Five on Friday.

1. The Government Shutdown.

I've been getting asked a lot "What have you been doing since you can't work?".   Honestly, it's been a blessing - I have been able to get a lot of things done that I would normally rush home and rush through, I've been able to take naps, work on auction stuff, help Clint a bit at the ranch, make meals, blah blah blah.  It has been the unexpected answer to the overwhelming pressure I was feeling last month to all of the projects I have up in the air.

Besides having bills to pay, and a job that pays them - I could get pretty used to this whole 'no work' thing!   Just joking (kind of), but I really am looking forward to going back to work...hopefully next week.

2. Family Photo Sessions

Speaking of next week - this is what we have in store!  We do have a few spots open, so if you haven't seen this already on Facebook, and are interested - let me know!  :)

3. Light & Darkness.

Emotionally, it's been kind of a roller coaster of a week.  Early in the week we found out that a friend and fellow rancher, Clayton Livingston passed away from a heart attack at the age of 53 at his ranch.  Such overwhelming shock, sadness and grief for the family followed - no one still can really believe it.  But there has been such an outpouring of love and prayer for his family which shows: 1.) What great people the Livingston's are and how much they are loved, and 2.) How fabulous the ranching community is and how we all pull together in times of trial.

4. AI Calves.

Double M does progeny tests for Genex and I spent Wednesday afternoon out in the field taking photos out of the oldest group of AI calves.  I had a tough time deciding which sire group was my favorite, but I told Clint that every time I walked up to a Dillon calf, I liked it.  They might not be the flashiest calves, but they're stout and thick.  This little guy was so curious, I had to take a head shot of him.  Stay tuned for a post and pictures later next week about all of the sire groups we have on the ground.

5. Willpower.

Halloween candy is in the stores in full force right now.  It is my kryptonite.  As much as I have tried to resist it, I have come home with a bag of snack size Heath bars after every grocery shopping trip this week and failure has never tasted so sweet......

.....and one extra.....

6. Prayers for South Dakota

South Dakota ranchers were hit with one of the worst blizzards of all time last week, a storm being named "Atlas" and huge losses of livestock (cattle, sheep & horses) have occurred.  You can read more about the tragedy here and here, but will you also pray for these families?  I cannot even imagine the devastation and loss of morale they are feeling, but I hope they know that they are loved & supported by the entire ranching community.

They will be able to rebuild.  I just know it.

Let's pray them through it.

Happy Friday! 

PS - Go out and get yourself a bag of won't regret it!


  1. That family picture is awesome. Good luck to you and Lindsay!

  2. Darcy,

    I hope you can get back to work and a practical Farm Bill is making headway. I have been home working on the ranch almost a year. After working in town over 7 years, I know how busy one can stay between helping outside and doing all the skirt work and odd jobs too.

    The Ranching community is second to none. We many not get out and socialize as much as we should, but when in need people pull together for their neighbors, friends and peers.

    Glad to hear fall calving is going good!


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