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Hoar Frost

So yesterday while out on the ranch it was absolutely beautiful.

Hoar Frost appeared and everything was touched with a white crystal frosting. WP_20160121_12_30_59_Pro

 

And upon a closer look the frost was very thick

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We are just a short 57 days to SPRING

which also means we are that much closer to this year’s foal crop

I for one am getting excited as Abu our handsome stud had his choice of some ladies

last spring – and we will see what kind of color he throws this year.

Spring can’t come soon enough!

 

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Wintertime is near…

Winter is a time of slowing down and peace at the ranch,

hunting season is winding down, son got his first one with a bow

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just before rifle season opened.

And so far our family is 5 for 13 tags filled.

Winter is also the time when our thoughts turn to ice fishing/spearing

Mark and Cole have been busy carving decoys

As Mark is 4th generation Bethel decoy carver and

Cole is 5th generation it is our joy to see people using

and remembering our family decoys as part of their winter history.

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One of Mark’s first ones…

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and Cole’s first bullhead

We will be in Walker for the craft show on Nov 21, and

at the dark house carvers show Dec 5 in Park Rapids.

If you remember the Bethel name in Decoys be sure to drop us a

line and maybe a picture or two…

 

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A Haying We Will Go….

So for the past couple of weekends this is what we have been doing.

Been super weather here!

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Cole loves raking…

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Mark is putting up squares on this field

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He has his seeds and his tunes driving a tractor what else would one need…

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I got some much needed help from our friends (boarders)

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Thanks so much Sam and Jordan we could not have done it without you!!!

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And of course Tyson Too!!!!

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Reaching the top is Mark while my dad (the white hat) is on the ground level

We had a great friend come Joel with his three kids

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Joel and our daughter Cassie unloaded bales (thanks so much for the help!!)

Jordan friend Colby also came to help, Thanks Colby!!!

Cole back raking day 2
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As Cole was raking he tried to stay just ahead of Mark as we had a really strong wind, so they passed each other.

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Then I set out to get a bale in the air while Mark was driving

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Fail #1

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Fail #33

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Yippie Bale in the air, darn I missed the tractor!!

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Finally SUCCESS!!!!  Only took 45 shots..

 

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So since I last left you we only had two foals on the ground since then six more made their appearance and we are happy to report that all are healthy and doing great.

Here they are and respected birthday.

Numbers 3 & 4 decided to share a birthday and it was an EASTER Surprise (April 20) to us to see them both this morning….

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Yeller had this cute buckskin filly…

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And Dancer our niece’s paint had this cutie

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And no white other than socks…hmmm her mama is a paint yet no marking on this little filly.

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She has a nice head and is very alert!

So lets just have another foal the next day – ask and you shall receive

April 21, 2014

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Lucy had this little colt and his is very easy going like his mama!!!

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So as of now we have 5 on the ground 4 fillies and 1 colt.

But

THERE

ARE

MORE

TO

COME!!!

And they did just that

Foal number 6 came on May 3rd

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Candy is a fantastic mama!!

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There is always one foal I catch sticking their tongue out at me…

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Mark loves to make sure that they get some human attention right away,

He says it makes it easier to train, I think he just

really likes playing with the little ones because they are so soft…LOL

Foals 7 and 8 made their appearance back to back May 5th and 6th

Filly from Babe was May 5th

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after walking about for a bit on unsteady legs they lay down for a nap

being born is hard work !!!

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And this first power nap is really lights out

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Mark messed with her legs and she didn’t move her head or open her eyes for 20 minutes

Number 8 May 6,2014

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Yep I am a STUD !!!

So that is what we have been busy with…

Oh yes and we did this too…

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Flowers for Mother’s Day

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Walked the foals

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Hung out with my mom and my auntie

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walked the foals again

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IMG_3778Then we went to a band concert

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And special people came by for the concert too!!!

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mowed lawn

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Watched the birth of kittens

Both of our mama cats had kittens on the same day at the same time!!!

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Camo is getting bigger and loves dirt…

He is helping dig a trench so we could fix power line to barn

MOWED AGAIN

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We had to replace our frost free hydrant in the barn

Mowed again

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more rain

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FIX FENCE

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more rain

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polka dotted my car for cancer

Put up a new pasture for Abu

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Really MORE rain,

as of Memorial weekend we have recorded 30+ inches

so guess what we did

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Cole had friends over

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yep more rain

this is camo’s ball in the middle of our driveway next to the mini river

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pansies like to be a little on the wet side but this is getting to be too much

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Cole spoke at our local relay

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Celebrated Father’s day with our kids and Mark got this new tool belt

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took a photography class at Itasca State Park

taught by Steve Maanum

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While the boys were getting the tractors ready for our first cutting of hay

oh and we played with the kittens

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That pretty much is how our lives have gone since we last wrote. Hope you all had a busy, happy Spring as well!

WE ARE READY FOR SUMMER!!!

Here is our foal line up for 2014

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babies on the way

So today was nice out just above 20 and sunshine, sunshine, sunshine….ground is still white but its beginning to feel like spring and our mares are showing full baby tummies…

We have 8 mares that all look like they are going to have a little one this spring….

DREAM

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YELLER

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LUCY

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ZANEE

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CHICK

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CANDY

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BABE

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DANCER

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Can’t wait for the first to arrive….

Here’s hoping they wait til Thursday as it is suppose to warm up here.  Winter coats still are very shaggy, but yesterday was the first time Dream started to shed…that means SPRING IS CLOSE….

 

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Winter will fade to Spring

So we finally broke our bitter cold and on to seeing our ranch again.  We have much to clean up and brush out as we create a new pen for Abu

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So we are clearing trees

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Cole running the bobcat

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Chain saw awaiting more trees to cut

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Skidding a tree out

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Loading the wood for our outdoor furnace

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Another tree down

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Mark and Cole restarting the bon fire for tops

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So as we cut we are hauling good wood to the furnace and the tops get put on the fire.

We had some wonderful help come for a couple of hours too.

Thanks Connie and Tonya

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We also had time to play with Camo

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He likes this tug o war game

We are also clearing some larger brush piles and I got some cool pictures of the flames

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So we are really happy that this winter has faded into spring

Mares are showing foal – very heavy and some are waxing already.

ONLY 2 weeks or less to foal one!!!!

 

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strange sleeping

Our puppy has some unique sleeping positions and its been interesting to catch him sleeping sometimes where we are not expecting him to be.

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Camo has been a wonderful addition to the ranch can’t wait for spring so we can be outside longer but then he loves the snowbanks too…

 

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