Yes, I disappeared for a few days, didn't I?
But we've been busy. You may remember this summer my rant about our neighbor who is sueing us. Because he doesn't like that we bale hay, we have some cows and have a tractor. Well, Friday, we had to let his lawyer ask us the most INSANE questions ever known to man. And he asks me the questions about the farm equipment, the hay, the cows......But I think he came away looking like a moron so....alls well that ends well. For the time being anyhow.
The Saturday a.m. was the steer weigh in for 4-H. I should have taken more pictures but....I had my hands full. We sold 1 steer to a friends' step-son. And he is taking a dairy steer too. And Jessie has 2 steers. So we get to the weigh in with 4 calves in our stock trailer, and were greeted by this:
And the parking lot and drive were a sheet of ice. Waited in the heat of the truck (or the heat of the diner in the auction barn). When it comes our turn, they didn't waste any time. As Oreo was coming off the trailer - Todd hands me his halter rope and says "here take him in - I'll get the crazy one." Oreo has not been walked since last summer....but he walked along beside me calm as could be (thank the Lord for small blessings!) Todd got a broken toe from psycho red calf when he bounced on his foot.
So Jessie and Mason are planning on showing their 2 steers sometime in early March at a steer show in Wooster. Which will be fun and a good learning experience. Jessie so badly wanted to lead Oreo at the weigh in on Saturday, but I wasn't sure that I could stop him if he got it in his head to misbehave, never mind worrying about where she would be. We also had Oreo's feet trimmed (just like trimming your fingernails) as it gets painful for them to walk when their hooves get long:
Then it was home to run into work for an hour, clean up the house and cook dinner. Add in church this morning, and more cleaning (can you tell I've been letting the housework slide a little) and I'm tired.
And I've felt uneasy for a while. Nothing concrete but....you hear more and more people who can't make ends meet, our neighbors had to sell his truck for scrap metal to make their mortgage payment for this month, and I think that is why I feel so.....uneasy. Fortunately for Todd and I, we both have pretty good job security (Todd has enough senority after just 4 years at his job, and with me being the only secretary in the office, we are both as safe as can be). But this afternoon I started cleaning closets. We are having the mother of all yard sales this spring and whatever does NOT sell, I'm donating to Goodwill or somewhere similar. I hope things turn around - by no means have we escaped unscathed, but....it all has to end sometime, doesn't it???
See you around!