It was cold and snowy most of this week and the lowest temperature was almost 10 degrees below zero at 8:00 Thursday morning.
The temperature rose to 46 degrees on Sunday, it rained and snowed a little, and the wind blew so hard Sunday night that it felt like the roof might blow off the house! When I staggered across the sea of ice to check the rain gauge Monday morning, there was .20 hundredths of solid ice in the gauge. I keep records of rainfall for the National Weather Service and when I sent off my yearly report for 2018 we totaled 13.42 inches of moisture here. I don’t remember what our average rainfall is, but this seemed like a pretty good year.
One of my Golden Comet chicks is old enough to finally start laying eggs this Tuesday and now I get a brown egg every day, along with one big white egg and one little white egg. As soon as the other seven new hens start laying, I should be back to giving away eggs!
Reub and I went to Bowman for parts on Wednesday and then drove down to Buffalo for his PT appointment with Jacy Buffington. We stopped at Peaceful Prairies to check on Bill Vroman and visited with Verona and their daughter Linda Otis. Bill is out of the hospital and in rehab in Belle Fourche, the same place where Roger Nash is recuperating after surgery on his broken hip. Roger had a birthday last Sunday, so Judy made him a couple birthday cakes and several of his family went down to help him celebrate.
I had an appointment with Dr. Little in Spearfish to see what to do about my bad knee. I planned to stop in Belle Fourche to visit Roger and Bill in rehab, but I’ve been fighting a cold so didn’t think I should share it with them. I stopped to eat lunch when I went through Belle and ran into Colt Besler. Colt had hauled a couple beeves down to the butcher shop and was on his way home.
I was a little early for the doctor appointment, so I stopped to visit at the High Plains Western Heritage Center in Spearfish. Karla had some questions about the Harding County owners of several of the saddles they have on display at the Heritage Center. I was able to give her a history lesson about Sam Olson, Claude Olson, John R. Olson, and W.O. Brengle. If they have any more questions they can ask the new Heritage board member, Terry Matson. He is Claude Olson’s grandson, Sam and John R’s nephew, and his mother Jean (Olson) Matson ran the leather store in Buffalo that was started by W.O. Brengle.
We lost some more old friends this week. Jerry Poseley, 79, passed away at his home in Bison last Monday and his funeral was this Saturday in Bison with burial in the Bison Cemetery. Jerry’s mother was the cook at the Bison School all the years I went to school there and she was a wonderful cook. Every Thursday she served wimpies on homemade buns and even if kids didn’t ordinarily eat lunch at school, almost everyone ate there that day!
Eunice (Dake) Fox, 92, of Buffalo, died on Friday at the Belle Fourche Healthcare Center. A celebration of her life will take place Thursday, January 31 at Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche. Her inurnment will take place later in the spring in the Buffalo Cemetery.
The families of these wonderful people have our sympathy.
Taz drove home from the rodeo in Fort Worth, Texas and arrived at 4:00 Friday morning, just in time to help Reub with the chores while Casey and the Harding County wrestlers were at the tournament in Belle Fourche on Friday and Saturday. Reub went to Hettinger on Saturday and the roads weren’t very good, so he didn’t spend much time in town and came home early.
The government shutdown is over until February 15 and hopefully politicians will get in touch with reality and decide to protect our borders instead of fighting the president who is trying to stop illegals, drugs, terrorists, and human traffickers from coming across our border. The cost of illegal aliens to taxpayers totals just over $84 billion every year, which would pay to build a lot of barriers.
I’ll leave you with this:
THE LAWS OF ULTIMATE REALITY
*Law of Probability
The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.
*Law of Random Numbers
If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal and someone always answers.
If you change traffic lanes, the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now (works every time).
*Law of the Bath
When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.
*Law of the Result
When you try to prove to someone that a machine won’t work, it will.
*Law of Biomechanics
The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.
*Murphy’s Law of Lockers
If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.
*Law of Physical Surfaces
The chances of an open-faced jam sandwich landing face down on a floor covering are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet/rug.
*Brown’s Law of Physical Appearance
If the shoe fits, it’s ugly.
*Wilson’s Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy
As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it.
If you don’t feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there you’ll feel better. Don’t make an appointment and you’ll stay sick.
*Law of Logical Argument
Anything is possible if you don’t know what you are talking about.