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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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 »

The rain beats a tattoo upon my roof that would make Gene Krupa green with envy while the wind howls its accompanying strident song and the temperature whispers, “Cool, baby, cool.”

Winter in Missouri has arrived with its concert of lousy weather and the denizens of Almosta ranch hunker dRead full post »

OCTOBER 10, 2011 3:03PM

This Blog is Closed

Dear Readers and Friends,

First and foremost I want to assure everyone that this is not a Flounce (I hate that word). No, I am not leaving because anyone has hurt my feelings with some careless words or thoughtless actions. I don’t believe in online arguing, rather preferring all my squabblesRead full post »

OCTOBER 6, 2011 8:01AM

I Never Owned an Apple I couldn't Eat

Like everyone else in the world I learned last night of the death of Steve Jobs the Co-founder of Apple computers. Therefore I was not surprised this morning when I turned on the news and listened to the vast outpouring of tributes to a man who was, without a doubt, a… Read full post »

OCTOBER 5, 2011 9:43AM

Time for a Change

It happens. Every few years, in my life, I am overcome with the uncontrollable urge to make sweeping changes.  Of late the itch has been on me something fierce and I knew that it was only a matter of time before I would have to make some radical changes.

 Not sure… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 5:06PM

A Very Valuable Lesson for All of Us

Today's Lesson



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Sometimes, we try too hard to get to the greener grass.

In the process, we end up in trouble.

And when you find yourself in trouble

and you're stuck in a situation that you can't get out of,

there is one thing you should always remember:

Not everyone who shows
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SEPTEMBER 15, 2011 10:32AM

All a Man Really Needs

To say that life here on Almosta Ranch is a bit slower and simpler than life in the big city is something of an understatement. Here on Almosta all a man needs is his large front porch, a sturdy chair and his yard donkey to be able to sit and enjoy… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 12, 2011 1:37PM

A Small Reason to Smile Today

Being a parent is the hardest job any person can take upon themselves. I first became a parent when I was barely twenty-one years old and I was ill prepared for the task at hand.

As a young father, living in poverty and moving from one dead-end job to the next,… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 6, 2011 12:28PM

Don't come here for answers my friend

One thing I have noticed in my seven-plus years of doing blogs is that blog sites all over the Web are filled with people who have the answers to all our woes. Whether it be politics, religion, or social morays, these folks are sure and certain that their way is theRead full post »

Editor’s Pick
AUGUST 29, 2011 1:11PM

Change is the only constant

If there is one thing that ranch life has taught me over the years it is that the only thing that is constant is Change.

Winter covers the land in its frozen blanket of ice and snow and just when you begin to despair of ever feeling the sun's heat… Read full post »

AUGUST 22, 2011 2:35PM

The Dark Side of Ranch Life Part Two

As told in part one of this story, we awoke the other morning to discover that our four-month old filly had been attacked by a cougar the night before. Though still alive, the poor little horse was doomed by her massive wounds and loss of blood so it was left toRead full post »

AUGUST 20, 2011 4:44PM

The Dark Side of Ranch Life

Yesterday I wrote about a small joy but today I need to tell you about a serious and darker side of ranch life that many here might not understand. What follows is a true, and graphic account of one of the down sides of ranch life complete with pictures. Please beRead full post »