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Amuse the heck out of me… coldish and a wind so it felt much colder out there this morning.. Molly went out to do chores with me and rode in the tractor and followed me around and chased cats, kind of, and what not, anyway, she put in a lot of exercise, and now we are in the house and she needs a nap.. but Fidgett? Oh no, he’s been sleeping all morning! So now Molly wants a nap and Fidgett wants to play.. He attacks Molly and she just shrugs it off, kind of.. he’s got her mostly woke up and she is starting to come back at him… Fidgett launches himself onto her head, biting and scratching and Molly doesn’t make a sound…these two amuse me…

DSCN1454And this is what they want to do….

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Not sure how cold but somewhere between o and 10 above… just a slight breeze out of the northwest… on bare flesh you can feel it.. I bundled up and went and harnessed Ron and Roz and went an hauled there news cows a couple bales of hay, supposed to get below zero the next couple nights.. they probably can get by without it, but there are a few train ones I worry about… took all my parts for the hydraulics on the new bale unrulier to Punkin Center on Saturday and Lynn was kind enough andy smart enough to get them all rigged up for me, Tate came along and helped me get them all hooked on to the wagon, when we got the ATYF fluid in it, we could make it work if we used an electric drill and spun the pump real fast, and then it would work by hand for awhile then quit.. use the drill again and it would work, but soon it wouldn’t work by hand.. talked to the local mechanic this morning and he said it might be the relief valve build into the power steering pump.. Thanks to Matt and Lisa, I have a control valve that works great.., I was going to work on it when I got done feeding, but didn’t want to get ATF, all over my new warm gloves.. I will go back out later, after dinner and see if I can take it apart and figure it out… if I don’t post again until next year, I hope you all have a wonderful New Year!

On a sad note, Tate and Kass’s dogs got into a porcupine real bad last night and they had to put them down.. sad… we give our hearts to dogs to tear, I read one time.. it’s sure true…

That a child was born in Bethlehem….

And over 2000 years later, we still celebrate that… joyfully, hopefully..

That’s saying quite a lot…

Cindy had to work today and again tomorrow, our Mass is at 9 tomorrow morning, so I took her up to Mud Butte, so she could go to Mass this evening.. when we got home, she started some bread for tomorrow’s gathering and then we went to Hope and Chances to practice music for Mass tomorrow…

I hope you all have a blessed Christmas celebration, whether with family or friends or even if you are alone and remember what the celebration is all really about..

Merry Christmas…

Me and the Missus decided this year

We’d make every grandchilds Christmas gift

Teach these young’uns what it’s all about

Maybe give their brain a slight shift

They’d learn about the REAL meaning of Christmas

As baby Jesus came and gave all to us

It’s all about giving of yourself

Not all this spending big bucks, fuss

So Gramma’s gonna make the girls dresses

Boy’s ‘ll get chaps with a tooled belt

Stuff they can use and learn to appreciate

That’ll make their little hearts melt

So Gramma goes to buy the material

Seems lots of other Gramma’s was doing the same

So the pattern and color she wanted was scarce

One ol’ hussy even called her a bad name

When they both reached for the same bolt of cloth

But Gramma got it grabbed up first

And that seemed to set off a panic in the store

Things went from bad to plumb wurst!

The store had to call in the police!

Claimed they was havin’ ‘em a riot

And a whole store full of older ladies

Had to go on that hoosegow diet!

I had to go in and bail her out

The cows didn’t get fed that day

She was still on the fight on the way home

She grouched and growled the whole way

Me?….. I had a better plan

I just ordered my stuff off the computer

A few sides of leather was all I’d need

Some of them cheap buckles made from pewter

And when them hides finally arrived

I opened the packages with a laugh

Then turned the air blue with my cussin’!

Which soon set off my better half

They’d sent the wrong dang leather!

And not enough for even one pair

And the price they charged was outlandish

I started to tear out my hair

I tried to order some more

The stores was all out of the right kind

We was fast runnin’ out of daylight

So… we had to up and change our mind

We had to do like every body else does

Yup… we went into that big ol’ town

And bought and spent like crazy people

Fought crowds and traffic with a frown

We both learned one thing for certain

And the moral lies here within If you want’a build homemade gifts

It better be before July when you begin!

Merry Christmas!!!!

Robert and Cindy

I took off Friday afternoon and went to Lead to rehearse for the big Cowboy Christmas Ball at the Homestake Opera House there… we had a great bunch of performers and by all accounts it was fantastic! We made the rounds Friday evening after rehearsal and then went back on Saturday morning for sound checks and another run thru’… did a show at 2 and again at 7 pm… had a dance after the show. Cindy came up and got to go to the evening performance and she stayed over night with me at the Motel room. We were up and on to Belle on Sunday morning to Mass with Fr Tyler. He had a great Homily.. (as usual, tho’ I might be a bit biased) We got home in the afternoon and I got in a nap and then off to That Man Is You, our men’s group. We sure are learning a lot about what is wrong with this world and why, in many case… pretty surprising, so much that is going on in the name of food is really probably right up ol’ Satan’s agenda… Chance and Tate took off Saturday for Georgia to get a sawmill so they can make timbers from logs, to build the house with. Talked to Chance Sunday afternoon and they were in Nashville at a music shop and they had lots of real expensive musical instruments there.. he said there was one in a case in the back , an old Martin, priced at $75,000! Haven’t talked to them since, so I bet they made it and are learning how to run it… I was supposed to go up north and get a heifer and a pup, but decided not to are we had freezing rain last night… I’ll try tomorrow… I fed the new cows a bale and put out more bean for them… went and hacked my old trailer jack off and kind of got a new one welded on.. it works, but my welds ain’t pretty! Might have to take it to someone with a wire welder and have them prettify it up! Kass was down with the little kids all day and Cindy and her built candy, even got them to make a batch of sour cream caramels! Sure was good with ice cream! I got a couple big ol’ beef ribs in the smoker for supper… got it on high so we’ll see how that works! Got this years Christmas poem done and emailed off to most on my list. I will post it here and also on Facebook. Lee Stevens usually illustrates it for me, but it is late enough I hated to ask him to…Cold with a tiny bit of snow today.. supposed to be cold tomorrow, but less wind and no snow..

Boys got more cowes bought on Monday. We’ve been talking about getting a new chute and I guy I talked to about one told me  to let him know when we had cows to brand and he’d bring one up for us to use and try out. So i called him and he pulled in with an holder model of the one we were interested in.. everything went well.. got to see what one would be like after it had some wear and tear on it…. they have changed a few slight things since this model came out and it all sounds like it would be better, tho’ this one worked real good… we ordered one, be able to have it sometime after the first of the year, it sounds like…. I harnessed up the older team this morning and hauled bean to the cows up west then trotted down to Tate and Kass’s ands picked up two little girls for a short wagon ride.. it is nice out but kind of windy and they only had dresses on, so I didn’t go real far, b ut they liked it.. just ate lunch and thinking I might sneak a nap in now… got a gig at Lead this Saturday afternoon and evening at the Opera House..,Cowboy Christmas.. ought to be great fun.. afternoon show is at One pm I believe and then again at Seven with a dance afterwards… Cindy is getting Sunday off so she can come and stay up later and then go to Mass on Sunday, somewhere in the Hills.. weather is supposed to change this Sunday and then get nice again.. hope it stays nice all winter!

Well, he got all he could get done in the short time he was here, we will miss him. He’s so smooth on that backhoe and never has to think, just does everything by muscle memory and knows how to do about any dirt working job we need done, without having to think about it… hopefully he will be back to help some more soon… but he’s got his own snakes to kill where he lives.. I finished digging a waterline in to a hydrant so that we will have  spot to hook on in the spring…Tate helped me hook up the water line, or maybe better put, I helped him…  then I went and worked on a trash hole… got a frozen hydrant at a tank down south I need to get dug up and fixed so we scan kick cows back down there and have a place for them to drink.. the list goes on, and on and on…

Took off and retrieved m y trailer this morning, stopped and picked up some rebar and then on to Belle for plumbing supplies… they didn’t have it all! Even tho’ they had told Tate they would… oh well, guess we will make the short 85 mile, one way, return trip to get the rest when it comes in… boys got a lot done while I was gone.. I will post some more photo’s on Facebook… sure was a nice day, I would have much rather been working on my bale unrulier and driving these young horses, but priorities and all!

I took off with my trailer to go get stuff in one direction this morning, while Tate took off with Chances pickup and trailer in another direction to get stuff, We left Dusty and Chance digging on the house project… I got a call that Chances pickup had quit Tate, so i dropped my trailer off, headed south, and pickup the trailer in Rapid, along with Tate, while Chances pickup got hauled to the fit it place… we went to Custer, looked at big cedar logs, we want one to set in the middle of the great room to support a bridge that will go from the loft to the other gable end… then we went and got some boards for forms for foundation concrete work, then on to get some big Styrofoam block you set and pour concrete in for the basement walls. Finally got it all cached down and took off and got down the road aways when I seen some board come flying off the load. We got stopped, checked out what happened, turned that 31 foot trailer around and loaded up lost board, went back to the lumber yard and got my tie downs and reworked the load and head back out and stopped and added another couple boards that had fallen off.. got to Rapid and stopped and field Teddy up and then field us up and we just got home and it’s 8 pm… long day and not as much accomplished as we wanted, but it will all work out…. Dusty is still out digging..he has a terrible work ethic! 😀

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