Monday, June 18, 2018



"Nice to meet you. Did you bring us any treats?"

"Eat my dust!"

"Were we that crazy when we were little?"

"Who are those tiny ladies? What are they doing in that box?"

"This dog is nice, but why does she always stare at me like that?"


"Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away." ~Isaiah 35:10 NIV

Sunday, June 3, 2018

So We Flew the Coop

As a rule, farmers and ranchers don't celebrate weekends. We've heard of them, of course, but we can't just clock out of fieldwork or tell livestock that since we don't get paid overtime, we're going home. We are home. 

Sometimes, however, a hiking trail beckons louder than weeds and a dear family member offers to feed the baby goats. There's nothing else to do but forget all there is to do and flee to the mountains.

This was our first hike up the Cottonwood Canyon trail.

Ellie got to romp and hunt pikas with Lily, our beloved granddog.

I don't know if Cottonwood Creek is good for fishing, but it's excellent for wading.
Scarlet globemallow cheered passers-by.

It would be fascinating to hike this canyon accompanied by a chatty geologist! 


"The whole earth is filled with His glory, so keep your eyes wide open, Traveler. You are no aimless wanderer." ~Beth Moore, The Quest

Friday, May 25, 2018

The Jitterbug

Josephine's latest trick is to vault onto her mama's back and prance around until falling off.

When Jubilee tires of being a dance floor, she makes herself too tall for Josephine to reach.

I wonder if Jubilee remembers that when she was a little kid, she loved to cut a rug on top of her mama too.


"Having a two-year old is like having a blender that you don't have the top for." ~Jerry Seinfeld 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

A Fairy Tale, Wyoming-Style

Flowers around here have been understandably reluctant to show their faces. Maybe they suspected that spring was actually winter masquerading as spring, a seasonal version of Little Red Riding Hood. 

LITTLE PINK INDIAN PAINTBRUSH: (shivering) My, Grandmother Spring, what snowy weather you have! 
BIG BAD WINTER: (wearing Grandmother Spring's old yellow slicker and new fuchsia-and-chartreuse plaid rain boots) Ah, the better to water you with, my dear. 
LITTLE PINK INDIAN PAINTBRUSH: But, Grandmother, what bitter winds you have! Don't you have any sunshine for me?
BIG BAD WINTER: (mutters under his breath) Well, aren't you the little whiner today? (raises his voice) Come closer, dearie, and let Grandmother give you a big frosty hug!
LITTLE PINK INDIAN PAINTBRUSH: (gasps) You're not Grandmother Spring! She's beautiful and kind, and you're ugly and mean! (dives back into the safety of Mother Earth)


"Hee that is in a towne in May loseth his spring." ~George Herbert

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Two Peasants and a Princess

Moey brought Lenny (rear) and Squiggy into the world last week. If you're my contemporary, you know they're named after two characters in LaVerne & Shirley, a spin-off of Happy Days.     

Sadly--very sadly--Moey died from complications from a difficult kidding. Lenny and Squiggy soon adapted to the bottle as well as their new orphanage, the house, where they slept during the cold nights.

Ellie likes to hang out with the hilarious kids as much as we do, but since we don't want them to think that they're human or canine, they're mostly kept in a pen next to other goats.

Next, Jubilee presented the world with Josephine. Last year, Jubilee's first kid was stillborn, so everyone is extra happy about Josephine. 
Since Jubilee is reigning herd queen, I assume that Josephine is heir apparent to the throne. Josephine likes playing with Lenny and Squiggy, but Jubilee gets very upset when her little princess associates with commoners.


"For though you are lofty and exalted, you stoop to embrace the lowly."              ~Psalm 138:6 TPT

Saturday, April 28, 2018

How to Go(at) for a Walk

It's simple.

Snack. The dog can wait.

Dawdle. The people can wait.

Hurry, hurry! Run and catch up!

Grab another bite. This grass tastes different than it did back there.

Tarry. Pose for pictures.

Run, play, hurry! Don't be late!

 Repeat process until you reach your destination. 


"For the vision is yet for the appointed time;
It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
For it will certainly come, it will not delay." ~Habakkuk 2:3 NASB

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Wildflowers and Yo-Yo Weather

On a recent wildflower hunt, we tramped the hills for miles before finding a few blooms peeking warily out of the ground. I can understand their trepidation. We had gales and rainbows last week, 78 degrees F on Monday, snow on Tuesday, hard frost Wednesday morning. Has April ever been so temperamental?

I didn't see this tiny Indian paintbrush until I almost stepped on it. I can hardly wait until the real paintbrush party begins!

While her people looked for flora, Ellie searched for fauna (rabbits and pronghorn antelope). She had less success than we did.

We found a passel of brave phlox atop a windblown hill, hugging the earth for warmth. Perhaps their bluish tint was from the cold.


"Comebacks are God's specialty. He loves turning around impossible circumstances." ~Tony Evans