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Mar. 17, 2011 1:55 pm 
Updated: Mar. 19, 2011 4:10 pm

The ranch vet showed up 2 days before the day we expected to leave for Cow Camp, so plans were put on hold while 1900 calves were processed and heifers bangs-vaccinated and tagged.

A compromised immune system and a bug bite while taking Randyman in to emergency in Feb. resulted in a systemic infection for me, compounded by a BAD headcold. Nonetheless, I wanted to ride Tuesday and help process.  I saddled and loaded Wimpy in the trailer and alongside our nephew, helped keep the alley and chute filled. It’s a pretty simple job, as all it requires is pushing a big bunch of calves into the alley, then separating off a few at a time and driving them into the ‘sweep tub’ which helps guide them to the chute where they can be doctored.  It was cold and windy and being on horseback, there is nowhere to duck and get out of the wind.

It began to drizzle. We don’t often get heavy rainfall here on the desert, so I didn’t immediately put my new duster on. The rain kept coming and it was getting colder, my jacket was getting heavier. I noticed my partner was soaked. By the time I could wring out my deerskin gloves, I relented and traded my jacket for the duster which kept me dry but  was NOT warm. I made a mental note to find more layers to take to camp.

The next day I was too sick to help, so I stayed in the house armed with Vicks, Sudafed, and Nyquil. It snowed heavily all day and I felt really bad for everyone who was processing out in the blizzardy conditions. Too guilted to remain idle, I made some mozzarella cheese with the extra goatmilk we had and some cookies for  Randyman. The mozzarella came out so great, I decided to make mozzarella sticks and chicken fingers for dinner. It was real gourmet stuff.

Today the snow is melted and mud has taken its place. Still to sick to ride, I moseyed out to visit the critters. Samby the lamby is filling out nicely. His mother seems to still miss Eweness, so I hope we can find a suitable friend for her soon. The pups have been doing a lot of patrolling in the mornings, then spending the rest of the day either by the critters or the house. Apparently they think there are  intruders near the big pond, because they always show up covered in mud.

Cider has been 'kissing up' to Randyman, cuz he's hoping he'll share his cookies. It's shameful.

Last word is, Cow Camp is postponed to Saturday. I’m still waiting on a call from the doc to see if I can go. I am trying to get some last minute stuff done in the event I can.
Meanwhile, I am glad I got some food made ahead and frozen, so if worse comes to worse and I can’t, they have something to eat out there. Life is often about waiting.
Mar. 17, 2011 2:12 pm
Get well soon Petey, pneumonia can settle in quickly so be careful.... LOVE reading about your cattle drive, makes me wish I was back on my horse from so long ago.....sigh... :P
Mar. 17, 2011 2:13 pm
not to mention that first photo is stunning with the mountains as a backdrop...
Mar. 17, 2011 2:51 pm
thanks Gitano. Logan and I were both commenting that day on how most of the mountain was invisible because of the cloud cover!
Mar. 17, 2011 3:36 pm
feel better, the Cookie should not be driving all day:) If I was there I would want to be on the horses as well.
Mar. 17, 2011 5:14 pm
Here's what I do for a bad cold, Petey. Warm two ounces of Peppermint Schnapps and huddle over it using a coat or large towel as a tent over your head breathing in the fumes. When the schnapps gets cool, drink it and do the procedure again. After two or three repeats you will find the cold is still there but you no longer give a d@mn about it! Once again, you have delivered a part of your life to us with all of it's natural beauty. Thank you!
Mar. 17, 2011 5:35 pm
Oh my Petey - you have to be well to deal with the harsh conditions of a trail drive. So if the doc says no - then accept it as God's will - and know that there will be another drive, another day. At least you've got the food provisions ready for them - somebody else can be the cook - and maybe they'll find out how hard a job it is and appreciate you all the more for what you do. The pictures are so beautiful and cute! I just love Samby the lamby!!! Keep us posted as to how you're doing and about the trail drive. Stay warm and take your meds!
Mar. 17, 2011 6:11 pm
LOL Mike! I would like to hire you as my new physician!
Mar. 17, 2011 6:13 pm
thanks luv2cook, I am still hoping I can go. I haven't rode enough this winter and staying home again would just be...well, yuck! But we shall see. They have always managed fine without me! LOL
Mar. 17, 2011 7:41 pm
I'm by no means being pessimistic Petey - just cautious. I hope you get to go. I get cabin fever very easy so I understand the desire to "get out", even if it means harsh conditions. Just a change of scenery, a different view, a change of momentum - it can be the little "pick me up" that you need. Believe me, I will pray for your healing and for the outcome to be what's best for you. Yes, they can manage without you, but I'm sure they'd fare better with you. The cook is the heart of the group. There's something comforting and caring in sharing a meal together - and when you're the one who provides that comfort and caring - well.... that's magic - - actually.....that's family and I know you want to be a part of that. Just rest and heal - and who may be on the trail this weekend - Lord willing. I'm pullin for ya Petey!
Mar. 18, 2011 7:16 am
So fun to read. Thanks.I can almost smell your pictures! my cousin (cattle rancher) says, smells like money!! :)
Mar. 18, 2011 7:55 pm
So Petey - give us an update - how are you feeling? What's the docs verdict? Trail drive or no? How's everybody faring with getting ready? I hope you're feeling better.
Mar. 18, 2011 9:15 pm
Great Blog as always and great pics too! I love the photo of your dog Cider. That dog is beautiful. And, you can tell Cider loves Randyman. I hope you get over the crud so you can make it Saturday. So, Bungle up my friend and get after that Schnapp's thing. If that don't "kill" your cold, nothing will.
Mar. 19, 2011 3:09 pm
Samby the lamby has the sweetest face I ever saw. Cider knows how to do cute quite well also. I hope you get to feeling better really soon. I think Mike's got the best cure for you.
Mar. 19, 2011 4:10 pm
Getting concerned Petey - haven't heard anything from you in 2 days - - how are you doing?
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