Last Night and the Night Before

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.

Spooky's first pony ride

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.

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Gran-Aunt-Dana’s Diary

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.

view from the tank

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……..