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SING WITH ME!!! 

(To the tune of Ding Dong the Witch is Dead from the Wizard of Oz)

Ding Dong the Cows are Out!

Which Old Cows?

The Wicked Cows!

Ding Dong the Wicked Cows are Outtttt! 

(to Pasture – that is)

Yes, it’s true, the cattle are all where they are supposed to be so life is good and the living is easy.

Yeah, right…

That means it must be time to work in the garden…  OK,  but I’m taking a break first.  Tonight I will tat because it is over 100 degrees outside and I ain’t going out there!

I have been going a little stir-crazy lately, our internet dish has been out of alignment – again!!!  For the last month!!!  So we haven’t had internet except on my cell phone and that just isn’t the same.  Sorry for whining – I will quit now because as of tonight we are back up and running so let me show you some of what’s been going  on here.

 

We have moved most of the yearlings to a new set of pastures we’re leasing this year.  The new pastures are about 52 miles from home and they look a little brown in the photos because we’re way behind on rain this year.  But believe it or not, these pastures are quite a bit better than most of the ones in Weston County.  It has already been a tough  year and when you throw in a few  wildfires  (the biggest one burned up almost 62,000 acres) it is not pretty.  Pastures with any grass are hard to find and hay to buy is almost nonexistent.  Hay that was selling last year for $65.00 – $85.00 / ton is going for $125.00 to $285.00 per ton this year so that means cattle are going to the sale barn in record numbers.  It’s a scary time for a lot of ranchers but, if we don’t get a fire we should be OK for a while. 

Here’s sunrise at the solar water tank in one of the new pastures.

Pretty, isn’t it?  The red tinge to the sunrise was from all the smoke in the air.  We were there at O-Dark-Thirty to move yearlings from one pasture to the next.  We have to rotate them to a fresh pasture every month as the owner of the property is trying to encourage the sage grouse to raise their babies there. 

Steve and I were on the 4 wheeler bouncing through the sage brush and trying desperately not to start a fire.

 Other than that we have fought fire east of our place, worked in the garden, been to the Farmer’s Market and generally tried to stay cool.  And I have been tatting.

It is true I am a tatter & I have been on a major tatting kick lately.  Don’t know why – maybe because it’s just too damn hot to do anything else when you don’t have air conditioning!  So I’ve been tatting snowflakes, bookmarks, fall leaves, lace edging for a hankie and even a couple of doilies.  So basically my house is in tatters, my clothes are in tatters and the gardens are even a little tattered after the last batch of hail but what the heck!  Life is too short to sweat the small stuff – even in 100+ heat!  I’ll try to take some photos of all the tatting I’ve been doing for the next post. 

Until then, Stay Cool!!!

 

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