Monday, December 5, 2016

2016.12.5

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - DECEMBER 5, 2016 - MONDAY
It was almost dark before the wind came up here. Otherwise, it was a very nice day with a high that hit 40 degrees. And there was no wind until dark.

We loaded Fuzzhead and Robin and I took them to the sheep buying station in Watertown. The scale said that they weighed 160 lbs. Since they were not the biggest of our lambs, the others probably weigh even more.

After I sold the lambs, I shopped in the Mall for awhile before giving up and heading home.

Terry went to Clear Lake on business.

This afternoon Terry made wire enclosures to put around the little Scotch pine that we planted in the trees south of the house. The rabbits shouldn't be able to do so much damage this winter.

I bucketed some corn from the bin to tubs in another bin. The calves will like fresh corn rather that the cracked stuff from last winter.

We sat like bumps and watched the Brady Bunch movie this evening. It was silly and quite stupid.

KT&D




Sunday, December 4, 2016

2016.12.4

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - DECEMBER 4, 2016 - 2ND SONDAY IN ADVENT

Let's see. Since the cow-hauler hadn't called us to let us know what was going on today, Terry finally called him. Oh, he said, he'd forgotten to let us know that he hadn't gotten a load and wouldn't be taking any cows today. OK, that made things easier for us. The cows can go next week, and today we went to late church, ate lunch with Orrin and Linda at DQ, stopped at THE MALL, and then went to the reception for Pastor and Carol at GPLHS. Quite a few people came to that before the concert, which was at 4. The choirs did a couple of John Rutter numbers. I think the concert was well-attended. We sat towards the front. Most of the chairs were filled and there was a quite a crowd on the bleachers.

We had put Dandi out this morning when we left and expected her to be either on some cushions in front of the garage or in one of the sheds, but when we came down the road, she was trotting on the edge of the road. We don't know why...unless someone in the area was hunting deer and that put her in a panic. The sound of a gun shot terrifies her.

Chad L. was over to look at the sheep. He picked out Johnny and Ruthie to put in his freezer. Since Agri and his pals want Badger, I will take Fuzzhead and Robin to the buying station in the morning.

Back at home, I did chores and Terry helped me make this:
 Not too difficult.

Isaiah 40:1 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.                       Kathy, Terry, and Dandi


Saturday, December 3, 2016

2016.12.3

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - DECEMBER 3, 2016 - SATURDAY
Finally. Finally. Finally the sun shone for several hours today! I don't know if it's true that the sun hadn't shone for more than 2 weeks, but it has sure felt like it. The temp made it above freezing after being down to 21 or so overnight.

Terry fed hay and then spent most of the day down at Kevin's cutting up deer and pork and enjoying the company of the constant stream of visitors that come and go down there.

I stayed here and did some cleaning- we can see the dining room table again. It has been a long, long time... I made a batch of Chex mix, too. I should put that behind closed doors so I can't see it.

This morning Peyton didn't look quite right- her eyes seemed sunken, but she didn't look terrible either, so I made sure to check on her this afternoon. Then she looked sad and quite droopy. We got her in and took her temp. It was 103.6, so I gave her 34 cc's of Resflor.

Chad Walkins and his son, Parker, came out to hunt deer. They sat out back by the trees/bales and waited. 5 deer came running from the east, but they didn't see where they went. Then Chad grabbed the electric fence and dropped Parker's rifle in the snow so they called it quits.

Terry brought home 2 samples of deer sausage. One was pretty mellow, but the other was spicier than either of us likes. I finished the squash soup that I'd started a couple of days ago. I like it, but Terry would rather not.

Tomorrow is the GPLHS Christmas concert and the reception for Pastor Geiger. I thought we'd just go to Bible class and late church and stay for the afternoon, but that isn't going to work because we are going to have load a couple cows for a guy to take to Monday's sale at Madison, SD. He's going to take a load tomorrow and one on Monday and said he'd take ours tomorrow.

Philippians3:20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

Kathy, Terry, and Dandi


Friday, December 2, 2016

2016.12.2

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - DECEMBER 2, 2016 - FRIDAY
A little colder today, but still CLOUDY!

We headed to town mid-morning and didn't get home until almost 5. I attended the Ladies Aid Christmas luncheon which was very nice. Terry took the Tahoe to get its toes aligned. We spent time after that talking to computer people because this computer still has some very quirky quirks that are making me crazy!

And then tonight, there was a company called Photo Barn on Facebook that had some specials- free, just pay shipping- so I decided to go for them. The site was really slow and Terry didn't like the picture I had picked out, so he found a picture he liked better, and then when I got it already, he didn't like the way it looked, so I found a different picture, but I couldn't get it to "turn" on the page. I decided I could simply hang it the way I wanted to and proceeded to check out. OK, no problem. Then came the shipping amount for a 5x7: $9.99. Well, that was too high, so I decided to try one of their other free options, picked out pictures for a tree ornament, went to check out, and the shipping was $9.99 for that too! Arrrrgh! And then the computer turned itself off and Photo Barn was all gone and the problem was solved!

That's it from here.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

2016.12.1

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS -  DECEMBER 1, 2016 - THURSDAY
Another gray, cloudy day. The temps have been staying around 30 -32 degrees, sometimes a couple degrees higher, sometimes lower.

Terry fed hay this morning after we moved Kyleah to the shed. She has a very sore right front foot. There is a vertical crack in her hoof that is probably causing the pain.

I finally finished decorating the Christmas tree so I could vacuum and clean up most of the mess. ( The kitchen and hallway were scrubbed, too.)The snowmen haven't been set out yet in the tv room, but there's no rush. They get to stay up longer after Christmas.

There's a good butternut squash soup recipe in the Pioneer Woman's cookbook, so I cooked up a couple of squash for that. Instead of finishing it for supper, Terry thought we needed toasted cheese sandwiches. He made them with bacon and onion. They were really good.

Terry has an appointment to get the tires on the Tahoe aligned tomorrow and I'm going to attend the Ladies Aid Christmas Party.

And that's all she wrote.             Kathy, Terry, and Dandi

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

2016.11.30

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - NOVEMBER 30, 2016 - WEDNESDAY
We just finished watching the new Dolly Parton movie. Though the movie was a little far-fetched, it was a good clean one.

This morning we went out to get the cull cows in to take to the sale. Since it was snowing and the wind was blowing, we figured the cows would all be up in the shelter of the trees, but they weren't, so we had to hike out and chase them up. Then we sorted them in the mud out by the hoop shed. There's mud everywhere, so it didn't matter where we sorted. We finally sorted everyone off except Streak, Stub, and Lisa which we chased to the corral and loaded up. That little chore only took an hour longer than Terry thought it would.

The Tunerville road was i-c-y and s-l-i-p-p-e-r-y, so Terry drove slowly. Hwy 212 had good spots and icy spots. Some years the plows are out when there's only a few flakes in the air, but we didn't see a plow or sanding truck until we were almost to Watertown. The cows in the trailer didn't exactly just stand there. They must have been arguing and pushing each other around. Once we started sliding, and I could just see us jack-knifed in the ditch, but Terry straightened us out. Whew! And when you hear that cattle prices are down, it's the truth!

I was finally able to get my hair cut. I'd been fighting the mop for too long. It sure feels better.
And we discovered that I'd bought the new Christmas lights at Target not Menard's, and Target let me exchange them.

We must have gotten a couple of inches of snow today, but we had a few short glimpses of small blue patches in the heavens. Plus, once we almost saw the sun clearly.

We forgot all about the Advent Service tonight. It wasn't until someone posted about their Advent service on Facebook, that I remembered. In my head, I'd been thinking the first Advent service was next week.

Malachi 4:2 But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall.

Goodnight! KT&D

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

2016.11.29

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - NOVEMBER 29, 2016 -  TUESDAY
More rain, spit, slop, snow, sprinkles, rain, slop, spit, sprinkles, mist, snow. It goes on and on. The calves looked much better this morning than yesterday morning. Maybe they looked so bad yesterday because of the 1/2 inch of rain that fell overnight.

It seemed like the right day to set up the Christmas tree. I had put up the nativity set Sunday evening.
I pushed the big box with the tree in it up the stairs, and Terry helped put the tree together. Next came the lights, so I went back downstairs to find the usual light strings. Aha! I had bought new lights after Christmas last year. I had 3 boxes of white LED lights and 2 boxes of red/white/green LED lights. I began with the white ones and figured I might not need the colored ones. Well, the white lights were NOT ALL THE SAME. 2 boxes are Pure White and the other is Cool White. They do NOT look good together on the same tree. Separately they are fine, but the Cool White looks kind of gray and the Pure White looks more yellow when they are side by side. So I tried putting the 2 strings of Pure White on with the red/white/green and that looks really nice, but there just aren't enough of them. I hope Menard's will have the same brands as last year so I can get more. And hopefully we'll stop tomorrow IF we take some cull cows to the sale.

It was raining pretty good on our way to Milbank for ESL classes, and Terry predicted that on our way home, the temp. would drop to 34 degrees and snow would be falling. When we left Milbank, the car thermometer showed 36 degrees with no precip. When we went through Revillo, the temp. was 35 degrees and it was misting a little. Snow was falling 1 1/2 miles from here and the temp dropped to 34 degrees when we turned south on our gravel road. Is Terry good or what? He thinks he should be a meteorologist.

The gravel roads in the area are getting very soft, so we came home on the tar as far as we could. On the way to Milbank, we'd gone the west way with 3 miles of squishy gravel.

Last night we were lying in bed, when Terry looked up at the ceiling and asked, "Is that a mosquito up there?" It sure enough was. Crazy.

Isaiah 40:1-2 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the LORD's hand double for all her sins.

Kathy, Terry, and Dandi