Rain always cause for celebration

Glenda Price We got some rain last night. First thing this morning I went out and checked my back yard rain gauge. It showed four tenths of an inch. As I emptied it so the next hoped-for rainfall could be measured, I celebrated. I even said, “Yippee” as I skipped around. Yes, they got too […]

Some parents ruin 4-H experience

It’s show time. The pig, lamb and goat sales were in the spring. Steers were chosen last fall. FFA and 4-H animals have been carefully fed and exercised. Summertime jackpot shows provided chances to practice showing and to gauge the animals’ progress, but winning at county and state fairs in late summer and fall is […]

Hands-free device better on animals

Glenda Price My friend and I were strolling through the local farmers’ market one day, when she suddenly began talking. I tried to answer her, even though I really didn’t know what she was talking about. This went on a few minutes — her talking, then me talking — when she finally turned toward me […]

Rodeos offer good, seasonal fun

Glenda Price Summertime in the Southwest is rodeo time. We’ve got 4-H rodeos, high school and junior rodeos, high class amateur shows, punkin rollins, ranch rodeos and, of course, professional productions. In the old days we had several especially fun amateur rodeos — the kind where you can pay your entry fee and get your […]

Clipping better left to professionals

One of my daughters has a toy poodle named Rudy (short for Rudoph Valentino Price, since he’s a little lover.) He’s a really fun little guy who is exceptionally smart. The only problem is his curly poodle hair grows really fast. A groomer lady informed me that he should be clipped at least every eight […]

Always a place for strays at home

I was the oldest of four kids, which made me sort of a trailblazer who did all the new or experimental stuff first — good or bad, often bad. When I finished the eighth grade at our country school, my parents faced a dilemma. The nearest town (that had a high school) was 50 miles […]

Impossible to fool Mother Nature

Years ago there was a commercial that said, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature” followed by a catastrophe. Actually, fooling Mother Nature is a fool’s errand — it can’t be done. That’s why country people are inveterate weather watchers. I grew up in the drought times of the 1950s. When the earth was brown […]

Mother’s job duties never-ending

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Every job has a euphemistic title these days. Betty Lou, a wife and mother, met a “business man” at a meeting. When he asked about her occupation she replied, “I’m an early childhood educator.” “That sounds really interesting,” he said. “Do you ever get called in on weekends?” Betty Lou […]

People not always who they claim

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Max showed up at our ranch headquarters one late spring day, looking for work. Said he’d caught a ride the 25 miles from town with the mailman and walked the two miles from the mailbox. Said he wasn’t a great horseman, but he was willing to do any kind of […]

Inventions target aging cowgirls

By Glenda Price: State columnist Have you been receiving “special offers” for hearing testing and hearing aids in the mail lately? I sure have, and that’s not all. I’m getting offers for long-term care and life insurance for myself and my animals along with special equipment for arthritic hands and fingers. I wonder if those […]