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Cindy and I headed into the Hills yesterday and went to watch Gabe and Eli wrestle. They had some hard matches. Eli pinned on and was pointed on a couple. Gabe pinned one and out pointed one and was pointed on one and pinned on one. Make sense? 🙂 We were sure proud of them and how hard they worked at it…

In between matches I ran around and got some pellets for the wood stove and looked at a folding guitar for traveling. Not bad for the price and a real cool way that it works. I would like to see a little better made one, as far as the wood used and tonal qualities… be cool for flying and such.

Fr Tyler came later in the afternoon and visited and watched for awhile. 547 kids there wrestling, not to mention all the others who were there just watching and running around… Afterward’s Cindy and I went to Mass and then she and Fr Tyler and i went out for supper at an Italian restaurant. Food was okay, but heck for what it cost I could have eaten at Mickey D’s or the Kings about 3 or 4 times! I’m kind of a meat and potatoes guy or burrito’s or cold cut sandwich…

We got home about 9:30 and went to bed. I woke about midnight and couldn’t go back to sleep so took an itch pill as they make me drowsy and caught up on internet stuff… went back to bed and finally went to sleep and now I have been groggy all morning…Light snow falling and the wind is picking up. Chance fed cows yesterday and then he put out bean for them today while me and the dogs and team fed hay. supposed to get below zero by tomorrow morning and then slowly warm back up with a chance of some snow…

Just a breeze and up in the 40’s. Bart came and butchered a heifer for Hope and Chance this morning so I had fresh liver and onions for dinner. Just hauled the cows one bale yesterday and today. Looks like it ain’t going to last too long so I will have to feed more to them when it starts cooling off again. Cold is still kicking my butt. I wake up in the morning and feel pretty good and then it just starts to drag me down. I worked on bookwork, entering checks in the Quicken account, off and on today. did some leather work, and finally got the pellet stove to work. The auger was stuck evidently….

Cindy got her own email address and is trying to get hooked up to Facebook… the world shall never be the same! 🙂

The rural grade school kids all got to go skiing today. Chance took a day off work to take Gus. He and Bonnie and Jim Timmons all rode together. they get up there and they won’t let Gus ski with his school mates as he is 5 and has to be 6. But no one told Hope or Chance this when they signed him up. Chance was not pleased. he started out polite enough at first but then kind of had a fit. Some of the other local people there had smaller kids and Gus went along with them and learned and then just went to town skiing it sounds like. Heck, he’s got German, Swiss and Scandahoovian blood in him, ought to just take to it like a duck to water! All the boys did as did I, in my younger days. When Chance called Gus and PJ, Bonnies girl were passed and sleeping. sounds like they had fun!

Got up over 40 today and a south stiff breeze so lots more snow got squished down…I don’t know if it is the weather coming in or what , but I just couldn’t sleep last night…kind of dozed and then was awake so i got up and watched TV for awhile…. finally went back to bed and hardly laid there and i could tell it wasn’t going to happen so i got up again and watched more TV. Ended up watching a couple movies and parts of movies… I was still awake when Cindy got up and finally got a little snooze in until Hope called to see if she was supposed to send Sam down. I told her to hold off a bit until I called back and tried to go back to sleep, but it wasn’t happening, tho’ I was plenty tired… so I called her back and in awhile here come Sam. He was supposed to go feed with me and kept pestering me as I tried to wake up all the way, finally I put on my coat and hat and away we went. I have Knighted him and dubbed him Sir Talksalot… chatters away like a little bird and i understand about as much as the bird talk, we got the team harnessed and cows fed and I dropped him off at his house and came in and perused the interwebs… before i knew it her he come with his damsels, his mom and sister, and reminded me I had promised him pancakes…so Sam and I ate pancakes while the ladies watched and visited as hope had eaten a big breakfast and Addy Bear gnawed on a cold piece of pizza left over from the night before. She is not a pancake lover evidently…rest of the days was spent idling and thinking about work until Cindy came home. She brought me tractor tire chains so I went and unloaded them and the dog food that was left in the car from the day before…came in and started drawing out a pattern for my small case I carry books and CD’s in when i go to gigs..now I am waiting on supper and then back to leather work…bet I sleep tonight!

I had some today. Sam and Gramma went along to feed with the team as it was such a beautiful day. No breeze to speak of and around 30. supposed to get a couple of 40 degree days the next few. We’ll see, seeing as the wind is going to howl tomorrow, I guess you could say it’s a Chinook…probably make some ice. glad I got the team shod. Hope and Sam went to town later this morning and left the mean little blond girl with us. Her and Gramma watched a movie until nap time. Then I went and got Gus off the bus and he and i took the team and flatbed up the creek and got a tank for bean and a couple mineral barrels. Gus rode in the calf sled behind the wagon. The tongue got a bad spot crossing the creek so when we got home, we started the tractor and got it out of the way in the shed and pushed/pulled the wagon in and I welded on it. I may feed with the tractor tomorrow and see if the bale unroller on it will work. I need to get some new ears welded on that stick out farther as this tractor has bigger tires and the 3 point arms don’t set back as far and the unroller want’s to rub on the tires if you raise it too high…I found some chains for it and Hope has to go to town tomorrow so she can pick them up for me…here is a poor photo of the new tractor

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For the thaw… Laramie came and shod the team today. so now it can get warm which will cause the snow to melt, but eventually it will freeze and leave ice, but I don’t give a dang now….

Sam and Gus went with me to feed today, then when we got done me and the team pulled them around on their runner sled until the rope broke… so I guess I will have to fix that….

Was real nice today, no breeze to speak of, up to or over 30. Cooled off quick this evening tho’….

May have the new to me tractor coming in tomorrow…

Cindy had left her car to get fixed and had been driving the old Ford that i usually spurt about in… but her car got fixed and so we needed to get the other cart home, so I was up before the crow pee’d as Delbert sez’ and I hauled her in to town and then came back. I was back home before 7, even stopped and got a few things at the grocery store.

When I went out with the team and a bale to feed, I go between Chance and Hopes house and a barbed wire fence. A big piece of plastic that had originally had insulation in it had gotten away from them and was hanging off the fence. Ron barely looked at it, but Roz was pretty wary, tho’ it wasn’t even on her side. By the time we came back she was all a twitter and worried and I decided she ought to just walk by it. Ron, again, was not bothered, but this time it was on Roz’s side and she threw a fit, holding back until he was dragging her and then she threw herself towards him and forward. Silly girl! I got into the yard and went to slow down and realized she had broken the pole strap which is how the team holds the wagon back when they stop or slow down or go down hill… well not just the pole strap, but it is an integral part of the system. So I stopped, unhooked, drove them over to the horse trailer and tied them. I unhooked the broken parts and brought them in the house, made the repair and was back at work in just a matter of moments. Now, if the braking system on my tractor had failed in a similar manner, if I even survived the wreck, I damn sure wouldn’t have had it fixed and been on my merry way in minutes…. and that, ladies and gentlemen, is just one of the reason’s I prefer to feed with my team! 🙂

The groceries I got today was the fixin’s for an omelet. Made me think of quesadilla’s, so this evening I took a tortilla, smeared some butter on it, sprinkled it liberally with grated cheese, put some whole mushrooms on it, green peppers and diced onions and diced tomato’s on it, covered that with more cheese, sprinkled some salt on, stuck it in the microwave and ate it. Damn, it was good! Made another half of one, ate it and now I am stuffed!

Kind’a frosty out there this morning… something below zero. But the team started right up! I lured the cows in with feed and sorted a few more off that show a little thinness so I can feed them better. They are still in great shape, but it’s easier to keep one in good shape than to get one in good shape when it gets cold.. Praise the Lord the wind ain’t been blowing.
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I hooked the team up this morning (-10 below anyway) and me and the dogs hauled them some hay up west. I knew it was gonn’a get cold, but didn’t think it was gonn’a be that cold. I kind of think my cheap thermometer might have been lying as it didn’t feel that bad. Tho’ I was bundled up and there was no breeze. Amazing how the tractor that had been plugged in for a day and a half wouldn’t start this morning but the team just took right off. Didn’t even have to warm them up, so to speak!

When I got done, I cleaned up and Cindy and I made a trek to town to do some grocery shopping and a few odds and ends. Went and looked at the tractor we are dealing on. For it’s age it looks real good and like it’s been well maintained and taken care of.

When we got home about dark I checked and the tractor started so I let it warm up while we hauled all the groceries into the house then I bundled up and hauled another bale to the cows up west. Hey, it’s Christmas Eve! And gonn’a get cold again tonight. I will feed them a bale tomorrow after Mass at 9 am and they will be happy and well fed.

And speaking of Christmas and Christmas eve, so many forget that the words are Christ’s Mass, or a Mass to celebrate the birth of Christ, the most influential and greats person ever born on this earth. 2000 plus years later, we still celebrate his humble birth out amongst the livestock. Makes me glad I can take care of livestock on a cold wintry day and night. And yes, it’s cold and many probably wouldn’t enjoy it, but tho’ it’s a small sacrifice, it puts me in mind of the Christ child and the sacrifice he made for all of us. Please take time to thank him for this, in this busy season where all the media tries to get us to think of ourselves and that we must buy, buy, buy, to show our love. Nope, it ain’t so, but as with so many things, if you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it!

For Christmas Hope wanted to be moved into her OWN house. Looks like it will happen. Couple good friends came over and Tate drove out from Custer to help and they got it all insulated and skirted, water turned on and bam, they are ready! I cut insulation so they could fit it in and then went and hooked up the team and fed hay to the cows. After dinner I hooked them back up and hauled bean up to the cows. We had a lot of hoar frost so it was all sparkly and shiny when the sun peeked out. Sure is purty a bunch of red cattle coming in to feed across a white landscape…colder but still not to bad for this time of year.

Wasn’t even up to 20 at 10 am…supposed to stay in the teens or below for the next duration, be a cold Christmas day…took the team and hauled a heavy bale up west. Cows are staying up there and picking pretty good…

I woke up about 12:30 and couldn’t go back to sleep until 4:30…. real short night. Got the sniffles and feel like I am trying to get another cold or whatever crud is going around here. Makes me very angry! I thought I’d done my penance already!

Helped Chance on his trailer this afternoon and pulled a muscle in my right shoulder blade… damn, wish I hadn’t wasted so much of my youth on silly things….also let the cows out of the corral I am re-weaning and put the horses so they can come in the corral from the north to get a drink.

Found a tractor I am dealing on. More info when I get more done on the deal..

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