I asked for and received a 360 video camera last Christmas. Of course, I had to test it out and placed it on my monopod and carried it across the area that separates our house from the cattle pens. Loyal farm dog, of course, had to come along. It took me several tries to get … More Beat the Heat! 360 Degree Video Walking in the Snow
Dear Jill, LOL JK Love, Mother Nature
Mother Nature hasn’t made up her mind here at the ranch. Winter, spring, winter, spring? Just when it seems like winter is finally loosening its grip, another icy blast moves into the area. The past two days have brought encouraging signs. The first was a large flock of geese migrating over our house. The second? … More Sure Signs of Spring?
In my last post, I talked about the search for the perfect Christmas tree gone horribly awry. We had to remove the giant tree from the house, but it did not go to waste. The ranch sons set it up just outside the house and decorated it. Makes the house look small, doesn’t it? To … More Oh Christmas Tree: The Prologue
We spent a lot of time last night bringing the cows home from their winter corn stalks and getting hay bales set out for them. Why? Because of winter storm “Kayla”, which was predicted to bring 8-12″ of snow along with 40 mph winds to our little corner of the world. Livestock can handle harsh weather … More Blizzard February 2, 2016
Farm dogs are always on duty. At least, our farm dog thinks she is. One day, after a layer of new snow, I looked out the window over the backyard. This panorama (click to make it larger) shows the enthusiasm our loyal puppy has for protecting her family against…well, I’m not sure what. Below is my best … More What Does a Farm Dog Do All Day?
All winter, the cows have been out on cornstalks. For those unfamiliar with Nebraska, cornstalks are what is leftover after a combine harvests the grain from a cornfield. The leaves and husks are good feed for cows. Of course, the combine never gets 100% of the corn , so the cows spend their first few … More The Cows Came Home
Another day, another blizzard…at least it feels that way here in Nebraska… I bet all those geese that made the migration are wondering why they left the tropics so soon. Even puppy prefers to sit on the deck and wonder about the strange weather. The irises are bravely following the calendar instead of … More Happy February 81!
A large weather system is on its way to the Great Plains. In a day and a half we are predicted to get anywhere between 12 and 20 inches of snow, depending on which weather station we consult. Of course, the first priority in the face of weather alerts is to ensure the livestock have … More Getting Ready For the Snowstorm
On a trip to visit my sister, we went through Badlands National Park in South Dakota. This group of Bighorn sheep was grazing in the valley below. They did not seem afraid of people, but the ram did not relax and graze until we drove away.