It was warm for February...but not for February in Texas. Husband Bruce and I were down there buying a used truck.
The new year began with our search for a new-to-us truck to supplement our aging Ford F350. For us, picking the right vehicle is like hiring an employee; it has to be up to the job. We needed a work truck with the power to pull a trailer loaded with 20,000 pounds of hay; space for three 4-H kids in the back seat; the right kind of hitch for our stock trailer; and a flatbed to hold six barrels of food scraps or brewers grain. Our current vehicle, a 2004 Ford 350, is feeling its 300,000 miles. It still runs, but not reliably. Imagine if it broke down when hauling cows? Not many of our friends have the gooseneck hitch we'd need to rescue a stranded load of cattle.
Throwaway plastic is everywhere – plastic forks, plastic straws, plastic cups, and oh those plastic bags! Red River Theater in Concord recently showed the 2010 film “Bag It” which taught me that 4 ounces of petroleum are required to create and transport one 8-ounce plastic bottle of water. You may have heard about the Pacific Ocean gyre – a giant circular surface current that has entrapped trillions of tons of plastic particles in an endless swirl.
A goose is a female; a gander is a male. “The collective noun for a group of geese on the ground is a gaggle; when in flight they are called a skein, a team, or a wedge; when flying close together, they are called a plump,” according to www.vocabulary.com. But when there are two of them, I call them “a couple.”