Thursday, July 14, 2011

Still in the saddle....

 Every morning and every evening and sometimes at noon, you'll find us in the saddle.  We're sorting out cow/calf pairs as they come into heat for breeding.  Hubs is the main sorter.  He sorts out the cows from the big bunch of cows, and then we (who are holding the bunch) help bring them out and across the pasture away from the herd.  It works well.  I remember one time we were watching a rodeo on TV and the kids saw the event called team penning.  One of them jumped up and said, "Hey, that's we what do when we're AI-ing."  Most rodeo events started from jobs done on the ranch.

 Yesterday we were wearing our jackets and hoods as we rode.  It barely reached 70* all day, but today we've had the heat move in and we hit 95* for a high.  It sounds like we are in for a hot, hot weekend, with temps reaching into the 100's.  We live in the land of extremes.  I'm so grateful for A/C on these hot summer days.  When you come inside from working outside, it's the nicest feeling ever to feel the cool air wafting over your body.

Here's proof that I actually do ride, but I am always about getting a few pictures during the times when I'm just holding cows and don't have any action. 

Pete loves me
and my dirty boots.

 As I was hanging out the wash on the line, I noticed a LOT of golden dragon flies zipping around everywhere.   They didn't mind me at all as I was pinning the laundry.  They happily lit on the lines and watched with their big buggy eyes.  I remember summer days swimming with the kids at one of our regular swimming holes.  The dragon flies - blue, gold, and black & white spotted -- would skim across the top of the water in search of mosquitoes and bugs to eat.  There certainly are plenty of mosquitoes around for them to feast on now.

There's a full moon tomorrow night.  Have you noticed its biggness lately?
According to the Farmer's Almanac, July is the Full Buck Moon, a time of the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. Another name for this month’s Moon was the Full Hay Moon.


  1. G'day Gumbo Lily. Lovely photo's once again. I really like the dragonfly, that's a great shot. Take care. Liz...

  2. We've had such cloudy nights. I hope we see the moon this weekend. I hope you won't be too tired after your hot saddle days, Jody.

  3. Hope to remember to look up and see that moon tonight. That Pete is a handsome horse. Love the dragonfly shot you got!

  4. I really enjoy seeing you guys round up the cows. It gives me such a nice remembrance. I sure didn't like separating the cows from the bulls.
    You know until I got a Susan Branch Calendar I didn't know that all of the moons had names. I thought that was so nice. I was really amazed the the thunder moon of last night.
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  5. We noticed the moon last night, it was beautiful.

    I've been enjoying the cooler weather too, knowing it's just the calm before the storm. I know the heat wave is coming and I for one am not really looking forward to it. But as I said, I'm just enjoying this nice stretch of cool while it lasts.

    Oh yes, and LOVE your horse shots!

    Blessings, Debbie

  6. Hey 70 pretty warm ;-) Well here it is. I will probably never see 90 this year. I cannot imagine what it is like to get on a horse and ride for miles on my own land. What a blessing xoxo Clarice

  7. I like the first shot of the horse...
    Nice light.
    I used to ride when I was a kid.
    Gave out ribbons at a local horse show when I was in sixth grade.
    Thought I was all that and a bag of chips. hee! Such a big deal....
    Love gyros, BTW.

  8. Well, just look at your little cowgirl self! Last time I rode, I had to go to the hot tub that evening ;).
    And I've never seen a golden dragonfly - handsome fellow!

  9. Love the photo of Pete and your boots!


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