Boyd and Kris Udy welcomed Tyrell and Aaron Udy home for the weekend. Tyrell and Aaron are down from Billings where Tyrell works on a large horse ranch. He loves it.
Boyd is trying to keep warm and enduring the fierce cold. “It will pass in its time,” Boyd says.
Laura and Zane Wheatley and daughters Everly and Georgia attended a family party on Sunday at Dennis and Susan Hendricks’ home for all the people celebrating birthdays in January.
“Sadly,” Laura says, “the little laid back kitten the girls got for Christmas has died. We got another, but it needs to learn to like being held.” She reports the family is mostly well now except for a few lingering coughs.
Jim and Starr Mitchell report that granddaughter Gabrielle Mitchell is doing great. The senior Mitchell’s are keeping their wood burning stove filled with firewood and lit up just right. They also baked another pumpkin from their storage to make pumpkin cookies and roasted seeds. Starr says even in this cold weather, the back porch never gets below 40 degrees, so it’s great place to keep their potatoes, onions, pumpkins and other fruits and vegetables cold. “We still have a few pumpkins left,” Starr says.
Cleo Petit reports that keeping warm these last few days is “really doing something. We don’t have to go anywhere to be happy,” she says.
Aaron and April Richman came to Promontory to feed for Winnie and Clynn at the winter pasture down at the lower place. While feeding the cows, another little bull calf was observed.
On Wednesday Winnie noticed the taps in the kitchen sink were frozen. She immediately put a heat lamp to work and almost melted a plastic pipe under the sink. The water stayed frozen until Ken Hight came out and heated some pipes in the basement.
On Thursday Winnie had a doctor appointment in Logan to check out the results of the blue light procedure used on her in November. All is well. While in Logan Winnie enjoyed a little after-Christmas shopping.
Saturday afternoon Aaron and April came again to feed. They were late enough that chores and watering could be done when they came back. Winnie did chores and watering with April’s help.
April suggested a way to better drain the hose so it wouldn’t freeze. Winnie immediately implemented that idea. “You only have to coil a frozen 100-foot hose once, haul it in the back of the truck to the house and into the house to the bathtub,” Winnie says, “before you learn to drain it completely!” Aaron chopped ice while the ladies did chores.
Sunday was early church so Winnie did chores in the semi-darkness of early morning. She says she’ll surely be glad when the mornings get light earlier. Getting home early has its rewards, too … a nap, some lunch and chores and watering in broad daylight.