Sunday, November 29, 2015


snowflaking --n. heaven meeting ho-hum
              ~The Hayseed Dictionary 

"Truly God is good." ~Psalm 73:1 KJV

Friday, November 27, 2015

A Sweet Life

Despite the cold, the wild turkeys had a better Turkey Day than did their domestic cousins. Our neighborhood hens even had sugar beets for dessert. 

"Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart." ~Erma Bombeck

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thank Happy

"It is impossible to give thanks and simultaneously feel fear." ~Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts

Monday, November 23, 2015

Drum Roll Please

After considerable practice, Sugar has perfected the art of the afternoon nap.

"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." ~Dalai Lama

Friday, November 20, 2015

Geometrically Speaking

The heffies relish their delicious, satisfying breakfast of nutrient-packed alfalfa-grass hay, but it's no square meal. 

"The only one who can truly satisfy the human heart is the One who made it." ~Lois Evans

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Sugar takes very good care of her BLF (best little friend). Sugar likes most people, but she shows Little Miss more affection, and is much more careful with her, than anyone else. 

"I know for sure that love saves me and it is here to save us all." ~Maya Angelou 

Monday, November 16, 2015

La Amistad

To some, horsemanship is pastime or sport; to others, it's more science, society, or theology. But the happiest horsepeople--and horses--are the ones who experience it as friendship. 

"My father prayed because he had a good Friend with whom to share the day." ~Corrie ten Boom

Friday, November 13, 2015

Cowdog on Vacation

While Bodie has been enjoying a few weeks of college, climbing, and culture with his human brother, Zach, in Laramie...

...the cows have grown sassy, the rabbits lazy, and the mule deer nearly fearless. 

"Life is too short, the world is too big, and God's love is too great to live ordinary." ~Christine Caine

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


The weanling heifers, called "the heffies" so as to distinguish them from the yearling heifers, are kept near the barn for several weeks. The corral fences are more secure than wire ones, thus preventing an unnecessary cow-calf re-weaning. 

Besides, feeding and visiting the heffies regularly is great public relations. Friendly heffies generally grow up to be sweet-tempered cows. 

Remember when Angel gave us cute little Gabriela this spring?

Gabby is now one of the biggest heffies, but she's still a cutie. 


"But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure and full of quiet gentleness. Then it is peace-loving and courteous...full of mercy and good deeds." ~James 3:17 TLB 

Friday, November 6, 2015


The season's first snowfall, though picturesque, didn't receive a warm welcome from the locals. 

SUGAR:  Florida. How about Florida?

MEELS:  Do we have to come out? Can't we get breakfast in bed?

TERRIBLE TIGER:  If this was a real jungle, it wouldn't be snowing.

SUGAR: Isn't it a little early for the Christmas picture?


"Grace put an end to the barrenness and torment of winter and ushered in perpetual spring." ~Joseph Prince

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Her Royal Highness

Despite their relatively humble status, goats can boast royalty. Every goat has a herd queen who enjoys special privileges--first choice of feed and bedding spots, among others--and serves as leader and protector. 

Most herd queens are the oldest and strongest. Jubilee, our herd queen, is neither, but she's assumed the throne by virtue of her intrepid temperament, regal demeanor, and expert hornsmanship. 

Queen Jubilee. 

Jubilee and her mama, Blueberry. 

The royal expedition leader. 

"He sat down and called them around him and said, 'Anyone wanting to be the greatest must be the least--the servant of all.'"  ~Mark 9:35 TLB

Monday, November 2, 2015

Clean Houses Are Overrated

Iced tea days are quickly giving way to hot tea ones. So when the sun broke through the clouds this afternoon, I cancelled my housework, pulled on a sweatshirt, and hurried to the barn to grab a halter. 

Sugar seemed quite happy to take me for a leaves-are-still-crunchy-but-winter-is-just-around-the-corner ride. 

"Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy." ~Robert Brault