Saturday, June 24, 2017

Attention: Rubber Feed Tub Manufacturers

This is an ad-free blog, but if folks from Fortex or Duraflex happen upon these pictures, they may want to hire the kids as models for their next advertising campaign.

Willie and Seely

Calico and Ariel

Mork and Mindy

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Dad's Day!

Hope you like this song as much as I do: "Good Good Father" by Chris Tomlin


"For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that every one who believes in him may have eternal life." ~John 3:16 PHILLIPS 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Alkali and Alibis

My shrub roses, whose glory normally peaks in June, look scroungy this year. A month ago, two hard frosts sent the poor things scurrying back into dormancy. Many haven't even begun to bloom. 

Have you noticed that when something goes awry in our flower or vegetable beds, we gardeners have more excuses than trowels and hoses? Instead of admitting our ignorance, laziness, or blunders, we quickly cite weather conditions, insects, disease, seed or bedding plant quality, soil types, and my personal go-to, mineral-heavy well water. (Hey, maybe that's why I'm the only one on the planet that can't grow daisies!) 


"Take the hardest thing in your life--the place of difficulty, outward and inward, and expect God to triumph gloriously in that very spot. Just there He can bring your soul into blossom." ~Lilias Trotter, as quoted by L.B. Cowman, Streams in the Desert

Friday, June 2, 2017

Sugar's Office

If Sugar's feet (she foundered last summer) are trimmed right and the ground is soft, I can (finally!) ride her. The other day, she and I got to help bring in cows to be wormed, work them into the alleyway, and then take them out to pasture. Many might call that ho-hum, but I found it heavenly. For her part, Sugar seemed proud and happy to be back at her cowhorse job.  


"It takes courage not to be discouraged." ~Ben Ferencz

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Belated Introductions

My apologies to Benny and Scarlett, who were born weeks ago but had their limelight stolen by the new baby goats. 

As exciting (and cute!) as calving and kidding season has been, Hubby and I are relieved that the middle-of-the-night checks and midwife sessions are over for the year. It's beyond wonderful to be able to sleep in pajamas ALL NIGHT LONG. 

Bella is besotted with her first calf, Big Ben, aka Benny. 

We had to name Ziggy's heifer Scarlett,

Benny and Scarlett wrapped up the 2017 season with a red-and-white flourish. Our new bull is a Black Angus, so next year's calf crop probably won't be as colorful.


"You aren't an afterthought or an accident. The Creator of the universe has chosen you, individually, by name, for a great mission He entrusts to no one else." ~Christine Caine

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Kid Cuddles

Our goat kids entertain, play on, and snuggle with visitors, whether they be kids or grown-up kids. Unlike cow mamas, goat mamas don't mind strangers playing with their babies. Maybe that's because goats think that they're people--or that people are goats.


"The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love." ~Galatians 5:6 NIV

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Waylon, Willie, and Seely

Meels proudly presents her new triplets! 

That's Waylon on the left and Willie on the right. Their little sister, Seely, is in the middle. If you're an old country music fan, you already know that they're named after Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Jeannie Seely.

They're living up to their names. Seely is smart, fun, and feisty. Waylon and Willie have already escaped from their pen to run wild around the barn--three times. Maybe we shouldn't have named those two after ramblers and good ol' boys.


"You have taken account of my wanderings;
Put my tears in Your bottle.
Are they not recorded in Your book?" ~Psalm 56:8 AMP