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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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 »

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FEBRUARY 21, 2013 5:24PM

Too Damn Old...

I have never retreated from age, or given in to the failings of an aging body. I have always insisted that I could still do what I did when I was twenty or even thirty. My theory has always been that if you once admit your age, then from that timeRead full post »

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MAY 31, 2012 4:19PM

To the Grandchildren of my Grandchildren

I posted this in 2009, shortly after joining OS.  The project it pretty much complete now and upon my death my children will be given copies to pass along to their children. 

 Four years ago I sat down and wrote the first of what, so far has been five letters toRead full post »

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JANUARY 10, 2012 2:00PM

A Simple View for a Simple Man

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… Read full post »

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AUGUST 29, 2011 1:11PM

Change is the only constant

If there is one thing that ranch life has taught me over the years it is that the only thing that is constant is Change.

Winter covers the land in its frozen blanket of ice and snow and just when you begin to despair of ever feeling the sun's heat… Read full post »

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APRIL 27, 2011 2:02PM

The Great Spring Storms of 2011....With Pictures

Today marks the eighth day of almost constant rain storms and scattered tornadoes training through the Mid-West and into the South.  Yesterday, for almost three hours, we here at Almosta Ranch were blessed with clear skies and sunshine between the fast moving storms and we took advantage of the… Read full post »

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JANUARY 20, 2011 4:47PM

A Winter's Day

Winter's icy grip has closed upon the land.  Turning it white. Muffling the heartbeat of the soil under a solid, white blanket. Horses' manes are adorned with a pale mantle of snow.......fence wire catch errant flakes.



Low hanging clouds release their load of tiny flakes who… Read full post »

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AUGUST 12, 2010 8:57AM

A Man Should Know His Limits

I have always believed that a man should know his limits and not push his luck.  Well that's not completely true, when I was a teenager I was like all teenage boys and thought I was ten foot tall and bullet proof.  It took time and a few hard life lessons… Read full post »

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JUNE 15, 2010 12:26PM

My Father Never Cried

I have no memories of my father ever giving me a hug, or a kiss.  Likewise, I have no memory of him ever saying: "I love you." He just was not a man who could show his emotions. Oh my brothers and I knew he loved us, he was just unable to… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 11, 2010 2:06AM

A Fitting End

Today, Feb. 10,2010, at five in the afternoon as his mother and I made our way to Memphis to catch the first flight out in the morning, Our Son Richard passed away.

We did not make it in time to say goodbye, but that's alright. We will be there tomorrow to… Read full post »