I decided to move Dawn into the south pasture. It occurred to me last night that in her current location in the pastures around the house, she could easily rush the gate when my father-in-law drives his tractor into the lot to feed. I didn't want to create another chore for him, in having to get her back out of the lot, so I moved her. In the south pasture, she can still stand at a gate with the horses and she'll have grass and water, but she's blocked from the main runway at the corrals and so will always be locked out of where he'll be driving the tractor around.This is Lucy!
She also likes to eat snow!
Today was going home day for me and the girls.
Malcolm will be home tomorrow. He still has to deliver the load of salt that we brought up here for the road department and tomorrow is the day! But I wanted to get my grocery shopping done and have the whole day tomorrow to work on taxes before going to the accountant on Friday, so me and the girls came home today.
In a few more weeks, all these ladies (at least it is hoped all) will have little calves by their sides, or tucked into the grass here and there. Do you think they have any inclination what's coming? I often wonder how much our animals know or think or remember.
Anyway, me and the girls hit the road about mid afternoon. Traffic was kind of heavier than usual.
It wasn't too long after traffic cleared up that we reached the pavement and were able to make better time.
Sometimes when we're going or coming from the ranch, the time and distance is a frustration. Sometimes, that frustration and eagerness to get to the destination distracts me from the scenery. But not often.
One of the numerous tiny school houses in Montana. Quite a few are actually still in use, but this one saw its last group of students about 10-12 years ago. I think its used as a community center now which means its pretty much vacant and unused. Kind of sad.
These hills are about 80 miles east of Baker. They are on the fringe of one of eastern Montana's badland areas. This is near Miles City and is called the Strawberry Hill Recreation Area. I've never been up the road into it, but one day I hope to take the time to do so.
We arrived home this evening around 7:00, after stopping in Miles City for grocery shopping. My car is covered in mud and I wanted to get it washed, but there was a line of about 6 cars waiting on the car wash. I guess everyone else thought it was a great day for car washing too. Well I'll get mine done Friday when I go into town. Besides, not much point in getting it too clean. When I got home I discovered that our road was a muddy mess from the melting snow, so it would have just gotten dirty again. And tonight and tomorrow we have another chance of more snow. Just a little, but it will add to the mud and road grime.
I'm amazed that I convinced my computer and internet to let me load this many pictures at home! And I haven't lost signal yet! Since I am apparently able to blog from home, I'll just have to do so more often! No more 30 minute blog posts to update you on a weeks worth of home happenings! I'll be able to keep you up to date from my kitchen table. Just so long as I do all my blogging late at night or early early in the morning. That seems to be when the internet is most agreeable around here!
Carlie Jean just came over and asked if it was time to go to bed. I think she might be right. There's some flannel sheets and a couple chapters from a good book calling my name!