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I hope you are all having a wonderful time with friends and family or how ever you devote the day…I am very thankful for all I have and do not have.. for both friend and foe, because both make me who I am and either help me sleep or stay awake!

We’ve had a lot of livin’ happen since the last Thanksgiving a year ago…good and bad, but when all is said and done, I am thankful for it…

We have children, and grandchildren who we will get to be with on this day and that is a lot to be thankful for…

I refuse to look at what we do not have and choose to be thankful for what we do have…it makes life much easier…

I hope you all have a blessed day and spend a bit of it thanking God for all your joys and blessings…prayers answered and unanswered…

Kind’a tired…. sleeping in Hotel beds is not that restful for me! Especially when they are hard as a rock…

Well, the Concert went well, had a great show and helped raise quite a little money for the Ranchers Relief fund… Steve Moultan, Trinity Seely, Cowboy Culture, Caitlyn Tausigg and Dave Stamey! And Chuck Larsen did the hosting and kept everybody entertained with his poetry and talent! Looks like we raised around 14,000….Lots of people showed up and everyone had a great time….thanks to all who helped to promote and put this on and donated items for the auctions!

Colder the last few mornings… light dusting of snow… I rode in with Hope yesterday and she dropped me off to pick up Cindy’s vehicle and then I drove to Rapid and picked up a rifle that First Stop Gun donated to the concert this weekend, for the Ranchers Relief Fund at Historic Homestake Opera house…I worked on a belt and a saddle most of the day today…went down this evening to watch Gus and Sam’s last B Ball game.. them little squirts are sure funny to watch….

A neighbor helped me to day and we hauled all the opens cows and the cull cows to Phillip for the sale tomorrow…one young cow jumped over the side of my trailer loading set up… guess it’s time to make it higher and better…we will go to the sale tomorrow to watch them and maybe buy some for Chance and Hope, if we see any they want and can afford… bred cows are kind of pricey it seems, but then if you was selling them they’d be too cheap! Had a couple new friends show up on Saturday looking for a place to hunt.. I told them to come back on Sunday and when Tate was done we’d take them around.. not a lot of deer around… they got a nice doe and either passed up or missed some shots at others… they were happy. One is a Highway Patrolman/game warden in Alaska… nice guys and the other delivers and installs granite counter tops and he donated a counter top to be auctioned off at the Ranchers Relief Concert this Sunday we are a part of, with Dave Stamey at the Historic Homestake Opera House  in Lead…that was sure nice of him…the other feller left us some salmon fillets… so I have plan to have Brad smoke them for me…

We pregged on Wednesday and then Thursday and Friday I went north to help neighbors wean and vaccinate their calves…today is opening day of deer season, Tate, Kass and kids are out… I fried up a bunch of bacon and made eggs for any one who wanted some…now Tate is out putting shots on paper. probably scaring all the deer in the neighborhood, but hey, at least it puts them on notice they better watch out! And makes a hunt much more thrilling, as the deer will be more aware… sure glad I ain’t a deer !

We need to sort off the dry’s and the culls and start hauling them to the salebarn, was going to do it tomorrow, even if it is Sunday, but there is some snow supposed to come in tonight and colder and high winds tomorrow, so maybe we will do it this afternoon…

Here’s some photo’s from up north, yesterday…

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Well, we got the calves sold today… we kept back a few of the painted ones and some smaller ones… about like we always do… they weighed about 30 or 40 pounds more than last year, I am sure because they were Char X… sold real close to when they told us they would and sold well, so we are happy…9200 head there today and they was slippin’ them thru’ is a fast pace… nice to go to a sale and see some smiles…everyone was asking neighbors from far away how they’d come thru’ the Atlas storm and grimacing at the stories they heard… one older couple who Chance is friends with and their son and grandson, he asked them how they’d come out and between them and two sons they lost 80% of their cows and 70% of their calves… that is a blow that is hard to recover from…. prices seem good but then every thing we buy has gone up a bunch or more so it’s really about the same or worse… my land taxes went up 20% this year… but then hell, if ranching was easy everyone would be doing it…

You keep trying to find more of the same. So it is with my little Suzuki outfits. They are my favorite version of a four wheeler… granted, they can’t go a few places that some of these ones designed only for that purpose do, but on the other hand, you can drive them down the road 55 to 80 mph, tho’ I would discourage anyone from exceeding the speed limit… I have only done it on rare occasions, like in emergency’s and what not.. and of course testing to see if a vehicle will go that speed in case I need to in an emergency! 😉

So… I have had two so far, Sorrely and Purple… ( I am not real imaginative at naming vehicles…) Sorrely has been parked for quite a few years now and Purple is somewhat the worse for wear, so i have been watching for another Suzuki for quite a while and had about given up as they are getting older and older and harder to find and when you do they are very high miles and they want a lot of money for them, so I had been looking for cheaper, good shape, older, smaller pickups….and guess what! I found another Suzuki! In good shape and not a bad price! So I rode along with Hope to Rapid yesterday morning, went and took it for a test drive and liked it so bought it and drove it home… we had 45 mph gusts from the northwest, so getting over 65 on the Interstate, going up hill, was a struggle, but it was fine on everything else. I fueled up in Sturgis, and again when I got to Punkin Center and got 31 mpg driving 65 on the way home… so, now I have a newer one that should last quite a few years… less than 100, 00 on it and it is RED! Woo hoo, my favorite color.. Not sure about a name yet… maybe Sorrely 2 or Dos for short…

It’s true, good things do come to those who wait!

DSCN1163On top is the first one I got done     (posted after the first posting)

I have been trying to come up with nice looking patterns for belts and such, that are based on engraving, as these handy fellers do on silver and such… maybe scroll work is a better way to put it…they need to be fairly easy so i can do them fairly quickly, but still pop, stand out, see the details but also the over all effect…this is what I have come up with as my latest after lots of practice, trials and thrown away scraps of leather…

Many practice pieces, last one at top

Many practice pieces, last one at top

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The bottom one is the one I will strive to copy…or at least make very similar

To post on here, weather has been cold and warm, windy and calm…had some company on Sunday and then Fr Jim came for an early supper Sunday evening and then we went to the men’s fellowship we started a while back. Great group of guys and I think we are all much better for it… had several first timers and they all seemed to enjoy it…Fr Tyler came out just before dark with a new 223 and we had to put a few through it… seems to be fairly accurate…been working on some new designs for belts… Jeff Long came this afternoon and looked at the calves we will sell next week… Todd came and fixed the furnace again, hopefully this is the last time.. a board with all the circuits was loose…

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