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Bit nippy out there this morning.. 0 when I looked…and still wind. Ahh, the wind..on the up side, I just read on Facebook , a story that claimed the extreme cold might keep the Emerald Ash Borer , a little bug that is supposed to kill all our Ash trees, at bay. So… we got that going for us!

Took Cindy in to the Doc yesterday.. they said she has some kind of pneumonia. Gave her some pills. She sez’ she ain’t feeling any better, yet, this morning. I bet she will in a few days.

I went and watched Lige play some basketball last night. His team lost. But to be fair, the other team really played well and kind of had them on height. I am supposed to take him to Faith this evening for another game. The windchills supposed to be down below 0 quite a ways on the way home… seems so silly to me that they have these events when the weather gets this cold. But we all just drive and go. Amazes me that more people don’t get hurt and frozen. I guess the Good Lord looks after drunks, and fools.

Stay warm!

Well, we had a great time in Hulett. Chuck Larsen and Paul Larson and I had did a show out there this afternoon. D & K rode out with Cindy and I and we had a great visit all the way out and back. they all said they enjoyed the show. We stopped in Spearfish on the way home and had supper.. the roads had some snow and ice on them out there in the hill country.. interstate and 34 were fine. Some snow on the gravel, but not bad on the Red Owl road, a pretty good sized drift on the Stonveville road. hence did the feeding and then went to the Stockshow, I guess.. Fr Tyler will be home sometime tomorrow for a late Birthday celebration. Supposed to get fairly warm tomorrow and then start getting colder with coldest on Tuesday or Wednesday, last I looked.. haven’t checked it for awhile. We shall endeavor to perserver.

Got pretty chilling, night before last. Around zero… bit windy and not real warm yesterday but then warmed up into the 20’s in the night and supposed to stay that way today and warmer tomorrow and Sunday.

Headed over to Hulett, tomorrow for a gig there in the afternoon. Sounds like D and K are going to ride along. We will need t take the pickup s Cindy’s penchant for staying warm has about run us out of pellets… not sure what’s the deal with that!

Sam had his 11th birthday yesterday.. so he and Gus are the same age for the next month or so.. Irish twins..10 months apart in age. They helped me feed this morning.. and of course, Bitty.. she always thinks she has to go along. Because she is a “cow eating wonder”… in her estimation, anyway!

He got a pistol for his birthday so we need to make him a holster..and probably go see if we can hit a can or something…

Supposed to get colder and real windy into the start of next week. It is the big Stockshow in Rapid and I was supposed to go meet friends, but with what they are calling for weather I may not make it.. going place in below zero windchill has lots it’s appeal t me, some time back.

Warmer, but windy. Got up in the 30’s this noon and afternoon… not too bad of a day.

We shipped some calves yesterday. They said that the market was softer, but I really haven’t been paying much attention to it, so couldn’t say. Calves sold alright, looked good, a bit lighter than we had thought they might be. Cattle market is in the doldrums. I found it interesting that heavier calves, that were obviously calved , starting in March and then fed better, didn’t seem to me to dollar out to where it made the owner any money… tho’ I am sure they thought it did, or they wouldn’t have done it.. ours didn’t weigh as much as most, but then we haven’t fed them anything but mothers milk grass and little hay, the past few weeks. All in all, I think ours probably made us as much as if we had fed them more and made them heavier…And ours were all born after the 1st of May.. we had a few older than that by a couple days, but we kept them home for now as they didn’t fit the group.. we just took two trailer loads.

Today a guy came to interview me for a local paper… nice feller and we had a good visit. We had kept the cattle in close yesterday, so we took them a couple bales after lunch and they followed right in the corral. We left them to clean up the hay, came back to the house and visited a bit more, then Dave left and Chance and I sorted off the calves and thinner cows. If these cows were calving in March I would be worried about the condition on a few of them, but as they will mostly calve in May, so they will be fine. We will keep the thinner cows in with the calves and feed them a full feed of hay and get some grain in for protein for them.

Got a gig this weekend in Hulett, WY. And if Lige isn’t too sick on Friday, he has a ball game I will take him to. Tate and Kass’s kids have been sick. Influenza I guess. Cindy has been fighting a real bad cold for several days now and has been plumb miserable. Not sure what it is, but I sure hope I don’t get it!

Frosty and cool.. 19 at noon.. just a breeze so far but supposed to blow and snow.. mid to later April should be wet as this is about the 6th day we have been over cast and foggy… lots of hoar frost on the trees and wires.. so if/when the wind picks up, we will probably lose power.. we have the generator hooked up, just in case..

On this day in 1981 our fist son was born. Happy Birthday Fr Tyler.. hope you have a great day and hopefully we will see you and celebrate next weekend…

13 degrees at 11 am… about 2 inches of snow.. slight breeze, but supposed to drop lower.. supposed to get down to 5 above before tomorrow morning, then rise into the 20’s… not too bad of weather for January.. I sure have seen it much worse… cows really seem to be enjoying their hay today!

Sixty one years today, riding this big blue ball around the sun, day after day. Today has been wonderful, beautiful hoar frost all over, warm and surrounded by kids and grandkids.. Cindy is making me brownies and we will top them with home made chocolate sauce (my Mom’s recipe) and eat them with ice cream later… I have been clicking on “like” on all the posts from friends on Facebook, to where I barely had time to do much else. I am amazed at all the people who took the time to wish me a happy birthday greetings.. got a few emails from friends doing the same.

I wonder what I have learned in the past 60 years…. well…. lets see

Don’t believe a women when she tells you, “Fine”. No, things are not fine!

When a politician tells you they are there to help, don’t believe them!

When in a drought and the weatherman tells you, it might rain, don’t believe him.. if it does, it will be a wonderful surprise!

When you have a spring blizzard and your wondering if you will lose power to the electricity lines, go ahead and plan on it!

When you see an ad for something free, it will NOT be free.. oh sure, one of the items might be, but believe me, you will pay, somehow…

When dealing with an old fat man, in any kind of game, you can pretty much figure he is going to cheat to win. (just ask my grandkids!)

Thank you to all who took time out of your day to reach out to me! Makes an old guy feel kind of special!