I just looked at the calendar on the wall and it's almost August!!! Between running errands and keeping appointments, mowing the yard, putting up all the lovely garden vegetables, and taking care of all the critters, July has flown by and is now gone, Amazing!!
~~~ “I've learned that life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes." ~~~ ― Andy Rooney
We have been very busy around the place Petunia's heifer, Rose, and Poppy's bull calf, Rick were weaned a couple weeks ago. They weren't very enthusiastic about that but it was time. Both the kids are over 7 months old now. Rick took to his halter and lead training very well and has graduated to having his halter off. Rose is a bit more stubborn and is still wearing hers 24/7. She will allow you to pet her while she's eating but that's about it. Leading Rose is still a rodeo but we are seeing some improvement.
Dolly Moo's two extra calves were pulled off her in July. Her heifer, Hershey is still nursing, but needs to be weaned soon. She is an amazing calf for her age and is doing very well. We bought a new little girl last week to help us with the extra milk. We named her Biscuit. She still a bit wild but settling down nicely, :)
The garden has taken up a lot of our time this summer. We try to raise most of what we eat and really enjoy fresh vegetables from our own garden. This year we planted 5 heirloom tomato plants. Due to the cooler weather, I had began to wonder if they were going to make this year... then July came and "Wow! It's absolutely amazing how many tomatoes those 5 plants have produced! I'm still busy canning tomatoes, salsa, and marinara. It will taste really good later on and the fresh, vine-ripe tomatoes we've been eating are yummy!!!
Occasionally we get a visitor that ends up in the wrong place. :/ Early one morning I found a black snake caught up in one of the sparrow traps. He wasn't too happy until we let him out. They're good snakes to have around.
We did take some time off this summer for some very pleasant activities. One beautiful Friday some friends came over from Arkansas with their kids and we spent a lazy and relaxing day floating the Illinois River and enjoying good company. We are so lucky to be so close to the great rivers and lakes nearby!
Around the first of July every year, the Oklahoma Draft Horse and Mule Association holds a driving clinic near Locust Grove, OK. Members volunteer their time, their horses, and their equipment to help teach others how to drive wagons and carts, as well as to log. After the driving clinic, they have a BBQ dinner. There's lots of good times to be had for everyone attending. :) You should join us next year!
I always know that summer is over when the Purple Martins leave our place to begin their southern journey home to Brazil. It's hard to see them go, just as it's hard to see summer come to an end. We'll miss the busy days and staying home to enjoy our summer lives. And now that August is here, it's time to wrap up summer and head back to work. Nothing is quite like summer! Til' next time. :)
Russell Ranch is located in beautiful NE Oklahoma, just a few miles from the Illinois river in Green Country. There are lovely rolling hills, lots of wonderful lakes and rivers, and forests full of wildlife.