Life on Almosta Ranch

Stories of ranch life and other silly musings of an old codger

David McClain

David McClain
Location
Doniphan, Missouri, USA
Birthday
February 08
Bio
I am a simple man who has lived a simple life for sixty years. I have not dined with movie stars nor Kings and Queens. I have not walked the halls of power, nor have I been a mover and a shaker. I have, however, been a soldier, a tinker, a jack of all trades. I have raised five children....I have been loved and I have loved. I do not see grand designs nor do I chase afer them. Instead, I listen to the heartbeat of the land and I rejoice in a bird's song in the morning. Do not come here seeking answers for I have none. I do have questions which I will ask you constantly though. I do not believe in aruging so Politics will not be discussed in my blog. I do not care what your personal beliefs are for you are free to believe as you will...please allow me to do likewise. I have never been rich, but I have always been poor. Being poor however has never stopped me from feeling rich. I feel rich because I have the love of a good woman. Melinda completes me. She gives me the peace of mind and soul required to write about life without regrets and without envy of those who might have more. She is my world. Almosta Ranch is our heaven and we are happiy. This is what I want to share with you in this blog.

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When our children grow up and decide to strike out on their own is always a traumatic time for parents. Whether the child in question is your own or, as in our case here on Almosta Ranch, one of our “Adopted” children, it is hard to let go for us parents.Read full post »

MARCH 22, 2014 6:23AM

Fifty Shades of Rabbit Sex

Drawing parallels between human and animal behavior is an inescapable pastime on any farm and Almosta ranch is no different. No where are the similarities more apparent than in the sex life of the various farm animals.

What follows is a prime example of how animal behavior many times mimicsRead full post »

MARCH 5, 2014 2:28PM

Hillbilly History Class

The Crimea is much in the news today, and for good reason. Tensions are high as Russian leader, Vladimir Vladimirovich

Putin threatens to invade the Ukraine in order to protect ethnic Russians living in Crimea.

All of this has prompted me to put on my history hat and delveRead full post »

FEBRUARY 17, 2014 10:58AM

Velcro Sticks.....and so did the dog!

I misnamed him, I see that now. I decided to call him “Velcro” when in fact his name should have been “Hollywood.”

He came into our lives like all our dog pack did…by accident and unplanned. Three years ago Mel was checking on the property next to ours. The ownerRead full post »

JANUARY 10, 2014 10:03AM

Strength and Honor

Two men face each other before an impending battle, grasp forearms, look intently into the other’s eyes and repeat the phrase: “Strength and Honor”. Yes, it is merely a scene from a movie but, as I grow older I realize more and more how much that phrase means to me.Read full post »

DECEMBER 26, 2013 1:48PM

God Got it Wrong

They say that each of us, on our deathbed, experience our lives flashing before our eyes. If this is indeed true then I believe that God got it wrong. I don’t think our whole lives should be played back, just those moments special to each of us. It just makes moreRead full post »

NOVEMBER 19, 2013 11:14AM

The Great Escape: Piggy Style!

I have been retired now for almost three years and I have come to notice a certain phenomenon. At least once a week something happens in my life which cruelly reminds me that I am not some rich, lecherous, old man living out his golden years on a sandy beach watchingRead full post »

NOVEMBER 13, 2013 2:35PM

Two Old Dogs

As daylight broke on a frosty Winter morning the old dog lay curled up on the couch, sleeping soundly in the warm, dark living room. His massive head lay upon the soft cushion of the couch as his hind legs twitched spasmodically; dreams of long ago younger days when he ranRead full post »

OCTOBER 31, 2013 5:22AM

What If....Considering the Unthinkable

Yesterday was something of an eye-opener for me. I was forced, for the first time in over twelve years to consider what this world would hold for me without the woman I love standing at my side.

It all started yesterday morning. Mel loves to go out to the barnRead full post »

OCTOBER 21, 2013 11:50AM

The Big Bang Theory

To paraphrase Lewis Carroll’s famous work Jabberwocky, “The time has come, “ The walrus said, “To talk of many things: of shoes and ships---of sealing wax---of cabbages and kings…..and Practical Jokes.”

Ever since I was old enough to hide my momma’s favoriRead full post »

OCTOBER 19, 2013 9:46AM

A Time of Troubles

Four times over the past two days I have started this blog entry only to abandon it halfway through the writing. I have come at the subject in different ways, none suitable for conveying my ideas my way.

I tried to be metaphoric and draw parallels with what’s happening nowRead full post »

OCTOBER 12, 2013 1:01PM

I Love a Good Storm

This morning, around eight o’clock, a large thunderstorm struck here on Almosta ranch. Now I know that is not really news for here in the Heartland we are accustomed to many such storms this time of year and this one was not larger or more violent than many we had experiencedRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 17, 2013 1:05PM

The Last Christmas

The other day I found an old photograph that I had saved from my previous computer. It was a shot, taken by my wife, of my grown daughter sitting in my lap and giving me a hug.

I posted the picture on FB and my daughter reminded me of somethingRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 5, 2013 12:42PM

McMurtry's Masterpiece and Me

Last week I had the pleasure of watching the complete Lonesome Dove mini-series which was aired on AMC. I remember the first time I read the Larry McMurtry novel. I had read that a mini-series was in the works based on the book and it sounded interesting so as I alwaysRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 5:04PM

Miss Snickers and her Morning Rituals

I have discovered over the years that if you watch animals enough you will find that we share many common traits with our four-legged friends. Nowhere is this more evident than in morning rituals.

Just like her human companions, Miss Snickers, the mini-pig, has her own special rituals sheRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 1, 2013 6:35PM

I have questions

Indeed, these are strange days we are living though and at times it really does seem as though we have all slipped down the rabbit hole into a different reality.

Our President come out and declares that he will launch a strike on Syria. Then, after a week of threatening,… Read full post »

AUGUST 28, 2013 1:40PM

Language and Dancing: Two flashbacks

Yesterday, after being deluged on the TV and Internet by the Miley Cyrus stories, I couldn’t stand it any longer and I yelled out to my wife:

“Mel, what the hell is ‘Twerk’ and when did it get added to the language? Did I miss that memo?”

She shrugged.Read full post »

AUGUST 23, 2013 11:40AM

"More Information than you asked for."

As some of you might know I am in the process of  starting a KickStarter project to fund my new book. Well Amazon.com handles the contributions to the project and I  have been trying for four days to complete the forms they require to set up an account. Well this morning,Read full post »

AUGUST 16, 2013 3:20PM

Take a Moment....Pause.

Those small moments bordering between dark and dawn are some of my favorite times of the day. Sometimes I stand out on my porch with a cup of coffee and just soak in ambiance of the Earth.

If I am really lucky I get to witness what I believe isRead full post »

JULY 7, 2013 12:34PM

The Power of Music

Music is my companion when I write, so it has been since I first began to put words to paper. Music serves as a vehicle that transports me to new worlds, new realities and it opens my mind and makes me able to find the right words to convey the wordRead full post »

A little over one month ago I announced, in this space, that I was beginning work on a new project. It was to be a book aimed at pre-teens and teenagers called: Booker, the Barn Dog of Almosta Ranch. This work was to be the start of a series of booksRead full post »

JUNE 14, 2013 11:08AM

How to Kill a Couple of Old Coots

If you ever find yourself in the position of needing to kill a couple of sixty-year old people I have stumbled upon the perfect plan to do that and get away with it.

My wife’s sister passed away a year ago after a long battle with Cancer. During the last threeRead full post »

MAY 24, 2013 2:29PM

Leave them Smiling When You Go

I have always believed that if you can leave people smiling you will indeed, have a place to come back to. I have tried to reflect that attitude in my blog and most of the time I have succeeded, though of course there have been times I have failed.

I alwaysRead full post »

Editor’s Pick
MAY 22, 2013 11:53AM

The Terrible Power of Nature

Like the rest of the country, Monday afternoon, I sat glued to the television watching the unfolding tragedy in Moore, Oklahoma. Like everyone else I was dismayed by the destruction and loss of life, especially the young children, but I was not surprised. I also realized that as sure as nightRead full post »

MAY 16, 2013 10:57AM

My Ship has Sailed

Any of you who have blogged on Open Salon for any length of time probably know BuffyW. It has been my great good fortune to call this fine lady “friend” for the past seven or eight years, long before our Open Salon stint.

She is not only my friend online,Read full post »