Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Association Branding- Day 1

We ad our first glorious day of branding our BLM cows with the association over the weekend.  It was pleasantly a typical day with no surprises.  The wind blew, the food was great, we all returned home covered in dust and we got a lot of branding done. 

In between giving calves shots (because that is my specialty) I had some time to take some other awesome shots!  (I guess I really am specializing in one thing!)  There were some fun moments for me to capture- like a pair of pants that just didn’t last the day and are beyond repair!  Of course my little boy always has his rope in hand ready to attempt to rope a calf. 

I even had a new memory to capture…  There were a few boys with a grocery sack they passed back in forth throughout the day as they were collecting all of the testicles.  Why?  I dunno… Maybe to give to their dog or cook up for themselves.  But I wonder if they kept them…  Cowboy E kindly fried up a rocky mountain oyster for them.  They weren’t impressed with the taste… AT ALL!  In fact I think one boy said that it was absolutely awful. 

Then there were the classic moments to capture…  I always find a face or two grimacing at the stink of the singed hair or carefully placed quick the calf just gave.  The cowboys always turn out to be photogenic and ready for a photo shoot.

Brandings have to be some of my favorite ranch life moments to take.  There are the cows, the calves, the horses, the cowboys, the newbies, the oldies, the cooks…  So much to enjoy.  And now that I’ve rambled enough you really can enjoy!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Enjoying the Monotomy

Are you tired of hearing about our somewhat monotonous life lately?  The cows have babies, we check the cows, we tag the babies, we feed the cows, we go to locomotive and then we repeat it all... Nothing crazy or extraordinary is happening so I don't have stellar stories for you.  I guess I could make one up... Would you know the difference?  Don't worry, I won't...

On this sunny day the kids and I loaded up in the truck to truck down to Locomotive.  Sometimes I like to go just because it gets the kids out of the house so they can't destroy the house so much.  Seriously, I am ready for summer for them to spend all of their time outside.  I feel like a make ZERO progress... I'm sure no other mom has had that problem, right?  I heard a saying the other day about how trying to clean the house with kids around is like trying to brush your teeth while eating Oreos.  Yes.  Truth.

So we drive with dad.  The Rancher has a bike stashed down with the cows to buzz around the cows we quick.  The kids and I take that time to do some exploring.  We find sticks and rocks and tags and occasionally something cool like old plastic pipe.  Ya, know... typical childhood treasures.  We throws rocks and take walks while trying to avoid the poop and not chase all of the cows away.  Its kinda hard for me to take ranch pictures when I can't find the cows...  This fine day we stopped by the troughs to throw rocks in they overthrow ponds.  I'm pretty sure I was the coolest mom that day!

They threw rocks.  I snapped pictures and this is what we ended with!

Monotony can be nice sometimes... You enjoy these photos and I'll go whip up something a little crazy!

Friday, March 27, 2015

A Little Cattle Character

I like cows...  And I like them for more than eating.  I actually think they are really funny to watch.  They have their own funny quirks and personality.  I may humanize them a bit, ok a LOT bit.  But it keeps things interesting.

The Rancher probably thinks that I am crazy and he probably gets tired of my cow watching, but he just gets to deal with it.  I'm sure that he gets sick of me taking the cow's side when I say things like, "I wouldn't want to run if I was 9 months pregnant!" as he is chasing cows.  Or when he frustrated with a cow that just won't hold still as they preg check her, I tell him I wouldn't want someone's arm up my huh-huh and would DEFINITELY squirm.  I may even occasionally tell him he deserves some of the mean-mommy-attitude because he is messing with their babies and the inner momma bear just isn't ok with it. 

Having so many cows at home this winter has given me lots of subjects to watch.  They turn into a bunch of obsessive old ladies when it come to feeding time.  They have to be the first one to the hay and if another cow starts munching on the wrong flake they sure tell them.  They get to head buttin' and kickin' and eventually push them right out.  "You're outta the herd!"  You can hear them saying that, right?

The babies are their own kind of cute and fun when it comes to watching them.  The first attempts at getting up are so wobbly and even funny!  Is that mean of me?  (I'm sure someone laughed at me when I first started walking, so its all ok...)  It doesn't take long for those babies to get strong and fast and they race across the fields.  We'll be out feeding and you see dozens of calves just take off running.  Usually there is one old cow babysitting all those calves and she starts bellering (is that a word?) for them to come back... Darn kids...

I'm sure I give these critters more personality than they may have, but I love the bit of cattle character we see.  With so many of the blasted things around, why not change it up a little?