Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Saturday, June 27, 2015
The first cutting of 2015 is nearly in the book.
What book, you ask.
The Annuls of Hayseed History, the Unabridged and Unnecessary Version.
We're mentioned in two chapters: Record Yields and Record Mechanical Delays. I thought we'd make it into Record High Temperatures, but air conditioning deficits led to false readings.
Friday, June 26, 2015
Happy Birthday to my beautiful, talented, irrepressible, forever-young mom! I've included a photo (courtesy of PDPhotos.org) of two of her favorite things: wildflowers and the Tetons.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Duke got to spend some quality time with his fun-loving Uncle Ikey this evening. Bullfighting was the sport of choice.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Rumor must have it that we have a soft heart for animals. I don't know how that got started.
Anyway, three skinny little orphan raccoons must have heard said rumor, because they've recently moved into a shed-turned-orphanage. Their new home is conveniently close to the pond, canal, and livestock feed.
"Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress...." ~James 1:27 (NLT)
Monday, June 22, 2015
Most calves, like Zoe here, look pretty cute when they nap.
But when Peaches naps--well, see for yourself.
Saturday, June 20, 2015
What is it about a partially opened rose that makes you pause to study it, as if you waited long enough, some secret and beautiful truth might just unfurl?
"For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome." ~Jeremiah 29:11 (AMP)
Monday, June 15, 2015
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
A "gazelle" has separated from the rest of the herd, unaware of the "panther" that stalks in the tall grass.
Just in time, the "gazelle" catches sight of her mortal enemy.
Monday, June 8, 2015
In a refreshing departure from the usual bull snakes, I've met some new friends on my runs.
We hear frogs every summer, but this is the first time I actually met one in person.
This fledgling red-winged blackbird was considerably less bothered by my approach than its parents were!
There are mule deer, sandhill cranes, muskrats, and a beaver too, but I'm still negotiating with their people for a photo shoot.
"A friend may be waiting behind a stranger's face." ~Maya Angelou
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Thursday, June 4, 2015
For the first time in the history of the New Moo Awards, readers are invited to vote for the winner of the Cover Girl Award. The committee has nominated Zoe, Sky, Peaches, Bella, and Paisley.
Please comment with the name of your favorite contestant!
"Beauty is not in the face, beauty is a light in the heart." ~Kahlil Gabran
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Most robins nest in trees, but we have a pair that raise a family in our barn every year. Once the fledglings flop from rafters to straw, I close the barn doors to keep the cat out. For a week or so, the hard-working parents fly in under the eaves, bringing moths and worms to the voracious youngsters until they're able to fly out of the big red birdhouse.
Monday, June 1, 2015
The winner of the Happy Ending Award is none other than little Joy. Her mama, Princess, had lost two steer calves and said goodbye to four others. At long last, Princess has a heifer that will stay in the herd with her.
I adore the white "teardrops" beneath Joy's eyes. I well remember last year when Princess's big, beautiful Samson died unexpectedly. She bawled and bawled, looking at us for help, but it was too late. Oh, God, please give Princess a heifer next year, I sobbed.
He came through.