A few months ago, my niece Sara’s daughter, Hannah was walking with me and leading one of the ponies. “What’s the hardest thing about living out here and taking care of all these animals?”she asked. I told her that it was really bad when they got sick and needed doctoring and medicine which includes sleepless nights and all. “Oh, I would think it would be all the poop!” she said. I did almost trip over an exceptionally large Longhorn paddy this morning. I guess the frigging freezing weather must have turned it into a brick. Then I froze my toes off while filling a water bucket for a colicky horse…….my biggest fear. If a horse is lying down while there is a brand new bale of hay in the pasture, something is really wrong.Yesterday my eight year old rescue horse Budda was pacing,pawing and rolling She appears to be out of the woods now, but I will take all your prayers…..just in case!
I should say handsome in pink. With a combination of rose dore madder, naples yellow red and a touch of blue/grey and titanium zinc white, I added the background color that I like to compliment Wellie’s black and white curls. I can always go darker if needed. His Mom, Debby e-mailed me yesterday and we were talking about the same shades, so hopefully this is it! Just a little more time before it is finished……
I’m working on this portrait in oil. (This image is flipped because I shot it with my computer.)This should be a good day to finish it. I’m thinking of a rose or potter’s pink background…..hope I have some. It would be too bad if I HAD to make a trip to Herweck’s Art Supply to spend my gift certificate!
Tom spent some time looking at recipes for our cook-out last night. He discovered a good one for corn on the cob. We usually buy fresh corn, soak it in ice cold water, wrap it in foil, grill it and add butter and seasoning after shucking. The recipe we chose called for frozen corn, so we went with it. We discovered a great seasoning that will be a staple from now on.
Louisiana Cajun Seasoning has 0 fat, 0 calories. It is gluten free and contains no MSG. Use it like salt and pepper. It claims to be great on everything, including salads. Can’t vouch for that yet, but try sprinkling it on frozen corn on the cob,add a pat of butter, wrap it in heavy duty foil and grill it!!! Tonight we are going to try it on Tilapia……
I could not wait to get home Friday night. Tom and I had a cook out planned and we wanted to get started before sunset. I thought we might just walk down to the tank and sit on a blanket and eat a salad, but I should have known better. I saddled up Pony Boy and he was my couch for the evening, while the Gourmet Chef grilled bell peppers, zucchini, carrots and onions to compliment our jalapeño and cheddar cheese burgers. Pony Boy munched on hay and was content to hang out with us. We had a radio, but it was more fun to listen to the Cara Caras (Mexican eagles) and the Owls as it got later. Last night was even more fun and Tom had the whole day to plan our feast.We had corn on the cob, roasted on the fire, green beans on another grill, chicken and sausage on the 3rd one.
Noche and Okie stayed home (their choice)and I was a little bit worried about bringing Spooky. I thought we might lose her when it got dark, but she stayed near us all night. She even went for a ride on Pony Boy. Sky was really good, too. She did a little exploring, but never wandered off to far.
Every day opens up new possibilities for fun that only could be realized by living out here with the solitude, open land and abundant wildlife. Just recently we have been excited to see several deer on our property for the first time ever. Last week, I started putting out corn so that they will appear on a predictable basis.There is a big buck and at least four doe in his harem. I can’t wait to see little Bambis in May. If I feed them enough, maybe they will hang out here more often and try some of Tom’s roasted corn on the cob! We took lots of photos that are posted here. Check out Just Saying to see some of the ranch recipes.
On Monday morning Anna and I had a perfect plan to celebrate a day off from school. We woke up early, fed all the animals
and saddled our ponies.
We packed a lunch with carrots for the ponies, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for us and we were ready to go. You can see Hailey, my filly that will be three years old in the background. She really wants to go with us.
Don’t fence me in, they both seemed to say, so we headed down the trail to the field where we had seen several deer the night before. We put out some corn so that the deer would have a reason to come back often. We have not seen too many around here so it is always a treat when we do see them. It was fun to explore all the little trails that different animals had made. A cute little cottontail bunny ran out from under a cactus. Anna said she had seen a jack rabbit before, so this was her second siting. Her sister Avery has a bunny that thinks she is a dog, very cute, but I don’t think it would last long out here…..just saying.
Gran-niece Anna spent the night Sunday night. We started off as soon as we got to the ranch in the art studio painting a beautiful work of art. A Bay horse. Then we packed a snack and drinks, saddled up Bailey and Pony Boy and headed down to the tank for some conversation and checking out a secret spot that would be our future camp-site. (Sorry, no pictures, it’s a secret after all)We found a great location and set up our perfect little table from some nearby branches. We tied the ponies to a tree with their halters and they munched on the snack of carrots that we brought them while we had our juicy juice and animal crackers. Anna brought her sketch book with a little butterfly charm which Bailey tried to eat.We gave him a cracker and packed up our viddles. We got back on the ponies to try to track down some deer. We saw plenty of tracks!
We rode back to the barn before sunset.
Anna got the ponies some hay and water, while I unsaddled them and put them in their stalls. Anna created two more masterpieces, a donkey and goat before we had a great dinner of ribs, corn, salad and bread cooked by Uncle Tom.
We watched horse movies til 10. and fell asleep dreaming of tomorrow’s adventure……..
Tree Child – The Owl Pages.Here is a direct link to the cutest story about Sushi. A Barred Owl that was rescued. 12 pages…..read it to the end. It’s great!
This is one of the best sites about Owls. Great stories and photos. The best story is called The Tree Child about a Barred Owl named Sushi that was rescued.