Friday, October 21, 2016



I remember the day Samantha was born, and I was there to see her come into the world. Come to think of it, I was at Brandon's birth, too.

Terry had to work on the diesel tank because the diesel wasn't flowing out like it should be. He also poisoned pocket gophers and fixed the headgate. Tomorrow we plan to vaccinate calves.

I put some stuff in the mail, did some housecleaning, and went to Ladies Mission. Today we studied the 3rd commandment. When we finished that, Pastor C. asked if there was anything we wanted to talk about. We sure did! We covered several different items. Vivian made a very good peach dessert for our lunch.

Back at home it was window-washing time. I started on the one in the computer room. That one and the east one in the dining room are always so dirty and spotted. They get that way from bugs and spiders who like that sheltered corner. Since they were so terribly dirty, it took quite a while to get them clean and not streaked.

The temperature made it into the 60's today with a breeze.

2Chronicles 7:14 If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.


Thursday, October 20, 2016


I slept poorly last night, tossing and turning.

A kleenex was in the pocket of my jeans and was washed with a load of dark clothes today. Terry's St John's Bay Relaxed Fit Sunday dress pants took the brunt of my forgetfulness.

The soup I made for dinner using left over roast + potatoes + carrots + celery + onions + broth + milk + cheese turned out really well.

Norma and I went to the Trinity Treadler sale this afternoon. They had a lot of quilts and blankets, dish towels, etc. and Karri was there with her soaps.

Terry needed me to help him as soon as I got in the door, and we spent the rest of the daytime burning the accumulated trash and branches around the pasture.

We went to Milbank for supper because Jessica, Alejandra, and Miriam made tamales for Pastor Z, Joe, and Terry and me. They had made 3 different kinds and all were good, but I liked the cheesy pepper ones the best. Miriam made a delicious strawberry cake for dessert with strawberry "flowers" on top. She makes the best cakes! Their husbands were there, too, + the kids, but the kids ate before we got there. The girls played together and the boys played video games. We visited for a couple hours before returning home.

A cow kept bellering this afternoon, so I checked on her. It was Ramona. She wanted Charlie to come and he was ignoring her--just like kids.

Tomorrow Jim and Karyl's nephew, who is  a chef, will be on Dr. Oz. At one time he was a chef at the White House.

Goodnight!   KT&D

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Hi~ I didn't get up very early and then had things to finish before leaving for the women's Bible study. After that I stopped at the dorm and Carla took the rest of the Haralred apples that had been in a box in the car for several days. She figured they were still good enough to peel with the apple peeler. Then I went to GSI and helped there until almost 5, when I left to go to Ladies Night at Runnings. For $2 I bought a pink bucket and then whatever would fit in the bucket (except sale items) was 15% off. So I got a few things. Also, There were several tables where people were selling their wares- homemade goat milk soap, wines, essential oils, Tupperware, Norwex, Pampered Chef, etc. And the Watertown Runnings store served pork sandwiches, pickles, sausage, crackers, soup, pop/water for a donation. The biggest drawback to this event was the NOISE. There were so many people talking and the store had the music turned up really loud to try to cover up the TALKING. All that noise just made me want to leave. So, after being there awhile with all that NOISE, I left.

Terry worked on the loader tractor and mowed the road edges around the place, so the weeds/grass don't catch snow. Since it was a cloudy, chilly day, he got chilled doing that.

Karl and Louie

Psalm 118:6 The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?

Kathy, Terry, and Dandi

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


 We had another nice day- some wind, but not too bad. And when the sun was out, we were nice and toasty, but when it was behind the gray-bellies, a sweatshirt felt very nice.

As of 8:11 this morning, I had all the bookwork finished and backed up!! Just pin a rose in MY nose!

I checked on the critters this morning. Poor Oscar came a-runnin'
to get a bottle, but I didn't have one. He doesn't like this weaning business at all. Barbara is the red calf in the picture. She's the one that was so sick last spring that she lost her hair. Her hair grew back and she's grown quite well.

And the last picture is of Spotzl and her mother Sheila. 
Terry cleaned the radiator on the loader tractor and sprayed some thistles. Altho' it is late in the year, the thistles are still green, so we hope the spray kills them off.

I finished mowing the yard.
 Tonight we had ESL classes. We had some laughs, as usual. 
Joel is such a character, always coming up with silly things. Tonight, tho', he was serious when we were discussing the term labor. Yes, his wife was in labor when the children were born, and doing work is called labor. Then he said, " Isn't there a town around here that's called Labor? It's not too far away." We were really puzzled. A town called Labor? Then Terry suggested, "LaBolt?" And Joel's face lit up. That made us laugh, but labor and LaBolt do have the same 4 letters at the beginning. 

We also talked about Halloween and if any of us would wear a costume or not, or who we would be if we dressed up. Joel said he'd be Adam. Terry asked if he'd use a fig leaf to cover himself, and someone piped up that he'd use a cilantro leaf.  Of course that made us all giggle.

We stopped at Pete and Betty's on the way home because Betty had let us know she'd baked pies and there would be some available. Very good. We also got to meet Fred, a friend of theirs, and enjoyed visiting.

John 12: 23 Jesus replied,"The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life."

Goodnight.   KT&D

Monday, October 17, 2016


This morning I mixed up another z-cake for the freezer because the very large zucchini on the cupboard needed to be used. I put 4 bags of zucchini in the freezer for more cakes.

Terry went out to do some chores and move the cows out of the CRP pasture south of the house to be with the rest of the herd out back. The phone rang and it was Terry,"Close the gate by the big shed! The cows are on a dead run and headed that way! Hurry!" Thank goodness I already had my shoes on and could just run as fast as I could (not so very fast any more...) and I beat them to the gate! I won! Terry said he'd been leading them out of the pasture and around the slough when he turned around and saw the bull take off like crazy with all the cows and calves following him.
 The cows that made me run.

Terry took the tractor to the north pasture to bring home the cattle oiler and creep feeder. I followed with the pickup and trailer to load the corral, the mineral barrel, steel posts, and wire.

It was a nice morning, but after dinner the wind came up from the north and east and blew hard. Again. Terry tried to spray some thistles, and I began mowing the house yard. That was a dirty job in the wind. Dirt and grime made their way to my skin even though I was wearing bib overalls over my jeans and a hooded sweatshirt over my shirt.
 Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Goodnight- Kathy, Terry, and Dandi

Sunday, October 16, 2016


The sunrise was gorgeous on our way early church, and the bright moon setting in the west was cool, too. We were even a couple minutes early for church. Today we celebrated Mission Festival by having Pastor Curt Seefeldt from the Lutheran Homes preach. Instead of the regular Bible classes, Pastor Seefeldt talked about Altzheimer's. We thought his presentation was very interesting.

Since we had not planned on staying for the pot luck (and I hadn't had time to make anything), we went home to move more cows. I think we would have enjoyed the rest of Pastor Seefeldt's presentation which he gave after dinner.

When we left church, the wind had come up. (Surprise, surprise.) Terry later heard on the radio that the winds were 35 mph gusting to 45 mph.

After eating leftover spaghetti for the 3rd or 4th time, we headed back to the pasture. Terry was afraid we wouldn't get the last 21 head into the corral, but they went very nicely. Terry drove back and forth while I stayed. I hiked around in the pasture, going a different direction every time he left with a load. I figure I walked more than 5 miles with my achy feet aching with every step.
I won't have to wade through this little crick to fix the fence any more.
 One of the areas with a spring. Once upon a time someone had tried make a well there. 

 This part of the fence was always a nuisance to fix. Dead trees almost always blew over and landed on it.                    
                          A very rocky hill.
  Only a little water in the large slough on the north end this year.

 In early summer it was always so much fun to be driving along, checking the fence or chasing a cow, and driving into one of these large holes that you didn't notice because of the grass. For a split second, the pickup and the fencing tools and I would be airborne and then come crashing down.

Sheila and Smiley (Sunflower) waiting their turn for a ride home.  Gidget and Jaclyn didn't have calves in the north pasture. Gidget's calf, Brenda, died from the crypto plague.
 Some of the cattails in this slough are 9-10 ft. tall.

Time for some shut-eye. Goodnight.  
                                                                                                                     Yhtak, Yrret, and Idnad

Saturday, October 15, 2016


Hear ye! Hear ye! There were only light winds when we got up this morning.

Terry did chores and fed hay to the cows here at home. I cleaned up the kitchen and scrubbed the floors. We didn't head to the north pasture until 11 o'clock. We re-arranged the corral and made a short alley-way for the cows to go down before getting into the trailer. Then we rounded up the herd and slowly made our way across the pasture. Better to go slow that to get them all excited and ornery.
Over half of them went into the corral. We sorted off the calves without a mother and cows without a calf . That left us with 17 pairs, Jaclyn and Karl in the corral and we could just load them up and take them home because all of those would be going home today- every calf in the corral had a mother and every mother in the corral had a baby- except for Karl and Jaclyn.
Terry took the first load and I took the second. While I was at home, I made a pb&j sandwich for me and just a j sandwich for Terry. They weren't all that great, but they filled our stomachs. Plus, we had Fireside apples and peanut butter cookies along.

Terry took every load after that and didn't even ask if I wanted to take another load. After the 2nd to last load, only Shania and Dalton were left in the corral. I rearranged the corral, locking Shania and Dalton in a small area and opening up the other part. Then I brought the rest of the cows up again. This time I had 6 more cows and 7 calves which I narrowed down to Lisa and Diane and Norma and Beatrice so we'd have a full load at the end. I was sure glad to get Lisa and Diane because Lisa is one of those cows who is rather contrary and has her own ideas!

There are 21 critters left in that pasture up there. Terry called and cancelled the guy with the long trailer since we should be able to get those tomorrow afternoon.

 This little guy and several others were not bashful at all. They would stuff their cheeks with corn that we'd taken to lure the cows into the corral or chew on apples. (The cows in this pasture didn't care for apples.)
 One of the waterholes.
  Cattails against the sky, and cattail dust. Yesterday the load of dark clothes that was hung out to dry came in with cattail dust all over it. That cattail dust could have come from 2 miles away with the high winds we had.

 Leah and Kyleah
We got home at dark thirty, filthy dirty and ready for supper. I fried deer meat, nuked a couple of potatoes, and fixed some yellow beans. It sure tasted good!

The sheep are so, so sheeply! Terry fed them after dark and they couldn't figure out how to go around to get their corn. I went out in my housecoat to coax them but they acted like they'd had no clue. Finally I entered their pen and walked along the fence to a large open gate. They still didn't know what to do until Johnny remembered he could go around that gate. The rest followed and then they knew where to go for their corn.

Psalm 135:3 Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant.

Time for bed!    Kathy, Terry, and Dandi