Erma and Dick Albert spent the week quietly at home. The wind blew nearly every day. Dick had spent a few days spotting elk for a friend in the Black Hills and enjoyed the time. They had spotted a couple, but didn’t get in range for a shot. Erma went to her chiropractor’s appointment on Wednesday and made another quick trip to Buffalo on Saturday. She can get phone service at Sky Ranch, and stopped to enjoy watching the deer and antelope as she talked on the phone. She has a great bread recipe that she made buns with at Sky Ranch when she was a cook there. She wishes she had the big mixer she used there. She tried a new recipe from the internet for buns and they turned out good, too.

Donna Lewis went bowling on the last two Wednesdays. Last week she had gone on to Miles City and when she came back she learned that Tie Creek was closed and she couldn’t get home. She stayed in Baker that night and went home on Friday after the road had been opened again. Luckily, she had most of her medicine with her. Last Saturday and Sunday Derek and Michelle Gorder were out to the ranch hunting. Their daughter Jacey got a nice buck and Michelle got hers, too. Dusty Gorder and Sarah came out hunting this weekend. The wind has been strong many days this week.

Shirley and Junior Melum had interesting visitors. The hunters from Montana had recently been to Switzerland, Austria, and Germany and told about their visits to those countries. They came on Tuesday and by Thursday they had filled their tags.

I got Carol Odell’s sisters names mixed. Nora Bergen had been here last week and now Donna Mattson is here visiting for a while. Dawn had seen Nora at the Camp Crook run and recognized her as a runner she had seen before at other races. Dawn has been to many races with her sisters, too.

Many of the Paddens helped a crew at Justin Kerr’s with preg-testing and conditioning on Tuesday.

Dorothy Padden’s cousins came from Phoenix, AZ. Romela and Eric Heddy, and Lester and Marti Oster visited at Dorothy’s and at Bryce and Dawn Padden’s until Saturday. On Thursday, Charlie Odell came to inspect cattle and then the Paddens went to Belle Fourche for the cattle sale. That evening they all had supper in Camp Crook on their way home. On Saturday, Dorothy, Mary Brewer, and Lynn Gustafson rode with Dawn to the Fallon-Carter County Fall Extension Club Meeting in Ekalaka. Laurie Elmore, Tawni Cordell, Janet Odell, and Yvonne Yoder also went to the meeting from our area. Brandon’s family spent the day at the Olson family calf exchange in Buffalo. They all met at BJ and Michelle’s that evening to celebrate Kala’s sixth birthday. On Sunday, they were busy moving cows home from Ekalaka.

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Last week Frank and Kathy Loeding visited at Charlie and Karen Odell’s, before going back to Sydney, MT. They took the scenic route back home and enjoyed some different scenery. On Monday, Charlie inspected yearlings for Bruce Gustafson and worked cows. Matt Teigen came out that afternoon to inspect calves for Charlie. Lonnie Koranda came on Wednesday, and he and Charlie each hauled a load of calves to Belle Fourche for the sale the next day. That evening Karen and Charlie went to Buffalo for the Pioneer Bank Elite Club Dinner at the Community Hall. They enjoyed music by Ren McCoid and got to visit with friends there. Karen went to physical therapy in Buffalo on Tuesday and Thursday. The wind was so strong that Karen had a hard time standing at the Cenex to fill the tank with gas. Charlie inspected calves for Paddens on Thursday. Karen played piano for the Methodist Church service in Camp Crook on Sunday and she and Charlie had lunch at the Over The Edge afterward. On the way home they stopped for a short visit at Carol and Gene Odell’s. It is fun seeing the kids get ready for Halloween. We sure would miss the internet and text messaging. We aren’t hooked on texting, yet, because our cell phones are such antiques that I can never get a comment typed before the next one comes in, but I do enjoy those sessions of wise advice and interesting comments that come from our four big kids when they all get involved in a discussion. What did grandparents do in the old days?

The wind hasn’t died down and on Sunday night the dogs came in the door with snow on their backs.

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