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Mazy's Prairie Mischief and Adventures

Grandpa's Dilemma

October 28th 2012 2:13 pm
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Cold and snow flurries here......Oh Boy, Gpa has a
BIG MESS!!! He brought all the cows and calves home from
the summer pasture yesterday. Of course, it took all day!
Some were ready to come because of the cold and flurries.
Others had to play games with Gpa....

Now all the cattle are home and pretty close to house.
They have pastures here and several corrals. Gpa has
been hauling bales to them everyday. Since it is still
dry here. The open grazing isn't enough food for them.

Grandpa's BIG Problem is Water for the cattle... The well
in the front corral needs to be worked on. We still
pump water with old fashioned pump-jacks into large
stock tanks. Most neighbors have submersible pumps and
water hydrants. Our place isn't that modern...

So Gpa was using 200 ft. of garden hose to reach the
corral from the hydrant at the house yard. The cold
weather froze the hoses. Frozen hoses won't work to
fill the big tank.

Gpa thought he'd drag all that hose through the house.
Put it, in our 1 bathtub and shower unit to defrost.
The hose was covered with grass clippings,leaves and dirt.
Would be drug through 4 rooms to reach the bathroom.
Gma didn't like this idea!

Gpa decided to put the space heater on the hoses in the
cattle room. The space heater wouldn't work! Now what?
The cattle have to have water.....

Gma brought heavy plastic and put on the sunroom floor.
Then got 2 big oil filled electric heaters out of the attic.
Plugged them in, set the thermostats for 90. Took awhile
but the hoses are defrosted....

Now Gpa is filling the tank. This takes 2 hours when dry.
Then he has to drag the hoses in, to drain them, so they
won't freeze up again.

We have the clean up mess in the sunroom. Put everything
away and clean up the grass debris. Gma told Gpa he had
to clean up the mess he made! Gma knows, she'll have to
Help. If not, they will be dragging that mess all over
the house.

The reason Gma is upset with Gpa is: He knew All Summer,
he had to work on this well. He put it off! Thank goodness,
there are 2 other wells for the cattle. If all, were
trying to drink from this 1 large tank....there'd be alot
of pushing and shoving going on. Maybe some cattle would
be injured....So much for Gma having a little extra
down time.

He's trying to haul bales on the days the weather allows.
He went and picked up some free standing corral that was
built for him. This will replace the area where the collapsed
heifer shed was removed. He hasn't had time to set those
corral panels up. Always something around here! He is having
mechanical problems with a couple tractors to add to
the heartburn.

Well on the upside, he will have his pickup back in a
couple days. There will be a new windshield and new tail
gate on his truck. Finally those repairs are done....
Gma says, any advice for handling her procrastinating Gpa?
She has a very lllllllooooooooonnnnnnggggggggggg fuse!
I think, she is about to blow sky an oil
gusher! Oh Boy! Where's my raincoat? I think, I might
need it!

Okay Gma, calm down....Let's go Zoomin' around and see
what our pals have been doing! I know, you'll feel much
better real soon! I reach over and give Gma big wet kisses
all over her face.....Catch ya later,Mazy


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Barked by: HarleyDavidson THD, CGC (Dogster Member)

October 28th 2012 at 3:39 pm

Oh goodness Mazy! You are going to be busy keeping Gma happy. Hopefully Gpa can get the water problem fixed soon. Stay warm sweet girl.
Barked by: ✨ Finley ✨ (Dogster Member)

October 28th 2012 at 9:03 pm

Mama sez "Ain't no fixin' a stubborn man." BOL!

Hope your weather improves and your Gma finds some extra patience...sounds like she'll need it!
Barked by: ✨ Whitley ✨ (Dogster Member)

October 29th 2012 at 1:00 am

Momma thanks all mens are procrastinators!
Barked by: Amazing Grace (Dogster Member)

October 29th 2012 at 8:23 am

Hi Pals........ alot of men are procrastinators! Not all....
The upside is Gpa has an easy going temperament and that has been a blessing during the last 40 yrs.

He sure can make Gma a little crazy! There are No fighters in this house..... so sometimes Gma thinks she will explode.....

Gma uses that pent up energy to just keep moving and doing all she can... It would be easier, if Gma could still do the ranch work. That would keep him on track like the old days.

Sure hope Gma doesn't have to have shoulder surgery. Will find out probably in November. If so, she will really be a Mess!

At least he is out with all girls.....Mazy,Precious and Gma
Barked by: Harley Diva-Girl,CGC,Therapy D (Dogster Member)

October 29th 2012 at 4:21 pm

Bol!!! Daddy hate that word...procrastinator!...cause she uses it all the time when he does just that...Bol!

winters' comming right in the back door, and we are in the middle of this Frankenstorm♥
Barked by: Amazing Grace (Dogster Member)

November 4th 2012 at 10:16 am

Winter showed up here this weekend too. The ground is White and the prairie has cover. Thank God, the snow has been fine,off and on,all weekend. Temps. between 28-33......It is yucky!

I did spend about 30 min. outside each day this weekend. Only cuz, Gma didn't give me a choice! Now that I'm 5, I HATE the Snow,Rain,Cold and Wind!

In other words, I'm Finally a Normal Smooth Haired Doxie!!!!!!
hee hee

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