Soapweed's Ranch Ramblings
The writings of a Nebraska Sandhills cattle rancher!

June 1 , 2005

A nice rain started here about nine o'clock yesterday morning. We were horseback trailing cattle and the herd moved along pretty good, with the steady drizzle and cool weather. About ten o'clock we sanded Highway 20, and crossed with the cattle. Guess ol' Saddletramp, Mrs. S. and I must have looked a little bit colorful, because some passers-by video-taped our cattle drive as it crossed the blacktop. Yellow slickers and soggy saggy hats always seem to add a bit of glamour. It's been said that glamor tends to dissolve in sweat. Other weather factors such as cold, wind and rain can also dissipate glamour pretty fast.

Rain came down most of the night and part of the morning. By 10:00 a.m. we had received an inch and a tenth. Late this afternoon, another little shower brought another tenth. The total since mid-April is now 9.85 inches of rain, and the countryside looks absolutely fantastic.

Our two sons picked this week-end to go canoeing and camping. Needless to say, they got a bit chilled before their trip was completed. Four other boys were also on the outing. From personal experience, such are the things from which memories are made. They survived, and like my cousin always says, "whatever doesn't kill you makes you a better person." Yup.







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