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The sun came up this morning just like it knew what to do. I've been wondering about the natives around the world that do not know the world is round. The thoughts I sometimes have don't need to make sense, and I have the legal right to think because I am! But, really, if a man is a native and is happy in the jungle or on the prairie, and only travels a couple hundred miles a year from his birthplace, I doubt if he cares if the world is round. The sunrise this morning made me glad to be here and I don't need to know much more today!

We had a good week, moved some cattle around to better grass and had to repair some pipes to a water trough. I am thinking about those solar-powered pumps that I see ads for in the farm magazines. So far, we have had little increase in the expenses of electricity for water and it is always quickly repaired when out.

Heat is with us and I can't complain. I carried on about the cold all winter and my close relative raised her eyebrows as I wiped my face with a paper towel when I came into her kitchen this morning. She informed me she did not expect any remarks about the heat coming from me! The cattle are OK, all the pastures have shade and the cattle take advantage of it. They are finally shedding off and looking better.

Dale Yates, the neighbor to the north of us, blew a stirrup and hung up in the other one while roping over the weekend. He is in pretty good shape considering three busted ribs and a big knot on his head. His horse saved his life by stopping and standing as Dale was rescued. I had a cup of coffee with him as we visited at his house. He is a hard-luck feller as far as roping goes, lost a thumb a couple of years ago. Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys!

We penned the old hides, the ones that are dry and aged, and trimmed some crossed toes. I should never keep their heifers because the toe quirk is genetic. Well, the offspring need to know how it is taken care of so I don't have to worry too much about it. There were only two cows that had a problem, and that was easily fixed. One of them had a nice little row of pearls for teeth, and her records say she is outdated. But, she sure has a good calf every year!

It is my opinion, and everyone has one, we are apt to face several trials every week as long as we draw air. Grasshoppers, armyworms, drought and heart attacks come along and we are forced to deal with them. This year is a hard hay year. There will be some in the barns and sheds, but there won't be extra unless we get more rain. We will be careful with each bale if we have to start feeding in the fall like last year and then into spring as this year. It is absolutely necessary to be prepared or lose your livelihood. Therefore, pray for rain and maybe cull the herd. But above all, pray for rain!

Smile at your close relative. It makes life easier and she wonders why you are so happy!

Bill is the pen name used by the Gravette area author of this weekly column. Opinions expressed are those of the author.

Editorial on 07/11/2018

Print Headline: We are apt to face trials every week we draw air

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