I’ve been building a new bale wagon for my team, while cutting off an i beam yesterday I let the cut off part drop onto my foot… I was sure it was out of the way… but I was wrong! Chance had some business to do in town so I decided to get an x ray.. not broke, just real sore… Cindy had an old boot like they put on you and I wore it and used my cane.. it was well worth it as I got the senior discount at Pizza Hut for lunch! I knew this white hair in my beard was gonna pay off one of these days! NIce day, supposed to be windy out of the south east tomorrow… been looking at trailers and there just aren’t a lot of stock trailers, guess they build them for people who own horses and not cattle… may have to get an aluminum, but not too crazy about that… talked to my Amish guy last night, he sez them colts like to prance, he hasn’t driven them too many times, but has about 5 days on them.. I told him to get them to where they will stand at a gate with loose lines long enough to open or close a gate… guess Rill is touchy about her ears but is getting better.. anxious to get them home and hooked up…

At least interesting to write about.. just doing fall work stuff.. we will ship calves in a couple weeks.. may go help move some cattle for a neighbor tomorrow. Wind is howling and supposed to continue thru’ tomorrow evening and not real warm.. guess I will just have to put my wooly chaps on! Been using the new leather sewing machine and getting along better and better. been working on a new bale wagon for the team… ordered a 3500 pound winch for it today… making it bigger and stouter, as these bales are pretty heavy… been needing to make a new one for years now, this one will look like a factory job when i get done…. I hope! Tate and Kass hauled out another trailer pad of stuff this past weekend.. now they just have to get it all arranged in the house.. glad it’s them and not me.. guess we are going to build a house, at least Tate and Chance will be building it, but I bet I get roped into helping! :D Cindy has needed a nice ouse for a long time.. me? I just want something that looks cool  and it should.. and the boys are good enough carpenters I am not worried about that, just be nice to get it done and then we will have to move junk!

Haven’t posted for awhile.. haven’t been doing too much exciting.. went and helped Q ship calves yesterday.. sure were nice looking.. had a nice visit with his brother Allen who I only get to see once or twice a year.. working on leather and a new bale wagon and odds and ends.. real warm yesterday, 70 something anyway… supposed to cool off this weekend.. looks like Tate and Kass will get moved out this weekend..

Got the horses in yesterday morning, caught up Wren and Rill and took them to the Amish out west of here.. the guy was not at home so I just left them, he called yesterday evening to discuss what they had already done and what I wanted done with them.. he’ll call me back in a week to 10 days and we will make a plan to bring them home.. seeing I was off west of home, I drove on down to Custer and left met trailer for Tate and Kass to load up so they can use it to haul their stuff out here, sounds like they may have it for a couple weeks.. I may have to run down and pull it home for them… had some cows out the other day and Chance just moved them, but didn’t shut gates so I saddled Bro up and went down and moved them and shut gates.. they don’t want to eat thru’ all the tall grass, they just want to nibble where it’s short.. dumb ol’ cows! Working in the leather shop, got chaps to repair, chaps to build and saddle to repair and build.. sure is a nice day, seems a shame to be in the house, but I got to get this stuff done and out of here… waiting for glue to dry right now…

Cindy and I headed out bright and early Friday morning for Valentine, Neb. for the annual poetry gathering.. they had a bunch of great talent lined up and so we wanted to be there.. Marty called me o Thursday and said they had a few drop out for one reason or another for the day shows and asked if I’d be wiling to take their place and of course I said, heck yes! So, got to do a few songs and poems, met up with a lot of old friends ( and I do mean old! ;-) ) and just had a great time, tho’ we sure missed out on some sleep! Pretty drive home this morning and met up with a wet old world around these parts. Taking a couple young Haflinger tomorrow, to the Amish, to get a couple weeks of driving on them, so I can just hook up and got when they come home. I’ve worked with both some, but they still need someone along to open gates and unhook messes and so this should work out better..

Weather that is… ran down to Punkin Center and got the oils changed in my pickup and some stuff done while there i ate lunch at Bull Creek Cafe. Picked up some meat we had butchered as I had thawed out the freezer yesterday. He was a big ‘ol boy, over 700 pounds hanging weight.. 5 year old Corrientee Angus cross steer, grass fat.. and I mean fat.. delicious and cut the steps with a fork..worked on a new song today while waiting to pick the boys up from the bus.. Cindy and I are headed to Valentine for the weekend, to the big poetry show.. gonna be some great entertainment there… I ran the horses in and moved some cows down south this evening…

Got my “new” to me computer today when I had to run to the big city.. haven’t had much of a chance to check it out but seems to be working for this blog… Chance and I left here long before the crow pee’d this morning.. still dark when we got to the corrals we were going to ship from… rest of the crew showed up shortly and we unloaded horses and rode out in them rough cedar breaks and gumbo.. got them gathered with some little wild a here and there.. got the calves stripped off after one little wreck, shipped them out and I hear their heifer calves outsold the steer calve.. mostly Red Angus and good ones too.. good for them, they took a beating on them for some years and people are starting to realize how good them red ones can be… should be done with shipping for this week.. I helped neighbors up north ship they yearling steers on Monday, haven’t heard how they sold, but everything is so much better than last year, I doubt anyone will complain.. heard of 5 weight calves bringing over 3 bucks a pound.. that’s over $1500 for a calf… pretty good feeling until you go price a pickup or tractor or fuel up… and over course, we are just a bit past a year froAtlas that took about 40 t6o 60,00 had of cattle out of this country last year.. sure glad we ain’t seen another and hope I never do…

My computer is in the shop getting stuff transferred over to a new to me computer… I hate typing on this laptop… shipping some more pasture calves out tomorrow.. windy today and yesterday, gusts to 45 mph, I rode this morning in the wind moving cattle closer in for tomorrow..

17th Badger Clark Gathering is done.. had a great time with a great bunch of folks… some of the entertainers gathered in my room after and I got to laffing as it used to be we had a few drinks and talked about will cattle and horses and raising hell, the discussions last night were mostly about who had what operated on, who was gong to get operated on and the best pills for certain ailments… damn, we are getting old! Looking forward to Alzada next Sunday and Valentine the weekend after that…

Loaded out 50 pair, 2 bulls of H’s and 97 calves of G’s… Q, Eric and Robert helped me and Chance. Just got done loading out at 2 p.. sorted the other 5 bulls off and let them out on grass.. other cows and calves will bawl in the corrals until morning…

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