Christmas break used to consist of ridiculous amounts of sleep and an almost endless supply of reading material. Where did those days go? Nowadays, breaks from school are simply that: a reprieve from school work. Time off from my “real” job means the perfect time for cattle work.
We have had an extraordinarily warm winter this year. We currently have no snow, and the Missouri is still open in several spots. For the most part the weather cooperated while we vaccinated calves and pregnancy checked cows. One day there was freezing rain, but we only worked for about four hours, so it could have been worse. I won’t lie, the entire time I was out in the cold, I was thinking about getting back into the warm house. I am not sure that I will ever be enthusiastic about standing outside in the heat or the cold in order to get my boots and coveralls covered in manure, but I now understand the importance of work on the ranch more than I used to. Farming and ranching are expensive and stressful occupations, but without them the world would starve. I am not a cowgirl, but I am very proud to be a rancher’s wife.
Despite the shortage of “free” time over Christmas break, I read two books and started another. I read The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, Blood Ties by Lori Armstrong (a South Dakota author!), and I am currently reading The Kite Runner.
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