Christmas is near and I have many thoughts swirling around in my head. The cold spell was enough to set me almost crazy. Something about extreme cold and putting on lots of winter clothes makes me tired. I’m sure we will have a few more long winter afternoons to be cooped up in the house. I find peace in being alone in the quite of my house. I am not asking for much just some time to think and process by myself. I don’t get that everyday and sure appreciate the days I do!
If in doubt, report on the weather. We had a heat wave. Sunday’s high was 41* and yesterday was just above freezing. What a turn around from -18*. While choring the other day I started peeling off my winter coat (I bundle in many layers). If I am warm enough, its nice out. With sunshine and no wind temps in the upper teens are nice. The snow has settled a bit and J made the cows “make their own living” for a couple of days. This to shall come to an end; the next cold front is in the forecast for later this week.
Last week we made several trips to small town. The Ranch Pickup needed some mechanicing, we had a business meeting and Saturday night we took in the Varsity Boy’s Basketball game.
I think there will be more trips to town this week. Rosie and I are headed to North Dakota Broader town and J needs to make a trip south. We don’t “divide and conquer” often, but is a necessity at times.
Funny how we can go a week or two and almost not leave the Ranch, then we have a span of being gone several days in a week. It’s nice to get off the yard and see something different for a day.
I have been pecking away at house jobs. I cleaned and got Christmas decor out. I don’t have a tree up, but Santa and glittery decor. I have also done a little cooking/baking and a bit of paper work
The Rancher went coyote hunting with a neighbor Saturday afternoon and spent Sunday afternoon ice fishing with Cousin T. He didn’t bring home any fish. Either the fish weren’t biting or they got distracted by the conversation.
Monday we ran the First Calf Heifers through the chute. They got a new ear tag, year brand, shots and poured. We spent more time waiting on dinner to heat than it took to run the heifers through. Yeah for a great crew! Now you know my inspiration to cook. I always like to make a better than everyday meal for those that help us work cattle. If we have an icky day to or the cattle work hard I tend to think a good meal will make up for it. If not, maybe they will come back to help for the cookin.
With this cold spell we keep Rosie in the entryway. J took the “baby gate” and placed it so Rosie is locked in front of the utility sink. It’s not a perfect fit. With the help of a 2X4 and a folded up cake mix box J made the gate fit tight. Rosie has officially knocked the gate down twice. The first time she heard me rustling around brushing my teeth and got anxious to get outside. Saturday night we got home from town, opened the door and my fresh cleaned entry was trashed. Trash can tipped over and stuff torn, chewed and scattered. I am glad I took the bad trash out earlier in the day. The mess was more shocking than anything. We love our puppy and she keeps us on our toes!
How is your December going?
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