Thursday we had a break from harsh weather. It was a beautiful fall type day. J and I hauled out the piles of tree branches I picked up after the storm. J checked cattle again and I caught up on odds and ends. In the evening we went out and brought the pairs and replacement heifers back to the building site to prepare for the rain.
The rain came as predicted. Friday was a miserable day to be out and about. It was rainy and rather windy. We made a trip to North Dakota border town for an appointment and much needed groceries. We feel lucky that there was .90″ of rain in the gauge and not the 1.50″ or more the weatherman was predicting. Between the melting snow and rain we are now dealing with flooding issues.
The weather was good for the weekend! Saturday we moved cattle back to grass and went for a drive. Almost all the dams are running over, there was no snow damage to the tank floats and we have a lot of fence to mend. J got caught up on some shop work and I did a little baking.
Sunday I spent most of the day doing skirt work. With no electricity the laundry piled up with lots of towels and rugs needing washed. J did more odd ball shop stuff. We were surprised with dinner guests, Cousin T, Janelle and Roy!
To prepare for Monday’s rain J helped me pick green tomatoes and uproot my plants. I have 3 flats of tomatoes in the basement. Last August, we discovered we had wild acorn squash growing next to the cattle lot. We went out and picked squash too. A few look edible and I will use some as decor.
Monday greeted us with the pitter patter of rain drops. J caught up on office work and I stayed busy with more odd jobs. How do those “rainy day things” pile up? I’m not sure if Cousin T likes our company or the cooking; he joined us for pork chops and stuffing at noon. I went to gather eggs at 3:30 and the rain gauge had a little over an inch of rain. It was sleeting and trying to snow when we went to bed. This morning we have a fresh cover of snow.
There has been a great outreach of support for the Ranchers that have been affected by the Atlas Blizzard. There have been an outpouring of blog posts, news articles aPreview postnd the blizzard is now getting .
A Rancher Relief Fund has been set up and is being managed by the “I Survived Blizzard Atlas ’13” clothing available with all proceeds going to Ranchers Relief and Aid.(BHACF). Checks can be made to out to Rancher Relief Fund and mailed to Black Hills Area Community Fund P.O. Box 231, Rapid City 57709. There is a limited edition
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