From Pipi’s Pasture: It’s the little things |

From Pipi’s Pasture: It’s the little things

From Pipi's Pasture

Did you ever notice that sometimes it’s the little things that make a difference? For me, it often begins early in the morning. For example, when I’m down in the last pen at the corral at chore time and I notice that the small water tanks are where I left them the morning before (instead of being rolled around by the cows), I feel lucky. It’s a little thing, but I’m grateful that I don’t have to take the time to retrieve the tanks. It’s also a little thing when the leftover water in the tanks isn’t frozen over, but it saves time because I don’t have to take time to break it.

There are lots of other “little things” in my life, too.

  • *I discover there’s a new can of coffee in the pantry that I didn’t remember buying—good thing, too, because I was on the last scoops.
  • *The car starts right up after a couple of nights of below zero temperatures.
  • *There’s a clear, blue sky and plenty of sunshine to start a March day.
  • *The blackbirds and other spring birds are in full song.
  • *I talk to both of my sons over the phone.
  • *Hearing the furnace come on during a frigid night is comforting because I know it is working.
  • * Steam rising from the big stock tank is evidence that the tank heater is working, too.
  • * I can get the corral gate open far enough to squeeze through, even though it’s often frozen down.
  • *I wake up at 5:00 A.M. and realize I can sleep for another hour.
  • *The bed is made with sheets that were washed and hung outside to dry.
  • *At the Craig library the children’s room is decorated with snow-covered trees.
  • *I review “The Serious Goose,” a funny children’s book.
  • *In the summer I spot the first tomatoes of the season.
  • *I get a “perm” and haircut.
  • *I locate a cow on the feedlot just before dark; I “misplaced” her during a snowstorm and was afraid she might be hiding while starting to calve. (She wasn’t.)
  • *In summer I can check out the blooming flowers on the front porch as I go back and forth.
  • *The shirt in the dryer comes out wrinkle-free.
  • *I find the remote, first try.
  • * A big red apple is delightfully crunchy.

*There are two stamps left to mail the two letters.

There are lots of little things that make a difference in my life.

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