Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Growing Alfalfa: Update

They said he couldn't do it...

They said the equipment would cost too much.
[He found old equipment and fixed it]

They said nothing would grow where he wanted to plant it.
[He planted the seed anyways]

They said there wasn't enough water.
[He put the sprinklers in and watered]

They said there's no way you will get that old baler to work.
[He got 33 bales out of the first cutting] 

This is how it went....

 The cowboys ran the baler for the first time today.
Vic and the cowboys worked on it for a week, taking it apart piece-by-piece and reassembling it with new fittings or parts to get it running.

Whatever they did...it worked!

 It may not seem monumental to some, but for those who know how much it costs to feed livestock, then you can understand how great it is to grow the feed yourself.

This shows the baler picking up the cut piles of alfalfa.
Once it's picked up, the cuttings are fed into a track where it forms the bale and places the wire straps on the bale.

This is the formed and wired bale!

As the cuttings are forced into the track, as I call it, the bales are formed and pushed out onto the ground.

This is the bale being pushed out.

Getting closer. 

I'm watching Vic during this process and he has a big smile on his face.

 There she goes~

Very Nice!

 The next one is almost ready.

Funny how a bunch of piles makes a guy really happy.

See the happiness.

Smelling the success.

Tasting the success. Haha...

Pit-stop to check the wire breakage.
Old wire was the culprit.

Now he's planning to prepare and plant more fields at the end of summer.

A trailer full of gold...alfalfa!

33 bales...whoo hooo!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day!

Our flag is flying high here at the ranch in memory of all the service men and women who have fought for our country!

Today, for me, I'm remembering my grandfather, Jack, who was a Captain in the US Army.  He died on this day in 1991.

Round Up: Dinner

[Continued scenes from our Round-Up 2011]

We had a great day beginning with the Cattle Work, followed by the BBQ, which led into some fun for the cowgirls who performed a little "On Stage Singing" with the band.  For a little Down Time, guests played horseshoes and sand volleyball, sat by the cool water creek, or went on a hayride.

We didn't set an end time for the BBQ, so when it got to be dinner-time, we fired up the BBQ's again and grilled up some Spur-Kickin JalapeƱos for an appetizer and finished off the Carne Asada beef from lunch.

Our night ended somewhere around mid-night. I can say without hesitation that when my body nestled into it's cocoon shaped dip in the mattress, it only took a millisecond to fall asleep.

This is how it went....

Jake cooked up 100 jalapeƱo poppers for appetizers. For those brave enough to try them...mouth-watering is the best word for it!

Vic stoked the fire getting the coals ready for the barbecue.

 Hungry people waiting for more FOOD!

 Serious conversation going on.

Jake tried to teach Sophia how to jump rope. 
We need to give her a couple more years till she's a pro-jumper!

My friend Erin relaxing after dinner.

My friends, Amy and Erin! 

Thank you to all of our friends and family for coming out to the ranch and enjoying a beautiful day together!

Can't wait until next year!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Round Up: Down Time

[Continued scenes from our Round Up]

Stomachs were full from lunch and the guests were planning out whether to play volleyball, hayride, horseshoes, or hang out by the creek..no better place to relax than by the cool water.

This is how the down time and play time went....

My friends and family...

Rhonda, Lisa, Stephanie and Aunt JoAnn

Aunt Cathy kickin back by the creek.

Aunts n Uncles


Beautiful day hanging out by the creek!

My nephew Jake holding my baby...not so baby anymore, Sophia.

Nephews...Mike and Jake hanging out with Sophia.

 The kids enjoyed the jumper and swing set.

Hailey and her friends...

Nicky, Sierra, Hailey and Kendall

Good friends enjoying the shade.

Scotty and family.

Grama Lou with her puppy "Maks" and Patty.

Aunt Heather chillin.

My friend Cindy talking up a storm.

Grama Judie who was having a great day listening to the band.

Cowboy Brian and his babe, Emma.

Kids playing volleyball.

 Melissa and her mom and dad.


Papa Ron gave hayrides to the families and kids.

We had a lot of excitement when our friends, Mike and Carol, flew their helicopter to the party!!! The kids really enjoyed watching it land and take off when they left.

There they go!

My brother Shawn spending some great moments with his 2 year old son.

The day went by so fast!

 I didn't have enough time to talk to everyone or really sit down for any length of time but I was happy everyone seemed to have a great time and enjoy life!

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