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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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 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 »

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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