Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Hot pink sun...
The haying is all done except for a little cutting along roadsides and feed grounds. We are thankful for what we got. Some ranchers won't get any hay put up this summer. Too dry.
We are laying water lines this week out in a couple of the summer pastures. The stock ponds and reservoirs are so low that it is very likely we will run out of water for the cows unless we can pump water into stock tanks. Hubby rented a trencher and backhoe from Monday through the July 3rd. My parents came out to help. The menfolk are out trenching, gluing pipe, setting tanks, and burying water lines. Today I helped them for a few hours, but there were also the livestock to drive out to. We try to check on the cows, sheep, steers and bulls every day, making sure they are not hurt or sick or bogged in the mucky stock dams and checking to see that our cows are in their proper pastures and not across the fence in the neighbors' pastures. A couple of the neighbor's bulls were in our cows today so they were put back on their own side of the fence. Have you ever heard the line from the Robert Frost poem The Mending Wall? "Good fences make good neighbors." When you have livestock, it's true. So true.
There is always work to do, but I'm looking forward to some Summertime easy living, aren't you? I want a little time to sew and embroider and to do some lawn chair-sitting in the shade with a good book and a tall glass of iced coffee. My book-reading is sparse right now, but I am enjoying snippets of Gladys Taber's Stillmeadow Daybook (June) and I'm catching up on my Better Homes and Gardens and Country Living mags. I haven't started my summer traditional ice cream-cone-a-day yet, but I did make some strawberry-yogurt popsicles and put them in the freezer! How do you celebrate summertime?