I headed out to the "ranch" before sunup to check heifers this morning. I expected after hearing rain on the roof last night to be greeting by a soupy mess. Instead it was just damp and eerily pretty with the fog. I needed to fill a water tank and rather than go do some other work for 15 minutes I sat down on a board fence and just soaked it all in. The robins and meadowlarks are back. Man when I hear a Meadowlark in the spring, life is good. The robins were joyfully chirping I'm sure finding some worms after the shower last night. Then there was a lone goose honking to my south. I couldn't see it but it was probably a hundred yards or so off. A little later it was a couple of ducks I suppose sitting on a pond half a mile south. My cows were quiet but off a couple of miles to the north I could hear a cow bawling I would assume for a sleepy calf that was out of her eyesight. Some people pay thousands of dollars for therapy. I would suggest that a walk out to a place away from TV, radio and humans and their senseless bickering is money better spent. And if you happen to have a place to keep a few cows make sure they're ones you can feed an ear of corn out of your hand to and scratch on the back. They'll help you forget your worries about the world's problem if only for a few minutes. Enjoy the day folks and get right with your maker. You never know when your card will get punched. I've told my wife and friends many times that IF I tip over out checking cows in the spring when the meadowlarks are singing, I'll be a happy camper. Just get the neighbor to bring his loader over, dig a hole, roll me in it and cover me up. One time though my wife headed for the door after I had said it. I said "hey where are you going?" She said, "I'm going to get the neighbor?"