Top Hands: Part Four
I really loved having the company of "my girls" the week they spent with me. It's usually just me and the boys around here and so the fun, positive conversations while we worked and the fun we had when the work was done was an extra treat for me.
For our farmgirl recreation, I tried to come up with experiences that they would never forget. One of our afternoons was spent learning about and target shooting all kinds of firearms. Everything from a BB gun, to 9mm handguns, to a 12 gauge shotgun. We shot paper targets, exploding targets and even clay pigeons. For this learning experience, I had some extra help on hand and I was very grateful for that!
The girls were very respectful and interested in learning about the different guns. They were also pretty good shots!
My big boy did NOT want to miss out on this fun! He was tickled plum to death to have his turn at the targets.
Another thing on the "must do" list was to take the pony out for a spin with his cart. I had told the girls how driving the pony cart is sooooo much fun! It makes me giggle like crazy and that is a very good thing!
Even though he hadn't been out driving for a while, Skeeter was a perfect gentleman for my girls. I even caught Makayla laughing.... pony therapy is the best!
Next we decided to do our best to rid my pasture of the prairie dogs that recently decided to move in. Prairie dogs are terrible for pastures! They destroy the grass, dig humongous holes that break the legs of our livestock and take over in a hurry! Even though they're cute, they can't coexist on the farm. But they make great targets.
Once prairie dog hunting was over I told the girls I'd take them to my favorite little spot on the creek, up in the Highwood Mountains. On our way up there we came across this devil in the road. He was about 4 feet long an yes, that's a rattlesnake. Our friend Adam quickly stopped him in his tracks and safely removed the poisonous end. The girls decided we should put him in the back of my truck.... Why? I'm not entirely sure....
We made it to the creek and the girls decided to wash him off and even did a little experiment to "sex" the snake, (as seen on the show Dirty Jobs) and we determined he was indeed a boy....
Then somebody said, "We should eat him!" "Really?" I said.... "Well.... okay, but we better get him home, before he goes bad....
So, our good sport Adam eviscerated the snake and fileted him for us. Ick! But I was the good sport who breaded him and fried him up for our supper.
Believe it or not, he tasted like extra chewy chicken. Pretty good with ranch dressing. But everything is good with ranch dressing, right? I still kind of can't believe we did that.... I actually don't make a habit out of eating rattlesnakes....
We had also managed to attend a rodeo over the weekend. But due to the pouring rain and cold, I wasn't able to get photos of that. It was really fun to see the rodeo through their fresh eyes. I have probably seen a hundred rodeos and after a while they can start to all look the same. But this time I got to share the experience and that made it really fun.
All in all, I think my girls will never forget their first trip to the farm. I know I will never forget having them here and showing them how we live out here in the middle of nowhere.... I hope they come back again soon....
Now go make something beautiful,