Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The thing about summer....

Greetings from Elkhorn Creek Ranch near the epicenter of the Bakken oil formation!

Today is Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere.  This day brings mixed emotions... it means many things, some of which are (in no particular order):
  1. AI season is officially over and the success of our next calf crop is now in the hands of the bulls.
  2. On the calendar, the year is more than 1/2 over.
  3. Today is the longest day of the year and they just get shorter from here on (boooo).
  4. We are trying to start haying and considering June is typically (and hopefully) a wet month in North Dakota, we are ready to rock and roll, but Mother Nature doesn't think we should be yet.
And so this is the theme for this month and the spring of 2012 which came to a close yesterday..... WET! 

Brad commented how last year when there were scheduled things that HAD to be done on a specific day, it would rain the night before, but then the day of, the weather would hold and things went relatively smooth.  This year has been an entirely different scenario.  We have been rained on and blown over at every opportunity this spring.  It has been WONDERFUL!

Pete AI ing cows in the rain
Brad and Lee hoping Pete will hurry up AI ing cows in the rain
The saddle horses grazing in the rain
Me out checking water lines and making sure bulls are where they are suppose to be in the rain
Me, happy to be working in the rain
So, June 2012 has been a wet month and we are so very thankful for that.  We look forward to July bringing successful haying weather.  Time will tell and I keep reminding myself that it is in Mother Nature's hands.

Happy Summer All and TGIR.... Thank God its Raining!

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