OOPE Day 3

Today found us on horseback again, trying to beat the bad weather that is rumored to be on its way.  Our mission was to gather the calves at the Mills Place and bring them home to our school section.  As I’ve done before on working days, I decided to make today an OOPE day – for those who care what that is… go here… for those of you who know and love OOPE… read on!  Today, unbelievably, I took 158 photos!  (Thank goodness for digital!)  Of those, the majority were like this…

WOW, huh?  I took 50 photos of grass today!  Too bad you can’t see the gorgeous day we had, the amazing scenery, the cute calves gallivanting across the fields.
Too bad you missed the flock of Canada geese, the mallards lifting off of the creek, the dogs hard at work.   Luckily, I realized the problem eventually… I had my zoom on, not my wide angle… so, just in case you thought I cheated on these OOPE photos, I have 50 photos of grass in my trash I could share with you!  I did actually kinda like this one, though.
You see, I have a thing for fence posts and weathered fences.  Soon after the problem was corrected and I snapped this one.  Antiquing was added after the fact!
Lucas decided to take a break… another reason why it is appropriate to call them English Shadows… the snowbank was too far away, my shadow was cooler than the sunlight!
We stopped and visited with the neighbors.  Notice their dog… it is Lucas’ daughter named “Kay”.
We trailed a bit more…
And finally we were on our way down the highway to our place.
Johnny and Bob pass us on the way home.  Four miles later here we are, getting closer to my house but still another mile to go to the school section.
My camera battery soon died after this… and the sun went behind a cloud and the temperature dropped 20 degrees, I swear!  Next OOPE day, I promise I’ll double check the wide angle feature more often!  Come back tomorrow for my OOPE Fave!

An Audience

Well, we had to let the kids go back to their respective “homes” today.  Three went back to Laramie (cousin Caleb included) and one to Kaycee.  We cleaned up some garbage at the Mills place, doctored the sick calf, loaded up Caleb’s snowmachine into his pickup, ate some pitiful lunch and then they left.  It was up to Vernon and I to finish the wiring and set a 12′ piece of sheetrock.  Now that was the reason for getting a full piece of sheetrock – we were gonna have help!  Ooops.  The two of us got ‘er done though… maneuvering over water pipes coming out of the floor and everything!!  The top piece will be a different story!  We’re going around the bottom first and maybe we can round up some help to place those top sheets… or maybe it’ll take us 2 weeks and the boys will be back!  But at one point someone yelled, “Hey, Mom, come take a picture!”  It seemed that my dutiful English Shadows had arranged themselves quite artistically outside in the yard.

Then someone walked past a window… and they did this…
I couldn’t have posed them like this if I’d tried!  But aren’t they an attentive audience??

Different Directions

These days, now that the kids are really adults, when they are home, we all can go different directions and accomplish a great deal.  Early early this morning, Daniel and Victoria accompanied their grandfather to a bull sale in Billings, Montana.  That entails a four hour drive…a walkthrough of the bulls (which, of course, we’ve already read and reread about in the catalog and made a wish list)… lunch… the sale… and a four hour drive home.  I was supposed to go to town and get more electrical supplies, etc. that we were lacking yesterday.  Instead our furnace decided to be temperamental and Vernon decided he would go, get the parts, and try to track down a furnace repairman on a Saturday!  That meant after we fed some cows this morning, I was free to wash dishes and wash clothes.  We were all so filthy after all that plaster dust yesterday, our clothes needed washing desperately as well.  Brandon showed up and did some chores around the house before returning to the Mills place to wake up his cousin.  We all harassed Caleb for sleeping until 10:30!  After lunch and Vernon’s return, we returned to the Mills place for more reconstruction.  It doesn’t look like much, but we did get most of the electrical done, and redone for those outlets that were measured wrong!  I began a signature wall… autographing for posterity the inside wall… adding today’s newspaper… and maybe a few other things… for someone to find eventually.  I did that many times with my Dad… and I always found it a fun idea.  Somewhere in there, the guys doctored a sick calf… Brandon’s girlfriend showed up… I managed to keep Elsa and Lucas from beating up on Jazz… I cooked again… and folded clothes…

The bar takes shape… and I’m not quite as tired as yesterday.  Being pulled different directions is no fun… sending everyone different directions to accomplish more is great!

So Tired

I am SO TIRED… we worked all day up at the Mills place tearing out walls, doing electrical, figuring out stuff on the fly.  Do I want the outlets here or here?  Do you want the stove to be here?  How tall is the bar going to be?  How tall is the back of the stove we haven’t bought yet.  Oh, don’t forget to count in the new flooring, whichever it is and the underlayment and…  and… and… sigh.  I went up there at 8:30 this morning, we broke for a lunch of turkey leftovers, and got back home for supper at 9 tonight.  We’re all coated in plaster dust and sawdust.  I heated up leftover chili and made grilled cheese sandwiches!  That’s all I’m good for!

The main door to the kitchen becomes wider… that’s cousin Caleb helping out.
The header comes out… I want you to know that this is HEAVY stuff… plaster on top of sheetrock… it is like cement!
The four carpenters widen the doorway to the dining room as well…
Victoria stops by to supervise the creation of the bar.
 Caleb and Victoria discuss important events… or something.  The bar is open!  Ha.  Whew.  I am so tired… have I said that???

 

To You…

To You…

Wherever you go this holiday, whether it be on frosty mornings, or warm afternoons…
Whether you travel far or just down the road…
Whether you meet with friends or hug your relatives…
Know that you are Rich in many things…
Know that Love will carry you through…
That friends and family are blessings…
That the value comes from sharing these times.
To all of my friends,
I Thank You from the bottom of my heart…
For your Caring,
For your Words,
For your Actions,
For your Thoughts.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Carol