Friday, June 13, 2014

Obituary: almost gypsy soul

I'm a little sad to say that this blog is dying.....for a while. I've got too much on my plate right now and something has to give. I'm going to keep writing, just with much less pressure, so when I come back there will be lots of stories about what I've been up to.....and hopefully they contain more than pictures of me sitting at my desk. So until I can dream of the 12 days of summer....which is what I plan to have ready for my grand re-opening.

Hasta la vista....for a bit.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

what i've been wanting

Am I fancy? no. Do I dress up often? no. but for some reason I've just been wanting a string of pearls. Yeah, I don't really know where that came from either.

Friday, June 6, 2014

a smile

photo by Phil Lambert Photography

I just love this picture! I don't remember what we were laughing at, but I can honestly say I'm the happiest I've been in  a long time and I think this picture will quiet any doubts.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

What lies within {7 values}

When picking up the book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People"  I couldn't help but wonder about the effectiveness of the self-help self-discovery book. When I finally took time to set down and start reading, I made it all the way to page 2 of the FORWARD before I realized I'd better be taking some notes because this book was already speaking to me, calling me out on some of my worst fears, traits, them what you want. Covey calls them "human challenges".

I want it now - people want things and they want them now. Looking for today results because competition is fierce; survival is at stake. How do we balance the need to meet today's demand with the need to invest in capabilities required for tomorrow's success?

Some of my favorite quotes:
"A thousand mile journey begins with the first step"
"borrowing strength builds weakness, it reinforces dependence on external factors"

What else is in here to bring my little feet back to earth?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


'The Big Boy', one of the largest steam locomotives in the world made its way across the western United States, coming from California to its final destination in Cheyenne, Wyoming and Rock Springs just happened to be one of the depots it stopped at on its journey. 'Big Boy 4014' is going to Cheyenne where it will be restored to its original operating condition.

25 'Big Boys' were built for Union Pacific Railroad, starting in the 1940. Each steam locomotive is 132 feet long and weighs in at 1.2 million lbs....that's a dang big train!

And since this sort of thing doesn't happen that often, I headed down to the railroad depot to see the big guy for myself. I was really hoping they would pull it up so we could see it move, but it stayed on the edge of the depot. Little Boy and I were able to get pretty close though.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Ask a herder #4

Q: What is the percentage of twins that are born?
A: We usually expect about 115%, this year is looking better because of the great weather we've been having...I wouldn't be surprised if we dock at 130%.

Catching a nap in the warm sunshine

Q: What happens if a ewe has trouble lambing?
A: If we find her, we will help by pulling the lamb. Any that don't breed, don't take a lamb or have trouble lambing get a permanent marker. They get two chances to raise a lamb before they are culled. Any ewes that have had trouble before or have big bags get cut from the main herd before lambing and are kept at the ranch where we can keep a closer eye on them. Its easier to help them there than it is on the open range.

Q: How does this range lambing work?
A: After shearing all the sheep are trailed to the lambing grounds. Once they start lambing, each day the 'fixer' will cut out the ewe and her lamb(s) and they are put into a 'bunch'. The 'bunches' are then left behind while the ewes that haven't lambed yet are moved on to another spot. A 'bunch herder' will stay behind to watch all the bunches. Each day he goes out to make sure all the lambs are up and are eating. He will take them to water and back again. Ideally, there are between 30 and 50 ewes in a bunch. At this size the 'bunch herder' can get all the ewes matched up with their lambs to make sure everyone survived the night.

Main herd, waiting to lamb

Q: Why are the lambs trying to follow the pickup?
A: Lambs do not have very good eyesight when they are born however; their hearing is excellent. They will follow anything that makes a sound.The first 72 hours are critical for lamb survival. After 72 hours they are much stronger, can see better and have bonded to the ewe. Having the quiet of the lambing grounds is conducive to good bonding between the ewes and lambs.

Q: How do you keep track of all these twins?
A: Twins are marked with a paint stick. Each set of twins gets their own mark so they can easily be matched to the ewe. Twins have to be watched a little more closely because the ewe doesn't always keep both of them. Its easy for one of them to get lost in the shuffle.

bum twin, will be grafted onto another ewe
Q: What are the biggest predators during lambing?
A: Avian predators, coyotes and fox. Avain predators will peck out the eyes of the lambs while coyotes and fox often will bite them and tear them up, but not always killing them. We work closely with APHIS on predator control, but its especially important during lambing.

Q: How much do lambs weigh when they are born?
A: Usually 6 or 7 lbs, but the biggest can weigh up to 13 lbs.

Lambing camp

Monday, June 2, 2014

the barn by bryan [June 2014]

I think this month I’ll keep my chatter to a minimum and just play some fun songs, some old some new. I’ll try to incorporate some appropriate tunes from recent blogs and then just make some sh@# up. Here we go….

Automatic, Miranda Lambert
Pistol Packin’ Mama, the Willie Nelson version
Oh Lord, It’s Hard to be Humble, Mac Davis
We Are Tonight, Billy Currington
Pour Me a Vacation, Great Divide (for you Red Dirt folks) 

There ya have it, Enjoy!