, but I now realize that my day dream of living in a little log cabin in Montana or Alaska, while still living in Texas because I LOVE Texas, probably wouldn't be very realistic and an entire winter covered in snow does not make for fun ranching.
This kind of weather is hard on livestock. We've had a rough year as it is with no rain and extreme temperatures that fluctuated from -17° to 117°, we are hoping 2012 will be a bit kinder. With 10" of snow, the cattle can't get to feed and with 200 sections, we can't get to all the cattle. DH hauled hay to what he could.
When it started to thaw a few days ago, he would drive around to feed in the mornings and ride horseback, checking things in the afternoon. Thankfully it did not get crazy cold and we didn't have ice everywhere. I did my part by keeping the feathered critters fed:
And our canines are thankful for a fresh bed of hay:
And broken ice:
We really wanted to take the kids skiing, but there was no way DH could get away.
On Christmas Eve, he and DD went to feed and he called. His transmission line broke so DS and I loaded up transmission fluid and the funnel and plowed his way.
Poor guy threw down a tarp and lay in the snow fixing his line:
The road between towns (72 miles) was closed.
The kids turned the situation into a bit of fun until Dad finished mechanic-ing:
I think these 2 have missed each other:
When DS is sweltering in Afghanistan, I will send him these pictures and hopefully they will make him smile:
Back to work:
Since we didn't get to go skiing, we improvised:
This was on the 23rd. It snowed for 2 days after this:
The phone rang again on Christmas day. Christmas day or not, ranchers are on call and DH got stuck while feeding:
So we plowed through the snow once more and pulled him out.