Originally written and posted May 15th, 2010.
These are a few things I noticed last night while out milking. For those of you who don’t know, I milk late at night, well after dark.
Don’t take deep breaths, sing, or do anything that requires your mouth to be open, taking in air. Especially while carrying or kneeling down by the lantern. Like that notorious box of chocolates, “you never know what you’re gonna get!” In other words, you might inhale more than air…. It’s best to hold your breath as long as possible, and then breathe through your sleeve or something, to reduce your chances of a fly intake.
Same goes for sitting under the cow…inhaling a fly just isn’t all that grand.
Is it good luck or bad luck when a baby ‘possum runs across the path in front of you? I forget…
Don’t freak out when you see a very large, pale, wolf-like thing slink out from behind the stock trailer, coming up from behind you as you see it out of the corner of your eye. It’s just the dog, who you thought was on the other side of the trailer. And the huge, dark thing running toward you is just the cow.
We don’t really live in KY, as I realized last night. Due to the extreme humidity, heat, sogginess of the ground, excessive flying things, and those odd birds that make really odd noises at you in the woods, it really comes across as being the Amazon jungle.
The dark stringy thing on your arm isn’t anything scary…just a piece of grass. Even though it looks like a leech or something and won’t come off when you brush at it frantically…
And above all, watch for Mama Copperhead when you cross the creek. She may be mad at humankind after Titus killed her baby earlier…
The one good thing I noticed last night was the over-abundance of lightening bugs. It almost looked like you were immersed into a galaxy. Actually, it looked like I was immersed into a galaxy, not you.
Oh, and does the Amazon jungle have these bees that eat the wood from the rafters on the porch, and drop sawdust all over my computer here???
We had friends come over one evening this past week, and had a great time visiting with them. Even though the shelves in the pantry all decided to collapse when I put the salt back up. Impecable timing. Actually, I don’t think shelves can really “decide” to collapse. We ended up having to stack the contents of our pantry on the hearth. Oh, well. I made chicken alfredo, green beans, and french bread for supper, and apple pie and ice cream for dessert. It was…quite filling.
I have quite a time going back and reading these old posts!