Wednesday, July 5, 2017

What I've Been Up To

Gosh, I wish I had time to publish a short post every day. Then you wouldn't have to wade through posts with random subjects like this. But part of the reason I write, is to keep track of what goes on around here. One of these days when someone asks, "What did ya'll do out there all the time?", I can direct them here or hand them the growing stack of blog books I have printed. :)

 I hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th. I know it was a long weekend for most of ya'll. Around here, it's been business as usual. Leaks need fixing

troughs need cleaning out:

Gas wells need repairing:

Hay needs unloading: (This is an old picture)


Grass needs mowing:


Weeds need pulling:

Rain gauges need dumping

YAY! In June alone we had 2" here at the house. June is statistically our hottest, driest month so this has been a welcome change. Our west side hadn't caught any though. This place is pretty big so it's rare that all of it catches rain at the same time. July and August tend to be monsoon season. Here in the desert, monsoon season is a funny expression because there are years our annual rainfall has totaled  3". That makes for a rough year when you are trying to raise cattle on grass.

On Sunday we had a 20% chance of rain and we ended up with  0.9". A few weeks ago we had a 100% chance and got not a drop. Last night they forecasted 20% again and this morning we had another 1.0". Our radar looked like this at 1:30 this morning:


This time, most of the ranch got good and soaked, including the west end. There's no rain gauge there, but the dirt tanks that were dry, are now full! Catching dirt tank water is always  a good thing.


Harvey and Skeet wore each other plumb out:

We had a quiet 4th. DH smoked ribs and we invited our North Camp fella over.


Soon plates were empty and tummies were full. D has been stranded for a few weeks because of this:

He was on his way to a wedding in Oklahoma the afternoon we finished working cattle and he called DH about 3 hours later. His transmission blew out about 90 miles from the ranch. So we hooked up to the flatbed, loaded the wench and headed out to rescue him:

Poor kid. We were all thankful that he even had service to call for help because this road is long and empty and phone service is spotty at best:

The bride wanted him there so she rented him a car and I took him to the airport in town the next morning. He has another wedding this weekend so DH will take him in to pick up his rental car in the morning.
I would do it, but my partner in all things quilting and I are escaping to a little town 75 miles away for some fabric therapy so stay tuned. I love this quilt shop and surely, we'll return with some goodies and inspiration to share.


Anonymous said...

Totally amazing. What a read! Loved every word. I think I need a life. Such adventures. THANK YOU for sharing.

Tired Teacher said...

Definitely no "days off" on a ranch! Glad that D. was able to call for help and make the wedding, too.

Have fun at your quilting retreat.

Alycia said...

You are crazy busy! Glad you had rain - we had it so well in the first of the summer, but now the grass is getting a lot dry - cross your fingers for a little more ;-)

Pauline said...

Looks like another wonderful day!

Judy Laquidara said...

Whatever you write and whenever you write it, I always love seeing a new post from you.

allthingzsewn said...

Loved those skies in the background. Did Skets get a new partner or is that your daughter's dog? Glad to see your getting some rain this summer. Does that help keep those nasty varmint stingers away?

Jim and Judy said...

I am thankful you had some rain and that you are well. We were in Idaho for the 4th with the Best Man at our wedding 48 years ago! Headed toward Texas and it's a long drive. I look forward to your next post!

Gwynette in NW Arkansas said...

Your cell service must be as reliable as ours here in the mountains. Your dog photo reminded me off the old adage "Let sleeping dogs lie!!"
On the Fourth of July, our cumulative total rainfall for the year was 40.98 inche's. My flower gardens are like lush jungles this year. Other years, I'd be watering now to keep them alive. Would love to tag along on your little shopping therapy trip. Have fun and fondle lots of fabric!!!

Janet O. said...

Sounds like you could use a little retail therapy. Enjoy! :)

suz said...

I love reading your blog. I live in a city and work in city. I grew up in the country, but nothing like your country - New England country - which basically means I could see the next door about a quarter mile down the road because the road curved, but on our 4 mile road there were only 6 houses. My dad just loved the idea of owning land, but most of it was woods and the only thing we grew was rhubarb and a tiny veggie garden in the summer. Dad once brought a heifer home and he might have been able to keep it, but he brought into the kitchen and my Boston-bred mother was none too happy. That was the extent of livestock. So, except for our dog, no other animals. I so appreciate what you all have to do daily and am always amazed at how much you get accomplished in a day. Just the cooking seems overwhelming to me! Thank you for sharing your stories.

Kevin the Quilter said...

I wish I had time to publish a short post every day too! I get me I do! Have fun with your fabric therapy!

Nancy said...

You guys stay so busy. Real workers, you are. I sometimes try to imagine the lives my rural ancestors lived. All I have to do is read your blog, Karin, though they didn't have ranches, just farms. Hope you had fun on your quilt shop trip!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

A Ranchers work, like a Farmers workis never finished--there is always something which needs to be done. Thankful you were able to rescue your friend--towing would have cost him a fortune! July has been a very rainy month and I am trying to stay one step ahead of the growing grass and weeds. Skeet and his friend look like they are totally relaxed. Enjoy your stitch time with your friends.

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