Wednesday, September 28, 2016

2016.9.28

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS -  SEPTEMBER 28, 2016 - WEDNESDAY
Howdy! We awoke to a very cloudy morning. The dj on the radio said the sun was shining so nicely in Watertown. Really? I called Rosie and asked her. Yup, the sun had been shining since dawn. About 12:30 our clouds moved out and the afternoon was really nice. The wind even went down.

Terry set posts at the end of the soy bean field because we plan on letting the cows graze it. On his way home, he saw a sparrow hawk chasing a sparrow. They flew right in front of him into the slough. Terry had to glance at the road and when he looked again, the hawk was flying with the sparrow in his talons. Last winter a sparrow and a sparrow hawk almost hit Terry in the nose while he was doing chores.

I picked tomatoes this morning and then canned some more. I canned 3 qts. + 8 pts. Then I filled the crock pot with tomatoes and am letting them cook down. A large Tupperwared container full of tomatoes is sitting on the cupboard waiting to ripen.

When Terry checked cows yesterday, he mentioned that one didn't look quite right, but he thought she'd be fine. Today Dean called when he was spraying and told us we had a dead critter over east. It was Debra, a heifer.

I began scraping paint off the old shop.

When Terry came home mid-afternoon, he could hardly walk. He had a lot of pain in his right knee and right calf. He decided he should see a bone cruncher, so we went to Clear Lake. Ross examined him and said it was his sciatic nerve that was causing so many problems and gave him a treatment. He also said to put ICE on it for 20 minutes at a time, and then come back in the morning before his dental app't.

For the first time in months, I walked over to Lake Alice. On my Monday walk, I saw 17 bluejays. Today I saw some again.
The first picture is of the big cottonwoods on the hill.

The second is milk weed fluff.

 I saw the deer before they saw me, but I couldn't sneak up quietly enough.

  Romans 15:1-2 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.

Sleep tight.   TK&D

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

2016.9.27

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - SEPTEMBER 27, 2016 - TUESDAY
The wind continued to blow today, and the clothes didn't stay on the line. However, it was sunny and the temps were in the 60's.

Terry and I returned to poison pocket gophers this afternoon. That was a frustrating time because we couldn't locate their runs! We'd poke and poke holes into the ground, but not find any tunnels. Well, we found a few, but not very many. And it seemed so hard to poke the prod into the ground and even harder to pull it out. The ground was kind of sticky and it didn't want to let go of the prod. When and if we'd find a tunnel, it was way down deep. That was part of the problem. Maybe the gophers know something we don't want to know--that winter will be very cold and very long?

I checked on Emma tonight. She is doing just fine. She ran all around with her tail in the air.
 
I hab a code and am feeling sorry for byself. Oh, woe is be! And I've been eating lots of tomatoes and apples and watermelon and pears. OK. Enough of that. I will get better soon.  At least I'm not as bad off as these guys.

Here's another one.

For supper we put left over bar-b-q in tortillas along with some cheese. I added refrigerator pickles to mine. They were very tasty.

I forgot to tell about the 'fun' we had on Sunday with the boat that Terry bought from Bev and Bev delivered to our women's w.e. We couldn't hook it up to the Tahoe until the others had left the small parking area. When we hooked up and plugged in the lights, the ground wire was barely long enough. We didn't want it to break, and we looked all over for a screw driver so we could unhook it. The gal at the office didn't have one, we didn't have any in our glove compartments, and the guy at the Garage Mahal across the road hadn't left any in his vehicles either. As I pulled the boat up the steep incline to get on the road, the wire broke right away. So we drove to Paynesville where someone at Casey's told us to go to the Fleet store down the road. There I bought a short length of wire and some electrical tape, and borrowed a screw driver and a sharp knife from a clerk. Then I spliced the new wire on to the old one, wrapped the splice with tape, and screwed the end down really tight. It worked! And we were able to head down the road so we could get Laura and Hannah to the airport on time. Laura called me "Mrs. McGyver". : )

I'm off to bed.

Psalm 116:5-6 The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. The LORD protects the simplehearted; when I was in great need, he saved me.




Monday, September 26, 2016

2016.9.26

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 - MONDAY
Howdy! We had strong NW winds all day, so it was rather cool.

A few more pictures from the w.e.

 Terry made a trip to Clear Lake and then checked on the cows up north.  While he was gone, I picked tomatoes. I picked quite a few, but they are not ripening real fast. That's OK with me. Pears are falling from the tree and some of them are almost ripe. The sheep like to eat the damaged ones.

I took a walk this morning. My plan was to meet Terry on his way home. The farther I went, the more my feet hurt and I could hardly wait for him to come. Eventually he came and I could ride back.

A hole had developed beneath the waterer that Terry had so many problems with last winter, so he sealed it up again and hauled in lots of dirt. This time the ground shouldn't settle so much because he really packed it in and, hopefully no mice can get to chew on the insulation.

Later we stopped to see Delores for awhile before we poisoned pocket gophers. Pocket gophers have been working like crazy on the land over by Butch's and have made nice big mounds. We didn't finish and will have to go back tomorrow. I sure hope they find the 'food' we left for them in the runs between their dens.

Psalm 112: 5 Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice.

Kathy, Terry, and Dandi







Sunday, September 25, 2016

2016.9.25

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS -  SEPTEMBER 25, 2016  - SONDAY
Yup~ I've been on vacation and what a vacation it was! On Thursday evening we drove to Sioux Falls to pick up Laura and Hannah.  Hannah was up early on Friday to find the kittens.
After dinner we left Terry to fend for himself and headed to the Bugbee Hive Resort on Lake Koronis. We had an awesome time.


                                                                                                    Splish-splash, we were takin' a bath
 Relaxin'

The whole clan.
 Visitin'
 Huntin' for vittles.

 On the lake

And then we left and came home. Terry and I took Laura and Hannah to the airport this evening. 

Goodnight!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

2016.9.22

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - SEPTEMBER 22, 2016 - THURSDAY -  AUTUMNAL EQUINOX
I had a busy day - mostly in the kitchen. After feeding poor Oscar, the cats, and the sheep, I made zucchini bread. I had forgotten how good z-bread is. We have really been enjoying the z-bread I made a week ago. I made a kettle of bar-b-q and some buns for this w.e.--our Women in the Woods Weekend. And the bathrooms were cleaned!. (Hurray for me! : )).

Terry had a dentist appointment to make another appointment for next week. He's had a tooth that's really bothering him. He also checked on the cows out back, over east, and up north.

After dinner I started working on tomatoes. I canned 10 pts and 4 qts, but one qt. didn't seal. There's quite a pile of almost-ripe tomatoes left that I think I'll take along to WWW.

We drove through fog and drizzle to the Brookings County line when we went to Sioux Falls this evening to pick up Laura and Hannah for WWW. Laura hasn't been able to come for several years, and Hannah has never been there. Their plane landed sooner than expected, but they really didn't have to wait for us. Coming home, we hit the fog when we left Brookings County and came into Deuel. It was thick on the way to Clear Lake and thicker after we turned on the Altamont Rd. But when we turned on our back road, it cleared up a lot.
A sparkly spider web.

Laura, Hannah and I are looking forward to WWW at the BugBee Hive Resort even tho' it's supposed to be drippy and rainy!!  Goodnight.             Kathy, Terry, Laura, Hannah, and Dandi

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

2016.9.21

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 - WEDNESDAY
Terry and I were watching a You Tube video of Norman F. this morning when we heard a horn honk. What in the world? Oh, my. It was Linda and she was here to pick me up for women's Bible study. I was NOT ready.

Later, Terry also came to town. He pulled a small trailer with some old barbed wire and other metal objects to sell at the recycle place in Kranzburg. He got the oil changed in the car and did some other stuff.

The ortho said my teeth look just fine, and Dr. Scott clunked my ailing neck.

It was a gloomy, overcast day with a few sprinkles.

I walked out to check on Emma when we got home. She is doing fine, but I'd sure hate for her to get the dreaded crypto and not get treated right away.


Returning to the video, I think many more people should do that. It was very interesting.

Psalm 118:8-9 It is better to take refuge in the LORD that to trust in man. It is better tot take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes.

Goodnight. K, T, and D







Tuesday, September 20, 2016

2016.9.20

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - SEPTEMBER 20, 2016 - TUESDAY
I walked out to check on the cows in the back pasture this morning. They were so friendly and came right up to see me. Melvin let me pet him. So did Ernie, but I was not surprised by that because he has always been really tame. Even the cows let me touch them.

Knock-kneed Ernie.
                            Charlie, the one who hid in the slough until he was 2 weeks old.
 #90. She used to be such a rebel. Today she wanted to be near me. 
 Ramona, Charlie's mom.
Terry spent all day sorting and moving the wire and posts that we removed from the GF&P land. Those fences had been in a long time, so some wire was good while some was brittle and rusty. Most of the wood posts were rotten, but most of the steel posts were still good.

When I made the bed in the guest bedroom this morning, I noticed that the mattress was slanting. Somehow the box spring had slipped down in the frame and was wedged there. I don't know how long it had been like that. No one who has slept in that room complained about rolling out of bed. Terry had to readjust the frame since it we had a double frame bolted to a queen-sized headboard. 

I picked a bunch of tomatoes, but I also threw out a whole bunch of them into the alfalfa field because they were rotten. Some were rotten because I hadn't noticed them under all the vines in that jungle. Worms (wire worms? earth worms?) also had made holes in some so they were spoiling.  During the winter I would like to build some supports for the tomatoes like Mom's neighbor, Bonnie, has so the tomatoes don't rest on the ground. Her husband built some really sturdy ones.

The potato crop wasn't real good this year. I dug 3/12 rows of them and only got 1 1/2 pails. They sure are tasty, tho'! When I finished the potatoes, I picked beans. The green beans have been prolific. 
All these wonderful box elder bugs come from cracks and holes in the garden. There are thousands of them. After I took pictures, I sprayed them with Tempo. Not sure if that did anything to eliminate them.

Psalm 107:8 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love, and his wonderful deeds for men, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

And another nice day is done.  Kathy, Terry, and Dandi