Monday, October 13, 2014

Before We Work...

I put up our annual supply of fresh green chile - this is last year's photo because I neglected to snap a shot this year - just double the bags. :)

 Spent 3 days in the kitchen peeling apples:


 making multiple batches of these:

and cooking apples for applesauce:


I made my menu:

 and my list:

and on Saturday afternoon I closed the door behind my indoor chores and jumped in the rig with DH to soak up the rest of the day. It was 44° bout mid-morning and barely hit 70° for a high - it was a glorious day and I'll be darned if I was going to spend all of it cooped up.

We just made a circle on the north side of the ranch to look things over. We're weaning the beef calves this week so nice weather or not, I'll be up to my elbows in dish water and bread dough and DH and I will be like 2 ships passing in the night. We both look forward to our cow works and we both work hard to make everything flow smoothly, but we don't get to spend much time together.

It was so nice to see green pastures in October!


And dirt tanks filled with water


The calves are big and soggy


 The Corriente bulls  are enjoying some bachelor time


Some parts of our roads are washed out but a little ol' washed out road doesn't stop us for long:


A few minutes later we were back in business and before long we were headed back to the house. DH had spotted a calf with a gimpy leg so he loaded up a horse and went to fetch her while I tended to chores before dark. The days seem to have gotten short rather quickly so its nice to soak in these crisp fall days while we can.

On Sunday, we drove out to the east side of Chuckbox to check on some Corrientes.

I know y'all are tired of seeing photos of cows standing in grass, but we get pretty excited about that around here. Its not every year that you can drive down the road and only see the backs of cattle topping out over the grass:

We were short, but we were hauling the trailer and DH's horse so he trotted out to get a count on a bunch that I wasn't able to get to in the rig:

Then he came back for his leggings and drove the calves back to the house

so I took the rig home and tossed some apples in the oven to bake because its really hard to beat a really good baked apple!

Baked apples


Happy cattle

Happy hubby

These are a few of my favorite things.


Dorian said...

Fall is always such a busy time, isn't it? But so well worth it when you look in the pantry/freezer and see the stuff you've put up. Glad you have some nice, tall grass this year!

Vickie said...

That is so wonderful that ya'll have grass like that. We were finally blessed with 1.5 rain Friday night and 1.4 last night. We are gonna call it 3 though !It came fast and hard and put some water in the tanks and the oats we planted will now be able to spring up !
Life is GOOD !

Anonymous said...

Great photos,loving seeing the west and the very nice cattle. We enjoyed baked apples yesterday too always good. linda

Nancy said...

All the blessings mentioned in this post are wonderful and made me smile. Life is definitely going well at the end of the dirt road.

juliehallfeldhaus said...

I can sure relate to the cattle and the tall grass!! I never get tired of seeing those two things together:)

Nancy said...

I never get tired of seeing your cows and bulls, Karin, even if I can see only their backs. I enjoy having a look into your life, too. You accomplish so much!

Denise :) said...

I really enjoy your ranch life posts. It's funny . . . I have a second cousin who's married to a rancher (cows, in Montana), but I know more about the life from your blog! The apples look yummy! Think I may go make an apple pie! :)

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