Friday, November 29, 2019

There are no words...

For how full I am.

Pretty small gathering this year for Thanksgiving. Four of my five sibs and their families were prevented from traveling by life stuff. My fifth sib was in Cheyenne with his wife and her Mom, who has recently had to put her husband into institutional care with Alzheimers.

So yesterday (Thanksgiving Day) was quiet around the ranch and featured exactly zero of the traditional foodstuffs.

However, the plan was for fifth sib, wife, son, daughter, and two dogs to join us today (Black Friday) for the big meal.

So that's what we did today. Groan. One plate just about foundered me.
Clockwise from 12 o:clock, Mashed potatoes with gravy, dressing with gravy, corn pudding, pumpkin gratin, spinach and artichoke casserole, deviled eggs (when you got a lot of farm fresh eggs you eat a lot of farm fresh eggs). Center Bull: Turkey with gravy.

Small crowd but a good crowd.

The kid likes deviled eggs.

Nebraska nearly pulled off an upset in their last game of the season, losing to Iowa 27-24 on a field goal with six seconds left. So they still suck, but they're making steady improvement. They'll be good again the day before football is outlawed forever. Nothing is permanent. Football wasn't even invented yet when the ranch was first homesteaded in 1885.

Weather today featured the thickest, most long-lasting freezing fog I've ever seen. I'll dump some pics here, followed by some possibly amusing but certainly too-long videos.  I'd write more but my gut is so full I'm having trouble reaching the keyboard.

Be well and enjoy the blessings of liberty.


  1. Not to be disagreeable, but, herebouts that wouldn't count as much of a fog. On a more agreeable note, those are good videos as they show a bit of what your life is like. Stay warm as you go about your daily tasks.

    Thanks for the post.
    Paul L. Quandt

    1. Trying to stay warm...

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting Paul!

  2. Corn pudding is the bee's knees, the cat's pajamas, the otter's Speedo! Man, that stuff is good! Especially with turkey gravy!

    Ice fog is beautiful in it's effect on trees, but not nice on the roads!

    I really like your kitchen! Room to cook in!

    1. All of that food was delicious, won't have to eat today...

      Winter weather is a challenge. It's the season of hard living.

      Thanks on the kitchen, it's great to cook in.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting Scott!

  3. I have not so fond memories of gathering wild ass heifers, a horseback, in that kind of weather in Oregon. Never been so cold in my life. Be thankful you have a warm pickup.
    Looks like a great yummy dinner to be sharing with family.

    1. Miserable yesterday, worse today with a ground blizzard. Chores done, cows happy with brilliant shelter in the trees and plenty of grub and water. Now I'm inside, warm, and going stir-crazy. :)

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting Brig!

  4. It's good to spend some time on the ranch with you and Red.

    Beautiful videos!

  5. Meant to comment earlier about that nasty looking scratch on the back of your right hand. Was that as a result of not wearing gloves while working?


    1. Pretty much. Just a typical barbed wire bite. Looks worse than it is.