Current Events and Happenings

Outside my door it’s winter in South Dakota. We’ve had single digit highs for over a week and a couple of days of ferocious wind. Sunday and Monday was breezy with sunshine, which made the cold temperatures tolerable.

Monday after chores J and I transferred pellets and sorted off a trailer load of cull cows. J and Rosie sorted off the cows and trailed them to the corrals; I locked up the cow while they went for another. It was fun to watch Rosie work and see the progress J is making with her.

December 18

Saturday morning we ground hay. J had me bring him bales from the far side of the hay corral. He dropped bales in the grinder and grabbed close bales. It’s a fast paced intense task and it went good.

Last Saturday Roy turned 21 years old! We went over to Cousin T and Janelle’s for supper. There were eight of us “old people” to sing Roy Happy Birthday. To further celebrate, J took Cousin T, Janelle, Roy and I to the Sunday dinner buffet at one of the local eateries.

December 18

Speaking of intense, the last two books I read were just that. Blind Descent is Brian Dickerson‘s first hand account of his triumph of Mount Everest. The telling of his preparation and the climb was good. The fact that he came down from the summit of Everest snow blind is amazing.

Dina Silver‘s, The Unimaginable, is a story of a small town Indiana girl spreading her wings. Jessica, the main character, moves to Thailand, meets a fascinating sailor and his mate, then becomes a crew member of his boat for a voyage across the Indian Ocean. The adventure of a life time became a passage of survival when the boat is captured by Somali Pirates.

December 18

The Creative Ranch Wife has been on a sabbatical. I have several ideas floating around my mind, I just haven’t got to them yet. I’m ready to dig out the fun art supplies and embellishments I found at Mom’s house.

J and I have been working on food I had in the freezer and extra Christmas goodies. One of these days I want to do some baking and will need to restock the freezer.

January 13

On January 9th Sister sent me the above picture and a text saying “Miles Passed his car seat test. After 23 days in the NICU, we are going home tomorrow!” Sister and Miles made it home on Saturday and things are going good.

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7 Responses to Current Events and Happenings

  1. Kerrie K says:

    Wow yay Miles!!!!!. So after reading your post about the cold I will stop whining to myself. We have been single digits at night, some wind which compared to yours is probably non-existent. I have to use a water tank to transport water to my animals due to lack of water at home. Its not a good time when the well dries up. Anyway after all these years I have it down to a science. That is until the tank freezes to the bed of the truck, the valve on the tank freezes and then when you lift the tailgate handle on your truck it snaps off in your hand which causes you not to unload the rest of the water in the tank. I was also watching my wild child niece who is 2.5 and all was good until she was running around outside the pony’s paddock in order to make the pony trot around and she took a digger on the snow and ice. So now to navigate across icy truck bed step on icy bumper and get to screaming child without killing oneself is a challenge. The kicker is this kid is not a screamer she is as tough as can be so if she is screaming its got to be bad. Needless to say after our 4H meeting that night while having pizza I needed a couple of beers. 🙂

    • Robyn says:


      Last Thursday they town 30 miles west of us had recorded wind gusts of 76 mph. It’s mid morning and 23*, it feels like a heat wave.
      I hope things warm up so your water issues can resolve. Cold just makes life a little more difficult.
      Hope your Wild Child didn’t hurt herself too bad. Good help is hard to find!

      Stay Warm!

  2. Darcy says:

    Brrrrr!!!! And your nephew is so sweet in his little carseat & WY Cowboys hat! 🙂 Have a super day!

  3. Alica says:

    I’m going to have to read that Blind Descent book. I checked the library, but they don’t have it yet. When they do, I’ll be reading it for sure! Your little nephew is sweet…I hope all goes well for him at home! Stay warm!

  4. Cheri says:

    Brrrrr…you all are COLD! It’s been in the mid 30’s here. Feels weird feeding cows with out mass layers on. I kinda like it.
    Oh Miles! How awesome to be home. 🙂
    It’s to it exciting watching your pup learn how to work cows? I love a good working dog, or 4! Lol! 🙂

  5. Kim says:

    Welcome home, Miles! We are supposed to warm up here later this week after flurries tomorrow. I’ll believe it when I see it, I think.

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