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Cool with lots of dew this morning.. warmed up this afternoon and a bit muggy.. Pete has been hauling in hay.. 3 loads so far, the boys are working on the house and I have been working on a saddle in between unloading hay..

Got some rain yesterday.. not a big bunch but it will keep this green grass growing.. I love fall rain, now I am assured of a cheat grass crop, next year! 😀 We are going to need something to feed all the grasshoppers!
Cindy and I went to hot Springs last Friday for the Badger Clark Gathering. Had a great bunch of performers both on stage and off.. I was afraid this might be the last year for it, as Mary J, the lady who ran it in the past, had quit… but we have a bunch of people who are stepping up to help keep it going.. sounds like we will change the date it is on and get away from the Buffalo Roundup that is that weekend.. hopefully it will just get bigger and better!
Chance had to run to town yesterday so I rode along.. we dropped off some meat at Slim and Darlene’s in New Underwood.. cool and cloudy this morning, but I think the rain is done for now..

Chance and Hope, Cindy and I drove down south yesterday and looked at cattle.. when we got back, my friend Mick was here.. he was after some deer sheds to use for a gun rack.. had a good visit.. then after dinner I worked on stacking some small rock at one corner of the house.. later on, another neighbor stopped in to visit and look at the house, then later still another neighbor stopped to pick up a saddle i’d put new stirrup leathers in… I went up and helped Tate and Chance on the house this morning.. we were drilling pin holes.. they bore about an inch hole down thru’ 2 logs and into a 3rd one and drive a metal pipe in to help hold everything together.. so your drilling thru’ about 2 and a half feet of wood.. not hard to go down, but you have to keep pulling it out to clean out the wood.. doing this 10 feet or better in the air standing on an 8 inch wide surface… hard on your back and nerves! They broke for lunch so this afternoon hopefully we can get the other log on the exposed corner of the basement and I can get it all filled in with stacked rocks… cool and cloudy.. no rain, no wind today..

I had to ruin in and get stuff for the house.. dropped off my chainsaw to get it worked on.. chainsaws have played a big part in this timber log house.. then this afternoon I helped Tate on it.. then when he was done Sam and i took the big fork,lift and went and got a couple more rocks… one of these days that big machine is going to be gone and I want to get all the use out of it I can.. got warmish this afternoon.. supposed to stay that way for a few days.. feels like fall..

Supposed to only get up into the 50’s today.. started off cool yesterday and then warmed up.. we may get some rain too..I helped Tate for awhile yesterday morning.. his well pit was full of water… I have to follow Chance to Faith this morning and give him a ride back as he takes the tree planter and pickup back, from all their tree planting this spring… got a gig with Paul this evening…
Went in to Rapid the other day to get a new windshield put in the Nitro… I’d dropped a guitar off to get worked on awhile back so went to pick it up… they put son the smaller strings from a set of 12 strings so now when I play it along with another guitar it’s like listening to a 12 string.. and they are small strings and only one wound, so when you pick on it it’s easier on the fingers when you slide to hit the notes.. they call it Nashville tuning.. I think it’s pretty cool sounds somewhat like a mandolin…

Cows, that is… we’ve been fighting a few with foot rot.. so instead of pussy footing around with the dart gun Chance, Tate and I saddled up this afternoon and rode down and found and roped and doctored 4 of them.. if that don’t heal them, I think it’s a lost cause… Tate even thought it was fun, but hot sweaty work.. no one or any livestock were injured in the healing process, tho’ one ol’ cow thought her feelings were hurt a bit and showed her contempt and objections… she was summerly dismissed! And P{pilgrim and Jake were not impressed with her surly character or attitude when she was whacking them with her head, tho’; Tate was grateful for the blows they took, instead of him…

Got home from the big gathering in Ft Pierre/ Pierre this weekend . Their Heritage Festival was a bang up success and a great time!Lots of treaty performers who did wonderful songs and poems.. lots of old and new friends… there was something for everyone… I’m tired but sure had a fun filled , great weekend of fun!

Helped Delbert do his second bunch yesterday then he and Glen came and helped us today. Cindy and Hope and Addy Bear all rode to gather and then helped when we got to the corrals..Gramma said she is tired and sore and i bet she is as I am also.. we didn’t take a break at noon, Chance didn’t want to so we never got to eat until 3.. we were all tired but glad to get them done.. also pulled the bulls out… I’ll haul them back to their owner next week.. we sprayed the cows and calves with Delberts sprayer.. I sure didn’t think they had as many flies as they did… we kept a couple butcher steers in.. Bart is coming in the morning..the big gathering in Ft Pierre starts off tomorrow evening, so i will be headed down to that.. Cindy has a deal at Terra Sancta so she can’t go along.. oh well, there are quite a few more coming up and she will get to go to those… real nice day, not hot and hardly a breeze..
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I labored.. went up and helped Tate and the boys lay decking down for the loft on the house.. we didn’t quite get it done.. I used his knee pads and my knees are still sore.. he said “Wait until we start laying it down on the porch and the deck!”.. I said, “I will cut and you and Chance can kneel down and lay and nail it! ” He didn’t have an answer for that… Nice breeze all day and not real hot. Had a great time at Devils Tower yesterday.. nice crowd and Paul Larsen and Donnely Hewatt performed also.. Donnelly had everyone in stitches…

Carol asked that I post the poem I wrote for Bill.. here it is…

Bill

Marvis brought down your saddle
Asked if I’d clean it up real good
I told her I’d be proud to
I sure hope it worked like it should

I remember when she ordered it
Wanted it to be a surprise like most gifts do
I remember talking her in to telling
So you could order just what best fit you

Sounded like you were plumb tickled
When you got to go ride in it
Just the way you wanted
Both you and a horse, a good fit

I knew you’d do it proud
Always knew you were a hand
Hope you liked the way that
I carved and tooled in your brand

I don’t suppose I ever told you
I always looked up to you
Seemed to have life figured out
Like you always knew just what to do

I hate I won’t get to see you again
Well, at least not on this side
But I got a notion where your headed
Maybe someday we’ll still get to ride

That is if I can do things right
I’ll follow up there after you
I’ll try and use you as a role model
Just like I’ve been trying to do

Well, I got it all cleaned and oiled up
This work of wood and cow
We both shared in it from start to end
See you again Bill… so long for now

Robert Dennis
Reflecting on a saddle I built for a friend
9/3/15

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