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Supposed to get up to 60 by this afternoon, then cooler and snow and wind coming tomorrow afternoon, night… wheee, spring on the Northern Plains…

Tate and the girls came out this morning and he helped me run the cows in and we sprayed them with wormer and lice control… ran out of the wormer part way thru’ so just used the lice stuff for the rest.. did it all horse back and it worked real slick.. Cindy cooked a roast and now I am way too full! Tate and Airy Cat and CC are about to take off as they need to get back so Mass, when Gabe is serving tonight in Custer…

Same old…. warmer weather then it cools off, get a little snow and then it melts off… most of the neighbors are calving, we are the only ones not… and that is a bit odd… the boys bought some cows that were supposed to start in March, so it was claimed and doesn’t necessarily mean it will happen… so far nothing.. this morning for the first time I went and checked to see if there were any, nope… got the last load of hay coming in today and got the new tractor to unload it… Chance and I borrowed a trailer from Clint and went and got it on Saturday… Chances pickup pulled it well, but he was amazed at how hard of a pull it was.. but them tractors stick up in the air, not like a horse trailer.. seems to be a good one so far. different that any I have run, has a joystick for the loader controls, heater and AC, still has the new car smell.. it only had 330 hours on it… 85 horse power Kubota…I’ve piddled around with it the last couple days and sure think we will like it… went over and helped Delbert shear on Friday, took Bill and he is one wool grabbing rascal.. man he almost jerked my arm off trying to hold him back fro eating sheep, while we pushed them up…not much else to report.. supposed to keep warming up, just starting to see a tinge of green here and there, guess it must be spring!

Friday evening Cindy and I ran into Sturgis for a birthday [party for Gus who turned 7 on Saturday.. Saturday morning we ran back into Sturgis to watch Gabe wrestle at Districts. two very hard matches which he lost on both, but he sure worked hard at it, the second one he lost in overtime… He will do better next year i bet.. he’s a pretty determined feller and real hard headed… must take after his Gramma’s side of the family..  😉

We had men’s fellowship Sunday evening and a good turnout and a good gathering… this morning I had to run to Philip to do some ban king for this new tractor.. sure would like to get it here and all done with… maybe Chance and I will have to borrow a trailer and go get it this weekend..

We have some weather coming in tonight, doesn’t loo like it will get toot bad here but you never know, got the cows all in and fed well.. my team and saddle hores I had in the corral escaped so I had to go run them in, then I went over to Pubnkin Center to get some more lick barrels for the cows as the ones they had are empty… all the kids are here .. Addy Bear spent the day with Gramma… poor kid, learning all kinds of bad habit no doubt…

Windy, but warmer..up in the 50’s anyway… just came in from feeding cows.. been switching them over to evening feeding for calving.. lots of mud, mud, mud! Sure gives the team a good work out, slopping thru’ it.. worked on some leather today also..a pair of angora chaps, they are a lot of fussing…

I added a new page to the top of this blog, go check it out, newest saddles and leather work… old page was getting big and took a long time to load, so this is where I will be adding any new saddles or leather items I build… got several on order, need to get them done, but between trying to get us a different tractor and everything else, don’t seem like I am getting a lot done.. tho’ my new apprentice has made a couple trips out… got some photos of him at work, but he is shy so probably won’t post them.. but i do have them! 😀

Sure is nice weather, 50′ at least the last couple days, supposed to get rain switching to snow tonight.. got a young couple coming to pick up a horse in a bit.. I am feeding cows later in the day trying to get them ready for calving…  sure is muddy out! I love it! Sure beats frozen and/or dusty!

The rural schools had their Oration contest today and the music teacher asked me to come over after and do some poetry and music and work with the young kids learning guitar.. it was fun for me at least, hope they learned something…  Paul was down yesterday afternoon and got more done on his saddle. coming along good, he has done quite a bit of leather works so much of it he already understands.. doing a good job so far…may go look at a tractor tomorrow…we had warm temps yesterday and the water was running and then it froze, Cindy said the roads weren’t fun going in and it is an icy booger out there, but supposed to be 40’s and 50’s the next two days…

To ashes, dust to dust… today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent leading to Easter Sunday… some non Catholics have asked me what this is all about.. well for me, it’s a time of renewal… a time to remember that “from ashes and dust you came, to ashes and dust you will return”… that this life is temporary, even tho’ at times it seems long. to think of the sacrifice that Jesus made for all of us and to do some sacrificing on my part to help me remember what He did.. to be a better servant to those around me, prayerfully taking more time for God in my life, as it came from him and someday this body will return to dust and ashes, but hopefully I will be with Him… I try to give up some of my usual things, whether it be food or a habit… maybe start a new better habit, to try and improve myself for Him and those around me… so, when I get the ashes in the form of a cross on my head, all these things will be going thru’ or have gone thru’ my mind… I will pray for you, as I do so much of the time, please pray for me, I am a sinner Lord and unworthy, yet you still love me… now THAT is a miracle…

Cold spell has seemed to pass, not real warm yet, but headed that way if you can believe the weather report.. I don’t put a lot of faith in them… been feeding with the team , looking for a different tractor and spending lots of time on the phone in search of said tractor or waiting for tractor people to call me back…. Tee got his saddle done the other day and Paul is coming today to work on his some more, we didn’t get a lot done the last time he was here, but we are going to try to get together twice a week… I’d sure like his done by calving and we start first part of April… there are a few cows out her the boys bought that may go in March, but not seeing any signs so far…

March came in like a lion… or a crabby polar bear!  Cold, below zero, snow, about 4 inches and more coming now, big ol’ flakes, and a little breeze this morning, but nothing like the wind yesterday… we got everything fed good and just come in the house. even got the old 756 to start so i could tear a few straw bales loose… tried to yank one out with my team yesterday, but there was just too much weight on top with the second bale setting up there, they weigh a bit over 1300 pound on average and it might have been heavier than average… anyway, got the critters taken care of, Bill got to go along and had lots of fun working the cows, who mostly tried to ignore him and eat… and thew team got a good work out… supposed to get down about 15 below tonight and keep snowing until early to morrow morning…Cindy stayed in and will probably stay in tonight… not much sense being out on the roads in this weather … no Mass… too many old people who go and Father has to drive 60 some miles to get here so we decided to tell him to not come… guess I’ll have to watch the Mass on TV tomorrow morning…I think the Good Lord understands…

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