Many Things to be Thankful for…

I’m not sure how to describe the past week. It had good points, disappointing aspects, fun things and stress. Kinda a roller coaster of emotions and activity.

Monday J did shop work and I got ready for a trip to the Hills. The weather looked safe for us to make a break for it and we had several errands to run. J and I try to be methodical about such trips as we don’t go on a regular basis. We each have a list of what we need to get and where we need to go. Usually we have supplies, mail and eggs to exchange with J’s folks. It takes me a little while to get organized and try to remember everything.

Tuesday we were up early doing chores and on the road by 8:30. When we got to the highway (40 miles) it looked slick and there were a few flurries in the air. Neither of these conditions were talked about by the weatherman. The highway looked worse than it was, so we proceeded with caution. Thirty five miles later, J was wanting to turn around. We were close enough to Motorcycle City that we continued. We got to the folks’ and exchanged goods. J dropped me off at the grocery store while he went to the farm/ranch supply store, we ate dinner and headed home. The roads were sketchy until we were 45 miles from home;  then we hit dry roads and blue skies.

J and I were glad we decided to turn around as the 6 pm news showed several car accidents on the interstate leading in to the Big City.

After watching the weather, we decided to make a run to the Big City…again. This time on Saturday. J and I wanted to take in a day at the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo, we had a few pre-calving supplies to get and we wanted a day off the ranch.

Friday during breakfast J looked out the window to see the yearlings discovered they could walk on the hard snow and get into the hay corral. After chores we put up a hot wire to stop them from walking over the fence buried under snow.

J decided to feed the cows late Friday afternoon so we could get out of here a little earlier on Saturday morning. After feeding cows J had me check the hot wire to make sure the yearlings didn’t get back into the hay corral.

The hay corral was FULL of calves! I got Rosie and a 4-wheeler and went to get them out. I opened the gate and watched the calves flatten the fence on two sides of the hay corral. I’m not sure why they thought it would be better to go through the fence vs. the gate.

J and I grabbed fencing supplies and built fence by headlights in the cold. The good news is we haven’t had any more yearlings in the hay corral. I will say, they like to go up and stand at the fence looking at the hay. Mischievous animals!

Saturday morning chores went off without a hitch and we didn’t find any problems on Sunday morning.

Saturday was a long day, but a good trip to the Hills. We got to spend time with family, visit with friends and run errands. It was well worth the drama it took for us to get away for the day.

Sunday morning we were dragging a bit. After dinner I took a nap, cleaned house and did laundry. J watched Super Bowl pre-game coverage and the big game. I’m not much for watching tv nor am I a football fanatic, but I did take in the half time show.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows is an excellent read! It is a post World War II story about a journalist/writer who is searching for a story to base her second book on. This novel is told through letters between the writer, her best friend, her publisher and members of the literary society. Some of the letters made me simply laugh out loud. The characters in the book will remind you of someone in your life, a family member, a neighbor or a difficult person you have to deal with.

I’ve shared a few recipes from Terryn at Faith, Family and Beef on here. A couple of weeks ago I used her Best Buns Ever recipe and made Cinnamon Raisin Bread. I had to let her know I love the recipe and sent her a picture of my bread. Terryn thought the cinnamon raisin swirls looked fun and asked me to do a guest blog post. Here is the link to Best Ever Cinnamon Raisin Bread!

Like I mentioned last week, unpredictability is the spice of life! Winter weather and livestock keep us on our toes. At the end of the day I am thankful for forgiveness; forgiveness for my occasional bad attitude. I’m thankful for a warm (and clean) home, making connections with family, friends and bloggers, an afternoon nap and good books.

What are you thankful for this week?

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4 Responses to Many Things to be Thankful for…

  1. I’m going to try your Cinnamon Bread recipe and I loved The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I read a lot when I’m stuck inside or at night and this was one of my favorites. Love your blog as well!!

  2. Alica says:

    I’m glad you stayed safe on the roads. Every time I read about how far you have to drive for supplies, I am reminded that I take things for granted around here! You mention the “occasional bad attitude”…renegade heifers will do that to anybody! 🙂 I hope you have a good week, stay warm, and get a chance to enjoy your good books!

  3. Bonnie says:

    I almost asked in your last post if you were going to the show. I decided not too because the weather has been so unpredictable. Glad you were able to. When we were out to our property on the Belle we wondered why the sheep weren’t walking over the fence as the snow was deep and had a hard crust. Hope you can keep the buggers in.

  4. Pamela Galindo says:

    Hi Robyn…..even though I haven’t read this book myself, it did make me think of you and perhaps you would enjoy it: THE CHILBURY LADIE’S CHOIR by Jennifer Ryan:

    The struggles, affairs, deceptions and triumphs of a village choir during World War II.

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