Derf’s new Diggs

So It has been a long week of rain and roping and overhauls mixed in with Farm Visits. Oh and a Holiday weekend. Let me back up and catch everyone up …

Wednesday I went with Mom and got Feed for everything. We also picked up some mineral for the cattle, some fly spray for the goats and Derf. And a few other odds and ends. When we got home I had time to rope before chores. Thursday Mom and I spent day putting together Derf new stall in the barn. We headed to town and got four thick mats. It was a pain to get them from the truck to the barn as they were heavy and floppy. Mom figured out to use the wagon.

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We laid them out first and then went to work cutting and fitting them into the stall … It wasn’t as easy as you would think …
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For the Center Mom gave up her mat in the house pen so that we could finish the stall out. We will use it to finish the other one when we do it too.

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We finished the stall out with Pine Shaving …

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In the end Derf Hated it!! I don’t think it is the stall he hates as much as it is just being inside all the time.

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Friday I got up early to rope. With warmer days it is to much on the livestock to rope so much in the heat so early in the morning it is cooler and better for them. The day was then full of farm visits and fiber Friday. We all had fun and I think everyone learned a lot.

Saturday a friend and Vet assistant came out to look at Derf. He offered a different approach in the care of him that Mom says we will talk to our horseshoer and vet about before we attempt it. By Noon more people had found their way to the farm and we spent the day making new friends and visiting with them. I headed out to a rodeo in the evening but I had the worst luck. I broke out and the calf got up.

Sunday I spend the morning helping Mom harvest some plants for the Community garden and the Farmer’s market. They have a program Mom is looking into and might join to take advantage of it to get our Egg packing license. That way we can sell our eggs anywhere. Not just here on the farm. I ended up back at the rodeo that night as well. This time however I brought home a paycheck with a 9.9 It was good enough to win the whole rodeo.

Today I went to another Roping. I ended up spending all day there. It was a two head roping. On my first calf I broke out but on my second calf I won the round. Now I am heading to shower and bed and I am going to try and blog about every other day from here on out. Sometimes Life just gets busy and it seems to get away from me. I don’t know if I will get it done but I am going to try.

Shearing is done!

So Monday I got up at 3am and worked on the shearing. The weather didn’t hold out like I had hoped. However, By morning I had all the goats sheared and the last two sheep in the barn nice and dry when the rains came. When Mom got up she helped me finish the last two sheep. I kind of had been rude to Mom about the weather and I couldn’t sleep because I felt a little guilty. Guilt will do funny things to you if you know what I mean. In the end it all worked out but not without issues.

The rains pasted and I got a chance to fit in some roping so I took it. At one point I have to admit I did fall asleep on the couch but then again I had been up since 3am… LOL … I know … My own fault there.

Today didn’t go as planned either. There was a bit of a large tiff, an argument or two, some strong words and some stomping out. As a family now know we need to work on our communication skills. So in the end we will be doing just that if we are going to all stay under one roof and survive.

After getting in some roping in between all of that, I did find time to help Mom with her truck. It now has a new oil pressure switch, an oil change and a few new spark plugs. As a thank you she took Dad and I out to eat where Dad and I were suppose to carry the conversation and not let it die. We worked hard to keep it going but I have to say we reallllly need to work on that. It is hard to keep a conversation going when you have to think about it.

When we got home we took some time to work in the garden, do chores and Mom even fit in some cheese making … and we ended the night by finishing the pod cast and getting it posting before heading off to bed.

Long days

So yesterday I spent all day at finals. I roped my first two but then I messed up my third. At Finals there was also a shot out and I missed my calf in that as well so I didn’t get to move on. I was upset and all Mom wanted to do was “talk about it.” I want to rope them all and I never want to miss and I shouldn’t have missed. That is all there is to it. I did make the top 15 and I got a cool vest but for some reason that really didn’t make me happy about how I roped.

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I also got two cool pictures of Storm and Coop Roping from the weeks before. The one of Storm is picture perfect and I am super happy with that. Anyway, today Mom and I sheared the man pen and then I hit the roping pen. Mom was thinking we could shear the rest of the flock tonight before any more rain hits but since the rain won’t come in until tomorrow evening, I decided to wait to shear until tomorrow instead.

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Tumbler and Roping

Yesterday was interesting. Fun but interesting. It started with a Trip to Sedan Ks. For all you Wizard of Oz fans … Sedan has the world’s longest Yellow Brick road! And no we didn’t pass on the chance to take a photo on it …

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I got to eat lunch with an amazing fiber artist/shepherd and some of her friends. We also acquired a new to us Tumbler. It is nice and big and works great.

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The legs come off for portability but it is still big enough to hold a lot of fiber so Mom says she is going to get cracking and get some fiber going. Right after she motorizes it … LOL … Lord knows I am not going to be the one cranking that thing all the time.

While we were gone the farrier came and trimmed up all the horses. He didn’t like the way Derf’s foot was doing so on the way home we stopped at the Vet’s office. This time we picked up some antibiotics. This is our fourth Medication for him and the Vet says something else must be going on. So he is going to kick any bacteria that he may have picked up.

After we got home I went and helped a friend move a loveseat/couch … (I am not really sure what it was but I helped move it) From there I had just enough time to get home, Doctor Derf and head out to the Roping. I won the first round and second in the Average. It was a good day.

Through out the day Mom took care of Kid. Yesterday he didn’t throw up and was drinking water. He also finished his antibiotic shots. This morning he was actually eating and drinking small bits with out throwing up. To us that is a good thing. While he still lays around and sleeps a lot but we think with some time he will get back to his normal self.

The Facelift

Today started with more rain. However, as the day wore on the rain cleared away for a bit and Mom and I were able to work on one small project that we needed to get done. You see the Picnic tables were looking a bit bad and one had a few boards that needed to be replaced. They both needed new paint to freshen them up but that is normally done each year anyway.

We started by removing the old boards. It was kind of fun to tear them out …

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Then we put new boards in their place

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Then Mom painted them. She said the paint isn’t the color of red she wanted but for 11 buck a gallon it was close enough … LOL She also doesn’t have the very bottom painted but she said that she would have to wait until the ground drys out a bit to do it.

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More Rain

Today was “nothing to write home about”. There was more rain and that kept me from doing a whole lot. I found time to clean out some stuff in the barn and kind of straighten up where we have been shearing. Not that we could shear today thanks to the rain.

I spent time playing with Rodeo just because there wasn’t much else to do. I wrote all my Graduation Thank you cards but having a small number of friends comes in handy in that aspect as It only took me about 30 minutes to get that done.

Kid still has an upset stomach but Doc had us give an antibiotic and keep fluids in him. We are hoping what ever his issue is it will pass soon and he gets back to his normal Puppy Self. I checked the cattle and Cosmo and Buttercup are taking the rain pretty good. Mom is planning a shelter for the pasture but that isn’t really helping right now … LOL.

Other then that I spent the day making tie strings. I lucet weave them and it makes them like a square braid. So far I have a pink one done and I am now working on a light green with Black specks in it. At this rate I will have it done by tomorrow.

Nothing but Rain

So today I really didn’t do anything. I had big plans but at about 4am it started raining and that stopped me from getting things done. I had planned to shear, that didn’t happen. I planned to fix the truck, that didn’t happen. I planned to Rope, that didn’t happen.

Yes today was full of that didn’t happens. There was one thing that did happen though. You see the wood bees have been driving the sheep from the pasture shed. So Mom got some stuff to treat them. With the cooler weather the Bees were in their holes. So we took time to spray every single hole we could find.

It was kind of weird to watch the bees come out and fall to the ground. Some came out head first, some butt first. Either way I don’t think they lived long after they came out of their holes. We not only treated the pasture shed but we took time to treat all of the horse sheds as well as the shed in the man pen. We are hoping that we got enough of them so that the sheep can return to the shed without the bees running them out any more.

Other then that Dad and I watched TV while Mom did a bit of this and that. She blew the eggs for the display she is giving to a Community Garden project and She even made a run to town for the spray for the bees. You have to admit at least some one was working around here. Oh and she also took care of Kid.

We don’t know what his issue is but he has been sick and not feeling well today. We called the Vet and we gave him some Pepto and a bubble under his skin so he doesn’t get dehydrated. We are hoping it is just a belly ache and will pass soon. Doc says he probably ate something that upset his stomach but we can’t figure out what that would be. He was outside some and inside some and we never saw anything suspicious or anything out of place. Please say a prayer that this tummy issue passes quickly and he get back to his playful self.

I Graduated!!!

This week it has been a bit lazy and a bit crazy. And some times both on the same day. Tuesday morning Mom and I both had allergy issues so we just hung out and snoozed in front of the TV for a while. What is funny is neither one of us really knew what we were watching as we both would doze in and out and not at the same times … LOL Once we were feeling a bit better Mom said we needed to get up and round so she went out and worked the arena up for me. Of coarse I couldn’t not rope in a newly worked up arena could I???

Wednesday was so different. We spent half the day running around and getting things ready for our Summer programs not to mention we took the truck to get it checked out as it is using and leaking oil. We found that it needs a new oil pressure switch so Mom picked one up and I hope that I can get it changed tomorrow … with some help from Mom or Dad … LOL When we got the running done I did get to the roping arena for a bit of practice. After all that worked up arena was calling to me.

Thursday was a long one … we did chores and then headed to go get feed. We got the feed home and unloaded just in time to load up Precious and Coop and head to Tulsa. We took Precious to a trainer. He is the same trainer that helped Storm. We are hoping he can get Precious over her anxiety of being mounted so that we can start riding her. After we got her settled in at the barn and showed her progress to the trainer, we headed to a roping. Even though I was kind of tired I won both the first and second round and the average. We got home about 2am and headed to bed.

Friday Mom finished up the running. I manned the farm and did some shearing and did a farm visit. The parents were loving it but the little boy was having none of it. He didn’t even like the baby chicks let alone the goats and sheep. He wouldn’t even go into the chicken coop. It was okay though. The parents said that they will be coming back when he is a bit older. That evening I headed out to a church rodeo. I won second in the calf roping but didn’t do any good in the team roping.

Saturday was more of the same … Roping, Roping, Roping. First I headed to Perkins where I entered on both Storm and Coop. This was Storm’s first competition. Storm won second in the first round with a 10.3 but after that I couldn’t catch anything on either horse. I don’t know what the deal was. I was just a bit off. From there I headed back for day two of the church Rodeo. Sadly, I didn’t get anything done there either. For the weekend I am actually on the plus side so it wasn’t a huge disappointment. I just hate when I miss more then one in a row.

Today was a bit different but a really good day. For the record, It didn’t consist of much roping although I did get in a bit of practice. You see, it was my official Graduation day. Yup, I am now a High School Graduate. I don’t feel any real difference except that my stomach is full. We had a pizza party with my friends. There was food, friends, stories, laughs and cake. It was alot of fun.

Mom did do one silly thing. She got this dog that she had everyone sign. It was funny. She said she knew I probably won’t keep it but when she passes away and I call them to help me clear things out, she says that we will find it and do a bit or reminiscing. I think it kind of looks like Snoopy.

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The Cake was good to and it was so Me. Simple but good …

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I hope that everyone had a good time. I had some of my roping friends there but these guys were there for me through a lot of my 4-H days … Mom calls us the old gang. I guess my roping buddy and his family are the New gang … LOL. I don’t think I would have so many wonderful stories and Memories if it had been any other people. Thanks to everyone who came both old and new … I am blessed to have all ya’ll in my life.

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Long Day

So today I spent the day getting the flock in order. While Mom ran Moose to the Vet to get fixed I used the grass clipping from the orchard to treat the man pen. After that it started to rain but that didn’t last long … Just long enough to delay the working of the flock.

Mom got back and we hung out doing a bit of dying and putting a fleece on the drying rack … Check this out…

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We dyed like 8 – 4 oz balls of roving. We did some the way Mom dyes the yarn and we did others in a ball so it has a faded look from one end to the other. It was pretty cool. And I think I really like the way they turned out.

After that the rain had passed on over us so we worked the flock. Everyone got wormed, their annual CDT Vaccinations and their hooves trimmed if they needed it. While the last of the babies got tails docked, banded and ear tagged if they weren’t already.

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After that, you probably know what happened right? You guessed it. I headed to the roping pen while Mom headed back to pick up Moose and bring him home. After that dinner and more chores and I soon will shower and head to bed.

Happy Mother’s Day

So this weekend was kind of weird for me. You see for the last 6 years or more I have always spent Mother’s Day at the District 4-H horse show. This year they changed things up a bit and we had the horse show yesterday. That means today I will have to figure out what other people do for their Moms on Mother’s Day.

Yesterday I spent all day at the 4-H District Horse Show. I only entered the roping events and there were just three of them. I honestly thought that I would have time to go to my other rodeo but the horse show was run kind of slow and I didn’t have time to make it from one place to the other. I was kind of bummed that I missed my other rodeo but then I got a delivery right at the horse show. A leather worker and friend of Dad’s Dad made me a belt … It has Straw on the Back and my initials on the front end. I have to say I LOVE IT!

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And just so you know never wiggle your butt when Mom is taking pictures for your new Belt … she will later use it against you. LOL Mom let me start using the belt that she got me for Graduation after I got home so I was really loving it then.

Today was Mother’s Day. And since for the first time in years My horse show didn’t take up Mother’s day I had to figure out how to make it a good one for Mom. I can’t say I started off very well. I got up at 7am and helped with the chores and then Dad and I went back to bed … And slept until 11am. I know, I know I wasn’t off to a very good start but I thought Mom was going back to bed too … Then a storm rolled in and she didn’t.

By the time I got up Mom had dinner in the crockpot, dishes, the floors and a load of laundry done. Not to mention the entire New series of Videos she edited and scheduled on you tube. I think she had like 15 videos done. When Dad and I finally got up we decided that we needed to get something done. So Dad got the Tractor going. Mom was super excited about it. Then Dad helped Mom reclaim the Orchard.

As the day went on I helped a bit in the barn and then with the farm visit we had. Dad and I did fit in going to get Mom some Pepsi so that was a plus. Other then that I was in the Roping pen. Then this evening we ate and watched a Movie together. All in all it was a good family day but nothing real special for Mom. I will have to get a bit better at the whole Mother’s Day thing now that I don’t have an excuse not to be … LOL