What a busy weekend!
Friday - I went back to working outside the farm. Took the PT position at a previous employer where I work at a computer and output plates for printing newspapers. Happy as a lark. Job I love, good pay. Happy, happy, happy.
After working 8am-4pm, I mowed the lawn for 2 hours, made dinner and then drove to town to get the necessary provisions for my farm laborers (our 3 kids and their friends and significant others) to eat on Saturday.
6:00 am. - Awake, clean the kitchen, make coffee and start crockpots of teriyaki chicken legs, pork ribs and butter cream roasted corn.
7:30 am The Farmer (aka my loving husband) starts breakfast. I love that he doesn't mind helping me out in this role. Mmm bacon and blueberry pancakes.
7:45 -8:15 am The kids and their friends start rolling in.
8:30 - 9 am Breakfast commences. Dishes are done. Horses are caught.
9 - 9:30 am Patch the floor in stock trailer, tack up horses, load in trailer, haul to Grandpa's farm.
9:30 - 10:15 am At Grandpa's on horseback, rounding up cattle. One calf in particular decides to make the horses work for it. Farmer and his horse accept the challenge. Calf runs to his momma after 4 laps around outside of corral. Farmer and horse 1, calf 0.
10:15 - 11:30 am Daughter Heather and I ride our horses back to the home farm and pony the other 2 so they cool down before turn out. Once home and horses are turned out, tack put away. Gather necessary equipment for vaccinating, pack cooler of ice and water.
11:30 - 11:40 am The farmer shows up to nag us about amount of time accomplishing tasks mentioned from 10:15 - 11:30. They are all set up and waiting for us.
11:41 - 11:45 am Cursing the farmer under my breath driving back to Grandpa's. Wonder why I make mistakes, rush rush rush!
11:45am - 1pm Sorting out 25 cow/calf pairs from herd of 83 cow/calf pairs to go to separate pasture. Son Devon whacks me in shin with sorting stick. :/ Ow.
1 - 1:30 pm Vaccinating of the cows begins.
1:30 - 2:15pm Thunderstorm. Take a break. Cannot believe the wind and rain. Storm ends after 20 minutes, cookie and soda break. Holding pens are a muddy mess.
2:15 - 4:30pm Finish vaccinating.
4:30 - 5pm Dinner. Yum. Dishes, again. Boo.
5 - 5:30pm We lose Heather and Blake to a graduation party, other 2 kids and friends go back to Grandpa's, the farmer goes to the separate pasture to do last minutes fixes to fencing. I take care of home farm chores.
6:30 - 8:30pm Haul cow/calf pairs to pasture, sort one pair out, momma cow with pinkeye. Devon and friend leave.
8:30 - 9:30pm Situate pinkeye cow and her calf at home farm for the night.
9:30 - 10pm Apologize to daughter Kristina about things taking all day and not leaving her much time to do anything while the farmer and I keep baby Wesley overnight. She is more than happy with getting a morning to sleep in. They leave, Wes is put to bed for evening.
10pm Go to bed...unconscious!
6:00am Wake up with a crying, stuffy nosed unhappy baby Wesley
6-9:30am Bathe a screaming Wesley and put him back down for a nap
9:30 - 11:00 Wash floors, clean bathroom, do dishes, wash dry fold and put away laundry, vacuum.
11am Wesley is awake
11:30am Listen to the farmer complain that he has to work on his days off. Mmmhmm and cleaning the house and babysitting a sick grandson is fun. :/ Men. Seriously?!
12pm Potluck at Grandpa's for Fathers Day. Wesley is happy to see his Mommy and so am I. :)
1pm Farmer and I doctor pinkeye cow with LA200.
1:30 Rains again. That is getting seriously old.
3:30pm Home farm chores.
4 - 5:30pm Re-string electric wire for rented pasture where the 25 cow calf pairs were moved to. Fence issue resolved. Wire is HOT. Drop off mineral bunk and fill pans with mineral.
5:30- 6:30 Help with the Kenworth so the Farmer can go to his other job.
7pm It's just me and Bree the Crop Dog :)