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 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

 Waxing Moon

 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 »

MARCH 5, 2012 1:26PM

Shadow Dancer...My Time Machine

A funny thing happened on my way to Open Salon the other day. I discovered a time machine. We have all done that….discovered a time machine…at one time or another. For some the vehicle that transports them to a simpler, happier time might be a song on the radio, for othersRead full post »

FEBRUARY 27, 2012 6:38AM

Downsizing the Ranch

Due to the prevalent downturn in America’s economic picture, Almosta Ranch is, in a matter of speaking, downsizing. Even though we will continue to maintain our existing horse herd, we will no longer be actively pursuing a breeding program. This is news met with a certain amount of chagrin by oRead full post »

FEBRUARY 21, 2012 2:54PM

Things not always as they seem

As many of you know, many of my blog entries deal with life on Almosta ranch and I have been pleased to see that for the most part people have enjoyed these entries. However, I have also noticed an alarming trend among those who leave comments. Many folks express the opinionRead full post »

You give my soul peace.

You give my lips their smile.

You are my warmth on cold days.

You are my cool breeze on hot Summer days.

You are my world.

You are my wife.

Thank you. Read full post »

JANUARY 31, 2012 1:19PM

For My Little Brother

Tomorrow is a Red-Letter day within the extended McClain clan. February first is my little brother’s birthday. Rick is five years younger than me and as the youngest son he was of course spoiled beyond all reason. Of course, this continued even after he was grown, much to my consternation.Read full post »

JANUARY 19, 2012 3:15PM

Once again: My mouth gets me in trouble

Something told me I was in trouble the moment I made the suggestion. I have learned through painful experience, that making any sort of suggestion to my wife has the potential of blowing up in my face. This is a perfect example of that belief.

One day, almost a yearRead full post »

JANUARY 15, 2012 12:41PM

Farewell to my Snow Queen

I discovered a surprising fact about myself yesterday. I found out that I am not ideally suited for horse ranching. You see, running a horse ranch is first and foremost, a business. The commodity we deal in happens to be horses which means we buy and sell them.Read full post »

JANUARY 13, 2012 7:29AM

Killer goes Free in Missouri

Captured Mountain Lion

On January 4, 2012 a man in Southeast Missouri captured a young adult mountain lion in a live trap. The man, being a county commissioner and well versed in the law, did not kill the big cat but rather transported him to the nearest Conservation department office.

After seeing theRead full post »

Editor’s Pick
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 »

JANUARY 2, 2012 9:29AM

Jeremiah Vs The Round Bale

It is a well known fact around here that were it not for the animals of Almosta Ranch I would have little of note to write about, and so it is today. My present four legged inspiration comes from Jeremiah, our miniature male donkey.

 A few of you might rememberRead full post »

DECEMBER 31, 2011 7:25PM

Constants for the New Year

On the last day of 2011 I find myself doing the same thing I did on the last day of 2010. I’m sitting at my computer wondering if this Winter-besotted land of Missouri will ever be warm again but that is normal, it’s one of the little things that defineRead full post »

DECEMBER 19, 2011 10:05AM

After Ten Years: Our First Big Fight

A few days ago Mel and I had our first big  fight in over ten years of marriage. In order to be fair in the telling of this sad tale I must first give you a bit of background so that you might better understand the events that unfolded, and howRead full post »

DECEMBER 12, 2011 1:04PM

Aging and Me....It's Not All Bad

The Internet is full of blogs lamenting the onset of old age, the loss of mobility, the waves of various aches and pains, and the general loss of precious Time in our lives. TV is full of adds for all sorts of products meant to ward off the effects of timeRead full post »

NOVEMBER 24, 2011 8:02AM

A Historic Thanksgiving at Almosta Ranch

This Thanksgiving marks a historic event here on Almosta Ranch. For the first time in 62 years this old codger will NOT be eating turkey and dressing and all the other seasonal goodies associated with the holiday. Neither will I be basking in the controlled chaos of the gathered McClain clan.… Read full post »