Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Cold weather cattle ranching can be rough, but satisfying
Cattle are like kids, I guess. They need fed every day...some days I would just rather snuggle on the couch with a blanket, a book and a cup of hot tea, but that can't happen until the cattle (and kids) are taken care of. So early yesterday when I saw the snow, I turned on the tv news and crossed my fingers that school was canceled so that I would have help with chores! Finally, our school district number rolled across the bottom of the screen and I alerted the kids that they could sleep in a bit.
Luckily, even though my kids are all teenagers, they do not sleep in much. So by 8:00 a.m. I had kids fed a warm breakfast and ready to head outside to help me take care of the cattle. Being a cattle rancher is often romanticized...you see a work-worn, yet handsome cowboy in boots, hat and chaps riding a horse behind a cow herd into the sunset and think that cattle ranching is a beautiful experience! Well.....one of my goals is to allow my kids to make their own life choices, and if they chose to ranch, they need to know the realities of it...and it is hard to measure up to that picture of ranching.
So while we dressed for cold weather with long johns, hooded sweatshirts, coveralls, gloves, scarves and hats, there was none of the romance of the sunset scene. We dressed for warmth and work!