Craig Congratulations go to the exhibitors who attended the Arizona Livestock Show in December and the National Western Stock Show in Denver. “From Pipi’s Pasture” will feature the exhibitors in a upcoming column. Right now, some of the 4-H and FFA members still are competing in Denver.
Meanwhile, I have been reflecting on January 2014. Time has passed in a hurry, and when I look back on the month, I find that has been pretty typical for January. What’s “typical"?
Consider the following:
• The National Western Stock Show is winding down. These last few days, our granddaughter Megan is competing in the sheep show.
• There may not have been much snow, but it has been cold.
• Kids are enrolling in 4-H for the coming year.
• There are icy depressions on the feedlot where the cows slept the night before.
• The feedlot is so bumpy from frozen manure that to ride across it on a feed trailer makes our teeth rattle.
• The kids are back in school for the last semester of the year.
• The rugs on the floor in the front entryway of our house are covered with bits of hay and seeds from our clothing and with pieces of bark from the wood carried inside.
• Outdoors, the air is filled with the aromas of different kinds of wood being burned in houses.
• There’s a cat in every space between bales in the haystacks.
• The male cats are courting the female cats, and when the day is sunny, a person can see cats walking on the top poles of the fences, as if they’re playing follow the leader.
• The mornings are dark until nearly 7 a.m.
• Boots and gloves dry on heated “drying racks.”
• Icicles just beg to be knocked off the house and other buildings.
• To be safe, everyone tiptoes on the ice.
• The pathways to stock tanks are sprinkled with something to cut the ice so it is safe to pull hoses to the tanks.
• It’s soup season.
• There’s a whole pile of seed catalogs on the coffee table, ready for “window shopping.”
• The cows are covered with frost in the mornings, and sometimes, icicles hang from their bodies.
• The frozen bales of hay sometimes provide a challenge.
• On sunny days, the winter birds sing happy songs as they hunt for food.
• People get all sorts of tax documents ready and work on taxes.
• Sometimes, water hoses — used to fill stock tanks — have to be brought inside so they won’t freeze.
• Blooming geraniums on inside window sills appear to look out on the winter scene.
• Many people are daydreaming about summer.