I went down yesterday, Sunday and met up with far flung friends. We visited and watched the Ranch horse competition… then I went over to the Civic Center and looked at voted with some of the Artists there and wandered around the trade show looking and visiting… sure is a lot of stuff I don’t want to look at or need. I guess most are not there for me! I ate a bite and headed home. today I fed as Chance had other things to do and then helped Tate install a door in the basement of the new house. Not sure what I got planned for this afternoon. this evening Cindy and I are going to go watch the priests of this Dioceses play basketball against the high school kids at St Thomas Moore School. It’s a fund raiser and should be good watching.. I am kind of betting on the kids!

I was taken to task for not posting on here.. not much to post, it warmed up and we have lots of bare ground and ice now.. Tate has been working on the house, it has most of the windows in now and electrical into the house, or at least the wires are there, just need hooked up. We’ve been stringing wire inside and just doing what we can.. I took a wire wheel on the grinder to the walls to get rid of little rough spots, got some more of that to do.. we shipped out some cows today, we had been wintering.. not much else to report. Stockshow is hearer and we will be going in to a few events…the drop the broncride but are having a ranch bronc riding, so at least I’ll get to see some bucking horses… I don’t care for the Ranch rodeo as there ain’t much very ranchy about it… I will be going down to meet up with some far flung friend a day or so.. about all there is to report..

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Cold, then warm back to cold. Cindy and I went to town on Wednesday, for my birthday to go to the chiropractor. We went to the new movie, Revenant. We weren’t real impressed. I don’t know why they used the name Hugh Glass and only took one part from his life and changed everything else.. I imagine Leo will get an Oscar.. it had some cool scenery  but the story line was about like a B movie.. lots of weird stuff that didn’t make much sense and several things that sure were’t right… typical Hollyweird style of western. If they would make a realistic movie of his real life and what he went thru’, that would make a great movie, but I guess they are just too cool to stick to the truth. About like all the “cool” people in this world. the truth doesn’t suit them.. Bit the pup is getting bigger.. she is sure a ferocious thing… ankle biter and pant leg dragger… she can get on the bed now so in the morning  we are awakened by her nips and licks on exposed flesh.. why does anyone want a dang pup? LOL

Not much for a breeze and sunshine.. I suppose it was up over 30… Chance and I sorted off some of the older and younger cows yesterday who need a bit more tender care and feed and kept them close. Then today Cindy and I lured the bunch in we put them with and sorted off some of the fatter ones and kicked them up west.. they get fed, just not as much, as they have picking. Tate and Chance took two trailers and went and got some hay Chance had bought. Chance drove my new to me 95 Dodge and got along good until almost home then it made a funny sound. They left it and came home with Tates load, unloaded and unhooked then went and got the other trailer load. The pickup runs but has oil on top of the motor.. might not be anything big, but they went and loaded the pickup up and hauled it to the mechanic.. hopefully it is just a hose that blew off. Chance said it pulled like a champ. I had them put some real aggressive tires on the back yesterday at CBH and he said it pulled like it had chains on, on snow. We also got a load of cake in. Busy day but got a lot done…

Tho’ not a real hungry one so far. Warmer and windy.. up close to thirty today anyway. We hosted a sledding part attended by quite a few and as far as i could tell, all had a great time! A fine way to start off there New year! Hope everyone had a good one.

Yup, I can’t deny it any longer, it’s winter… probably 6 inches of fresh snow setting on 2 or 3 of old crusted snow.. wind hasn’t drifted it real bad, but our winter grazing has come to pretty much a halt. Been feeding the big bunch hay every day and cake every other day.. they go out and pick a bit, but we are feeding about what they need, so most don’t travel far.. been coolish, down around zero a few nights and up in the teens durning the day.. supposed to get some warming starting Saturday.. maybe see 30 or so… boys dropped the cake feeder and instead of fixing it, I’ve been making a new one.. the old one worked pretty good on the bale wagon for the team but never worked as good on the bale unroller on the back of the tractor.. I have about a 2 and a half foot across plastic tube, real thick, with a big flange of metal on the bottom, so Tate helped me find some boards and got me some bolts and I bolted a bottom of wood on with a small opening that I put a hinged door on… it will set in the front of the loader, so it will be easy to load and then just drive along and let it dribble out the bottom after you pull the latch and open that door.. I’ll check it out tomorrow.. so far, I haven’t fed with the team.. hips and leg still hurting, too many things going on and I been putting it off..I need to put a tongue in a wagon for cake and do some slight changes on the bale wagon I built last year..we are hosting sled riding on New Years day. We had all the family here on Monday for our Family christmas. Ate too much and enjoyed all the people. I haven’t decided on a New Years resolution.. last year I decided to play guitar every day and I didn’t miss too many.. might just keep that going or maybe do some exercises every day.. heck, it’s hard for me to remember to do my PT and it doesn’t seem to be helping very fast… getting’ old ain’t for sissies! If I don’t see you before, have a Happy New Year!

We got 5 inches or so and wind.. I didn’t even go out today, I could barely get out of bed and Cindy had to help me get my sock o my bad leg.. I don’t know if I over did it with PT yesterday or what… so I took it easy today and didn’t do much electricity has been off and on since yesterday.. it’s back on now and seems to be holding.. sure appreciate them linemen going out in nasty weather to keep us all warm and lit up. I sure appreciated having two sons here to go do what choring needed to be done.. hope this hip/leg deal resolves it’s self soon… we had good crowds and great performers at Lead last weekend for our Cowboy Christmas… already have the date set for next year.. hope I get to be involved agin.. what a great feeling.. it’s about Christmas, not Happy Holidays… and every performers knows and feels that way.. supposed to get warm this weekend..

Ever since I helped Tate lay decking down in the loft of the new house I have been stiff and soar in my right leg. I finally got to my physical therapist yesterday. He showed me some stretches to do. They sure seemed to pull and stretch the muscles… felt good, i kind of a tight way… so I did a set last night after I got home… man, this morning I am stiff and sore! So I just did them again and feel better.. odd, how we humans try and avoid hard labor but then have to do special kinds of exercise to over come all the luxury of lack of work we have been getting! Must be time to harness the team and go to using them for something!

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