another day on the ranch

Well, I ordered some more leather for saddles today and talked to my saddle tree man about a tree he is copying for me for a new saddle for an old customer. Well, he really ain’t that old, but he has had me work on a couple others for him.

I caught a ride to town this morning so I could go with Cindy to our son’s, for his birthday. We had a nice supper and got to spoil my grandson a little. He’s one and a half and starting to string some words together. He sure is a cute little rascal!

I’m gong to help a neighbor move some cattle tomorrow and then go get some small square bales. I’ve got some yearling’s coming in to halter break and work with so I need some hay for when they aren’t out grazing. Wish the hay was cheaper. $3.25 a bale and he said they weight about 60 pounds. Thats a lot, when you figure it out by the ton!

About all for tonight!

Back to normal

We are back to our normal doings around the ranch.

I have finished up the ceiling in the living room and Cindy is back to working on the kitchen. She painted this morning and helped me with the ceiling this afternoon. She has been putting polyurethane on the wood, I put up in the ceiling of the living room.

About noon, a neighbor and his son stopped in. They had been to another neighbors, helping them to gather and ship their calves. We had to go look at the colts, which they pronounced as good looking! It’s always nice to have your feelings affirmed!

Chance was up and helped me for a bit this am, but he had to leave and take Hope to her doctor appointment this afternoon and then they have a meeting this evening. Cindy and I should go to the meeting also, but it’s in Spearfish and we have driven and gone enough for awhile!

We are going to Box Elder tomorrow evening for Tate’s celebration of his birth. (he will be 24 tomorrow) He has informed his mother that he wants a carrot cake for a present, which she will gladly oblige. I am looking forward to spending time with him and Kass, but mostly, I just want to spend more time spoiling our grandson. After all, I remember what a pain his father was and I want revenge!

Second post

I am setting here listening to Cowboy Culture Society and just havin’ a great time!

We took our Danish visitors back to the airport today. they seemed kind of wistful, but ready to go back to their normal life. Vagn had never been away from his wife of 40 some years, for more than a day or two, until this trip. So he was anxious to get back to her.

We got some new kitchen chairs. Oak and made solid. They will match well with the table my grandfather bought around1919. Dad was born in 1914 and said he could remember when he could’nt see over the top! So it’s got some age, but mom and dad got it re-done in the 70’s. I guess it’s about time for us to do it again!

Both table and chair look well with the newley cleaned and refinished oak floor in the kitchen. We keep this, and we might even get respectable!

Thanks Donna

Thanks to the lovely Donna, we now have a blog to go with our new website. The website is

Today, Sunday Sept 24, 06 was a lovely day here in western SD. Warmer than the last few days and we had almost 3 inches of rain, in the past 3 days. Some of the waterholes finally have water in them again, and that’s just wonderful!

We have a couple of guys from Denmark visiting. They leave tomorrow. They have been here for the past 3 weeks, riding and working around the ranch. While they were here, we went and helped several of the neighbors gather and work their cattle. We also shipped both bunches of stocker cattle that we had here this summer. I think they have really enjoyed their stay here! Today, we went for one last ride together. Kind of sad, when you make new friends and enjoy their company and then they have to leave and travel clear across the globe. I hope to see them both again.

I also weaned my two colts, seeing as how I got a new one yesterday. When your feeding one weaned colt, you might as well feed two more and get the job done. The colts are nickering and wanting to be back with their mothers, but their mothers have to quit feeding them milk so that they can better withstand the coming winter and keep strong and healthy for the sake of the colts they will have in the spring.

The fresh weaned colts will get all of the nutrition they need and a I have kept a yearling in with them for companionship and to help calm them. It’s always better in life, if you’ve got a friend who’s been there before you, to help you out and show you the new routine! LOL

Be sure and stop in and check up on me and see what we’ve been up to. I’ll try and keep everyone posted as much as I can.

And again, thanks Donna! you are one wonderful lady.