We’ve caught a few showers and some rains.. got a half inch a few nights ago and 15 hundredths last evening.. been some fires around but people respond and watch for them, so they’ve all been stopped pretty quick.. Cindy went for a short ride with me this evening to check on a mud hole we had lost a calf in a few days ago.. no stuck calves.. it was threatening lightning and rain so we rode back and after playing with Gabe and Lige and Tate roping the dummy off our horses, we drove back out and hauled out the garbage and then drove and checked all the tanks.. I’d filled dirt in around them the other day so it’s easier for the calves to get a drink. If you follow me on Facebook I posted some video’s.. can’t seem to get them on here.. got a new computer, well, new to me anyway, and things work a little different evidently..


Got up or close to 100 last couple days.. it is a hot and dry booger… no moisture to speak of for a long time, fires been happening, got a big one down south of Kadoka they are working on… been having some trouble with a tooth so went in yesterday to be told it need pulled, but they couldn’t do it where I was so went on to Rapid and they did pull it.. one of my wisdom teeth.. fist tooth I’ve even had pulled that I can remember.. it wasn’t bad.. the swelling and pain is a pain this morning, but not real bad.. gave me some oxygen condo or some such and it’s a waste of time.. only drug I’ve ever got from a doctor that I liked was Demoral.. man, I could turn into an addict on that stuff! 😀

Not much happening around here, neighbor came over yesterday and cut a small patch of alfalfa up the creek.. probably won’t amount to much but in a drought year there is no sense waiting for seed, especially as we will probably have to graze it before we could get it combined for the seed anyway… and there are hoppers working on it….

Been doing some leather work on these hotter days…been praying for rain along with my regular prayers for all those I pray for… We did a Novena to St Isodore, twice and got rains both times, must be time to do one again… everyone is trying to locate or haul in feed for this winter which I am afraid will be a cold hard one.. seems like dry years make for hard winters.. not enough feed to begin with and seems like your only going to get so much moisture a year anyway, so if you don’t get it in spring and summer you will get it in winter.. maybe we will have a wet fall…

Must be Sumer!  Got over 100 the other day.. almost as hot the last few days.. the boys and I took Tate’ pickup to a small fire the other day.. Tate had it on so it was ready to roll.. we need to get it fixed up on my older pickup I guess.. looks like fire season is here and will stay for awhile.. we need rain. Real dry.. not much hay getting put up. I went to a gig down in the Hills last night and go back and do it again tonight.. a buddy does it all Sumer and has to go to a different one so asked me to cover for him.. nice crowd and they seemed to enjoy it..

I ran into town this morning to do some odds and ends and while we had some rain in the night, about a quarter inch, when I got home, Cindy said we’d  had .80 altogether! Woohoo!!! Praise the Lord! We’ve been praying a Novena to St Isidore and I tell you what, it’s working! Thank you Lord! And St Isidore for your prayers!

A couple weeks ago or so, I went to get the horses in and Brody had stuck a big stick under the skin on his neck … I pulled it out and was going to town so stopped at the vet’s and got some stuff to doctor him.. Tate has been riding him so he did most of the doctoring… he’s about healed up.. might leave a little scar but it’s a long way from his heart…. then the other day when we got the horses in Pilgrim was limping.. cleaned the foot and couldn’t find anything wrong but he was swollen up almost to his knee.. We gave him Banamine every day for a couple days and it got lots better, but then he was getting lamer, so asked a the local vet to stop and look.. sure as heck, we found a puncture in the sole of his foot.. either a bruise that finally broke open or a nail wound.. we soaked it in Epsom salt and some iodine last night and he’s much better this morning..gave him some penicillin and soaked it again and gave him a little grain to eat while it was soaking.. I got an old truck inner tube and made a long boot so i could put it on the leg and then tie it to his neck so when he tried to move around he didn’t knock the bucket over and spill the solution, like he did the night before.. works pretty slick.. looks like he will be healed pretty soon.. I am missing him.. got a couple days of cow works at a neighbors and need a dependable horse… this morning cows were out where Tate had for got to close a gate so he and Gabe and Lige went to put them back.. me and Eshack took the tractor to a water tank that was needing so  dirt work around it.. he got to steer on the way back and he thought that was pretty cool.. think I will work on leather this afternoon..Gramma has a bunch of kids here she is babysetting.. chance of rain tonight I saw but not much of a chance, keep praying we need lots more..

Sue took me to task in a polite way and reminded me I ain’t posted on here in awhile so I will try and catch you all up to speed… last Friday family started arriving from all over the country as we hosted a family reunion.. Cindy and her helpers fed 30mto 60 people three meals a day for a couple days, had quite a few camped, lots who drove out or over for the day and we had a blast… this would be the Johnsons, my mothers side of the family.. we got the place picked up a bit so that was a good thing.. no major wrecks or mishaps and seems like everyone one had a great time… we got two rains a week or so ago, with a bit more than a half inch both night then last night we got a half inch.. it is dry, dry, dry! But the rains the Good Lord sent us sure will help… we have grass but hay is in short supply to put up around this area.. if it keeps giving us a little every week we will make it to winter with grass but sure need a lot of hay… we went to a wedding a week or so ago, got another next week.. we have the late calves to work, going to try and get them done tomorrow, been trying to herd the cows a bit and get them to stay in a herd as the hoof action is good for the ground and train them to not be so fussy on what they eat.. I went out with 4 grandsons and got some cows out of the neighbors this afternoon and never even killed one kid! 😀  About all for now, if you got any extra rain, please send it, if you can’t please pray for all of us in the dry area.. it’s a big one, so we all need a lot! Thanks!

Had neighbors stop over to borrow a calf fork this morning, sat around and had a great visit… then I went and got the tractor and started to do something and noticed I ought to clean a little in the corral.. was doing that when Cindy came and got me and told me I had to make a phone call.. stopped that and made the call, it was about noon so made some lunch, then after a nap went back to it.. had the horses in so caught the team and took them for a spin.. first in the corral and then a short drive outside. Rill had a messed up bridle so quite before we got in a wreck and came up and fixed it.. it was getting on towards evening by then so saddled Pilgrim and rope around the drop bunch then up north to check water and cattle.. nice ride, put my mind in a peaceful place, not sure why i don’t do stuff like that more often.. country is green but dry, we sure could use a long steady rain but will take what ever we can get… got some pretty good pictures and video this evening…

For some time now, we’d had a bubbling spring out here on the new waterline, and also recently found another one at a well that hooks on to Tate and Kass’s house, so day before yesterday we ran in and got a backhoe rented.. tore into the mud and dug and dug and finally found what we thought was causing the problem out here, so moved on to the next one down by T & K’s… dug and dug and again, found the leak, went to Punkin Center for stuff to fix it.. got home and found we didn’t have some of the stuff we thought we did, so had to return to Punkin Center.. by then it was close enough to noon that we went ahead and ate a bite… returned home and dug and fixed and fixed and dug and went on to other things, only to return and see we still had water leaks.. dug some more and found the problem here.. Tate came back and got the hoe as his was still leaking so we finally found another leak just as it was getting too dark to continue… he is after parts, I am waiting impatiently…. hopefully we get it all fixed and i can go on to other things and perhaps return the backhoe by this afternoon… they rent by the day, so the quicker we get it back the cheaper it is… the wind has been blowing pretty hard for 3 days at least.. sure hope it blows up a good rain, we sure need it…

Wind is howling this morning.. not blowing snow tho’ so it don’t matter.. kids are having their rally day today… a few years ago they moved it into town 60 miles away.. I don’t know why… seems stupid to me to haul these kids all in 60 miles so they can run and jump… I suppose they think it helps prepare them for when they all go to town to high school… branded our bunch on Saturday and a neighbors yesterday… I didn’t sleep goodnight before last so was tired when i got up yesterday a bit before 5… we did two bunches and them kids worked their tails off wrestling those calves, big boogers.. Gabe and Lige got to rope and drag.. Gabe did good, Lige had a hard time.. windy and his first time at it.. I need to build them a heeling dummy we can pull around and they can rope ahorseback… we got done with the second bunch and back to the house to eat about 3:30… we had plenty of breaks and snacks to eat all day tho’ so it wasn’t too big a deal… have had one of the new bulls die.. side of his head was all swollen up.. think it might have been snakebite.. I slept good last night but still sleepy this morning.. guess I better go look at the ones we worked and maybe move them on to fresh grass..

No rain, but it’s coming, had some a couple nights ago.. someone claimed we might have got an inch, I bought a rain gauge in town yesterday so I guess we will see what comes now…. worked on a saddle today, Brad A showed up this afternoon and kept me company while I was working on it… got the fork covered and carved/stamped… not a lot left to do, need more days like this.. found a plant today id forgot about finding last year, houndsstooth.. not good stuff, so I need to go spade it up tomorrow before it spreads any more.. it’s in an old hay corral.. not sure where it came from but it’s toxic to cattle, tho’ they claim they seldom eat it.. sure don’t need any of it growing, tho’ it has pretty flowers… also got a lot of burdock.. guess I will have to rig up a sprayer and get after that too…