I tried, but I can't keep up. I missed yesterday because just as I was sitting down to turn the computer on, Jasper started in with his "You are NOT where you are supposed to be!" bark, so I went to the door just in time to see Horus (the Arab) strolling down the driveway past the house. Looking past him, I saw Little John (the steer) grazing in the Commons area in front of the garden. If Horus and Little John were out, for sure there was a fence or gate down somewhere, so I went outside, and to make a long story short, I found the big tractor gate wide open (I still don't know how they did that), and between several back-and-forths across the property, got everybody but Little John back in the pasture. Helen was in the front yard by the road fence, but she came when I called her. They must have been out all night because Jasper's water bowl was empty and the chick waterer was totally destroyed. They were thirsty, but that made it easier to get them to go back in their pasture, where the water trough is. They could have walked right back through that big 15-foot gap in the fence, but they're stupid.
Anyway, I had decided to just leave Little John out and have Rich help me later, when he got up, but as long as I was out, I figured I might as well do chores, so I was bringing hay to the corral when Little John spied the hay sled and came a'runnin! LOL! He's built like a tank and easily tops 2,000 pounds, but he can run like a Greyhound when he wants to get somewhere in a hurry. I barely got the little man-gate open in time! He went rushing through and I had to jump out of the way, then he helped me unload the hay from the sled as I was TRYING to drag it over to the regular feeding spot. So they all got back in with not much fuss, but I must have done 5 miles and I was TIRED. I'm not really into doing that much exercise so early in the morning.
THIS morning, just on a hunch, I looked outside as soon as it was light enough to see, and there was Miss Helen, calmly grazing out by the garden. The boys are still in the pasture, and the gate is still closed. She has some kind of secret passage she uses to get out and back in (she'll be back in by the time we go out to feed them), but we can't find it. And she's not small! She's just as big as Little John - about the size of a hippo with an overactive pituitary gland, LOL!
And we waited all day yesterday for the roof guys to show up, but of course they didn't. Last Sunday, the boss guy called and said the materials were at the warehouse distribution center and he'd pick them up Monday and be out on Tuesday to at least drop everything off, and start work if they got to it early enough. If not, they'd drop the stuff off on Tuesday and start work first thing Wednesday. So about 10:30 yesterday morning, when we had seen no materials, no crew, and gotten no phone call, Rich called and the boss gave him a DIFFERENT story. (I wish when people were going to lie, they'd remember which story they told.) Now, the materials just arrived Wednesday, and he was JUST on his way out to check the stuff and make sure everything was there, then he'd load up and be out his own damn self to drop it all off yesterday afternoon. I told Rich that wasn't going to happen. I said no one in their right mind would drive all the way out here just to drop something off and not do any work, and I was right. It irks me no end that the guy keeps saying crap just because he thinks it's what we want to hear. Dammit! Just tell me WHAT IS HAPPENING WHEN, and I'll be perfectly happy.
So I guess they're coming today? I don't know. I busted my butt in 100+ degree heat (counting heat index) to get my hutch and buffet packed and all the cow stuff moved, and now I'm sitting in my tiny living room with all these big boxes sitting in the way of everything. I realize I have to be inconvenienced a little bit for the work to be done, and I'm OK with that, it's just that it should have been started yesterday and be winding up today. I'm not sure they'll even show up today. I should be grateful I'm dealing with a professional company. But can you even imagine if I hadn't found these "professionals" and was waiting on some neighbor who part-times as a handyman to do this? Sheesh, it would NEVER have gotten done. It's amazing that anything gets done out here. Everyone is a rancher, and that's their first responsibility (and I understand that, totally), and then they have part time work they do on the side. Our insurance guy only does insurance part time. He raises cattle full time. The guy that works on tractors is a rancher, and works on tractors when he isn't busy with his cows. Which is why it took 5 months to fix our Bobcat last year. Nobody can devote 100% of their time to any trade, other than ranching, because there's not enough business to keep them going. One of the "cons" of living uber-rurally.
Great to hear from you Lannie.
Certainly it will be a great improvement to get your roof completed soon.
Suspect you are hearing a lot of motorcycles in your area.
Anyway have a great day and do not over do it as you have a lot of work to do!!!! LOL
Rest and hydration will keep things moving in the right direction.
Believe it or not, we ARE getting Sturgis traffic, but I'd guess it's less than half of normal. This is Sturgis week, or it's just ending, I forget the exact dates, but normally, there would be non-stop motorcycle traffic going by here, and it's been very intermittent. Usually, bike traffic starts picking up in May or early June for the people who want to visit Sturgis and get the t-shirt, but don't want to hassle the crowds and raucous behavior of the actual rally week, then during rally week it's a madhouse, then it tapers off by the end of August(ish). It's disturbing to me because there are a TON of businesses in Sturgis that make all their money for the whole year during Sturgis Rally, and they don't have cattle ranches to fall back on. I fear that most of them will be going out of business, and if they're not around, what's the point of even having a Sturgis rally after this? I sincerely hope I'm wrong, but this might be the last one.
OK, I gotta go again. Helen's trying to break into the hay room, so I need to go put her back in the pasture. I have a chain on the door, but she's a cow, and a chain to a cow is nothing more than a polite request... GAH!
Three more weeks to the first calf! Then two more weeks to the second calf. Yes, I am certifiable.