Friday, July 29, 2016

Summer on the Ranch day 5

 It was a good day at the ol ranch.
No snakes...yet and more hot hot sun.

In the afternoon, after lunch and once the sun hid behind the clouds,
 Ollie and I decided to try and put a stop to the prairie dog towns
 that are infesting the ranch.

These varmints are eating the grass and ruining the open range where our cows graze.
Oliver and I conjured up an idea: we would (go to Dairy Queen) 
and buy smoke bombs, then we would throw the bombs 
in the prairie dog holes and see what could happen.
Well, nothing happened.
It was a pretty cool idea and we had loads of fun trying.
Other memorable activities today included:
taking photos in front of the barn flag 
that Mr. Nielson and I painted a few years back.

The boys catching more bullfrogs, lizards, and crazy looking bugs.
Lottie loving on her favorite cousin Margot.
Swinging on the porch swing (Nicholas looking like he is dying).

And finally, our night ended up on top of the hill with the fire pit.
We sang songs, roasted marshmallows, lit sparklers, and took awesome pictures
as seen in the following:

Happy weekend to one and all!!

Spiritual Enlightenment: Lord, Is It I?

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Summer on the Ranch Day 4

Today was hot.  Super hot.
The Boss asked us to head into the village to get more gas for the 
wheelers, so we all popped in Old Red and drove the dusty road to Dairy Queen.
Dairy Queen also is a firework shop, a gas station,
 and is the best gift shop in New Mexico.
We got some fireworks, ice cream, and a surprise for my brother Topher.
I also got myself a fantastic shirt with a coyote--oh and a Snickers. So yum.
Upon returning to headquarters, we were sweaty and dirty 
(mostly from sitting in Big Red),
so we all ran to the water tank where we jumped in. 
It was really cold.  But worth it. 
1, 2, 3....smooooooooooch

Evenings here are my favorite.  
Everything cools down and the ranch glows.
Mr. Nielson and I took a walk under the big sky and
 both commented about how grateful we both are for God in our lives, 
and for this country we are privileged to live in.
Everything in our lives point to God, and we recognize His hand in
 everything we do and everything we are.
Being here does something for my soul and I really like it.

No painting today.  
I better get going if I want it done by the time we leave!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Summer on the Ranch day 3

This morning Nicholas ran into my room and told me that our barn cat
 (whom Lottie named "Rajah"), was having kittens!
 It was so exciting and Lottie couldn't contain herself.
And sure enough, there was young little Rajah under the rose bush birthing
what looked like little black mice.
I think Lottie thought she would have little furry pink nosed kitties,
and was a little unimpressed with what she saw, but stayed and
 watched the whole process nonetheless.
 The boys probably rode Bae a thousand times around
 the ranch house dressed up like Jim Craig.

They also played pioneers and even used the large
over-sized squash and zucchini from the garden as little pioneer babies.
 In the evening after dinner Mr. Nielson and I slipped away again,
this time on a wheeler.

We drove around to our favorite spots on the ranch including a place
where if we could, we would build a ranch home that Georgia O'Keeffe
would approve of.
We also wheeled over to "Hidden Canyon"
where cool rock formations have been created-
it's beautiful, rugged and wild.
 We stayed until we heard the coyotes howl and we knew it was
 time to head back to headquarters.
The ranch is beautiful country,
we play hard, sleep great, and look forward to what tomorrow will bring
(and I hope it's another thunderstorm).
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Also while at the ranch I am scheming up plans for our
2016-17 Back to School Feast planned for August 10th.
I ordered my stained glass stars today.  Do you have yours?

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Mr. Nielson and I are chatting today...even from the ranch!

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