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By Jerry Nine

(June 4)—There has been some rain around the area, but we still have a very dry strip in the middle. However, for the next several days we have a chance again. A customer from the Freedom, Oklahoma, area said he had five quarters of wheat hailed out since most got those rains. I guess for myself that’s one reason that harvesting wheat for grain doesn’t appeal to me—the chance a few days before harvest and getting wiped out. That shouldn’t bother me because with cattle you always have the possibility of the market dropping and losing lots of money that way.

I’m just thankful that I am not a worrier. I imagine I make my banker a nervous wreck but it never bothers my sleeping. I was watching a show the other day that was talking about positive thinking and happiness. They more or less thought some people were born with happier genes but anyone can be happy if they choose to be. We have all been around very positive people and we have all been around very negative ones. They said if you will start your day out either before you get out of bed or just after and name three things you are thankful for, you will most likely always have a better day.

Another cowboy friend was telling about his son’s four-wheeler accident on a ranch in New Mexico. It broke a lot of bones. He crawled a long way, not able to get up, with a belt tied just below his waist as he was badly hurt. He did not have any water for two days until they found him. Coyotes and other predators were close both nights, and he feared he would get eaten alive by them as he was too weak to holler and could only throw a few rocks. Those cows are fairly wild on that ranch but by the second night one cow came up and smelled him and lay down a few feet away. Then five or six other cows lay close also. The dad said if you are not a believer before you would soon be, as those cows are wild. His son should be completely recovered in a few months.

One of the buyers who comes to the sale every week has a very cute granddaughter, who is about 9 years old. Her grandpa is single and has a girlfriend who I will more than likely take away from him, but that is beside the point. His granddaughter said, “Pop, why don’t you just get married?” She calls him Pop or Pops all the time. So Grandpa said, “If we would get married, what would you call her?” She said, “I would call her Lollie.”

A female customer sold her feeder cattle two weeks ago. She had one bred heifer that was about to calve that she brought to the sale Tuesday. She names all her calves. She wrote on the ticket, “Her name is Sassy.” The devil made me say it again. I said, “Is that the heifer’s name or your nickname?”

Editor’s note: Jerry Nine, Woodward, Oklahoma, is a lifetime cattleman who grew up on his family’s ranch near Laverne, Oklahoma.

Date: 6/9/2014

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