We went to sorting again last night. Levi did pretty well. After his first run, he kind of locked up and they weren't doing to good. I showed him how to position his legs and body to get more speed out of Maggie and had him practice some small circles when it wasn't his turn to get her to loosen her neck. He had too really good runs where he almost got all ten cows in in the 60 seconds. He had fun but I can't speak for Maggie! She handles the trailering really well and seemed to like the activity, just not the work! She's starting to figure out how move the cattle.
We're going to the cowhorse sale on Saturday. We'll all miss Charlie. Bannie and he have so much fun playing. I'm going to put up a video of them play sparring pretty soon. I've enjoyed watching them play from the living room window. I hope Charlie does well at the sale. I'm looking forward to a day out.
Okay, as I'm working through the book editing it, I've been looking for interesting spots to post here as excerpts....so here's the first!
Hope you enjoy!
Excerpt from Chapter Nine
They were both silent for a moment, then Clint asked. "What are you going to do today?"
Amy made a face. "Mending. You boys wear out your clothes so
Clint chuckled. "I think I'll be outside all day!"
Amy laughed. "Yeah, I might be tempted to hand you a needle!"
After she had washed the dishes and tidied the kitchen, Amy settled down in the living room with her pile of mending.
With a sigh, she threaded her needle and picked up a shirt that was missing a button. Mending was not her favorite job, but it had to be done.
It was midmorning when Amy heard the door slam and looked up to see Anders, Daniel and Clint standing in the doorway. Water streamed off their clothes.
"You're soaked!" Amy exclaimed, standing up quickly. "Why weren't you wearing your slickers?"
"We were in the barn and thought we'd come in and get warmed up. We thought we could make it across the yard without getting too wet but I guess we were wrong." Clint shrugged his shoulders under his wet shirt.
Amy pulled some blankets out of the closet, and handed them out. Then she hurried to the kitchen saying, "I'll get some coffee."
When the coffee was hot, she carried it to the living room and handed them each a steaming cup.
"How lucky you are!" she said, sitting down and picking up her sewing again.
"Lucky?" Anders stared at her.
Clint chuckled and Anders shot him a puzzled look.
Amy grinned. "Uh-huh. You get to work outside while I have to do all this awful mending." she said, frowning at the pair of pants she was holding.
Anders shook his head. "I'd say you were the lucky one, working inside while we're out in the rain and cold."
"We could trade jobs." Amy suggested, winking at Clint.
"No way!" Anders exclaimed. "I'm not about to become a
Amy laughed. "You sure fell for my little trap, Anders. I didn't think you would agree to a trade though. How 'bout you Daniel?"
Daniel shook his head emphatically. "Count me out! I'll take the rain any day!"
"Well, I tried." Amy grinned.
"Amy tried to get me this morning." Clint told them. "She's a slick
"I think I'm dry enough!" Anders grinned. "It's safer outside!"
Amy spent the rest of the day mending, stopping only long enough to prepare lunch.
"Someone should invent a material that doesn't rip." she thought as she laid aside a hopelessly torn shirt. "I'm so tired of sewing."
"Stop it Amy Kentworthy!" she scolded herself as she stood to her feet and started for the kitchen. "Be thankful you have clothes to mend. Some aren't even that fortunate. I'll start supper. Dad and Daniel will be in soon and that will keep me busy to I won't have time for negative thoughts."
That evening, after supper, she and Clint sat in the living room listening to the rain pounding on the roof. Daniel had gone out to the bunkhouse to play checkers with Ken so they were alone.
"Amy, I want to tell you how pleased I was with your attitude today. I know you don't like mending and would have much rather been helping us outside, yet you remained cheerful and pleasant. Your mother would have been proud." Clint told her.
"Thanks Dad. I knew it had to be done, and that I could be miserable and unhappy about it or I could choose to be happy. I wasn't cheerful all the time, but whenever I started to feel blue, I just thought of the verse in Proverbs, 'A merry heart doeth good like a medicine but a broken spirit drieth the bones.'"
Clint nodded. "That's the way to think." he reached for his Bible. "Let's do our devotions now so you can get to bed." He thumbed through the pages. "Proverbs 26 tonight." He read the first two verses aloud. "As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool. As the bird by wandering, as the
swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come."
"What do you think the first verse is talking about?" he
"Well, I think its saying that just as it would be odd to have snow in the summer, a fool should not have honour." Amy said.
Clint nodded. "I agree. And the second verse seems to say a curse will not come upon us without cause. Meaning, maybe, if there is a curse, it comes with a reason."
They finished the chapter, then prayed together.
Clint set his Bible down and gave Amy a kiss. "Off to bed now! We've got a long couple days."