Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Weather Is Changing

Fall weather has certainly set in on us the last couple of days...


I got to see My Honey for a couple of days this last week. He stopped for a day on his way to Pheasant hunt in the eastern part of the state and then came back for another day and 1/2 on his way back to Colorado. He and Megan got to share an entire day of Father/Daughter hunting time. They have a blast together. There were only three Grouse to show for their efforts, but that is of no consequence, when really it is about getting out and getting to do something together.

Now that school has started and the horse shows and rodeos are done for the season, I get to deal with the "teenage girl" that my daughter is, rather than the super fun little girl I get to enjoy during the summer. There is of course, lots of eye rolling and disjointed mumbling(I'm pretty sure it refers to my utter lack of motherly understanding-LOL). She saves her enthusiasm and interest for Chris and Uncle Billy during all of the hunting seasons. Such is life...unfortunately, I can still clearly remember my high school years and back when I knew lots more than I do now...and I was convinced my mother was "the dumbest person on the planet". I wished I was as smart now as I was then-LMAO.

So, while the "hunters" were driving around looking for birds, I got to do one of my favorite tasks(no sarcasm intended), which is move hay bales with the tractor. I'm getting pretty good at it, but I wished my mom wouldn't walk in front of the tractor when I have a bale on the loader. I CAN'T SEE HER. So when I stop the tractor until I can see her, she moves and gives me ridiculous hand signals and very disgusted looks because I stopped when she was telling me where to put the bale. It's as bad as when someone tries to help you back a trailer into a tight spot and then they stand where you can't see them. Hello....If you can't see me? I can't see you! So no amount of arm waving and finger pointing is going to help-sheez.

Chris was kind enough to bring his car trailer with him, so I could haul some panels, bales, junk lumber and I will try to get a load of scrap iron out of here too. Unfortunately, scrap iron went from $120 a ton to $40 a ton. However, I don't really care. I wasn't going to mess with it in the warm weather, because of the rattlesnakes that just love to hang out under all of it. But it has to go, because I have a feeling that that is where the momma snakes are hanging out and giving birth. They are going to have to find a new place, hopefully much farther away from the house, next year.

I hauled some fresh bales of hay down to my ranch and this starving herd raced into the yard to inspect the delivery...


Looky here...Beauty is walking good enough to get let out of the barn for a bit...
There is still a hitch in her giddy-up, but much improved. I think another week of restricted movement and she will be able to go back to the pasture rather than come to town. We will make sure to put her in the pasture that has no hills and see how she does.

I barely got hay unloaded at the ranch and pictures taken and the rain started in, so it was time to get the heck out of there. Dirt roads and moisture in this part of the country equals making a mess of both the roads and your vehicles-LOL. There is a saying about South Dakota gumbo-If you stick around when it is dry, it will stick around when it is wet.

12 comments:

Callie said...

I remember the dreaded teenaged,"You don't get it!" She's in college and I still get it sometimes, LOL. I have to laugh at Mom waving hands and looks. LOLOL

Train Wreck said...

Girl I don't know how you do it all! And the fact that you don't see your fella daily is crazy! I don't think I could do it! I'd go nuts! Well maybe I am already there!!
Good to hear your mare is doing ok, and sounds like she will be as good as new soon.

Bexs said...

Those horse's look far from starving. Perhaps you and I both should start a Weight Watchers for Horses- between the both of us, I think all our horse's look pregnant.
I'm happy to hear that beauty is doing better. Have a great week.

Mrs Mom said...

What a great shot BECG. Tho, you did give me shivers thinking about that nasty cold fall rain. Ugh.

So AL is not the only place that has gumbo in the ground? Have to keep that in mind ;)

Give Beauty a rub, and tell her to behave so she can get back to normal life there!

kdwhorses said...

Great pic! Glad you and Meagan got to see Chris!

You go BECG! I totally agree with you on the people trying to help! LOL! Envisioning in my mind!

Glad to see Beauty is on the mend!

Fall weather is peeking it's head out here as well. Last night it dropped 10 degrees in about 10 minutes then started raining! It is damp and cool this morning!

Paige said...

Man I like that black horse!

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Great descriptions of your various activities and challenges. For some dumb reason, I keep accidentally honking my horn with my elbow when I am backing up my horse trailer. People always think I am calling out for help, and I have to shoo them away because they usually end up being more of a hindrance for the very reason you described.

Andrea said...

Crazy how you get all that done in one day!! That would take me forever! I would first have to learn how to drive the tractor! LOL!!

Your horses just think they are starving!! LOL!! Those are some chunky monkeys.

And I am so not looking forward to the teenage years. Sigh.

PaintedPromise said...

being on my THIRD teenage girl i can SO relate...

and the tractor/backing up the trailer thing? Oh. My. you have BEEN at my place!!!!

C-ingspots said...

Have fun with your honey! Glad to hear Beauty is doing better and gets to go out for fresh air - does a girl good. Speaking of mud - ever been to Oregon??

SunnySD said...

I love the few foggy mornings we get out here in the fall - reminds me of back East (at least the parts I liked of back East - grin). Sounds like a great day even if not much to show for it hunting wise. Now, who gets to cook the birds?

Melanie said...

Glad to hear that Beauty is getting better, and OMG...that is a BLACK horse!!!! Who is it?

Aren't kidlets and their mouths fun??? I tell you what....

The joys of hunting season! We don't have any pheasants around here, so my little guy brings home grouse.