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Been pretty nice, warmer temps, some wind of course, some snow, some rain, water is running down the creeks.. we are getting a few calves.. cows prefer eating short green grass over dry, old hay.

Next week is Cowboy Poetry week, so Shelane Graham, who is the rural library teacher for our area, talked me in to going to the rural schools while she has her class, and discussing and presenting poetry, especially cowboy poetry. It’s been fun and hopefully we have stirred some young minds.

Good Friday, today. The day our Lord was scourged and crucified for us. Cindy and I watched the Passion, by Mel Gibson last night. It is hard to watch and from what I can read it was not even as bad, the way they show it, as it probably actually was. Hard for me to comprehend that kind of determination, courage and love, that a man would go thru’ all of that willingly, just for me…and you.. and everyone who believes in HIM. Of course, he was God/man so we can rationalize that he had super human strength and endurance, but I think we need to remember, that as a man, he felt every lash and nail and curse and all other pains and ridicule, just as we would. As God, he understood and had such deep compassion, that he was willing to allow this to happen. To save all who believe in him. And of course, we know, as Paul would say, the Rest of the Story! We know he will rise on the morning of the third day. And if we believe in him and follow his commandments, we too can do the same, on the day we leave this earthly life behind!

I hope you have a Blessed Easter and remember, it isn’t about bunny’s Easter eggs and baby chicks. It’s about the One who rose up and reigns in heaven! Viva Christo Rey!

Yup, it is that time of the year.. started raining Tuesday night, woke up at daylight to snow and it has snowed of and on since with up to 40 + mph winds. Looks like over a foot of snow here, but hard to tell as much has drifted and some has went into the ground.

We’ve seen worse, but never much fun for those who have livestock out in it. Especially those who are getting calves now. All the ranchers are out in it, doing their best to feed and save the lives of those baby calves.. sleepy and tired and still going… this is the test of cow people on the northern ranges… South of us they just had a real bad one with terrible flooding a few weeks ago.

The frost is out, so it is snow on top of mud.. the good thing is that this will melt right in, where the soil will take it.. the bad thing is, it will run off and flood where the soil is saturated.

Yeah, ranching on the the northern plains sure is fun. Good thing we have God with us, holding us by the hand and helping us…if we let Him.

We went out and saddled up a bunch of horses and moved all the cows south of the road, up into the 80, across from the house… looks like we got a spring blizzard coming in.. starting with rain on Tuesday and then switching to snow Wednesday, early morning.. lots of wind.. they are predicting about an inch of rain and 6 inches of snow as of now.. but that can all change as we get closer… Gramma rode Pilgrim and I rode my colt, Feather… Chance and his crew rode their regular mounts. Nice warm day today, a little breeze. We have had a few heifers calves that weren’t supposed to until later and a couple cows, as the bull got out early last year… but we are not really calving, so it won’t be real tough, but we still have to watch them close in case something does calve and it’s amazing how a spring storm can make cows calve.

60 degrees or so and supposed to be warmer tomorrow.. I fed yearlings then went to cleaning corrals.. they ain’t perfect but much better than they were. I hauled a bunch of old dried manure that had gotten pushed up in a pile for years, out onto the hardpans last fall, with Chances dump trailer.. I have about got the pile back to the same size! This will shrink down as it dries out.. lots of it real sloppy… we are going to have cattle in the corral Friday or Saturday so it will be nice to have them better.. still need to push manure up in the lot out back… I make piles, they dry out and cattle love to lay on them and they even give a little wind protection… if we had a manure spreader or the money to hire one, I guess we could scatter it and make the grass better in places… but I don’t so I won’t.

Spring or what passes for it, seems to have hit.. snow is mostly gone except in the deepest draws and creeks.. water running down the creeks and draws. Warmer.. I love that! Got a few calves, tho’ they are not supposed to be calving yet.. according to the bull turn out, but cows and especially bulls, can be sneaky… cattle are getting picky about what kind of hay they will eat.. starting to see a slight green tinge around.. it’s a good time of the year. We did get a bit of snow the other morning, but melted almost as fast as it hit the ground. Geese every where.. had a bunch of turkey’s come up almost to the house the other day. Seen my first Meadowlark yesterday. Horses are shedding. My colt humped up with me the other day. Ahh, spring.