Ranch Update! Fall 2016

fall

It has been awhile since I have done a blog post on the ranch, so I thought I could give you a little update on what has gone on, what is going on, and what will be going on in the coming future.  So, to put it plainly and simply, it’s time for a ranch update!  When I have looked back into the summer, I have kind of felt bad because I realized I did no blog post whatsoever on what happens during the summer while all the cows are in the mountains.  So, I just figured I could give you a quick summary of the summer.

When the cows leave, all ranch workers start irrigating.  We do a few different kinds of irrigating…flood irrigating, pipe irrigating, and we have one pivot.

(These pictures I took off of the internet to show you guys what the different ways of irrigating looks like.  These pictures were not taken on the ranch.)

flood-irrigating

Lots of our irrigation is done with dam irrigating.  We set up a dam, and all the water from the ditch builds up and floods into the field.

 

pipe-irrigating

Another way we irrigate is by moving pipe through the field to water it.  Colton did some of this.

pivot-irrigating

And, this is what a pivot looks like.  The pivot will move around the field by itself.  Grandpa makes sure that screen is clean where the water is sucked out into the pivot and keeps it maintained and running.  

wheel-line

Here is a wheel line.  It has a motor on it, so whenever you want to move it, you turn the motor on and move it.  

 

So, those are our ways of irrigating.  Dad cuts the hay with the swather. Colton, another one of the ranch workers, or I (every once in awhile) will do the raking.  Grandpa does the baling, and another one of the ranch workers will come through the field and pick up the bales.  But, for the sake of not having too lengthy of a post, I won’t post any pictures of this and just remember to do a better job of it next summer.  Why do we do hay?  Winters are cold enough here that grass isn’t going to grow through the winter, so we need hay to feed the cows during the winter.

Dad and grandpa finished up the rest of the haying a few weeks ago, and are now getting the ranch ready to bring cows home in October.

I have to say, Fall is the busiest time of year for me.  Dad and grandpa may agree or disagree; they are busy all times of the year.  October is when we round up cows in the mountains, sort them out from the other ranchers’ cows, truck the calves home, and trail the cows home.  Busy, but a great time of year!

As for right now… Fall has come!  The leaves are starting to turn, and the weather has definitely a little bit of a nip to it.  It has been raining most of the week, too.  Summer has gone.  School started five weeks ago.  Colton is a junior, I’m a freshman, Tierra is a seventh grader, Stran’s in fourth, and Levi is in first.  Yep, mom is schooling five kids!

Dad and grandpa are getting everything at the ranch ready for when cows come home.  Dad brought our chaps home today so that he could get them all oiled up for whatever weather we go through while riding this Fall.  Hopefully, it will stay pretty nice out, though.

And, I think that’s it for this ranch update!  Thanks for reading!

britt

 

 

Inspiration Of The Week 9/19/16

The beginning of another week!  That also means this week’s inspiration!

Here it is:

Image result for romans 15:13

We had a guest pastor preach at our church yesterday.  This was the verse he talked on.  He talked about how we have a God of hope.  No matter what happens in our lives, or in the world around us, we always have hope because our God IS hope.  So, no matter what trials you go through, health problems, losing a loved one, or any other possible thing, God will always be there!

Image result for our God is hope

 

Hope you were inspired!

britt

Ranch Fun!

Lately, the kids have been enjoying playing on the hay bales.  We will jump on top of them and run across from one to the other.  I have to say it’s very good exercise!

Here are some pictures!

 Ready to go!

 

I think Stran and Natalie thought that they were on top of the world!

 Tippy had her share of fun too!

And, that’s all the pictures I wanted to show you guys!  See you later!

britt

Monday Inspiration

So, I’m going to start doing something new on Mondays.  I’m going to call it Monday Inspiration!

On Monday’s I am going to start posting an inspirational quote or verse.  We can all use a little inspiration at the beginning of the week, right?

I can’t guarantee this every week, but I will try to be as consistent as possible.

So for week one:

monday quote 1

 

There’s week one’s Inspiration.  And that verse is something I believe whole heartedly.

Have a great start to your week!

britt