Life on Almosta Ranch

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

David McClain

David McClain
Location
Doniphan, Missouri, USA
Birthday
February 08
Bio
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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JUNE 28, 2012 9:34AM

There Once Was a Place

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There once was a place , a magical place for those who knew of it. It didn’t really have an official name but was called simply the River Bottom by those like me who loved it.

To be more precise, it was a stretc… Read full post »

JUNE 24, 2012 1:07PM

Gator is in da house!

For all intents and purposes I have been rendered computerless   for the past week. My laptop is in Intensive Care and we just got Mel’s working yesterday.

With two laptops sick, we were forced to our final fallback plan…..a ten year old desktop that hadn’t even been turRead full post »

JUNE 19, 2012 12:42PM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY LOVE

She is an absolute treasure and she is the reason I get out of bed every morning with a smile on my face, no matter how I feel.

She is a kind and gentle spirit to whom people and animals alike are drawn to. I have watched in disbelief as… Read full post »

JUNE 13, 2012 3:43PM

Stop your damned whining!

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Oh please, just stick a sock in it will you. I am sick to death of your whining anRead full post »

JUNE 11, 2012 1:39PM

The Usual Suspects

The victim lay on the back porch, body ripped and torn and barely recognizable as Mel’s faithful companion, Ms. Shoe….first name House. We both stood over the body in muted horror. It had been quite some time since a crime of this level of violence had happened here on… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
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 »

MAY 29, 2012 1:13PM

Unrequited Love

A few folks who have come to know me through this blog have expressed their envy of the fact that I live on a horse ranch surrounded by beautiful creatures. I will concede the fact that I am indeed surrounded by beautiful animals but there is one very important part ofRead full post »

Three years ago I was new to the site and I posted one of my short stories which garnered six rates and four comments which surprised and pleased me to no end. So I figured I would repost it today to celebrate the OS Fiction Weekend. I hope you enjoy theRead full post »

MAY 24, 2012 3:20PM

A Plea for help from Libya!

Today I received this heartfelt plea for help via my Open Salon in-box.

Attn: Dear Mr Torman, (She didn't get the memo that I no longer blogged under that name I guess)

Good Day and My compliment to you and your entire household,My name is Mrs Zainab Ahmed i am contact… Read full post »

Around Almosta, when Mel yells out from the front porch that dinner is ready I come running, just like I did as a little boy and Momma use to call me inside to eat.

The same is true for all the animals on the ranch....When Momma calls, they come running.

They… Read full post »

Yesterday I was reminded once again why I would never live anywhere but in the country. Out here where the roads are often dirt and there’s a ten mile trek to the nearest store to get milk and bread, there is an element of self-reliance that runs deep in the people.Read full post »

MAY 19, 2012 11:22AM

Meet Toby.....Pictures of the baby

Toby at six hours old.....

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Toby at two days old after we taught him to drink from a bowl...

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Surrogate mom leading Toby back to the barn after a feeding session. If we manage to keep this baby alive for seven days, he may just make it...with some luck.… Read full post »

MAY 18, 2012 10:00AM

Update on the new baby.

Day two has dawned and the colt is still with us. We are hand feeding him every three hours around the clock. About two o’clock this morning I told Mel we needed to just give up on the struggle to get the mom to feed the baby and concentrate on gettingRead full post »

Won't be online much today, the life of a rancher demands my time. Six hours or so ago one mare had a foal. The mother rejected the baby. At the same time another mare, our best brood mare, who has no baby this year, stepped in and took over the baby.… Read full post »

MAY 16, 2012 9:44AM

When your child steals from you

As much as it pains me to admit it, the fault for this sad state of affairs lay solely with my wife, Mel. It is a fact that she has always favored her baby boy over all our other children and she has not been able to stop herself fromRead full post »

MAY 12, 2012 1:50PM

I Share My Wife With Others

Every man likes to think that he is the center of his wife’s universe, the sole recipient of her love and affection. Unfortunately nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to my wife, Melinda.

I’m not complaining mind you, I knew the truth going into theRead full post »

MAY 4, 2012 9:53AM

Under the Waxing Moon

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 Midnight. The day was hot and the night cool and too perfect to be in bed so Mel and I walked out to make a last check on the livestock.

 

Around here we call that normal. Time, in the country in general and here on Almosta ranchRead full post »

MAY 1, 2012 12:15PM

Punctuation at the end

I woke up this morning and took my first cup of coffee out onto the front porch to enjoy the cool breezes and the songs of birds. I was lounging in my chair and slowly sipping the hot brew, lost in the peace of the moment when a thoughtRead full post »

I’m a low-tech guy in a high-tech world. This is not a condition that came upon me with advancing age though, I have been this way all my life. I can remember, at the tender age of sixteen being labeled something similar by my dear, sweet mother who, exasperated at myRead full post »

 

 

“Cry Havoc and let slip the dogs of war!” This is one of my all time favorite Shakespeare quotes and, curiously, it came to mind a few days ago in a way that left both Mel and myself almost helpless with laughter.

It all started innocently enough,… Read full post »

Yesterday, while most folks were busy hiding Easter eggs or visiting with family, Mel and I were on the road going to meet the two latest acquisitions of Almosta Ranch: Sparkles and Rosie, two Juliana Pigs.

Sparkles is only six weeks old while Rosie is about three months old. NeitherRead full post »

APRIL 1, 2012 11:48AM

GNS: The Arrival of Snowball

 "Honey, you need to get out here and see this."

Now when I hear these words spoken by my sweet wife who has just come in from the barn, I know I have trouble. The only question in my mind is what form with the trouble take. Will I have a… Read full post »

MARCH 14, 2012 7:10PM

Blog anniversary....It's been fun!

Today has been one of those days I wish everybody in the world could experience. Eighty degrees, breeze blowing so that it felt like seventy or so,  cobalt-blue skies and birds singing their hearts out in the trees.

Which brings me to this entry. Tomorrow is supposed to be just… Read full post »

Today I want to write my second blog entry which was inspired by another great writer here on Open Salon: Walter Blevins. Walter did a blog a few days ago about political apathy and if any of you have not read it, you have missed a real gem. In terms ofRead full post »

Normally I confine blog subjects here to the animals and happenings on Almosta Ranch but yesterday I read blogs by two of my favorite writers: Bobbot and Walter Blevins which has inspired me to write on the same subjects that they wrote about.

This entry then will dealRead full post »