Set up portable corrals for branding this morning, tagged some calves, some were too fast and we will haves to catch them with a horse and rope.. took the head off a hydrant, down south, that froze up and broke last winter and replaced it with the one that was leaking behind the house, that we dug up and plugged awhile back.. then this afternoon I made a run to Faith to pick up a check for Chance and Hope and picked up big trees for them and Tate and Kass, that they had on hand.. kids are out planting them now.. I fixed up the new Nord forks for branding.. not sure if I did them right but guess we will find out when we brand! Cindy and I have to run across Wyoming tomorrow for a funeral for her Uncle Cork, who passed away a couple weeks ago.. it will be a quick trip as we need to be back for Gus’s First Communion on Sunday morning… rained on me up at Faith and looks like there is some heading this way… sounds like they have flood warnings out for people up next and in the Hills… rain, I love it!

One of my pet peeves is people who are worried about getting their branding done and not getting rained out.. heck, if it don’t rain, there ain’t no reason to brand them and if it don’t rain there will be no hay to put up. So I just smile and hope for rain.. one year we branded when we gave fall shots.. made some of the crew unhappy to have to rope and stretch out them big calves…. NOT!

Went to Franks and branded today. Gabe ran a calf fork all during the branding and did a great job.. Tate borrowed Pilgrim from men and roped and did good, tho’ he sez he can’t rope… Frank told me to go ahead and rope also, so i put the saddle Tate had been riding on Pard on Beaver and roped on the old fat kid horse.. he still remembers how… then when we got home this afternoon we rode out and pushed the rest of the pairs out of the east pasture and roped and tagged 9 calves who had lost a tag or hadn’t gotten tagged.. Cindy and I have to go across Wyoming on Friday for her Uncle Cork’s funeral service… we went to town last week and got an 08 Caddy and there are more bells and whistles on it than you can shake a stick at.. gets about 30 mph running in the 70’s, looks like…he Nitro is kind of my ranch rig now, tho’ it
s still in good shape.. she can drive it when the roads are bad as the Caddy is just front wheel drive and has them little short 20 inch tires… I was told to switch them over and get regular rims as soon as i can.. guess the gravel roads are hard on them tinny little rims…

Got an inch and a half of rain on Sunday.. more supposed to be coming this week.. supposed to help Lyle move cows to summer pasture tomorrow.. the boys are supposed to get all the stuff and get ready for our branding… we will get back late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.. Gus has First Communion at church this Sunday,. so we don’t want to miss that…

Rain is softly falling, not much of a breeze… Cindy and I went to Mud Butte for Mass last night as she wouldn’t her able to go today…then we went to Tate and Kass’s for a birthday party for CC.. we had cake and ice cream on her real birthday, but this one had lots of kids having fun… so this morning is a sleepy day.. I did the dishes, should be cleaning house.. went to check cows in the rain, a new one, still slimy as I tagged him…… he’ll be fine..

I think of tomorrow, Memorial Day… the folks called it Decoration Day.. a day to remember and honor all of those who came before us… whether they were Veterans or just ordinary hero’s… they lived so we could live…. we in time shall go where they go… we hope those still alive after us will remember us and what we have done to better this world… we hope we HAVE bettered this world… in the end, that is really all we can do, love others and try to make this world a better place..

When we were in town awhile ago, we bought some used baseball gloves and bat and balls… so this evening, all the grandkid, parents and Tyler and Gramma and I played ball.. sure had fun… the kids were getting the idea by the time we quit.. we need to get a better field than out in front of the house.. too many cars and stuff… but we sure had fun..

Weather has been real nice, not real cold or hot.. we sorted off all the drop bunch and kicked them south.. just getting a few calves now…

Went to a great branding the other day, real good crew, lots of little kids and it went great… one more to go and then ours…

Went well, cold and windy when we started and just got nicer and nicer.. when I got home Tate and Chance and I went and sorted the pairs off the drop bunch and kicked the drop bunch back south, they will stay there, no more pairs kicked out until our later branding… then Tate and I rode up west and looked at the pairs…. we have another branding tomorrow down in the breaks…

We got Glen’s calves worked this afternoon.. there was 2.5 inches of rain in the bucket in front of the house this morning… we started over there a bit after 2 and got done about 7 this evening.. got rained on a little at the end, then it cleared off.. another bunch tomorrow if it don’t rain us out..And another on Monday…I love rain…

It’s wonderful stuff. Praise the Lord! We are getting some and supposed to get more tonight… and into tomorrow! I love it.

Chance and Lori and I made a flying trip to Sheridan and back today.. getting stuff for Lori so she can learn to tool and carve leather… had a great time, spent more than I wanted too.. seems like Sheridan always does that to me!

Supposed to go to two different brandings tomorrow, they have backed off their start times and I hope they rain out. There is still lots of time to get calves worked!

Did I mention I love rain? :D

Looks like we got about 2 or 2 and a half inches of moisture out of this last storm.. good chance for more all thru’ the week and into the weekend… We had a wild night Sunday night… Tyler and I went and checked at 10 and found a cow having a backwards calf, so Chance and I caught a couple horses and brought her in and got him pulled, he was alive.. then we took the calf sled and went to get one who looked chilled down.. evidentlymy horses think the calf sled is a horse eating goblin.. it was kind of wild, but got that calf in and decided we better bring another one in… got him too and ended up with three cows in for 2 calves as we were not sure which was the right one for a mother…noticed another cow starting to calve so we we got her in and decided to leave her for a bit… I went to bed about 1 and Chance woke me at 1:30 to tell me she still had not calved.. so we went out and caught her and Chance tried to run his hand in to see what was going on.. said he couldn’t hardly get his hand in as she wasn’t dilated… so we thought we’d better wait..,Tate was gong to check at 4 so we decided we better notify him of what was going on.. we all decided to leaver her until then and  if she hadn’t calved then, to call a vet.. I went to bed.. Cindy woke me about 5 and said they’d called the vet.. he showed up just as we were leaving for a doctor appointment for her… found out later that she had calved on her own, just before he got there… weird… he said he’d seen it before… this was an old cow and took her about 4 hours after the water bag was showing… I got homes about 9 last night and went to bed.. woke up about 6:30.. guess the boys got a bunch of calves tagged and pairs kicked out.. I need to get together with them and see what their plan is for me to day! :D Several bran dings got postponed and people are trying to make new branding dates.. supposed to go to Sheridan for the leather show on Friday… had a young lady ask to apprentice to me thru’ the Arts grant and do leather carving… we got picked and need to go get her some tools and leather and I need to pick up a saddle tree… if we get it done, it will be a rush trip out and back, like usual…

Boys checked cattle in the night, I got up at daylight and went out, every thing seemed ok, for what we have.. about 6 to 8 inches of snow and some wind out of the north.. I thought the wind was supposed to pick up even worse as the day went along so i took the tractor and went up west with a bale, found pairs, fed them, came home and got another couple bales and took them up and found more and fed them.. they all seem to be doing fine, time will tell… lights have flickered a few times but so far we still have electricity… it’s not the worst spring blizzard i’ve seen.. sure going to make the grass pop when it melts and probably run some waterer into water holes and dams…

Last week we got some rain.. we were at a branding and got the first bunch done, but didn’t do the second bunch… then the next day we had to wait until afternoon to do another ranch, the next day or so.. we had good weather yesterday, so we did the ranch that was scheduled and then loaded up and did the calves at another ranch after dinner, as they were supposed to go today, but rain and snow were in the forecast… and the weatherman was right! Chance helped gather the second bunch and then went home to help Tate and his two boys gather pairs and get them kicked out north.. then they brought the rest of the pairs and the drop bunch home and put them in a small lot here at the house.. When we got the calves down I left and got home and we all went and moved all the other pairs to the creek… rained in there night and then started to turn to snow about 9 or so.. I just came in a bit ago, we got everything fed and close to or behind protection… wind is out of the northeast at the moment but will switch around to the northwest during the day.. supposed to get up to a foot of snow it looks like and gusts to almost 50 mph durning there night tomorrow night… ah… spring in SD! :D Oh well, it’s moisture. We love it!

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