Cindy and I got up really early to be in Custer at 7:30 to look at some houses Tate and Chance have helped build.. we are mulling the idea of a new house. Again! Hopefully it won’t end in divorce! ;-)

Laramie was here and shod up some horses this morning, worked on the windbreak this afternoon.. had to wait for Cindy to bring me a special tip for the screws and I wore it out so need to get another tomorrow… maybe 2 or 3!

Looks like we could get a shot of rain this evening… we’ll take it.. got a couple gigs this weekend… and another coupe over Labor Day weekend, plus the one we always do at Devils Tower… Artist Ride next week and into the weekend… so got to get everything gathered up for that…

I got all the bales hauled, over 300.. got them ricked up in long rows.. they claim they will keep better that way.. watched kids the other day while Chance and Hope took Gus to town, he fell from his bunk bed and broke his arm.. we splinted it and they headed in.. they said the doc told them we did a good job… he has splints for a week and then they will cast it next week.. Casey and Rooster rode with me to Faith yesterday evening to watch the bronc riding, good horses and some great rides.. Jesse Bail won it on a rank and crooked one.. usually that kind don’t score very high, but he never quit spurring so I imagine that is what made him win it… I rode out and moved a cow and calf this morning and looked thru’ the others, went back after lunch and doctored a cow and a calf… was going to doctor another, but couldn’t find her… then I went over and helped Del and Clint stack some bales… there was a fire south of us so we quit to go to it, but they got it out before we could get there.. I have a gig tonight.. not sure what I will do tomorrow, maybe go help Delbert again, or go see if I can find that other cow who needs a shot… Cindy is hard at work with the rally and never talked to her last night and probably won’t tonight, she mostly just comes home and goes to bed and then up early and back at it.. she hates the rally.. I don’t blame her and glad I don’t have to go anywhere near it…

Still hauling them, but about done… boys and I took a time out to go check cows and shut gates so they can go to fresh pasture and not come back into where they have been grazing.. belly deep in grass. hope they enjoy it… got a couple of showers this afternoon and evening, but not enough to stop the bale hauling, tho’ I did stick it in 4 wheel drive when going up some hills and through some dips…

I had a business appointment in Sturgis yesterday, so Cindy rode in with me, we got done about noon and grabbed a bite to eat and headed west. Drove out and stopped at the Alladin Store and ten on to Huelett and west looking for Amish.. found a family and had a nice visit and looks like they will drive this young team for a couple weeks this fall, so that when I get them back they can just go to work and start working them with their sister or brother.. may have to drive them four up or four abreast just to keep them all working this winter…
Day before I went north and helped work some late calves and do some sorting.. took all day… but got it pretty much done.. today I went and borrowed a flat bed and have been hauling in bales from up north, got 98 hauled in so far.. I drove the tractor up this morning and walked back and then took thew pickup and trailer up to haul with.. Cindy went for one load when she got home this afternoon, but she wouldn’t stay and bunch bales with the tractor, dang her ol’ hide! ;-)

Chance and I just came back from counting bales.. lots more than you’d expect for a piece of ground like that, but then it had lots of moisture and no grazing this spring… we have a smart p dog who keeps avoiding the traps and just keeps digging a new hole.. we’ll get him eventually….. went to New Underwood and did some poetry and music for the National Day of the Cowboy, yesterday… had a nice bunch to listen.. we do it in an old hip roofed barn, up in the hay mow, gets a bit warm, but real cool looking and the sound is good… nice crowd at church this morning…

Took off at 4:30 Friday morning and got to Chadron about 7 and picked up Marty and we headed west and south… headed to Encampment, WY for their Gathering… had a great time and of course any time spent with Marty is fun… got to do the night show with Caitlyn Taussig, Trinity Seely and RW Hampton… folks seemed to really enjoy it and I dang sure enjoyed it… they had a lot of great talent for the afternoon sessions also… the country all looked good, but hazy from all the fires in the north and west.. today, Tate came out to get his beef so he rode with me and Chance and also Gabe and Arabell, and we went down and got the bulls we lease and brought them home and turned them with the cows… then I went out and tried to bunch up windrows with the dump rake but didn’t have any luck so went and raked up all I’d left when bucking up across the rode then put the loader on and finished the stack.. turned out real good for the way I had to do it.. I need to come up with a hay head or figure out a way to put some teeth on one of these loader buckets and sweep all I have windrowed into bucker
piles… got hot today… supposed to get into the 80’s tomorrow.. and all this week looks like…

Tried to post on here the other day but it wouldn’t work, for some reason… We got the loader off the Kubota and hooked the mower up to it and I have spent some of yesterday and most of today cutting hay/weeds.. lots of curlycup gum weed growing up north and thought we’d cut it and them just rake it into big windrows and leave it for the cows to eat this winter.. if we could find some one with a baler, we’d get it baled, but everyone is busy trying to get all the hay put up… Cobbs came yesterday and cut on Harry’s place… Delbert called this evening and said they got it all cut, haven’t seen what all they did but there should be around 100 acres or a bit more.. looked like pretty good stuff when I showed Walt where to go and where to stay away from.. sounds like Clint didn’t get all the instructions and ran into some junk.. hope he didn’t wreck anything too bad… I went to Clark’s on Sunday and got my old 20 foot dump rake, Clark won’t sell it back to me and said he don’t want any rent, but if it works good I sure want to square up with him some way…I got a new sickle for the mower the other day in town and Chance helped me put it in on Sunday and it sure cut good.. I did knock out one section today but it didn’t take long to put a new one in… hopefully tomorrow I can get a bunch of this raked up.. but need to move our cows… moved the ones down south into a new pasture, or better way to pt it, I opened gates so they could go into new grass.. wind was wrong today so they ain’t found the gate yet, but there is still lots of grass where they are at.. also put out some salt for them and doctored 2 cows for sore feet with the dart gun as I had Gramma and the urchins with me…

Caught up Pilgrim this morning and went north to help put out bulls,, came home early from that… went out this afternoon and fixed some fence and fixed the leaky tank on the hill.. noticed a sore footed bull so went and got the gun and gave him a couple shots… had to work on a belt for Cindy this afternoon as her new superior wants everyone wearing a belt.. had to be black and she wanted scroll work on it, but got it done… all the kids and us went to Ft Pierre yesterday to inter Cindy’s Mom’s ashes… got that done and went to a park and had a lunch and let the kids all play on the gym equipment… sure is a lot of feed in this country this year, looks great!

Tate ad Kass and kids came out yesterday afternoon.. Dan B who I had only visited with online, was in the neighborhood so he stopped in also. we shot lots of ammo with pistol, ate a great feast and then they shot off fireworks.. Good times, good times… I had taken Dan with me and we looked at the tank I had fixed.. there is another leak, dang it!  While looking we noticed a foot sore bull, just getting sore..  so this morning I ran to Punkin Center to get some redi-mix cement, but CRS was closed.. I had thought of calling them but they are always open on Saturday mornings.. guess that will learn me… came home, got the gun to vaccinate with and drove down and found the bull ans successfully shot him twice.. that ought to heal him up… these guns are a modified 50 cal blackpowder and you can shoot darts of different sizes to give shots with.. have to use a drug that you don’t need a lot and it is expensive but so far, knock on wood, has worked well in the past… and I don’t have to rope and tie on to big bulls! I like to rope and doctor, just not big bulls.. they have so much power and I know of horses who have gotten hurt in the joints from roping and holding and pulling big bulls around.. just not worth it to me… macho went out the window a long time ago… now efficiency rates a lot higher… Dan is supposed to call at noon and if nothing changes we are going to take a little drive and show him some of this part of the country where he has seen photo’s of it… we thought of riding, but the flies are terrible and it is HOT!

Chance and I went up north and helped the McT’s sort pairs today and then move them to their respective pastures.. up a bit after 4 and got home about 6:30.. fairly long day, but good kind of work. not real hot and had a breeze for part of it so the skeeters didn’t eat us… had fun trying to ride as I was shown at the workshop… hard to remember to do… we are supposed to take a bull and heifer up there tomorrow and leave for the summer and help them move their yearling heifers… might take a kid along.. glad we didn’t today, they would have gotten real tired.. no sense making them hate it… this evening Cindy and I practiced shooting.. she has a new one a 9mm and has to get used to it… it is just like my 40 which she likes and kicks a little less than the 40 does… I wouldn’t want her mad at me and shooting.. might get a feller hurt! Then we drove down and checked the cement in the new tank, cattle had went to it and drank the little I left in it so we just turned it on and left it.. if it leaks I will just have to fix it…

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