Grand River Roundup

It almost felt like winter had returned this week. It froze every night and Tuesday morning we woke up to a skiff of snow.

The snow was a whole lot deeper south and west of here and the roads got pretty nasty in places. They had enough snow out in Wyoming that they had to close I-90 between Gillette and Buffalo. We still need moisture, but some of us are glad that we didn’t get that much snow.

There’s not a whole lot to write about this week because everyone is so busy lambing, calving, branding, and farming that there wasn’t time to do much else. Casey had therapy on his shoulder Monday, Reub was busy planting oats at Glendo, Amanda had to go to work, and Trig and Missy drove to Pierre to attend the Academic Excellence banquet with Gov. Daugaard, so I was the only help Taz had in the lambing shed that afternoon.

One outstanding student from each high school in South Dakota was invited to have lunch with the governor at the Ramkota in Pierre on Monday and Trig was the student selected from Harding County. Trig said he didn’t get a chance to talk politics with the governor, but he did shake his hand and got his picture taken.

Jace Jenson and Taz attended Artificial Insemination training in Bowman Tuesday through Friday. It didn’t get above freezing all day Tuesday, so Reub took a lunch with him and spent the day in the tractor getting the last of the oats planted and Casey and Missy spent the day in the lambing shed.

Wednesday Reub tilled up a garden spot for me next to the chicken coop and the chickens are loving it. They spent the next few days digging up angle worms and scratching through the manure Reub hauled in to fertilize the garden. Gardening with help from the chickens should be interesting. Trig and the Harding County seniors spent Wednesday in Rapid City on their senior trip. It’s hard to believe these kids will soon graduate from high school. Where does the time go?

Cal Thybo had surgery to replace his shoulder this week following his horse wreck last week will take a long time to heal. Willy Tenold has been in the hospital in Hettinger for quite a while. He’s hoping to be able to come home soon and they both need our prayers.

There was a big birthday party for Crystal Hanna and Bob Lewis in Hettinger Saturday afternoon. We had to miss the party because we had to brand on Saturday, but it sounded like a good time was had by all. Happy Birthday Crystal and Bob!!

Sunday morning started off with a bang when Casey and Taz found two coyotes in the sheep over at the east place. They hadn’t killed anything yet, so the guys went hunting. They shot the female but the male got away. Coyotes are terrible all around here. John and Noreen Green lost nine lambs to coyotes on Saturday and Scott and Lori Besler have their son-in-law, Clint Cummings, working on eliminating the coyotes around their place. So far Clint has killed eight of the dirty varmints this week.

Taz and his traveling partners pulled out for a rodeo in Oklahoma Sunday afternoon. We haven’t heard if they got caught in the blizzard that hit Kansas on Sunday.

The community Hymn Sing at Slim Buttes Lutheran Sunday evening had a huge crowd in attendance. The Bison Community Choir shared most of the songs from their Easter Cantata; Laura Johnson and Linda Mohagen, the Presbyterian ladies choir from Bison, Wade Hofer and several members of the Wiechmann family, the men’s group from Holland Center, and Kory Vanwyk entertained the crowd with some beautiful music. If you missed it, you missed a good one!

There will be a baby shower for Lucille Besler, infant daughter of Brock and Natasha Besler, at Slim Buttes Lutheran on Sunday, May 7 at 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon.

The school year is drawing to a close and there will be several area high school graduations in the next few weeks. With that in mind, I’ll leave you with this advice for high school graduates:

1. Say thank you to waiters, waitresses, housekeepers, and hostesses. Always tip in cash at least 15 percent. Their job is demanding. You never know, that could be you.

2. Laughter is the best medicine. Laugh out loud. Laugh often.

3. Take lots of pictures and get them developed. You will never regret this. People love looking at photo albums. “A moment lasts all of a second, but the memory lives on forever.”

4. Eat healthy food and exercise. That’s all you will ever need to know about staying fit.

5. Never text and drive. “It takes an average of 4.6 seconds to receive or send a text message. If you’re driving 55 miles per hour, you’ll cover 100 yards in that time span.” – David Mills on Pleasanton Patch

6. Don’t put anything on Facebook, Twitter, email or any social media that you wouldn’t want your grandma to read. “Don’t air your dirty laundry.” – Grandma

7. Embrace failure. We learn more from our mistakes than our successes. Thomas Edison failed 111,009 times making the light bulb. Kathryn Stockett received 60 rejections for The Help.

8. Being lucky is hard work. Oprah Winfrey said, “I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.” Go the extra mile. Reach for the stars. Don’t be satisfied with good enough. Look outside the box. Be a rule breaker.

9. Open a bank account. Save money. The sooner you start, the better off you will be. Don’t get a credit card unless you can pay it off in full each month.

10. Ask questions. What’s the worst that could happen? “He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.” — Chinese Proverb