Ode to Ole Brownie

Ode to Ole Brownie

Ranch Recipes My husband wrote this very clever bit about one of our farm pickups, perhaps you might enjoy it as much as we did. Ode to Ole Brownie   Old Brownie Ranger P/U (pickup truck) had been slowly going downhill over the last several years, we had faithfully been putting a few more dollars in it to keep it road worthy.  A new tire here, a new muffler and tail pipe, work on the transmission for the second time, repair the 4 wheel drive, etc.  Brownie had been with us for about the last 16 years, with everyone who drove it adding to the dents and scrapes that gave it personality.  But as of late had been relegated to a fencing pickup with all the trapping, such as old pieces of barb wire, rusty steeples (sic), the master fencing box with all the electric fence repair supplies, old pencils and pens, scraps of paper with once important notes, rocks that had been found out in the fields, empty cans and bottles found along the side of the roads, etc.  Last Tuesday evening Dallas and I jumped old Brownie for the battery had run down to go to the Oertwig farm to check fence and move cattle.  After moving the cattle to a new paddock we checked the fence only to find that the voltage was way down, so we proceeded to cut off parts of the fence trying to locate which direction the short was at.  After several minutes of idling around the various paddocks, we located the short and headed back to the kill switch to cut off that section of the fence.  We had noticed Brownie was smoking a little, which was not unusual since it leaked and burnt a little oil, but the temperature gauge had started to climb but was still in the normal operating area.  I told Dallas that we had better get Brownie on the road to get some air going through the radiator, so we left the fence unfixed and headed home.  The temperature gauge promptly started down, but it was still smoking a little as we went down the road.  We were just running about 40 miles a hour, the normal speed for Brownie, when the engine died as we rounded the corner coming into Linneus from the north.  We coasted into the parking lot of the Koffee Kup and I picked up the radio to give Dad a call to come tote us in, We noticed Brownie was smoking still so I decided to raise the hood and as I did so flames broke out on top of the engine, about that time Tauna answered our radio call for Dad hadn't heard our first call, so I stopped to tell her what was happening and then ran down to the fire station to get an extinguisher, it pays to be on the fire department and have your own key!  When I got back Brownie was really flaming out of the engine compartment and Dallas was at the back end with the tailgate down trying to coax Tag, our border collie to jump out.  A couple of local men stopped by and helped to spray out the flames as I lifted the hood.  Mom and Dad arrived as the flames died down with Dad having another fire extinguisher and Mom a pitcher of water.  Dad said that they had set a record time for getting to Linneus.  Dad went back home and got his pick up and tow rope and pulled us down to the seed plant.  Yesterday we took everything of value off and out of it.  Harold Forst thought he could use some parts from it and came and toted it to his place, and brought back the tires.  So, Brownie may be resurrected into another pick up yet.  We have always told that Jessica our daughter that she would get Brownie to drive when she turned 16, and she was saying a prayer every night that Brownie would break down for good, so who says that prayers aren't answered!                 Allen   Authors Note:  This 1984 model so-dubbed ‘Brownie,’ is the very pickup Allen used to court me 16 years ago.  Nevertheless, I have no sentimentality where it is concerned as it consistently failed whenever I slid behind the wheel.   Get out the ‘barbie’ and start grillin.’  How nice it is to keep the heat outside whilst preparing meals.  Most meals consist of stir-fried whatever  is ready for harvest from the garden:  nasturtium leaves, purslane, broccoli florets and leaves, carrots, summer squash, leeks, the possibilities are endless.  Drizzle a bit of olive oil on the griddle and squirt with Bragg’s Liquid Aminos.  A few lamb brats on the grill and the meal is shortly ready.  If you don’t have a griddle with your barbie, oil up a cast iron skillet for the veggies.    Tauna Powell, along with her husband and three children raise cattle, woolies (sheep), and chooks (chickens) on their property near Laclede, Missouri.  Contact her at www.mastersranch.com or atpowell@mcmsys.com.  Write to her at The Master’s Ranch, 19554 Fort Road, Laclede, MO  64651

Posted: 2006-06-05


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