It included 7 hours in the pickup, and 6 hours at the sale, and we had a ball!
So, how many of you are thinking, "She has GOT to get out more!" :)
I really DID have a wonderful day. We lived in the same area where the bull sale was held when we were first married and we're about to celebrate 26 years. So it was so good to reconnect with old friends who all look amazing and are still the nicest people. DH doesn't get away from the ranch much and during these sorts of outings, he gets to visit and I love it when he does. My old boss (I once worked for the ASCS - Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service - sure glad I didn't have to answer the phone!) jumped up and sat next to me and I enjoyed visiting with him in between bulls.
I behaved and sat on my hands during the sale because I have been known to get myself into trouble at livestock sale auctions. If M is reading this, she knows of what I speak, but long story, short, I was sitting next to M at the local sale barn and telling her the story of when our roof blew off.
Perhaps not the best choice of stories to be telling at an auction.
Apparently I talk with my hands and how do you tell a story about a REALLY windy day without using your hands? DH tapped me on the knee and asked if I was paying attention. OYE. So it seems as if I was about to purchase a horse. LOL. Chalk that up to my most embarrassing moment ever, but I learned my lesson. Let's see how long THAT lasts. :)
Thankfully we only came home with the 7 bulls DH bid on. Whew.
On the way home we stopped to get fuel. 8 miles to the gallon does not good fuel efficiency make. And look what we found:
Yes, that is a seagull, and there were about 15 of them. In the middle of NM. Hundreds of miles from the nearest body of water and about 1000 from the nearest ocean. Someone was using a defective GPS and took a wrong turn. Poor fellas. I guess they were headed south.
We left them behind and turned towards home. 380 miles and we passed a total of 4 gas stations...2 each way. LOL. Most of our trip looked like this:
We fueled up coming and going and do you know that fuel was .10 cents more expensive on the way home? Same day. Same station. What's up with that?
So our new babies are getting settled in and are being given the royal treatment. Here we are cranking up our catering service:
The next morning I walked 2 miles to take these pictures, but the weather was just glorious and they were forecasting vicious winds later in the day, so I took advantage of it and stayed out all morning.
At first, my arrival warranted a few curious glances:
Doesn't he look grumpy? Just wait until the wind blows later today. Then you'll really have something to be grumpy about! Before long, they didn't give a hoot that I was there at all:
Apparently this is good stuff. Look how they close their eyes when they go in for their next mouthful :
Yes, I know you would like some green grass.
So would we. We're working on that. I found a few blades in a draw, trying very hard to grow:
But most of the country look like this:
Back to my knees, but even in a drought, this is a good life. Make that a wonderful life. :)