Lately the evenings here at Pipi’s Pasture have reminded me of Halloweens past. It’s the full moon that we can see through the naked branches of the poplar trees that grow along the yard fence. It’s the scattered dark clouds that make the bright sky seem a little eerie — like Halloween.
The old barn on our family ranch at Morapos has stood there some 70 years. Sometimes I wonder, if walls could talk, what stories the barn would tell. Perhaps it would be of a crew of men stacking hay in the loft or of a cow with her head in a stanchion waiting to be milked. Or there might be stories of my sisters and brother playing in the loft or brushing our 4-H steers as they ate their grain in the barn’s stalls.
So now it’s October. Here at Pipi’s Pasture the leaves on the poplar trees are turning a gorgeous yellow color, and some of them are already falling to the ground when the wind blows.
Routines appear to be boring — the same tasks done in the same way twice a day, every day for months. It’s not that the tasks themselves are boring because there are other variables such as the silly things that the cattle do, having cats around, and so forth.
Yampa Valley Fiberworks participating in worldwide contest Oct. 3 to 9
The Yampa Valley Fiberworks Whorling Women will participate in Spinzilla next month, hoping to out-spin their competition while raising funds and awareness for the yarn spinning and fiber community. Spinzilla is a worldwide challenge, sponsored by The National NeedleArts Association and the Spinning and Weaving Group, to see which team can spin the most yarn in one week.
The equinox, defined by Webster’s New World Dictionary, is “the time when the sun crosses the equator, making night and day of equal length.” It also marks the beginning of autumn.
Sears Holdings, the company that owns Sears and Kmart announced the closure of 60 stores system-wide including the Kmart in Craig, according to store manager David Ross.
Fall is my favorite time of the year, and it lasts such a short time. I love the fall colors, decorating the house, walking in the fallen leaves, the just-right temperatures and, perhaps most of all, the pumpkins.
Now that school has started, I notice the school bus as it passes by Pipi’s Pasture each morning and afternoon while I’m at the corral doing chores. The sight of the bus brings back memories of the days I rode a school bus to Craig to attend high school.
On Wednesday I was watering the backyard lawn next to Pipi’s Pasture, and during one change of the hose, a pleasant moment, I noticed the cows that were lolling around in the shade — if they could chew their cud, they would have been — the robins “talking” as they busily picked away at the nearly-ripe chokecherries, and imagining that the grass and trees saying “thank you, thank you” for the water.
The final day was a fun one at the Moffat County Fair as Saturday was full of activities both for regulars of the fair and for onlookers new to the scene.
Each year in Moffat County Fair's Catch-a-Pig contest, kids across Moffat County gather at the fairgrounds arena for their chance to catch a slippery, slimy, muddy pig that — if they’re lucky enough to pin down — they get to keep and take home.
Summertime continues in Northwest Colorado, and though the school year is coming up soon, there is still plenty of time to find activities to bring together your whole family or just gather with your fellow adults.
Meatless Monday… what kind of person would think something like that up? The same kind of people who would support Breathless Tuesday, Whistleless Wednesday or Jalapeñoless Cinco de Mayo?
The Moffat County Fair is going on right now, and I can’t help but remember those years when my siblings and I were in 4-H and exhibited our animals and other projects at the fair. Actually, my sister, Charlotte, and I are only two years apart in age so we participated in the fairs together — Darlene and Duane came along a little later. There are so many memories about the fair, but I chose three of them.