Fourth Cutting and Fall Happenings

Hay farming never ends. Or so it seems. We're on our fourth/third/second/first cutting depending on which field it is we're swathing. And yes, we are doing the swathing. I'm now allowed to drive the swather and actually have to drive it a lot lately. October 1st is here and we have hay to cut, rake, … Continue reading Fourth Cutting and Fall Happenings

Driving Heavy Machinery while Inexperienced.

Have you ever had an experience so exciting or so terrifying that you were left shaking and queasy afterwards? I've had two such experiences in my life. 1. Walking from the ambulance through the hospital after a plane ride with my newborn Henley and the shocking news she had a problem with her heart. Crying … Continue reading Driving Heavy Machinery while Inexperienced.

Sorghum in September

We are working on harvesting our final crop of this year, sorghum. It's a touch and go situation this time of year, we need to cut it, dry it, rake, and bale it but the days aren't so warm anymore and the possibility of rain is always lurking around the corner. In fact, it's been … Continue reading Sorghum in September

Daddy’s Surprise

We are so lucky to have a thoughtful daddy. Last Saturday he brought home the ultimate surprise for the girls. We were outside enjoying Bo, the grass, and the weeds. On a whim, I encouraged the girls to get their dump trucks from the shed to shell corn. Henley likes collecting the "gold" Becca preferred … Continue reading Daddy’s Surprise

Life of a Ranch Wife

Written several months ago, never posted due to my conflicting feelings about the difficult yet wonderful role my life has taken. Hope you enjoy! It's funny how some things seem to come in spells.  Bad things happen in threes etc.  I don't know the exact number of conversations but I know that in the last … Continue reading Life of a Ranch Wife

Realistic Family Pictures

Miss Henley, our budding photographer, insisted on taking pictures the other night. She didn't listen to my protests that my hair was a mess and I was in sweats, or Ty's protests that he hadn't shaved and was ready for bed, she took the picture anyway. I'm glad she did. Our bedtime routine has been … Continue reading Realistic Family Pictures

Our Branding

We branded our calves a couple months ago, as we always do in preparation for turning them out in pastures that are farther from home. We invited more friends this time and we asked Nannie to help us make the meal for afterwards. She was so excited to cook for a big group again, she … Continue reading Our Branding

Keep up, Babe

These are couple-month-old pictures, from a day when I helped Mr. Rancher gather cows. The day started as a leisurely ride with nonsensical chit chat about whatever came to my mind. It was the perfect temperature, not too hot not too cold. Then, as inevitably happens while riding with Ty, I started to fall behind. … Continue reading Keep up, Babe

Fixing Wheel Lines

I hate irrigating. Hate it. Whether it's connecting gated pipe, digging corrugation ends, moving hand lines, or reattaching wheel line pipes, it's hot, heavy, and and yucky work that carries way too much guilt. Shoulders and back aching from carrying pipe, wanna quit? Okay the crops will die but at least you'll feel better. Hands … Continue reading Fixing Wheel Lines