The Caliche Times Vol. 5 No. 1 2-2-07
© by Jerry Davis
I know you thought the Caliche Times had just about gone away. That’s not the case; we have been publishing a newsletter for our gem and mineral club in Abilene and it takes quite a bit of our time.
Caliche Times has gotten so popular that I have had to read it myself. Some days we are short of entertainment. A person can always go outside and pray for rain though. I guess our faith is rather weak because we don’t usually carry an umbrella out with us. Some days I drive across the dry creek to see if the cows have enough water to drink in the farm pond. Today it was cold and I didn’t want to go. I guess the cows didn’t have much choice though; they went without me.
I knew things were getting a little too stressful when at dinner tonight Lou Jane remarked that her alphabet soup was short a few letters. I thought about that statement for a moment or two then told her she could have some of my letters, but she declined. I began to worry a little when she said maybe we should sing The Alphabet song when we get through eating.
About once every 10 days, Lou Jane and I get the old John Deere started and put out 10 round bales of hay. We can put out 2 bales at a time so we get along with the job at a good pace. I always park facing the wind. The reason is that when I cut the strings on the bales on one side and Lou Jane is pulling strings off the other side the wind is at our sides and not blowing hay and dust into our faces. We both have allergies related to hay dust, cow dust, caliche dust, carpet dust, or any other type of dust. Now cows do things a little differently, they put their rears facing the wind. I have two theories why they do this: If they have flies to swat they can have a little more accuracy swatting down wind or they simply don’t like wind in their faces when they are standing chewing cuds.
Cows are kind of weird. This time of year they are a little hungrier than other times of the year. They watch for me to walk out the back door if they are close enough to see me and their eye sight is very good. If I decide to walk to the barn they will migrate toward the barn hoping I might go into the feed barn. I have heifers across the road to the south of our house and while we are eating breakfast we can see one or two of them watching us through the window of the kitchen. I know the cows can see us because the neighbors that pass on the county road can see us and always wave. So if I go out the front of the house or out the back of the house some cows are always watching me. It’s a little unsettling at times. It’s a form of guilt trip they present. Sometimes it works and I go feed them.