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I Love Sushi!!! 
Jul. 27, 2012 11:24 am 
Updated: Aug. 6, 2012 7:37 pm
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It’s been quite a week. Yesterday was a beautiful day. It was bright and sunny and my sister in law and her husband are here to visit the ranch and her son, the cowboss, and of course, us! We all went out to feed leppies, horses and Emmalou moo, and take care of all the critters. I went to check for eggs and one of the old hens BIT ME and drew BLOOD!!! I was so flabbergasted I didn’t even nab her, I just staggered to the house with my finger dripping blood.

I put a band aid on, and grabbed Wimpy. We were going to ride a few miles out on the ranch to where they were branding. I haven’t been riding Wimpy much as of late, because I was enjoying Mister so much, but he is losing some weight, and I needed a good steady ride so I grabbed the Wimp. I commented that he was acting kind of squirrelly and ‘unwimpy-like’ as he was walking right out, very alert, instead of his usual lazy, apathetic self. We finally got to the branding just as they were about finishing up. There was a big bull they needed to doctor so all the ropers and the ground crew were surrounding him, while they tried to get all his legs roped so he could safely be doctored. During this little event, a couple of pairs decided to sneak off, so my sister in law and I turned our horses around to push them back...that’s when it happened.

There was suddenly a great deal of air between the saddle and myself, as Wimpy started humping his back and bucking in place. He was hesitating slightly after a few jumps to shift his weight back so he could rear up a little, then he’d go back to bucking. I cannot tell you how surprised I was, as this horse has NEVER bucked to my knowledge and he is no spring chicken. I had a camera in one hand, unfortunately, because I was taking pictures of the bull roping. Unwilling and not having enough wits about me to throw the camera, I kept trying to pull him around with the rein I had, all the while hollering “QUIT!” I finally got him to stop, and we continued after the cow and calf. I really think it was the fear of walking all the way home that kept me on board as I do not have a secure enough seat to stay in the middle of a horse that is coming apart like that anymore. Fear does funny things. Sometimes it's not all bad.
We turned the pair back, when the calf doubled back in his tracks and Wimpy suddenly remembered his past training with the cowboss I bought him from, who owned him all his life and was quite a hand. He sucked back and rolled back over his hocks, sticking with the calf. It was mere pucker power which kept me aboard, once again. This time I patted him on the neck and we went on about our day.
We had a great dinner. Two of the meaties we processed were prepared in a big claypot with rosemary, thyme, onions and melted butter. They were delicious, and there is still a LOT of meat because they averaged 5 and 6 lb  each in the packages. Awesome.
This morning, my sis-in-law went to gather cows with everyone, Randyman and my bro-in-law went to drive truck and haul cows somewhere, and I stayed home to feed leppies, goats, sheep, chickens and check on EmmaLou, who has been staying close to the corral, coming in to see me twice a day, which is unusual for her when she is not being milked. 
This morning I knew something was up, because she wasn’t there. I fed the leppies and kicked them all out, and went to look for her. She was down on the far side of the octopus tree, and kept looking off to her left. She turned just a smidge and I could see she still had an afterbirth trailing her. She wasn’t alone. I jumped up and down, as best as someone in my condition can, and waddled to the milkroom for some cmpk pills, then to the house to grind them up and add them to some warm molasses water. I filled a 5 gal bucket and took the 4 wheeler, splashing my way down the pasture, through bumps and ditches, with my fingers crossed praying for a heifer.
All the leppies were watching, and hoping to sneak in to steal some of that great milk, and the new calf, still a little wet, turned around and I whooped! It’s a HEIFER!!
I gave Emma her cocktail and told her what a fantastic job she did. The little heifer is not only in very good shape, but she is very smart. She is already on her feet, nursing all 4 teats.  She has both ears, both eyes, 4 legs and all 8 toes! She is a genius, who takes after her grandmother, I can tell. She’s just beautiful, and just what I have been hoping for, since the day I lost Dolly.
Life can be so good.
Meet Sushi!

Her daddy is an AkaUshi bull I call “Mr Miyagi”. She’s going to be just wonderful!

Jul. 27, 2012 11:43 am
I wish you could fix your format, we are losing the right margin words and it is difficult to follow what you are saying, I love your blog and feel cheated that I can't read 25% ofit.
Jul. 27, 2012 12:32 pm
I am gonna try to fix it. I have no idea why it does this sometimes!
Jul. 27, 2012 12:40 pm
She is just beautiful!! And her name Sushi is so cute! Petey, I just love your blogs.. thank you so much for blogging.
Jul. 27, 2012 12:53 pm
Thanks Cindy and Covergirl. I am so stoked about this calf you can't even know. After losing Emma's Mama last year I have been so anxious and praying for a heifer this time. Woo Hoo!!! I am doing the happy heifer dance like nobody's business!!
Jul. 27, 2012 1:14 pm
And, I thought you meant "raw" fish! I shoulda known. LOL! Great blog as usual Petey! Pictorially, it looks like a rodeo event. I LOVE it!
Jul. 27, 2012 1:20 pm
Just to mess with you! That's what I alwsys figure. I know don't have near the experience horswise you do but I do know at 50 the horse to ground impact is amplified by 100. Of that I am positive! I was so hoping as I read about Emma that you were going to get a little girl. Not that you can replace Dolly but boy what a doll Sushi is! Congrats!
Jul. 27, 2012 1:22 pm
Let's see add an "a" then an "I", an "e" and that should take care of my corrections. Where is spellcheck?!
Jul. 27, 2012 1:33 pm
Did somebody say, "cigar"? WOO HOO!!!!!! Stogies for everyone on ME :)))I can truthfully say I have never loved sushi more! Congratulations, petey! :)
Jul. 27, 2012 1:40 pm
Petey I am so happy for you. Mother looks so proud in the pics. That little one looks so healthy. Congratulations to all of you.
Jul. 27, 2012 1:54 pm
Petey your blogs are great. I look forward to reading them. They offer a glimpse into a lifestyle very different from my own. Keep them coming!!
Jul. 27, 2012 1:58 pm
Petey, I love your blog and try to never miss one! Sushi is beautiful and I am so excited for you! I hope she measures up to Dolly for you and I am sure she will. Please never quit writing, you have such a way of communicating with both words and pictures! I envy your life on the ranch........Ginny
Jul. 27, 2012 2:37 pm
Thank you all! I am really tickled, this is even better than a WhizBang Chicken Plucker! LOL
Jul. 27, 2012 2:43 pm
Cathill, that is funny. You are so right, the ground is exponentially harder at our age, and so much farther away!
Jul. 27, 2012 3:00 pm
Congrats on Sushi!! Another beautiful blog. A slice of life that is so wondrous...
Jul. 27, 2012 3:08 pm
Keep it up Petey, you'll ruin my love for veal. Good on ya for having 2 banner days in a week!
Jul. 27, 2012 4:09 pm
Petey: Calves are my very favorite animal. They make me absolutely giddy! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos with us.
Jul. 27, 2012 4:30 pm
Congratulations....she's a beauty!
Jul. 27, 2012 8:33 pm
Hi Petey! Sushi is just adorable!!:) I love reading all your blogs!
Jul. 27, 2012 9:42 pm
thanks p and q, and cooknbake girl. I am inclined to agree with you, she's pretty darn cute! :)
Jul. 27, 2012 11:38 pm
Congrats! I hope she has as sweet a face as Dolly had. What a lovely little heifer - good job, Dolly!
Jul. 28, 2012 6:00 am
Awww...Sushi, what a great name. I'm glad you have a new baby, helps mend the heart after Dolly. :)
Jul. 28, 2012 7:50 am
Petey-what an exciting day filled with a pecking hen, a bucking horse, and the birth of Sushi. Great blog!
Jul. 28, 2012 2:25 pm
It was a another great day :)
Jul. 28, 2012 3:03 pm
Love the new heifer. I'll look forward to her growing uo stories. Petey, everyone here in Seattle loves your blog. They are going to try to fix it to be usable.
Jul. 28, 2012 3:04 pm
The blog formatting I obviously mean!!!!!
Jul. 28, 2012 3:57 pm
really marianne? That's cool!
Jul. 28, 2012 9:17 pm
I had a bit of trepidation when I began reading.... NOT a fan of sushi!! But, THIS SUSHI is beautiful! Congrats!! How wonderful. A new addition to your life blog. We all win!! Can't wait to hear many many more Sushi stories!!
Jul. 29, 2012 12:26 pm
Congratulations! I'm so happy for you!! Sushi is just gorgeous...I love her, too :)
Jul. 29, 2012 12:48 pm
Thanks! Emma is really excited about her :)
Jul. 30, 2012 4:11 pm
Petey, you tricked me! I saw the blog title and thought, "there is now way in God's green earth...that she could get sushi in the middle of nowhere!". Fantastic blog with wonderful photos. The last photo looks like a painting it's so pretty!
Aug. 1, 2012 5:04 pm
Petey Wonderfu "day in the life of" as usual. My husband grew up on a cattle ranch in South Dakota, and my first visit they asked me what I would like to do. I said, ride a horse. I had only experienced those suburban riding in circles horses, so didn't realize it could be bad. This Arabian did not want me on him, and before we got beyond the barn, he started bucking hard. He bucked so high he flipped back and I fell off, and then he fell on top of me--all 1700 pounds of him--which broke my shoulder. They rushed me 90 miles (at 90mph) to North Dakota, and I had to have a cast put on my lower arm as "hanging traction." So I also know that hard ground thing you guys are saying. :) Anyway, Sushi is wonderful. So glad the peck and the buck weren't the last impression of your day. Congratulations and keep sharing. Love the pictures. And also thanks for your very kind words on my blog.
Aug. 3, 2012 8:23 pm
always love your blogs, Petey. Thanks for all of your stories in the life at the ranch. love it.
Aug. 6, 2012 7:37 pm
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