Odds and Ends

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Here’s what we were doing when we weren’t moving cattle, fighting fires, enjoying the rodeo and selling calves.

There was hay to put up.

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Casey hauling……hay

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Max learning how to drive the hay truck

We also worked on a couple of landscaping projects.  First, there was the basketball court.

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Toga was always right there to help, which Dad really appreciated

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Then there was moving in some new rocks.  I was pretty certain that this would warrant it’s own post, entitled “What Caused the Divorce” but the old cowboy pulled it off.  He did put a crack in the sidewalk but as he said, “that’s just cosmetic, not structural”.  Around this outfit any time that we manage to get through a day without structural damage to property, livestock or personnel is a successful day.

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There was also new steps to repair in the back – the old steps were a victim of “cosmetic damage” during the rock installation.

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There was mulching.

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This is the before picture. I forgot to take an after picture but there are no more weeds and really pretty mulch in their place. Max was super excited about this project

We spent a day or two putting out salt.  This is how Chase feels about spending the day putting out salt.  I think he’s saying, “It’s not my favorite.”

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We also added on to the sheep corral in the mountain so there won’t be any need to set up temporary panels this year at shipping time.  This is the corral building crew.  I know what you’re thinking, a couple of them look a little short.  Don’t let that fool you. Although I neglected to get it documented on film, I assure you, they were swinging hammers, tamping posts and carrying planks with the best them.

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You should know that building corral involves some high pressure negotiations.  Like where to put the gates and are the posts lined up.  Sometimes it’s safer to just hang back and take pictures and just try to stay out of the fray.  Not that there’s ever any fray around here, everyone is very cordial, even when person 1 says “that post is crooked” and person 2 says “no it’s not, I’m sure it’s lined up” and then person 2 says “hey that post is crooked why didn’t anyone tell me.”  But if there was fray, I’m just thinking it might be a good idea to stay out of the way.

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Casey took the girls for a swim at the pond.

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Some people would be apprehensive about jumping into the pond with an artificial knee…..others not so much

Mom took the girls hiking up the falls.  Where was Max you ask?  He was working out, getting in shape for basketball with the new Ranch Workout Series, which this week focused on an upper body strengthening, that included tamping posts, digging post holes and packing planks.  It’s a very effective workout regimen, especially when your trainer is constantly yelling “more dirt! tamp faster!”.

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There was trick riding at the cabin.

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Chase gave Dad new basketball shoes to go with the basketball court.  We can’t wait for him to try them out.

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And for Mom’s birthday we finally got the old sheep wagon cleaned out so she could start to refurbish it.  That is a whole other story that I will get to later.  It involves a pitchfork, a shovel, a real live, very large rat and running backwards.  Stay tuned.

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