Grand River Roundup

There was some nice warm weather most of the week until the snow storm came on Saturday. It sure looks like winter out there now, even though it’s not supposed to get here for another three weeks.

Guest Columnist

  A whole lot of friends, neighbors and relatives attended Gail Coe’s 100th birthday party in Sturgis on Monday. Gail was a dear friend of my family and we have several mutual relatives. My father, Bryce White, was the boxing and track coach at Sorum high school before he enlisted in the Army before WWII started and Dad always said that Gail was one of the best boxers he ever taught. Do you suppose that might be why Gail is still in such great shape?

   The temperature was 40 degrees with no wind on Tuesday when the guys got the rafters set on the new building they are putting up over the cow chute. Casey had to leave early for the Harding County wrestling quad in Buffalo that evening. They didn’t get the end rafter set, but they got it done Wednesday morning before we had to leave for Reub’s appointment with Mary Eggebo that afternoon.

  Mel Eggebo has been taking cancer treatments in Rapid City the last few weeks. He had to be down there all week and Mary stayed with him. Reub had to miss some treatments while they were gone, but they are back in Hettinger now and Mary has got Reub back in working order.

  Casey went to help Bill Holt and the crew trail his cows home from down south of us on Thursday and Taz was up at Jenson’s helping Jace work his cows. The weather was beautiful that morning, so Reub and I cut and stacked a couple big loads of firewood to get ready for the nasty weather the weatherman was predicting for the weekend. Since it was so nice out, I got all the windows washed that afternoon. I made a big mistake though, since the weather was so beautiful I couldn’t resist letting my chickens out of the coop to enjoy it too. Unfortunately, something snuck around and killed three of them and crippled up another one. At least the only hen that still lays us an egg almost every day survived, but I’m not going to let them out again until we can get a tall fence built around the coop.

  It was still pretty nice out on Friday so Reub and Taz were able to get most of the sheeting on the new building while Casey took the Harding County wrestlers to the tournament in Custer. Amanda went in to Buffalo that morning to fill in for Kelly Fox for the 3rd day this week and I went down to the church to help the ladies decorate and clean the church to get it ready for Christmas. Amanda and Eric Schuchard found a large and very beautiful Christmas tree for us and it looks wonderful with all the decorations on it. It was still so nice out when I got home that I washed laundry to hang outside, put up the Christmas lights on the deck, and decorated our Christmas tree. Too bad that weather didn’t last!

  Reub found a cottontail rabbit that drowned in the water tank at our east place. He threw it in the back of the pickup to feed it to the cats and then forgot about it when he got home. The next morning Copper went feeding with her dad and she noticed the dead rabbit right away. She sadly shook her head and told the guys, “Oh no! No hop, no hop.” When Taz asked her if the rabbit was dead, she nodded and said “No hop, no hop” again. Copper will turn two this month and she is a smart little bugger, if I do say so myself!

  The Slim Buttes Christmas tea was Sunday afternoon at the church with a nice crowd of ladies showing up in spite of the snowy weather and bad roads. There was a plethora of goodies to munch on, a lot of fun games to play, and Linda Mohagen brought several different Christmas cards she had made for the ladies to craft their own versions.

  The road was still a little icy when we went to the pancake supper at the Ralph Lutheran church Sunday night, but the delicious pancakes and sausage and the chance to visit with old friends we hadn’t seen for a while made driving a little careful worthwhile.       

  Celebrating Gail Coe’s 100th birthday this week reminded me of this old-age story Ron Traver sent me last year:

  Thank God for Seniors!                 

  An elderly woman had just returned to her home from evening church services, when she was startled by an intruder.

  She caught the man in the act of robbing her home of its valuables and yelled: “Stop! Acts 2:38!” (Repent and be baptized, in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins may be forgiven.)

  The burglar stopped in his tracks.

  The woman calmly called the police and explained what she had done.

  As the officer cuffed the man to take him in, he asked the burglar: “Why did you just stand there? All the old lady did was yell a scripture to you.”

  “Scripture?” replied the burglar. “She said she had an ax and two 38s!”

   Knowing scripture may save your life – in more ways than one.