This is a lovely world today, clean and shining from a loose shower yesterday afternoon! That hard rain sounded like hail hitting the roof of the tool shed and then it was gone in a flash.
The sudden wetness was welcomed by everything, and the feed in the troughs didn't even get damp! I had just fed the bullpen and went to see if it was OK and the boys must have protected it with their heads.
Several cows were just standing and had that faraway look on their faces, a sure sign of coming labor. We are excited and as prepared as possible to welcome the new calves into our world. The fall is here whether or not we are ready, and snow will follow. I spend too much time and energy dreading and not enough plugging holes and cutting wood!
I understand some stuff, not much anymore! I know the world is round and that you can't fall off, but that covers most of my knowledge. The intelligence service of this outfit has many agents and all of them belong to our offspring. They are so bright the sun is late coming up due to their glow!
I took three of the grands to the ice cream store for treats yesterday afternoon and you would not believe all the stuff they know about driving. Don't drive so slow, stay in this lane so you can turn, did you give a signal? and on and on. Therefore, I am not gonna laugh when they return home with tickets for all the ways they drive in the future. No, I won't laugh!
We had sacks of produce to be delivered to neighbors this morning so I volunteered my services. The garden is done and I suspect my close relative is about done too. She cans and freezes lots of vegetables for the winter and gives most of them to the offspring. We send out notices in the spring to return all the jars or none will be filled for giving!
I sure like to visit neighbors with a little bit of something to give. The fun of giving is about the best fun there is and the widow women are the most thankful of all! I am ashamed of the times I think of them and do nothing to lighten their loads, and I try to make myself promise to do better this coming winter.
It is my opinion, and everyone has one, the state of the world is in a mess! We are facing a time of need not seen in many years and I fear the lap of luxuries is gonna disappear fast. I know the cost of living is high and we may see it skyrocket right out of sight. The swarms of grasshoppers, floods, dry months and forest fires are sure a help to the disaster we have governed ourselves into and so, hold on and sit tight!
I don't know the future but I know the forecast appears dark. We won't be affected like so many others in cities, but there is a nasty order on the breeze. The best way to live a good life and make it through this coming misery is open to all of us. Pray!
That's my story, and I'm sticking to it! Keep your powder dry and "Remember the Alamo!"
Bill is the pen name used by the Gravette-area author of this weekly column. Opinions expressed are those of the author.