I’m thank­ful even on days when I’m un­de­cided

Westside Eagle-Observer - - OPINION - By Bill Bill is the pen name used by the Gravette-area author of this weekly col­umn. Opin­ions ex­pressed are those of the author.

Did you ever hear a coy­ote howl like por­trayed in the movies? I am a man who has to lis­ten to the yap­ping of the free­loaders al­most ev­ery night. I al­most get to sleep and they start in, and never in a mil­lion years will you hear a howl like a wolf might make. Now, I per­son­ally don’t know about wolves be­cause I don’t live in wolf coun­try. I just know I wish the movie pro­duc­ers would ac­tu­ally tape some real coy­ote mu­sic for the western shows! There’s my rant for the day.

As you can tell, I don’t have any real prob­lems on my mind to­day. I did watch some TV the last week and was dev­as­tated by the new pro­gram that came on. I just knew I was gonna like a new western even if it was set in this day and time. Horses, cat­tle and cow­boys are all fa­vorites of mine, and so I was wait­ing with bated breath. It came on a new chan­nel for me and on a church night, so I recorded it.

Nasty, just nasty lan­guage and ac­tions. Sure enough, it was not filmed in our area, but I do not be­lieve peo­ple talk like that any­where. I sure was shocked right down to my boots by the ac­tions go­ing on. I don’t mean the killings and the dirty busi­ness; we are used to that. I mean the things the folks mak­ing the show thought they should show that should never be shown any­where! OK, se­cond rant.

Have one old hide in the sick pen. She seems to have hard­ware or just in­ter­nal dam­ages of some sort. I will haul her to town to­mor­row if she isn’t eat­ing by morn­ing. She is droopy and sorta humped up. She has been dry since we weaned in the spring. Maybe my idea of treat­ment is old fash­ioned and I might have hurt in­stead of help­ing, but I dropped a mag­net in her just in case! Yep, I am found guilty of lots of just-in-case stuff!

The cat­tle busi­ness is never still and it is al­ways a guess when it comes to de­cid­ing to buy or sell. The mar­ket is not like last week and won’t stay like to­day very long. I want to cull some heifers and a few steers, but I don’t want to give them away. Should have sold sooner or maybe wait un­til later. My close rel­a­tive is not very help­ful in this mat­ter. She agrees with what­ever I say, even if I say it wrong! Well, I sorta know it will not mat­ter in the long run, 20 years from now, more or less!

It is my opin­ion, and ev­ery­one has one, I am thank­ful I am in the beef busi­ness even on days when I am un­set­tled about the busi­ness end of the deal. I still have all the plea­sure of see­ing calves grow­ing, cows graz­ing and fences that need re­pairs. I ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that I can make a de­ci­sion later on, not a time clock or boss de­mand­ing I should do it in the next hour. I like the deal of early morn­ing cof­fee on the porch, still evenings in the yard re­lax­ing with fam­ily and many other things that this life af­fords. Thank God for all we have and pray we will con­tinue to make what we need!

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