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Preparing for the Arctic Blast-December 2022

There is no such thing as being over prepared for one of these things! The weather is….well what can I say….it’s the weather and it can knock your socks off if you aren’t ready!

Here’s the chore list:

Fill extra water containers and keep them inside where they can’t freeze.

Put out extra hay. Hay is the number one feed source for the cows. The old saying is…if you have to buy…buy hay!

I do feed extra range cubes….so they are loaded and ready to go!

Wrap pipes…

Turn off water to barns and drain lines.

Turn on heat lamps in pump house.

Open all covered resting areas for maximum protection from wind.

I’m sure I’ve forgotten something….!!!

And…????!!!!! It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! Merry Christmas to all!

(And, yes….I’m secretly hoping for some snow!)

Thankful!

There are so many things to be thankful for this year!

Newest calf for 2022

This little bull calf will be the last of Diesel’s offspring. He has both Butler and Wichita Reserve bloodlines. He is staring to get a little brindle streaking on his face.

Stardom 16

This 16 month old bull calf is full Butler breeding from Frank Anderson’s ranch. He will take over as herd sire. He has a lovely top line and a sweet disposition! I’m looking forward to seeing his offspring next fall.

Finally, we are finally getting some much needed rain! The stock tanks are dangerously low and the pastures need some more deep soaking rains. It’s these rains that also help the wildflowers which are quietly staring to grow. More about that in my next post.

With everything that we have all been through these past few years I’m taking the time to thank God for his blessings each and every day! Thank you and may God’s blessings be with you each and every day!

Lovely Rain!!!

This is my rain gauge!
This is what it looks like after a little bit of rainfall!

Maybe Rain???

Praying for rain!!!

Extra Layers of Sunscreen…

Here’s Diesel the bull hanging out-not just under a big ole pecan tree-but also wrapped in lots of little scrub tree layers just for extra sun protection. That’s what you just gotta do in this hot Texas sun!

Hotter Than Hell on the 4th of July!

But that doesn’t stop these beautiful bluebells from being spectacular!!!!

It’s just a Texas ‘thang!!!!!

Chores during the Freeze

There are still a lot of chores that must done during these freezes. Ice chunks must be removed from waterers or they will freeze back solid when night comes.

Ice chunks

It is important to clean out any moist or wet feedstuff and replace it with fresh feed. Refill all waterers, inspect all animals for any health concerns, and replace any minerals that might have dissolved or blown away during the storm.

It will be spring before we know it…but in the meantime keep your eye on the clouds!

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year!! Yes, these Indian Paintbrush are blooming along the road! They are usually the first sign of Spring but my calendar says January 1, 2022! What will the groundhog have to say about this?

I hope that you have a wonderful 2022. May God bless you and give you peace and strength throughout the year!

A Beautiful Spring Afternoon!!!!

This has been a beautiful spring afternoon! The temperature has been so pleasant at around 63 degrees F and the sun is peeking out from the clouds. I pray that you are enjoying a wonderful day!

BIG Freeze in Texas

There is a saying that if you’re gonna do it …do it in a BIG Texas way!!!

This is what I would call a BIG Texas freeze!!!!

Frozen solid!!!!