Give pause to cold weather ranch days
It seems to me that once Thanksgiving has passed it's a mad dash for Christmas and the New Year. Personally, I think the time goes too fast! I'd much prefer it felt slower -- that there was more time to enjoy the days with family, friends and nei...
It seems to me that once Thanksgiving has passed it's a mad dash for Christmas and the New Year. Personally, I think the time goes too fast! I'd much prefer it felt slower - that there was more time to enjoy the days with family, friends and neighbors. I haven't figured out how to get it to slow down yet, except to do ranch chores in the snow.
Is it just me or does it feel like doing chores once winter has hit takes twice as long? Is it that we chop ice daily? Or because we plow through snow, or sludge and buck wind to get at the critters to feed them? Is it the extra three layers of clothing that slow us down?
My hens have nearly quit laying eggs, which is unfortunate, because a month ago I was getting 4 to 6 dozen eggs per week. And we've lost our window of good weather for pregnancy testing the cows.
The silver lining in all of this - and, mind you, I'm not complaining - is that photos this time of year have an extra special beauty to them.
Editor's note: Zeller is a South Dakota cattle rancher who raises Angus, Brangus and Quarter Horses with her husband and his family. She is an award-winning photographer, barrel racer and artist. Contact Zeller at firstname.lastname@example.org .