Tuesday, February 20, 2018

2018.2.20

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - FEBRUARY 20, 2018 - TUESDAY -
The snow ended this morning, but the wind kept on blowing. We probably got 3 inches of really fluffy white stuff. The wind gradually went down throughout the afternoon. Some schools north and west of here had late starts.

The menu for supper after Lenten service tomorrow calls for bar-b-q's so I made a kettle full to help out. Before cleaning up the kitchen, I made another birdseed wreath. The jays, juncos, nuthatch and woodpecker really like the others that I've hung in the tree north of the house.

We took our daily walk around and through the trees. The main tracks we saw were coyote tracks and those tracks had been made during the afternoon after the snow sprites quit whirling and twirling, so if we'd have looked out at the right time, we'd have seen the varmint.

I brought the game cam in again and this is what was on it:







So this is the animal that scraped the moss from the ground, taking it with him into the hole in the trees. The mystery is finally solved.
  The wind is supposed to blow again tonight and with our cold temperatures, Terry asked me to cover the orange waterer. I did. I hope it helps.                                      Goodnight!


Monday, February 19, 2018

2018.2.19

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - FEBRUARY 19, 2018 - MONDAY - PRESIDENT'S DAY
It was a holiday, right? We had a holiday here. Not much was accomplished.

I've been asked to tell about my photos at Ladies Club next month, and I am just stuck. I don't know where to start. I come up with an idea and then -------------nothing. I have spent a lot of time staring at the computer, and then -----------------------------nothing. I keep hoping I'll be inspired. SOON!

I took my usual walk through and around the trees this afternoon. The wind was not as bad as it had been this morning. We have gotten some snow. Maybe 2 inches?

Terry loaded a few bales for someone.




A rogue mourning dove.


I started reading a book by Lois Spangenberg. She writes about being a missionary wife in Nigeria in the '50's.

KT&D

Sunday, February 18, 2018

2018.2.18

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - FEBRUARY 18, 2018 - SONDAY
Church and Bible study this morning. Mr. Foxen was our leader in Bible study. We are studying 1 Corinthians 11 and had some good discussions.

We stopped for a few groceries and dinner before coming home. I had invited company this afternoon to play cards and have supper. It was 25 years ago in January that we moved into this house- that's the excuse I used to have a party. : ) Anyway, there were 11 of us total and we had fun playing double hearts. And visiting. And eating. (Can't forget that!)

When we came home from church, the temperature was a balmy 41 degrees, but that began to drop when the wind switched to the north. It is now 14 degrees. People at church were talking about all the snow we are supposed to get. Alexa says we'll only get .49 inches of snow. I think we can handle that.

That's all from here. I am ready for bed. I think yesterday's hike tired me out.

Genesis 2:2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested.




Saturday, February 17, 2018

2018.2.17

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - FEBRUARY 17, 2018 - SATURDAY
The weather was nice again today. The temp made it to 33 degrees, but the wind blew from the northwest. I took a walk over to Lake Alice anyway. I keep saying that one of these days I am going to walk across the lake, but so far it hasn't happened. I will need to wear ice grippers to do that.

Terry walked down to Kevin's.

This morning I finished the book that Arlene gave me to read about Norwegian homesteaders in the early days of Dakota Territory. I really enjoyed it.
I think these little birds are ruby-crowned kinglets.

When I came home from my walk, I mixed up breadsticks. I haven't made breadsticks for YEARS and I had forgotten how much work they are. Anyway, these breadsticks should be rolled pencil-thin and the recipe says to bake them at 300 degrees until brown. They baked and baked at 300 degrees but didn't turn brown, so I turned up the oven. Towards the end I turned the oven up to 400 degrees. That worked better. Maybe there was a typo on my recipe.

I also made a z-cake. Last summer I thought I had frozen so many pkgs of zucchini, but I think I used the last one tonight.

Church in the morning-- goodnight!




Friday, February 16, 2018

2018.2.16

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - FEBRUARY 16,2018- FRIDAY
After last night's dusting of snow, the skies cleared and the temperatures dropped a long ways overnight. Br-r-r. It was cold this morning.

We left the Kowalke residence around 8 this morning, eating breakfast at Perkin's. Tonya was working, so she was our hostess.  We met a couple of her friends who also work there. We made it home by noon.

I washed a load of clothes and hung it out. It dried some in the wind and sunshine, but had to be put in the dryer to get dry. The wind blew hard from the west, and even tho' the thermometer showed 23 degrees, it was cold out.

The game camera had been out for a couple of days so we brought it back to the house. The SD card didn't show anything, so the camera must not have been turned on. I don't understand how a person is supposed to know whether the camera is off or on. the camera was off when I set it up, and then I pushed the power switch. Why wasn't it on today? Do the coyotes and rabbits sneakily push the switch off?
 Yesterday morning, when we were outside before going to see the grandkids in MN, I could hear a cat meowing. Looking around, I couldn't see where the meowing was coming from, but then a movement caught my eye. I hadn't been looking at the pump house. One of the cats had somehow gotten in and couldn't get out, but he'd chewed and clawed a hole big enough for part of him to squeeze through. He was really happy to be released from his prison. Terry had been in the pump house a day or two earlier, and we think the cat sneaked in then. After he caught a few mice he was ready to exit the premises, but couldn't.

And that's all the exciting news for today!


Thursday, February 15, 2018

2018.2.15

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - FEBRUARY 15, 2018 - THURSDAY
Terry fed the calves a bale of hay, but on his way out of the pen, Tall Thomas followed him out and then 6 others went, too. The calves headed to Kevin's but Terry turned them around. Then they were on their way to Clark's before he got them back to the yard. That was when I saw them and went out to help.

We are at Tonya and Mark's. We went to Milbank first to visit with Batmobile about changing our phone service, but that was closed because of a family emergency. (We have been going to go to Milbank for quite awhile and then they were closed.) From there we went to Ortonville to pick up a 1/4 beef for someone in Mankato. Then we headed to New Ulm, taking the roads less traveled.

We saw Brandon's house; T&M's paint job looks really nice. Since the kids don't have school tomorrow, Eddie worked and went to a basketbball game. Now he is ice fishing with friends. Joe is staying overnight at a friend's house. Pearl is watching stuff on her phone, and Brandon just came home from his night class. Mark will be home after 2nd shift. Tonya, Grandpa and I have been visiting.

I forgot the goulash at home so Tonya had to fix supper. Bummer! But it was good.

It is snowing. Brandon said the roads aren't very good.

Goodnight!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

2018.2.14

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - FEBRUARY 14, 2018 - WEDNESDAY - ASH WEDNESDAY - KIM'S BIRTHDAY- VALENTINE'S DAY
I think the temperature reached 37 degrees today with sunny skies and breezes from the west. I hung out a load of clothes.

We were going to pour the 7 heifers for lice, but discovered that we didn't have any Ivermec or similar stuff around.

I made a kettleful of goulash for the meal after this evening's church service.

I helped at GSI while Terry talked to an insurance guy. Then we went to the Ash Wednesday service at 4 PM. Supper followed. My hotdish must have been forgotten in the oven, but it wasn't put in soon enough and wasn't very warm, so someone put it on a burner to heat it up and forgot about it, so it got scorched a little. We brought it home. It will get eaten.

We watched a Pixel movie together -- after all, it IS Valentine's Day. 

Since the quilt and aprons are finished, we might just head over to T&M's tomorrow. We'll take the goulash along.

Th-th-th-th-that's all, folks!