The Store is Open!

 

??????????????????????

I am happy to report that we were able to get the store “done enough” to open for Memorial Day weekend. Not every detail is complete, but it looks good and it was so nice to have lots of room to serve our customers. We will be finishing up details over the next couple of weeks, like the display freezer that was damaged in shipping so they are sending us a new one from New York, but it is great to have the store operational. You can see more pictures here on our beef sales website.

 

Ranch Store Update

We are – and have been – scrambling to try to get our new ranch store done enough to open Memorial Day weekend.  I say “done enough” because there is no way it will be completely finished this week. Now we are just trying for done enough to be usable. Even with it not being completely finished, it will be so much nicer than last year! A great place to sell our grass fed beef.

??????????????????????

I have been working on staining and painting on the inside. I think my fingernails are going to be “Mission Oak” forever. It does look a lot nicer on the beams than on me. We saved the beams from the old gazebo and since they are old and very dry it has taken a lot of stain for them. They look really nice now that they are done and I love the corrugated metal ceiling.

??????????????????????

When they are not building fences in the summer pastures, Rick and Alex have been working on the utilities for the store. Rick dug the line with our favorite neighbor’s backhoe. It really helps to have good neighbors! We miss you Roger and Melanie and hope to see you this summer.

??????????????????????

Amazingly, he found more rocks! We should sell rocks in our store – I don’t think we will ever run out of those.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The existing electrical line Rick didn’t hit with the backhoe.

??????????????????????

The electricians are coming to tie it all in and power up the store building on Wednesday.

??????????????????????

And we will be one step closer to getting it all done!

??????????????????????

 

 

Happy Birthday Rick!

Today is Rick’s birthday! To celebrate here are some recent – and a few older –  photos of him. I won’t tell you which birthday he is celebrating, but I would like to emphasize he is older than me 😉

So here he is with his first day-old dairy calf he raised for 4-H. Notice the broken collar bone (his not the calf’s).

rick and georgeanna p (2)

Carrying fence posts. He has built a LOT of fence since then.

??????????????????????

Dancing with our daughter Megan at her wedding.

dancing at wedding

Giving Nick the bull a hug.

??????????????????????

Playing with Grizzly his spoiled dog.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Getting dog licks from Grizzly who is still spoiled.

??????????????????????

With our son Alex at the Cascade Trail. One of them was standing on a rock – I’ll let you figure out who.

??????????????????????

Mixing cement for fence post holes; he’s done a lot of those too.

??????????????????????

With his John Deere chain saw.

??????????????????????

Shooting.

??????????????????????

He seems pretty happy to be building this fence.

??????????????????????

A nap on the couch.

??????????????????????

Supervising the logging project.

??????????????????????

With a newborn calf. 

??????????????????????

He played the piano at Megan’s wedding.

380905_10150464205643689_426338564_n

Publicity shots with the steers.

Rick w cattle - Copy (2)

Playing with the barn cats, Harry and Bess. Every critter around here is spoiled rotten.

??????????????????????

And if you want to see photos of many years ago they are here in our nostalgic look back. Happy Birthday!

Summer Pastures

After a wet and cool spring, the sun has been shining on the grass and it is time to move the cattle onto their summer pastures – yeah! So my son Alex and I loaded the cattle in our little stock trailer and took them down the road to their home for the summer.

??????????????????????

The steers – and Ox the bull – were so happy to see the fresh green grass they started grazing as soon as they got out of the trailer.

??????????????????????

With only two of us (Rick was out-of-town) we were a little short-handed for moving cattle, but the boys all co-operated and we got them loaded and moved with no problem.

??????????????????????

The summer pasture is only a half a mile from our place; it is a beautiful location with mountains and glaciers all around.

??????????????????????

These steers will have a wonderful summer on all the fresh grass they can eat.

??????????????????????

The cattle are not the only ones enjoying the location. See the house in the background next to the old barn? Alex lives there now! He can keep an eye on the cattle all summer, and enjoy his own views.

??????????????????????