Life on Almosta Ranch
- Doniphan, Missouri, USA
- February 08
- 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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David McClain's Links
Not long after the shooting in Ferguson Mo. Took place I had a friend try to feel me out as to where I stood with what was happening a mere three hours from my front door. He didn’t come right out and ask…but he wanted to know.
I don’t… Read full post »
Just ask Alice, she'll tell you.....never chase a white rabbit because you just might disappear down a rabbit hole and then no telling where you'll end up. Never was this truism brought home to me like it was this morning.
The day began like all the others here on Almosta… Read full post »
Taking the advice of some of my commentors on my last blog, I did this one first on OurSalon then copied and pasted it here and NOW I have pictures! Thanks for the helpful hints.
My blog, for the most part, these past few years, has dealt mainly with life… Read full post »
Today I decided to finally try and fix the problem I have been having with Open Salon. For some months now I have not been able to post any pictures on my blog.
So I went to "New Post" and opened it up, then I went to" PA Image" and… Read full post »
Chihuahua’s are just bat-shit crazy. Left on their own without the protection of humans, the Chihuahua would become extinct within one generation, having been killed and eaten by everything from pissed off Grizzly bears, to mildly annoyed Gophers.
The problem with this breed of dog is that the… Read full post »
I had the great good fortune yesterday to be invited over to our friend’s, Angel and Jason’s family farm. Their farm is a beautiful thing with deep forests, wide open, massive fields and a flowing creek that winds through the property, its clear, cool water shaded by huge oaks.… Read full post »
I believe that it was Thomas Wolfe who is attributed with saying: “You can never go home again.” Prehaps that is true, but it is worth the effort to try for trying is what makes us human after all.
My own journey began on May the 23rd when I caught… Read full post »
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 »
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 mimics… Read full post »
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 delve… Read full post »
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 owner… Read full post »
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 »
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 more… Read full post »
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 watching… Read full post »
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 ran… Read full post »
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 barn… Read full post »
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 favori… Read full post »
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 now… Read full post »
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 experienced… Read full post »
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 something… Read full post »
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 always… Read full post »
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 she… Read full post »
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 »
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 »
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 »