Well, this week didn’t go as Planned. I was suppose to work two hours each day but then I still had the other job to finish. I could just up and leave the lady hanging. I worked all day Wed and then went to a goat roping and to pick up a steer. Thursday was Thanksgiving and we spent it helping a friend. Friday we took time to help that friend stage her place and today I am headed to a roping.
So Wednesday was very interesting. I worked to help a lady get her house ready for an appraisal. She is a single Mom and she is struggling since her husband left her. She is working to get a lower house payment but is kind of broke. So I worked a few days that she paid me and then I kept coming back even though she didn’t ask me too. After I got some things she really needed done, done, I left early and headed to pick up a steer. So this steer had been left by accident when the pasture was cleared. It had been surviving pretty much on it’s own for the last month. He isn’t much bigger then Gordie so he really shouldn’t have been on his own yet. On the way to pick the steer up there was a goat roping I wanted to go to so we stopped.
After the roping (I didn’t do any good) Mom and I headed home. On the way we had to take the Turnpike. Well, there is construction on the Turnpike and while we were driving through that construction a tire on the trailer blew. They are new tires and that shouldn’t have happened. We had to call the Highway Patrol to help us get to safety and get the tire changed. There is suppose to be a new left lane law that went into effect Nov. 1st. It says you can only be in the left lane to pass. Honestly, That law doesn’t work. As we moved to the left lane as that was the only shoulder in the construction zone. And we tried to get it changed without the flashing blue and red lights. However, That didn’t happen. Once the Highway Patrol got there it was amazing the number of people who moved over, slowed down and drove nicely. I just really don’t understand why there was so much traffic at 1 AM on Thanksgiving morning on the turnpike. When we got to the end of the Turnpike it absolutely just dropped off. The traffic died away and it wasn’t as if we weren’t on the same exact road just with no tolls. Crazy if you ask me.
When we finally made it home safe, I went to bed after settling “Lucky” in (we dubbed the steer lucky because so far in his short life, he has survived on his own for a month and having a blow out in a construction zone on the turnpike … he is one lucky dude as Mom said) While I went to bed, Mom got to work getting a turkey and ham in the oven. She had already spent the day baking pies and get feed for the animals to get them through the Thanksgiving Holiday. Then she took me to get the steer and to the roping. It was quite a night for Mom … and for Me and Lucky too.
Thanksgiving Morning I got up and did chores before heading out to help the Lady again. The plan was that since Dad had to work, I would go work for her. Then I would bring her and her Mother, who is in a wheel chair, back to eat with us when Dad got home. Then as luck would have it Dad called and said that it was going to be a long day and that they wouldn’t be getting off early for Thanksgiving. Then Sister called and with everything the way it was, They hatched a plan.
Mom loaded up a good part of the meal. She also loaded up tools and paint brushes and anything else she could think of that we would need to get the job done. Then Sister and her Hubby drove Mom and the meal to me and my employer. Mom called and let me know what was going on. I kept it to myself until Mom pulled in the driveway. The three of them started unloading food and we all took time to eat. After that they popped the trunk and started unloading tools and stuff.
To my employer’s surprise we all got to work like it was nothing. When Dad got off work Mom told him what was going on and he headed that way. With all of us pitching in when the sun went down EVERYTHING was done. We took a pie break before Sister and Dad headed out. Sister had another dinner to go to and Dad went home to do chores and get to bed because he had to work the next day. Mom and I stayed and cleaned up the meal and promised to go back in the morning to stage the house and clean up all the things we couldn’t get picked up after dark.
Friday morning I got up and got chores done while Mom got stuff together to stage the lady’s house. When we got there we cleaned up the last of the tools and painting supplies before lunch. Then again Mom had brought food so we all ate. I did notice that the Lady said she had slept better Thanksgiving Night then she had in awhile. I guess she was now hopeful and not worrying about getting everything done before the Appraiser came back. We spent a couple of hours staging the place before we left her to enjoy her new space. She was even so pleased that she took pictures to show off and record how much we had gotten done.
By about 2 we were headed home where I got to roping and Mom worked on her stalls. She really wants to be able to get Derf into those stalls this weekend. Okay, really she wanted to get it done last weekend but that didn’t happen. So she is working to get it done. She got all but one section done in Derf’s New pen before the sun went down.
That brings us to today. Saturday. Dad was called into work but he only had to work until about 9 AM so after Mom and I slept in and podcast, he was home. Dad and I worked to put the last of the pumpkins out. Then I got things together so that for the first time in Days I could get in a bit of roping. Mom went back to working on the stalls and Dad helped me run cattle. After I post this I am off to a roping. Mom and Dad are going to stay home and while I know Mom will be working on the stalls I have No idea what Dad will be doing … LOL