Friday, July 10, 2009

Hay in the Field

Things are running a bit behind in Southern Illinois this year. I know I am!
Usually we take our horses to the Vet in May for their Coggins tests and shots but this year we didn't get it taken care of until this week. Hopefully we will get the Coggins results back in time for the 9 Day Encampment, formerly known as the 9 Day Trail Ride.
Here it is the second week of July and as we drove through the country on Wednesday my friend Chester remarked as to all the farmers still in the field cutting and raking hay. Normally by this time many would be almost ready for the second cutting of hay and they are just now working on the first. I suppose the good news is, there will be plenty of hay this year. A couple of years back many folks had difficulty finding hay for their livestock and when they did find it they had to pay a premium for it!
So this year there will be enough hay to go around even if it is late coming out of the field. Our horses have been tested, even if we were late getting them to the Vet to get the blood drawn. The 9 Day will go on one more year even if the name has been changed.

And so it goes.

I'm moving slower, it takes me oh so much longer to get things done, or even to get moving in the right direction. However, I have discovered that I am not alone! What is going on? The funny thing is, even though it seems I just don't get as much done as I think I should, I really don't care. I'll do what I must to take care of those who depend on me for whatever they depend on me for, but then, I'm done. And like all those big round bales of hay out there in the fields, I'll just be hangin' out, waiting for my turn to be moved to the next spot. I don't stress too much any more. What's the point in getting all stressed out anyway?
In the end, we're all just Hay in the Field!

My Cherokee Grandmother

My Cherokee Grandmother
Selva COX/Opal Nokomis SMITH Nolen

Enjoying the Ride

Enjoying the Ride
October 31, 2008

Daddy Cat, Jr.

Daddy Cat, Jr.
"You're blocking my light!"

Chester

Chester
Chester & Princess Out For a Ride