Pipi’s Pasture: So now it’s July
Suddenly it is July. Here at Pipi’s Pasture, we are experiencing a different than usual July.
Our son and daughter-in-law are making a big move, so there’s a flurry of activity in Pipi’s Pasture as the family unloads trailers of belongings, sorts them, puts some items in storage, and packs others to go.
The cows in the corral stare at them, wondering what is going on.
Other than that, things are about as usual for early July, with some minor variations.
- County residents are making plans for the Fourth of July. (Some ranchers may want to stay in the hayfield.)
- Moffat County residents, including 4-H and FFA members, are getting ready for the soon-to-be-here county fair.
- With the low humidity, heat, and wind, fire is a scary threat; smoke blowing in from surrounding area fires is a reminder.
- Days are hot; nights are stuffy.
- Incredibly, early mornings are cool enough to wear a jacket.
- We water, water, water the lawns, flowers, trees, and garden — something each day.
- We water the cattle and cats here at Pipi’s Pasture several times each day, too.
- Ranchers have turned off the irrigation water and are starting to hay; some hay has already been baled.
- Weeds are growing faster than anything else in the garden, and since we planted late this year, it is a challenge to find young garden plants in the weeds.
- This year there are lots of moths, flies, and bees — even large butterflies.
- Air conditioners in houses and cars are getting a good workout.
- It’s a “pollen year,” one of those years when pollen is extra plentiful—good for growing plants but not so good for people with allergies.
- County residents are attending/participating in rodeos.
- Iced tea hits the spot.
- The robins enjoy hunting for worms when we water the lawn and garden.
- The potted flowers are large enough to be really pretty now.
- Water in ponds, fed by winter snows, is getting short on summer pastures forcing ranchers to move them or have water hauled in.
- Ranchers spend time each week checking cows on summer pasture, checking water and salt.
- Salads and barbecue are on the menu.
- During the afternoons, every tree has a cat asleep in its shade.
- Now that summer has arrived the trees have so many leaves that we can no longer see the corral or county road.
Have a safe and fun Fourth of July.
This week hundreds of teachers from across the United States and Canada are spending five days in Denver to shore up the concepts and importance of Advanced Placement classes in high school. Moffat County High School has been offering these College Board classes for the past five years, which students can begin taking in their freshman year.