Reconnaissance mission: Find cows. Determine when they'll come home.
My cows still haven't shown up. Last year by this time they had been released from their winter digs into the pasture behind my house. Now they're two weeks overdue, but so is spring.
I left home today by a different route, and spied the same herd of cows in a nearby pasture. (This is as close as I could get, with a zoom.) They were all lying down, which is weird. Cows are always up on their feet, grazing. Maybe they thought they were unobserved, and could get by with loafing.
They have babies with them, too, tiny calves who'll grow on me like the last bunch did. I know I probably shouldn't name them, but I can't help it. They're so sweet, and they love to hear me talk to them. The neighbors think I'm nuts, but then I'm American; I'm expected to be eccentric.
So how much longer till the cows come home?