Grand River RoundUp

It isn’t officially winter yet, but you’d never know that if you spent any time outside this week. Most days the temperatures stayed below freezing and it snowed a few times.

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I dug the rest of my beets and carrots Monday afternoon and got the carrots washed and stored. I made seven jars of beet pickles Tuesday morning with the last of the beets. There are still a bunch of tomatoes that need canned, but I hope to get those taken care of soon.

Our neighbor from the Ralph area, Edith Smolnikar, had a birthday this week. Edith is currently living in the nursing home in Hettinger and she turned 106 on Tuesday, making her the oldest resident from Harding County, if not the oldest in both North and South Dakota. Happy Birthday Edith!!

Tuesday was Halloween and after years of not having any trick or treaters here, we were visited by Miss Copper dressed as a little old white haired lady. At just over 8 months, she can’t eat candy yet, so Amanda did that for her. After they left here, they went up to Ralph to visit her other grandparents and some of the neighbors. Lanie posted a picture on Facebook of Trace dressed up as Alfalfa from the Little Rascals, but didn’t say if he got to go trick or treating in Dickinson. I might be a little biased, but these two little sweethearts are just the cutest!

Wednesday morning these guys butchered four pigs we got from Tony Holt and we spent all day cutting and wrapping the pork. The freezers are full of pork chops, spare ribs and roasts, the hams are curing in brine, and Reub got the bacon smoked and sliced a couple days later. The hams will go into the smoker soon, and the pork scraps are frozen to be made into sausage after we butcher the next beef. The pork fat is also in the freezer waiting until I have time to render the lard. Just writing this makes my mouth water.

Tony always gives one of the pigs to the Dolls and I took their pork up to the Hackamore Thursday morning, along with a sack of tomatoes for Janet. We had time for a cup of coffee before I came home to give Reub a ride to Whitewood to pick up his pickup. I stopped in Spearfish on the way home and called Guy to wish him Happy Birthday that afternoon on his way home from work.

There were lots of birthdays this week. Cassie Holt and Bryce celebrated their birthdays on Friday. Both girls were born in Hettinger on the same day, so we call them the twins from other mothers. Guy, Cassie and Bryce have a few years to go before they catch Edith Smolnikar though.    

The weather was miserable on Friday. It had snowed in the night and the temperature never got above freezing all day. Reub was headed to Dickinson that morning, but the roads were so icy by the time he got to New England, he turned around and came home. The guys spent the rest of the day out in that miserable cold tearing down an old stockade over across the highway before Taz left late that afternoon to drive to Brookings for a rodeo on Saturday.

Harding County cowboy Jesse Bail was inducted into the South Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame in Pierre Friday night. Jesse was a 12-time NFR qualifier with over $2 million in career earnings and is the only South Dakotan to win the Bill Linderman award. In 2000-2001 he qualified in 3 NFR events: saddle bronc, bull riding and steer wrestling. He has a long history of professional highlights from 2000 to the present. He has been a competitor and supporter of the Match of Champions Bronc Ride in Fort Pierre. And on top of that, Jesse is a really nice kid. Congratulations Jesse – you make us proud!

Linda Mohagen and I joined a lot of other EMTs in Buffalo early Saturday morning for an all-day EMT training session. I missed getting training hours at the state EMT convention in Spearfish last Saturday because we were weaning calves that day, so this was a good way to get more hours. Connie Putnam gave a presentation on organ and tissue donations. She is the daughter of my old friend former Rep. Jim Putnam from Armour and it was a pleasure to meet her.

Casey and Missy went down to Nebraska Saturday to do some carpenter work on Bryce’s house over the weekend. The project took a little longer than planned and they still aren’t home yet as I write this on Monday. Jace Jenson and Taz spent Sunday rounding up Jace’s cattle at Sage’s place south of Lodgepole and hauling them home to Ralph for the winter.   

We were able to switch back to standard time this weekend. I really dislike Daylight Savings time and enjoy turning our clocks back where they belong.  Some folks in U.S. don’t bother changing their clocks. There is no time change in Hawaii, most of Arizona, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas.

We can blame Canada for starting it on this continent. Daylight Savings time started in 1908 in Thunder Bay, Canada, to squeeze in an extra hour of daylight. In the United States, it began in 1918, but the nation has tinkered with it endlessly, changing dates or repealing it for a while altogether.

You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight savings time and where all that daylight we saved is stored. When told about the daylight saving time a wise old Indian said “Only the Government would think that you can cut off a foot of the top of a blanket, sew it on the bottom and think you have a longer blanket”.