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Warm and a little wind… Chance and Cindy and I drove down to check cows and work on a water tank that has been running over.. the float arm had slipped where it hooks together.. them ol’ girls are sure cleaning up some old grass… had a saddle making apprentice show up about lunch time, so he worked on his saddle while I worked on one I am building.. we got in some good visiting.. solved half the worlds problems, at least! Looked down towards Tate and Kass’s and there were cows out…I started feeding towards evenings, to set the cows up when they star calving in a few weeks, so he left and I drove down in the pickup with two dogs.. Bit is a real wild child when it comes to working cows.. she needs more miles, but did do a good job of lying down when I told her to and could get her attention.. I need a small bunch of sheep to work her on and perfect her training, Peg Cindy’s dog is not a cow dog evidently, but then she is Aussie and to a year old and they take longer to mature, so who knows, she may make a cow dog yet…… we got the cows put back and discovered a gate that we left open, earlier… oh well, Bitty sure enjoyed it! Gabe and Arrabelle have State Wresting today so Gramma ad I are going down to watch and cheer them on in Rapid. I am sure we work as hard as them, while they have their matches…. looks like we got a chance at some rain in the next week.. sure beats snow.. but I will take any kind of moisture, as I really don’t have much say over it anyway…the calendar tells us it is now spring, but I think winter is going to try to come back at least once before it gives up the ghost..hope it stays cool long enough that we don’t get all the wild fruit blossomed out and then get a freeze, we haven’t had any wild plum jelly for a couple years now.. a neighbor lady is supposed to get me some wild grape sets that I can put out around all these rocks and see if the vines will grow up and around them… we have lots of scattered boards and stuff left over from the house build we need to get picked up, burnt and stored away, depending on whether it is something we can use or just fire wood.. we have several big tote bags filled up and I need conditions right so I can haul them to the dump and burn them.. wish we could put a regular wood burner in the house for heat, but it cost so dang much to do it up to code and if you don’t and you ever have a fire, the insurance won’t pay.. too bad these outdoor ones cost so much to set up… and about the time you got one set up you’d run out of extra wood to burn.. the neighbors have one but sounds to me like he can burn up a lot of wood and I don’t think he is too interested in this smaller odds and ends…

About an inch to maybe two.. but it’s wet.. the yard down at the old house is pretty muddy.. where the new house sets on the hill, it doesn’t get as muddy.. that is one of the reasons we built it where it is.. but it sure catches the wind! No new babies out there this morning when I checked.. this is supposed to blow over and warm back up… we can always use the moisture and as much as we’d like I guess we can’t always get warm rains with now wind.. in this country, you take what you can get, when you can get it, because you never know when they are gong to shut the spigot off!

Tho’ we’ve had some wind, but then, it is March and it is South Dakota…

Boys helped me get a bunch of my leather working tools and benches out of the old house and in to the new shop in the new basement, seems like I have more room, but you wouldn’t hardly know it… I need to get more shelves and places to store stuff… I can do some leather work now.. got a saddle to build and odds and ends of things that have been backing u while I was waiting to get this new shop set up. Tate has pretty much taken over the old house for his wood shop.. it’s odd to not have things where I don’t even have to think where they are, can just put my hand on them.. now I have to think and we all know how hard that is for me! Getting a few calves out of a small bunch of heifers of Dusty’s also a couple out of a few cows I bought last fall… sounds like we got a little moisture coming in in the next day or so, but it is the equinox and the old timers always said you’d get some at that time… so I guess we should expect it..

Weather, that is, must be up over 50 and supposed to do the same tomorrow… we got the cows in from the east pasture and sorted off ones in better shape and put them down south, there is grass down there and barrels, they don’t need hay and that is in short supply and not real cheap, so as long as we can, we’d like to save some.. then ones we kept in we used lice control on……, this dang pour on you use at preg time sure doesn’t seem to do any good for lice, I am about to quit using it and just plan on delousing them this time of the year… I kept the two ponies in as the crested is starting to green up and they are prone to grass founder and seeing as I kept them in I also kept the team in. Sam went with me and we harnessed and hooked them together and drove them around in the corral. Tate and boys showed up about then so Tate helped me hook them to the chariot and Lige opened the gate for me into the big corral.. they did good, seeing it’s been quite awhile since they were last driven, of course Roz is broke to death but her sister Rill is still plenty green, a few more trips and some miles and I could go to using them by myself.. it was nice to be out and about and be over dressed, hope it stays like this until late sprain then gets steal nice! Cindy came down to the old house and took all the stuff out of my Grandmothers china cabinet and Tate and I loaded and hulled it into the new house, so she’s puttering around cleaning it up, since Tate use the old house for his wood working shop there is sawdust on everything.. I need to get my leather working stuff up here, but started to paint on the floor in the basement and I am supposed to let it set a few days between coats of paint.. not sure how we will move all the benches thru’ all the stuff Tate has in there, but I bet we will figure something out..

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