Snow!

It’s been a cold, snowy winter so far. A couple of days ago we got about 10 inches (or 3 feet according to Rick) of fresh powder on top of the 8 inches already on the ground. It is absolutely beautiful if I must say so myself.

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Very pretty but also very hard to maneuver around. Since the critters have to be cared for every day no matter what the weather is, we do have to be outside. As long as you have the right clothes, boots, gloves, scarf and hat it is not bad; especially if you are working – that does keep you warm.

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alx-and-calvesRick and Alex do most of the heavy work around here – someone has to stand by and take pictures of them – so they stay pretty warm they tell me. The cattle do fine as long as they have plenty of feed, water and shelter. After the fresh, powdery snow we’ve had really cold (for us) temperatures – I think 10 degrees is our low so far – so most everything is frozen. I don’t think we will miss the snow when it is gone, but I will enjoy looking at the pictures.

Hiatus

It has been quite a while – too long – since I posted regularly on the blog. Through a set of unusual circumstances my attention has necessarily been directed elsewhere. While this was not a situation of my choosing, it has given me some new perspective. Sometimes you see things more clearly and appreciate them more fully when you have been away for a while.  As I walked around the ranch the past week or so, I took pictures of all the things I’ve missed the most.

Trees, fresh air, clouds.

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Our fearless watchdogs – with one ear up and one ear down.

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Flowers that grow wild.

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Cows – nosy creatures that they are.

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Berries growing wild. Planted and watered by God, ready to be picked by me!

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Spring Calving

The first calf of the season has arrived. A nice calf out of our bull Snapshot and Denver our one first-time heifer (a female who has not calved yet) this year.

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We bought Denver last year when we were in – where else? – Denver at the National Western Stock show. Our Canadian friends Russ and Linda from Highpoint Lowlines brought her back to Washington for us on their way home. We met them down on I-5  to pick her up. She was in their big cattle trailer with one of their bulls behind her, so we unloaded the bull first and Alex held him while we unloaded Denver from their trailer and loaded her into ours.  All in a gas station parking lot with cars and trucks whizzing by on the freeway. We did get a couple of strange looks.

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Newborn calves are so cute and this one is curious too.

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Closer.

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Sniff. Her mama Denver (who is now officially a cow) is very calm, has lots of milk and is doing a good job taking care of her.

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One calf delivered safe and sound, 19 more to go. I hope they are all this easy and with these good results!