Ranch Journal: Having Fun (6 pix)


With no worries about stockwater nor under the gun to feed cattle everyday, Robbin and I went to the Paregien Ranch Saturday to check on the bulls we put out Monday and to cut a Kubota load of stove wood ahead of the rain forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday.


The grass is fading in places but the cows are holding up fairly well with growing demand from their calves. What feed we have lacks strength, but with our reduced numbers, the cows are staying full.


We were a curiosity to a couple of bull calves, approaching three months old, as we cleaned up a dead tree near the solar pump that we installed this summer. Robbin took pictures while stacking the brush.


Liking the smell and taste of the wood chips and sawdust, I was worried that they might try to lick the chain saw blade.


Just checking on our cows and calves and cutting wood are the fun jobs we haven’t had the time or luxury to enjoy,


and getting comfortable with relaxing seems to come in stages after virtually two years of feeding and trying to keep the nucleus of our cow herd intact. But we made real progress towards becoming human again over our fun-filled Thanksgiving weekend.


7 responses to “Ranch Journal: Having Fun (6 pix)

  1. Great photos and such wonderful news. Thank you.


  2. Beautiful photos! Did you photo shop all that green into them? Can’t wait to see it in a week or two. Hopefully “calf” high. 🙂
    Not sure if gasoline qualifies as organic lol


  3. I wondered about the gas-sniffing critter, too. They’re curious animals, eh, getting into the sawdust and the gas. I hope you don’t smoke, John.


    • Though heartening to see such trust and innocence, the calves can be a problem sometimes, like chewing the wiring for the solar pump in two — probably these two.


  4. Pingback: Journal: February 2015 — Six Pix | drycrikjournal

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