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From Pipi’s Pasture: Being thankful

Diane Prather

Diane Prather

As all of you know, the past few weeks, especially the past few days, have been busy as we have tried to get ready for Christmas Day. So on Christmas morning, after we had fed the cows here at Pipi's Pasture and after the roast beef was simmering in the oven for a late-afternoon dinner, I had a few quiet minutes to sit at the dining room table and watch the fluffy snowflakes fall and ponder my columns for Saturday's paper.

For the first time that I can remember, I hadn't the slightest idea what I was going to write about.

Then I thought about this past week. My sisters and their husbands, who live on the Eastern Slope, came over on overnight visits — just to deliver Christmas gifts and wish us a merry Christmas! Our son, Jody, and daughter-in-law, Cindy, came from Vernal, Utah, one afternoon, too, and our grandson Kenny surprised us with a visit. Everybody paid attention to the weather reports and timed their visits so that they missed the awful weather conditions over the mountain passes — all except Kenny, who had to stay two days longer than planned.

So yesterday morning, I was thinking how grateful I was that everyone was home, safe and sound, with their families. Their visits meant a lot to us, too. Then my thoughts turned to some of the other reasons that I'm thankful, a timely subject since the new year is just around the corner.

I am so thankful to be surrounded by a wonderful, thoughtful family and all of the co-workers, students, friends and other people who help me on a daily basis. I could go on and on. I'm truly blessed.

Late yesterday afternoon, I went to the corral to make sure that Pipi was under shelter. It was a blizzard here for a short period of time, and I wanted to make sure that 21-year-old Pipi was out of the blowing snow. Ucky, the other older cow in the corral with Pipi, is kind of a stinker who sometimes stands in the doorway of the pen so that Pipi can't get inside, so I pushed Pipi in a pen for the night. While I was there, I cleaned up the pen a little bit. Ucky stood outside the gate watching me — right in the way, of course — so I tried to pitch some soiled, damp hay onto a pile beside her. A little bit of hay landed on her head, some of it right between her eyes. She never even flinched. She just stood there staring at me. I couldn't help but laugh.

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So, that brings me to another reason I'm thankful. I'm so happy that I'm able to keep Pipi and the other cattle here at Pipi's Pasture. They're a lot of work, which is good for me, and they provide me with lots of hours of enjoyment. And I'm so thankful that my health allows me to take care of them.

I could go on and on about the reasons I'm thankful. They leave me with a warm feeling. I hope that you have lots of thankful thoughts, too. Happy new year!