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In with the new… I hope you all have a wonderful new year, this coming year… 2014… my father would have been 100 hundred years old if he were still alive, and also my mother.. hard to believe she has been gone for 10 years and he for 20…. 100 years ago in June, my Grandfather made the final filing on his homestead that grew into this ranch. He came to South Dakota in 1899 when he was 16 and worked around this country. He had his pick but didn’t get around to filing for some time… I think if you waited 7 years you could get the land cheaper and from the stories I’ve heard about him, I am sure that is what he did. His father and Mother came sometime after him and got land before, but I am not sure what year… I do know he registered the v/4 brand in 1902…  we have used it ever since… and plan to keep on using it for many more years… this year we got another grandson and had a wet summer, tho’ it was dry in the spring… year was great right up until that October storm! Been kind of a wintry rascal of late, more like the winters I remember as being the norm… we have hay on hand and got in a load of little bales today with more ordered in, if it ever gets here… as long as it doesn’t get to tuff, we will be fine and able to get hay in fairly easily, but if another winter like 49 sets in, who know, tho’ we have neighbors with good tractors and loaders who would be glad to help out… I think the thing I am most thankful for by getting to live where i do, is the neighbors.. they all are more than happy to pitch in and help each other out… and that sure makes life a lot easier… Happy New Year.  Here’s hoping it’s better than the last one and plumb sad compared to the ones coming in the future!

Not real bad for this time of the year, but still…

Got the team and a saddle horse shod up with some shoes that won’t slip on ice… Laramie came and did it.. Cindy took off and took Spike to the vet as he has been having a few problems… sounds like they got it fixed up but Spike has to wear the collar of shame, as she put it… she ought to be rolling in any time now.. just got off the phone with a buddy done on the SD/Neb border and we had a big visit and filled each other in on all the latest we been up to and solved a couple of problems in the world.. got a load of small bales finally coming in in the morning… so I am getting better prepared for winter all the time and it looks like it’s here, so that’s a good thing… I picked up some rough sawn lumber I had a young feller cut up from some Ash logs the other day and left some more for him to cut up… took the trailer and picked up Pard from Dusty who has had him since summer… he rode him around bareback in just a halter and said he’;s gentle just a little spooky yet… thought about getting him shod for my winter horse but he hasn’t had much training with a rope yet so had Pilgrim shod instead…he’ll be ready to go when this ice clears away… probably shit this down for this year and see you all next year…  😉

We had a wonderful day yesterday… all the children and grandchildren,Dusty and Tristin and Fr Jim came over after Mass and he’s hardcore, he hug with us until late into the evening! Lot’s of music and laughter! Fr Tyler is still here this morning… I have a new dog, a female that chance and hope picked up for me in Rapid the other night… I had called on an ad on Craigslist about one a few days ago, but they were all gone… the young lady who had them called me a few days later and decided to get rid of this one that she was going to use for the agility event where the dog runs and jumps and swims… but she said this dog wasn’t too interested and only wanted to go work stock… sounded like the kind I’d want… decided to try a female and if she turns out good enough I may get pups from her and Buck.. if not, I will just get her spayed… her name is Meg… she is starting to figure out that this is home and went along for awhile when I fed this morning.. the cows or Gus’s little dog scared her so she ran back to the house where Fr Tyler let her back in..I need to start taking her to Bud’s and get her going… for now she just needs to learn to be part of the family.. Oh, she is a Border Collie, of course… 😀  Warm wind blowing this morning.. We have friends from the east who are back in this country visiting family and they will follow Cindy home later and visit with us. Haven’t seen them in awhile but it is always a joy and we do keep in touch thru’ Facebook and calls..

Just as every morning when we awake, the Lord has blessed us… this time, with a power outage…

Most probably would not see this as a blessing, no electricity.. how are we going to see, heat our homes, do the endless chores that must be done?

For me it gave me pause…

there was no need to hurry about getting a tractor going or rushing out to feed cows, as it was warmer and they have grass and bean to eat, so while waiting the return of electricity, I had time to play with 3 of my grandchildren who are here this morning ( their parents are off doing holiday work, and will return later) so I had plenty of time with little to no distractions from this modern world, no radio, no TV.. just a need for some lights so Grandma and I found matches and candles and went about lighting all of Grandma’s little Christmas figurines that have small candles to help them light up and glow…they set off not only light, but a warm glow which we all reveled in..just as a baby who was born so many years ago, set off a glow and then a bright light in this dark world, for us all…

I think the Lord planned this outage, special for me.. so I could pause, and reflect and forget about this world and think of that babe and what he did for us all… hope.

Hope and joy..

Here is hoping you are counting your many blessings on this day and try and remember to remember them, throughout the year to come..

 

Merry Christmas..

Somewhere below zero this morning… my new Chinese made thermometer had some snow on it so i couldn’t read it very well… Rod Nelson posted it was 40 below up in NoDak where he lives.. that is chilly, I don’t care who you are…I finally bundled up and went out to feed and it wasn’t that bad as there was just a slight breeze out of the south…team started right up, didn’t need to plug them in or use starter fluid…Tate and Kass and kids were out yesterday for Arrabelles 3rd birthday.. we also ran all the new cows thru’ and marked their ears.. thank goodness we didn’t try to brand them, we need a bigger and longer chute for quite a few of them, dang modern big cattle… mostly pretty nice cows and they didn’t fight or get wild…one or two were a little put out but mostly they had a good attitude… when I got out to feed them, some of the new ones were headed west, must have heard the neighbors tractor and decided they were tired of waiting for me… so I had to haul part of a bale clear to the south west corner to feed them… then Cindy and I ran to Punkin Center and mailed a package, ate a bite, bought some stuff and came home… she had plans with a couple other merry elves and they took Christmas presents to some of the older folks around the country… supposed to get up in the 40’s in a few days… I can hardly wait!

Took off this morning and stopped in Sturgis and had them mount the new tire and rim on my trailer and put a new tire on the other side to match, headed to Belle and stopped in where i left the logs to see how the guy was getting along with making lumber out of them… he’d cut one but broke a blade and was sharpening another one.. headed out to the sale barn, picked up the last , load and came home as I was supposed to get a load of small bales in… he left a message he would come next week as he had too much snow and ice to load and get away from the stack…I found some more hay and made a deal to take a load of big bales and got several other deals in the works.. I just came in from feeding… Tate, Kass and kids are coming either tonight or tomorrow, for Arrabelles birthday and so the boys can mark these new cattle for ownership… might just ear notch them for now and wait for nicer weather to brand.. Mass this evening…

Chance and Tate went out on the miserable day yesterday and ended up getting some cows bought at a fair price… much higher than usual, but then every thing is higher and sounds like they got these bought right for what they are… so I went and fed this morning and then stopped at Punkin Center as I had a tire going flat on the trailer… turns out there was a leak in the rim, so they put a tube in it…dropped of a Christmas present I been working on, trying to surprise someone… then headed out… Dean drove his pickup and trailer… we got to Belle and ate a bite then took some logs to be sawn into boards, went and picked up 2 loads of the cows and came home…. got  them unloaded and fed them some hay… the float got knocked off the tank last night so I had to fix that this morning and now we have a lovely skating rink out where the cattle walk up to drink… I’ll go back in the morning and get the other load… there were eough that we couldn’t haul them in two loads very handy, especially on slick roads…I guess if i wasn’t such a weenie and didn’t worry about flat tires and not being able to stop we could have gotten them in two loads… but better safe than sorry, in my book… supposed to have a load of idiot cubes coming in tomorrow afternoon, so Iwill have to hustle…

Went from 50 yesterday to about zero out right now… snow and some wind… Cindy and Hope stayed in town because of the road… Gus and Sam are here with me and Tate and Chance are at a cow sale… we had pancakes and eggs and bacon for supper..now they are watching silly TV shows… me? I’m just killin’ time ’til bedtime… got my Christmas projects done, now I can slack off a bit in the leather shop… or better yet, get some ash sawn into rough cuts tomorrow and got to re-building my bobsled… supposed to be up in the 20’s by mid-afternoon tomorrow and not much of a breeze, stay like that for a day or two and then cool off again…

Well, it’s in the books for this year. I went up Friday afternoon so we could rehearse…had a great bunch and we worked at getting it right late into the evening, then on Saturday at 1 pm we kicked it off… had a nice crowd, almost all the seats were full… then I went to the motel and picked up Cindy, we went back to the venue at Deadwood Mountain Grand and ate a bite and on to the evening performance… great crowd and there was a live and silent auction. Paul Larson who heads it up told me later we raised more money than the past years and everyone he talked to said it was the best one so far. Hope I get to go back next year…on Sunday morning Cindy and I went to Spearfish and listened to Fr Tyler saying Mass then on to Wyoming to wish Marie Packard a happy birthday. She lives at Pine Haven, next to Keyhole lake and they’d had a big party for her the day before. We had a great visit and then headed back to SD. I went to Belle to get a new tank heater for the tractor as Chance had told me over the phone the one we’d put on was not working, we’d put it on backwards the first time I guess and ruined it..I also got a new bigger and better battery charger..so we ought to be set for the next crisis.. Cindy helped me put the new one on this afternoon, so I will hook it up tomorrow and see if it’s working.. don’t really need to use the tractor and haven’t fed any hay the past couple days as it’s been in the upper 30’s to lower 40’s… supposed to stay this way another day and then drop into the zero range for a night and part of a day and then back to the 20’s…I found a guy with a sawmill to cut some rough 2 by 6’s or 8’s out of some ash logs we have so will take them to Belle on Thursday and go to a cow sale, Tate is wanting to buy some and Chance needs to buy a few more also.. I need the lumber to replace the runners on my bob sled…they need to be 6 to 8 foot long, but I will use what I can get, for no more often than I use it.. I worked on leather most of the day today and need to stick with it, Christmas coming and all..oh, and I got me one of them big thermometers that look like a clock so now I will know just how cold out it is! Not sure if that is a good thing or not!

Cindy’s car thermometer sez it’s 20 above… real good brisk wind coming from the west northwest…I lured the cows into the corral with some hay, locked them in, saddled up ol’ Beav and sorted off the butcher steer and the little bull… well, actually I had to rope the little bull as he wouldn’t sort and didn’t drive worth ahoot on the end of my rope so me and the Beav just drug him into the corral with his mama bellerin’ and followin’… got him tangled up and down, stepped off, throwed my slack off the horn as I jerked the loop off his neck then got him sorted off from mama…he has the butcher steer and the team and Beav for company and I imagine mama will stick around the corral bellerin’ for him for a bit… we need to get these other calves run thru’ and stick blabs in their noses one of these days, but they are mostly all later calves and their mothers look good, so they really ain’t hurting anything yet…left the tractor shut off after cleaning snow this morning but plugged in, it started right up and never even had a hiccup so I don’t think we need to replace the fuel filters…. Chance can if he wants, he needs a tractor to feed with this weekend, I can feed with my team and if he don’t want to use them he can fight a dumb ol’ tractor… I ain’t going to! I got some idiot cubes ordered in but they won’t be here for a couple weeks…I have enough snow moved around these stacks I believe I will be fine if my bale unroller for the team don’t break down and if it does, at least I can get into the welder in the shed to fix it.. life is good…now, on to some leather work…

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