There is a lot going with us and round the ranch lately. Many, many things actually happening or need to happen or should really happen or I wish would have happened. Building a shed in the south pasture for the cattle to have shelter from the rain this winter, we’re in the middle of a drought, I went on a Quilting Shop Hop with my friends to Eastern Washington and with all the fires there it was really, really smokey but we still had a great time, Rick was in California for over a week and got a lot done but he still needs to make a couple of follow-up phone calls, fall is in the air and our low a couple of nights ago was in the 30’s, Rick and Alex got the new fence and gate in at the north pasture feeding trough, the minutes of my last board meeting still need to be approved, the potatoes in the garden really need to be dug up and stored, the utility ditch across the yard needs to be backfilled so we can get access to the squeeze and loading chute, I need to send a follow-up email to the wonderful people who have pre-ordered our beef, we need at least two loads of gravel delivered and spread before the fall steers are harvested, there are two chickens who have learned to fly over the fence every day and scratch around in the garden and we can’t catch them to clip their wings, the guys got the water lines and electrical conduit run to all the pastures so this winter we shouldn’t have to haul water to the cattle even if it is freezing, I need new winter tires on my car, we are renting out our bull to another local rancher and will have to deliver him there, I bought a huge box of Honey Crisp apples while I was on my trip and now need to do something with them, we need to move the cattle to new pasture more often because we are in the middle of a drought and it hasn’t rained in two months and the pastures are not growing back as quickly as they were, I need to start a new spreadsheet to track our beef sales so we know how much we have pre-sold and how much we have left, the whole house needs to be cleaned, I had to write up an addendum to the HACCP plan so we could say “Angus” on our beef labels and I really hope the inspector approves it, we could use a bit more firewood cut and stacked in case it is a long, cold winter, I have a baby quilt finished and I really need to get it sent out but I forgot to get a card and I don’t know where I put the new address, the new chickens we got in the spring are starting to lay eggs and even though they are very small we have five dozen in our refrigerator right now, we got DSL internet but still have a useless satellite dish sitting on our roof, I need to make airline reservations, I wish we had a couple of pigs to harvest because we are all out of pork and it was delicious but we didn’t do any this year, I need to stain the underside of the rafters in the Gazebo that I pressure washed last week before they pour the slab, the fall flowers on sale now are so pretty, but should I get some because how long will they really last before winter, Rick has a conference call board meeting tonight and I am supposed to remind him about it so I hope we both don’t forget, our printer / fax machine died and I need to ask Alex about what kind I should get to replace it because I hate having to buy ink that is so expensive so I want the one that I can get refilled at Costco, our Liberty apple tree has lots of apples on it and the birds are starting to peck them. Lots of things and I can’t find anything to write a new blog post about. It would probably be a bit presumptuous to say I have writer’s block, because I don’t really think of myself as a writer, more a reporter and as mentioned above there are lots of things to report and I can’t really get interested in any of them. So, I say to heck with the words and I will just show you more pictures. Totally random, unrelated pictures with no theme. I hope you all understand – oh and that’s another thing. We got a new computer so my old photo program isn’t available anymore and I had to switch to a new one which everyone says is actually better but I still don’t know how to use it very well so it takes me twice as long to do pictures.