We made it home by 6:30, though we did take a long lunch break at 3 pm. That was particularly nice, since, well, first of all… lunch! and Cold Water. I had definitely overheated. But then, afternoon clouds came in and cooled down everyone, steers and people alike. That made the trail in just Much Nicer.
It even rained on us a bit, not even enough to settle the dust, but it was “refreshing”.
Came home, threw some frozen pizzas in the oven, and called it good enough.
I was whooped.
Poor Dally did even worse, Vernon had to haul her most of the way back. Black dog, long hair, hottest day, many miles, fat girl, out of shape. She appreciated every watering hole and break she could take!
I was going to post but … no.
Then I was going to post for you this morning… but Waylon and Wyatt had to see baby kitties before heading home. Then Brandon wanted help spreading out his gated pipe…
So this is extremely Late… but at least there’s a post!
Going to post quickly… It’s already 10 pm and I have to wake up at 3:30 am. We’re saddling at 4:30 and will supposedly be ready by 5 am to trailer out to the badlands pasture and gather our yearling steers.
I’m praying for a much better ride than I had a couple of weeks ago…
Steers are usually pretty easy… if you can find them all!
In this photo, a couple of Brandon’s steers are curious about Eden. She let them take another step before they entered her “bubble” and she “defended” herself.
Brandon and a neighbor joined forces to have another small branding.
I set my camera to “sepia” (because I can’t get a good sepia filter to add later) and just shot that way. I found some I like!
The guys have been working long days… well, as best they can in between rain showers… putting up hay. You know the old adage, “Make hay while the sun shines”? Sun is essential for drying fresh cut hay. If you bale hay too wet, it can start to decompose, yes, like in a compost pile, and create heat. Too much heat and haystacks can actually start themselves on fire.
That’s not a common occurrence around here, we have such dry air and sunshine (usually) that making hay is relatively a fast and easy process. Sometimes they have to even bale it with dew on it, in the early morning or late at night, to get it to the right stage to compact and not shatter all the nutrient leaves off of the alfalfa.
We have grown forage wheat as well, and Daniel called his family out to pose and show off the height. Some parts were even taller, but this is pretty tall!