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Quiet day here on QWU, but not on the prairie...

Hey all. I haven't posted for some time and thought since today looked like a slow blog day, I'd set something down. We weaned calves yesterday. That meant up before dawn to make sure dinner was in the oven before saddling up and riding out. I was hoping to spend enough time in the kitchen that DH would have my horse saddled. Alas, it didn't happen, but we had a nice morning to ride. The sun made it seem warmer than what it was. We had a good day and now we are serenaded by bawling cattle all night. That should only last for about 2 more days.

I've come full circle it seems. I went from working with him before we had kids, to mainly taking care of kids & meals, to taking care of meals and helping a limited amount, to working outside with him again. We work well together and it's kind of fun, except now I don't have an excuse on those days I don't want to help. "Oh, honey, it's 10 below zero, I think it's too cold outside...for the kids." heh heh Also I seem to have no tack of my own anymore. One of the kids took over my saddle pads and breast collar years ago. No one seems to know what happened to my spurs. My hat fell victim to bad treatment and was burned years ago, and I have no idea what happened to my roping rein. It seems like there was a time when I was fully outfitted and then somewhere in there my stuff became spare parts for everyone else!

We've had a mild fall so far. The weather has been nice. My dad's cousin brought out his mother (my great aunt) for a visit. She is a farm wife from way back and is now in an assisted living complex. She lost her husband in 1985 to a heart attack and still misses him every day. She was fairly young when it happened, but she's never given another man a second thought. She seemed to enjoy the day and I enjoyed having her come. We shared a meal and a good visit.

Today I finished up tying a t-shirt quilt for our son. Now to get the binding on. I need to get another one put together and finished up before Christmas for our daughter. Speaking of the boy, his 19th birthday was today. DD was 21 last Saturday. We must be late getting the calves weaned because usually that job was done before those late fall babies were born. I remember working the cows at weaning time being "great with child" those two years. Just so you know, I was not horseback on those occasions, just part of the ground crew. :0)

Don't forget to set 'yer clocks back!

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Comment by cellogirl on November 13, 2010 at 4:57am
Your delightful stories make such a wonderful journal--you really should gather them up, with your great pictures, and write a book. We city girls eat up the contrast in lifestyle--put in some quilty content and you've got a fantastic series!! Hope that you stay warm enough, safe enough, and get enough time for quilting!! PTL!!
Comment by Katie on November 9, 2010 at 9:51am
What a great story PQ. I love your stories and agree with Pam-it sounds like fun to visit for us city girls but I can't imagine doing that all the time!
Comment by Irene Gallway on November 7, 2010 at 11:10am
I love your stories and agree that you should write a book. I can imagine how much your aunt enjoyed visiting and remembering the days when she was a farm wife. I grew up on a farm and have many fond memories of my child hood. I can hear those bawling cattle from here. lol
Comment by ranchmom/OR on November 7, 2010 at 6:53am
It sounds like you had a great day helping your DH, it is amazing how warm this fall has been. We are enjoying it but worried about water next summer. The calf's bawling is one of my favorite sounds, I enjoy weaning time and Fall has always been a favorite time of the year for me. Take care. Mary
Comment by Ada Funnell on November 7, 2010 at 6:43am
You write so well. It is interesting with the touch of family. Maybe you should consider writing a book. It must be very different with the kids in college. Thanks for your blogs. Please keep them coming.
Comment by Pam/NY on November 7, 2010 at 5:07am
Thanks for sharing your day...it sounds like a great time to us city gals! Wouldn't want it every day, but would be a great weekend!!! The kids are growing up fast! Our son will be 34 this month, don't know how that happens when mom is only 39!
Comment by Lynne on November 7, 2010 at 4:07am
PQ, just loved reading your story. I always thought life on a horse would be great. Just never worked out for this city raised girl. Have horses across road from me, but I just pet them and give them carrots. You could tell DH you can't help, somehow over the years your tack has been lost!! But then you wouldn't be able to share these wonderful stories with us at QWU.
Comment by Lanie Crewe on November 7, 2010 at 12:25am
Thanks for sharing about your life on the Prairies! It's very interesting and a lot different from what I'm used to.
Comment by Marnie/NH on November 6, 2010 at 9:07pm
Oh I should mention DH family has been in the states longer than mine. DH is 12 generation in the states. I am 4th generation in the states.
Comment by Marnie/NH on November 6, 2010 at 9:05pm
My Dad bought his farm when he was 16 years old. He planted grain and we lived there in the summer time. When I was about 4 we lived on the farm. I have heard many stories about it but my mom's favorite was my sister and I ran barefoot through the "cow pies" and Mom just loved to clean our feet. lol I now live on DH family farm. It has scaled down to beef cattle and a few sheep. They still bail up the hay in the summer and make maple syrup in the spring. I love living here but I just wish there were more quilt shops nearer. lol

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