So my good friend Mike inquired as how my pal was doing. He is still healing but things are so much better.
He has regained the twenty pounds he lost after the accident, and his wound is barely open. Time heals all.
Every once in a while he still has a little difficulty eating when he gulps his food. But he eats well, no longer painfully turning away from the food I just poured. Frank has kept him well supplied with sausage and biscuits from time to time. He immediately sits when I walk through the door with the aluminium package of happiness.
He rode down to Texas and back to deliver three horses that will one day be living in France.
He was happy to see his friend Sammi who is known to spoil him rotten as well.
He is still the happy, jumpy, tough guy he has always been. Going on alert when he sees the horses. Barking when they are playing with each other. He refuses to move when I start the shop vac insisting I vacuum his big self first.
He sleeps harder than he used too. But that is okay. He has earned it putting up with me all these years.
It was snowing when I took these pics. Snow still excites him !
Dos yeguas dama. Dakota Del Norte
Happy Holidays to everyone, everybody, and everything !
Deer tracks on frozen Beaver Creek. Linton, North Dakota
Snow has come to Linton, North Dakota !
Some shots of a roundup of 28 Nokota Horses
You start by dressing for the occasion after all it is North Dakota.
Then you drive to the pasture, park, and grab a pick-axe.
Take the pick-axe lay the head of it on the top wire of the three strand barbed wire fence so that it will partially pull the wire down. Then use the top of the pick-axe as a stable cane and step over the wire. Carefully.
Then start hiking. Use the horse trails. The trails made by horses that is. Observe the beauty and remind yourself how lucky you are. Don’t leave the pick-axe, you are going to need it.
The whole time the majority of your customers have their heads up watching what you are going to do.
Get to the water that is now sheathed in Winter’s grip.
Now start picking.
In no time you should get a decent enough hole open.
If you are lucky one or more customer will come partake in the product you are trying to give them access to.
Take a selfie. Get more than you and the horses rear in the pic. Your friends would have a field day.
Walk back using the horse trails. Similiar to game trails but way bigger!
Observe the beauty, and feel the indescribable feeling of joy of being there in that moment.
Look for wild animal tracks.
Cross the barbed wire again.
Sit in the truck and observe all around you. Tell yourself how lucky you are. Over and Over!