What’s On The Agenda Today?

by Texas Homesteader

I am amused sometimes at our work schedule. For instance, recently we arose early and enjoyed our coffee together. As we stood silently side-by-side at the large windows watching yet another gorgeous sunrise – steaming cups of coffee in hand – the question comes up as it typically does every day:

“What’s on our agenda today?”

When RancherMan asks what's on the agenda today, I've learned it's always SUBJECT TO CHANGE! Come see our day on the ranch. #TexasHomesteader

Funny thing is having an “agenda” seldom works around here. As we gazed out the windows into the pastures, we noticed that one of the stocker cows we purchased recently was apparently coming into heat. Hummm…

OK, here’s the plan – we can A.I. her today if she’s standing. Aaaaand she was! So the first order of the day was to prepare the A.I. supplies & take the new stockers to the barn pen. Then we needed to separate them and run her through the chute for an A.I. session using our registered Angus straws. Soon it was mission accomplished.

Well since the stockers are already penned up, maybe we should take advantage of that and bring in a fresh roll of hay for them. That way we won’t have to guard the gate as the tractor comes & goes.

Get tractor / fetch hay / bring hay to barn pasture / unload hay & replace hay ring.
Mission accomplished again.

Now we notice a ruckus as our Hereford girls are indignant along the fence line wondering why *THEY* get something and *WE* don’t. Well if we’re moving hay, perhaps we should go ahead and refresh the hay in the pasture for our Hereford girls too. Although the winter rye is greening nicely and they’re getting lots of fresh grazing, it’s not yet enough to fully provide for them.

One-Two-Three bales dropped into hay rings for them.
Mission accomplished.

Hummm… I’m noticing a heifer that is old enough to be weaned but mama just isn’t helping by kicking her off and demanding that she get a job! It may be weaning time for that heifer.

I should note here that usually weaning time means three full days (and NIGHTS!) of mournful bawling. But this moment has been delayed long enough that the calf will probably just whine for a bit, then heed the advice and go get a job at the GAP – or wherever hipster heifers are working these days!

Anyway we’re thinking: Let’s push mama into a separate paddock, then into the barn pasture to join our stocker girls. Good plan!

But once the mama cow goes into the paddock she is entranced with the new green (as they always are). We had to entice her to go into the barn pasture but at last she was properly placed.

DONE.

Well, since we’re moving all of this hay today, perhaps we should go ahead and take a fresh roll to our offsite pasture for our stocker yearling steers.

Load up the trailer / haul to pasture / drop hay & replace hay ring / drive home.
DONE.

Whew – all before noon!  So now the question is, “What’s on the agenda for the rest of the day”?  I’m sure that question will answer itself shortly…

~TxH~

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17 thoughts on “What’s On The Agenda Today?

  1. Karen Del Tatto

    I enjoyed this post so much! 😀

    It reminds me of my stream of consciousness cleaning. lol. I go into one room with a purpose, but then see something else that needs to be done and then the day just rolls on from there. lol.

    All kidding aside, my husband and I have found that not having an agenda on vacation and just going with the flow as far as what activities we will do works so much better than a day of “planned” activities.

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  2. Lisa Lynn

    A homesteader’s work is never done! Thanks for sharing this on The HomeAcre Hop!!! Can’t wait to see what you share this coming Thursday 🙂 Here’s the super easy link to the next hop!
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/02/the-homeacre-hop-8.html

    If you haven’t checked out Wildcrafing Wednesday yet, please do! 🙂 It’s a hop I co-host for herbal remedies, natural living, real food recipes, and self sufficient living. Here’s the link for tomorrow’s hop:
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/02/wildcrafting-wednesday-10.html

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  3. KarenLynn

    We both work full time because we are not running a ranch like you guys we live in suburbia and while a few things are set like I work for the school system so I go in to work every day my husband works from home and we don’t ever know whats on our agenda! Loved this post!

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  4. Texas Homesteader Post author

    🙂 Thanks for your kind words Karen! I’ve learned the hard way not to be too rigid on an “agenda” here. There are times when things are scheduled and need to be done at a specific time, but even then we try to retain flexibility because something WILL come up! 🙂 ~TMR~

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  5. Karen

    Wow – your days sure are busy. I can see where an agenda might have to be pretty loosely sketched. Haha – hipster heifers! I enjoyed your illustrated day-in-the-life. Nice images!

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