This week.

Holiday weeks always throw me off. Monday and Tuesday felt like Sunday to me. I have no idea what day it is! Tuesday was spent at the hospital with Niece#3 having surgery. Everything went very well and she is doing amazing in her recovery. I think she might be a little tougher than even we thought!

Madelyn and Niece#3

Her smile says it all! I am so proud of how she is handling this tough road to recovery she is on. She had what is called Pectus Excavatum(I am not entirely sure that is spelled right) which is basically when your rib cage grows kind of caved in. They inserted a metal bar under her rib cage and popped it out. Now she has to be really careful not to twist, bend much, use her arms to lift herself, so she is pretty dependent on help for about the next month. But her cheerful attitude and spirit are showing what an amazing young lady she is!

Wednesday sent me back to work. Brother was trying to get ready to mow rye and hay so Nephew#1 and I were to get pastures ready for cows. This means walking fences, fixing what we can with what we can carry, looking for thistles that need cut, and getting fencers up.


Yeah, it’s not the worst thing to have to walk around in this. It has been warm, but not to bad. The pastures look great and we didn’t find to much in too bad of shape yet. We worked a small group of cows and calves yesterday and got them out on pasture. I don’t get a lot of pictures of that because you can’t hold a camera and catch cows in the head gate!


We did find a few of these. Yuck. I do not like musk thistles. They are terribly invasive and our job is to find them all and pull the heads off and put them in a feed bag and then spade the plant. This is not my favorite job but is one that has to be done and done well! Each of those beautiful flowers can release hundreds of seeds, which will be terrible!


I brought Bo and Piper with us while were checking fence and getting thistles. They loved racing around and playing in the creek. I think they were pooped by the time we got home. I really like when I have a chance to take them. I was really excited at how well Piper listened and stayed with us. Bo is doing a pretty good job of teaching her.


I did have to check a group of cows at Mom’s. Just walk through and make sure everyone is there and ok.


This little guy was hiding by the tree and luckily I was walking that way or I would have missed him.


It’s easy to see why I love what I do. I am forced to be out in this! Even though some of the work is less than glamourous, just a few minutes here and I don’t even think about the times I am exhausted or sore or struggling to learn something.


Brother and Dad’s good friend Dave spent the day mowing the rye field. Once we get it chopped or baled, Brother will plant it to beans. Friend Dave loves helping and we love having him around!


And then there was my proud moment of the day. I have hauled and spread manure before, but today Brother said clean out the silage pit. Ok! I love learning and doing new things and while for some this might not be a big a deal, I am pretty proud of how it went. I only spilled a tiny bit off the side and even was able to use the loader to only get enough to fill the very back of the spreader. Of course Nephew#1 was helping line me up and I did some lowering when I should have been raising with the bucket. I am excited I have to do it again today. The more you learn, the more you know!


Finally these little guys are still growing like weeds! The baby goats are doing very well also. We are still patiently(ok that is a total lie) on Indi who does not seem in to big a hurry to show us what she is hiding in there!

We are also waiting on Chevy’s mom who was due yesterday to have her 2nd colt! I can’t wait to see what she throws this year. We also recently discovered the doe Niece#3 bought this spring is bred and I think she could be due anytime, so come on babies!

I hope you are having as beautiful weather as we are. Have a great day!

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