Letter to Dave

Dear Dave, I enjoyed our talk last week even thought it was cut short by the Achilles heal of cell phones, the network upon which they operate. The technology which has removed the phone booth from street corners across the nation never sounds as good, nor is as dependable, as the calls made from our kitchen using a phone that hangs on the wall. Anyway, they’re still pretty cool.

This spring has been changed by a real estate transaction. Travis Black and I have worked together for about nine years but recently he and is his family became our new neighbors. In the short time Travis has been a resident in our neck of the plain, he has already established a mammoth garden in addition to all of the work associated with moving into new digs. Last week, Travis came over to help me clear the woods back from our driveway. Just so you know, Dave, Travis is lucky enough to possess a build which would allow him to pass for one of our brothers-he is in no great danger of falling over due to high winds. Now I have seen some guys with a big chest, big arms and spindly legs who crumble at the first sign of physical labor; and then there’s Travis. He looked like a little firewood processing machine as he moved steadily through the brush laying waste to trees both short and tall, taking a break only when he had to occasionally hike up his pants.. I hate brushing; uneven ground, stumps to trip on, hauling chunks of wood through a ditches-the whole thing seems like suitable punishment for bad people. Travis made this mess kinda fun, the mark of a good worker and a person of character. Anyway, I’m glad Travis and his family got out of town into the country where they belong. They should also make this year’s “Bray township Cotillion” much more enjoyable.

Dave, much like you in Carrington, North Dakota; we have had our share of rain and cool temperatures. This is a recipe for good pasture growth which makes the cattle happy. Our pastures contain a lot of alfalfa which can make cattle bloat. Weather conditions have made our cool-season grasses outpace the alfalfa this year which had made bloat very uncommon for us. We have so much lush forage that it clings to our fences and creates “voltage drop” which means the electric shock decreases the further it travels from the fence energizer. A clean fence line will not do this unless it is longer than what the fence energizer is rated to handle. I used to spray fence lines but that only seems to open up ground for weeds to grow and is an unsustainable practice. I would rather divide our fence between more fencers and so that is what I am doing today.

I hope all is going well your way and that you have good neighbors and green pasture.

Your little bro’

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