MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES.
LET ME EXPLAIN
Y’all know how I love learning and this week was no exception!
First I studied IDIOMS.
An idiom is a combination of words that has a figurative meaning, due to its common usage.
Some of my favorites are:
“A leopard cannot change its spots.
The notion that things cannot change their innate nature.
Hmmmm- something that should be considered especially in politics. Just saying…
“A piece of cake.”
It refers to something that is perceived to be very easy or simple, something that is as easy to do as eating a piece of cake.
Easy??? Excuse me please! I have seen many a cake on our kitchen counter and nary a morsel came my way! “Easy?” My left hind foot!
“A taste of your own medicine.”
You do something bad to someone that they have done to you to teach them a lesson.
Whoa Nellie! If that isn’t a 180 degrees from the Golden Rule I don’t know what is! And if I got caught NOT following the Golden Rule, well, here in the South they’d say that I’d get my “biscuits buttered”-ouch!
“Make hay while the sun shines.”
Which brings me to the heart of this post.
It’s Fall, and time for the last cutting of hay for the year. To those not familiar with farming it sounds relatively simple-
1. Grass grows
2. Grass gets mowed
3. Hay gets put into round or square packages tied up with string. (We get the square kind)
WRONG! Well, not entirely. Grass does grow and gets cut, then it gets fluffed into windrows, has to dry, gets put into squares -which are really rectangles -SHEESH- picked up out of the field and finally, stacked in the barn. WHEW! And, ALL of this depends on the weatherman and his forecast. If he’s wrong, and those bales get wet–POOF– ruined!
This past week was forecast to be sunny, so we had to literally make hay while the sun was shining!
I positively love idioms!
Naturally, I had to do my fair share.
First and foremost I had to supervised the entire operation.
I drove the fields and checked on moisture content*, bale quality etc.
YEEEE HAW! There were bales as far as I could see and more bales than this farming bully could count! The guys were going to be very busy! I made a mental count.
Despite the baling going on for three days, there were still stalls to muck. I decided to lend a paw to Miz T. Miz T manages the barn and the horses. Of course she really doesn’t need any help, she always keeps them spit spot, but she’s so nice AND pretty…
Let’s just weigh out the options.
1. Helping throw bales of hay with some sweaty, dirty guys, or
2. muck stalls with a really pretty cowgirl. EVEN A HUMAN COULD FIGURE THAT OUT!
With that chore done, it was back to check on the guys in the field and the horses. Miz T didn’t want me to leave, but a dog’s gotta do what a dog’s gotta do.
The pasture was pristine and the hay was neatly stacked in the barn.
I stopped to check on the horses and remembered an old John Wayne quote.
“Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.”
Then I remembered one on which I “sorta” collaborated with Kenny Rogers.
“Good sense is knowing when to back a way and know when to RUN!”
Or was that, “You gotta know when to hold ‘em , know when to fold ‘em…” Poker anyone?
There’s nothing like sitting on a fresh, fragrant bale of hay at the end of a long day. Cause, don’t cha know?
Cowdogs WORK HARD, PLAY HARD and WIN BIG!
*MOISTURE CONTENT-if it has too much, the hay can mold in the barn and it’s bad for the horses and, even worse, it can cause spontaneous combustion and yep, BLOW UP YOUR BARN!
I kid you not, it happens!