Thursday, December 18, 2014

a foggy day

Its been damp and foggy here. The weather is not typical December weather for the channeled scablands. Its been in the low 40's! Frosty mornings here and there. With it being so damp, it makes it seem colder!
Feeding cows in the morning, hauling hay the rest of the day. I like feeding the cows. Cameron and I take turns feeding or driving. I prefer to walk along side the feed truck pulling off the hay. The cows give me my space and then I get to pet them! HA! When half the hay is off, I hop on the back and toss the rest off. If you wondered, there is a science to feeding. Two cow lengths between each flake. That way they don't step all over the hay and poop and pee on the flakes. Making sure everyone gets their fair share, that creates less pushing and shoving. And that makes this cowgirl happy when her cows are happy. :)

These were taken as I was standing in the backyard. The view is awesome.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

The hay wagon

The weather here has been almost spring like. Except the frost in the mornings. It sure doesn't feel like the middle of December. Mild temps and blue skies. Trust me I'm not complaining at all!
We've been feeding cows every morning. It doesn't take them long to know when the food truck shows up! They're usually waiting for us.


Surrounded by cows!
The morning sunrise.
 I love how the sun reflects on the trees.
 My owl buddy is still hanging around.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Vegas was a blast! It was in the upper 60's, sunny and warm! Now I know why people fly south for the winter! Went to Cowboy Christmas, WOW! Talk about a lot of stuff! Very cool stuff. Went to the NFR. Had great seats and enjoyed the show. Also went and saw Rodney Carrington! Oh my! I laughed so hard my sides hurt...But that could have been from the massage I had the night before. :) Did a bunch of shopping too! And the people watching was awesome! HA! I got to be part of a street magicians act! LOL! That was fun!  I took pictures but not enough. LOL! Most are from the airport, on the plane and from the hotel window! Here's a few. I'll leave it at that. Like they say, What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas! :)

Airport in Salt Lake City Utah. What a gorgeous place!

Vegas and the view from the bar in the lobby. Palm Trees?

Ran into this guy at the mall. I did sit and talk with him.

NFR and Rodney Carrington.

View from the hotel room.

Cheri in the clouds. HA! I didn't realize my image was in the window until I looked at the picture!

Above the clouds on our way home. I LOVE flying. Its so beautiful!

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Oh Chute

Tuesday and Thursday we pregged and worked all the cows in the new hydraulic chute. Oh what a nice luxury! The cows went in so nice, didn't buck around in there and went out so quiet! The humming noise of the motor was very quiet. In fact I tuned it out and never really heard it. The horses in the barn were a little freaked out at first, but got over it really quick. We next work the coming 2 year old heifers and the bulls. Then calving February 1!! :)

Spook and Two driving the feed truck! lol! Pardon the dirty windshield.

Leo just waiting for a get away. Tuesday was COLD but sunny. Thursday was warmer, but freezing rain!

The chute as we were installing it. So shiny and new!

In the chute.

Getting preg checked. Yep, just like that! The new shininess has worn off quick!

My little cattle pusher. Spook nips the nose if the try to jump up. Over and under!

Cows and now weaned heifers.

And now a  nice little vacay! Vegas here we come! :) My sisters birthday and the NFR! WHoooHOOO!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Great horned Owl

This guy was camped in a Ponderosa Pine in the back yard. As you can tell by his tufts, the wind was howling! He paid no attention to me or the dogs. Just eyes closed hunkered down in the tree. They are so awesome looking. He can stick around as long as he doesn't take too many of my quail! :)

The one eye glance..hahaha

Its cold and windy out here!

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Quail in the snow

When the weather gets cold the quail show up in the yard. We had a good hatch of quail, wild turkey and pheasants this year. I feed the quail in the yard. They are such fragile little things. And so fun to watch!



                                         Hunkered down under a table.

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Friday, November 21, 2014


Some reflections from around the Ranch. Check out more reflections from all over here.

Reflection on one of the lakes here.

Rainbow reflection in the window.

Reflection of Two in the rearview mirror. Yes, her name is Two!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sky Watch

Some sky pictures from the channeled scabland. Enjoy. Click here for more sky pictures.

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Frosty Fences

The other day we had frost and was quite pretty. Click here to see some other fences.

Bandit and Spook checking out the frozen fence.

Fence and a gate down at the corrals.

Don't forget to head over to check out some other fences and gates.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Christmas in the Country 2014

Cmas in the Cntry

We’re glad you have decided to join up with us and participate in the gift exchange. If this is your second time, welcome back. If it’s your first time, get ready to have a great time!
As a refresher, here’s the important dates that you need to know:
  • November 30th – Signups end.
  • December 1st – You will receive the name of the person you will be sending a gift to from one of the hosts in an email. If you haven’t heard from anyone by December 3rd please let us know.
  • December 17th – Send your gift by this date!! You are welcome to send your gift earlier if you like, but please, please try to get it sent by the 17th at the latest so everyone gets a gift before Christmas. After you receive a gift share about it on your blog or social media pages.
  • January 7th – Come back to the host blogs and link up your posts about your gifts!
Before you sign up, please read through these simple rules:
  • After you sign up, please take a minute to share about the swap on your blog or Facebook page, feel free to link back to one of the signup blog posts. The more the merrier so encourage your friends to join!
  • If you decide to participate, we ask that you please write a blog post (or if you don’t have a blog then on Facebook or other social media) about the gift you received no later than January 7th. Then, on January 7th you need to come back to the host blogs and link up to the party. Linking up is easy and we can help you if needed! We want everyone to be able to see what everyone else got so it’s important that everyone shares!
  • If you join, YOU MUST SEND A GIFT! We really don’t want anyone to be left out. If something comes up and you cannot continue to participate after you have signed up, please let one or more of the hosts know ASAP so we can work something out.
  • You must get a tracking number for your gift that you send, and you must send that tracking number to the host who emailed you your gift exchange name. Please send these to us as soon as you get them. I’ve found one of the best ways to send packages like this is to use the Priority Mail Flat Boxes from USPS. You can pick up the boxes for free from your local post office, and they ship out for one flat rate regardless of weight. You can either print off a label at home and leave for your mail person or take the filled box back to the post office and ship it off there. Either way, be sure to get a tracking number for your package.
  • Please use the linkup below to add your blog or Facebook page. This way, all who are participating can look at the linkup and see everyone else who has joined! (quick instructions on how to join the linkup)
  • For the sake of fairness, we’ve decided that bloggers will be pair with other bloggers and non-bloggers will be paired with other non-bloggers. That way those that blog will get a chance for their gifts to be featured on someone else’s blog. Those that don’t have blogs are more than welcome to join and still share their gifts on other social media.
  • Please tag all posts (whether on Facebook/blogs/Instagram) about the gift exchange with #christmasinthecountry2014. This will hopefully make it easier for us to find everyone’s posts.
  • After you sign up, please grab the button below and add it to your blog if you have one. Feel free to use the large image above as well when you share or for your blog posts (you should be able to right click on the image and download).So now on to the fun part, THE GIFT! Here’s some guidelines:
    • We encourage you to spend some time thinking about what your person might like, and send a unique and creative gift. Use their likes and dislikes that they listed (your host should email the list to you). Also check out their blogs or social media sites (without letting them know who you are) to get a feel for what they might like.
    • We’ve found it’s nice to focus on locally and homemade items. If you can support other farmers, farm wives, and country folks that’s great. If you’re crafty think about making something special to send to your person, or include some of your famous Christmas cookies in their package. If you’re not the crafty type see if maybe you can support some local artisans with your package.
    • Because we like to encourage local and homemade gifts, we don’t set a spending limit. However, if you’re one of those people who really need a number we’ve found that somewhere around $15 to $25 spent on a gift is a nice range, but you can’t put a price on homemade goods. Many people like to include a few different smaller items in their box, but some also just send one larger item, it’s up to you. If you still need more ideas check out the link up party from the 2013 Christmas in the Country to see what everyone from last year sent and received.
    • Remember, this gift exchange is a secret! That means that you only know who you will be sending a gift to – but you don’t know who your gift will be coming from. Please be careful NOT to let your person know that you are sending them a gift. However, when you do send your gift, please include a note revealing yourself so they know who their goodies came from. You can let them know a little about yourself and why you choose the items that you did. The person that you send a gift to is not the same person who sends a gift to you, so you will have the chance to make two new friends.
    • And remember to please get that tracking number on your gift! Makes it easier to make sure everyone got their gift.
Click Here to Sign up for the Christmas in the.

As a reminder, here are all of the hosts for the Christmas in the Country 2014 gift exchange, you can find our contact info on our blogs if you have any questions or need help. Thank You for your support and participation of this gift exchange. We hope you enjoy this project as much as we do!