days early, but it's alive & healthy...so we'll take it!

The heifers were pretty curious as to who this new 'friend' was!

I told Clint last night at dinner that I wanted to name it Resolution.  
I just got a look back.  ;)

2. Chance is still growing. 

Clint thinks he is filling out too - which is good. 
I feel like it looks like we starve him, but I bet he eats 3 bowls of dogfood a day!

3. I cannot kick this cold I've had. 
Hopefully this weekend....

4. The horses are ready for winter. 
Also, Pistol - our little stud colt out of Peg - is also growing like a weed, and his mane is totally crazy.  I think it fits his personality. 

5.  I'm thankful it's Friday. 
Even though I haven't really worked much this week with the holiday and some leave I took.  Clint's headed off to Sunriver for a weekend with the guys, and a little snowmobiling.  I'm staying home, helping with chores, relaxing and taking down the Christmas decorations.

Which I think are ready to be taken down...as I typed the paragraph above, an ornament totally fell off of the tree and landed on the floor with a thud.  I think it's a sign.

Happy Friday friends!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Keep calm and feed on.

No matter how hectic a day might be at the ranch;

Even if it's a holiday, or just a regular day;

The cows still have to be fed.


Luckily, Double M has a great feeding crew.

Guys who show up every day, early in the morning, and without complaint.

Trucks get loaded, strings get cut, and hay gets flaked.

Load after load, hay gets delivered to cows that are eagerly waiting for their meal.

Another day, another month and another season of feeding is upon us.

And while some may find it monotonous, I think there's beauty in routine, goodness found in a great crew, and pride taken in a job well done.

Keep calm, and feed on.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Words for 2013.

As we enter the New Year; I'm reposting the following resolution from our friends Bryan & Lou Ann -


We rather think that God is pleased when we have lived well, laughed often and loved much.

When we have gained the respect of intelligent men & women, and the love of children.

When we never lack appreciation for the Earth's beauty or fail to express it.

When we follow our dreams and pursue excellence in each task.

When we bring out the best in others and give only the best of ourselves.

Let's resolve now to seek His help to make 2013 our most wonderful year yet!


All the best in 2013!
With love,
Clint & Darcy