I know, it’s been FOREVER. I DO READ MY COMMENTS, I do! I went back a ways and tried to gather the latest questions, but forgive me if I miss yours because I didn’t go back far enough!
- As for yesterday’s pic of the black bear on the mountain…. No, we don’t see them often, but we hear reports on occasion, and I did have the encounters with Mr. Bear. And a few months later, again. They’re out there just like mountain lions and bobcats and coyotes (thankfully no wolves or grizzlies).
- Becky: Where is Panama now? Did the grandkids inherit him? Hope he is still living his best life! Oh, he definitely is. Lacee rides him sometimes, she did well with him at fair and the kids rodeo. He gets the nice easy days due an old man. She also rides the new horse Corona for the bigger days.
- A few of you wanted to know about Megan’s fossil. It’s a fossil snail and since there are thousands of kinds, I haven’t a clue beyond that. It’s not an ammonite since it doesn’t have the rings, but it is one big snail!
- Kay wanted to know if we sold the wood from the huge cottonwood that fell (from one of my Throwback Thursday posts). No, cottonwood is a soft wood and crooked (and hard to split). Some people will use the smaller limbs for firewood, and we let people come get some, or use it ourselves, but, no, we don’t sell it.
- Joan: Yes, the shirt and embroidery are amazing, but tell me about the buttons! (I’m a button person, as you may have guessed.) They look really interesting. Joan, like most western shirts, they’re snaps not buttons! I do agree, they look pretty snazzy on the shirt.
- Fred: Do any other members of the Ten Sleep Rodeo Association have a similar shirt? Not that I know of.
- Susan: How many miles do you take the cattle to go up the mountain? Well, that’s kind of a tricky question. It depends on which pasture they’re in. If we trail from the home place clear to the mountain pasture, you could be looking at roughly fifteen miles. Usually, we have them scattered in smaller pastures. If we truck them instead of trailing, the route is different. We’ve kind of gone to having them in smaller bunches so that the trails aren’t too bad, just 3 -5 miles.
- Marilyn: Never heard the term, Ash Devil. It is a mini-tornado? or a swirl of dust? Yes! “Dust devils” is the common term for those brief mini tornadoes of dust that are kicked up by the wind. Most are harmless, wind velocity being low. When they are formed over burned ground, instead of dust, it picks up ash to swirl it around. From a distance it looks like smoke from a fire.
- MaryB: I had no idea you could make jelly out of peonies. What does it taste like? It’s light and delicate and floral. I don’t know how to describe it. In fact, you can make jelly from almost anything. Dandelions, lilacs, and champagne have been on my list to make.
I think I’ll stop here tonight. More to come!Find me here!