From Pipi’s Pasture: Life’s little gifts
This morning as I left the house to do morning chores, my jacket was zipped up and my hood was tied firmly in place. That’s probably why I didn’t notice that it was sprinkling rain. In fact, it wasn’t until I reached the stock tank at the corral that I saw raindrops falling on the water. There was no wind for a change, and we were getting a little rain — two nice gifts.
I finished the chores and sat down on an empty mineral tub to wait for the stock tank to be filled with water. It was then that I saw the rainbow that stretched across the sky to the west. Even though the sky was partially filled with clouds, the rainbow’s colors were still quite vivid.
It had been a while since I had seen a rainbow so I sat there and savored the sight. Rainbows have always brought out the inspirational side of me. This one came at a stressful time when I have a lot to do, and it brought feelings of hope and peace. It was another of the morning’s gifts.
I have written about “life’s little moments” before, and the rainbow was certainly one of those pleasurable moments, but it was also a “gift,” something that surprises me, makes my life easier, and even inspires me. The rainbow inspired this column.
So I got to thinking about examples of other “gifts” that come to me, almost on a daily basis. Have you ever noticed that even during summer, when the weather is hot, how the early morning temperature is just right to cuddle down under the covers for a delightful snooze? That’s a great gift in itself, but then when I wake up at 4:30 a.m. and realize there’s a little time left before I have to get up — well, it’s even nicer.
Another example of a gift involves making the coffee. Since I’m not very tall, I have to reach way up when pouring the water into the coffeemaker’s reservoir. On mornings that I pour the water into just the right spot, some of it doesn’t pour out onto the platform below. No mess to clean up! What a great way to start a morning.
A helpful surprise is finding a can of tomato soup hidden behind the not-so-often-used soups, like cheddar cheese, in the pantry. This means that I don’t have to wait to go to the grocery store before making a casserole. Or yet another surprise is finding my favorite paring knife, that I thought I had accidentally thrown out with the potato peelings, behind cookbooks on the kitchen counter. I consider these examples to be gifts that are not only surprises, but which make my life easier.
Finally, another rainbow memory. I remember a time, several years ago, when one of our grandson’s heifers was sick. I had gone to Craig to get some medication, and when I returned I was surprised to find a rainbow in the sky, seemingly positioned right over her pen at the corral. It was a gift that I have never forgotten.
Last week Audrey Danner of Craig brought me two boxes of recipe books. She was “downsizing” her recipe book collection and wanted to know if I’d like to have the books. Of course I did, so since then I’ve had fun reading through them. In fact, I made a pie from a recipe in one of the books.