Sunday, April 23, 2017

Saturday and Sunday in the Country

Louis Dean went home Saturday afternoon leaving Ruth Ann and I at the camper to come home Sunday with Sherry. Sherry is still working in Irving so she commutes every weekend back to the ranch.

I was smiling as I told him goodbye but it was a little strange to see him driving up to the gate without me. As soon as he was gone, Ruth Ann and I took naps.....she in the bedroom and I in the girl bunk.
Saturday had dawned MUCH cooler than Friday!! Perfect sleeping weather and no A/C for us!

Dean and Sherry had gone to Waco on errands and they stopped by the side of a country road coming back to pick these beautiful sunflowers for me!

Pretty as they can be!!!
Ruth Ann read while I did some writing and then we decided to walk up to the big tank before it got too late in the day.

It started raining on us so detoured to the house where Dean made us cups of hot chocolate and we visited while Sherry napped.

We took a peep at the newly hatched chicks!
The rain had stopped by now so we ventured out again.

The wildflowers are blooming everywhere!

April is THE most beautiful month at the ranch - followed by my next favorite - October!

Ruth Ann noticed the reflection of the barn in the water.

The ranch sits on 50 acres so there's lots of places for the horses to roam.

Ruth Ann took her iPad around snapping lots of pictures.

Not sure what this flower is but it's pretty!

You really need mud boots out here!

Dean and Sherry had stopped and bought some extremely tasty tomatoes from a farmer in a roadside stand so dinner was BLT's and they were DELICIOUS!!
Ruth Ann and I made an early night of it!
Lights out by 10:30!

Sunday morning was spent relaxing in the camper over my coffee and her hot tea.
We packed up our things and I started the preparations for leaving the camper while Ruth Ann walked down to see what Sherry and Dean were doing.

I rode my bike!

Ruth Ann took it for a little spin and was laughing out loud!!
First time to ride a bike in a long time!

We went to check out the baby ducks who were with their mamas.

Sherry found a couple of the babies dean and thinks perhaps the mama duck is too heavy when she sits on them. 

She took these two and they put them in the brooder for safe keeping!

BBQ was chained up close to it so he was watching what we were doing!

We all went up to scope out the blackberries......

It was a beautiful day to pick them.

Blue (Sherry's dog) and Rufus (Dean's dog) went along to keep us company. 

The berries were hard to get to and they had some pretty serious thorns on them. Plus some of the biggest berries were surrounded by poison ivy!

That's when we decided to drive out a country road where Dean had noticed a bunch of them earlier last week.

I would have been totally lost if I had been on my own!

We went through Benhur.......a very small place.....and a very old place.
I wish I had taken notice of the price of gas on these antique gas pumps!

Benhur Bar......a real country bar!

This is the place where you can buy peacocks.

Dean bought a peahen here for Sherry's birthday last year.

Dean suggested I look for cactus jelly recipes!

This is the pan of berries I picked up by the big tank.

THESE are the berries I picked on the country road!!
Over a quart of them!!

I am home now and Grandson Robert is here to visit with us for a few days.
Tomorrow Louis Dean is cooking his famous chicken tenders, mashed potatoes and gravy for dinner and I am going to make a big blackberry/peach cobbler!
We are going to need a tub of really good vanilla ice cream!

Friday, April 21, 2017

It's All About the Critters....and the People.....and the Food!

It was a wonderful day in the country!!
Sherry arrived in late morning and she had Ruth Ann with her!
How FUN to have her here!!
We had a great time visiting together.
Lunch was a big spread of cold cuts, cheeses, crackers and such.
Afterward, I went to the girl bunk to take a nap and went to sleep listening to the murmur of Ruth Ann and Louis Dean's voices talking about all the memories they share.

This afternoon we all took a tour and visited all the critters!

These two live in the peacock cage. That little one on the right has the BIGGEST crow of all!

Baby chicks!!

Look at that tall one in the middle!

The brooders here are fully occupied!

Baby ducks!

All the critters down here have such big personalities!

One of my favorites.

The meadow was under water just last week.
It was beautiful today.

I just love it here!

This giant oak is right next to the meadow and is majestic!

A mama duck sitting on her eggs.....

New life!

The daddy peacock was standing guard as mama peacock sat on her eggs.

An old biddy bird!

Sherry has a couple of fig trees that she has planted in cages to protect them from the critters.

I'm going to show this picture of the barn swallows nest to Trystan.
She loves all things about birds!

Looking out towards the back of the property which stretches beyond those far trees.

And then there's the horses!

I brought apples this trip for them.

Beautiful creatures!

This one has blue eyes.

Amazing how the ground has dried out after all that heavy rain!

I gathered some fresh eggs for tomorrow morning's breakfast!

We had hamburgers, roasted potatoes with rosemary, cantaloupe, and fluffy salad for dinner tonight!

Louis Dean accomplished everything he set out to do today.
The awning is done. The windows are unloaded and stowed away until next trip when construction will begin.

Rufus is such a good dog!
He was rewarded with dinner scraps.

The sun set on this, a country day!

Ruth Ann, Louis Dean and I are watching Downton Abbey as our evening entertainment!
I have one more complete day here and part of Sunday!
I am one.......