Pipi’s Pasture: Fall is upon us!
September 27, 2013
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.