Thursday, September 29, 2016

Sugar Beet Saga Day #1

Sugar Beet Harvest (which, really should, if not already, have its own hashtag) has officially begun in North East Montana.   There are some changes to this years harvest, one which is with leasing more beet ground, I became the Head Lunch Cook.  Head Lunch Cook reads quite well when you capitalize it.  I shall state right up front, that I would not be able to pull this head cook/bottle washing job off with out an abundance of help with the baking, menu planning and helping deliver.  Though, I am quite suspicious no one has volunteered to come help me do dishes!   

Defoliated beets waiting to be dug
Now, I always try to take pictures.  Pictures of harvest, planting, seeding, calving, weaning, growing, irrigating..... and any another 'ing' word associated with farming.
Beet harvest is a great example of team work

Before and after defoliation

But besides the fun farming and ranching pictures I may take, there is always the ugly pictures.  The pictures you that whole the truth.  The pictures that are real.  The pictures that make you go 'yep.  I totally understand'.    Well below I have 2 of those real, real harvest pictures.  Proceed only if you are brave.

Roaster Liner!! I forgot the bleeping roaster liner!!!!  And so now my roaster shall sit, overnight soaking.  The whole time I will be praying I have no scraping and scrubbing to do.

How do I only have 2 serving spoons?  2!!!  Though it was pointed out to me, that a certain friend knew this about me so this is why she now incorporates a spoon into any gift she gives me.

Sugar Beet Saga will continue tomorrow....

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Theres a Bad Moon on the Rise...

Well, there was actually an awesome moon rise the other night, the title is just a catchy tune that plays through my head everytime I want a moon rise.  Ok, let me get back on track here;

The other night while out checking cows, tagginf babies and giving them their evening treat of corn, the girls and I stopped and took in a beautiful moon rise.  

It was absolutely gorgeous!   I wish I would have had my camera with instead of my phone.  Unfortunately, I rarely take it with unless hubby is going and I am in picture taking mode.  

It was so wonderous to watch.  There was homework to be done, goats, rabbits, pigs and dogs to be fed. And let us not forget the kids that needed fed.  But we stopped, we watched and we made a memory.  I need to do that mlre often. 

So, even though the pictures you are looking at are just iPhone quality, the moment spent with my girls is high quality.  Heres to the next 'bad moon on the rise'!  

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

It's That Time of Year!

It's that time of year, that time of year where Mother Nature can't make up her mind from day to day what season she'll drop in us.  

It's that time of year when horse hair is covering every glove, coat and work jeans you own.  

It's that time of year when baby bovines are being born!  I love calving season.   I love the new babies.  I love the sense of rebirth, starting over.  And I love the smile they bring to my kids and my face.  

Unfortunately, very little of my time has been spent tagging babies, or doing much of any spring work.  My time was spent having an unplanned surgery to remove my gallbladder and then of course on the recovery road 'taking it easy and healing'.  I don't sit still very well.  But, I feel a 1000 times better and am back to almost normal activity

Yes, its that time of year.  Time of year of new dreams, hopes and prayers.  And that time of year where you sit straddling a fence, trying to decide what your next plan of action you will attempt on that ticked of heifer in the corral.  

New Adventures of Tally

Things just got a 'weeeee' bit more crazy around here!   Tally is finally old enought to be enrolled in 4H.   In her words 'she has been waiting for this for years'!   2 weekends ago we took a road trip to my home country to pick up her market animal project for the year.  

May I introduce you to Brooks and Dunn.  I do have to say, my kiddos hold a special talent for naming animals!

Tally is super excited about these pigs.  Thee day we picked them up she was on a roller coaster of emotions.  Tears of happiness, fear, and excitement were shed throught the day.  

As she starts her 4H career full of excitement, energy, enthusiasm and drive I pray she carries all that through her 10 years and makes the most of 4H.  I pray she makes so many wonderful memories and friends and takes all that she learns to help her adult years.   

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year

It's been a wild and crazy New Years Eve at our house tonight!  Or not.  While I wouldn't have minded a house full of friends, I am thoroughly enjoying our night of family time.   

Hubby smoked a brisket, some ribs, and made hashbrown hotdish.  Yummy!!

We blew the dust off of the Wii and have been bowling, boxing, fishing and laughing at out our very poor gaming skills.  

I wish you all peace, love, health and happiness in 2016.  

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve on the Ranch

Christmas Eve on the Ranch
  Tana Hauso-Berwick

The corn all bucketed, hay is all shred
The cattle, the horses, the heifers all fed. 

Extra treats to the 4 bunnys and to the 2 goats,
For the horses, special Christmas oats. 

To Badger Bones and Rosetta Red,
Some bones, a toy and hay for a bed. 

All animals are tucked in on Christmas Eve Night,
The stars in the sky make a beautiful sight. 

May each one of you remember what this night is for
I pray we all see many, many more

To all Friends and Family who are near and far,
Merry Christmas from this crazy ranch of ours.

Friday, May 1, 2015


We were out tagging calves, feeding corn to cows the other night when Tally captured this video.

#473 has become braver over last few weeks, and she finally decided to eat out of the bucket and let me scratch her head.  There's one in every crowd!