A little bit of fun with José the other day. You just never know what kind of mischief Tom and the kids are going to get themselves into. They have insisted we pick up an inner-tube for them. Apparently frozen cow pies and gopher mounds are a bit rough.
It's been awhile since I've been able to sit down and collect my thoughts long enough to write. Fall is one of our "crazy busy" times here on the Diamond Bar. Cattle get gathered and worked a couple times, calves get weaned and sold, cows get pregnancy tested and then moved to winter pastures. The picture above is from the day we shipped... we were sorting cows from calves and although I had my camera around my neck, this was one of the only pictures I was able to stop and take. All the fall work went well- Diamond Bar calves sold for another year, as well as my Dad's calves.
I think the last time I wrote, I had mentioned the big storm in South Dakota that had killed so many livestock. Alisha (a long time friend) and I decided we really wanted to do something to help, so we organized a local branch of Heifers for South Dakota. Heifers for South Dakota took pledges from cattle producers in several different states to donate LIVE cattle to those ranchers most effected by Atlas. Alisha and I worked our tails off, and just before Thanksgiving, we loaded a truck with 45 cows that had been donated by our local producers. It still almost brings me to tears to think of how generous our community was, and how us "country folk" are able to pull together to help our neighbors, even though our neighbors in this case were in another state.
On the Cleveland Bay front, we were finally able to get the kids weaned and home for some lessons in Halter Breaking 101. Eloquence is pictured above with Tom, and Tom's silly little grin he wears every time he gazes at one of our CB's. So far, both foals are proving to be exactly what we were after. They are calm, level headed, and try to figure out what is being asked of them. So much fun to work with!
William is doing well. It seems he has adopted himself a small pack of roosters. I had hatched these this spring, and after they moved to the chicken house, they began to travel up to visit William in the pasture every day. They would leave the chicken house every morning and where ever William went, there were three little feathered fowl behind him. William has since moved down to the barn and his chickens moved with him. We didn't realize he was attached to his chickens until an odd hen ventured in to his corral and tried to help the big guy finish his grain. William was having none of it, and the hen promptly left the corral. William went right back to eating his grain along with his 3 roosters.
Cold weather is setting in... the forecast is calling for sub zero temps this week, along with a generous helping of snow. Sounds to me like a great time to get some things accomplished inside the warm house- and maybe do a little better job at updating the website! Until next time- stay warm everyone!
René- Wife, Mom, and hired hand to the hired man.