We get things ironed out and ready for the next morning and crawl into be at about 8:30. I did some reading so we really didn't go to sleep till about 9:00. The rest of this post is the chain of events depicting what we went through on sale day.
4:00 am - Woken up by Dogs Barking
4:10 - Hank (the only dog off the chain this night) decides we must not heard him and that he needs to sit right out side our bedroom window and bark.
4:20 - Caleb bangs on the window...it doesn't really help.
4:30 - Hanks still barking. I get up and go out side and give him a "talking to!"
4:32 - Caleb asleep. Me, I'm wide awake.
5:00 - Still Wide awake, evidently one symptom of pregnancy is sleeplessness....usually doesn't bother me too much.
5:05 - First alarm goes off.
5:07 - I decide to get up and get dressed, because I'm already awake and the alarm is just gonna go off in 8 minutes anyway.
5:18 - I holler in an tell Caleb he had better be getting up. His alarm was suppose to go off at 5:15 but I never heard it.
5:19 - Caleb looks at his phone and determines that he set the alarm for 5:15 pm instead of am....oops.
5:25 - I'm Eating breakfast, making coffee and getting snacks ready for the day.
5:30 - Caleb and I Praying over the day
5:35 - Out the door and headin' up to Pop's house to feed the calves before the go to the sale barn. It's still soo dark out and I think it's truly wrong that I am out of bed right now.
5:45 - arrive at Pop's house.
5:47 - Spill my entire cup of coffee after only having a small sip....seriously that's just mean!
5:50 - Feeding first two groups of calves
6:10 - The guy who was gonna haul some of our calves arrives.
6:30 - Truck leaves with the first load of calves.
6:50 - Head up to lead Pop's calves back over to where the good corrals are at so we can do some sorting.
6:52 - Sun is finally coming up!
7:00 - all but about a dozen calves are following the feed truck. So I get out, grab a stick and and start walking behind them pushing them along for about a 1/4 of a mile...usually walking 1/4 mile is no big deal, but when it's muddy and you have 10 lbs of mud on your boots it kinda stinks!
7:20 - All the calves are finally where they are suppose to be.
7:22 - I take a big ol' drink of water.
7:28 - Truck is back and ready for it's next load.
7:38 - Truck loaded and headed back to town
7:45 - Load one of our trucks with the last of mine and Caleb's calves.
7:50 - Sorting the heifers from the steers in Pop's calves.
8:20 - Truck is back and ready for it's third load.
8:27 - Truck is loaded and on it's way again.
8:38 - All the heifer's Pop is going to keep for replacements are sorted off.
8:40 - Caleb and I head to town with our load of calves.
8:53 - Our load is dropped off and we are on the way back to the farm
9:05 - All the rest of the calves are loaded on two truck and on their way to town
9:13 - Arrive at our house to load a cow we had been wanting to sell
9:16 - Get another cup of coffee from the house...ti doesn't really help much cause I'm still tired!
9:40 - Cow is dropped off at the sale barn and we are on our way back to Pop's house.
10:05 - Back at Pop's and loading up his sorted off heifers to take them to their new pasture.
10:20 - Heifers dropped off and trailer un-hooked.
10:25 - Washing my boots off for the 3rd or 4th time.
10:30 - Caleb leaves to feed the rest of our cattle and I head home to eat...cause when you have been awake since 4 10:30 is dinner time!
10:32 - I notice the heifers who were needing to be moved across the road were waiting by the gate.
10:33 - Call Caleb and tell him about the heifers.
10:36 - Caleb arrives with feed
10:50 - All but one of the heifers crosses the road.
11:00 - The last heifers finally crosses the road.
11:01 - Shut the gates and Caleb once again heads to feed cattle and I head towards home again to eat!
11:11 - Arrive home
11:12 - Run into and break the bug shield on our good truck....grrr
11:12 and 10 sec - say a word which I will not repeat on here.
11:13 - Go inside to get food....food always makes things better.
11:16 - Re-heating leftovers for dinner.
11:19 - Praying for food and that Caleb has no problems while doing the chores...then gobbling my food down.
11:25 - Sitting down with my feet up, watchin' Rachel Ray while writing the first half of this down so I don't forget.
11:50 - Drooling over the hamburger that Rachel Ray just made!
12:18 - Caleb arrives home from feeding cattle.
12:19 - Told Caleb about the bug shield...and he didn't get mad...oh how wonderful! (but to be honest, Caleb doesn't get mad very often or very easily.)
12:24 - Caleb re-heating his dinner
12:25 - Me getting more food cause I am still hungry.
12:38 - lay down in the chair to take a short nap.
1:00 - Wake up
1:10 - Still in Chair
1:11 - Finally get up and get ready to head to the sale barn to watch our calves sell.
1:22 - Leave for the sale barn
1:45 - Arrive at the sale barn
4:00 - Watch our calves sell. They may not have been the top of the sale, but the were still the best ones we have ever sold before!
4:45 - Grab the check and leave the sale barn
5:00 - Walk into my favorite Mexican joint in town to eat supper...we never eat this early, but baby and I were hungry and I was gonna be too worn out to cook, so Mexican it is!
5:45 - Head home!
6:00 - Home and laying on the couch where I will stay till it's time to go to bed!
8:10 - Turn TV off and take a shower, cause I smell like a cow and I don't like smelling like a cow.
8:30 - We crawl into bed.
8:40 - Get up to go and tie up those crazy barking dogs
8:43 - back in bed
8:45 - I'm passed out
9:00 - Caleb gets up to yell at dogs
9:10 - Both of us are passed out and stay that way till morning!
Just re-writing all this has wore me out! It was a long day, but that's just part of it when you live on a farm!!
Lots of Love,