Today I am grateful for timely pauses and clear thinking. I am also grateful for overnight oatmeal.
DAIRY is the word of the day. It is broadly defined as containing or made from milk. I have a strong connection to dairy products, and a deep love for them as well. I grew up on a dairy farm. Ours was a small operation, 30 cows and also chickens and pigs. We had fresh milk every day and what we sold helped make other dairy products available.
I love cheese and ice cream. And I mean love. Butter is an indulgence I allow myself. I regularly eat yogurt and cottage cheese and put milk on my cereal. I support dairy farmers pretty much daily.
Besides being friendly with dairy products, I was also friendly with the cows on our farm. Friendly enough to be in close proximity on a regular basis, as I did my part to help out with chores ranging from carrying pails of milk to the milk house to helping clean manure out of gutters in the barn. I still get sentimental, in a good way, when I smell that mix of hay, milk, and cows.
Today's dairy operations tend to be large and highly automated. I am grateful for the farm where I grew up. We learned the value of hard work, teamwork, and everyone doing their part. We gained a respect for nature and all living things.
Today, dairy products are on my menu. How about yours?