Mad Jack: A warmer start to 2016 keeps an old geezer dreaming of Spring
Yep, gentle readers, I do believe this is one of those special mornings, at least for me. As I write this, it is early in January and it’s clear and not as cold as it has been.
Last night, when I came in from dancing, I didn’t go down and plug in the heater in the water tub at the corral because it didn’t seem as cold as it had been the past few nights. I knew darn well that I would be bustin’ ice this morning with that heavy sledge hammer, and I was.
It was about like I suspected — only a couple of inches thick, or maybe a hair more. The past few days, and you already know this, have been really cold, cloudy and not so inviting to want to be outside for any reason for any length of time.
I did have to mount ole’ Alice Chambers, my Allis Chalmers tractor, and move some snow drifts around. I will tell you this, it’s awfully hard to keep yer nose from running and to keep that junk out of yer mustache!
What a deal.
One of the special things about this morning is that large herd of antelope just across the road. They have had breakfast and have settled down into the tall grass and snow to soak up those nice warm rays of sunshine. Much to my surprise, as I was watching them out the front window, two magpies flew down into my drive way and started picking around through the gravel where there was no snow. I have always liked magpies and I’m not sure why. I reckon it’s because they are not common here at the ONO.
I saw one about three weeks ago but had not seen any since. I have been told they were very common around here in the past, but something or other killed them off, I forget. While I was writing, a cottontail hopped upon my front deck and sat in front of the door as if I was supposed to let him in. I will tell you gentle readers this, I am overrun with rabbits.
They are not all that welcome, as they are eating tender chutes on my young trees and leaving pellets all over my walkways, and I know if I don’t start thinning some of them out, there will be three times as many in a few weeks, right?
I am encouraged to see a warmer day coming my way as I don’t embrace the cold like I did when I was younger. I have told you in the past that I have reached “geezerhood,” and you old geezers know exactly what I’m talking about.
For you pre-geezers, you might want to brace yourself because it will be here before you know it.
I reckon I’ll grab another cup of java, let it warm up a little and go move some more snow and be happy that I am able to do so many of the things that I am capable of doing and maybe one of my new years resolutions, or as I call them, revolutions, will be to not let whining be a big part of 2016. Stay tuned, check yer cinch on occasion, prepare yourself for whatever may come your way this year and I’ll c. y’all, all y’all. ❖
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I want to address a couple of issues in this week’s editor’s note.