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How Not to Blog…

1.   Wait nearly 2 months between blog posts.

2.   Spend half your time here.

3.   Spend the other half of your time here.

I apologize for being a bad blogger, friends. Things have been fairly wild around Asphalt Cowgirl Land since I last wrote. I spent a week of vacation from my real job at the ranch, helping with calving. We were blessed with an amazingly mild spring and only 4 sets of twins this year (compared to the unheard-of 6 sets last year). Now, as some of you already know, twins get names at our outfit…so here you go.

·         Zip and Snap were born to one of my uncle and aunt’s cows…my aunt is a seamstress.

·         Clear and Stat had the most dramatic twin birth of the year. Clear was born tail-first and we had a hard time getting him breathing. I was doing some fairly serious calf CPR! His sister, Stat, arrived in a normal presentation and she was in a hurry to get into the world. I decided they needed “hospital” names appropriate to their arrival.  It sounds better if you say them with exclamation points: “Clear!….Stat!”

·         Tink and Pete are the cutest little set of purebred Red Angus calves! They were pretty tiny, so they became Tinkerbell and Peter Pan.

·         Peep and Cad were born on Easter. Cad for Cadbury. Hopefully Peep is self-explanatory.

I’m proud to report we are done with both calving and branding. The grass is growing like crazy and we’re looking forward to getting cattle sorted into breeding bunches in a couple weeks.

Seventeen of my April days were spent somewhere other than Miles City, mostly in Bozeman, where I organized both the MSU Academic Quadrathlon and Montana Nutrition Conference and Livestock Forum. The AQ is a four-part animal science contest where four-person teams compete in an oral presentation, written exam, hands-on lab practicum, and double-elimination quiz bowl. We had 5 teams in this year’s contest and have a very competitive team headed to the regional/national contest in Phoenix this summer. I’ll be sure to update you on all the details from our trip!

Wishing you a slightly belated Happy May Day!

Yours in travel,

The Asphalt Cowgirl

“Now our windshield’s a painting that hangs in our room, It changes each mile like the radio tune” —Rodeo Moon, Chris Ledoux

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4 thoughts on “How Not to Blog…”

  1. You’re done branding already?!?!
    Would you like to come to Cohagen and do a little more?

    I love your twin names!
    When we have twins, I get one for a bum (if they don’t graft them out from under me). And my bums are always flower names. This year, we have Johnny-Jump-Up and Buttercup!

    I think you have a good reason for being gone for two months.
    HOWEVER…..
    This is one of my very favorite blogs! And I’ll hound you mercilessly from here on out if it goes more than 30 days between posts.
    You’re welcome.
    :)

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