When we were in town awhile ago, we bought some used baseball gloves and bat and balls… so this evening, all the grandkid, parents and Tyler and Gramma and I played ball.. sure had fun… the kids were getting the idea by the time we quit.. we need to get a better field than out in front of the house.. too many cars and stuff… but we sure had fun..

Weather has been real nice, not real cold or hot.. we sorted off all the drop bunch and kicked them south.. just getting a few calves now…

Went to a great branding the other day, real good crew, lots of little kids and it went great… one more to go and then ours…

Went well, cold and windy when we started and just got nicer and nicer.. when I got home Tate and Chance and I went and sorted the pairs off the drop bunch and kicked the drop bunch back south, they will stay there, no more pairs kicked out until our later branding… then Tate and I rode up west and looked at the pairs…. we have another branding tomorrow down in the breaks…

We got Glen’s calves worked this afternoon.. there was 2.5 inches of rain in the bucket in front of the house this morning… we started over there a bit after 2 and got done about 7 this evening.. got rained on a little at the end, then it cleared off.. another bunch tomorrow if it don’t rain us out..And another on Monday…I love rain…

It’s wonderful stuff. Praise the Lord! We are getting some and supposed to get more tonight… and into tomorrow! I love it.

Chance and Lori and I made a flying trip to Sheridan and back today.. getting stuff for Lori so she can learn to tool and carve leather… had a great time, spent more than I wanted too.. seems like Sheridan always does that to me!

Supposed to go to two different brandings tomorrow, they have backed off their start times and I hope they rain out. There is still lots of time to get calves worked!

Did I mention I love rain? :D

Looks like we got about 2 or 2 and a half inches of moisture out of this last storm.. good chance for more all thru’ the week and into the weekend… We had a wild night Sunday night… Tyler and I went and checked at 10 and found a cow having a backwards calf, so Chance and I caught a couple horses and brought her in and got him pulled, he was alive.. then we took the calf sled and went to get one who looked chilled down.. evidentlymy horses think the calf sled is a horse eating goblin.. it was kind of wild, but got that calf in and decided we better bring another one in… got him too and ended up with three cows in for 2 calves as we were not sure which was the right one for a mother…noticed another cow starting to calve so we we got her in and decided to leave her for a bit… I went to bed about 1 and Chance woke me at 1:30 to tell me she still had not calved.. so we went out and caught her and Chance tried to run his hand in to see what was going on.. said he couldn’t hardly get his hand in as she wasn’t dilated… so we thought we’d better wait..,Tate was gong to check at 4 so we decided we better notify him of what was going on.. we all decided to leaver her until then and  if she hadn’t calved then, to call a vet.. I went to bed.. Cindy woke me about 5 and said they’d called the vet.. he showed up just as we were leaving for a doctor appointment for her… found out later that she had calved on her own, just before he got there… weird… he said he’d seen it before… this was an old cow and took her about 4 hours after the water bag was showing… I got homes about 9 last night and went to bed.. woke up about 6:30.. guess the boys got a bunch of calves tagged and pairs kicked out.. I need to get together with them and see what their plan is for me to day! :D Several bran dings got postponed and people are trying to make new branding dates.. supposed to go to Sheridan for the leather show on Friday… had a young lady ask to apprentice to me thru’ the Arts grant and do leather carving… we got picked and need to go get her some tools and leather and I need to pick up a saddle tree… if we get it done, it will be a rush trip out and back, like usual…

Boys checked cattle in the night, I got up at daylight and went out, every thing seemed ok, for what we have.. about 6 to 8 inches of snow and some wind out of the north.. I thought the wind was supposed to pick up even worse as the day went along so i took the tractor and went up west with a bale, found pairs, fed them, came home and got another couple bales and took them up and found more and fed them.. they all seem to be doing fine, time will tell… lights have flickered a few times but so far we still have electricity… it’s not the worst spring blizzard i’ve seen.. sure going to make the grass pop when it melts and probably run some waterer into water holes and dams…

Last week we got some rain.. we were at a branding and got the first bunch done, but didn’t do the second bunch… then the next day we had to wait until afternoon to do another ranch, the next day or so.. we had good weather yesterday, so we did the ranch that was scheduled and then loaded up and did the calves at another ranch after dinner, as they were supposed to go today, but rain and snow were in the forecast… and the weatherman was right! Chance helped gather the second bunch and then went home to help Tate and his two boys gather pairs and get them kicked out north.. then they brought the rest of the pairs and the drop bunch home and put them in a small lot here at the house.. When we got the calves down I left and got home and we all went and moved all the other pairs to the creek… rained in there night and then started to turn to snow about 9 or so.. I just came in a bit ago, we got everything fed and close to or behind protection… wind is out of the northeast at the moment but will switch around to the northwest during the day.. supposed to get up to a foot of snow it looks like and gusts to almost 50 mph durning there night tomorrow night… ah… spring in SD! :D Oh well, it’s moisture. We love it!

Thursday Cindy had a doctors appointment and we had an appointment with the lawyer to finish up our wills, so Chance was going to take me in and meet Cindy, as he had an appointment to drop his pickup off for some work… we planned to leave about 11 am… Chance had a heifer calving and after an hour an no calf he ran her in and found a foot back, so he pushed the head back, got the foot out but then the calf would throw his head back instead of leaving his nose on his front legs, as in a normal presentation.. we struggled and fought and decided maybe we better get someone to do a C section.. couldn’t find anyone free and then I had a thought, so we got her to stand and I managed to get a piece of smooth write around his head and looped under his jaw, Chance pulled on the head, I pulled on the legs.. we got him started good but still was not coming so we hooked on to with the calf puller and got him out.. poor little heifer didn’t want to get up.. we rushed to town and got there in time… fast forward to this morning … when Chance checked on the heifer he could see something wasn’t right and she smelled terrible.. so he ran his hand in and sure enough there was another calf in there, dead long enough it was slipping hair.. all Chance could find was the head, no feet, so we thought to call Dr Julie and she came and managed to reach in and get it hooked on to and pulled out, in pieces.. oh it was rotten! She gave the heifer quite a few different drugs and hosed her out.. hopefully she will make it but probably won’t be able to raise the calf.. time will tell… this late afternoon Chance went with me to help and I rode my sort of colt.. he’s 7 and had plenty of riding a couple years ago but only once last year.. he’s got a lot of life and always real watchy.. Callen had come and rode him once for me a week or so ago and I rode him once after that but it was a short ride.. so seeing it was about 80, I saddled him, worked him in the round corral while Chance saddled up and away we went.. we trotted and loped about 3 or 4 miles and came out over west where a bunch of pairs were that needed moved, we opened the gates, got out of the way and they almost moved themselves.. decided I could be more help on a broker horse and we had a bunch more pairs to move, so we rode home, I caught Mijo and we went south and started kicking pairs north.., Tate called, He’d been to town, and I told him to get horseback and ride down and bring tags.. we got most of them kicked north and tagged 6 or 7 that were born today since I check in the morning… we had to drive back down and get a calf from one of Tates boughten cows who is real old and thin and won’t be able to raise a calf… so we rushed back and  got him, Tate fed him and another calf from an old cow and when I cam ion the house it was about 8:30… I’m tired. Got more brandings this week and thru’ the weekend…

Got up to 70 or so today, I suppose, not hardly a breeze.. Boys and I kicked a bunch of pairs into the next pasture and kicked the first calf heifer pairs out… I fed and then took the big forklift and hauled rocks.. almost tipped it over on it’s side.. Molly was riding with me and abandoned ship… I will be more careful now! Went dow to Tate’s and he had a fire and ate a burger and watched the grandkids jump and swing.. Gabe did several forward flips on the tramp and landed on his feet.. he is way too handy.. the Men’s groups went to a local ranch and we did a bunch of shooting at targets on Sunday. Gabe got to go and shot a target at 800 years. They had a 300 Win Mag all set at the distance and i shot a target at a 1000 yards… it was fun and we had a good meeting afterwards . The last set in the video series we’ve been watching, for the season, we will start up again this fall, tho’ we may get together thru’ the summer if it works out for everyone. Cindy is off to her ladies group this evening… got a bunch of bran dings coming up in the next couple weeks… went o the first one last Saturday. Sure was a good one.. it helped that all I had to do was rope… sure let the wrestlers not have to work to hard when I am roping! :D

Cindy qwoke me up at 4 to let me know we had no water… I went down and threw the breaker on the pump and there was a snap… that’s when I looked at it and the pump and the pressure tank were leaning over, all broke off from the water lines…. hmmm.. not sure how it happened.. maybe we have an animal like a cat that comes under the house into the basement.. Lord knows, there are some holes in the foundation big enough if they really wanted in, I am sure they could get there.. anyway, I let Tate and Chance know, they are working on it I guess. I had to go put some cows back in, off the neighbor.. fixed some fence., but it really wasn’t that bad.. drove on the other side of the creek and it was laid down for a long ways.. and tangled.. I fixed it all up as best you can on old rusty wire and it wasn’t good when it was new.. that cheap light crap… while I was at it, I fixed some up along the road that was still holding cowes but barely and looking ratty.. now, I came in the house and no son’s.. maybe they had to run to town for parts.. guess I will see if I can go to Tate’s and dig a hole and install a cattle guard… hate to see him get fired for not working.. ;-)

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