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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Seven Days

These seven days before Christmas are when I mow
the back section of the ranch. Wide open land
and Handel's Messiah on the radio seem to get me in the
spirit. Long days on a tractor also give me plenty of time
for reflection. I will think of Christmas past celebrated with family,
friends and animals no longer here. I loved them all.  I will think about 
all the parents making great personal sacrifice to insure their
children have presents under the tree then contrast that with
 friends that have been blessed with a bountiful life. I will think
about certain people who have the spirit of giving all
year round then contrast that with my occasional random acts of
kindness. I will think about all the people, and animals, I have met
on Blogger and wish them joy and peace and time.... to reflect.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Klaus Badelt, Master of Crescendo

The songs included in this clip are part of the original soundtrack from the Asian
film "The Promise".  Even if you are not a big fan of Chinese films, this soundtrack
by Klaus Badelt is brilliant. Forget about all the flying around, unless of course you
are into that.

Shipping out

This morning we shipped one of the stallions to PA.
We prepped him for the long ride with leg wraps, a warm
blanket, fresh water and hay.  The driver and Alex secure
the panels while our curious traveler looks on.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

First born calf.

Born at dawn, this bull calf is about 8 hours old and is the 
 first of many more to come this winter. I didn't have much time
to take this pic as mom was just behind me and I was in no
mood to go airborn. Three other calves were also born today.
This is also the time of year when coyotes will be out on
night patrol, sometimes even in broad daylight. They are  
so cunning that they will sneek up on a mother and calf then
slowly try to lure the calf away by pretending it wants to play.
But most of the time it's an attack by many under the cover
of darkness.
I'm not a light sleeper but the sound of a coyote war party in
the middle of the night never fails to wake me.

Saturday, December 4, 2010


Whenever I check on the herd at night I hope to see
all green eyes reflecting back from my search light. Once
in awhile there will be some other colored eyes mixed in with green,
thats when I reach for the 223 with night vision.