In a recent ‘blog’ I mentioned our neighbour Jim Davis. However, I failed to describe what an exemplary neighbour and fine friend he is or, sadly, now ‘was.’ Allen received a first-responder call early this morning (Thursday) and later reported that Jim did not survive a massive heart attack. Jim drove by our house at least once a day, several times during calving season. To meet him on the road resulted in him sending an enthusiastic wave, which was more of a salute, and a big smile. The only time I ever saw Jim without a smile or laughter was when he was ardently promoting the sanctity and sacredness of human life during the (Missouri) Amendment 2 voting. He was very serious about protecting unborn human babies. Our community and lives are negatively impacted by the loss of his love and service to others. Our prayers are with the Davis family. Jim’s sudden death is a poignant reminder of our sin-filled, fallen world and the fragility of life. My readers are no doubt nice people who are involved in philanthropic endeavours, and may warm a pew on Sunday morning, but more importantly, we must make certain our salvation so that our break with the surly bonds of a wicked world is a step into the loving embrace of our Father and Creator, the Lord Jesus Christ. For once, I planted all those cool weather crops in a timely manner and this year they are zapped! As all of us have experienced this extended cold weather, we know that any plants unprotected are at risk. The broccoli had their own little green houses (milk jugs) covering them, so a few seem to be all right, but everything else is likely gone. It will be interesting to see if we have any spring flowers or fruit on the trees. I really did not can enough pears to last two years; this may be a lesson. The Roma tomatoes, peppers, and tomatilla verdes that were started indoors have sturdy stems and will be ready to transplant very soon, weather permitting. Cold weather has kept the grass from growing as well, so Allen has been busy shifting the cows from paddock to paddock quickly so the forage is not overgrazed where we do not want it overgrazed. Overgrazing is a great management tool for establishing legumes in fescue pastures though, so we use it when necessary. It is much safer than setting fires! Sheep shearing went well this afternoon. Jim brought a bloke with him to shear alongside, so the two of them made quick work of the 60 head. None too soon since three ewes had already lambed. We had guests to come watch since it was such a beautiful day for once for us. Today was a pleasure since it is the first time it was not raining and bitterly cold! It is a bit noisy for visiting because of the electric clippers and Jessica and I were hustling to keep up with the wool handling, but I think our visitors enjoyed their stay and all appreciated the opportunity to hold a cute baby lamb.