We survived the first day with out killing any of our children or cattle - score one for us! I'll be blunt - it is hotter than hell here and only due to get worse as the week goes on - now I'll be honest - I am a hot weather wimp, it sucks, it makes me whine and complain like a small child - at least in cold weather you can keep adding layers and drinking warm drinks, in hot weather it just sucks wearing any clothing and it just wouldn't be pretty if I didn't anyway (well that and illegal since I am in public)!
Not pretty and not sure why my kids only take pics of me that suck - but this pic says exactly how defeated and hot I felt this morning! I had been at the fairgrounds for a whole 45 minutes and was covered in sweat, cow manure, cow snot, cow hair!
Put it this way by the time my kids walked their own calves across the scales they (the calves) got a burst of energy and I ended up having to lead them one by one back to the wash rack, after each calf I would walk back to get the next with tears running down my face (for real), luckily I was sweating so profusely no one noticed - and speaking of sweating, why do some women "glisten" when they sweat or appear "dewy", I don't - my hair gets frizzy, dirt sticks to me, my eyes droop but I definitely don't "glisten", I do stink but I don't "glisten"! Anyway that is the exact point I hit a brick wall (8:15am to be exact), I grabbed the keys to my truck, jumped in it and drove straight to Kohl's (luckily right next to the fairgrounds), I parked, walked in the front door of Kohl's (which luckily opened at 8am), smiled politely at the clerk and said:
"Good Morning, it is really hot outside and I am sweating by butt off, I am going to walk over and get a pair of shorts off the rack, go into the dressing room, peel off my jeans, put on the shorts, tear the tag off, put my boots back on, pick up my jeans and I will bring you the tag and will pay on my way out!"Seriously that is what I said and that is exactly what I did, luckily the clerk was very sweet and understanding, as I was checking out she said she hoped that I stayed cool the rest of the day (she was either really sweet or extremely terrified of the crazy woman in front of her)! I went straight back to the fair and finished working - we washed, dried and clipped heads, cleaned up night ties, cleaned up feed pans, ate walking tacos, had heifer paperwork and tattoo checked, signed up for showmanship -
Much happier in shorts and boots!
Chris is spending all day at our hog barns - this heat is so hard on the hogs so he is keeping an eye on the ventilation and putting up extra fans to keep the air moving. This is also breeding week, which takes a lot of time and extra work especially in this heat, which is why I am flying solo as much as possible at the fair!
On a much happier note Chris and I have been married 19 years today! He bought a new-to-me truck for me for our anniversary - 4 doors, cab lights and even put a goose neck ball in it for me - I do love that man!