Fall is my absolute favorite season of the year. I just LOVE the fall colors, the leaves on the ground, comfy sweaters and of course- PUMPKIN EVERYTHING! I tried to savor every second of October but yet another month flew right on by and before I blinked it was November. The most exciting part of this month in my opinion was the progress on our new home- I simply cannot wait to fill it with pumpkin smelling candles ;)
Fall Calf Run
Weaning day came early this year. We wean our sale calves the same day we ship them, which means we separate the calves from their mothers using sorting pens. We then load the calves into trailers to be transported to the auction market, then their dams are allowed to stay in the yard for a few days before going back out to pasture. This process all happened on October 13 this year. In the past we have sold at the end of October, so it was a risk selling our calves two weeks earlier. And to be honest, it was a risk not worth taking. The market report for the last week of October was up in comparison to our sale date, plus we would have had those added pounds. There is no point in wallowing in that decision, however we did decide we wanted to explore alternative marketing options in 2017- stay tuned!
An Albertan Thanksgiving
It is tradition in my family that the men take off to the mountains for their first horse-pack trip of the winter, and all the ladies gather for a Thanksgiving celebration. This year we celebrated at my parents’ ranch. You can read about what we did last year, here. It was a wonderful weekend full of good eats (get my pumpkin pie from scratch recipe here!), great company and way too many laughs.
It was also extra special because I got to sit down with multiple generations of my family to do some sewing. Both my grandmothers were amazing seamstresses and quilters. I remember my cousins and I always being the center of attention with our beautiful home-made skating dresses, flower girl dresses and adorable jump suits. This Thanksgiving was a great time to reminisce about my late Grandma Terry and make more memories with my Grandma Judy.
October was Framing Month on our new home on the ranch! As of the last day of October we have the majority of framing completed, even though there was a slight delay when it SNOWED! I was hoping that our home would be to lock up stage (framed, windows & doors installed) before the snow flew- insert hysterical laughter here- but you know what they say about the best laid plans…
Regardless, we are so happy about the progress on our new home. You just can’t wipe the smile off my face when I am anywhere near the new yard. And that makes Clay very happy (happy wife means happy life, right?!).
It's crazy what can happen in a month!
Happy Halloween from our house to yours! I didn’t get Clay to dress up this year, but here are some fun pictures of Halloween’s past. We hope you had a spook-tacular day!
Looking Forward to November
Farm Fair International & Canadian Finals Rodeo at Northlands
Beef Advocacy Tradeshow Booth Volunteering
Canadian Western Agribition in Regina
CARA’s Cattlemen’s Clinic
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