From Pipi’s Pasture: In between summer and fall |

From Pipi’s Pasture: In between summer and fall

Diane Prather

The other day I met up with a friend — at the grocery store where it seems that most of us do our visiting — and we got to talking about how fast time is passing. She remarked that it seems like we all waited a long time for summer, and now it’s almost over. I agree. Already there are subtle signs that the season is about to change (and some not so subtle).

For example:

• After a quick stop over at Pipi’s Pasture in May, the hummingbirds are back (perhaps from spending some time in the mountains), and they’ve been buzzing around my flowers and, it seems to me, “hinting” for their sugar water feeders, which we have just hung up.

• We are picking lots of zucchini, summer squash and peppers, and, amazingly, there’s a fairly good-size orange pumpkin already.

• The flowers have outdone themselves with blossoms so now they have a kind of “pooped out” look to them so are in need of fertilizer and TLC.

• Some of the ranchers are finishing up the “wild hay” or are about to start second cutting.

• Hay is being hauled in and stacked up for winter.

• The chokecherries are getting ripe, and the birds, especially the robins, are keeping a close watch.

• The grass is dry; everybody please be careful of fire.

• Calves and lambs are growing; some are fat.

• We can find Olathe Sweet Corn and Rocky Ford Cantaloupe in the grocery stores.

• People are trying to get away for a few days of relaxation before fall/winter work sets in.

• Stores are carrying specials on crayons, pencils, notebooks, pencil boxes, backpacks and school clothes.

• Pesky houseflies sneak into the house when a door is opened, and moths gather around outdoor lights.

• State Fair is almost here.

• Television stations are advertising fall season shows, and football is starting up.

• Some of the animals — like ground squirrels — are getting ready to “go in” for winter (if they haven’t already).

• Some pasture water ponds have dried up.

• We can hear the crickets singing at night.

Enjoy every minute of the in between summer and fall days!

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