Letter to Dave

Dear Dave,

We have a new cat, Dave; not an actual “on-staff” cat- as in house cat- but yet another stray who has made it to our place. A month ago, we had lost Maggie to a fisher attack and I assumed that was end of stray cats for Winter 2019, Dave. I was checking the house before bed Tuesday night and had to look twice when I checked our front door, and discovered a black cat. This one is smaller than Maggie but she also seems to be slightly more tame as she barely ran away when she first saw me. Anyway, I broke into full-on, cat-crazy mode and loaded up the outdoor dish with soft food. This new cat ate it all up in the time it took to brush my teeth. Although these relationships do not always end well, they always start with at least a little hope, Dave.

Spring planting is not too far-off and I keep seeing news reports on my agriculture shows, Dave. There is less confidence on the farm, more bankruptcies, fewer operating loans and we’re still waiting on China to buy those beans they promised to purchase. These are some anxious times on the farm but farmers are used to a financial model based on feast or famine so they know how to hunker down and wait for the full circle to close. We also should start off with decent soil moisture once spring convinces winter that her snow is no longer welcome in these parts.

Spring projects are coming into focus, Dave; most of the things I do around here take three years. Projects start with an idea then I start saving money. I then learn any special skills for the project and modify the design over and over until I arrive back at what I had planned in the first place. Construction usually takes time because I try to time the projects so that any rental equipment or hired labor can be employed one time to complete everything. Completion of projects for me is emotionally the same as post-game let down in football. Thankfully, something always needs improvement so the cycle starts again with another project the day after completion of the current one.

This spring, the projects mostly involve digging holes in the ground. I have spent the last two years remodeling the barn and asking questions about our little cattle operation. I want to be in a constant state of improvement so I ask visitors to our place how I can improve it. This is now year three and time to hire someone to dig fence post holes and take all the new gates and structures sitting in our sheds and put them into the ground. It will feel excellent to cap off the effort but I am already looking to future projects.

I hope all is going well in Carrington, Dave. Tell everyone hello, your little bro.

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