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Hail to Pay 

So the HK Bar had a major hail storm hit about 1 pm today. Golf ball size hail, high winds, and a torrential downpour. 


I posted a video I took during the very beginning of it all. The hail was only about quarter sized at this point but coming down fast. 



My brand new Yukon, my Dodge, and my husbands Dodge truck are all battered….. 


The siding on our house has holes all over in it……


The three photos above are pictures taken four hours after the hail…still piles of it everywhere…

I immediately phoned all of our insurance companies on the house and vehicles. I asked husband to call in our crops damage (alfalfa total worth about 10k)…..for him to look stricken and tell me he had not yet insured for the year. *sigh* 

Such the life of a rancher.. BUT here on the HK we try to keep our eyes on the 🌈 rainbow…. so we are praying God provides us deductible 💰 money…. And saying thank you that all our livestock is accounted for, safe and sound. 

Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Pray for strength, pray for recovery, pray for patience and goodwill. 

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What To Do When You’re Trapped in Jail

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I’m trapped in jail. And currently feeling like the fellow above.

No, I’m not really in jail, but I am feeling a bit cooped up. Morning chores and a walk with the pack of dogs didn’t even shake my claustrophobic feelings. Why am I feeling this way?

The easiest answer to that question is because its winter. The girls and I spend the majority of our time outside when its 50° F or above. We ride horses, groom horses, bathe horses, have picnics, and just be free. My little people are pretty tough , but they don’t stand a chance against our current winter weather. So lots of inside activity.

While I was busy feeling trapped this morning my oldest daughter Boo gave me an idea. She said, “Mom, just because you can’t ride regularly doesn’t mean you can’t do something to prepare yourself. Why not do  inside excersizes to make yourself stronger, and more ready to ride?”

I just hugged her and laughed. She is such a lightbulb when my world gets dark.

So for the next thirty minutes we did jumping jacks, sit-ups, and anything else we could think of. Know what? I feel so much better. If you’re “in jail” you might as well excersize!

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Mud….Mud EVERYWHERE……. Damn the mud!

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My reality....mud...so....much...mud

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Oh look! More mud! And Romeo, Jo, and Katelyn.

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Who got in trouble for chasing the minis again? This guy!

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Bullet, Bo, and Blitz looking for non muddy ground. Sorry pack, there is none to be found!

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My good girl Bullet "smiling".

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So Mom, have you forgotten that horse chasing incident yet? Sincerely, Blitz. P.S. the mud wasnt my fault...

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Sniffing butt.....its like the mud. . it just wont stop!

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Working Shifts on the HK Bar

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Tucker tucking in after his morning shift.

The forecast has been nothing but rain the last 24 hours. We have now received about three inches of rain. On days like this the chores get done in three shifts. The horses and cows get hayed, watered, and grained three times a day in this type of weather to ensure a little more comfort, and so I can make sure all is OK medically. So much can happen in the deep mud and rising water.

I started first rounds at four this morning. Tucker did first shift with me. He makes the rounds with me quietly and precisely. After eleven years he’s always right where I need him to be. He doesnt hesitate to move the stock where they need to be, or swim the small ravine we have to cross to feed the horses and cows. He’s my right hand and a solid working partner.

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The water over the lane is about two feet deep.

Tucker came in after first shift and snuggled in his big comfy bed on the mud room. He was a tired guy and seemed relieved to be back in.

I just finished second shift. I took Bullet with me to let Tucker get a rest and to give Bullet some schooling.

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Bullet waits while i dish grain.

She is still on the leash at all times. She is doing well on basic commands and sticks very close to me most of the time. The only time she offers to take off is when she sees a rabbit or squirrel. The girl loves a good game of chase.

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Bullet crossing the little ravine.

She wasn’t especially excited about crossing the small ravine. After some encouragement from my daughter Boo’s Miniature Australian Shepherd, Precious, she came right along.

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Bullet receiving some encouragement from Precious.

These are the moments I realize what an asset Tucker is. And how big his proverbial shoes to fill really are! Bullet has it in her, she’s just young and green right now. A fact that I will ensure changes.

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She got lots of praise after the ravine crossing from me! Then we moved on to check the cows. I was checking on our calf so it is Bullet’s job to keep the livestock back. She loves this job and is always on the look out for a chance to nip some heels.

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Bullet on watch.

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Bullet standing guard.

We finished rounds and came back to the house to dry off. We finished second shift with no worries. Bullet did great and did her job.

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Bullet sticking close to Mom

Cheers to winter, and cheers to the HK Bar dogs that work with me in shifts.

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Until next time!

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Ice On Top Of Ice

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Romeo

There is ice on top of ice here on the HK Bar. We have a half inch of frozen ice on everything and they say we have two more days to add to this. Romeo always is the first to wait for me at the corner. He wades across the little ravine and seems to enjoy it. He stopped to paw the water and play this morning. I didn’t have the camera ready in time though! Bummer!

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Jo

Jo was waiting for me as well, but she wasn’t keen on getting her feet and legs wet. Typical Queen behavior. She was glad to see me, well, me carrying the grain buckets, but still.

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Minis chowing down on breakfast.

The minis were hilarious when they came running up to the feeder. They were feeling frisky neighing, bucking, and kicking.

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Jo

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Backside of the pond damm

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Lonely barrel pattern and HK Bar ground

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The forecast is calling for two more days of freezing rain. For the duration we have plenty of hay, grain, water, warm bedding and love scratches. Until next time we are enjoying the beauty of ice on top of ice.

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Ice on the HK Bar

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Romeo and Jo

This morning I spied on my horses before I fed. As I mentioned the HK Bar is receiving freezing rain and currently 31°F. The three big horses that are turned out don’t even seem to notice it, while the five minis that are turned out are hiding in thier loafing shed.

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Easter, Rose, Twilight, and Celeste

Flash and another mini, Louise, are in the barn.

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Flash hamming it up for the camera, and Louises rear

These are the days I don’t particularly care for. Too wet and cold to do much.

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Ice on everything

After observing everyone from afar I called them in for grain. The big horses had to cross a small ravine.

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Katelyn in the lead and Romeo

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Romeo and Jo

I gave extra hay today as grain. And I may or may not have snuck in a banana to Jo and a small apple in for everyone else. Think husband will notice the nine missing apples?

Until our next adventure!

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Trapped in Siberia

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Bunny and Owl Hibernating

Currently its 45° F here in Siberia…. I mean the HK Bar, Kansas, USA. So I guess that’s the temperature outside and falling…..

Inside we are currently at……

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Yep, read it and weep folks…..a heatwave of 54° F…..

My husband and I have played this game every year for the past seven years we have owned the HK…. We both refuse to be the first one to break down and turn on heat of any kind. Needless to say, we both have a stubborn streak a country mile wide.

If memory serves me correctly I have “won” this  competition every year except the year I had a newborn (Bunny) and a 10 month old (Owl) nestled in cradles. I was so afraid they would get too cold so I caved first. BUT this year Boo, Owl, and Bunny are pulling for my side and hoping for a win! They don thier long johns, footy pajamas, robes and blankets with a smile.

At this point you’re probably thinking here in Kansas…specifically the HK.. .us occupants are crazy. And you’d be right! This is what we do for entertainment.

So for now we entertain ourselves here in Siberia….errrrr…  I mean the HK Bar, Kansas, USA by making silly sport of who will turn the heat source on first.

Fortitude ladies fortitude! We shall prevail!

I’d love to hear what the weather is like where YOU are!