Neighboring

We spent this morning helping our neighbors, the Newmans, brand calves.  Actually, I’m not much help at all when it comes to branding calves these days… I just spend most of my time wrangling kids and maybe, if I’m lucky, squeeze in time for a photograph here and there.  But my husband, Beau, can be considered help for a neighbor in need of getting his calves branded.

Today’s Cast of Characters

Wally, shown with our son Asher.  Their conversation today went like this:

Wally:  What’s your Grandpa Harold been up to?

Asher:  We just call him Grandpa.

Wally:  … Well, tell him I said hi.

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Howard, Wally’s brother.

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Howard’s dog, who I believe was not supposed to participate in the branding today but who came along anyway, as dogs have a habit of doing.

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Dan, obviously.

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Our daughter Emi, available for hire if anyone needs a cow foreman, rodeo queen, or boss of any kind.

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Our baby daughter Marsi.  Today was not her first branding.  It won’t be her last.  It was her first time wearing these boots, however, and it will be her last.

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Dave, the sentinel at the hood of the branding truck.  Beau is on the gray.

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Gillian, one of the cutest (and handiest) little cowgirls I know, resplendent with her pink stirrups.  She just finished her sophomore year of high school.

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Mackabe, Gillian’s big brother.

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And there were others there, too — like Howard’s wife Johnna, and Morris and Owen, and Robert and Mandy, and Gillian’s twin brother Garrett.  But I couldn’t get a picture of everybody… because, again, lots of wrangling of children going on around here.

© Tami Blake

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