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2011 Blizzard, Part Two

We needed to haul ashes out of the wood stove today anyway, so Richard took the bucket of hot ashes down to the barn to put under the tractor to warm it up enough to start. It did start, so Richard did some snow plowing.

First Richard bladed in front of the truck in the garage. Then he headed down the lane to clear it (and also clear the big pile of snow the county road grader pushed in front of our lane access!).
Then he bladed us a more clear path to the wood pile (which we travel pretty often carrying heavy loads of wood). Then, after he finished the blade work, it started really snowing hard again!
The birds evidently knew more snow was coming because they were loading down the tree around our feeders! Some of the birds waiting their turn at the feeder.
The calves were wondering just what this additional snow was all about? And an artsy shot to end with.
Categories: Photography and Tina's Diary.

A Wonderful Day in the Ozarks!

Today’s one of those days you wish would just repeat every day of the year! At 10 am it’s 68 degrees with a light wind, and it’s probably going to get up to about 75. This morning the low was around 50. It doesn’t get much better than this! Sure doesn’t seem like November!

It doesn’t look like Richard’s quite as lucky where he and Garland are pheasant and/or quail hunting in Northern Missouri (first weekend of the Missouri season). It’s currently 47 degrees with the radar showing a storm maybe heading their way.


Delilah stayed the night last night, and this morning we gave the calves and cows more pasture. Delilah held down the 4-wheeler while I set the fences! The calves weren’t too sure just what she was.


And, while I hung the laundry to dry, Delilah enjoyed the swing.

Categories: Our Grandkids and Tina's Diary.

Fall Calving Season


This is one of Richard’s oldest cows, and she’s twinned 4 times in her history. Friday she had lovely heifers and loves them both.

This is one of his best cows who had another heifer obviously sired by Buck, the Beefmaster bull.
Categories: The Farm.

Walking the Calves


Richard weaned his calves Monday and combined them with the "store-bought" calves he’s been running, making a nice group to take for an evening drive around the pasture.

Categories: The Farm.

Visit with Delilah

I kept Delilah last night to give Jessica and Andy some quiet time and also to keep me company as I miss my man! We rode the 4-wheeler (very slowly!) out to see the cows! Delilah loves the cows! She slept great, and we will go to church together and meet up with her parents later in the day.

Categories: Our Grandkids and Tina's Diary.

New Calves


After learning a new (and profitable regardless of the market swings!) marketing technique from my dad, Richard bought 5 underpriced calves June 18 and 5 more July 9.


This gives Richard some new livestock to practice Stockmanship on and also something more to make money on. The newest 5 calves settled down in record time and are now out of the "training pen" in with the other 5.

Categories: The Farm.

Wood Cutting

When I first met Richard he cut his wood for the winter in the HEAT of August . . . . Well, I helped that first summer without much comment, but, when the next February rolled around, I offered the suggestion that he might consider . . . maybe . . . cutting wood when it was nice and cool rather than 90 degrees in the shade! That idea has taken hold, and we now cut wood in the nice cool later winter! Last weekend we cut two pick-up loads with Garland. This morning we cut another load. Just one or two more loads to get us set for next winter’s heat!

Categories: The Farm.

First Calf of 2005!

Here’s the first calf of 2005 born on Saturday. She’s a lovely heifer sired by Buck, Richard’s new beefmaster bull. She will be kept to become another good mama-cow. I love the spring and new babies. I do miss all the lambs though. What fun, 2-3 babies per mama, all different colors, running here and there.

Categories: The Farm.