Cool this morning…. chance of rain, this evening and tomorrow… guess we will take it.

I have not been able to get my messages on my cell phone, like I am supposed to, so on Wednesday, when I went to town on business, I stopped at the Verison store and questioned them and ended up with a new phone.. I had been on Straightalk, but found that when the tower is busy with Verison customers, Straightalk customers phones don’t get the signal… seems kind of sci-fi to me, but the lady said it was true.. so I got a deal with Verison and a new expensive phone…they never did get it to work, after 2 hours, but said it would… I came home and that evening couldn’t get it to work, so called them back and ended up on the house phone, off and on, for a very long time………….. finally a guy called me back and said that sometimes it just takes more time and to give it 24 hours….so I called them back after 24 hours, and the lady did some checking, finally called me back and said that is was a chip in the phone that must be bad… all this time, I am without a usable phone as they disabled the old one….Cindy is supposed to take it in with her when she goes to work and hopefully they will drop it off at her workplace so she can bring it back to me.. I told the lady I was beginning to remember why I quit Verison in the first place….also told her she should just run out to my place with the new part for it.. of course she made an excuse they had to have it in the shop… 60 miles away…. I told her that Verison ought to do something extra special nice for me, to make up for it, she said they we wait!

I went and dug a couple holes for corner posts on a short chance of fence that we are rebuilding… after I finally got the lady to leave me alone, I went out and set the corners.. Ari Cat, CC and Lige had come up to get water bottles filled and they ran the horses in and were messing around with Tonka, Ari Cat’s pony… I went to watch and “help”… Ari fell off to the side and we found out that her boots are loose enough because she popped one off and her spur.. I may or may not have been involved in the incident, depending on which witness you ask… Ari Cat gave me a hug and said she was alright…she landed pretty easy and Tonka ain’t very far off the ground… she got back on and did some more and then put him away.. I ran the girls home, Lige already having left us..

The butcher is here this morning getting a cow for Tate.. she is going to be made into hamburger… as much of a pain as she has been , crawling and jumping fences, I know we are really going to enjoy eating her! LOL

Tate and I ran up to the neighbors just before dark last night and got a couple steers he had made a deal on.. he will fatten them and butcher them. One is a steer the guy had got from me a year ago.. so he is back home.. tho’ I bet he doesn’t appreciate it.

Went to the neighbors this morning and helped him load lambs for the sale.. Bitty enjoyed it.. she got to get a little wool in her teeth and stare at sheep.. she loves that stuff!

I went down to Punkin Center and got some more grain for the bum calves and filled up Teddy with diesel.. one of these days I need to go get his oil change.. been almost a year and about 2000 miles… since the last oil change..

Worked in the leather shop most of the rest of the day.. working on a saddle and a belt for a guy.. I got crazy and decided to to it all carving.. man, that is a lot of carving!

Chance and I went down to Nellies this evening and had pizza for supper.. then Brad ad Chance showed up while I was working on the belt, and they petered me for awhile, then Brad decided he needed to go home..

Cindy worked the late shift today, so will be calling about 10 to say she is headed home..

Pretty good day, but my back hurts.

Moving the Corry bunch back to pasture after sorting and doctoring
CC in front, then Gabe on the paint, then Ari Cat, Then Gus then Addy Bear and Chance at back
Eshak started riding with us this summer
Ari Cat and Eshak
Ari Cat and CC
Addy Bear on July… this is out of a pony mare and a regular sized Quarter Horse stallion. This was the colts first saddling. Sam had already been on her once before Addy Bear got on… both colt and kids did well.
Sam on the new youth saddle.. LaPorte cable rig modifiedAssociation

I just went and added a bunch of new photos under “Newest Saddles” it is the header on top.. you can click on it and check them out if you’d like..

Not sure what I have been doing since the last time I wrote.. Chance and I and some runt cowhands brought the cows in, sorted off the bulls and any who needed doctored..and switched pastures with the cows… Ari Cat rode her new pony and got dumped.. not real hard, but hurt her hip pocket and feelings… Went on Saturday and watched Sam and Gus play some football.. I had a doctors appointment today to get shots in the joints of my big toes.. had it done about a year ago and it hurts real real bad when they stick the needle in, but then when it takes effect, it feels great! Doc said I am bone on bone, there and this is the cheapest and easiest solution for now.. I need to get them fused but with no insurance I am sure I can’t afford that….While in Rapid, I picked up Chance who had his pickup in the shop and we ate at a new to us Mexican Restaurant and then went and watched Sam and Gus’s team play football.. Gus only played in one play.. he is limping.. guess his horse spooked the other day and messed up his back.. Sam got to play several plays.. I keep telling them to hit somebody and go after the guy with the football! That is the extent of my knowledge of the game… I see we got a little rain shower while we were gone.. we had 1.75 in the rain gauge the other day.. I have been doing leather work, a saddle and built Chance a belt… got several other saddles to build, but also got stuff to do outside.. weather has been hot the last couple days.. looks like it’s going to cool down a bit now…

It got real cool, the end of August, first part of September, then it got hot…seemed like it was hotter than it had been all summer, but I am sure that isn’t right..

Been doing some leather work, building a saddle.. a young man came to visit Chance the other day and while here, rode one of our horses and one of my saddles.. he ended up ordering one… still waiting on the down payment on it, but pretty sure it’s coming.. this saddle I am building now is interesting.. the guy wants it to look old timey but be modern..big square skirts, just some border stamping… gonna, be cool.. I am supposed to be building Chance a saddle and he needs one, he’s about outgrown his old one and Gus rides it a lot… he is getting too big! Chance was thinking big square skirts… I have never been a fan, but got to admit that they do look cool. I have a tree to build myself another one on, seeing as my oldest Grandson, who shall remain nameless, stole mine last year.. he has since found another one to ride.. I tell you, when you go to getting 8 grandkids and three adults all horseback, it takes lots of saddles and horse!

So on my new one, I am thinking to make it look similar to an old 1870’s model saddle… we will see if I still do it or not.

We preg checked the heifers on Monday… hauled the opens and the steers to Philip that evening…we turned bulls out on July 1st for 24 days.. got 55% bred… some would say that isn’t a high enough pregnancy rate, but by doing it this way, supposedly we willet the best ones and won’t have so many opens as 2 year olds… guess we will see.. steers sold fairly well, heifers sure could have brought more.. they really stole my corrientees. I knew they would, but didn’t think it would be that bad.. should have brought the Corry heifers home and fattened them and sold them as beef…would have been pretty cheap meat… oh well, lesson learned…

Chance is done working the rally and his kids are here, so this morning them four and Ari Cat and I got the bunch in from out east and doctored cows and calves.. not as many this time, so me must be gaining.. we pushed them south, across the road.. then this afternoon, I went and mowed some weeds and grass around the buildings.. if I had a decent rake, I’d go to mowing more, for hay.. thought about seeing if I could get my team going and just bunch some up and leave it for them,…… the the younger, greener mare has a colt and I am not real sure how well that would work, but I bet it would be good for her! Tomorrow we will ride on the other bunch, bring them in to the corrals if there are very many big ones who need doctored.. if there are just a few, we will just rope and doctor them in the pasture… LA 200 seems to be working as good as anything.. this bunch tomorrow, is the bunch we used Micotil on last Sunday… we will see if it worked any better..