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 11, 2013 12:53PM

Where's the damn Pig!

A few of you might remember the entries I wrote about Squeaker, the sickly newborn pig we tried unsuccessfully to nurse back to health. If you remember that, you will also remember that Booker, or little baby-loving dog, adopted the pig as his own.

Booker would lay next to theRead full post »

MAY 9, 2013 3:44PM

She's My Girl

Yesterday I was sitting on the porch, minding my own business, enjoying my morning. Just another peaceful day in paradise. I didn’t get to enjoy all that peace for very long though. Mel came out on the porch and informed me that she was going to go ahead and feed theRead full post »

MAY 5, 2013 2:31PM

My Blog....

No matter when I write a blog entry, I always picture a certain scene.

It is late afternoon and the Summer sun is streaming through the trees....

6214_1181817670891_1391680962_508614_514032_n Sunset shot by Mel 

You, the reader are sitting with me here....on my front porch and just having a good conversation.


I don't deal so muchRead full post »

MAY 3, 2013 1:15PM

The Incubator was a mistake

They say that hindsight is 20/20 and that is true. I can look back now and see that the incubator was a bad idea. At the time though, when Mel proudly showed me the thing she had picked up second-hand at a yard sell, I was all for it.

The incubatorRead full post »

I can tell a lot about a person by watching his horses. That may sound strange to a lot of people, but actually the way horses act in their home pasture mirrors the sort of treatment they receive from their owners. Their actions also let me know just how comfortable theirRead full post »

There is an unwritten rule among McClain men that has been passed down from generation to generation. You never talk about, or plan excessively, a fishing trip. If you do, then it is guaranteed to turn to crap at the drop of a hat.

So it was with me when IRead full post »

APRIL 22, 2013 1:46PM

It's All About the Smell....

As anyone who has read my blog any length of time can attest, I am a simple kind of guy. When it comes to hygiene this is especially true. Now don’t get me wrong, I like to smell good just like my more citified counterparts, but the products on the marketRead full post »

APRIL 21, 2013 2:03PM

A Day Spent in the Past

Spring has finally taken it’s rightful place upon the land now and with its arrival I find it harder and harder to sit at the computer and write these blog entries.

Saturday was almost perfect. Temperatures in the high sixties with a gentle breeze and I found it impossible to stayRead full post »

APRIL 15, 2013 10:47AM

Just another Zen morning

There is something almost Zen-like for me in the simple task of the morning feeding, especially on beautiful Spring mornings such as this one.

I am accompanied this morning with my two faithful companions, Booker the barn dog and my oversized mug of steaming coffee. Booker, as is his habit,Read full post »

APRIL 5, 2013 10:25AM

Update on Squeaker, the baby pig

This is an update on our baby mini-pig, Squeaker who was born two days ago and who has been fighting for life. He was the runt of the litter and sickly at birth so Mel and I had brought him into the house so we could bottle feed him and try… Read full post »

Animals, like humans, develop their own personality and we as their human masters need to take the time to study the animal in order to see that unique personality as it unfolds. Once you get the knack of doing this, it is easy to know how your animal charge willRead full post »

APRIL 1, 2013 3:47PM

It is Well With My Soul

The title of this piece comes from one of my favorite hymns and on days such as this one I find myself softly singing the refrain as I go about my chores with the smile on my lips reaching all the way to my heart.

“It is well, with myRead full post »

Back in the dim, dark ages when I was in my early 20's, my brother, Mongo (his nickname is the stuff for another blog)decided to take up Bow hunting.

Now Mongo always managed to rope me into his goofy hobbies and stuff so this was no exception. He convinced me to go
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MARCH 17, 2013 12:51PM

Woman's Domain?

Hey you ladies out there. C'mere a minute, I have something I need female type input on.

I'm a guy, I see things from a guy point of view and I rarely give much thought about the differences between men and women in everyday, trivial stuff. But, today is different and
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MARCH 14, 2013 12:04PM

A Trip to Solitude

Back in the dim past...about 1980....I did what I always do when the world closes in on me and "stuff" threatens to overwhelm me...I got away.

The sorid events leading up to my personal withdrawal from the modern world are, at this late date, rather unimportant. Suffice it to say...I had
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MARCH 13, 2013 9:32AM

Mr. Jack and the Deer that Got Away

As I have said before I consider myself a storyteller first and a writer second. I learned the art of storytelling from my uncle Frank who wove his tales around the campfires throughout my childhood and beyond.

Since beginning this blog I have felt that this is as close to telling
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MARCH 9, 2013 10:59AM

A Conversation: An Experiment

My last entry I wrote a entry about my fourth anniversary here on Open Salon which a few of you may have read so today I thought it would be interesting to do something completely different. Today I want to write an entry in my own voice. I am so damnRead full post »

MARCH 4, 2013 12:56PM

Four Years....How Time Flies

Four years ago I wandered into the big city streets of searching for yet another place to set up shop with my simple little blog. I was still doing my blog on Writing.Com but I was looking for a wider audience for my words.

It didn’t take meRead full post »

MARCH 2, 2013 3:34PM

Horses For Sale?

Seven thirty on a Saturday morning is normally a time of gathering one’s thoughts, planning the day, and relaxing over that first aromatic cup of coffee. Or at least that was the plan and I was well into it right up until the moment that Mel came out of the bedRead full post »

FEBRUARY 23, 2013 9:57AM

After the Storm....

It has been my experience in life that if you ride out the bad times, sooner or later, something good comes along. This holds especally true with storms...real the ice storm we had the other day.

The good thing about ice is that it will melt. The sun will… Read 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 »

FEBRUARY 18, 2013 10:25AM

It was but a dream.

I had a dream last night. Now that, in and of itself, is not that unusual. In fact, back in the day, when I wrote primarily fiction, the majority of my stories had their origins in my dreams that are often quite vivid.

Last night I dreamed I was atRead full post »

FEBRUARY 8, 2013 9:51AM

Sixty-Four Trips Around the Sun

So this is what you get with sixty-four trips around the sun….not bad. I find, after all this time on the planet, that while I don’t have all I ever wanted, I have all I will ever need and what more can any man ask for.

I was lucky enough,Read full post »

FEBRUARY 4, 2013 10:49AM

My Favorite Superbowl Commerical

This year's crop of Commericals were nothing to write home about but there was a few gems among the drivel. The Dodge Ram commerical featuring Paul Harvey was by far my favorite. If you missed it, here it is:

And yes, I am a bit biased on this one. Not only… Read full post »

Those of you who have read my blog for any length of time know that when we started Almosta Ranch we were strictly doing horse breeding. But, for the last two years the horse market has tanked like a Bernie Maddoff investment plan and we have been forced to downsize.Read full post »