Seeing as our 36 Anniversary is coming up real soon, I suggested to Cindy that after Mass last night, we’d head over to Hill City ( about a 100 miles) and go to the bimonthly jam session there.. she thought that sounded good, so we did.. made a flying trip as we left here at almost 6 pm and it started at 7…I called ahead and got them too sign me up towards the middle… we got there and didn’t miss too many, watched and listened to some real good talent and then headed to Sturgis where we got a room as Cindy had to be at work by 6 am… of course, I couldn’t go to sleep in that hard ol’ motel mattress, so I sat up and read a book on my kindle.. Smiling Country by Elmer Kelton. One of the best books i have ever read of a real kind of cowboy life.. if you like that stuff, get it. it’s a good one!

She got me up about 5:45 after a couple hours of restless sleep, to take her to work, so I imagine I will sleep real good tonight! I ran on down to Rapid, ate breakfast and then went to an auction and looked around, and just generally putted around until about noon. Headed back to Sturgis, ate a bite then did some shopping and then went and waited at Cindy’s workplace, (reading part of another book with a short little snooze in the car(… she came out at 2 and we went to the bowling alley for Sam’s 7th birthday party. I even bowled and won the first game but then I couldn’t throw anything worth a darn.. we ate some cake and then headed home so I could get to Men’s Fellowship.. that is always worth the effort… now, I kinder think I will go sleep. Warm and windy and supposed to be up over 50 tomorrow.. sounds like we got nice weather until at least Saturday anyway and even then, doesn’t look to0 bad, from what I can see, but you never want to trust a lying weatherman! :D

Molly was real glad to see us when we got home!

Laramie came today and sharpshod the team on the fronts and  took off Brody’s old shoes and reshod him, sharp.. well, with Aztez or what ever these guys use now.,.. that pretty much took up the whole day.. I did get a little work in on the wagon.. I ran into town yesterday and got a fresh bottle of oxygen and some iron to rebuild the eccentric that got bent and popped welds.. it had been bad for years, so i just decided to redo it right, for this wagon… now, if I can get it all back together I can go back to using the team… this is getting expensive!

Woke up about 4:30 and never got my nap in.. it’s about 8 pm as I type this and think it might just be bed time…

Fed cows with the tractor this morning, wind was howling and I was headed to town to watch Gabe and Lige wrestle…

They pinned and got pinned,. guess they ended out of the placings, but what I watched they really went for it and worked hard..

Almost turned around and came home because when i left and got down the road aways, I started to see an aura out of my left eye, last time that happened I had a real bad headache.. wind was whistling on my door and driving me crazy, so I just reached up and stuck my finger in my ear to plug off the noise… did that ’til my arm got tired and then pulled it out and my starting head ache went away.. weird…

While waiting on the wrestlers i ran out to Campbell Supply and got me a battery operated drill set, like Chances, that I have been using on my bale wagon. Not cheap! But I hated to use his and then he’d need it and I’d need one.. at least they are tuff and long lasting and now we can use each others battery’s… tried to get pellets for the stove but they were out and said everyone in town was and they were backordered, so i called the place in Spearfish and they said they had them, so I ran up there and got a load. came back and only missed one of Gabes matches. Guess he pinned him real fast. I swerar I am a jinx to those boys as the next match Gabe got pinned. Real tuff match and the kid goes to state every year. one guy said that he did real good, lasting as long as he did.. beauty of it was, Gabe learned a good lesson and used the same moved the kid used on him, in his next match and pinned him in about a minute… I left and don’t know for sure what happened after words.. Gun show in Rapid tomorrow so i may ride in with the boys just for the giggles, don’t really need another one and can’t really afford it but it’s fun to look… but I do plan on feeding with the team if it isn’t too icy, just like always , about the time i really get to going with the team, it gets icy and I need to get them sharp shod… Laramieeeeee  ( that’s my shoers name!)

It worked good. When I was done feeding, I backed it into the shed and cut off a bit of the points and resharpened them… dream worked will with the shanked bits and curb straps.. I went out this afternoon and took the tractor and pushed a bunch of cowpies out of the way so it won’t be quite so ruff out there now… been working on getting checks entered for tax time coming up… every year I swear I am going to do them every month, and I never do, so I am not going to say I will do it this year and maybe I will! :D

I went out to feed with the new bale wagon this morning.. already had a bale on it.. I added 6 bags of salt to the front so it kept the front end from coming up, fine… but the bale unroller didn’t squeeze quite as tight, on the bale, as I’d like, but I went ahead and unrolled it or at least attempted to.. got about half ways unrolled and it fell off the points.. that’s not gonn’a work, so I went home, unhooked the team and pulled the tractor out of the shade and backed the bale wagon in… I had too do some cutting and welding a couple times to get it to squeeze down as tight as I wanted.. by then it was dinner time.. went back out after dinner and finished up.. tightened the ash pole that I am using for a tongue, as I noticed it kind of wobbled around.. still ain’t great but works.. Tate is supposed to cut me out a nice straight one, if he can get his mill to running, …..something not working and he is grumbling and cussing and calling the company.. he and Chance took the boys on the school ski trip today, sure was a nice day, got up in the 40’s I suppose and there is lots of water standing and snow squishing down… anyway, I went out and grabbed another bale and now the points don’t open quite as far as I need..,.. it works, but not very handy, so I am going to shorten and repoint the parts that go into the bale, a smidge… wish they were made of smaller, harder material.. oh well, it’s working.. I unrolled part of a bale to the hospital bunch and will feed the rest and another bale tomorrow.. I hooked up to my little flat bed and hauled some bean up west… swapped bits and got some light chain and made some chin straps, which i normally don’t use.. these are bits I made years ago and you can hook at the bit or down  further to get some leverage.. copying back, we got to where the cows were hanging out and there are lots of still frozen cow pies and it is rough, the kids wanted to go too hard, so I just stopped them, switched the lines to the lower part so I had some leverage and they acted lots nicer.. better for them to learn to quit pulling on my arms… now, I am tired, but it’s a good tired… keep these kinds of days up and I may start getting in shape!

The new bale wagon…. had to lengthen the ecentric arm that closes and opens the arms so there was more power from the cylinder and then I put a bigger cylinder on.. it ruins a bit slower, but I have more power.. Now, to get some weight to put on the front to help hold it down on them bigger bales…I have to run the pump with a battery powered drill, so far. something about these pumps., you must have to spin them pretty fast to get them started… might have to think on that a bit and come up with something else. sure would be nice if I didn’t have to rely on anything but muscle power.. me and the horses…

Well, another year has passed for me since I was born.. time to think back and maybe learn something….

Dang.. I hate when I go to sleep like that!

Paul Larson and I met in Belle on Friday afternoon and went to Buffalo to perform for the Harding Country Stockgrower meeting.. good crowd, Rod Hoffman had some great food and Bill Johnson did a bang up job actioning off some kids for a fund raiser. After wards we followed part of the crowd to a local watering hole and stay and visited, sang and played until closing time.. pretty hard to get up the next morning, but we did, with a stop off at Ty and MJ’s for some coffee and cookies.. we called that breakfast.. I fed cows when I got home and even got in a wee bit of a nap before Mass at 4:30… Thanks Kass and Tate for watching the boys while I was gone..

Me and Sam and Gus fed the cows in and around the corral this morning, I am going out in a bit and do some sorting on them.. coldish, but not much breeze…

Chance called and said they were headed back fro the a sunshine… supposed to warm up the next few days.. be ok with me..older I get, the less I like cold weather…

If it was made reeaaallll strong!

Gust to 45 or 50 mph, they claim.. temp is dropping, but not a lot of snow, thank goodness.

Fed the cows real good… I got tired of having two bunches and trying to get every thing and the horses watered so turned them all together for a few days, when the weather moderates, I will sort the thinner ones off to baby and kick the rest back out too graze and just eat bean…

Worked on my guitar every day so far and leather almost every day.. got some DVD’s from Cary Schwarz and they are really worth the time and cost and they are not that expensive… in one, he draws out patterns and you follow along and do what he does.. dang he goes fast! LOL but I am starting to catch up with him… no horse work today, to cold and windy…

Finally got my bale unrulier all set up but I don’t have enough power to pinch one of these real heavy bales… back to the drawing board…

This keeps up and I will start to think it’s winter!

Hope’s Grampa is not doing good, so Chance ands her and her sister and Dad are going to make a quick trip to Arizona to see her. They will take Addy Bear and leave the 2 boys with us…

Tate got me another pump for my bale wagon in town yesterday, so hopefully I can get it hooked up this afternoon.

I fed cows and put out bean, it’s snowing lightly..

Did get in my guitar and leather work this morning..

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