Life on Almosta Ranch

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

David McClain

David McClain
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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JANUARY 10, 2012 2:00PM

A Simple View for a Simple Man

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We live in a drafty, old, farmhouse that is cold in the Winter and Hot in the Summer but it is a home of many views from many windows that allows us to look out onto our own personal world and everything that is important.

The back room that was once a porch, but was enclosed years ago has one whole wall made up of windows...large and small and allows us to to look out upon our side pasture.

View from the back room in Winter

Horses in snow

view from the same room in Summer


From the bedroom window in Summer...

DSC_5118 of all...The view from our livingroom window where we get to enjoy the late afternoon sun in the surrounding forest.

6214_1181817670891_1391680962_508614_514032_n Sunset shot by Mel

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A tinge of jealousy here David! By the way, has the mountain lion continued to be a problem?
Love the sun filtering thru the trees!! You are one happy guy! Thanks for sharing.
Looks like perfection, to me.
Don't get me wrong, I like horses but horses hate me with avengence so until I learn faster than a speeding bullet and jump your fence in a single bound ( Smallville tv series didn't help me either) I prefer the last photo too.

"Press send please FRed(tm)."
I would spend all my time gazing out a window if that's what I had to look at, David. That last shot reminds me of a religious depiction of a holy vision.

If I didn't have a view of living things...well, like you I appreciate it!
Simple pleasures of life are the lasting ones and they come with hard work. Thank you for sharing yours, David.
Very nice. That sunlight photo is gorgeous!
David, Almosta Ranch is totally a ranch! Thanks for the great photos and story! One of these days a huge bunch of us will knock on your door for a fun meet-up at your place.
Oh, I loved this! I'm so envious, too - I have some windows in my home, but they aren't situated to look out at the most beautiful parts of the outisde. Your house of windows sounds exactly like what I want. And the view? Well, that's priceless. Love the last amazing... What kind of tree is that?
You definitely have a room with a view; lots of them, from the looks of things. It must be hard to tear yourself away. I hate snow but I especially like the first one.
These are not simple views. They are glorious. -R-
Simply beautiful. Thanks.
You and Mel are blessed to live in such a paradise! Now all we need are some pictures of the infamous -- but still elusive -- Almosta Ranch goats (sorry . . . I've got this thing about goats.)
So beautiful and peaceful.
Looks almosta like Heaven, David.
You'd probably also really love Lone Star's "Front Porch Looking In"
You have a wonderful window to what is really an idyllic life. The life is idyllic because that's what you've made of it.
Absolutely beautiful and no more than you deserve.
Beautiful views. Mine is of scrub grass at the moment, but I am hoping to transform much of it to a devisified garden and animal farm.
Be well.
So beautiful David. But that final!
Equine beauty, equaled only by the surrounds of sun strands through branches that offer shade when sweaty. Love your views!
WOW that tree image took my breath away
Nice views all, David. And I'll bet we're only seeing the tip of the iceberg.

Almosta Ranch, Alotta Views.
Horses and sunlight. I would be happy. ~r
I love horses. Beautiful pictures all around. Thanks for sharing.
Well, the view is lovely, but the photography is outstanding!
The views alone are worth the creaky house! Do you think the mountain lion they trapped north of you was your mountain lion?
Love that last picture. It looks like such a peaceful place.
I've never ever lived in the country in my whole life. What a wonderful world!
Oh you have horses and the ability to watch them. The light through the trees is just great.
Beautiful views. Looks a movie set that Robert Redford would star in.
Last photo really takes the prize, David.
Desert_rat....Thank you. I have not lost anymore livestock to the cougar but my neighboring ranchers in the county have.

zanelle....yes, I admit it, I am very happy.

Sarah Cavanaugh.....If it's not perfection it's close enough for me.

CreekEnd.....I just need to get you up on one of my gentle mares and you would change your mind about horses.

Lezlie....About that shot; Mel took it late one afternoon right after a pick-up truck came wizzing down our dirt road. The resulting cloud of dust is what caused that effect of the sun streaming through the tree.

V. Corso....Thank you so much.

BuffyW.....Yes. It is the living things around us that give us all the beauty.

Fusun.....I agree, the simple pleasures are the best.

Laura Deurmyer...Thank you, that shot was taken by my wife, Mel.

designanator....I would welcome you all with open arms.

Outside Myself....After living here for almost four years, I now consider windows the most important part of the home.

Bernadine Spitzsnogel....Thanks, my friend.

Margaret Feike....I'm with you, I hate the snow too.

Christine me they are glorious in their simplicity.

elizabethkirby.....and thank you for stoping by and reading my blog.

montanarose....I promise to share some goat pics in here soon.

SheilaTGTG55.....Peace is what we crave more than anything else.

Matt Paust....Thanks, it's close enough for me.

Walter....Thanks, I'll check out that link today.

Linda Cooper...I would love to show it to you one day.

Auntyne....Be sure and take pics of your project and show them to us in here.

lschmoopie....That last shot was taken by Mel and she does have a good eye for beauty.

rita shibr.....thank you.

Kate O''s nice to be back.

Cathy GF....My horses make the place, that's for sure.

M.C. S.....As I said to others here, that was all Mel. She is a much better photographer than me.

Smithery...Oh I got hundreds of those shots...LOL>

Joan H....LOL, that's all it takes for me to be happy.

phyllis45....Me too, I've always had a thing for horses.

Trudge....Thank you and it's good to see you in here again.

Barbara Joanne...You're welcome.

dianaani.....Thanks, both Mel and I love photography.

pastvoices....Yes, I do believe that is the same cat. Oh and they released it back into the wild after examining it. A lot of ranchers are very upset about that.

Trilogy....That last shot is one of my faves too.

Director of Studies...Hi and welcome to my blog. Living in the country is like living anywhere else; it has its good side and its bad.

Algis Kemezys....Yes we love our horses.

greenheron....LOL! If Mel reads this she's gonna be outside looking for Robert Redford...her favorite.

Boanerges....Yes it does my friend and Mel took that picture.
I agree with Lesley and Matt.
Green,green grass of Home,almost Heaven.
Very neat my friend!! And congrats on the EP!
Love everyone one of these! What beautiful views through all the seasons. I'm sure I would never tire of looking out your windows.
Thank you for sharing w/ the rest of us.
Sigh, my place is not nearly so cool year round (and that's in like, cool, daddy-o, not temperature) and I love the photos.

ooo, that tree. Uplifting.
If I have clear skies tomorrow (or not) maybe I'll take another spin around this open call. It's been such fun reading -- and viewing.
beautiful photos, David, especially that last one! Congrats on the EP!
I agree there is truly Heaven on Earth...
These View Post are lovely. Yea
Lovely a popular word in Canada
If you see Davis McCain's horses,
Pink life size Flamingoes - Lovely.
Breathtaking...gosh, what else can I say?
I think my blood pressure just dropped to almost normal
That last one is breathaking!
Lovely light through the trees image. Congrats on the EP
I did not know I could turn this deep a shade of green!
What a beautiful place, David! Love those photos.
Beautiful, just beautiful. Makes me wanna be there.
Just perfectly beautiful, David! R
it looks so peaceful :)
I love this. The picture of the tree is happiness itself.
love the view and the horses!
My problem, since I usually work indoors with its artificial climate, is the opposite. Usually I'm too hot in the winter and too cold in the summer.
So glad Rita shared my blog with you, David. Thank you for your comments. I'll be visiting your blog often too. Almosta Ranch is a beauty! of all...The view from our livingroom window where we get to enjoy the late afternoon sun in the surrounding forest.Good Relationship With Sabye Web
The back room that was once a porch, but was enclosed years ago has one whole wall made up of windows...large and small and allows us to to look out upon our side pasture.HKT-DHM Advice