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Wed. warm overnight... 66 this morning and already at 87 before noon. That's warm for here. Our average temp here this time of year is about 80. But we are supposed to have a front coming through and 60% chance showers/storms tomorrow. Then a cool down to normal 80's. Of course it is supposed to be nice over the weekend and into next week and we are going to have to be gone.... DS says that he may very well mow before we leave Friday aft.... so at least it can be drying while we are gone.
Got Deb this morning and she went up to farm to see about letting the cow in with the calves. Should be easy for her, for the weekend, and then she goes back Sunday aft to her house up near work, and we are going to be home on Monday. I will have to fill the water troughs if we don't get much rain to fill them tomorrow. I'm hoping we get some good rain and fill them too.
Then went by the farm, but DS had asked his GF to go and open gates and see if she could get cows to come in. I told her if she had trouble to call me, that I would help but she seemed to have a plan to get them in and I didn't want to step on her toes.
Left there, went to get gas and 2 of the 3 stations had gone up to 4.39 from the 4.29. I filled up the forester, came back to get the truck but I had filled it the other day so got the explorer... It had gone up to 4.35 in that 45 minutes. So I filled the explorer.

Then I went to the garage and talked to them about getting the air conditioning/coolant system fixed where it is leaking... and to give the car a complete "go over" while it was on the lift. Just had the oil changed so don't need that. Then WHEN I ever get the title situation fixed, I will see about selling it. So, left the Explorer and got the outback that they had checked over and it is not the cv joint and there is nothing loose or leaking or anything. The clicking noise I hear, they said they did hear only on occasion, like me, but cannot find anything definite anywhere. So, I left the explorer and brought it home. Filled it also at 4.35... So, I can use it and he said that he wouldn't be afraid to drive it because there is nothing in the drive train that is loose or anything.

Guess the GF got the cows moved because I see the gates are no longer across the driveway. She never called so I am hoping there was no problem. I will head to the barn in just a few minutes.
Stopped at DS's neighbor and got the broccoli plants he wanted to give me. He has about 15 more tomatoes he tried to give me even though I just gave away a dozen. They are in the shade, soaking up water so I can plant them tonight.

DS wants me to bring the tractor and rake home so will probably go get it after we get done with the preg checks. Then he can take me back to get my vehicle after.

Going to go to the barn. One good thing, it is cooler there to work cattle... cold in the winter, but really decent when it is hot out.
 

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Things just don't seem to want to work out. Preg check went okay... 2 there that should have been preg but weren't... 1 also not preg then realized she had a fairly new calf that DS tagged when it was born... Going to sell one of mine that I bought. She has a small calf and has no milk... not worth keeping and she is open I think.
Most everyone else is 5 m/l months... 2 that are 6-7 that are going to be kept at the barn and calves weaned off when we get back. Lost 1 cow at this pasture back a couple months but her calf must be stealing since the only calf without a momma was that one and looks pretty decent. So he decided to take 15 cows and the 16 calves to pasture so the guy quits having a sh!t fit over it... and since the calves are bigger, they will be eating a fair amount of grass too... and the calves will have to come off the first of AUG so the cows get at least 30-60 days break.
At least this way, they are not getting out next door to me... they can get fat on the grass there at the pasture, the calves will get good grass to eat, the owner will quit his bellyaching... and then when we get back, the ones at the nurse cow pasture will be going to a different place instead with their calves, and the bull that is already (STILL) in there. That will get most out of the nurse cow pasture and we can put these odd ball calvers up there out of the way for the rest of the summer and whenever they calve fine. There are several that are late so they will get moved to the next calving group, unless we decide to sell any. Will wait and see how the markets trend this summer.

So, DS decided to stay at the barn and get these cows sorted out... I said you ought to go bale the hay... but he wanted to get that done... dehorned a calf... then got the 15 c/16 cfs in the one lot and the others in the barn... and then decided that he and GF needed to go get some lunch and then go over to bale the hay. About 20 minutes later I called and said are you baling hay because the sky is getting black... another pop up storm like yesterday that we dodged the bullet... No, they were just going through the drive thru at Wendy's....
SO guess what... they saw the black clouds, went over there and he got 3 bales done as it POURED DOWN over there. All the hay that I finished raking will now have to be tedded out again... and they are calling for showers and storms again tomorrow. We got about 10 drops on the windshield here....
DA#@ and double DA#@...... he said to me later that he should have gone over there right after the vet left and got it done and left the cows for later because they were fine in the barn for a couple hours.... what could I say? I certainly didn't say I TOLD YOU TO GO BALE IT... what would that accomplish at that point???:th :duc:he:somad:somad:somad:hit:hit:hitNow it will cost extra fuel, tedding then re-raking.... plus we have this cotton pickin trip to go north.....so who knows if we will be able to even get it made before we leave.
Got to get it tedded out so it doesn't get moldy from sitting. Just makes me mad... he said, "sorry, mom, I know you hate to do things over....The storm came up so fast" ...which it did.... BUT..... I told him earlier that there was a 20% chance of pop up storms again today....

He got the 2 loads of the cows and calves to the pasture this evening...then was going home because he had a headache and a scratchy throat... I said that I guess I would go to his house to take a shower... he said I got the socket thing... and I said just forget it if you don't feel good. Not worth getting him in a bad mood.

I did get the broccoli plants soaked and then planted them late this afternoon. Put in one more row of old green bean seeds to see if they germinate while we are gone. Got a pile of mulch hay that had fallen off a bale right by DS driveway... and got that on the garden around the newly planted broccoli plants. Figure if it rains tomorrow then it will settle down and be good. Got all the paper bags I had handy down along the tomato plants... will have to do some MAJOR mulching and weeding when I get back. I wanted to get the back of the truck emptied so I can pick up the branches and stuff around the yard. Tomorrow I ought to be able to do that since the rain is supposed to be more showers, not steady.

I want to go and see about getting some boxes tomorrow since don't have any idea of what is going to be needed. Taking some BIG plastic bags too. He said there are a couple of people that are going to come and help. The guy that got my table and chairs for me, said their church has a "rummage" type sale so they will take some stuff and store it in their garage until their sale. Better than going in the dumpster. Another lady that helped with my mom alot is coming too.... HOPING they will be taking alot of the stuff with them to keep or giveaway or sell rather than throw it out.... I may wind up bringing home some of the yarn and stuff too so it doesn't get tossed. DS said I can only take what will fit in the back of the pickup with the table and chairs..... this is going to be tough to see my parents whole life reduced to this discarding.... my sister is not going to be there...have no idea what all they cleaned out, with her fiance that they were going to finally go there a week or 2 ago.... guess her son has no intention of coming and of course her daughter is the preg one in Fla....can't come. Don't know if the niece that did all the e-mail crap is coming.... don't know about her father, my other brother... he doesn't do more than he has to unless it is something he wants...
Will be so glad when it is done.... and we need to be making hay.

Hay is not as thick for first cutting.. decent but nothing to brag about. Well, we will be selling a couple of cows next week after we get back... not planning on replacing them at this time either. We have good grass at the pastures. Not overstocked there either so that is good.

I'm tired and not going to DS at this hour. Shower can wait for morning.
 

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That sucks about the hay. Yes, he knows he was stupid, but I would have darn well told him so. You hold back a lot, especially on the GF, but this is one time he needed to get blasted.
 

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Blasting him would only have made us both mad and in pissy moods... can't change what happened...and it is his money being spent on the extra diesel... so he will have to learn the hard way. He knows I am not happy about it. He also acknowledged that he is not getting things done at the farm that should be and it is mostly his fault for not doing what needs doing... Whether he changes it; I don't know.... but he could put himself in a bad place financially if he does not pay a little more attention to details around there... I think it is hitting him that she only helps when it suits her.... sometimes she is great help, but sometimes he is seeing that she is not helping things at all, only hindering as he cannot depend on her when "things HAVE to get done".....
The sad thing is, I've seen this at so many farms over the years... the wives basically have nothing to do with the farm or operation... or they do what they feel like when they feel like... not a true "partner" to the farmer they married.... Now if they work other full time jobs, and often do a majority of the "kid raising" and the housework and meal prep and things like that then okay if they do not work with the cows or the crop harvesting or whatever... and many will do things like "go fer" parts and stuff... but I have seen others that only do what they feel like ...IF and when they feel like.... and I have just never understood it... or understood the man living in that situation... DS is an example of that.....

Oh well.... you can't control the heart I guess.... :confused: o_Oo_O:hide:idunno:idunno:smack
 

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Blasting him would only have made us both mad and in pissy moods... can't change what happened...and it is his money being spent on the extra diesel... so he will have to learn the hard way. He knows I am not happy about it. He also acknowledged that he is not getting things done at the farm that should be and it is mostly his fault for not doing what needs doing... Whether he changes it; I don't know.... but he could put himself in a bad place financially if he does not pay a little more attention to details around there... I think it is hitting him that she only helps when it suits her.... sometimes she is great help, but sometimes he is seeing that she is not helping things at all, only hindering as he cannot depend on her when "things HAVE to get done".....
The sad thing is, I've seen this at so many farms over the years... the wives basically have nothing to do with the farm or operation... or they do what they feel like when they feel like... not a true "partner" to the farmer they married.... Now if they work other full time jobs, and often do a majority of the "kid raising" and the housework and meal prep and things like that then okay if they do not work with the cows or the crop harvesting or whatever... and many will do things like "go fer" parts and stuff... but I have seen others that only do what they feel like ...IF and when they feel like.... and I have just never understood it... or understood the man living in that situation... DS is an example of that.....

Oh well.... you can't control the heart I guess.... :confused: o_Oo_O:hide:idunno:idunno:smack
Yeah... that would drive me nuts.

But I agree... nothing you can do about it... he needs to figure out what he will do.
 

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Took allergy pill and waiting a few for it to kick in before I go out. DS wants me to tedd out the hay about 10.... there is a line of storms coming this way about 2 so it definitely isn't going to be dry enough to rake and get baled before they come through. Wouldn't b e nice if they bypass that area and just come through here? Then maybe it could get raked and baled before we leave Friday? Wishful thinking I am sure. We could use the rain here at the house.
Going to go do the cow then come home and load those cut off branches and stuff on the truck; get them out of the grass. Bring the clothes off the line before they get "rain water rinsed".... and then go to the hayfield I guess. Looks like the line of storms ought to get to this area after 1 or 2.
Got to take a couple sq bales up to the barn for the cow while I am gone since I told Deb to leave her in during the day so she doesn't have to deal with her, putting her in and waiting for her to eat twice a day. This way she only has to go up, put her in, feed and then in the evening just let her out. Cow will have hay during the day in there and the calves can nurse some. Maybe she will calm down a little too; it is only for 2 days and trying to make things as simple as I can.
 

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Good plan on cow! We do what we can and gotta. 🤣

Just contacted my milk soap lady....she'll get all I can take her Tue, at a store I work between us. Easiest for me! I can use their coolers until she picks up, as I work my jobs. 😁. Prob take 5 gal. Hey, it's $$. 👍. I'd take a couple more of her and it would more than buy feed. Don't tell me Fido isn't your dog! Then, there's herd shares 🤷

this weekend I'm hoping to start another doe in training. :ep :fl
 

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Had a good morning, but then went to crap. Did cow, loaded all the branches on the truck, brought the clothes in the house. Went to the pasture, had to unhook the rake, go get the tedder at the other pasture up the road, hooked it up and came back to the pasture. Finally got everything going... got the hay tedded out. It looked pretty good when I got it done. Told DS that I was going to go eat some lunch, come back and probably tedd out again and it should be ready. Got it tedded out the 2nd time and it was in pretty good shape. DS got off a little early. I started raking and got 2 rows ahead and he got there and started baling. The sky in the west started to get darker... thunder.... and I stayed 2 rows ahead of him and he was baling as fast as the tractor could work... It kept getting darker and darker... then all of a sudden it opened up and started to rain big drops... pouring down..... and we had to quit. Half hour more, about 6 more rows to rake, and we could have been done.
So, I will have to tedd out the 2 raked rows, and flip(tedd) the unraked again, then rake it for him to finish. This is getting old.... and it takes time to unhook and rehook up the equipment... especially me because I am not fast at doing it.

It rained alot harder at the hay field than it did here at the house but we did get rain... the water ran down the roads over there but not here. And it has gone through and now the sun is out again. Got to go unload the truck... at least all the windows were closed and the plants are all in the garden that I have so far.....
 

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We got 4/10th's inch here at the house... some water in the water troughs but will have to take some tomorrow to fill more for the cow I guess. Was really hoping to that they would get 1/2 full or more for the 2 days I will be gone.
Heard some more thunder a little bit ago, but think it passed to the north.
Got to empty the truck of the branches in the morning, then get a couple bales of hay for the barn. Then some water... I have a couple of 15 gal barrels I can take a couple up there... Pain... But since she is going to be in for several hours each day, she will need water.
Went out in the garden and see some real progress with some green beans, and maybe some wax beans coming up. Also see a bunch of squash coming through. The broccoli looks like it got settled in real good with this rain. There will be so many weeds when I come home.
Grass is way high so will have grass clippings to use right around the plants which will be great. Got the bags I have down along the tomato plant rows.... and the little bit of mulch hay around the broccoli....
DS got the heating element in the water heater and it is not leaking so flipped the switch. Bled the air out of the lines ..... Will know in a couple of hours if I have real hot water... I so need to wash my hair and want to get the dishes in the sink done before I go.
Plus we are going to try to get the hay tedded out AGAIN... so it can get baled and off the field before we go....
Got to get the few cows out of the barn and moved so there isn't anything needing feeding.
Got all the inside plants watered and the spider plants and all got watered with the rain so should be fine while I am gone. We are dreading this.
I need to get some clothes together to go.
Hope everyone has a good weekend...see you sometime next week.
 

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That’s too bad about the hay. So close to being done! Oh well.

Be safe on your trip. I know you aren’t looking forward to this at all. Do what you need to do and get back home.
 
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