What’s Inspiring Me Today — I’m reading through the Bible for the second time (I finished the last go-round a couple years ago and I figure my ability to understand it will only be helped by re-reading).  This time I’m doing it with the Kindle edition of the NIV Once-a-Day Bible.  This version is all set up with daily assignments:  a short reading from each of the Old Testament, the Psalms or Proverbs, and the New Testament, and if you’re consistent you can read the entire Bible in a year with it.  Of course, I’m not consistent.  But that’s not what I’m getting at here.  What’s inspiring me is a sentence from the short devotional at the end of today’s reading:

“Cultivating a grateful heart is one of the greatest investments we can make in our own spiritual and emotional health.”


Today’s Weather — High of 18.  Low of 0.  See title.


Today On The Ranch — Beau left about 6 a.m. for Billings.  First he unloaded Piggy at Project Meats, then continued into the city to pick up the right-size pump for the cantankerous well in the Twenty Two pasture.  He stopped in at home for a quick lunch, then headed to Horse Camp, which is about 15 miles from headquarters up the Sumatra Road.  The well had been down since Monday, with close to 500 cows in the pastures that utilize its water.  Attempts to fix the well kept getting waylaid this week, but Beau figured there was enough water left in Willow Creek and in Muggins Creek (both are intermittent streams) to keep everything watered for a few days.  But with this cold snap the shallow creek water is frozen tight, which made it crucial to get that well going today.  Beau worked all afternoon with Brian and Sam in the deep cold and — though several wiring snafus slowed progress and at some point during the day Brian’s back went out on him — they finally rigged it up and running.  Beau got home about 7 p.m.  He is very tired in the way that working outside in super cold can make a person.

As for me and the kids, we braved a short morning walk despite the cold.  Beau and I are extremely blessed to own a few acres of land just east of the feedlot here at headquarters, and the kids and I like to head over there on our walks and just dream our big dreams.  After that, it was just a good school day for us.


Favorite Pictures From Today

What I thought was an inch of snow last night was actually little more than a skiff this morning:



History class:  Snacking the way the ancient Romans did it!


© Tami Blake

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