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Kind of cool out there this morning, but they are claiming we will hit 40 in a few days… All the kids and grandkids were here for Thanksgiving.. had a couple extras also.. Chances kids didn’t get here until late in the afternoon as they had been with their mother… Tate tried to cook a turkey in the ground, but found out they didn’t have enough coals so we had to finish it in the oven.. still had bit of a smokey taste to it… I tried smoking a couple of turkey thighs and they would have been good if I hadn’t followed the directions, cooked it too hot for too long.. tasted good but very very dry and hard.. I will remember for next time… weather has been great.. went to Red Owl yesterday morning for a brunch at the Hall and most of the water was ice free on the dam.. we have a light dusting of snow out there this morning… not much of a breeze… cattle have plenty of grass to eat, so it has been a good fall… maybe winter is going to hold off until what the calendar tells us is the first day of winter, Dec 21…We have our Cowboy Christmas Concert coming up at Lead in a couple weeks, and a couple of there young ladies of this area , Shilo Hewitt and Sarah Moreland and I will be doing a Christmas concert at the Hall on Dec 21.. we have practiced a bit but need to get together another time and work on the songs a bit more.. should be fun. Hope everyone is having a good fall and early winter!

Not real sure, seems like there is something to do every day, but really can’t seem to remember what I did.. After Mass today, Tate and I hooked up to Chances flatbed and headed to Custer and on thru’ a bit and got a load of logs for Tate to mill on his sawmill… we got home after dark, but still got them unloaded… not sure what I am am doing tomorrow… yesterday, Cindy and I took off early, picked up Gabe and hauled him to Sturgis for a wrestling match… he had 3 matches and won them all, the first two by pins and the last one by points… he is improving every year… getting so tall! Dang kid stole my saddle and didn’t even have to change the stirrup length! And he’s only 13! Warmer today…got up into the 40’s around here, a bit cooler in the Black Hills according to the thermometer in there pickup…and that is about all for now.

Ground was frozen this morning, so didn’t have to worry about mud… the roads had dried out a lot over night from the wind that blew all night. Went to a close neighbors and shipped his calves this morning… went well, but was a wee bit nippy out there… I bought a set of insulated riding boots this fall and wore them and my feet stayed warm, but my fingers got cold… these boots are not the best to ride in as they have gris on the sole so hard to get you foot in and out of a stirrup easily.. sure wouldn’t want to wear them on a bronco horse… they don’t make boots for cowboys much, anymore.. I like leather soles that slide in and out of stirrups as they were designed to be, years ago… but by golly, these were warm!

Went up north to help a neighbor.. started catching and saddling in the dark at 5:30 this morning and then drove in 4 wheel drive most of the way up there, because evidently our county can’t afford to put decent gravel on the rural roads… gathered the first bunch, then gathered the second bunch, sorted and weaned the calves and then pregged all the cows.. got done just at dark, which comes pretty early according to the clock, now! Sam and Gus and Chance went along and them two boys worked hard and look the place of two men.. dang sure earned their keep today and there was 4 pretty tired horse in the trailer on the way home. Gus rode Beauty and she was cheating him pretty bad, so Chance swapped horses with him and the poor little mare found out a kid wasn’t on her back! I rode Pard and he done good, he is getting soft in his face and responding to leg cues and the bosal better and better.. I like him…I am tired. Man, it is heck to be old and fat….   😀