This Indian summer that my husband predicted is wonderful! The 6 degree temperature when we woke up Tuesday morning was really chilly, but the 74 degrees on Thanksgiving and the rest of the week in the upper fifties and sixties more than made up for it.
I went in to Buffalo Tuesday morning for Norma (Clark) Vrondran’s funeral. Reub went over to see how Dennis Nash is recovering from his knee surgery when I went to Norma’s funeral. Taz went up to Reeder Tuesday and Wednesday to help Sage do some work on Melmer’s shop while Casey installed a new door on his house. Busy place around here!
Trig came home from college Wednesday for Thanksgiving break and he’s feeling a little better after his bout with mono and strep. He has gained back about half of the weight he lost when he couldn’t eat, but he’s still pretty weak. Slim Buttes Lutheran held the Thanksgiving pie social at the church Wednesday evening and, as usual, we all ate too much!
Thad and Angie had Thanksgiving at their house west of Bear Butte. Kanon was the only one of their kids to make it home, Angie’s parents, her sister and her nephew, and Guy and Megan and boys joined the group to help us eat a whole lot of delicious food.
Sen. Ryan Maher called me on my cell phone with some terrible news as we were driving down for Thanksgiving dinner. He was letting me know that our friend Rep. Craig Tieszen, 68, died on Wednesday. Craig spent 32 years with the Rapid City police department and served as the police chief from 2000 to 2007. He spent eight years in the South Dakota Senate until he was termed out and he was in his first year in the SD House.
Craig and his family were in the Cook Islands for his daughter’s wedding. Craig’s brother-in-law, Brent Moline, 61, tipped his kayak over and was in trouble, so Craig jumped in to try to save him and they both drowned. Because of their deaths the wedding has been postponed and funeral arrangements haven’t been announced yet. This leaves some terrible memories for their families.
Casey and Missy had Thanksgiving at their house for all their kids, except for Bryce who had to work. That afternoon, Taz and Amanda went to celebrate Thanksgiving at RonE and Starla’s and the rest of Casey and Missy’s crew headed to Rapid City for the NRCA Finals rodeo where Bryce joined them. Missy is the NRCA secretary and enlisted Lanie and Matt to help her because most of her usual helpers attended the wedding of Karli Gress and Cody Holmes in Bowman on Saturday.
The day after Thanksgiving was Black Friday so Reub and I went to Faith to do some shopping! The battery in my car had died Thanksgiving morning so we picked up a replacement for the old one and then we went to Gary and Lori Wilkins’ bull sale at Faith Livestock where we bought a really nice bull. Bill Holt also participated in the Black Friday shopping extravaganza when he used the internet to buy a couple of Wilkin bulls.
Amanda was in her cousin Karli’s wedding and she and Taz were at the wedding rehearsal Friday evening. Taz brought Copper home with him that night and she went to Faith with Taz and Reub to pick up our bull and Bill Holt’s bulls. After delivering the bulls, Taz and Copper went back up to Bowman for the wedding Saturday evening.
Carol Odell’s funeral in Buffalo Saturday morning was one of the largest funerals I’ve ever seen. Wally Stephens asked everyone who Carol had taught and every teacher who had taught with her to stand up. Over half of the large crowd stood up to honor of this wonderful lady.
More deaths to report: Billy and Colleen Galbreth’s daughter Margo, 36, passed away on Thanksgiving. Her funeral will be Saturday, Dec. 2nd in Hettinger with burial in the Hettinger cemetery.
Gene Lund, 102, died on Friday and his funeral will be this Wednesday in Faith with burial in the Faith cemetery.
Our sympathy goes out to all these families during this sad time.
Casey and Missy got home from the long rodeo weekend late Sunday night. Bryce and Trig had to go back to college, but Lanie, Matt and Trace came to spend Monday at the ranch. Missy took care of Copper when Amanda went to work in Buffalo on Monday and Copper and Trace sure had a lot of fun playing together. This great grandma had to go over to be entertained by the cute little buggers.
I’ll leave you with these two grandma stories:
*A grandmother was telling her little granddaughter what her own childhood was like: “We used to skate outside on a pond. I had a swing made from a tire that hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our horses and picked wild berries in the woods while we were camping out.”
The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this all in. At last she said, “I sure wish I’d gotten to know you sooner!”
*My grandson was visiting one day when he asked, “Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?” I mentally polished my halo and I said, “No, how are we alike?”
“You’re both old,” he replied.