Tales from the O-NO Ranch

Mad Jack Hanks
Wellington, Colo.

Seems to me, gentle readers, at times things just seem to creep along.

I have slowly crept into the 20th century. Yep, sure have. I got signed up for Direct TV! Yessirree Bob, I have made it into the 20th century for sure.

As a matter of fact, I have old Craig Cameron, horse whisperer, on the RFD channel which I find myself watchin’ a lot here lately. He’s got a colt creepin’ along and draggin’ a small log to get him used to havin’ some pressure put on him that he’s not used to. As a side bar, have ya noticed that all these horse whisperers or horse technicians are big talkers? Why, they could be TV preachers if they wanted to, because they all have a gospel to preach. I have to admit that they all may be a little different in their message, but you sure as heck can learn from every one of them.

Summer sure didn’t creep along for me. Heck, it’s gone already and I’m gettin’ ready for winter. I’ve got the propane tank filled, firewood all stacked (well, almost all stacked) and I just need to acquire a load of hay for the ponies.

One reason I got Direct TV is because I just don’t have a lot to do during the winter so I need a little extra entertainment. I will sell my little handful of steers here in a couple of weeks so I will just have the ponies to take care of.

It’s really been a purty good summer for the most part, take away the loss of one of my sisters to cancer. There are other distractions that are chipping away at my being comfortable with life as it is now, and I hope they will be resolved in the near future. As bikers say, “When life throws you a curve, lean into it.” I’m leaning as far as I can without fallin’ completely over at present.

By the way, Lee, I truly enjoyed your column in the Aug. 25 edition of the Fence Post called, “Every Day is a Gift.” It surely is, and thanks for reminding all of us to go back and count our blessings. Some folks would feel blessed if they could just get up out of that wheelchair and creep anywhere, and that’s a fact. For you young folks out there that just can’t imagine havin’ to creep anywhere at anytime in your life, trust me, it’s coming if you live long enough to have “Creepin” affect you.

I reckon I need to creep out of here as dinner is about ready to come out of the oven, and Craig Cameron is done for the day and the news will be coming on.

I do hope that summer was good to you. The crops all look good out our way and most everyone I know has had a decent summer ” not like some of the past windy, hot, hot, dry and dryer sum


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