This morning my husband went to his first branding of the season. It was a beautiful spring day to brand calves. He didn’t even have to leave very early – only about 6 am. It was already light til he left the ranch.
He’d gathered the horses last night, so it wouldn’t take much time to catch and saddle a couple this morning. I made him coffee, and he grabbed a donut on his way out. (my bad – I usually try to feed him before a full days work!) I spent about 2 minutes debating if I wanted to get my boots on and haul my camera out… Â But in the end, I did. I slipped on a jacket against the morning chill, and jogged out to catch him as he was catching the horses.
After he left, I worked in the house awhile. Then my son and I took on the job of picking up all the haybales that were around the house for the winter, and stacking them elsewhere. During the winter, this double-wide that we live in gets cold underneath and the pipes freeze up. So we stacked haybales two-deep, around the whole house. It really helps keep the house warm! But it is spring now, no more hard freezes, I think. Even if we get our usual Mother’s Day snow- it shouldn’t get too cold.
Well, we worked at those haybales for several hours. The snow had drifted on top of them during the winter, Â and slowly seeped down into the bales as it melted. They were monstrously heavy! We heaved and huffed and grunted our way through. Finally we finished, then a good shower (hay dust!!) and off we went to the Conoco for a cold coke! That hit the spot, after all that hard work. ð
Well, that was our Saturday on the ranch, what about you?