Busy-ness… or Business

We’ve been pretty busy around her at Mud Ranch — Lots of things have happened, but at the same time, it’s the same ol’ same ol’.  The biggest thing to happen was the downsizing of my beautiful little Kiger herd, from 3 to 2.


My little grulla mare, MRK Annie Oakley, has left her birth home to live with a wonderful lady in Wisconsin.  This was definitely one of the hardest decisions to do — part with the first foal born on the property and essentially, my dream horse.  She had the look, the color, the height (short!), the spunk, the heart, the brains, the quickness, and the talent that I’d always wanted.  But as life changes, so does your heart and so you learn that just because something is exactly what you might have wanted, doesn’t mean it is right for your life.  Annie Oakley would not be a good horse for me to raise my daughter on or with, she’s got too much attitude.  Cali and Sunnie, however, get along great and are both fairly slow and calm to where I can pony one off the other.  Annie Oakley would never have any of that.  So, she has moved on to be an endurance horse for a very spunky and fun lady — I know they’ll get a long great and I have no saddness of where my baby has gone.  She is in the perfect spot, the spot I’ve been wanting for her — though I always envisioned it being part of my life.  Turns out, it’s not.


My daughter, Annie, is growing by leaps and bounds.  She is constantly putting me in stitches with her comments — the other day on the way to church, my father in law made a comment to Hubby’s Grandmother and called her “Grandma,” Annie corrected him and said, “No Papa.  It’s Date Mema!”  (Great Mema.)  She is certainly 2 going on 13 — hire a two year old while they know it all.


Meanwhile back at the ranch, Hubby aka “Daddy” is gone to Belgium for a trade show.  He has been there since last Saturday and after the show, will be moving on to Croatia to install the machine they’re showing into their first European customer’s factory!  Annie and I miss him and Annie keeps telling me that he and Curtis are in a plane (whew, I’d hate to be in a plane this long!)  But they’re doing well, figured out transportation in Belgium and working it out with most the French speaking locals… I don’t know how well they’re working that out, but they must be doing okay.  If they spoke Spanish, Hubby would be in like flin… French is a different subject.


While he is gone, though, I am able to leave my sewing machine out on the counter and do some crafting.  This little “Baa” is my first… and though he does have issues, we’ll work them out.  He has now joined Annie in her vast array of buddies that join her about every where we go.  Seems that he and her new Bubby (of which I will be posting pictures soon) are a smash hit.  Oh, and this is the first time I’ve embroidered anything… that’s why it ain’t to great.

So, we’re keeping busy here — the rams have been out breeding their groups and are about to be brought back in.  I need to make appointments for two yearlings, a heifer and a steer for their visit at the butcher as well as a handful of 8 month old rams.  Looking forward to salting the pelts and getting some meat in the freezers!


About mudranch

I live in the country, I love to take photos, I'm a shepherdess, I adore my husband and daughter, I walk in the will of Christ.

Posted on September 23, 2009, in Crafting, Family, Kiger Mustangs, Me. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I know just what you mean about what’s right for your life not being what you expected. You made a wonderful decision and I’m glad you found a great home for your horse.

    Baa is SOOOO CUTE!!! You did a great job!

  2. I can’t believe how grown up Annie is looking!!! Theron had fun seeing pictures of her. You did a great job with Baa. I’m sure Simon is BS’ing his way through the French 😉

  3. Love how Baa has one ear up (well sideways) and one down– we have a dog like that and it gets my heart every time! So glad that Annie O. is going to a great home. Now I don’t have to come up with justifications to buy her myself–when I already have my own rowdy mare that needs a job!

  4. Annie looks so BIG. I have to see her before she goes to high school…Scott killed his first chicken yesterday. How do you handle butchering animals you have raised? Snipey wasn’t food, as she was sick, but still…I am SO much happier having my meat already skinned and “deanimalized” no matter how hypocritical that may be. How do you do it????

    • Isn’t Annie big? She’s even bigger in attitude — 2 going on 13. 🙂

      Well… the problem with your chicken is, as you said, she wasn’t meant for food. Those are the worst kind, but you have to do what you have to do in order to end suffering. But, when we raise animals for food, we have it in our heads from the very beginning that they’re freezer meat. It makes things a lot easier… Thus the names for the calves: Sir Loin, Stew, Pig Pen (though pig pens aren’t for eating… but still it aint a pretty picture.) 😉 So that is our secret — put it in your head that they’re food, feed them, water them but never socialize or “hang out” with them. It’s strictly business.

      • I think that is my problem…too personal. I have to say, Scott was oddly proud of himself afterwards. He said it was so quick, that he doesn’t think she felt it or suffered. So that made me feel better. I am ok with it, I just don’t like them feeling afraid before hand…thanks. Not too many people I can ask these questions! I do have a friend that raises hogs, and she says they are so mean and ornery by the time “their time’ has come, that it doesn’t bother her at all!

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