Pipi’s Pasture: Fall is upon us!

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From Pipi's Pasture

During the past two or three months, we’ve pulled hoses around on our yards and gardens, trying to keep the plants from drying up; we’ve hauled water to our livestock; and we’ve cranked up the house fans in an effort to stay cool. Suddenly — or it seems suddenly — we’ve gotten some moisture, the grass has greened up, the daytime temperatures have been cooler and it has frosted.

It’s nearly Oct. 1, but even if we didn’t have a calendar, we’d know that the fall season is upon us here at Pipi’s Pasture because:

■ The window sills are lined with green tomatoes.

■ Blankets, sheets of plastic, sacks and whatever else we can find are draped over flowers and some garden plants.

■ A lot of semi-trucks can be seen running up and down the highway carrying livestock home from summer pasture.

■ People have started up their furnaces or are using their fireplaces at night.

■ The corn stalks are drying up.

■ Potatoes are being dug; winter squashes are being harvested.

■ Fall work is going on in area wheat fields.

■ Fences around fall pastures are being repaired and stack yards are being closed up.

■ Frost has been scraped off car windows at least once in the past week.

■ The hummingbirds have left for the winter.

■ Spring flower bulbs, such as daffodil, crocus and tulip, are being planted.

■ Calves are being weaned.

■ People are thinking about getting the winter tires put on their vehicles.

■ Ground squirrels and ground hogs are going into their burrows for the winter.

■ Pickups pulling trailers with four-wheeler vehicles are being driven by people wearing camouflage clothing.

■ Pumpkins are on display at local grocery stores.

■ Local meat processing plants are starting to get busy with hunting seasons.

■ Fruit trees are heavy with crabapples and a variety of other apples.

■ 4-H and FFA members are selecting livestock to feed for the coming year’s program.

■ Leaves have that “in between” summer and fall appearance, soon to change color as they already have in the mountains.

■ People are hunting up soup recipes.

■ Morning chore times have been changed until later in the morning as compared to summer because it’s darker in the morning now.

■ It gets dark earlier in the evening now.

■ People are starting to wear flannel shirts and sweaters.

■ Barn cats are hunting up cozy places to sleep in haystacks and outbuildings.

■ People are writing “winter boots” on their shopping lists.

■ Ranchers are hunting up missing cattle and sheep.

■ Windows are closed at night; flannel sheets have been put on the beds.

■ Everyone is looking forward to beautiful Indian summer days ahead.

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