Friday, January 12, 2018

We had Visitors to the Ranch Today!

While yesterday was bitterly cold and the winds were fierce, today brought much nicer weather.
The winds slowly died down throughout the day and the temps began to rise.
It was still a wintry day but a really nice one.

I woke up to a voicemail saying that Summer and Rayne were on their way down here to see us!
Rayne leaves to go back to her home in Puerto Rico on the 23rd and I had hoped to see her at least one more time before she left.

Summer must have known my heart and she took her out of school so they could make a special trip down here to the ranch. I was watching for them and walked up to unlock the gate.

Rayne and I walked back up to the camper while Mummers followed us slowly in her car.

Rayne was enchanted with EVERYTHING on the ranch - starting with the Neighbor Jackson's cows!

We went inside the camper and warmed up a bit before we gathered up some celery and went out to feed the horses.

This is one of my very favorite photos of the day!

Rayne loved the horses and the horses loved Rayne!

Next up - the goats!!!
We had some food for them - including some citrus. Only BBQ loves all things citrus!

On to the chickens and gathering eggs!

Rayne threw out some cracked corn for the chickens and roosters!

They appreciated it!
It was like a special treat since Dean had already fed them for the day.

Rayne loved all the animals.....

We had such a good time!

We visited every chicken pen and she kept saying, "What??? Another one??"
She was so impressed!
She took home half a dozen farm fresh eggs which they will be eating for breakfast in the morning!
They are extra special because she gathered them herself!

My sister, Luann, shared this photo on Facebook and when I quoted it to Rayne she laughed out loud!
Thank you, Sis!!

Rayne and I had such a good time together

I told her Sherry had lost her much loved peacock.
We watched videos of the beautiful ones we found online that looked like Sherry's.

Then I showed her some white peacocks like the ones Dean and Sherry want to get.

Guess what we were watching???
I hope the link's Kcstauffer and her super cute twins, Mila and Emma.
Rayne LOVED them! I do, too!

All too soon the afternoon was over and around 6:00 Summer and Rayne had to head for home.

Our final photo taken by Summer at the gate.
I will long treasure this one!

It was a very good day and a very good visit!
A day to remember!

It was a bit dull around here after they left.
Louis Dean was plugging up some of what he calls his 'pneumonia holes.'
In other words - where the draft comes in!

We cooked hot dogs on the ceramic grill out in the new room and watched a good movie!

I realized that THIS is where I picked up one of my favorite sayings!!
Win! WIN!!!

Goodnight from our Cozy Chapman Camper!!!


  1. I LOVE your pretty red sweater! Rayne is so beautiful, and what a wonderful visit you showed her! A treat she will never forget.

  2. How wonderful for Summer and Rayne to visit! Rayne growing so fast, and she's beautiful. I know she enjoyed it, she looked so proud of toting the chicken feed herself! She won't get to do that in Puerto Rico!
    So glad you had a visit with her and Summer!

  3. my dad used to call them pneumonia holes to. i did not know Summer would be returning to PR... i would sure hate to go back there with the way the country is now. prayers for all 3 of them. Rayne is so beautiful, she outshone all the critter pics today

  4. Stay warm down there! Looks like a wonderful day!

  5. What a great day with the visitors. I'm sure the farm visit will be a memorable one for your granddaughter . Isn't it wonderful to get surprises like that! Glad it's warming up for you. Here we are back in the deep freeze with a low of 4 degrees tonight.

  6. So glad you got in a special visit with your girlie before she heads back to Puerrto Rico . How are things down there...not much in the news about the recovery there.

  7. Such a good time and what a sweet girl. I love the chicken sign...made me laugh!

  8. Sweet visit! I can’t believe they are going back so soon. Is everything okay in PR? Their home is okay? It obviously must be or they’d not return.

  9. Linda, I know your time with Rayne and Summer was special. So glad you got hugs. I loved that Rayne laughed with you about the animals and found eggs and feed the animals. So sweet. Blessings to all of you. love you, xoxo, Susie

  10. I had to look that movie up! Great that you had time with Rayne. Cheers

  11. What a beautiful little girl. So glad she had a good time.
    Love to you.....

  12. Such great visit you had from that gorgeous young girl and looks like she had a terrific time too dear Linda. Short visit from far away, but wonderful.
    Have a nice week ahead you and LD.