Health lies in labor,
and there is no royal road to it but through toil.
Those who follow my blog know that I have been a little under the weather. OK, possibly a lot under the weather, depending on what minute you should ask me about. The weather outside is just as unpredictable.
This morning I went out in the bush to take advantage of the healing powers of that fresh air environment and check out any storm damage from last night. I took these photos. It is true that there is medicine like no other found in the wilderness. I feel much better now. Exhausted, after the long hike but I actually feel somewhat healthier.
Yesterday, before the storm, I had other matters to deal with. This brings me to the prep part in the title.
There was a weather system called “A Colorado Low” sneaking into our area. This was on the heels of an "Alberta Clipper” that came through a few days before. I wonder who picked those names. That meant a snow storm and all the prep that goes along with that for us. The cows needed extra attention and hay. Also, since I have not ventured too far from the farm I was low on supplies like milk and bread.
We are lucky in this area that about five kilometers away (or just over 3 miles for my American friends) to have a gas station in a friendly village where you can get almost anything you need. It is my go to place for things I need in a hurry. The people there are always friendly. The “regulars” who sit around drinking coffee to catch up on the world events, always have a friendly “Hello.”
This little store has that true country feeling that all of us around these parts surely appreciate.
Well, I knew the storm was coming quickly and I also knew I had to get out there and feed extra bales of hay and put out extra bedding for the cows. I was worried about the storm interfering with the driving to the store to get what I needed. I chose to go to the store first, in case the weather changed and changed those road conditions. The cows would be fine for a little while.
Well, since I did get this cold/flu thing from someone I wanted to protect those people that I may have contact with while shopping. I pulled on my hoodie a wool cap and a heavy warm coat. Then, here is the kicker and something new, a mask that I put in my pocket.
I pulled up to the gas pumps at the station and the woman who recognized me watched as I put the mask on. I opened the door and told her to fill it up, please. She asked about the mask and I told her I had something and did not want to share it with anyone.
“Thank you,” she said. I headed into the store to shop.
The boys drinking coffee at the tables in the back corner stared at me in wonder. One of them recognized me. I was surprised because I was obviously disguised. They were talking about the upcoming storm and were also happy that I had thought of not sharing the flu gift that I had received. I grabbed milk, bread, and eggs and then headed up to the counter to pay.
“Please don’t rob us?”
The teller was a young girl that I had never seen in there before. I pointed my finger at her “Bread and milk, please.” Everyone burst out laughing.
Suddenly the boss showed up (had there been a silent alarm?) and he just stared at me too. He then joined in the laughter. Yes, it was a most interesting encounter. The best part was the smiles that it brought to all involved.
I just want to let you know that if that had of been my attempt to rob a gas station there would have been chocolate on that counter.
Back on the farm, I started up the tractor. I did not need the mask to visit and prepare the cows. I put out lots of hay and put lots of bedding down and also placed a couple of bales, to anchor that newly built fence that blew over last time. With that prediction of heavy winds, we wanted to make sure.
"Colorado Low" sounds not so bad and lucky for us, it was not.
The bush today was calm and beautiful, as you can see. The best kind of medicine for sure.