I have acquired a new skill set today! And, of course, "refreshed" ones I had already mastered eons ago. Rio was at the gate this morning when I went out, and Jenny in her spot right behind him. After I filled their water trough, I checked the hay as the grass is starting to thin. They still had a full hay container, as they are not yet ready for hay with the grass still green and available.
The pasture is filled with Mexican sage in bloom, and looks so pretty. One year in Abilene I bought a bunch of it in the plant nursery, then came home and found our pasture full of it. Yep, they actually sell a weed in the store and I was silly enough to buy it.
Sometime since my last trip here, Sis found this watercolor drawing of Dad that one of our cousin's did years ago after a visit. He must have been in his late 40s, or maybe early 50s as his hair (and his glasses) were both black.
I know there are many truckers who are not safe, and pose a danger. I learned a long time ago to keep a critical eye out around them, and be prepared to yield. Right or wrong, a truck traveling at highway speed has far less control of the vehicle than I do, and I do my best to recognize the extra distance they require, to avoid their blind spots, and to yield even if one is about to do something stupid, like change lanes right in front of me. I have no intention of playing chicken with those guys or women when winning would be losing. In return, it is rare for me to encounter a driver who does not recognize and respect that I do that, and acknowledge me for it. It is kind of like one of my little cosmic karma validations.
The rest of the day was filled with funny moments, a lot of physical work, a smidgen of rest, and doing our best to take care of the parents who taught us to be who we are, and to take care of each other taking care of them. I may not be as smart as a smart reefer, and I may not be tough enough to unload 4 bags of feed and stack them without help, but by golly, when we were all sitting in Dad's room and he was smiling and happy and laughing with his three children and their mother, it made it all worthwhile. We know we have a long road in front of us, with no certainty--as indeed, there is in much of life. But when you travel uncharted territory, it's good to do it with folks who have your back.