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Got rid of some smaller calves yesterday. A neighbor feller in college is leasing them for roping calves. I will get them back in June.

Got another couple trailer loads of hay in too.

Going to take a couple yearlings to the sale tomorrow and meet up with a friend from Wyoming there who is selling some cows. He’s supposed to bring me some leather.

Saturday I will go pickup Cindy and we will go to the Stockshow and then later meet up with friends from Iowa in Deadwood. Cindy got us a room in Sturgis so we can hang out later and not have to drive home.

See you all later!

30 years ago today, we got married. Man! Does anyone ever realize what an effect that will have on their lives?

She always said she would give me a divorce after the children were raised but when I asked about it she told me I hadn’t suffered enough yet

Too bad she forgot that the suffering goes both ways! 😛

We went to the local village for dinner to celebrate. We had Gus with us as Chance had taken Sam to a doctors appointment and hope was working. good dinner. Now she is talking to Tyler on the phone from Rome. My turn next.

30 years ago right now I was setting in a motel room eating pizza and drinking champagne. Wonder if I will get pizza tonight? I’m sure there will be no champagne.

Man, 30 years! We are sure getting to be geezers! 🙂

My last post on the 21 was on the day of Tyler’s birthday. He called us from Rome where he is studying for a month. My birthday was the 13. Today, the 24 is our youngest grandson Sam’s first birthday. Big party tomorrow when his town relatives can come out to the ranch. The 27 will be Cindy and I’s 30 wedding anniversary. 

January is kind of a momentous month around here!

While cooking some potatoes, bacon and an egg this morning, Tack was setting there all bright eyed, watching me and I imagined this stream of conversation coming from him.



How do you make your front paws break that egg so easy? And that tool you use to flip the egg and bacon and stir the potatoes with, how do you do that?

You are so awesome!


I sure wish I could learn to do that stuff.

Are like a god, dude?

(I imagine he’s kind of a surfer dude when he talkks cuz he’s kind a laid back like that)

Hey, hey! Drop a little down here, amigo!”

(Did I mention Tack speaks a little Spanish?)

By the way, winter is back. Highs of 9 to 10 the last couple days and going to stay that way a few more days. Brr.

I just saw this and had to share it. I hope it’s all true! Thanks Jill!


An ad on Craigslist… 


> To: The Guy Who Mugged Me in Downtown, Savannah, GA

> I was the white guy with the black Burrberry jacket that
> you demanded I hand over shortly after you pulled the knife
> on me and my girlfriend. You also asked for my
> girlfriend’s purse and earrings. I hope you somehow
> come across this message. I’d like to apologize.

> I didn’t expect you to crap your pants when I drew my
> pistol after you took my jacket. Truth is, I was wearing
> the jacket for a reason that evening, and it wasn’t
> that cold outside. You see, my girlfriend had just bought
> me that Kimber 1911 .45 ACP pistol for Christmas, and we
> had just picked up a shoulder holster for it 
> that evening. Beautiful pistol, eh? It’s a very
> intimidating weapon when pointed at your head, isn’t
> it?

> I know it probably wasn’t a great deal of fun walking
> back to wherever you’d come from with that brown sludge
> flopping about in your pants. I’m sure it was even
> worse since you also ended up leaving your shoes,
> cellphone, and wallet with me. I couldn’t have you
> calling up any of your buddies to come help you try to mug
> us again. I took the liberty of calling your mother, or
> “Momma” as you had her listed in your cell, and
> explaining to her your situation. I also bought myself some
> gas on your card. I gave your shoes to one of the homeless
> guys over by Vinnie Van Go Go’s, along with all of the
> cash in your wallet, then I threw the wallet 
> itself in a dumpster.

> I called a bunch of phone sex numbers from your cell.
> They’ll be on your bill in case you’d like to know
> which ones. Alltel recently shut down the line, and
> I’ve only had the phone for a little over a day now, so
> I don’t know what’s going on with that. I hope they
> haven’t permanently cut off your service. I was
> about to make some threatening phone calls to the DA’s
> office with it. Oh well.

> So, about your pants; I know that I was a little rough on
> you when you did this whole attempted mugging thing, so
> I’d like to make it up to you. I’m sure you’ve
> already washed your pants, so I’d like to help you out.
> I’d like to reimburse you for the detergent you used on
> the pants. What brand did you use, and was it liquid
> or powder? I’d also like to apologize for not killing
> you and instead making you walk back home humiliated.
> I’m hoping that you’ll reconsider your choice of
> path in life. Next time you might not be so lucky. If you
> read this message, email me and we’ll do lunch and
> laundry.


> Peace! – Dick

I have some corriente cows I am running with mine, that belong to a neighbor. We have some small calves that a young neighbor  wants to lease for roping practice at his college, so I got them sorted off yesterday so we could determine ownership, seeing as we have never branded them and today we got them branded. My 3 little ones and all of the neighbors. Just a small bunch and it is so wet and icy that we just did them in the back of my shed. Another couple neighbors came and helped and we got them done, but I seem to be tired this evening. Missed my nap. Man, I am going to get soooo cranky!

One more nice day up in the 40’s and then it’s going to cool off for a while, I guess. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted.

As we have done ever since this country declared independence, we swear in a new president today. No coup, no bloodshed (I hope!) just one person stepping down and another stepping up, at the will of the people. (I hope!)

He was not my choice and I fear what might happen to this country, because of the mood and why people voted for him. Og, from Neanderpundint,  summed it up nicely in his blog, which I quote here.

“Most of all, I hope America wakes up to what they’ve done, and don’t do it again. We need a president who becomes president because of the content of his character, and not the color of his skin- which is what we have now.”

Amen Og, I feel the same.

Go read the whole thing, it won’t take long. Just click on that name on my blog roll,it should take you there. While your there, check out a few of his and dick’s other postings.

Caution: some of the posts over there are not for the squeamish, who don’t like to read reality.

Warmer weather and winds have turned this ranch into a skating rink! Man, it is slippery out there. When I drove the team and wagon up to feed today, I walked alongside so as to get some exercise and it was the pits. Slipped and slid and finally gave up and rode on the wagon. At least the team have non slip shoes on so it doesn’t bother them much as long as there isn’t snow balled up on their feet. Now I know why they used to use long caulks on the winter shoes.

Supposed to stay in the 40’s and 50’s most of this week. Maybe it will soak a little of this ice into the ground. I see we have water standing in the road ditches. Probably have water running in the next day or two.

This guy is sooo right! Go here to read more.

Let’s Declare This February 2 “Al Gore Day”

Yes, it is time to initiate a viral meme on the Internet to honor our illustrious fearmonger protector of Mother Gaia. Let February 2, 2009, be declared Groundhog Al Gore day.

If, in the dead of this record setting cold winter, Al Gore comes out from whatever hole he’s been hiding, it means he thinks the winter is going to be short. Let us hope he is finally right as too many people are hurting from this cold already.

And here’s some great global warming cartoons.

It is going to warm up. According to the weather site, we are headed for the 40’s and 50’s. Ahhh.

Dang, when it cools back down, we won’t know what to do!

Talked to a buddy in Arizona and he said it was chilly there. Around 55.

Come visit Corky! 🙂

Birthday’s that is. I’ve had 50 before this one. 

Odd, I don’t feel like I am that old. You body ages but your mind thinks your still in your 20’s.

As far as birthdays go, this has been a good one. Had calls from Rome, two from Arizona and got emails and calls from lots of friends in between.

Took the old cow down to the taxidermist. They will butcher her and prepare the head and cape for mounting and about a year from now we should have the head mount. The guy is real busy. And I am in no hurry. Not for the mount anyway. But I am anxious to get the hamburger for the old girl. She raised me 17 calves in the past 17 years, but came up open this fall.

Fed with the team today. Supposed to get cold tomorrow night and the next day. Then warm up into the 40’s. Woo hoo! Bring it on!