Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Rainy Night....in NY


It felt like Halloween out there in the dark last night...while we were putting the girls up to pasture. Light streaming from barn windows glowed golden on steaming cow backs and made them seemed like hulking monsters. I turned my flashlight off to save the battery, while I acted as a fence, there were they got out this spring, and as they surged past me on the way to their dinner of green chop they seemed even more monster-like.

Huffing and puffing and slapping their hooves down in the mud, pushing and shoving, hurrying to eat. Flashlight beams crisscross over them, lighting up the sky, as whomever is driving gleans the midnight dark barnyard for stragglers....it was like a scene from a low budget horror movie.

And as always, just at the conclusion, one of the monsters makes me turn on my flashlight. Big, old, Bayberry, Alan's retired show cow, has to come over every night and check me out for my own potential monsterish characteristics....am I going to eat her? Jump out of the darkness and scare her? Grab her long tail and skijor through the mud behind her?

Nope, its just that old lady playing fence....again....and she rejoins her charges for the slog to dinner.

Incidentally, there were stars out there last night, albeit rather misty ones, and I hoped for a decent night. Alas I am not sure what time it was, but a front went through in the middle of the night slashing horizontal rain against the windows loud enough to wake me up. Dang it! It is so muddy the boss is having a terrible time getting just the most essential of chores done, let alone actually catching up on anything. Enough already. Also enough with whomever sees fit to drive his semi by at around 3 AM and blast on the air horn. Liz is in Pittsburgh, buddy, she can't hear you!

7 comments:

Kristen said...

"Hulking Monsters" - I love it! Great post.

Linda said...

We're weaning and last night it was pitch black and I know EXACTLY what you're talking about.

Cathy said...

Love this. Like all your retelling of Northview happenings - you create an immediacy that brings us along on the adventure.

There were so many wonderful visuals here. I could feel Bayberry's breath as checked you out.

I hope you get some dry weather over the next little while.

threecollie said...

Kristen, but they are! lol, thank you!

Linda, THEY can see just fine...us not so much. lol

Cathy, nothing to do out there while I wait for them to get where they are going, except shiver and think up blog posts. Thanks for your kind wishes and words.

DayPhoto said...

It seems every time we get a full moon (I love full moons) we have a storm. So not fair.

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

Cubby said...

Nice post. I can see it all now.

threecollie said...

Linda, I am just the opposite. lol. The moon keeps me awake when it is full...not that I like storms though.

Cubby, thanks!