February 7, 2019 — We lost one of our own. My brother-in-law, Bob Burke, passed away on Feb. 1, just a day after his 68th birthday. Cancer is a wicked enemy. He fought it valiantly. I won't say it won though, because Bob won. He had accepted his Savior
January 31, 2019 — This weather sure has gone from one extreme to another. From a chinook that blew the snow into water and made the creeks and draws run to bone freezing record cold, all in a couple of day's time, leaving the ground a sheet of ice.
October 10, 2018 — It's sure been a cold and dreary week or so. I hope by the time you read this we are back to more seasonal fall weather. There was quite a bit of moisture accumulated through all the cold though, both as rain and as snow.
October 5, 2018 — Did I miss something? Did I sleep through October? It feels like we went from September to November. It's kind of like how we didn't have April this year either, just 60+ days of March. It makes a person start searching for their winter woollies.
September 27, 2018 — We finally had a hard frost here on Cottonwood Creek. That should take care of the flies until May. There are a couple of big ones buzzing around here in the house but they are slow enough that even I can get them swatted. I
September 19, 2018 — It sure looks like fall is upon us. The leaves are changing on the trees, nights are cool and crisp, and the horses are getting that velvety look in the morning. Everyone is busy shipping yearlings, preconditioning calves, and getting hay hauled in from the
September 13, 2018 — The days are getting shorter and mornings cooler. A few mornings have given the saddle horses that velvety look. They haying is nearly done here. It's all baled, but I don't consider it done until we have it in the stack yards. It's a good
September 7, 2018 — What beautiful late summer weather we're having. The calves are really on the gain since the mid-summer black fly scourge has ended. They can handle the horn flies just fine apparently. The passing cycle of black flies (or whatever you call them that is printable)
August 23, 2018 — The cooler weather has sure been welcome, as was the inch plus of rain we got last week. The grass is sure trying to green up again, especially visible where it was hailed so bad. First off, congrats to Tom Kelly, Cheyenne, Wyo on being
August 16, 2018 — I went to a funeral today for a lifelong friend. I don't ever remember not knowing Betty Smeenk. She and Jack were friends of my folks and everyone I knew at the time. I grew up knowing her kids and they've all been lifelong friends
August 8, 2018 — As they say, what goes around comes around. It was finally our turn for the hail and we got a dose of it. It wiped out a lot of grass, stripped the trees in one pasture, bruised up the cattle in that pasture, tore up
August 2, 2018 — That cooler weather was sure a nice break, wasn't it? It gave the stock a little respite from the worst of the flies too. I've heard that a lot of folks are seeing more than normal footrot in the cattle. We are too. We've boosted
July 26, 2018 — I can't believe that August is almost here. What happened to summer? It's been a busy one for everyone, and especially for those putting up hay. What a blessing an abundant hay crop is for many, even with the challenges of rain and storms to
July 19, 2018 — The July cycle of heat, rain, humidity, heat, wind, rain has continued. We finally got started haying, which brought on the first measurable precipitation in a while. It's so good to see all the round bales out across the fields this year. It's been a
July 10, 2018 — I hope by the time you read this that is has figured out how to cool off again. It was 100 degrees today with a significant breeze. It's amazing how fast the grass changes color under those circumstances. There have been more wicked thunderstorms around
July 5, 2018 — There's been wind, rain, hail and more tornados around the region! I'm thankful for the moisture, but the folks who lost their grass and fields, plus have damaged buildings, equipment and homes probably aren't as chipper about it. Hopefully it's early enough to regrow the
June 26, 2018 — The grass is still growing and it's still getting little showers to encourage it in my area. I was thrilled to hear that some good friends in southern New Mexico were finally getting rain. Pictures she sent of their cows when they were moving them
June 21, 2018 — Hallelujah for the much needed rain and runoff to fill dams. I realize some of it was a little excessive in a few areas, but it sure beats a hot, scorching wind! I was tickled to get nice showers nearly daily for about 5 days,
June 13, 2018 — I see some hay getting put up around the country. It's nice seeing those bales out across the fields, especially against the empty stack yards. It's going to take a while to catch up on inventory. Most two-year olds could count high enough to get
May 30, 2018 — It rained! Hallelujah! We had one day of 92 degrees with a high wind and it was starting to look like spring was over and the haying equipment might as well stay in cold storage. Then it rained. I'm not saying we're out of the