Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Life Changing Experiences

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." Walt Disney

So, I'm sorry it's been more then a month since i've written, SOO much has happened and i've been extremely busy! I've started a new job up in Swan Valley area working at a Guest Ranch and oh man can I tell you, it is not what I thought it was going to be. I mean, I've worked on a guest ranch before, but this one is a whole different story! That last ranch I worked at, well let's just say it was a bit more luxurious then this one. This is a true blue working cattle ranch, that hasn't been remodled for a while, but all in all it gives it a ton of character and really this summer would not be as fun and as meaningful if It wasn't like this. We haven't really cleaned anything up yet, but thats what the plan is to do this week. I'm moving up there tomorrow with one of the girls that is working with me and also one of my best friends Dallas! We are super excited and hopefully it will be a different feeling once we are working up there.

So funny, crazy things have happened since I have been working, let me tell ya! So I thought we would be doing some cleaning and cooking and riding, but OH NO my friends, we are talking hard core cowgirl work! We are putting stock yards together (for those of you who don't know what that is, it's a huge pen made of up wood, to make a pen that is more then 5 feet tall so that the cows can jump in because thats where they stock there hay) yeah we built two of them and theres probably a couple more to come this summer..then we've built some more fence, and I'm talking barbwire thrashed, ruined, torn, wow horrible looking fence, yeah we we have redid all of it and pretty much I am a not perfect but getting there splicer (if you don't know what this is, well it means tightening the fence and making it stronger! or just look it up, it's complicated, you should of seen my face when they told me "hey, go splice that fence over there, it's looking thrashed" (one of our new words is "thrashed") ) So after we build fence, yeah we build more.....then we clean....then we build fence....they we get to ride horses to build fence...then clean...lol ok yeah I know it's getting to sound pretty boring, but its not boring its HARD, hard hard work! But at the end of the day I feel like so much progress has happened..well besides today because yesterday was an adventure for me. Here's how it went:

I went to work at 8 in the morning, I know not so early, and well none of the girls where they are the house in ririe so it was just me and Sam, the owners son. We undid all this stuff on a tractor and then loaded a truck up for one of the other guys to take up to the ranch to start planting the feilds, and then Carl, the owner, came and asked us to sort and find some cattle. Well I was like easy enough...well this ranch uses four wheelers to catch cattle (hence the photo of me on the four wheeler on one of the mornings Blue and I were gathering cattle)! Yeah I thought we would use horses, but um, nope, it's cheaper to use 4-wheelers! lol. So yeah we gathered some cows that where lose, seperated the pairs (momma cow and calf) and then the odd ones left in another pen cause we had to do pregnancy checks on the rest. So after we seperated we took a lunch break cause it was like 90 degrees, and then came back out and the vet came and we did preg checks. Well this ranch is pretty run down k, so the shoot and alley way are pretty thrashed. But it worked! So I got in charge of writting with chalk on the cows how far along they were or if they were open (which means they don't have a calf or the vet couldnt tell) so yeah by the end of that I had red, yellow, green and orange chalk in my hair on my face, on my shirt my boots idk how and all over my pants and arms, pretty much I looked like i've never played with chalk and I had a good ol' time! Then after that tramatic incident we had to seperate the calfs from there mothers to brand, tag, vaccinate, clip! Oh Boy! That was fun, I smelt like burnt hair and cow manure all up my arms, YUM! getting a great visual aren't ya!:) Well, I could have gone into more detail but that day of work was fun! I ran home and took a shower and went with some friends from church to a multi branch singles ward FHE, and it was a blast! We had hamburgers, talked, laughed and then played ultimate frisbee for two hours, that why today, well I was extremely tired and sore! WOW...but, I love it! I love this life! When I do it on my own well, it will be run a little differently, but still I dont mind it one bit! I L O V E it! :)

So life has been pretty good, there's not much for me to complain about! I'm pretty sure I will be able to get on once a week and let everyone know what's going on! I'll give a run down and stuff! I have been taking a few pictures but none of the ranch yet so once I get some taken i'll be sure to post them all! as for the others they'll come along when I feel like going back through the month! As for know just know i'm working my little butt off and learning how to be a rough and tough cowgirl!