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September 13-19

Agriculture.com Staff 07/07/2010 @ 9:09am

It has rained off and on all week, and if it wasn't raining then it was cold. I thought we were leaving the rain behind when we moved to eastern Oregon. It rains a lot on the west side of the state. Now we are living where rain is usually wanted and needed. I still haven't gotten used to rain being a good thing. Now they are saying that it is going to clear up and get warm again. I hope it does, I still have things that I want to get done outside before winter.

Shawn and I both had busy weeks, but we got a lot done. Shawn drove all week, then came home and either did things for me at the store or at the ranch. He also took care of the animals all week and most nights made dinner. He has been very supportive of me opening the store and is doing what he can to make it work for us. I sure appreciate all of his help and know that I couldn't do this without him. I have customers ask me all the time how I can work such long hours! I tell them that I have a great husband and partner!!

I worked on finalizing my dinner meeting plans, I am looking forward to doing it. I spent a lot of time on advertising and trying to make a plan and budget for the rest of 2004. I want to do both newspaper and radio advertising, and it gets spendy. I have a few companies that will help with the costs if they're mentioned in the ads, so I am trying to do that as much as I can. I also worked with the local liquid gas company to get things ready to hook up my stove. Shawn picked it up on Saturday and I want the propane hooked up ASAP!

Saturday was my first day off!! Shawn decided that he didn't want to go to the Round Up so I went alone. My dad lives in Pendleton and so does one of my aunts, so I sat with them. Well, Aunt Judy and Dad's girlfriend, Marilyn. Dad's Indian friend, Jesse Jones, Jr. was inducted into the Round Up Hall of Fame, so he helped Jesse with his horses and didn't sit in the stands. Also in Pendleton during Round Up week is the Happy Canyon Indian Pageant every night. The Indians also perform some of their dancing about half way thru the rodeo. There is a long history with the Indians in that area and there is still a reservation closeby. Dad and Jesse have been friends since childhood and we are all happy to see Jesse receive this honor! I got home pretty late so slept in on Sunday.

Sunday, Shawn and I went to the store for a little while to get some things done. I wanted to check and see how Saturday went. I had Jessica work for me -- she is the granddaughter of one of the ladies that we are buying our ranch from. She did just fine, it was a slow day for sales though. Shawn gave himself a black eye working on taking the old stove oil tank out to get ready for the propane tank, but he was at the store and helped Jessica close. He is lucky that it was only a black eye and not worse from the sounds of what happened. We ended the day at Bobbie and Kenny's. A group of us have started getting together on Sunday afternoons at different houses.

Next week, I should get the heat hooked up and hopefully a peg-board wall up at the store! Shawn has plans for getting stuff done at the ranch. With my dinner meeting and hunters coming next week, we won't have much extra time. Deer season starts October 2, and my brother and a cousin of ours are coming to hunt in the unit that we live in. Shawn put in as the group leader and everyone drew tags.

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It has rained off and on all week, and if it wasn't raining then it was cold. I thought we were leaving the rain behind when we moved to eastern Oregon. It rains a lot on the west side of the state. Now we are living where rain is usually wanted and needed. I still haven't gotten used to rain being a good thing. Now they are saying that it is going to clear up and get warm again. I hope it does, I still have things that I want to get done outside before winter.

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