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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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 market… Read full post »
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 stay… Read full post »
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 »
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 will… Read full post »
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 my… Read 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… Read full post »
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… Read full post »
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… Read full post »
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… Read full post »
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 damn… Read full post »
Four years ago I wandered into the big city streets of Salon.com 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 me… Read full post »
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 bed… Read full post »
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 storms...like the ice storm we had the other day.
The good thing about ice is that it will melt. The sun will… Read full post »
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 time… Read full post »
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 at… Read full post »
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 »
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 »
I have been online very sparingly over the last couple of weeks. It seems that this blanket of malaise has covered me of late, like a faceless discontent or an itch I can not scratch and has left me with little desire to enter the online circus.
If I had… Read full post »
The day dawned unusually warm with temps above freezing and by noon the thermometer read a balmy fifty-degrees. According to locals, this happens quite a lot in Southeast Missouri and, after a week of temperatures ranging from fifteen-degrees to highs of thirty degrees, it felt like Springtime to me… Read full post »
Of all the jobs we have to do on Almosta Ranch, the most rewarding of these jobs is bringing of new life into the world. Babies, whether they be human or animal,… Read full post »
A funny thing happened yesterday on the way to Open Salon. IT OPENED!
Now that might not seem like a big deal for some, but for me it was a huge deal. You see, for the past two months I had fallen into the sad habit of trying to… Read full post »
It happened a few weeks back, before my ailing leg caused me to be housebound. I was out in the barn feeding the animals. I had just finished spreading hay beneath the run-in shed so the horses could graze out of the cold wind and I paused for a short rest.… Read full post »
Orykoi Bowl issued an intriguing Open Call which I just had to try my hand at. Friday, the 21st of December is reportedly...by the Mayans at least....to be the last day, the day the world will end. So how will I spend this week?
I am, by nature, not given to… Read full post »
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