Gas Packing?

When I first heard the term “gas packing” I thought it must have something to do with vehicle engines and maybe getting better gas mileage. With the price of gas these days better mileage is always a good thing right? Unfortunately, gas mileage is not what “gas packing” refers to.

Gas packing refers to a growing practice in the meat industry – and you probably don’t even know you are eating meat that has been treated with carbon monoxide. Read more about this new trend – one we will never be a part of – here on our meat website.


Don’t these burgers look delicious? They were too! Some of the first ones we tried on our new smoker this summer. Mmmm good.

In The Mist

The other day while we were moving cattle to new pastures, clouds moved in and were hanging low on the mountains around us.


After a while, the clouds turned to a foggy mist. It was an awesome “special effect.”  The pictures really don’t do it justice, but I will share them so you get the idea.


The silhouette of the trees was my favorite.


And the working pens in the mist.


I also remembered – when I downloaded the pictures – that you are supposed to clean your camera lens in the mist because if you don’t, droplets of moisture form on the lens and you get shots like this.


Or maybe I should just say that I worked really hard and did a lot of research to learn how to create this great new special effect with my camera.

Aggie Fans

I’ve mentioned here before that my daughter Megan and her husband are Aggies.


For those of you who don’t speak the lingo, this means they are graduates of Texas A & M University. Aggies are famous (or perhaps that is infamous) for lots of things and have traditions way too numerous to mention here, but the one thing they are most famous for is their fanatical devotion to their football team. Aggies everywhere – and believe me there are Aggies everywhere – are united behind their beloved team.

12 th man

The fans are known as the 12th Man, and though many have copied them (even professional teams) Texas A & M University is home to the Original 12th man.

12th man towels

There is a statue of the original 12th Man, E. King Gill, at Kyle Field and I have seen it in person on our visits to College Station. Mr. Gill was a student in the stands watching a football game in January 1922. Another player was injured and the coach asked him to suit up, which he did under the bleachers. He never went in to the game, though he stood at the ready. And so another Aggie tradition was born.

12 statue better

If you are an Aggie, when your team plays you try very hard to be at the stadium in person, wearing your Maroon and standing throughout the entire game though you paid a lot of money for the seat you are not sitting in. When enough of your fellow Aggies join you, it fills an entire stadium with maroon.

If you are unable to attend the football game in person, you must watch and show your support no matter where you may be. Here are our own two Aggies watching their team win a game over Christmas break. We had to invite ourselves over to Rod and Margaret’s – who graciously went along with this plan –  so they could watch the big game on a big TV.


Sometimes your football team has a great season and is invited to a Bowl Game. The Aggies played the Oklahoma University Sooners in this year’s Cotton Bowl.

cotton bowl

Aggies everywhere wore maroon, stood and cheered. And they won!


And their freshman Quarterback won the Heisman Trophy this year too! A great season for Aggies everywhere. And as the Aggies say, Gig’em!