Hunting, rodeo and deorating

Well, for the last few days I have been busy doing nothing new. My mornings are full of chores and then I take time to do a bit of hunting. The last few days it has rained so the only roping I have been doing has been in indoor arenas.

Friday night when I was home I did go back out to my hunting spot but with all the rain I haven’t really seen anything but a few squirrels. As for my roping, yesterday I won second in two events. I did break out on my third event though. And today was a bit of a let down as the roping I went to only got me and one other guy to come.

Normally, that would mean we didn’t get to rope but thanks to the guy putting it on not wanting to waste his time, he let us both have free practice time and free runs on his calves. We had a lot of fun and I did really well at practice too. Tomorrow I am going to go out hunting again. I still hope to bring in some more meat for winter.

The last thing to report is that Dad will be back on nights starting tomorrow. They told him he will stay on nights until after the 1st of the year too. I am just getting back on track with Dad on days this week … Now they go and mess me up again!!!

It’s the last Turkey Day for it

So yesterday I had a bit of an accident so I didn’t take time to blog. It isn’t anything horrible but I do have a very puffy black eye. You see I had a normal day for the most part but when I was roping Coop and I banged heads. Her head didn’t feel it much but just above my eye where I hit her … Well, it is puffy, swollen, bruised and sore. Lesson of the day … Watch what you are doing because you never want to knock heads with a horse.

When it came time to blog I had a nice headache. With nothing really out of the ordinary I am sorry to say I just went to bed. I hope you understand and will forgive me for not at least popping in and telling you it was a normal day. As I crawled into bed I could hear Mom in the kitchen clanking pots and pans. With Thanksgiving on my mind I drifted off to sleep with the smells and sounds of the coming Thanksgiving feast in the air.

This morning I got up and around with no issues. My eye is sore and puffy but all in all I am no worse for wear. I did chores, went hunting and helped Mom in the kitchen, all to occupy my time until Dad got home. Sadly, We did have something that didn’t live to see it though the day. And that my dear friends is Mom’s hand mixer. It died in the middle of making mashed potatoes so we had to eat them with lumps in them. They weren’t bad but the Mixer it’s self is Dead. When Dad got home it was dinner time. We had so much food and we snacked and ate all day. People stopped by and seemed to come in a trickle effect.

There was everyone from my Sister and her Boyfriend to my Dad’s Dad. And we ate a bit with each and every person that stopped by. This evening after our meal, as the house quieted down, we got geared up for our Christmas traditions. This evening we put up the tree. By about 3pm the rain had moved in and the cold wind was starting up. Mom decorated the tree while Dad and I went hunting again. I shot a buck but it wasn’t a good enough shot to kill him instantly, so I had to track him and lost his blood trail before I found him. When we got home we worked to get everything else down from the attic. While we started to decorate for the Christmas season, Mom and I watched the Movie Hachi. I will say this …It is a good movie, but by the end Mom and I were both crying and used half a box of tissues. The movie it’s self has more music than words and yet it can invoke more emotion than any spoken words I know.

Tomorrow, Mom and I will finish Christmas Cards and get them in the mail. At evening meal, Dad will Bless the Advent Wreath and we will continue a long line of traditions that lead us to Christmas. Tonight though I am heading to bed … Good night world, Enjoy the peace of a wonderful Thanksgiving Night!

So Weird it made me mad

Today wasn’t suppose to be any special. I had plans for deer hunting but that was just this morning after chores and school. Mom had her Buddy as his Great Grandma passed and his Mom didn’t think he would be quiet through the service.

When I go hunting I normally go out in the morning, come in about noon and then go back about 4pm. It gives me time to rope and deal with things here on the farm. Today I came home a little early and I am really glad I did. I got home about 10:30am and when I pull in the driveway, I found two men trying to steal my call duck from our yard.

I know you all are going to say that I should have handled it different but I grabbed my gun and got out of the truck. Those men got in their truck and without a word sped off. I wasn’t going to shot them but if they hadn’t left the thought of shooting out a tire had crossed my mind.

You also have to understand what those ducks mean to us. They might just be ducks to some but to Mom they are “her flock”. Every morning she calls them to the yard and feeds them. They nibble her shoes and grab her sweats with their beaks. They are really friendly to Mom and walk right up to her all the time. Even Mom’s buddy feeds them and they come right to him as well.

I got really mad at the thought of someone trying to steal my little guy. The one they were after was the little white call duck. He has a bum leg and can’t get away as fast but he can fly short flights. The other ducks left in a hurry so they could be caught, but honestly Why would anyone try to steal my duck from my property?? Some People are just mean!

To fix the issue I put the little guy in the barn. He will now call the new barn his home and he will stay in where it is warm and the other ducks can’t pick on him and NO ONE can steal him.

As for the rest of the day … it was Mom’s issue. She had her buddy and he was throwing up and then the school called and his brother was throwing up. Mom let their Mom know and she said she would be right home after the funeral. She didn’t show up until after Dark. The funeral was at 10am. Mom didn’t get her baking done and she was also a bit upset. She actually said she felt used!!

Mom was used and some one tried to steal my duck … What a day! Tomorrow will be better!

Long days

Wow. Did life get a bit crazy for a day or two. For you to get the whole story I have to back up to Friday. Which started out normal. Mom had her Buddy and they spent some time making things for Thanksgiving snacks. Old Fashioned Chex mix was one of the things they made. It was okay but not the same as the bagged kind.

When Mom’s buddy took his Quiet time everything changed. He woke up crying saying his ear hurt. His Mom was to far away to get him to the Doctor so Mom had to take him in. It turns out he had an ear infection.

While Mom was taking care of her Buddy, I got a call from my Dad’s Sister. I didn’t understand it at first. Something about my Dad’s Dad being found “taking a nap” by the side of the road in his front yard. So Mom went from picking up her Buddy’s Medication to going to check on Dad’s Dad.

I don’t know what she said or what happened but she then called and told me that her Buddy’s Mom would be by to get me and bring me to the emergency room. When we all got there Mom sent her Buddy with his Mom who then took me to the house to pick up all of my Dad’s Dad’s Medications. Then we headed back to the ER

In the meantime I called and got Dad headed home. My Aunt didn’t show up until we were waiting on the results of all the tests they took. There was blood tests, heart tests, x-rays, a head scan and urine tests. All of which came back okay. The only thing they found wrong with him is that his blood pressure was very low and so was his Oxygen Level.

They came to the conclusion that he may have taken his medication more then he should have. That isn’t good. Mom spent time trying to get my Dad and Aunt to understand how bad this issue could be. While my Dad’s Dad spent his time trying to get everyone to agree that it wasn’t an issue at all.

In the end it made for a long day. Then I had to get up early to make it to my finals. I won second in one round and second in the average. That got me another belt buckle too. The only issue was that there were so many people that came to the rope that it took until after 9pm. Then with the two hour drive home it was late when we got home.

When we got home we found that Mom had to spend the whole day With my Dad’s Dad as he wanted to go for a drive to the casino. Which is over 30 minutes away and he didn’t remember the issue he had the day before. Dad’s Uncle even came to try and talk to him about it but all he did was get mean about it. So Mom stayed with him and in the end Mom didn’t get anything she needed to get done, done.

When she got home she started her sewing and cooking only to have my Dad’s Dad show up for dinner and stop her work again. After he left about 7pm Mom finally got to her work. She worked until Midnight and got her sewing kind of caught up but not much cooking got done.

The next morning (Sunday) Dad and I went hunting before I headed to my next roping. I didn’t do any good at the roping but it is what it is. The only issue with it is that once again we were gone all day and we didn’t get home until late … AGAIN.

It isn’t like we planned on it being late. It is just that more people showed up to rope at all the roping then normal. However, with us away from the house, Mom had time to get something caught up. There is now snacks and Thanksgiving food getting baked. By the time Dad and I got home Mom had a casserole in the oven and lots of treats made.

Today Dad and I started the day with some hunting where Dad got a young buck. After we got it checked in and to the processor we came home to find more Goodies that Mom had made.

If one thing is going to go right it is that Mom is going to make sure we have a ton of food and goodies for Thanksgiving. This afternoon, I am going to go get my Indian ID Card so that people will stop giving my a hard time about not having a Driver’s license.

This evening when I get home Dad said him and I can go hunting again. The plan is to get to bed a bit earlier for the first time since Thursday!!!

Cute little Boxes

Today started out cool but at least the wind wasn’t blowing like a banshee. While I did get in my normal chores, schoolwork and Roping, there was so much going on around the house. We are getting ready for The holidays and it shows.

I went with Mom to do her running in town today. To Start we got our Thanksgiving Feast. Mom says for her food makes the holiday. And man did she get a ton of stuff. She has some recipes she is going to try so she got everything she needed for those as well as the traditional food. And I might just admit that we have two hams and two Turkeys in the house too. (One Turkey was from Dad’s work and the other one Mom found on sale today for 83 cents a pound. She got a 23 lbs one.)

After that we headed to get my hunting license and my deer tags. This year I am 18 so everything costs double. Mom says I shouldn’t be surprised because everything for our meal cost double too … LOL … Inflation she says! Oh well, I guess that is life. Anyway, we finished up our running by turning in the paperwork for Mom’s craft booth and filling up the truck with Gas.

When we got home Mom put everything away. Kind of that is. She has some things still sitting out on the counter and all separated by recipe. She even has it lined up so she knows what she is making on what day. This year we have also decided that we will be open for people to come visit the farm. If it goes well we might do it again next year. If not we won’t.

While we were in town we picked up our candy for our candy bags. So while Mom did laundry I sorted and filled the bags. What are Candy bags you ask? Well, in our house between Thanksgiving and Christmas if you come to our house for any reason, we give you a gift. Yes, that gift is a small bag of candy.

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There was one other thing that Mom worked on that I thought was cute. She made this square “baskets”. She really didn’t want me taking a picture of them when I did because she only had one finished. But check them out … They will be so cool when they are finished.

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One week

Well, I woke up to a very cold, rainy day by being bounced on by Mom’s Buddy. Not my favorite way to be woke up but when the electric goes out sometime in the night from the wind and storms, your alarm for some reason doesn’t seem to work. Getting a late start however, didn’t really change the day.

I did chores first and then ate breakfast. After that Mom had me get my room cleaned up. It wasn’t to bad as Mom has made me clean on it for 15 minutes each night for the last couple of weeks now. While I was doing that she cleared her desk and worked on Laundry. She had like 7 loads to do. With only a week before Thanksgiving Mom is cracking down on the whole cleaning up the house thing.

Honestly, our house always looks lived in. It is picked up and the floor swept … Things like that, but it never really looks spotlessly clean. Mom says that is because it is an older house. She says dust and cobwebs are a part of the house and always will be.

Anyway, after lunch I headed to the new barn. With all the hay in there, I can practice on the dumbie without feeling the chill of the outside air. I took time to clean out the stalls as Ice and Coop are both being housed inside at night nowadays. We only have sand in one stall at this time but Mom says that she will be getting the other stall filled in the next week or so. I love the stalls with the sand in them. They are easy to clean up and the horses feet are easy to clean. To me that is a win, win.

The only other thing that went on today is that with only one week left before Thanksgiving, Mom started her baking. By the time Thanksgiving actually gets here there will be breads, cookies and Pies galore. Not to mention the ham, turkey and all the trimmings. I will say that our house is more about the food and fellowship at the holidays then anything.

With that in mind, Mom also found a one bowl fudge recipe and made it … She hates it and Dad and I love it. It was super simple and Mom says it is actually good for Fudge but she doesn’t like fudge made with Semi-sweet chocolate. She says next time she will be making it with Peanut butter or milk chocolate. I wouldn’t mind either.

Breeding season is over

I feel like I am kind of still catching up on things. I didn’t get a chance to blog yesterday just because I was so busy around the farm. We were trying to beat the rain and I think we pretty much did.

First, I got all the men into the man pen. Then it was just a matter of sorting off those that need to fatten up with an extra meal. That way they don’t get pushed out of the feed pan. I also took time to worm them just in case they were a bit wormy.

Then I let all the other healthy, fat and sassy ewes and does out on the pasture for the winter. I also took time to put Blotch into the pen with the other little ones so he can get a good meal or two as well as be wormed. He still has scours so we are watching him very close.

Dad and I also spent some time Cleaning out the old tack room and moving stuff into the new barn. With the roof coming off the old tack room we know it won’t last much longer so we figured we better get it done. Besides it will be nice to saddle Cooper and Ice in the barn during the colder months. As a matter of fact, they are now living in the barn during the rain. That way, Coop is kept dry and she isn’t alone as she has Ice with her for company.

As for Mom, she spent the day making the menu and getting shopping lists ready for Thanksgiving. I tell you if you are in the area and need a meal come on by. The way Mom is planning we will have more then enough for an army!! LOL

Today with all the rain we are just working in the house. Mom was suppose to go to a seminar but that didn’t work out so We are cleaning up a bit and staying dry. This afternoon Mom and I will be going to pick up feed while Dad goes to work. Dad is on nights again this week so Mom and I plan on getting the house cleaned up and ready for the holiday

Getting back to normal

Today Life seemed to get back to normal. For the last few days we have all felt like we were running behind and getting nothing done. Yesterday, we were all gone so we got yet another day behind. Today we managed to get caught up on most of the things we stopped doing to deal with the fire. Mom finished up her sewing and Dad and I got everything repaired outside and started working on the tack room.

Mom and I even took time to Podcast …

Dad and I fit in some roping today too. It is great to have Coop back under me. Yesterday her and I won 2nd in the average at my roping. Next weekend is the finals so I am hoping that we are back on track now. Tonight and tomorrow she will have to go back into the barn with wrapped legs as it is suppose to rain and she has to stay dry and clean.

The only other thing going on around here is Mom is working on a new bag design that is more like a backpack. I think they are going to be cool. Mom says the next purchase she makes will be an embroidery machine. Nothing fancy but just one so she can monogram the bags she makes. I am thinking that I would do another kickstarter but I don’t know ….

Fires are a nightmare

So Yesterday started out normal. Chores and helping around the house a bit. Dad is on nights again this week and we are all praying those will end soon. Our only Issue was the wind. I had even talked to the vet and he said that since Coop was doing so well she could have time out on the pasture as long as there was no dew or dampness.

The Wind was blowing so bad that I even talked to Mom about doing a blog post about it. Mom went outside and got a few pictures that we thought might show the wind. It is hard to get a 45 mph wind in still shots … LOL Here are the pictures we came up with…

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I don’t know what I was going to say about the pictures but Mom and I had talked that I could explain about the weeds getting caught on the fence and the roof from the tack room and the large branches that were falling from the trees. While we talked I helped Mom match up some material for Christmas bags. She has been worried about money with all of the issues and expenses of Coop so we were working to get New Peek-a-boo bags in the shop for Christmas and try to get some sales coming in. As my afternoon horse training time came around I left Mom working on the bags for the shop in hopes that she could get them done and we could post them that night.

I grabbed a cookie for snack and headed out the back door. As I got to the back gate I took notice of the winter smells around me. Within seconds Panic set in and I realized it wasn’t the winter I smelled. We didn’t have the wood burning stove going so I got myself back into the house as fast as possible and got Mom.

Within moments our world come to a crashing halt. There was smoke everywhere. WILD FIRE!!! Mom and I jumped into action. We have always had a fire plan but only twice have we had any close calls and yesterday was the second. We have no idea if our plan will actually keep everything safe but we know in theory it should. My job was to get all the livestock off the pasture. Mom and Dad’s job is to wet around the house and barnyard area.

However, Dad wasn’t home so after I got all the livestock safe I worked the barnyard while Mom worked the two pens of livestock around the house and started wetting everything down. As we worked things got worse.

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The Highway patrol come by and updated us. At one point there was a five mile wall of fire sweeping our way. At another time we were told to evacuate the area. Mom told me that I could stay and help her fight but when she said I had to leave that there would be no argument I would just go. As the day progressed into night the temperatures started to drop. At this point we were getting cold as well as wet. As we watched in horror at the flickering glow creeping toward us we continued to wet everything down. A friend called and he headed our way with the water tanker that he uses to water his cattle full of about 300 gallons of water.

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Everyone from Fire Department to ranchers worked to get the blaze under control. Mom and I took turns wetting things down. When our hands got cold the other would take over and we would head into the house to warm up and post updates to let everyone know we were okay. By about Midnight the flames were contained that the fires were all but out. There was alot of damage to a large ranch just west of our house. We have neighbors that are now without hay and pasture land for the winter. Livestock were burned and hurt. Over 17,000 acres burned yesterday and last night but Not one single human lost it’s life. Honestly, we owe alot of that to our Fire Department, family and friends. (Just so you know our fire department is all volunteers)

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Today it was so weird. The smoke smell lingered for awhile this morning but life just went on. I know some people were dealing with the after-mass but to me it seems Mother Nature just moved on. Mom is working to get those bags done to pay the Vet for Coop’s Bill so if you are thinking about it make sure you check the etsy shop tomorrow. We will have the new Christmas stuff up. Oh and for the holiday season you can get 10% off everything in the shop by using the code “COOPER”

Another Good one

Today was another good day for the most part. I got up and did my chores, the neighbor’s chores and then took care of Coop. She is doing great. The first issue we had is that after I did my chores I didn’t chain the gate to the back yard. Then entire Southdown breeding pen got out.

Mom was mad because the Shetland ram would let her put the ewes back in the pen they belonged in. He kept running them away from the pen. Anyway, when I got home from doing the neighbor’s chores I helped get everything where it went. I know it was the least I could do since I am the one who didn’t latch the gate right.

After that my day got to the good part. It started off great with Mom making homemade chicken fried Venison … I love it smothered in Gravy. Then it was time to work the horses. Dad and Mom worked Derf and this time I got to help. It was kind of like a spa day for him. Mom got all the cockaburs our of his main. We also switched him to the halter that is actually his so we can get the one that was on him back to the trainer. There was also a funny accident with the cat that had us all in stitches. Don’t worry the cat is fine.

It started when Dad was brushing Derf. The Morris the cat decided he would be under and around Dad’s and Derf’s feet. Dad ran the cat off several times. While Dad was grooming Derf and putting a jacket on his back to get him used to things flapping in the wind, the cat returned. This time he laid right under Derf.

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By this time Derf was getting used the the jacket and was really loving the brushing … so when he accidentally stepped on the cat’s paw The hissing and flopping of the cat didn’t phase Derf. He just stood there … On the cat’s paw. Finally, Dad got Derf to step off of the cat and the cat took off like a shot. Mom and I finally got our laughing under control enough to check the cat and he was fine. As a matter of fact within minutes that nutty cat was right back under that horse.

After Mom ran the cat off again is when she took time to get Derf’s mane all cleaned up.

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It was kind of funny because after Mom and I got his mane free and flowing Derf seemed to love it. He has taken to running his face on us and he really seems to enjoy being touched all over. He seems to trust us and he also seems to enjoy our company. He even stays ground tied while Dad works with him some. For those that don’t know Ground tied is actually just letting the horse stand in one spot with his lead just hanging down to the ground. Horses do this willingly and stay put willingly. In this case it means Derf stays and lets us work with him because he wants to. As Mom says “That is a good thing”

After Mom left Dad to finish up Derf, she headed over to me and Precious. Today was pretty cool. I got my first ride on her back. I saddled her up and then Mom gave me a “Pony Ride” on her. At first Precious was pretty scared of me up there. Mom had to really calm her down and after just a few minutes of Mom talking sweet and just taking little steps Precious understood that we just wanted her to walk around with me sitting up there. While she didn’t take to the mount and dismount as well as I would have hoped, she did great for Mom and I got to ride her. Check this out.

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And to think all this was done with a wind advisory in effect. Horses aren’t normally calm in wind but these two worked like the champs they are. Anyway, The last thing that happened that really wasn’t my thing is that Mom saw a mouse in the house. She was cleaning Charlotte’s cage and found a mouse in her food bag. So Mom and I set out to find the little booger. And find it I did. Not just one though … that thing had babies. After I jumped around a bit and made Mom’s sides hurt from laughing I did manage to get them all outside and released away from the house.

Man I so don’t like those little creepy things.