The “Wild, Undomesticated” Homestead Longhorns …
… led by Betsy, the longhorn-Coriente mix cow.
Longhorn cattle are considered a “wild” breed, and are not allowed in the county and state fairs competitions because of their long, curved horns (which are to be avoided, as they sometimes suddenly toss or turn their heads without regard of something in their path).
Although they do not allow you to walk up to them and pet them, they seem to like to watch us, and have been known to come up to the fence and watch us when we are out working.
They are family-, or species-, oriented as they take turns babysitting the kids (calves), while the mothers are grazing. In the past, the fathers (bulls), Chester, and later, Chester, Jr. (or J.R.), could be seen with the calves surrounding them, playing while the mothers were all out eating grass or resting.
I have to admit, when Bill first mentioned getting longhorn cows, I was very uneasy about it.
I was almost to the point of asking him not to when I thought of all the critters Cora and I had brought home, and felt selfish in not wanting him to have what he wanted. However, I kept thinking of those unstoppable, dangerous cattle stampedes in the John Wayne movies, when they trampled and destroyed everything in their path.
Then we bought LulaBelle and a little calf named Betsy, and I became fascinated with them!
LulaBelle was always classy, a real lady, a great mother and a patient, tolerant and forgiving “wife.” She was also the leader of the herd as it grew in number.
When we lost her a while back, apparently due to age, it was a sad day here on the Homestead.
Betsy grew up, is also a good mother and although considerably shorter than the rest of the cows, she took over LulaBelle’s role as leader.
Second in command now is the Bartels’ girl, Geneva. Geneva is also a very nice cow, and a good mother. Bill especially likes her calves, which are always a good size, and hardy and healthy.
Living with Betsy and Geneva are the adolescents, Minnie, Miny and Moesia.
Stampedes? The only time they run (with Betsy in the lead) is when we drive up the lane and they run along side the vehicle (in the pasture).
What a welcome home!
Bill has mentioned from time to time about selling them; guess who objects.
After all, they are a unique part of the Homestead – they are family.
Sefton HCE Valentine’s Day Potluck Party …
… is Thursday, Feb. 9, at Golden Years building at 11 a.m. Take a Valentine, unaddressed, but signed by you inside. Also take valentines for four children, ages 10-11, three girls and one boy. Don’t forget the canned goods for the food pantry.
Birthdays-Hubert Williams, Judy Watson, Marybelle Ledbetter, Dick Lentz and Junior Gelsinger.
A recent Sunday mornings’ icy conditions caused two of our area ladies to fall, resulting in fractured hips. Our thoughts and prayers are with them for swift and complete healing.
This ‘n That
Spring is just seven weeks away (March 20), Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 11 (about six weeks away), and Easter is April 8 (early). Better get busy planning your garden.
Coming & Going
HCE members enjoy lunch
Flo Allen, Shirley Kliltzing, Dorothy Harpster, Anna Jean Rhodes, Phyllis Pryor, Anita Smith and Debbie Swain enjoyed lunch at Denny’s in Vandalia following the HCE Board meeting last week.
Catching Up with the Puleos and Debbie
The Puleos and Debbie McDonald went to Dix to visit with Wanda’s mother, Ethel Pittman, on Thursday, Jan.18. Phillip Bruce also joined them for a nice visit.
On Friday, Jan. 19, Ken and Wanda went to Sullivan for an afternoon appointment.
Afterward, they stopped for pizza at Monical’s in Shelbyville, and for shopping.
They started home about 5:45 p.m. and when turning south on Ill. Route 129, they noticed tiny little raindrops hitting the windshield. By the time they reached Cowden, the road was getting slick.
Son Mike called them advising that the road conditions were getting very dangerous.
As they continued on towards home, the conditions worsened and Ken did well to drive 20 miles per hour and soon had to go even slower.
It was a challenge nott to slide around on the road, and to manage navigating the several hills in the Moccasin Road area. They were very glad to reach home safely after two hours of what normally would have taken just one hour.
Golden Years Club Meet and Plan Valentine Party
The Golden Years Town & Country Club met Tuesday, Jan. 25, for a potluck meal and meeting. Club President Charles Reece welcomed 11 members and three guests.
Guests were Harry and Sandra Braasch, and C.E. McDonald, a friend of Pastor Don Thomas.
Reece talked about the signs of spring on the horizon and called on Thomas, pastor of the Methodist Church, to ask the blessing for the home-cooked potluck meal, which included pastor’s tender, and tasty liver and onions, dressing, Shirley K’s onion pie, Ina’s Butterbeans, Helen’s chicken sandwiches, Flo’s brownies, and many other dishes and desserts.
Following the meal, all present signed a get-well card for member Loyce Becker, who was absent due to a fall and ensuing surgery. Reece gave the club financial report in the absence of Treasurer Don Smail, and reviewed the utility bills and insurance premium paid in January.
The club’s annual Feb. 14 Valentine party was discussed. There will be an old-fashioned Valentine’s box for the Valentines. The cards are to be signed inside by the sender only, with the envelope unaddressed, to be drawn from the box.
Thomas volunteered to provide several different kinds of meat (chicken, beef, barbecued ribs, etc.) for the Valentine party. The members are to take side dishes and desserts.
Two members volunteered buns. The members and guests are invited to take special Valentines from the past and/or share a special Valentine story, humorous or otherwise. Readings will also be welcomed. Thomas gave several readings, both humorous and devotional.
The next Golden Years meeting will be the Valentine party. All Fayette County (and surrounding areas), seniors, age 55 and up, are invited to the potluck meetings the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.
Brownstown United Methodist Church
Bette Stolte, pianist, played the prelude as the congregation of the United Methodist Church gathered for Sunday morning worship.
Bradley Schwarm lighted the altar candles and Carol Severns served as liturgist. Pastor Don Thomas greeted those present, and shared the announcements, birthdays and anniversaries. The birthday song was sung for Hubert Williams and the anniversary song for Bill and Bette Stolte.
Thomas shared the praises and prayer requests and led in prayer. Williams and Schwarm presented the tithes and offerings. Thomas delivered the sermon and led the prayer of blessing.
Zach and Jenna Townsend led the children’s worship and Sunday school. Flo Allen led the adult class.
• Feb. 5-a representative from the UMC Children’s Home will give a brief presentation.
Liberty Christian Church
The congregation of Liberty Christian Church was greeted by three youth and welcomed by Pastor Jim Dann.
Katie, Chloe, Kaylee, Jasmine, Erin, Eddie and Brady led in songs of praise. Kyle Anderson shared the praises and prayer requests, and led in prayer. Cole Horner contributed special music, followed by the message, delivered by Joe Bennett.
Katie Carson led the Communion devotion.
Also serving: The youth served at the table and the congregation; Dan Largent-sound system; PowerPoint-Dana; Communion prep-Linda Doehring; Communion rounds-Bill Robison, Ken Lamb; welcome center- Brian Smith; and van drivers-Paul Parkison.
• BELIEVE-Feb. 17-18 for all sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. Joe will be taking a group to St. Charles.
Registration forms and $20 deposit are to be turned in to Joe or the office by Sunday.
• Valentine banquet-Feb. 11. The youth will be preparing a Valentine for all. There is a sign up sheet for those planning tattend.
• Feb. 15-Senior adult fellowship potluck.
Brownstown First Christian Church
The congregation was greeted by Rita Miller, and led in songs of praise by Cathy Smith and Judy Pilger, accompanied by pianist Robin Lovett, Rick Cox, Walt Kinney, Chuck Enlow on guitars and Mitchell Smiths on drums.
Special music was contributed by Jennifer Lovett, followed by the message, delivered by John Robinson.
• Sunday-Leadership (elders and deacons) potluck meal and meeting.
• Valentine banquet-Sunday, Feb. 12, at 5 p.m. at the church.
• Satuday, Feb. 18, at 10 a.m.-Ladies fellowship project.