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Dog Hair & Mule Sweat

By Natalie Riehl  

editor@rockymountainrider.com 

 

March 2013 issue  

 

 

     The best way to have a clear, sunny day is to have a clear night preceding it. At this time of year, we all know what that means! Yes, a brisk morning temperature and a groan when looking at the outside temperature from the inside coziness of the house.

     But we enjoy those clear mornings and the promise of a sunny day! That sun puts smiles on people’s faces, encourages horses to lie flat on their sides soaking up the warmth, and sends young calves frolicking near their mamas.

     I am encouraged by the promise that March brings. In our part of Montana , March resembles winter in many ways. On either side of mountain pass roads, the snow stands deep around the fir and spruce. But the wind has knocked the snow off of their branches and they roar in the wind, and when I look carefully, I see the snow has softened and rounded and is pulling away from the tree trunks. The snow is soft at the edges of the creeks where the ice slowly gives way to flowing water, clear and quick as it flows over the stones in the streambed. The brush alongside the creek banks fills with color, the willow and dogwood stems becoming more intense, contrasting bright yellows and reds against the snow as their buds wake up.

     Here in the valley, the spring chore list makes its appearance, taped to the kitchen cabinet with a pen nearby to add to the list. I know I’d better write a note down when I think of it, or it’ll be gone from my brain faster than drops of water in a hot frying pan.

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     I have mentioned my note collection before, and it’s constantly surprising me. If I’m lucky enough to actually see a note hanging in front of my face — dashboard, computer monitor, bathroom mirror — I’ll act on it. Some notes are temporary, the kind you throw away after the task has been accomplished, and others are permanent notes, because the task is recurring.

     I recently purchased some popsicle molds after seeing many great recipes with all-natural ingredients. I had to figure out how to add popsicle sticks when the popsicle is half-frozen; that way the stick will stand straight up in the final fabulous dessert treat.

     I set the loud timer on my oven for just under two hours. And so I don’t forget why the timer is on when it starts beeping, I created a note that says,. “Put in popsicle sticks.” (Clever, huh? Or just the sad sign of a flagging mind?)

     When I went to put away the note, I thought I’ll just hang it inside the cupboard door. That’s when I found the other notes, apparently written for the same reason — as timer reminders. “Clothes in Washer / Dryer”; “Water Trough finished draining”; “Check Pot Roast”!

     Once again, two parts of my brain are working together in perfect, but separate, harmony. I think up a good idea for a reminder, but have forgotten that I had already thought of the idea. Sigh!

      Enjoy the month of March and its promises that are sweet and, perhaps, private to you.

    

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