From Pipi’s Pasture: Some of my favorite things
On Wednesday I was watering the backyard lawn next to Pipi’s Pasture, and during one change of the hose, a pleasant moment, I noticed the cows that were lolling around in the shade — if they could chew their cud, they would have been — the robins “talking” as they busily picked away at the nearly-ripe chokecherries, and imagining that the grass and trees saying “thank you, thank you” for the water.
And I thought that watering the lawn is one of my favorite things to do. Then I thought about some of my other favorite things. The following are some examples.
• spending time with my family — husband, sons and wives, grandchildren, brother, sisters and their families
• spending time with people in general
• rain on the roof
• flowers in my flower pot garden, especially my “prairie flowers”
• just-the-right temperature fall days
• greeting my old cows in the corral each morning at feeding time
• watching a bunch of calves play
• the smell of laundry after it has been hung outside to dry
• brightly-colored fall leaves
• watching a mama cow take care of her newborn calf
• watching hummingbirds fight over a feeder
• driving across a freshly-mown hayfield to check cattle that have just been put out on it
• hearing crickets at night
• picking apples off our trees
• the scent of lilacs, sweet peas, and roses
• the big old silver maple tree in the yard of my childhood home
• watching ice skating on television
• cow things — ceramic knickknacks; refrigerator magnets; stuffed cows that moo, sing songs and walk; clips to hold bags shut; and a whole lot more!
• the scent of sagebrush and rabbit brush on a rainy day
• the rocky ditch running through the corral where my siblings and I played as children
• a pumpkin patch
• a warm comforter on a cold night
• the way soil smells in early spring when planting the garden
• cows contentedly chewing their cud as they rest on a green pasture
• reading my favorite writing magazine while enjoying a cup of coffee
• watching kittens play as mama cat keeps watch
• weeding the garden in the early morning
• listening to a robin’s “rain song”
• walking through a bunch of fallen leaves
• the smell of new textbooks and crayons on the first day of school
• writing my columns
Sometimes it’s good to think about things we enjoy. It’s positive; it makes us feel good. What are some of your favorite things?
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