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March 27, 2014 | All In A Day's Work
One Day...At...A...Time
So my task yesterday was to get started rolling up barbed wire so we could remove the posts...
March 27, 2014 | All In A Day's Work
One Day...At...A...Time
So my task yesterday was to get started rolling up barbed wire so we could remove the posts...

It is snowing as I write, the weather has been so fickle lately. Yesterday was a warm blustery day temps topping 68 degrees. Now there is 3 inches of snow and it's still falling at 31 degrees. I have lots of things to get done on a day that I, thankfully, don't have to brave the outdoors. Yet I am slow to get started after a long previous day and I would much rather write for you than to do house work (especially the sink where we've been mixing calf bottles, ick!)


My husband, my father and I decided to develop some dry land on my fathers farm and put in a pivot. We have been planning all winter how it will be installed, who will drill the well, what pivot to buy and filling out the insane amount of paperwork through the Natural Resources District and Farm Service Agency (which I must admit, my husband did most of). 


Monday they started to deliver the towers of the used pivot we purchased. Exciting? Yes, with a dash of panic! Why? Because there are numerous fences, including a cross fence, in the area of the new pivot that we have not had time to remove because of the winter weather and family illness. 


So my task yesterday was to get started rolling up  wire so we could remove the posts as the frost has started to come out of the ground. Up at 6:00 AM, girls ready for school and chores done at our house (4 bucket calves, 1 shorthorn bull, 1 shorthorn market steer, 1 filly, 1 pony, 4 cats and 1 dog). Hubby says he can take the girls to school so I can get straight out to the farm. 


8:00 AM - I had myself all psyched up to get out there and get it done, but wait…my sister is sick and Dad needs help with chores? Okay.


12:00 PM - By the time I roll out some bales for the heavies (cows that are pregnant), my brothers' and our pairs (cows with calves) and the bulls….it's noon. Should I hook up the wire winder? Do I have enough time to get anything done before the kids get out of school? Time to text (not enough cell service at the farm to call) the hubby, "Honey, can you pick up the girls at school?" SCORE! He can and will, yay!


12:45 PM - I don't have time to run home for….Lunch is a granola bar I found in my vest pocket, SCORE again! A drink of water from the feed yard hydrant and 20 minutes later I have the wire winder hooked up to the hydra-bed on my brothers pickup (thanks to the hired man on the other ranch who just happened to stop in while I was trying to get the hydraulic connecters switched with no luck even after letting the pressure off, I wish I had big man hands!).


By 4:30 PM, I had two wires down and rolled. 

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Hubby left the kids with brother and came out to help finish. With two of us I don't have to walk up and back saving lots of time. By 5:30 we have all 4 wires rolled. I am so tired, hungry and ready to go home…but Hubby wants to finish another old section of fence on the other side of the field?! Okay…time to Cowgirl Up and Get 'er Done.


6:30 PM - We finish rolling the short section of fence. It was so old I am positive my great-grandfather purchased it and made my grandfather put in when he was a teenager! Now can we go home? Nope, gotta unload all the rolls of wire we are so proud of and unhook the wire winder because my brother needs his pickup tomorrow. By 7:00 PM we are headed home (5 miles which seems like 30 when you are exhausted). Shower, drink a gallon of water, eat supper quick because it's time to put the girls to bed. 


8:15 PM - The girls are in bed…I think I will put myself to bed too! But alas, there is still dishes and clothes to wash. Maybe they can wait until tomorrow….

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