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Don’t be fooled

Tales from the O-NO Ranch
JAck Hanks
Wellington, Colo.

I would like to start here by saying my heart goes out to the ranchers that caught the brunt of the “big blow.” What a kick in the head to be faced with such a horrible storm and then the flooding. I’m thinking about you guys and I do so hope you all can recover as soon as possible.

I saw my first robin on the first day of spring. How cool was that? There was even a mockingbird singing along with him (her).

They seemed to be as happy as I was to see sunshine and warmer weather. Of course we should all know that seeing a robin on the first day of spring don’t mean squat. We can have more big snows or storms as we tip toe into spring. Here at the ONO, I had my share of big drifts and problems. I have been here 23 years and there was only one other storm that approached the magnitude of this one and it wasn’t quite as bad, but plenty bad for sure. To make matters a little worse for me is the fact I have experienced double vision now for two weeks at this writing on March 21. Let me tell ya gentle readers it can be quite uncomfortable to try and navigate a 5 foot snow drift with double vision to be able to feed your ponies. I feel as if I am on a long drawn out drunk and just can’t sober up. Yup, I have been to the eye repair shop and they ran every test they knew and even had me take a blood test to be sure there wasn’t a tumor present. All the tests turned out negative soooooo, I reckon I’ll hope that it clears up. I have talked to some folks that know someone who has been through this and in their case it just up and went away. I do have an appointment to go back to the eye repair shop tomorrow for a post op exam. I was supposed to go in on the day of the blizzard but alas that wasn’t gonna’ happen. So much for that.

I have high hopes that spring will treat all of us with some warm regard and a lot of it. I am almost out of hay and had to buy another small round of propane to get me through until warmer weather. I have lots of fire wood but it was under a 6 foot drift for days and even if I could gather up some I still would have to get around or over that big drift all the while seeing double. Actually, if I look straight ahead and focus I can see okay. If I close either eye I can see clearly out of the other. However, If I turn my head in any direction or move my eyes in any direction instead of straight ahead I am in a wonderland of visions dancin’ all about me. I’m not complaining, I promise. I could live like this the rest of my life if I had to. I wouldn’t want to, but I could. I count my blessings every day and I’ll close with thoughts of our neighbors in Nebraska and all the folks that have and are suffering as a result of the “big blow.” Do your best to keep what you have together and don’t be fooled that there is no hope or a future for you and yours!

“I have been here 23 years, and there was only one other storm that approached the magnitude of this one and it wasn’t quite as bad, but plenty bad for sure.”

Stay tuned, check yer cinch on occasion and remember that the word “hope” is in the Bible many, many times! I’ll c. y’all, all y’all. ❖


Mad Jack Hanks




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