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There is railing all around on the porch and deck now, since this photo was taken

Photos of the upstair library will be and loft where the master bedroom is..

Cindy and I spent our first night in the new house last night. We got the waterbed in and filled yesterday and a toilet installed in the upper bathroom. I say we put too much water in the new waterbed mattress, but Cindy said it’s the first morning she hasn’t waken with a back ache, so we will see how that goes! Chance and Hope got flooring down in the mudroom yesterday, Tate and Chance and I got the refig installed, tho’ we couldn’t hook up the water for the ice maker yet.. missing a fitting, seems like there is a lot of that going around.. we still need to get more lights hooked up. I wanted to put flooring in the  mail level bathroom, but the boys want to get sheetrock in it first.. they did get the basement bathroom, sheet rocked..still lots of things to do, chinking (I had to chink in the bedroom yesterday so that wall would be done where the bed sets and we wouldn’t have to drain and move it) trim and this and that.. it was a very quiet night and strange to be sleeping pointing a different direction.. had to get up and walk down to the old house to make me some breakfast.. Tate has been installing kitchen cabinets and working on building counter top…Tate and Kass have a wedding to attend today, so we need to get some cows moved while he isn’t here to crack the whip on us! Might get a few more things done on the house, but seems to me we will be working on this house for a long time to come…

Tonight at Philip. Monday afternoon Cindy and I hauled a load of dries down to Philip for the Tuesday Sale. Chance and I hauled a few more down Monday morning then waited for them to sell.. not real shiny, but better than Chance expected on his. Got a nice rainMonday evening, somewhere from a half inch to one and a half inch, depending on who you talked to.. sure helped wash the dust off the grass. Cindy and I ran into town yesterday and went to Francis Hanzliks funeral. She was a real nice lady. We went to the chiro afterwards and both of us got worked on. Helped me feel better. I rode over and got a cow off from Del’s on Red Owl creek this morning. Ol’ fool ought to know better than to go over there! 😀 She wasn’t much of a chore for me and Pilgrim. Tate helped me change out the headlights on Teddy this morning.. ought to be able to see better at night now.

Church was full for Mass this morning.. after dinner I took a nap then Arabelle, Lige and Gabe came up and we moved some pairs back up into Harrry’s.. been so hot we hadn’t finished it up.. the deer flies are a pest, but we had a good breeze, so it wasn’t terrible. Gabe rode Crackerjack and got along fine, this was Ari’s second trip outside on Beaver.. thought I was gonna have to kill her, telling her how to ride and leave the facer alone and yet be shortened up so he didn’t go too fast.. I don’t know who got the patience in the family, but it wasn’t me! Supposed to sort off some dries tomorrow…

Went up north and branded some calves today, smaller but real good crew.. the owner is 89 and his wife younger, she helped gather and he watched the gate and grumbled about us “kids”! 😀 Went smooth and we got them done before it got real hot, got him about 4 and it was 100 and a south east wind blowing about 30 mph.. supposed to cool down a bit tomorrow, from the last report i read.. got some clouds off to the west and a chance of rain later in the week, sure hope we get some, it’s green but we could use a drink.. Chance and I had Lige and Gabe and Gus, there were a few first calf heifer calves at the end in a different bunch so us older guys took a kid and helped them wrassle and taught them the way we wanted them to hold calves.. they’d all done it before, but mostly set on the back so we showed them how to use their weight and leverage to hold down the front and how to help the crew who were dehorning, giving shots and stuff… it’s good for these kids to learn this stuff and learn it so Grampa don’t cuss them! 😀

Got a big bunch of our calves worked yesterday, good crew. we worked the cows too… everything went smooth. Dusty brought Crackerjack home and drug some calves on him. Raymond Wattenhofer was here and said he got over 2000  pictures.. hopefully some will make great paintings for him. Gus and I rode out this morning and moved some pairs out of the old hay filed, north of the house. At noon, I went and voted ( not that there was much to vote for) there Gabe and Lige came up and I hauled them up to a roping clinic, we got home about 5 ate a bite then rode out and moved some pairs north that were out east, next to the road.. I rode Crackerjack and got a long fine.. supposed to go help Dustin brand tomorrow.. Chance went in to the chiro as he has a bum knee and hip where I collapsed part of a bank on him the other day, working on waterlines.. he is supposed to go along, we will see..


Mike and Kim tar rant were passing thru; from a visit back east so i had him ride along over to the TC outfit and we helped head and heel calves to work them.. windy, but still a great day.. today I moved cows up north into Harry’s.. hopefully tomorrow we can get them east6 so they will be handy to gather to brand on Monday.. Kids have nuns out teaching them this weekend and there is a small gathering this evening at Tate and Kass’s and also the nut fry and Caden Smiley playing at Nellies… windy today also and supposed to keep it up.. got the new well hooked up and Tate has been busy making it happen.. everyone has more water pressure and we all like that..