Boyd Udy spent last week in his camp trailer in Farmington when he wasn’t pushing cows for the Utah Cutting Horse Association. Since there were approximately 1,500 cows to push at one-hour intervals, he didn’t have much time to eat or sleep in the heated comfort of his home-away-from-home. The last three days, daughter Jessica rode with him on one of Crocker’s older offspring. “She’s a real good hand,” Boyd says proudly, “and she is glad to get back to riding again.” Boyd says granddaughter Kynzee likes to ride, too.
On Saturday morning there was ten inches of snow on the ground. “That’s all right,” says Boyd. “We were inside. It keeps the horses fresh and on the ball, too.” He commented that the horses would see a gate and just want to lean in so it could be opened.
Laura Wheatley reports there is only one kitten left of the four born to their mother. “We don’t know why,” Laura says. “Another thing that seems strange is that the daddy cat is a real part of its life. He lets the kitten jump on his sides and occasionally plays with it.” Due to the cooler weather Laura and the girls haven’t been going outside too much.
Starr Mitchell reports winterizing around the house and yard. There is a huge amount of leaves to rake and prepare for composting. The Mitchells are enjoying being “cozy” in front of their fire in the house. Granddaughter Gabrielle is smiling at all kinds of things and is doing fine. She is recognizing Granny and Grandpa. The chickens are only laying eggs sporadically. Hopefully this is only a winter thing. The couple will keep the birds until next spring and see. The calves are growing well.
Cleo Petit reports enjoying things just the way they are. She and Gary are free to go for a drive from time to time and check things out. “It’s nice to be just home,” Cleo says.
Clynn and Winnie Richman had a slow week. They watched the election returns for the early evening and tried to watch the news for something different. They found the weather and turned in early.
Wednesday Winnie and Carolyn Carter went to art class. Winnie added highlights to the picture she thought was finished, then made great progress on a new canvas. “I like the 8×10 size,” she says. “It gets finished sooner.”
Sunday was a very restful day. Even chores and watering didn’t seem so onerous in the late afternoon half light. “I will love Dec. 22, when the days begin to get longer,” Winnie laughs.