- New baby cows!
- Suddenly having the overwhelming urge to watch the sunset and jumping up and walking to the end of the driveway to sit on the front gate post and watch the sun slip down through the trees. The neighbors were visiting and camping next door and they were cow-calling and braying to all the animals around. Then, from nowhere, you would hear Toro, the giant red BeefMaster bull, bellow low and loud in return. Very cute and a most satisfying way to bid the sun goodnight.
- The most important thing I ever learned – life is lived moment by moment.
- Clean house and clean sheets.
- As simple and platitudinal as these are, I still enjoyed reading through them. Some of the ones that hit home with me were:
6. Bad moods will come and go your whole life, and trying to force them away makes them run deeper and last longer.
11. Every problem you have is your responsibility, regardless of who caused it.
12. You never have to deal with more than one moment at a time.
17. Every passing face on the street represents a story every bit as compelling and complicated as yours.
28. Most of what we see is only what we think about what we see.
34. Everyone you meet is better than you at something.
55. By default, people think far too much.
70. Nothing — ever — happens exactly like you pictured it.
74. A good nine out of ten bad things I’ve worried about never happened. A good nine out of ten bad things that did happen never occurred to me to worry about.
77. Anyone can be calmed in an instant by looking at the ocean or the stars.
- What Did You Think I Said Game:
“I should have kept a fossil to get out” = “This shit is impossible to get off.”
“Something to stick my fez in” = “I need to find that recipe.”
“It smells like grackles out here” = “It smells like grass out here.”
- Sunset of deep reds with orange streams, a high shelf of alto-cumulus clouds reflecting the sunset for a good 45 minutes after it went down. Absolutely stunning. I caught a glimpse of my tree silhoutetted in front of the last dying bit of that sunset and it caught my breath.
- Moulton Barn
Above the Loft by Jason Hatfield
- BigMama, her dark red/black heifer calf, and a new baby bull calf from the new Mama all stared at me unconcerned while I fixed the fences next to them. Toro, the bull, came up to see what I was doing and snuffle me. Then Henri had to come help me so I stood petting and scritching her for a while (sometimes, I remember why I haven’t eaten her yet). Then ChickenChicken (one of the three production Reds) came out to my side of the pasture to hunt for bugs and keep me company, but was very sure to stick close to me and not wander off too far. It was all quite endearing having all of them come out to keep me company and made me remember, despite having to continuously fix fences, the fulfillment and happiness that I get from all these goofy creatures.
- “It’s p’kahn like the Klingon, not peecan like the thing you keep in your car for long trips.”
- That feeling when you can finally clear your eustachian tubes and equalize the pressure in your ears and *hear* again after an ear infection.
- Being silly with friends, laughing until you can’t breathe and then doing silly things like hanging candy canes off your ears or shoving them in your hair to make a candy cane tiara.
- Respect yourself.
- When sick and unconsolable, having someone pet your head and read to you until you fall asleep.
- Quiet all weekend, then the upstairs neighbors playing Ringer on the marble floors of the 45th floor corner suite.
- My very first rodeo.
- Having my boots cleaned and shined.
- Buying myself a giant box of chocolates.
- Giving the bigger half.
- Falling asleep with the curtains open, the lights of the city gleaming. Then, watching the sun rise and light up the mountains and everything and slowly lighting up the room in the morning.
- Dressing up, getting all fancy with curled hair and a fancy dress that matched my nails. Sometimes, it’s just really nice to get all decked out and pretty.
- Almost quite literally, running into a herd of mule deer in the middle of Springdale. They were not even bothered by our presence, just went right back to eating.
- The stars over The Watchmen.
- Gigantic bathtubs with windows that overlook the city.
- Christmas lights and laser light show at the redneck casino. Even the taxidermied animatronic bear and mountain lion have Santa hats on. And there was cowboy Santa!
- The best corned beef and hash I have ever had the pleasure of stuffing in my face at Hash House A Go Go.
- Natural pool hot springs!
- Pink and blue neon awesomeness with a thick side of 80′s strip club and ferns at the Peppermill.
- Red hair!
- Shiny, sparkly nails for Vegas trips
- That delicious feeling of climbing into a warm bed (pre-warmed with a mattress pad warmer) late at night.
- Algae bloom biolumenesces at night.
The very first time I ever saw the ocean, I saw hundreds of comb jellyfish biolumenescing in the crashing waves at dusk.
- Hubsand’s Christmas stocking that Momma made out of a deer corn feed bag.
- Cow noses.
- Foot massages.
- Unexpected, but not unwelcome, unseasonably warm weather.
- “Shut the front door!” as a matter of exclamation in surprise.
- Hubsand’s fancy birthday dinner (standing rib roast, creamed spinach and yorkshire pudding) and cake full of candles.
- Neat little insulated jar holders
- Salted caramel sauce.
- The comedy of leaving the door to the pantry open for not even two minutes and the cat gets stuck in a glue trap and comes flying out of the pantry flapping and screaming, both opposite feet stuck in the trap.
- Ice cream and fun toys.
- Christmas tree up, squirrel tails deployed (Happy Redneck Christmas!)
- Chilly but bright evenings where flashlights are not needed.
- Drive-in movie (Twister, ever appropriate) and a thermos full of hot chocolate.