Thursday, September 7, 2017

So ... What Are You Doing?

"So ... what are you doing right now?"

Any farm wife knows that's code for "I'm about to change whatever you were doing right now!" Randy had gotten a phone call that we had a fence down and cattle out in the Ninnescah pasture. So we loaded up the 4-wheelers in the cattle trailer and headed south.
We pulled into the neighbor's pasture, intending to push the cattle back to the west and through the fence.
We saw lots of beautiful wildflowers, the blues and yellows hiding under a blanket of green grasses. We could see the tiny things ... but the cows and calves were playing hide and seek. And they were winning.
Once we got to the fence, we could see where they'd started their adventure. Evidently, recess was over, and they had already made their way back into our pasture.

While Randy went back to the pickup to get fencing supplies, I stood guard at the fence. It was an easy job, since the cows and their calves were nowhere nearby.
So I took pictures. Big surprise, right? The delicate blue dayflower was a vivid contrast to the barbed wire fence on the ground.
There were tiny yellow flowers.
And bigger sunflowers.
I had almost run over this little purple flower with my 4-wheeler. I didn't see another one like it as I wandered and waited. 
Randy returned and started making repairs, piecing the fence back together.
With the fence repairs made, we took off for the pickup.
It was one of those times when I was probably worth about what I was paid. But a willingness to drop everything to help has to be worth something, right?


  1. Oh, I hear you! I know exactly what to expect when I get that question too!'s worth a lot just to be willing to help. A lesson I still need to learn, over and over again. :)

    1. Yes. I'm better at that "lesson" some days than others, for sure! But I'm thankful that I'm able to be around to help. Earlier in our marriage, I was working a job off the farm, so that wasn't possible. It's a good thing I like the guy - ha!

  2. I just get called to come and look at something on the computer. Would love to have to head out into the fields.
    Loving the green fields - so brown everywhere we have driven in the past week.

    1. I have my share of helping moments on the computer, too! Yes, the pastures have held up fairly well. On the news this AM, I see that the drought monitor is increasing. We could definitely use some rain. We got 1/2 inch last Saturday, which certainly made things look a little better, but we could use more. However, I feel badly about complaining when people are dealing with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

  3. Yes, I also heed that call and know it's time to take a quick pit stop, put on boots and sunglasses, and grab the cell phone and a bottle of water. Five minute jobs can quickly turn into five hours! Wouldn't have it any other way!

    1. Depending on the situation, I try to grab a book, too. (I didn't this time, but in some instances, a good book is a valuable piece of "equipment," too!)