Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. As a kid I always loved weaning calves, helping Dad and Mom do chores and breaking new show prospects. It was always fulfilling to halter break calves, wash, clip and make them look pretty. I enjoyed the weekends spending time doing what I loved with my family.
Today my fall activities are very different from those of my youth. The Rancher and I are doing a few odd jobs that didn’t get done during the hectic summer. We have done a little fencing and moved a few pairs home from grass. Saturday the rest of the herd is coming home and we will be weaning calves soon. Due to the Atlas Blizzard we still have hay out in the field. Hauling hay is one of our priority projects. We hope by Friday things have dried out enough that we can get some hay home.
Brisk fall mornings and gray, cloudy days make me ready for soup! During soup season I could enjoy a bowl several times a week. I made my first batch of chili a couple of weeks ago and French Onion Soup on Monday.
Sunday, I put my Onion Soup together. I cut into the first onion and went to crying. The onions were strong … strong, strong. By the time I got half done slicing onions J had several house windows open thinking the breeze would help with the fumes. When I started sauteing the onions the stench got a tad out of hand. We had every window open for several hours trying to air the abode out. By supper time we could still smell lingering onion in our clothes and hair. The soup was delicious and perfect after moving cattle on a drizzly morning!
I think there is simply something fun about pumpkins. They make me smile. I love the variety of oranges, reds and yellows that reveal themselves this time of year. Changing leaves, cool but comfortable temperatures and being able to enjoy a slightly slower pace are welcomed this time of year.
The outreach and CHS Foundation has pledged $100,000, has contributed $50,000 worth of vaccinations and has added $50,000 through a tweetcast fundraiser. There have been six community benefit suppers organized across Western South Dakota; several have successfully taken place. Action Markets are hosting rollover auctions, a benefit auction is being organized with donated items and more activities are in the works. There are also livestock producers donating cattle and horses to those who have lost so much. This incredible effort is a great start to recovering from Atlas!for the is unbelievable. As of last night $300,000 has been raised. Donations have been made from fellow Ranchers, small businesses and major corporations. The