Friday, June 15, 2018

A Good Day on the Ranch!

Louis Dean is getting in some music time on this visit.

He is hoping to set him up a little area with a table for his guitar case and a place to store some of his music. We may go into Waco Monday and check out the Goodwills to see if we can find something that will work for him.

I am taking some time to work on my Christmas stitching.
Since it is embellished cross stitch - I am going to work on it until time to decorate for Christmas and stop at that point to finish the edges and get it ready to display.

This morning the sunflowers looked even prettier than they did last night.

Sunflowers remind me of my friend, Ginny of Let Your Light Shine.
She had some serious surgery this morning and so many of us have been praying for her.
I am keeping a prayer on my heart for her until we can hear how she is doing and will continue in prayer for a good recovery.

This is my Country Woman look!
A sun hat is a must when you do the critters now that the season has changed to HOT!
So are sunglasses! I added the lipstick and earring just because!

You may want to turn your sound down on this!
Those ducks and geese are really LOUD!!!!

Louis Dean took the goats out this morning one by one.

His son said they need to be put where they can get green stuff to eat and shade.

It's a job because the goats are so strong!
Still, I think he has found a few tricks that make it easier for him.
First, he carries a little bit of cracked corn to entice them to follow along.
Actually, that's the only trick I know since I'm not the one that handles the goats.
I am the way that gives him the cracked corn, though.

The geese and ducks were all having a conference down there by the sound of it.

It was a pretty day here. Hot but not unbearably so.

The water is so shallow I could probably walk across the tank to the other side - but I won't.

I bet there might not be enough water to even keep this boat from sitting on the muddy bottom.

But there's enough for the ducks.

And Louis Dean spotted some frisky fish!

We decided to eat easy today.
A blueberry bagel spread with butter and a drizzle of our good sweet honey!
I boiled a bunch of eggs before we left home and we finished up the rest of our strawberries.

For lunch we ate a plate lunch of leftovers brought from home and tonight we will have pizza and salad. Tomorrow I may cook something.

Louis Dean worked in his utility room all day long.
He had planned to put in a window in the middle of the wall and I mentioned that's where the washing machine will go and the washing machine is higher than the bottom of the window.
Hmmmmm.......'Good talk,' he said. Then he proceeded to take down the wall and move the studs to relocate the window over to the right.

I spend the entire afternoon writing. 
As in 3,282 words. I finished Chapter 14 and waded into Chapter 15!
I plan to do much the same tomorrow.
Critter Chores first, morning routine followed by writing.

I was shocked when a message came in from my friend, Linda, and the time said 5:25!
Time seems to pass in hours instead of minutes when it was time to get the goats in and put the hens and ducks up.
Thankfully all the ducks and geese went in like little ladies and gentlemen!
I even lured the chickens into their hen houses with a little cracked corn - following Louis Dean's theory that no critter can resist some cracked corn!

I titled this photo - 'Just a man and his goat!'

And these are my 'girls.'

I was in touch with both of my real girls today!
They sent pics and are keeping us in the loop of life while we are away.

Summer is pacing herself and being with Rayne distracts her from the pain.
She can't do all the activities she would like to do but she is doing what she can and resting and taking care of herself.
I know they are all treasuring their time together!

That's it for our Friday in the Country!
We will do it all again tomorrow.

Now I am going out to do some serious star gazing as I listen to the symphony of the night.


Linda said...

Thank you in advance for your comments!! I read them to Louis Dean and he gets such a kick out of them!

Bluebird49 said...

Thank goodness you had a good talk about a window -- or not a window! Sounds like time should pass slower down there! But you know, there's that "24-four-hour -day thing"!
Glad the girls are doing well! If Louis can't find a table, I know he can make one!

Kathy said...

Hope you get some rain down there soon to replenish the tank. Wish I could send you some of ours. Your meal looks really good. I love the way you two eat.

Linda said...

I like that photo of Louis Dean and the goat. I wonder what Louis Dean is thinking. Wow, those sunflowers love their new life with you. They really came to life. Your food for the day sounds good to me. I put English Muffins and eggs on my grocery list, food that’s good any time of day. I enjoy seeing you living life at a slower pace.

BeachGypsy said...

Girlfriend you look adorable in your "country woman" look! I love it! Very important to remember the earrings and lipstick, always!! ha ha ha LOL Love the "man and goat" picture, now that would sure look great PAINTED BY YOU, don't you think??? That would make a great painting, or even just an enlargement for your home. Have a great country weekend my friend!! And stay's getting real hot here!

Carol Slater said...

Sounds like life on the ranch is good! I love your country woman look and you are right about how it's almost a must have. The heat here today is going to be oppressive so I think I will be inside most of the day.

Susie said...

Linda, I always love to see your pictures. Taking care of animals is a chore...good for them to get to swim and sit in the shade too. Take care and get some rest too. I love that you and LD look content while you are there. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Arlene Grimm said...

Your cross stitch looks amazing Linda!! And I love the pictures today. So serene and it makes me want to take a walk in the country. We head to Grimmwood on Thursday and I can hardly wait.

The Feminine Energy said...

Linda, your posts are always magnificent to me. I feel like I'm actually there as you weave your story for the day. Thank you for bringing joy into my life by your writing. Lovingly, Andrea xoxo

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I can only imagine what a wonderful sound your symphony makes. Sitting under the starts in the country is so much different than in the city. Glad you two can bare up under the heat. It doesn't sound like it slows you down at all. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Sandra said...

I went throught the slide show twice, love all the pics today. love the goat pic being tied in the shade most of all... I am also praying for Ginny and hoping she is doing ok...

Latane Barton said...

What an idyllic life.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You've sure done a lot of writing...I know you are proud to get so much down on paper. I love seeing the water and that old boat. Enjoy your afternoon! Hugs!

Vee said...

If I could paint, Linda, I’d paint the photo of Louis Dean and the goat by the pond...what a picture! Glad there’s music and writing.

Carole said...

Fantastic progress with your writing! Cheers

Blondie's Journal said...

I'm always in awe of your energy and wonderful time spent with LD, its alway relaxing for me to visit and read. Good luck with that book...I will be first in line to buy it!

I have a friend who has a goat farm. When they are very young, she actually brings them into her house. They are so, so cute and don't really smell much more than a dog! Not every one's cup of tea.
Good for you on that Christmas stitching... and please know I feel ashamed at the meals I serve when I see yours. Where do you find the time???

Lots of hugs,


Saimi said...

Seriously this post could make for a great picture book for kids. I love seeing your Louis Dean in his overalls. The country side is so beautiful, the field, lake, boat, goats, just so lovely and peaceful. You look so cute in your hat and rosy lips!