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Tales from the O-NO Ranch

Mad Jack Hanks
Wellington, Colo.

Okay, okay, Christmas has passed as you read this, and I wonder, did you get what ya wanted this year?

I sure hope so and I can’t tell ya what I got because I am writing this column before Christmas as we have to stay a week ahead as writers. Much of what I write at times is pure speculation.

Many times after Christmas has passed and we have indulged in our gifts, family, friends, parties, and of course, all of the good food that comes with it, we realize IT’S ALL OVER! Yep, it’s done for another year and I know some of you gals are glad because everyone has gone home, your house is clean once again and you can heave a sigh of relief.

But, for the men it’s a little different. We began to fret just a little when we stop to consider that Sparky the dog or Fluffy the cat got more for Christmas than we did.

I read where Americans are expected to spend 1.2 BILLION DOLLARS on their pets this year ” everything from heated and carpeted dog houses (for the poor dogs that can’t live in the house with you) to manicured nails, visits to parties where they can find canine or cat friendships of their liking.

We men don’t even like to think that there would ever be a chance that we would have to visit a shrink, but our pets sure might and those visits won’t be cheap. Fret not, now. Plus, it won’t be too much longer until The Super Bowl is over and we’ll have to go through withdrawal for our football habit for another seven or eight months.

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The National Western Stock Show in Denver is always a good way to unwind and toss some of our “fretting” aside, but when that’s over we have to “cowboy up” and drag ourselves through a few more months of wind, snow and cold and then … guess what? TAX TIME! Don’t fret, it comes in April and spring will be here and we can look forward to paying that last feed bill off and hope that cattle prices are good for a while and there will be ample rain and plenty of grass through the summer. Don’t fret. It could happen.

Today the ground is covered in snow and when I went out to feed my ponies this morning it was 2 degrees above. I am waiting for two cords of wood to be delivered and dumped sometime this morning and so I reckon I’ll spend a good part of the afternoon sorting and stacking wood. I will not fret. I try to keep my energy costs down by using the ole wood stove as much as I can and the exercise out in the cold will be good for me. Maybe, maybe not. I might come down with a severe cold or something worse. Naw, not me; I’m lookin’ forward to it.

Since this is before Christmas I am lookin’ forward to my six little grandkids and their folks to show up here for a Christmas get-together. What fun! I do hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that the new year will be one where you don’t have to lay behind the log and keep yer powder dry. Fret not, do something nice for your neighbor and smile at everyone you see. Guys, don’t smile too long at that cutie pie of a waitress if your wife is with you. You will be fretting if you do.

Stay tuned, check yer cinch on occasion and I’ll c. ya.