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…

We had been fighting a couple of wells down south, coudn’t seem to get them going.. I finally called the electric company and sure enough, both had been struck by lightning at the power pole and messed them up… so when they got them fixed I went and turned on the water to a tank and when I went to check on it, it was leaking! I finally got the stuff to fix it today and dug alongside and put in an over flow, seeing as I had to get new cement in the bottom… Addy Bear went with me to dig with the tractor this morning and then she went with me to get the pipe.. She went with me to fix it, but we needed some more stuff so when we came home, Gramma and the boys went back with us and Gramma helped me get it all glued together and installed then she and the kids left and left me to back fill in… took a bit but got it done, hopefully I won’t have to mess with it again,  at least this summer.. I don’t use it in winter, tho’ I might be tempted to seeing as there is an over flow on it now…

I have tried uploading some pictures on here in the last month or so, but for some reason they won’t load, it’s like it just locks up when I try to add media.. wish I could figure it out…

I headed out on Friday morning, going to near Scottsbluff to a workshop with Bruce Sandifer… I have known of and visited with him for several years.. he has been searching all of his life, as I have been, for how the old ones rode the hackamore and spade bit… he has re-engineered how they did it and I believe he has it figured out.. it is relatively simple, yet different than most think of how to ride a horse and for certain how to use the hackamore and spade bit… it was time well spent and with a great group of folks.. every one there threw any ego they had out the window and listened and tried to do as Bruce showed us and we all saw terrific results in ourselves and our hoses… I hope to get to work with and hang out with Bruce and this bunch of people again… and I am pretty excited to get on some of these young horses and see what I can accomplish… this system is so simple, that a child can do it, and I am sure that is how it was started and why it came about when you think of those old Jesuit priests having to teach horsemanship and stockmanship to the neophytes who were all they had to help them build and run the missions in northern Mexico and southern California, of today…

Windy and cool today and supposed to be the same for tomorrow, good day to go fence.. might keep the skeeters away.. they tell me it rained while I was gone.. the country looks great and did all the way down to Scottsbluff… like Mother Nature is trying to make up for her fury from last fall and winter…

Tate, Kass and kids came out Sunday evening and spent the night so we could work cows yesterday… Fr Tyler showed up also… We got saddled up and gathered the cows and gt them in, sorted off the dry’s and then split the calves off, and vaccinated the cows and branded the cow Tate and Chance bought last winter… Gabe and I pushed them all up the chute for them. today Tate and Kass and Hope and Chance took their dry’s to the sale… Gabe, Lige, Gus and Sam and I went down and fixed some fence, hauled some salt out and looked at stuff… hopefully I can get some saddle work snuck in this afternoon… I went and got a couple air conditioners from up stairs and have one in the living room and one in the leather shop… it’s going to get warm and with all the rain we’ve had it’s muggy…

 

For me for this spring, anyway… went to Trav’s and helped him today… yesterday i went to Pierre where Ken and I had a gig in the evening.. got home about 10 last night and then up at 4 to saddle and head to the branding.. I needed a nap this afternoon!

We’ve been getting lots of rain and all around us with flooding in places… Hiway 85 washed out the other night and lots of flooding north of Belle, up towards Buffalo… Trav had to reschedule his branding twice as did Lonny down in the breaks, got them done the other day also… in between we’ve worked on some fence and the over flow off the big rank down south… Chance and one of the boys moved some cows yesterday after I left and worked on some fence.. skeeters are the pits in places.. as are the deer flies and nose flies… I rode into town with Chance and the kids on Wednesday and picked up Cindy and we went and looked at houses… yeah, we are thinking again… sure seem high and not sure we can build what we want for what I would be willing to spend.. but there are a lot of bug tree’s in the hills and Chance has a plan for making them into timbers and then making a squared timber house… lots of things have to fall into place.. we’ll see… lots wrong with the house we are in and hate to put money into something that is really not situated good or that you know is going to pot all the time… oh well, I will pray on it and let God decide…

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