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  1. Rafter S

    I had fun last night . . .

    I have a rent pasture on Highway 6, which is a 4-lane divided highway connecting Houston with Bryan/College Station and Waco, and carries a lot of traffic. There's something with the spot by my pasture that seems to be making people run off the road and through my fence. It's only about 40...
  2. Rafter S

    Tropical Storm Beta

    I got 4.6" of rain spread out over 3 days. I'll take it.
  3. Rafter S

    Dislocated hip

    Howdy, I have a 15-year old cow that appearsto have a dislocated hip. She's able to get around, but I doubt I could get her loaded. She has a 5-month old calf. Any suggestions?
  4. Rafter S

    So I started walking every day . . .

    At 59 the only medication I was taking routinely was Claritin for my allergies, but I went to the doctor for my check-up about a month ago. That has now changed. She put me on daily pills for high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I don't like taking medicine every day, so I'm hoping...
  5. Rafter S

    How many cows can I have?

    Another discussion reminded me of a number of years ago when my wife's aunt and uncle bought a place in the country a few miles outside of Paige, TX. They're good people, but they'd both spent their whole lives in the city and didn't have a clue about living in the country. Shortly after...
  6. Rafter S

    Handiest thing I've bought in a long time.

    Back this spring I was at Lowe's looking for a pole saw to trim some trees by the house. I was planning to get an electric one, but while looking I got to talking to another customer who said his son had bought a battery operated one, and it worked well. It wasn't that much more expensive than...
  7. Rafter S

    I had company stacking hay

    I hauled 38 rolls home this morning, and asked my son if he thought my grandson would like to ride in the cab while I stacked it. He'll be 3 in August, so I figured he'd be good for 4 or 5 rolls and then get bored, but he was perfectly happy standing there in the corner of the cab looking out...
  8. Rafter S

    Courts got one right . . . so far

  9. Rafter S

    Waiting in line at the auction

    There was a Toyota SUV in line in front of me this morning. No trailer, of course. The lady opened the back for the tagger and she had 2 goats in there, with some kind of welded wire panel behind the seats to keep them in the back. I bet it smells good in there.
  10. Rafter S

    Working from home

    I've been working from home since about the third week of March, and I've got to say that while I of course regret the circumstances I'm kinda liking it. I'm getting up at the same time I always did, but since I don't have that 45 minute commute I'm working by 6:00 am. My wife fixes me...
  11. Rafter S

    Solar Panel Electric Fence Question

    Hello, Sorry I haven't been around for a while, but I have a problem and could use some help. My electric fence isn't working. The light blinks, but it's not very bright. The cattle will push right up against it so it apparently isn't doing anything. There are two wires, knee high and waist...
  12. Rafter S

    Now I've Seen It All

    The Dodgers pitcher threw a 4-pitch walk to the OPPOSING PITCHER with the bases loaded.
  13. Rafter S

    She Paid Her Way

    I've recently lost some of my rent pasture so I needed to cut back. I took a few to the auction barn last Saturday, and I told them to palpate the cows. One of them was a Brangus cow I bought in a group of 5 short bred 2-year-olds in the fall of 2008 for $875.00 each. She's raised 8 calves...
  14. Rafter S

    Bullet Train

    https://www.texastribune.org/2017/12/15/some-texans-dodge-bullet-train-others-are-square-its-path/ The latest route will miss me, but not by much (I'm about where the "S" is in "Grimes" in the picture on the site). For what it's worth, I'm not in favor of the project.
  15. Rafter S

    That Was Refreshing to Hear

    I switched channels to watch TAMU-LSU, and caught the end of the Vanderbilt-Tennessee game. I wasn't paying much attention, but heard an interview with a running back who gave credit for his success to God and his offensive line. We don't seem to see humility like that very often.
  16. Rafter S

    In For a Surprise

    There's a roughly 11 acre tract that joins my rent pasture. I've been running cattle on it for years in exchange for keeping it mowed. It recently sold and I met the new owner. This is in southern Grimes County. It's sand a foot or so deep, and then clay. It has a good stand of bahia grass...
  17. Rafter S

    The Government Doesn't Always Win

    ...or at least they get setbacks. Maybe they haven't given up. https://www.texastribune.org/2017/11/08/texas-red-river-land-lawsuit-ends-settlement/
  18. Rafter S


    They had the internment service for my father-in-law yesterday at the Houston National Cemetery. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1945 at the ripe old age of 16. That was the first time I'd ever heard Taps played for real, when it meant something. If that doesn't choke you up a little (or a...
  19. Rafter S

    Bought a New John Deere Today

    I have a driver, but will have to wait a while before he can drive it. Although he's up to 6.5 pounds, so it shouldn't be too long.
  20. Rafter S

    Now I've Really Heard It All