First of all, I’d like to thank all of the readers who sent letters and called with recipes for mincemeat. There hasn’t been enough room in the column to print all of the recipes I received, but I’m setting some of them aside until Thanksgiving and Christmas 2017.
I have just finished reading “Small Great Things,” a novel written by one of my favorite authors, Jodi Picoult. She is a genius at crafting novels so that the reader cannot put her books down, and then the message is often haunting.
During a good part of the winter, we feed small, rectangular bales (we feed round bales a little later). Lyle loads the bales on a 4-wheeler-pulled trailer, drives them out to the feedlot, and scatters them around the lot — two trailer loads. My job is to cut the strings and spread the hay out (as much as possible when there are bunches of cows pushing each other around the bales).
Janine Rinker of Craig sent in the first of this week’s recipes with a note that it is “a favorite Valentine’s Day treat.” Crisom Crumble Bars will be a pretty treat for Valentine’s Day with its cranberry ingredient. Thanks, Janine!
This week’s novel is the re-telling of the prodigal son story. “Long Way Gone” was written by Charles Martin and published by Thomas Nelson (a registered trademark of HarperCollins Christian Publishing), 2016.
So, now it’s February 2017. The tax forms that were supposed to be filed Jan. 31 have been sent. The registration tag for my car, to replace the 2016 tag has been put on the license plate. The property tax notice arrived in the mail. Maybe some of the bitter early winter temperatures have left (though I know it can be cold in February).
This week’s featured book is “A Child of Books,” a picture book for children. However, as with so many children’s books these days, the story line and artwork will be appreciated by adults, too. Best of all, children and adults can share the reading experience of the book.
When I was a kid growing up on the ranch, our family learned to “make do.” It might have been using a jar-sealing rubber — a circular piece of rubber used to seal canning jars — to hold a sole on a pair of everyday shoes. Or it might have been piling thick telephone books — the Denver kind — big storage cans or anything else we could find on top of a stool in order to reach the ceiling when we painted or cleaned.
On Tuesday, Dollie Frentress, of Craig, called and said, “You’re going to get a kick out of this,” and I did. I hope you do, too.
I remember when calf #65 was born. According to the calving record book it was April 9, 2016. I wasn’t expecting my 20-year-old-plus cow, Ucky, to calve last year. I figured that she was too old. Wrong!