Winter won’t be official until next month, but it sure feels like it has already arrived. There is snow on the ground and the temperature at the ranch plunged to 9 below zero Friday morning.
We headed toward Great Falls, Montana early Monday morning for Reub’s Aunt Virginia Dunsworth’s funeral on Tuesday. The roads were clear and the car thermometer registered a high of 50 degrees.
Eight hours and 500 miles later we arrived in Great Falls in time to eat supper and visit with Virginia’s sons Lance and Tad and their wives and a lot of Virginia’s grandkids and great grandkids.
The weather cooled off considerably Tuesday and we needed our coats when Aunt Virginia was buried in the Highland Cemetery beside her granddaughter Shontelle Olson. After lunch at the funeral home, we spent the afternoon and evening at Lance and Marilyn Olson’s house getting caught up with the relatives.
It snowed hard and froze on the highway Tuesday night so when we left for home early Wednesday the roads were a glare of ice. I drove around 30 mph over the nasty road between Great Falls and Lewistown.
It cleared off a little between Lewistown and Jordan, although every hill was capped with ice and packed snow. At noon we stopped to eat at the Hilltop Café in Jordan. Jordan is ranch country and Reub had a good visit with an old cowboy who used to rodeo with Walt Secrest.
If you get near Jordan, stop in at the Hilltop Café to eat. You’ll feel right at home.
The highway south of Jordan to Miles City was clear, but when we headed east toward Baker it got rough again all the way to Bowman. It was after dark when we pulled into the ranch yard, having put on a total of 997 miles since Monday. We made it home just in time to go to the Thanksgiving pie service at Slim Buttes Lutheran that evening. Thankfully I had an apple pie in the freezer that I quickly thawed in the microwave. We were all asked to share what we were thankful for, which was really easy because there is so much to be thankful for in this country.
Reub and I spent Thanksgiving resting, recuperating and eating leftovers. All our kids and grandkids were scattered around the country eating Thanksgiving dinner with various other relatives, so I never cooked all day.
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The Hight family had a huge get-together in Rapid City that Taz and Amanda attended. Around 40 of Grandma Mona’s kids and grandkids were there with only Michelle and Sammi and her family missing.
Missy, Casey, Bryce and Trig left for Rapid City Thanksgiving evening to get ready for the Northwest Ranch Cowboys Association rodeo finals Friday through Sunday. Missy is the NRCA secretary and getting ready for the finals involves a lot of work.
Taz stayed home to help Reub with chores while they were gone. Clint and Kelli Doll came to pick up the horses to take down to the finals. Jeremy and Pitch Stadheim met them here to give them the health papers for the horses. Jeremy and his family drove to Rapid City later in the day.
Slim Buttes Lutheran hosted the community Hymnsing Sunday afternoon. We started off with a Thanksgiving theme and graduated to Christmas songs.
Christmas is less than a month away, and it’s time to start getting ready. You should see how Taz and Amanda decorated the huge cross that the guys erected in our yard for Lanie’s wedding this summer.
They hung white lights and a wreath on it while Reub and I were at the Hymnsing. It was a beautiful sight to behold as we came over the last hill into the ranch!
President Obama is in France this week preaching that “climate change” is the biggest threat facing the world right now. Obama declared Tuesday that his attending the climate change summit in Paris would be a “powerful rebuke” to terrorists.
Really? How can Obama possibly think climate change is be more dangerous than Islamic terrorists that have murdered millions of Christians and people who are not Muslim?
There has been no global warming in over 18 years, so they changed the term “global warming” to the more politically correct “climate change.”
Our country is almost $19 trillion in debt and now Obama wants to increase our debt by giving $3 billion of your tax money to third-world countries in Asia and Africa to combat “climate change.” I don’t know about you, but I don’t think sending our hard-earned tax money to countries that hate us is a very good idea.
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