Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Elevation Killer

Today, I assisted Mr. Nielson and his expert AI specialist, Amanda,
as she used long pink gloves to artificially inseminate the heifers. 
Unfortunately, we could only inseminate four cows 
since the others were not ready, or in other words, they were not in heat.
Mr. Nielson administered hormone shots, which will prepare them
 within the next twenty-four hours for another attempt. 
I'm really good at keeping track of everything on the clipboard. 
This job involves a lot of physical work and math, which amazes me. 
I wish I had joined FFA in high school!
(But how was I to know I'd be working as a ranchhand one day?)
 Last week, Mr. Nielson broke two ribs, 
but he has been doing great, managing the pain and pushing through it. 
I love him.
Twice a day each day, Mr. Nielson feeds the cows a delicious, nutritious mixture 
of alfalfa, corn, molasses, minerals, and water.
We took the Little Nies into town to pick up some groceries 
for the rest of the week, and on the way, they fell asleep.
It's truly exhausting up here.  
Living at high elevations can be challenging, and the sun can be unbearable at times. 
However, everyone sleeps so well at night that it makes up for it. 
Bedtime is one of the best parts of the day. 
We open our bedroom windows wide and fall asleep exhausted. 
As I type this, a little storm is rushing in. 
There is nothing better than falling asleep next to my
 cowboy, listening to the wind howling outside.
Also, I only spotted two snakes today.
One was slithering out of some farm machinery, 
and the other I almost stepped on as I was walking to the barn.  

Happy JUNE!

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 (Even though I am at the ranch, I can still chat!)
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