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A time of new beginnings

Tales from the O-No Ranch
Mad Jack Hanks
Wellington, Colo.

Well, gentle readers, at this writing we are a couple of days away from Easter. Easter, a time of renewal. A time to reflect on where we are and how we are. Christians celebrate the risen Savior, Jesus Christ and what his relationship is to us and to our world and to who we are. Easter, a time of new beginnings for most of us, this time of year is seeing those newborn calves, green grass, melting mountain snows and of course a new Easter bonnet. I reckon I will purchase a new bonnet and maybe a new shirt. I most likely will not go to Easter services like I should. It can be sort of a lonesome time for me seeing all the families with their cute kids all dressed up and sharing a special time in their lives together. Those days have passed for me but still the same, there is so much for me to look forward to this time of the year.

Be it windy and cool today, I know shortly I will have that ol’ swamp cooler running and be sitting out on the front or back deck with a glass of sweet tea watching the sprinkler water thirsty grass and trees. I will tell now that my ground is pretty darn spongy as it has had a lot of moisture these past few weeks. Coal creek that runs through my place is running full and has been for months. The Mallards have found a spot where they like to congregate that is partly hidden and safe for them.

Nugget and Howdy have been wormed and need to be brushed BADLY. Now I’m not looking forward to that as I usually get more hair on me closely resembling “Big Foot!” Maybe not that bad but it’s hard to keep from getting covered as it seems there is always enough breeze to accommodate horse hair covering you from head to toe.

Of course the flies, bees, assortment of birds, baby rabbits, and you name it, will show up sooner or later. I haven’t seen one rattler in the past two summers so I would almost bet you I do this year. Because you don’t see one doesn’t mean they weren’t there, it just means you didn’t see it.

I received a request from an old girl friend, whom I liked A LOT, to go out to eat and go dancin’ this weekend. I reckon I can fit that in my schedule and I know it will be fun to get reacquainted after so much time has passed. She is a fun lady and very pretty!

Oh, did you hear about the couple that was out burning ditches? Yup, their neighbor drives by and stops to chat. He sees right away that the husband had a large knot above his right eye and the eye is also swollen and black and bruised. “Man, what happened to you” he asks in earnest. His wife took over and replied, “Charlie had one of those big ol’ bumble bees land on his nose and fortunately I was able to KILL IT WITH MY SHOVEL BEFORE IT STUNG HIM!” she offered. Oh, and I still have that double vision. Goin’ back to the eye doc tomorrow.

I do so hope you had a wonderful Easter with family and friends and that you are excited to have an opportunity for new beginnings! Stay tuned, check yer cinch on occasion, remember to pray for America and our service men and women! I will c’ y’all, all y’all. ❖


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Rain and the ridiculous


Yes RAIN! The answer to so many prayers and it has been such a good slow and necessary rain. Looks as if I will be able to kick a few pairs out for the summer…

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