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Tales from the O-NO Ranch

Mad Jack Hanks
Wellington, Colo.

I’m gonna step out on a limb and predict an early spring. Is that okay with you guys? Of course it is. We can wish, can’t we?

Nope, I really believe that spring is not that far away. I’m lookin’ across the prairie to the mountains and there are those storms building left and right and going away about as fast as they materialize. It’s hard to tell if they are rain showers or snow showers; doesn’t matter, it looks like typical spring storms in the making.

The wind has kicked up here lately when the temps have gotten above 40 degrees and that’s the way spring usually comes in here along the Front Range of the Rockies. Big winds with warmer temps and clouds bouncin’ all up and down the mountain peaks indicates to me that maybe the month of February will be more like March usually is. I hope so. I am ready for spring.

I was out on the tractor today trying to move some snow drifts around so the melting snow would not make such big mud holes in places I don’t need them. The corral was full of horse apples, piles and piles of horse apples, with the bottom half of the piles frozen in snow. I moved as much of that mess as I could, but didn’t get all that I wanted to move because there was so much frozen snow underneath. I have 3 foot drifts that have been here since before Christmas and the pasture and creek have snow scattered in various places.

Gentle readers, I am ready for a warm-up. I am ready to see green grass again. I’m flat-out tired of winter and all that comes with it. I’ll tell ya how tired I am of the winter. The President is going to speak tonight about the state of the union. He’s gonna give us back a few hundred bucks in hopes of restarting the economy. I would rate his little plan right up there with puttin’ a Band-Aid over a gunshot wound to the gut.

I’m about as happy with our state of the union as I am the weather. I know that my state of mind will improve when the weather improves and I can spend more time outside and not have to depend on the “telly” to entertain me so much of the time. I did go in to the cement pond for a swim this morning and I enjoyed my swim, but not as much as if the sun had been out and the wind not blowin’ so hard. I think that an early spring would cause all of us to feel a little more hopeful about all that’s going on in our world today. I vote for an early spring, how about you?

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