Monday, September 4, 2017

2017.9.4

TEKA RANCH - WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS - SEPTEMBER 4, 2017 - MONDAY - LABOR DAY - SO WE LABORED
Last night at 11, the wind suddenly switched to the NORTH, so I got out of bed and closed all the north windows. Today was definitely cooler with the north wind. I heard one forecast that said the wind is going to blow harder tomorrow.

Theres' a couple of newsy items. #1- Mom has been told that she'll get her walking papers on September 15. That's the day she can go home. 

The 2nd newsy item isn't good. When Terry pulled out of the field tonight, he noticed a big oil leak under the tractor. He didn't want to sit on the road, so he came home as fast as he could. We found a leak in a line from a hydraulic pump to the transmission. He looked for a new oil line online, and there aren't any at the area dealers. It will take 3-5 days to get one shipped in. The hay is really nice and Terry has found someone to custom cut it in a timely fashion.

I saw Jack rabbit in the pasture this morning.

The air was not hazy today, even tho' the wind was from the northwest and I could smell smoke. Later this evening, I walked past the spot where we burned branches and garbage the other day. It was still smoldering. Do you suppose that's the smoke I smelled?  It was local smoke, not smoke from Montana?
 The dugout in the little pasture is VERY green. It looks like frogs should be able to walk across on top, but they don't. The plop, plop sound they make when they hit the water sounds different somehow, like it's muffled.

Terry moved bales out back and called to tell me that he was on a different plan because of all the rain.  ??? A passing cloud left some sprinkles in the yard, but we hadn't had RAIN. So Terry came home to see if I was telling the truth. He figured no rain had fallen further east, so he hurried over to begin cutting it. Normally we don't cut hay after September 1, but we've had plenty of moisture and it's nice and tall. Unless it would freeze hard real soon, it should be fine.
 My assortment of tomatoes. There are lots that are as big as a ping pong ball.  Others are rather flat and weirdly shaped. Then there are the Romano type ones that don't have a lot of flavor, but they fill up the jars faster. The dark colored ones are a "chocolate" tomato. They taste good- not like chocolate at all. I wonder if I could Terry to eat one if I told him really did taste like chocolate? He-eh-eh.

Several people have put pictures of painted lady butterflies on Facebook. We have them here, too, but my pictures aren't as good. (I'm going to try again tomorrow.) The butterfly 'hatch' must have been exceptional. Thousands of them are in the alfalfa field. Click on the pictures to make them larger to see the painted ladies.

Psalm 73:23-24 I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. 

KT&D



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