Yesterday evening Mr. Nielson and I took a lovely (brisk)
wheeler ride to check on the cows grazing on the ranch range.
The cows are lucky to feed among the fragrant pinon pine and juniper trees.
I call this area "Christmas tree corner" because come
November, that's where we will go to pick out our Christmas trees.
There are loads of gates on the property, and rule #1 on the ranch is
ALWAYS CLOSE THE GATES.
So when we come to a gate on the property, Christian
jumps off the wheeler, unlocks, and opens the gate, then I drive through and stop.
Then he closes and locks the gate behind us, and we continue on.
So I wrote all that to tell you that since we have to open and close
gates so much, I have gotten really good at driving the wheeler with my feet.
That way, I don't have to move forward on the seat or use my hands.
I don't know if that made sense, but take it from me; it's fantastic.
The cows were all accounted for (and after fixing a fence),
we decided to ride over to our favorite spot on the ranch: our spot.
This spot is where we plan to build our home one day (soon!).
We already have a name for our new home!
It's tucked away in a little canyon next to the bright orange Mesa,
and in the late afternoon, these mountains completely cover the sun.
That will be a blessing in the warmer months and chilly in the colder months.
While at our spot, and like always, we walk around the area
and mentally sketch out where we will build our future home.
We imagine where the kitchen window will be
or where we will sit on our porch to watch the sunset.
We're always dreaming and scheming; it can't come soon enough.
My phone rang about six times, and that's how we knew it was time to head back.
The Little Nies were hungry, and I had dinner cooking on the stove.
We do that on most evenings.
It's one of my favorite things to do on the ranch.