Thursday, May 28, 2015

2015 New Moo Awards, Pt. II

The inspiration for and winner of the Long Tall Texan Award is Buster. (In contrast to Buster's dimensions is his scraggly tail.) 

Don't you think Buster needs a Stetson?

"Cheerfulness is what greases the axles of the world. Don't go through life creaking." ~H. W. Byles 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

2105 New Moo Awards, Part I

Our first winner is Fancy, the uncontested title-holder of the Blessed Stork Award. 

An old green Subaru stork delivered Fancy, a new orphan, to Panda, who had recently lost her own calf. Panda's initial reluctance to adopt Fancy soon gave way to pride and devotion. We haven't seen Fancy's ribs since.

"This time like all times is a very good one but if we know what to do with it." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Monday, May 25, 2015

The Help

Annabelle regularly volunteers her services as edge trimmer and would gladly "mow" the lawn if I'd let her. (Yes, she is on her knees!)

"What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it." ~Charles Duddly Warner 

Sunday, May 24, 2015


Somewhere over the rainbow

Is little blue-eyed Sky!

"God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us--in the dreariest and most dreaded moments--can see a possibility of hope." ~Maya Angelou 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Wild Flowers

Desert flowers, rooted and winged....

"Butterflies are self-propelled flowers." ~R. H. Heineken

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hakuna Matata

Don't worry about Solly (foreground). He was just having a nap attack. 

 ~ ~ ~ 

"Worry implies that we don't quite trust that God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what's happening to us." ~Francis Chan

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hoof Business

The horses drew a crowd while getting their hooves trimmed today. 

Solly can be pushy at times but is always a gentleman when trimmed or shod. 

Sugar wasn't napping, I assure you, since she detests hoof business of any kind. Perhaps she was praying that it would be over soon. 

"You have the most powerful weapons on earth--love and prayer." ~John H. Templeton 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Got Spots?

Freckles, Glitter, and Waylon do. 

"I don't believe you really know God if you do not recognize His sense of humor." ~Robert Brault

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Spring Fashions

A hard frost last week took its toll in the garden, but a few blossoms were still available to pose for a post-shower photo shoot. 


"Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world." ~Virgil A. Kraft

Friday, May 15, 2015

Point of View

At long last! Real, wet, honest-to-goodness, pasture-growing, tree-saving, garden-blessing, farmer-rejoicing rain!

Sodden calves seeking shelter beneath trees are slightly less enthusiastic. 

"Rain is grace." ~John Updike 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Sort Of

We've had a dry spring, even for this arid country. Sometimes it sort of rains. The rain clouds sprinkle or drizzle, but then they fizzle. Last night, we saw a sort of rainbow. 

"Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic way." ~Lord Byron

Monday, May 11, 2015

Good Company

I don't always run with deer...

...and dogs...

...and horned toads...

...and bull snakes.

Sometimes I actually run with people. 

Me and a few gals--1,930 of us--were trying to stay warm before the 5-mile race at the Montana Women's Run. 

"Make each day your masterpiece." ~John Wooden 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mothers and Others

God bless my amazing mom and all the wonderful moms, aunts, stepmoms, grandmas and mentors who have loved us so much!

Bubbles and Freckles 

Daisy Mae and Duke

Zoe and Ziggy

Joy and Princess

Gabby and Angel

"I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love." ~Mother Teresa

Friday, May 8, 2015


Napville, population 41.

"The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want. 
He makes me to lie down in green      pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters. 
He restores my soul."
               ~Psalm 23:1-3 (NKJV)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Mug Shots

Paisley is as photogenic as her big sister, Dazzle, and as impish as her big brother, Linus. 

Security cameras caught Millicent "pruning" a current bush. 

Got milk?

Joy does. Note the milky froth. She gets so much milk that she's almost pudgy. 

Easter and Pepper demonstrate the concept of bed-and-breakfast. 

"Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart." ~Kahlil Gabran

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Hay Babies

I love it when the cows are in the little pasture behind the house. All I have to do is look out a window to get an eyeful of cuteness and cheer. 

Peaches, foreground, and Bella


Gus and Gabby

Gabby again, and Freckles

"Some people are so much sunshine to the square inch." ~Walt Whitman