Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Task I: Fence Building

We have been tossing around what to do with Mojo.  For those that don't remember, he's the bull that broke his leg.  We've had him in a pen by himself since Rent-A-Husband brought him home.  We will be needing that pen when we wean the calves here pretty soon.  We initially decided to get him collected and then put him down.  Husband called all over, talking to many different places regarding that.  We were told that we needed to wait till it cooled down for better collection.  Then we thought about just taking him to the packer.  But we were hestitant cause he still gets around, still eats/drinks and the only issue is his leg.  So we did what we normally do when we can't make a decision, we flipped a coin.  Heads we keep him, tails we cut his head off.  Landed on heads, so husband said we'd do the best out of three.  Well, the next flip landed on heads too so we're keeping him longer.  But you know what that meant?  We had to build fence.  He needed a pasture just to himself so we could use his pen.  We decided to put in a cross fence with the wire and posts from a previous fence we put up that is no longer needed.  So I unclipped the wire and the Husband pulled the posts.  We're very "green"!

So the Husband started stretching the wire.

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Once the bottom wire was stretched, the T-posts were next.

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This was his way to measure the post, chin height was perfect.

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Hubby was lookin' pretty tired so I took my turn.

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Can I just say that T-post driver is HEAVY!  Makes hittin' the post easier but a booger at pickin' it up.

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Then I found this picture in the mix.  You just can't trust the husband with the camera.

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I went a little crazy on this post.  Just don't know my own strength!  It was a tad bit short.

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Finally got the posts drove and hubby headed back to the truck.  He made sure to tell me, "Take my picture as I walk away."  But he also said, "Tell the gals I'm sorry these pants are so loose."  Geez....

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Next step was clippin' the fence out.  We counted out the clips and were going to lay them next to each post. Hubby said we didn't have a way to carry them.  Leave it to me to figure it out.  I stuck those clips all over, four pockets, waistband, inside my gloves, etc.  Just call me the Clip Queen.

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Got the fence finished and let Mojo out.  Well we opened his gate and he refused to venture out all day.  Finally, during the night, he left his pen.  Now he lays along the fence line enjoying the shade.

Next task: Bull pens...

15 comments:

CCC said...

Smart and pretty and can pound post too? Wow! Better not let my cowboy read your blog.

Linda said...

You are one handy Gal to have around, ain't ya?!

Denien said...

nice butt, girl! LOL

Denisarita said...

OOOOH Girl you are gonna be sore tomorrow! I tried that fence post pounder, once...

Goodwife said...

How's come you're holdin' the chew? Yes mam, I was looking at YOUR butt that closely.........Glad to hear Mojo got a reprieve, hopefully you can get him collected this fall. I can tell by The Husband that it's still HOT down there in Texas, seeing as how he sweated through his shirt! My hubs keeps a towel in his back pocket these days, to keep his sweaty faced wiped! ;)

Shirley said...

Good lookin' and hard workin'- what a pair!

Growing Up A Country Girl said...

Fencing is hard enough without that heat! Oh my what a job --

lisa said...

Boy, those fence pounders are heavy! I know from first hand also! We sometimes get the loader bucket and tracter and push them in, when the hubby and I both get to tired to pound!

Anonymous said...

t-post tip.....we use the front end loader of the tractor to push them in the ground. one person holds the post & lines it up & the other drives the tractor & works the loader. Sooooo much easier than pounding them by hand

The Wife said...

Anonymous-husband doesn't like doing that. He had his own fencing business for over 10 years and prefers doing it the old fashion way. Oh, and we don't own a tractor!

Foxterriermom said...

It was the worst week heat wise to be on your "vacation"! Glad to see you survived.

Nicole said...

HAHA... yeah I can't trust my fiance with a camera either. I find the same type pictures! Great way to carry the clips though! Our ground is so hard (and naturally rocky) around here right now that driving t-posts is unheard of!

Faithful said...

My old man used to say ranch work was the best form of foreplay there was as he loved to see me do man's work and I gotta say....I love seein' a man sweat. LOL! Only we were too tired when the day was done but sure did feel good anyways!

Anonymous said...

Well, gosh, I thought I was going to save you some work & sweat :).

I will add that if you do decide to use the tractor tip (I thought I saw a tractor in old pics?), I have found it's easier for me to hold the t-post & let hubby work the front-end loader. He gets a little frustrated w/my tractor-driving :)

Gail said...

Are y'all for hire??? We sure could use some help around here.

I fixed a fence the other day with a water hose!