I Kid You Not

I don’t miss many posts… but, holy cow, I’ve lost track of days with this stomach bug. It was nasty!  Beyond nasty.  Way beyond nasty.

I woke up with it Sunday morning, the day we were going to brand after we had been delayed due to rain.  Luckily, the food was made, and Tess came and got it and hauled everything down to the site.

My sister came and got my camera, after I had disinfected it!  She promised to take pics for me as she is often on babysitting patrol and not too active in the branding process.  She has a camera kind of like mine… so I didn’t give her instructions.  You know, push the button…

Well, she did take lots of “pics”.  Unfortunately they were all videos!  She pushed the movie button, not the photo button.  There’s a good start and then she would put the camera in her lap or on a fence post… and there’s a nice movie of a weld on the horse trailer!  Bless your heart for trying, sis, but I guess cameras are just too old fashioned.

I did get to hear the sounds and see some of the branding, though… even though I was super sick!  I was hoping for a 12 hour bug.  Nope.  24 hours, then.  Nope.  Today’s Tuesday and I’m not going to go to work tomorrow.  I thought I felt good enough today to go outside and look at my garden.  Not rototill, just look… and I sat out there and soaked up the sunshine and was exhausted.

My grass is boot high in some spots.

I feel I should bleach my house from top to bottom so Vernon doesn’t catch this, but I walk and put a cup in the sink and I go sit down again.

I’ve got a sinus thing going on too… holey moley, I kid you not… I’m a pretty pitiful example of humankind lately.  Between my tooth and now this… I deserve some ice cream.  And I don’t have any.  Which is very sad.

On the upside, I enjoyed the new Lost in Space show on Netflix… and one called The Rain was okay, and the secrets of castles in England was interesting… and Before We Go was a nice little story… Yup.  Me and Netflix, we’re buds.

Tess sent me this pic of Jaxon… look at him gritting his teeth holding onto that calf!  Three generations right there, folks… and that’s why I love this life… even if I did have to miss it in person!


I received a Fitbit and two gorgeous flower bouquets for Mother’s Day.

And a very, very nasty stomach bug.  I’m not sure who gave me that, but I’d tan their little hide if I could!  It also means I’m gonna miss branding.

Not what I would have chosen … if I had a choice!

I hope your Mother’s Day is better!

Rain, Rain… So Far

Once again, there were those Best Laid Plans…

Today was supposed to be spent gathering a pasture, moving the cows and calves to another one in preparation for branding on Saturday.  We’ve been watching the weather reports constantly increasing the chance of rain and then, sure enough, they posted a Winter Storm Warning.

You can’t brand wet calves.  Or snow covered ones.

While the rain didn’t start as early as predicted, right now it is raining along.  Poor Victoria had even taken a day off work to come help… so she and Daniel went ahead and kicked some cows out off the drift fence.  I helped Brandon a bit before I figured Victoria and Daniel would be in the right spot for some good photos.  They obliged.

#TBT: Kinda Sorta

To switch it up a bit from those classic black and whites of long ago ranching…

This #tbt is actually from May 2018’s English Shepherd calendar.  So current, but not… You might just recognize Miss Dally and Daniel.  The photo is two years old.

Hope you’re keeping everyone from having fun in heaven, Dally!  You tried so hard here on earth! You were one of the best Fun Police I’ve ever known.  Whatever makes YOU happy… rest happy, old girl!

Last chance for questions for the next Q and A… I don’t have that many… c’mon, folks!

I hope this #tbt works… kinda sorta!