Pipi’s Pasture: So, now it’s October …
October 5, 2017
October came in with a blast here at Pipi's Pasture — and everywhere else in Moffat and surrounding counties. It seemed that we had record heat one day and snow the next. What a change.
As I sit writing on this on Tuesday, I have just come in from corral chores. I found crusty snow, icicles hanging from the house roof, frozen gate latches and ice on the water tanks. No wonder, because the temperature was 25 degrees when I got up to make coffee this morning. To top things off, there was fog and a chilly breeze.
After I fed old Ucky this morning, I opened the gate of her overnight pen to let her into the corral for the day. She stood there behind the gate, surveying things, and seemed to be thinking, "Do I want to go out or not?"
I finally got behind her and urged her through the gate. Ucky went a few feet and promptly walked into the loafing shed next door, which was dry and out of the wind and cold. I knew she could get to water and hay, so I let her be; in fact, I considered staying in there with her.
All the animals were hungry this morning. I watched the cats jump from snow to patches of bare ground as they made their way to food I put out in three locations. The deer, who had been sleeping under the trees in the backyard, took notice when I opened the back door to feed the cats. They know all about cat food. So do the skunks that spend the nights under a storage shed.
Yesterday our grandson, Kenny, drove up to summer pasture to check on the cattle. (Remember when I recently wrote about the year we found 15 inches up there in September?) This year, there wasn't quite as much snow, and there's a lot of tall grass in the meadow, so we decided we didn't need to feed them. Besides, they will be coming home in about three days.
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Other things going on so far this October include the following.
- Trucks making propane deliveries run up and down the highway.
- People are cutting up and hauling firewood and cleaning out their chimneys.
- The smell of burning wood (from home stoves) is in the air.
- After this first snow, we are rolling up the hoses, putting away gardening tools, locating snowboots and gloves and making appointments to get snow tires put on our vehicles.
- The words "snow advisory" and "snow warning" have returned to the weather forecast.
- We're hunting up the snow shovel and setting it by the front porch.
- Local stores, guides and outfitters and hunters are gearing up for hunting season.
- As soon as the snow melts in the garden, I'm going to bring my big pumpkin to the house. Halloween is just around the corner.