So you would think that with the kids back in school things would slow down around here. That is not the case. We have had a bit of this and a bit of that going on. I have animals to doctor and care to provide. However, during the daily tasks some shining things happen. For example with school back in session Mom took a day off. And I don’t mean just doing the family running I mean she left Me in charge and left the state. LOL
Okay so she only traveled like two hours away but it was in a different state. Her and friend went to a yarn shop opening and the fabric outlet. To be honest I am just glad Mom didn’t drag me along!! Anyway, when her friend came to the house to go with her she brought me and Dad some treasure. And Not just any old treasure. RODEO TREASURE!!! And I do mean lots of it …
You need to understand that this friend’s Dad used to work for My great Uncle Fred Lowry who was married to Kate Lowry that is the Aunt Kate that gave Dad’s Mom this house. With that in mind the thing that started it all was this … an article about Fred Lowry, Dad’s Great Uncle. That is Aunt Kate in the picture and she is the one that gave Dad’s Mom this house.
Then there is the first Rodeo program from Nowata Oklahoma. That is our home County Seat and used to be our home town … When we say we are headed to town that is normally where we are headed. Inside the program are things like the advertisement from the Fred Lowry Roping.
Then remember the Cowboy that helped Mom and I with our flat on the trailer on the way to get me to a roping a while back??? Well, here he is (middle) … In the old days he was a local hero by way of being a bull rider. Now he is just a quiet one that changes a tire!
There is Reba McEntire’s Birth announcement … Her dad Clark, roped with Great Uncle Shoat.
There is a Wrangle ad with Buck Rutherford … He was a friend of Shoat’s and Fred’s and a really good roper.
And that is just the tip of the ice burg. There is a ton of treasure that Dad and I spent all day sorting through.
There is even a ton of old post cards.
Mom says that she has a few plans for our treasure that will be framed and displayed here in the house. I think it is going to be so cool.
I know I have been gone from the blog for to long but this is one time that I can say nothing really happened here that was to exciting. The one thing that has taken all my time is the haying season. When the temperatures were hot we spent the days cutting and baling the hay. However, by night we could be found hauling it in. Then this last week the weather flipped on us and we had to work when the dew was off everything. Even my Roping has gotten all turned around. Most weekend I don’t get home and in bed until well after 3am.
Simply put when I am not in the hay field I am roping, eating or sleeping. Mom has taken on all the day to days around here for the most part. I have had to stop and help her from time to time with this or that but then again she drives the truck for us to haul on and she helps kick the hay off to us for stacking. All in all I think the labor evens out.
I have been blessed enough to win a few roping and rodeos but there have been nights I have walked away empty handed too. As Mom says “It will all even out in the wash” … LOL
While we still have one more section of hay to get down and in the barn, one thing that is of interest to all my fiber and animal loving friends out there is starting today! Yup, today Mom and I are taking on the task of sorting and getting the first of the breeding pens started. One is the Goats. This year we are not breeding any angoras. Little Ash from this spring isn’t taking the heat so well. He is eating and drinking but he isn’t his spry self and no one can figure out exactly why. So Mom says after what happened with Grace last year and Now Ash not being up to snuff, she is done Breeding Angora Goats. We will however, still be breeding The Cisco Kid to our milk goats. So there will be baby goats just not angoras.
The other pen that will start today is the Merinos and the Meat Sheep. This year we will be using Rammie and then he will be Withered. Knight has had a bit of a set back with his leg so we are trying to get that all cleared up before we make him breed. His hurt leg on the back and he can’t really stand on one leg to breed so he would probably do more damage then good if he did try. Anyway, Rammie is this year’s Ram of choice for that reason. And if Knight’s leg doesn’t heal up right for whatever reason … he will be withered too.
The final Pen that I sorted today is the pasture. It is time for Mr. Zebu to go play with the girls. And trust me he is ready!!! When I turned him out he went snorting and bucking all the way down the arena. This also means that either tonight or tomorrow B’Day will be going to play with her Bull Friend. This time she will be with him in a smaller pen so we shouldn’t have a repeat of last year …. LOL.
While the Rams and Billies only get to play with their ladies until the middle of October, Mr. Zebu will remain on the pasture until Calving season starts …. Which is about 10 months from now … LOL
So this week a few little things have gone on around here. Most of which is centered around our haying season. And if it wasn’t centered around the hay it seems that Hay lead to a few other things that happened around here this week …
First, as the first round of hay was cut Mom and I cleared out the barn of the last 50 bales left over from last year. In order to do that we called our horse trainer. He feeds about 200 bales a month so he can use the hay up fast and he always needs it. While we were moving the hay out we found a Hen sitting on a nest and one baby chick. We saved them all and put Henny on Daisy’s old nest since she was no longer sitting on it. In the end we have three new chicks. They are so Cute.
While Kevin was here he did an interview for a future post on youtube. He also took time to check Derf out. We think he likes how he is doing as when Kevin was here Derf was in the pasture. Kevin also got to check out the Donkeys. After he was gone he had time to think about it, he decided he wanted to be Jack’s forever home. Kevin called Mom and let her know and yesterday Dad and I took Jack to his Stables.
With the stalls in the barn empty Mom and I decided it would help Precious to be in the barn and around People more so we moved her in. She was really jumpy the first few days. After that she has gotten her lovings everyday and she is doing much better. Not like a normal loved horse but Much better for her.
Another thing that came from this hay season already is that I managed to get 4 – 10X10 horse stalls. How did I do that??? I traded some hay for them. Mom is going to let me put them up under the awning outside the barn for now. They do need some work though. The wood isn’t any good but Mom and I plan to redo the wood and the Paint on them.
The other stuff going on is the normal farm stuff. By Day, I am riding Horses daily. Sugar is a great trail horse. I use her each day to gather cattle. She can walk for a long time but if you ask her for anything more right now she gets out of breath easily. She is still a bit over weight but we are working on it. Precious is being ridden as well and between that and the inside barn stalling she is making great strides. Caballo is now trailer trained and we have a call into the vet to see about getting him Cut. Coop, Storm and Ice are all roping and Derf is just Derf. LOL
By Night we had been hauling in over 700 bales of hay so far. It makes for long days and short nights and about a 3 hour nap window in the heat of the day. And Yes I am still Roping on the weekends. Last weekend I brought home a paycheck that was enough to keep me going this weekend and last night I got a small paycheck as well. All in all it is one of the busiest times on the farm, Second only to lambing season!!!
This week has been kind of busy. Mostly with farm visits and my roping. I was up Friday twice, Saturday twice and Sunday once. Then Monday I was so tired I couldn’t get much done but the farm visits kept on coming.
Friday I was up at Cavalcade. I did my Calf Roping in the morning and my Team roping run in the evening. My morning run won me the long go in the calf roping. For my Team roping my header missed and I never got to throw my rope. It is okay though my header was young and he had been there camping all week and going to the lake swimming. I think he was just plain tired.
Saturday we had farm visits and reading program in the morning. That afternoon I sorted all the lambs and penned them off so they can be weaned. Even with all that going on I still had plenty of time to make two rodeos. The first rodeo was at Slick and I was up during the evening performance. I managed to win the calf roping event there, however I left before I knew that and headed to rope in the slack of another rodeo in Turley. In the second rodeo I didn’t do any good. Honestly, I should have skipped it but for some reason I felt I needed to try and make that one too. The issue wasn’t so much that I didn’t do any good but it was more that I didn’t get home until after 4am and I had to take care of my horse and get a shower so I didn’t get in bed until 5am and I had to be up by 8am for the short go at Cavalcade Sunday morning.
By the time I got there Sunday morning I was pretty sure I wasn’t up to it. I posted a video on Facebook but can’t figure out how to post it from there to here. I will tell you now that I face planted my dismount and roped the calf by a back leg. Nope it wasn’t a pretty site. Don’t worry I didn’t wound anything but my pride and if I was going to miss that was the rodeo to do it at. Besides I am sure that someone needed to see me fail for some reason … It was all God’s plan.
I spent the rest of my free time getting my intro for my patreon Acct made and Storm’s adoption video done. You can check both of those out and let me know what you think!
So this week has been crazy. After spending Harry’s last days with him in the hospital, we have kind of gotten behind. We had his celebration of life on Sunday. After that the rest of our week has been spent trying to get caught back up. Everything from posting sheep needing forever homes to getting the house cleaned. We have a ton to get done.
One big thing that happened is that the tractor got finished. Dad and I moved it back home Monday. When we got it here everything was working just fine. Then tonight when Dad went to use it he found he had cracked the gas line and left the key on so the battery was dead. Mom was a bit upset as the work we needed the tractor for isn’t getting done either.
Last night I was out late as I was practicing for Cavalcade. I will be up this Friday Morning in the Calf Roping and then that night for my Team Roping. For those of you who don’t know what Cavalcade is You can check it out Here The short explanation is that Cavalcade is the World’s Largest Amateur Rodeo. Cavalcade goes on for a week and there are things like dances every night but honestly I am not really interested in all that stuff. I just want to rope!
I didn’t get to rope last weekend because my rodeo was cancelled. I did practice last night and I am going to a friend’s house to get some more practice tomorrow as well. With any luck I will be able to hold my own and maybe even bring home a paycheck this year.
As many of you know things have been going kind of crazy around here this week. Well, while life was happening so were things on the farm. With me now out of school and trying to actually find my place in the world doing what I love Mom is trying to find ways to make things a bit simpler on each of us. She started with a schedule but so far that hasn’t worked because as most of you know Farm life Changes without warning in a heartbeat.
However, there are somethings that we are going to put on a schedule and for good reason. First, we will still podcast on Saturdays. Starting next week I will blog no less then on Wednesdays. Then about 3 other times each week I will be posting to our newly established Patreon Page. It was suggested to us and after doing some investigating and giving it some thought I figured it would be a good combination for the farm. We just got our single gift sponsorships up and running and they are working beautifully. Because we buy in bulk straight from the mill, each sponsorship pays for two bags of feed. Each bag will feed the whole farm twice a day for about 3 days. If you haven’t seen the sponsorships or taken time to sponsor an animal, and you want to, you can do so HERE.
Today we have moved on to phase two. We want to give those that want to continue to give a chance to do it their way as well. That will start with a Patreon Page. For those who don’t know what Patreon is I will try and give it a whorl and see if I can explain it. You see right now we are giving our blog and video content away free. That is one of the reasons why we have stopped putting up to many tutorials. They take so much time to make and the animals get no return or benefit from them. It would be different if the animals needing home were getting interest online but at this point they are not benefiting in anyway. Sadly, we are to small for the youtube platform to pay us and growing our channel requires even more time that we just don’t have. With Patreon, followers can pledge a monthly gift and view all our content for one price. We allow pledges starting at just one dollar a month, however, if you pledge more you get a few extras as well. I figure that if I don’t know one person who has enough extra money to pay big bucks for my content at least I pray I have many more friends and followers that have enough faith in our work that they would be willing to help a little each month.
So what are we going to put on our Patreon Page? Well, the content is going to be centered around three areas. The main area is going to be working with the animals. You will see us actually doing it and learn why we are doing what we do in each session. You will see what works and I am sure you will see what doesn’t. You will also get to see the progress up close and personal on all of the animals that we are working with here on the farm.
The other two areas of videos will be supplements. The first will be centered on my roping. I will show how I practice on the horses as well as ground work practice. I will explain everything from the ropes and tack I use to how to figure out terms used in roping as well as covering what issues can effect your roping. There will be both tutorials and great informational videos. The other area is a small one as well. It will be posts about projects going on “In the Farmhouse” as we call it on the podcast. If you watch our podcast you will know what that segment covers. If not, an easy way to explain it is DIY things we are working on and our personal lives. With this format I hope to do my part to help make this farm be able to sustain the animals that are here as well as rescue more in the future. If you want to check us out you can find our Patreon page HERE.
I want to thank each of you for sticking with us through the years and we hope that you will be patient as we learn to make better behind the scene videos and navigate this new path we are on. And remember the podcast will still post on the weekends but it will just be kind of a recap type thing. And the blog will post at least on Wednesdays but if something exciting happens or something really important needs to be said I will still be making other posts from time to time.
I honestly pray that this works because all it takes to make this work is me strapping on the Go Pro and you. I think I can get you behind the scene footage while doing what I need to do during the day. If it works you will get more video and I will not have to find extra time in the day to work online. You really will be right here on the farm with us seeing things first hand. I think I am most excited to see how this works the next time I work the sheep and goats … LOL … I am hoping it will be interesting as well as fun.
This after Noon Dad’s Dad went to join his wife and Lord at heaven’s gate. Dad has only been home to sleep since Tuesday when this all started. The rest of his time has been spent at the hospital. We all had our time to say good bye and are at peace with it but Dad didn’t want him to pass alone. So he stayed with him every waking hour.
This morning however, Mom and I had to get things ready for the Book Farm on Saturday because tomorrow we are open to the public so we wouldn’t be able to get away. So Dad went to the hospital without us. I got up early to work horses and rope. As most of you know that is how I deal with stress. So I worked the horses for the first time in Days and my heart seemed to lighten a bit. The Vet wanted to me start Sugar and get her in shape to help her body start recovering from her false pregnancy so I took full advantage of that. I even had Mom come help me and I put a halter on Jenny.
After that Mom and I were headed to pick up our books and a gather a few supplies we needed. Then we were going to go back and join Dad at the Hospital. However, while we were headed to get our books Dad called and said that his Father passed away. Mom took time to call the preacher so that Dad wouldn’t be alone to deal with everything. Then she called the others in his family that she had numbers for and asked that they pass the word on. We got our hustle on but didn’t get home and done with everything until after the people had come to pick up Dad’s Dad’s Body.
For now we will spend time with Dad and make sure he is okay. However, to put a positive spin on this post I hope you enjoy these pictures of Sugar getting in shape!!