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September 6-12

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

The week started out with good weather but it got bad by the end of the week. Wayne got our hay raked and baled just before the rain started. We're glad to have that job done for the year. We still have some to get stacked in the barnyard but the rest of it is done.

Sunny (my paint mare) is limping again so I had the vet come out an look at her. He came out Tuesday evening after I closed and didn't charge me for an after hours call. He says that she is probably either Navicular or has nerve damage from an injury that happened before we bought her. He said that he can do a nerve block test and pin point it better, but he is sure that it is one of these. I can also take her to LaGrande (an hour away) for a leg x-ray. I hate to put a bunch of money into a horse that we can't ride. I am thinking about taking her to the Hermiston Horse Sale. It is in October and Hermiston is only about 2.5 hours away. I hate to sell her and wonder what happens to her but we really need another riding horse, not a pet. I am not good at selling horses.

Shawn had Labor Day off but drove Saturday to make up for it. He also went to the feed mill for me. He got up at about 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday and did his fuel run, then took my pick-up and the Bakers' gooseneck flatbed trailer to Hermiston to get feed. He also went to Nutritional Services in Hermiston to pick up an order of Northwest Horse Supplements. I had a couple of people ask for them so I decided to carry them. I was feeding them but they were hard to find here and very expensive, so I was using something else. Now when that runs out, I can use Northwest again.

I had a sales rep with a tack company stop by this week and I placed an order with him. If I order by 3:00 p.m., I can get my order the next day. This will be great for special orders, and I am sure that I will use them often. My rep from the animal health company was here Thursday and again on Saturday. We set up a Cattlemen's Dinner with both animal health reps and my sales rep and the nutritionist from the mill where I am getting my feed. I only have two weeks to get it together but I'm very excited about it and think it will be great for the store!

Sunday was Bobbie's birthday so 11 of us went to dinner at the Haines Steak house Saturday after I closed. Haines is about an hour and a half away. The food was wonderful and we had a great time. Sunday we did another dinner at her parents' house. The weather was turning cold so instead of being on their porch, we moved to the shop.

Now that the haying and irrigating are done, it is time to get things cleaned up and put away for winter. Last year we learned that the snow might not melt off and give you another chance to get things done. We are limited on storage so we have to plan ahead to get it all put away.

Fall is here and winter isn't far behind. The days are shorter and nights are colder, the days are getting pretty chilly too. One day it is shorts and T-shirts then the next it's jeans and sweaters. I don't have heat in my store yet so hopefully that will get done this week. My landlord bought it but looks like Shawn is going to have to install it. My coffee drinkers are pretty cold in the mornings.

I am taking my first day off this Saturday! It's Pendleton Round-Up week and we have tickets for Saturday every year. I was born in Pendleton and am a die-hard Round-Up fan -- it's my favorite rodeo of the year! We have been going Thursday and camping in our trailer until Sunday, but now that we are only a couple of hours away, we can drive over for the day. I am looking forward to a day away and I know that the store will be in good hands. I hope that the weather clears up, as our seats are out in the open. Let 'er buck!

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The week started out with good weather but it got bad by the end of the week. Wayne got our hay raked and baled just before the rain started. We're glad to have that job done for the year. We still have some to get stacked in the barnyard but the rest of it is done.

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