Cold Temperatures; Warm Hearts

The weather is frightful! Frightfully cold; one might consider it arctic.

Thursday and Friday we got snow. Several inches of snow with wind and single digit high temperatures.

The high temperature on Saturday was -7*. Yes, that was the high! The good thing is we had no wind and the sun was shining. It wasn’t bad outside. After dinner I shoveled snow for 45 minutes, then J and I rolled out some weed bales for the calves to bed down in.

Yesterday afternoon J and I did a little snow moving. J ran the snow blower and I shoveled out the alleyway. We have cattle work on our schedule this week and need access to the alleyway leading to the chute. Today J and I are going to sort off the steers and pour them. Tuesday we are bangs vaccinating heifers at home and at Cousin T’s. Wednesday we head back to Cousin T’s to work his bred heifers.

I should say, our cattle working intentions are highly dependent on the weather. The weathermen are talking highs in the 20’s; lets hope they’re right.

If you are looking for a good book to read in front of the fire, War Brides by Helen Bryan should be on your list. As you know, I am a fan of World War II era novels and this is a good one.

I have a good start on Going Home: A Novel of the Civil War by James Shipman. This is my second read by James Shipman. The first was It Is Well, a World War II novel.

The most significant gifts are the ones most easily overlooked. Small, everyday blessings: woods, health, music, laughter, memories, books, family, friends, second chances, warm fireplaces, and all the footprints, scattered throughout our days. ~Sue Monk Kidd

My favorite column this week comes from Jim Whitt, Contributing Editor to CALF News Magazine (page 14). Jim talks about “The Trick to Teaching Old Dogs”

“I’ve discovered a fundamental truth in my work as a consultant — everyone has to reach the right conclusions on their own and in their own time.  You can’t teach anyone anything until they are ready to learn. Age has little to do with learning. Desire has everything to do with learning. Regardless of age, those who have a desire to learn are easily taught.”

Tis the season for fun mail. I sent Miles (Sister’s Son) an author signed copy of Husker The Mule Does His Chores by Codi Vallery-Mills for his birthday. Miles had his second birthday over the weekend.

I received a box from Amy! I love hearing from friends and the element of a fun surprise. Surprise that someone is knocking on my door after dark. Surprise that the UPS man has a big box for me that is not from Amazon. My friends never disappoint by sharing heartfelt words and homemade gifts!

God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. ~Voltaire.

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. ~Pablo Picasso.

For my Family and Friends struggling right now or dealing with hard issues, this thought from Brave Girls’ Club is a good reminder that we need to have faith in God. We don’t always know the reason for the struggles we are going through, but He has better things in store for us. Have faith and know that God is in charge. May this holiday be filled with family, friends, laughter and cheer. May we count our blessings and thank God for them everyday.

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3 Responses to Cold Temperatures; Warm Hearts

  1. Cindy says:

    Merry Christmas Neighbors! & a Blessed New Year! I so enjoy your writings & pics!

  2. Merry Christmas, Robyn and J……it sure is cold where you live… in California’s central valley, it’s pretty chilly for us; we have a “hard-freeze” warning until 9 a.m. on Wednesday….that will affect orange groves all over the valley, but farmers quickly get their wind machines blowing to prevent damage to the crops. I really enjoyed the quote from Sue Monk Kidd…and I truly loved reading her book, The Secret Life of Bees. I was thinking of the cute book that you sent to Miles. He is too young for this book suggestion, but, if you haven’t heard of it, you might make a note or look it up online….I love this book, for children 6 years to 12 years; it is called Salamander Rain, by Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini. It has the very best illustrations and explanations of lake and pond “life” plus plants and animals, too. I hope Santa brings you warmer weather. God Bless.

  3. Bonnie says:

    Hope you got your cattle worked. We have had a long month. I was actually happy for the blizzard today as we just settled in for a long winter nap. Merry Christmas!

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