Thursday, April 26, 2012

Almost time

Well it is almost time for me to step out of my paying job and back into my "real job".  Working four ten hour days allows me to be a mother and cow hassler for three days out of the week. The whole ~ Things you dream about every day.

So, I look forward to my Thursday end of the work week day.  To my time to shoe horses, hassle cows, and enjoy my kids.

Today is a very special day.  My little man turns one!  It was a struggle to get him here.  He was diagnosed with Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome in February which resulted in three blood transfusions, a week in a pediatric hospital, and more gray hair and worry lines. 

Good news is he is improving rapidly and is almost back to normal according to his lab work. 


Tuesday, April 24, 2012


A social media "friend" of mine just posted the most awesome quote~ Never give up on something you dream about everyday.

For me, it is owning livestock.  I dream about taking care of my own calves and foals as a full time job.  I will keep trying.  I currently work two full time jobs now~ one in extension and one as a mother.  One is for money, the other is for hugs, dirty faces, and smiles.

Some people do not understand the need to smell like horse sweat, cattle manure, and sagebrush. Others, only have the disney side of such a life.  I partial get both.  Taking care of animals is more addicting than heroin for me.  I would guess it is a far greater high.  Nothing besides my kids or husband give me the inner peace and satisfaction of seeing baby calves bucking across a field, even if they are not mine.

I am experiencing a whole new sensation though.  As my two year old is starting to become more involved.  She fed her first baby calf this weekend.  Then, we couldn't get her away from the leppy pen.  She has started helping us on short gathers.  She rides in front of me in the saddle, jabbering like a little magpie.  Such an inquisitive, precosious little ball of fire.  The pride wells up as she tells the cows- look for the gate, go find your calves, your baby is hollering ~ where is my mama.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Finally Some Time

Finally found some time.  Life has been catching up to me.  For several weeks my small son T.M. was extremely sick.  We spent several days in a pediatric unit and have been going back and forth to the local hospital for tests.

Then, spring work started.  So, it was bust your but to get as much done in a four day work week, at the town job, then off to work the fun job.

The fun job includes- pairing out cows and calves to a different field, doctoring sick animals, and tagging calves. 

Also, it is branding season. I have mentioned how much I adore branding season.  Good friends, good times, roping, and socializing after a long winter of being holed up.

We also teach leathercraft for the local 4-H group.  This weekend is their big show.  Wish the kids luck.