A lovely Saturday… and sledding, too!

The weather today was gorgeous.  After several days (weeks?) of seemingly endless cold and snow, the forecasted temperature of 46 degrees felt like a heat wave, and nobody wanted to be inside!

Travis had been off hauling the last of our hay from a ranch about 2 hours northeast of us, as well as hauling hay from Mitchell for some family of ours, since Wednesday, and he finally got home last night.  When I asked him this morning what he wanted to do today he said, “Relax.”  Music to my ears!

After a lazy (yet totally yummy) breakfast of grits, sausage and fruit, I got Millie and I bundled into our outside gear (there is still snow on the ground, after all!).  Travis buckled Millie into her new blue snow sled and introduced her to the fun of sliding down a hill!  Millie kept a pretty stoic face for the most part, but she actually was having a blast.  When we’d ask her if she was all done, she would say very definitely, “No!” 🙂

Everybody, meet Cee Heart Jazelle, my wonderful filly.  (She was watching Millie sled.)  Isn't she a beaut?!  In case you aren't familiar with the proper naming of horse colors, her golden body hair and cream colored mane and tail make her a "palomino."  She is as sweet as she is beautiful!
Everybody, meet Cee Heart Jazelle, my wonderful filly. (She was watching Millie sled.) Isn’t she a beaut?! In case you aren’t familiar with the proper naming of horse colors, her golden body hair and cream colored mane and tail make her a “palomino.” She is as sweet as she is beautiful!
Sledding with Daddy is so fun!
Sledding with Daddy is so fun!
Really, I'm thrilled.  Can't you tell?!
Really, I’m thrilled. Can’t you tell?!

Eventually we were “all done” with sledding, and we headed up to the end of our driveway where Arthur was feeding the calves their pellets.  Actually, we were planning to feed the calves, but Arthur beat us to it.  He’s on the ball that way.

I was going to get some great pictures of dumping the pellets into the feeders, but Arthur being the speedy man that he is, was already finished by the time we got there.  Oh well!
I was going to get some great pictures of dumping the pellets into the feeders, but Arthur being the speedy man that he is, was already finished by the time we got there. Oh well!
Happy calves!  These are mostly weaned heifers that we are keeping for replacements.  There are a few larger steers in there as well, including one named Henry (he's ours). :-)
Happy calves! These are mostly weaned heifers that we are keeping for replacements. There are a few larger steers in there as well, including one named Henry (he’s ours). 🙂
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“Can we have MORE pellets? Puh-leeeze?!”

Travis and Arthur planned their day…

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While Bess looked on in wonderment…. or boredom….

Such a sweet doggy!
Such a sweet doggy!

There is never a dull day on a ranch.  There are always projects to be started, worked on, finished, or planned.. but when winter hits, the snow and cold temperatures force us to focus on the immediate tasks at hand.  We joke that we have two seasons:  Winter, and getting ready for Winter.  How true this is!

In the cold months, every day we can count on cattle needing fed hay and/or pellets (a special grass-fat, grain free pellet), and water being checked.  Beyond that, it is either shop work or gathering firewood.  On our rare warm winter days, the guys jump at the opportunity to do whichever job will allow them some outdoor and sunshine time.

Even though he said all he planned on doing today was relaxing, Travis had two semi loads of hay to unload, and Millie and I were going to ride with!  We even got to drive the tractor the mile down the road to the South hay yard while Travis drove the first semi truck down. Or should I say, were forced to? Naw, I really didn’t mind! I’m getting braver… 🙂

Millie loves riding in the buddy seat!
Millie loves riding in the buddy seat!

Riding in a tractor isn’t always especially fun, but I savor every moment with my sweet husband.  And when the weather is as nice as it was today…. any excuse to be outside is taken!

Unstrapping the bales.
Unstrapping the bales.

Millie fell asleep after about 2 minutes of tractor vibration, so we tucked her into the sleeper bed of the semi that we were unloading and Mr. Handsome and I had a little alone time in the John Deere.  Just what the doctor ordered!

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Be sure to check out my other posts from the past couple of days under the “Flavorful Favorites” section!  Aunt Sally’s Pancakes, Cheesy Onion Burger Buns, and The Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger (coming soon) !

 

 

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