Finally, the update to my Saskatoon trip you’ve been waiting for!

It’s been over a year now, but the success we had in Saskatoon selling our horses at the rodeo is still hard to believe. We managed to sell our horses for much more money than expected because apparently “there’s none like the one’s [we] breed over here at Top of the Mountain Beef. I’d disagree because I saw many wonderful horses in Saskatoon during my visit, but I’ll accept the compliment nonetheless.

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Not only did we sell all our horses for more than we expected, the towing service we got to get all the horses there was much cheaper than we expected, and so we were laughing on our way home. But that’s not the part of the trip I’m most pleased about. The greatest thing was the rodeo itself. We had so much fun there, it was the best rodeo I think I’ve ever been to or ever will go to. I mean it. It was amazing. Everyone was nice, the food was delicious and we made many new friends.

We plan to go again to the same rodeo once social distancing is over. Many rodeos have been cancelled across Canada but we can’t complain because we’re so impressed with the nation’s cooperation to stem the pandemic. We have no doubt that there will be many enjoyable rodeos to visit in the future and so we look forward to the future more than ever before.

Thanks for tuning in to our update. I know I could have posted this a lot sooner, so thanks for your patience. We never thought our blog would have as many readers as it does so it’s an honor to write for you guys. Cheers!

Getting Moss off Your Roof the Right Way

I promised I would talk about my Saskatoon trip, but I won’t be doing that today. I have something more important to talk about than a pleasure cruise across Canada with horses. In the past week, I’ve had to deal with a pesky pest that’s been damaging my roof shingles for years: moss growth!

Indeed, moss is a wonderful part of nature and looks splendid in its environment, but I was starting to get roof leaks and now I know why. I never thought the beautiful moss on my roof could be so harmful to my home until I did my research. I’ve since learned the best way to treat a roof moss problem and want to share it with you all for anyone else who might have the same problem.

I found that the best way to clean your roof of moss is actually with a wire brush. We don’t have many roof cleaning companies out here in my way so I had to call some experts in Vancouver for tips. Wire brushes seem to be the best method because you can do it yourself, it’s affordable and it’s also a good work out. It took me four hours to scour my roof of all moss clumps with a wire brush and now my roof shingles look brand new again. The roof cleaning Vancouver expert over the phone told me I’m also supposed to spray a special solution onto the roof to prevent the moss from growing back but I’m fine with just being all-natural and cleaning it myself next time it grows too much.

That’s another Spring house chore solved for the spring. I feel good about it because I’m sure the work also raised the value of my home by a substantial amount. Next thing I got to do is clean the gutters and windows, but fortunately we do have companies in my area that can do that for a low cost so I won’t need to get my hands dirty with that. Nonetheless, my hands are still dirty tending to the beeves and horses.

Such is life!

To Be Loved – A Gift of Coming of Age

After a harsh break up, when you feel you’re no longer loved, love can be the greatest thing you crave, and you’ll do anything to get it. Sometimes, you’ll do things that don’t actually give you love but only reminds of you of what love used to feel like.

Before I get started, you should know that this blog post is a little extempore and a far cry from the topics I usually discuss. After all, I’m in the beef production industry. With that mentioned, I feel I have enough experience in love to talk about it, and I don’t think there’s enough people talking about it to young adults to begin with, especially people in rural areas who work on beef farms and ranches like me. So here goes nothing!

If you’re still coming of age and haven’t experienced what love feels like, I mean “true love“, then I’m going to offer some things that will give you hints of what to look for when the love you feel in the future is real and not phony.

5 Things to Get a Hint of What True Love Feels Like if You’re Still Coming of Age

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  1. Watch romance movies.
  2. Listen to podcasts about love.
  3. Read coming of age fantasy books. (Great resource for that:
    https://severbronny.com/tag/coming-of-age-fantasy/ )
  4. Ask your parents or older people you look up to.
  5. Go on a date!

The fifth point is my favorite one. With today’s dating apps like Tinder and Plenty of Fish, it’s easier to find a date then ever. But, then again, I recommend finding a date the old fashioned way. For example, if a girl working at the movie theater is a attractive to you, or the guy working in the grocery store, it never hurts to offer them a free meal. What I used to say to potential dates when I was coming of age, long before I worked in the beef industry, is “I feel like a nice meal. Do you?” or something like “Wow, it’s hot outside. Do you care to get some ice cream with me?”

Even people that are coming of age are smart enough to know these questions are offers to go on a date, even if you’re so awkward that you somehow listen to yourself say “this isn’t a date” out loud. These experiences will slowly build up your confidence, and after the third time of asking someone out on a date in person you’ll wonder why today’s kids are so cowardly that they need an app to do it.

End Note

Stay tuned for my most recent update on my trip to Saskatoon! It was amazing, and I’ll have a lot to day.

Why Organic Beef is Better than GMOs

If you’re looking for a healthy source of protein, some argue that GMO beef can do the trick but I have a reason why you should pay the extra dollar for real, organic beef. As a beef grower I take good care of my cows, and love, I believe, and scientists agree, goes deep into every cell of the beef you are eating. A lot of GMO cows are fed bad chemicals that go into the meat, replacing my love with traces of poison that could add up into your own cells over a lifetime.

organic beef vs GMO beef

After all, GMO is so new that we don’t really know the long term effects yet, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. You could say this about many things, but I honestly fear what the long-term effects of GMO foods might have, especially for our children who grow up eating them in their baby food. GMOs are modified cells that in turn modify our bodies and our digestive system when we eat them.

I guess my strongest argument here is that we know organic beef is safe because people have been eating it for thousands of years, but we’re not yet sure if GMO beef is safe, so taking the risk is up to you. My hope after all this is that GMO beef is safe and that there’s nothing to worry about. But we won’t know this until we have a few generations of people that come and go without harmful effects. Good luck out there!

Don’t forget to check out my pother posts!

On the Road to Saskatoon!

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So today the journey began and here I am staying the first night in a hotel on the road. The reason I’m sharing this now is because I may not have time to blog a lot in the near future, so just letting you know not to wait up for me until mid November, 2019, although don’t be surprised if I find the time to make a post, most likely to talk about how my trip is going.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about then you haven’t read this post yet. I talked about my trip to Saskatoon earlier and what that entails.

So wish me safe travels and we’ll talk again soon! Bye for now.

A Friend Plans to Visit from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Upon feeling like writing after my long, happy day off work, which I just made a post about, I thought, “Hmmm, what should I write about now?” Then I was like, “I know! My tow truck driving friend plans to visit from Kitchener, ON, CA soon and I want to make this post like a post card for him, welcoming him over.”

Now, I can talk about all the things I’m excited to do with him, and he can read the list and tell me what he agrees to. I know he drives a tow truck full time so he probably won’t want to do much driving. I also know he has yet to learn how to ride a horse so maybe I could teach him the ropes, or the reins I should say!

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So, here’s to you, Ralph! Cheers, and let me know if any of these things sound fun to you, because, after all, we’ll have a few weeks together.

  1. Learn how to ride a horse and maybe go on a trip through the country.
  2. Tour the local villages and hit up all the garage sails (I’ll drive, of course).
  3. Go golfing.
  4. Play frisbee with the kids.
  5. Decorate for Halloween.
  6. Go fishing.
  7. Visit the theater and watch a live play, or maybe opera!

Maybe he could also make a list and I can choose what sounds fun. Either way, I’ll have to make an update post for how our time together was. He’ll be leaving right before I head off to the Saskatoon rodeo.

More About My Friend Ralph…

Ralph is my age, and we were friends ever since elementary school. I don’t know if I ever shared this but I had a few bullies in elementary school and Ralph was the one who protected me and got the bullies to leave me alone. I remember after high school graduation I was so sad to see him move away, but he left to continue his father’s business operating a small grocery store in Kitchener, ON, CA. Later in life he decided to sell the grocery store and after vacationing in Europe for a few years he moved back to Kitchener where he wounded up driving a taxi for several years. With his skills at commercial driving he then went on to work for Tow Truck Kitchener where he still resides today, helping locals with emergency roadside assistance. So far, he claims it’s the best job he’s every had and he’s always very happy and content whenever we email or talk over the phone.

best friends

I haven’t seen Ralph in many years, I think over 6 years, so I’m happy to see him and I can tell how happy he is to see me because he already showed me a picture of the flowers and wine he’s bringing. He’s on his way right now, should be here in a few days. It’s a long drive from Kitchener but I’m trying to be patient. My oldest kid will have to pick up my slack on the ranch while Ralph and I are enjoying our time together, and I have a feeling once our visit is over and I’m back from Saskatoon that I’ll be very, very eager to get back to work. I usually hate leaving work for too long, but I don’t only deserve it I also need the time away.

So, things are looking up for me and I hope you enjoyed reading my little story as much as I enjoyed kicking back and writing it. Now I need to put more logs in the fire so I’ll end it here. Thanks for checking in! I hope your Sunday was nice.

A Day Off On The Ranch

Today was a beautiful Sunday and I enjoyed a day of solitude. It was a day off on the ranch, and now as I kick my feet up by the fire I feel like sharing how awesome my day was. I managed to do a lot in the time I had after sleeping in. I’ve been really wanting to sleep in after working hard all week with little time to myself. So here’s what I did today!

  1. Read a book with tea over breakfast.
  2. Rode a horse through the woods.
  3. Fed the birds by the creek.
  4. Took the dogs for a walk.
  5. Worked on a painting I’ve been working on for 6 years.
  6. Read my grandma’s old poem.
  7. Helped the neighbor out with a jump start for his car.
  8. Drove into town for a fancy dinner where I read more of my book.
  9. Chopped firewood.
  10. Now I’m here relaxing writing this!

It feels like it’s been years since I’ve had a nice day off from work like today. Now I still have time to do some more fun stuff, and I’m thinking about writing another blog post so stay tuned!

Towing Our Horses To Saskatoon for a Rodeo

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ranch life

We have one of the largest horse trailers in town for our ranch, because we’re old school in the sense that we still use horses for lots of menial tasks like visiting the market and farming. Upcoming in 2020 we’re invited to a private rodeo in a country house club because our breeds of horses are well known among certain online communities where we post pictures. Today we want to talk about how excited we are about this upcoming rodeo because we want to show off what quality rearing can do to make strong, healthy horses.

We’ve decided that instead of using our own truck which is kind of outdated we’re going to hire professional long distance towing to let our horse trailer reach Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada and we’ll be driving right behind it in our family van. If you’re interested in attending this rodeo, it’s invite only but we might be able to work something out so please get in touch with us via email for details. Just a warning though the entry fee is rather hefty, and it lasts for a week. Big names from Europe will be there.

Why Choose Towing for the Saskatoon Trip?

Like we said, our truck is rather outdated because we use horses for most things and we don’t want it to overheat on the road after hauling the horse trailer for too long. We already assumed that there’s a good chance we’ll need to hire towing services once we’re close to Saskatoon so we decided to do the whole trip in a tow truck, choosing a company a good friend recommended from the area. The price is hefty, but the money we’ll be getting paid for featuring our horses in the rodeo will pay it off many times over so we can’t complain.

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strong, healthy horse reared by pros

So that’s why we’re using a Saskatoon towing company. They agreed to drive out to us if we pay them in advance, otherwise if we used a towing company closer to our home they’d have to drive all the way back here after and we plan to sell a lot of the horses while we’re in Saskatoon so we hopefully won’t need towing services on the way back. Renting a truck might do for the return trip. For the trip there, our horse trailer is also super large so we need a heavy duty tow truck which our local hometown doesn’t have much of at affordable rates.

Overall, the family is super excited and we scheduled to take just over a month away from work so the whole family can come. I literally can’t wait, which is part of the reason why I’m sharing all this with you today. I spent so much time thinking this all over and now the plans are finally in place after much stress. Well, the stress is gone now and there’s nothing left but to realize our dreams. Selling horses can be a lucrative trade and honestly we’re sad to see them go but they’ll have good homes where they’ll be put to good use and our efforts in rearing them won’t go in vain. We have way too many horses on our ranch to use them all and so they might be happier being of service to loving owners.

Thanks for being interested in our little adventure and don’t forget to get in touch if you want to try and go to the private rodeo. The country club house that’s hosting it is very private so you probably won’t hear about this in much sources. If you live in Saskatoon and know what I’m talking about, we look forward to meeting you there!

From the whole family, God bless and stay healthy!

Ranch Poem #2: “Morning Birdsong”

The lovers write of morning birds

Songs sung to make the day

Pleasant. A reader’s heart comfirms

The lovely sound of birds at play.

Life on the farm thus portrayed

With morning sounds so pleasant

But what reality arrayed

In truth is rather different.

The morning birdsong on my ranch

Is too loud for my ears to hear

The songs that birds sing on the branch.

All I hear is rattling gear,

Crying kids and cows mooing.

I hear tractors, angry men and water,

Rotten curses and grandpa pooing.

Indeed, the thuds of grandma’s walker

And everything unsweet in sound

Is the birdsong on my ranch. My alarm

But if I close my eyes and pound

My ears full cotton,

I can imagine the poet’s descriptive farm,

The birdsong my ranch is wanting.

What Quality Beef Means to Us

Quality beef to us has little to do with taste and texture per se, but rather how the beef is grown. Many people who don’t specialize in growing beef attribute flavor with salt more than the beef itself anyways, and I’ve heard people say McDonald’s beef is good… so where do we begin?

There are articles on beef you can read, like this one, and we just want to talk about our opinion, nothing scientific. For us at Top of the Mountain Beef, we enjoy a meat that’s been grown with love from a happy cow that lived a full life. We can almost taste the happiness when the cow died happy. And we like it that way. Now don’t get us wrong, we believe humans were made to eat meat but that doesn’t mean we condone the evil practices of non-organic meat distributors.

The easiest way to explain things is just to invite you to go to your local organic butcher, if your city or town has one, and try a portion of organic meat grown without chemicals. Trust us, you won’t regret it.