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When I went out to feed this morning, it was 10 below and a lite breeze out of the west… the bale unroller held together, so I got them fed but the tip of my middle finger got very cold… sure have never found anything that will keep my hands warm and still be able to use them much, wish I’d have just worn my chopper mitts… bought some high priced gloves this winter that oil filed workers use, what a crock! 40 something thinsulate.. well, evidently I need 100 something tthinsulate!

3 maybe 4 inches of light powdery snow out there this morning… Cindy and I went I to watch the bronc riding yesterday, ran a few errands and when we left about 10:30 there was just a hint of snow in the air, lights were all shining way up into the sky… the other day when I went to feed the cows, somehow we hit a bump and snapped off one of the arms to my bale unroller for the team… so I got a piece of pipe to fix it, if I can… the day before a tire rod on the tractor broke, so I got a new one of those, but just fed little square bales with the team today, sure was a lot warmer when I got done than when I started! I have the part for the tractor in the house warming up, it was under a load of pellets last night so didn’t unload them until this morning…  I hope to get both the wagon and the tractor fixed today, supposed to be colder tomorrow and down below zero…. chance for more snow…

So they tell me the groundhog saw his shadow… near as I can figure, if he sees his shadow it’s 6 more weeks of winter and if he doesn’t it means 6 and a half more weeks of winter…. depends on what you call spring.. around here, spring is usually more around the first of May… tho’ we can have some pretty nice weather and temps before that, but if springs means no more snow or cold, it really kind of stretches to the first of June… I’ve seen blizzards into May several times… Heck, after last October, I wouldn’t bet we couldn’t have one in July!

I got up early and rode to town with Cindy yesterday morning, dropped her off at work then drove dow to Rapid to meet with one of my pasture guys. we had breakfast, went dow to the Stockshow and just visited until everything opened up. I wandered around the trade show and saw nothing I wanted or could afford… got to visit with several artists at the art show and one  even gave me a couple of pictures she had done of Sam at the Artist Ride from a couple years ago…I was going to get a couple things done, but forgot them town folk businesses often close at noon on Saturday, so I messed that up… hopefully I can get them done on Monday as we are going back for the Bronc Futurity on Monday evening… we have to drive to Wall this evening as one of the guys who ran Wall Drug passed away.. He was only a couple years older than me and it was a shock, as was the passing of Sue Wallis. you might remember me telling of erecting a cairn ads a memorial to Rod McQuery last summer. Sue was his wife and the same age as me… sad… her funeral  was yesterday but I couldn’t attend as the latest grandson, Isaac ( who I call Eshak, after the Hebrew pronunciation of his name) was last night in Custer… Fr Tyler officiated so we had lots of the family gathered… we got home about 9:50 last night… after 4 hours of sleep that was along day… need to go harness up and feed in a bit… supposed to be in the 20’s today and then a cooling period… sure seems like winter is hanging on, but then it is February…  I bet it will be real nice around here come June!

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