Fall is definitely here and winter is right around the corner. Wednesday was a beautiful, warm day, but the wind blew hard several other days this week. It snowed a little here on Thursday and the high for the day was 33 degrees. Friday morning the thermometer registered 11 degrees and all the water tanks were frozen solid. This Monday we woke up to snow sifting down with temps in the 20s. Reub keeps telling me that Indian Summer is still to come, but I’m beginning to have my doubts.

We shipped our steer calves on Monday and had a really windy day for it. We had a lot of good help getting them in and sorted. When you’ve got handy cowboys like Doug and Clint Doll, RonE and Jace Jenson, and Bill Holt even working the livestock in the wind makes it look easy and everything went well. Dewey Carr and Casey each hauled a semi load to the sale barn in Faith and Taz and Reub hauled two trailers full with the calves that wouldn’t fit on the trucks. Missy and I rode to the sale with Taz and Reub. We were just really glad that the guys didn’t need us to help in that nasty wind!

The weather was beautiful on Wednesday when Briana Fabris hosted the women’s Bible study. Some of the ladies weren’t able to make it because they were helping to work cows, but we had a good study starting on the gospel of John. I had to leave a little early to get home in time to feed Reub and go with him to Buffalo for his appointment with Jenny Meyer that afternoon. Casey and Taz had chiropractor appointments in Bowman at the same time. It was still nice out when we all got home, so the guys took out our bathroom window to put in a new one that doesn’t let cold air in like the old one did.

Reub and I drove to Hettinger in that howling wind on Thursday for his appointment with Mary Eggebo. Snow was decorating the edge of the road on the way to town and the car thermometer registered a high of 33 degrees, so when we came home later that afternoon we decided against going into Buffalo for the quarterfinal football game that evening. Standing outside in that miserable weather to watch Harding County lose to Colome just didn’t appeal to us. The Harding County boys had a really good year and that was the only game they lost. Congratulations boys, you did really well.

It was really cold on Friday, but the wind had gone down so these guys shut the bathroom door tight and finished replacing the new window in there. Trig came home from college Thursday night and spent most of the weekend sleeping, trying to recover from his bad case of mono and strep. He can hardly swallow anything and has lost over 25 pounds, but he said he felt better when he headed back to Spearfish on Sunday after the potluck dinner at church.

We had another good crew to help wean our heifer calves on Saturday. Doug and Clint Doll, Bill Holt, Jeremy Stadheim, and Jace Jenson helped gather and sort off the heifer calves at our east place and then helped haul the calves here to the feedlot before lunch. The weather was nice that day and the pheasant hunters were out in force.

The Holland Center Church west of Lodgepole hosted the community Hymn Sing Sunday evening and we all had a wonderful time with some great music. Folks were there from Hettinger, Lodgepole, Bison, Lemmon, Coal Springs, Meadow, Prairie City, Reva, and even as far away as Rapid City. If you haven’t enjoyed a musical evening like this yet, just remember that they are always held on the last Sunday in every month with five Sundays. I’

Some folks without internet access have asked for an address to mail their comments in opposition to the two proposed Wilderness areas in the Slim Buttes. Send your comments by mail to: Forest Service, Attn: Forest Plan Revision, Custer Gallatin National Forest, 10 E Babcock, P.O. Box 130, Bozeman, MT 59771. The phone number is 406-587-6735 and the email address is cgplanrevision@fs.fed.us Also send your comments to Sen. Thune, Sen. Rounds, Rep. Noem, and Pres. Trump.

The media “collusion” circus against Trump in Washington is starting to boomerang back on the Clintons and Obama. I’ll leave you with this that my cousin Pat John sent me with a note that he is beginning to really like Sarah Huckabee Sanders:

During a recent press conference, a reporter with MSNBC hollered from the press corps, "Where is President Trump hiding his tax returns?"

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Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, astutely responded, "We've found a very secure place and I'm certain they won't be found."

"And just where is that?" said the reporter, sarcastically.

Ms. Sanders grinned sardonically and said, "They are underneath Obama's college records, his passport application, his immigration status as a student, his funding sources to pay for college, his college records, and his Selective Service registration.”

"Next question?"

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