Labor Day … 2014

Not sure why they call it such. They call it a holiday when people take a vacation before school starts, but it isn’t. There are many of us who work year round such as farmers and ranchers. If you gave gardens, trees, plants and animals you can’t just drop everything and leave for the day. These need 24/7 care. Those of us who do not or rather can not take the day off work on this day so those who run “Brick and Mortar” businesses such as the GOVERNMENT and BANKS, POST OFFICES and more CAN take the day off. So in the evening I will drink a toast to all of us who actually do work now and anymore. May we truly understand that it the labor of folks who could care less about “holidays” and continue to watch over this country and keep trying to keep America what it was meant to be … FREE.

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My dream spot …

Ever dream of a place where you would like to be? There are times that I do. I use this idea when I write, sketch, meditate (etc.) It is a place where I see trees, mountains, a huge garden (well, actually 2 gardens since one is vegetables and fruits while the other is herbs and spices.) water features, (water fall, lake, rivers …) caves in the mountain where I have attached a nice cabin. I would have a barn for my animals, and a place to store all the things I feel are important. I would make sure there was plenty of room between my house and civilization. I would have a large sunken kitchen, and a winding set of stairs which would vanish into the back of the house leading to bedrooms, bathrooms and closets. On the other side you will find an open living room area. A little behind that would be a huge study/library and craft room. I would have horses, chickens, some rabbits and a milk cow or two. The rest is foggy since I am not sure where to go from there. Hope this little dream home gives someone an incentive to think up other styles of homes. Why not post your dream property/home as well? Have fun.

The day I was waiting for! BRANDING DAY!

I look forward to this every year at this time. The time when my rancher friends start branding, tagging, castrating and vaccinating their calves. I decided to take my son this year. It was a good thing since V’s wife was ill and all he had were their brother-in-law and sister to help.  He really got down in with the calves and man handled them!

Phillip watches as the calves are released

Phillip watches as the calves are released

 

waiting to put the next calf in.

waiting to put the next calf in.

 

Phillip grabbed this one and almost got it in his lap while trying to turn it around to face the gate

Caught the calf

 

Phillip caught this one trying to get away.

Phillip caught this one trying to get away.

 

Phillip handled putting the calves into the squeeze shoot so V could do his thing with the branding, vaccinations etc. The sister recorded how many went through. We did 13 calves (not counting the 8 who had already done this before) total, with the breakdown being 8 heifers and 5 steers.

some of these calves had been through this before and didn't want to do so again!

some of these calves had been through this before and didn’t want to do so again!

Both Phillip and the Brother would turn their heads when V castrated the steers. They looked pale and pained. I told V later that it seem that women made better calf wranglers because we were not afraid of cutting the balls off the steers. He howled with laughter on that one!

This was one of the ones who were waiting to get things done. It was actually one of the easier calves!

This was one of the ones who were waiting to get things done. It was actually one of the easier calves!

All in all it was a good day and he said currently he only had 2 left when had been born last night so we would have to wait a bit for them.  The bad part of the day I am posting in one of my other blogs!