My cousin and me live 1.6 miles away from each other, so we meet half way and go for a ride.

I guess maybe we get a lil crazy and do stunts like stand up while the horses are walking, or ride backwards at a gallop.

One time I stood up while  we were riding to my place, and then I sat back down. Then she stood up,and I couldn't help remembering a time when she tried to shove me off my horse at a gallop with her foot.

So I kicked my horse into a lope and looked behind. I heard a yell and knew I was in T-R-O-U-B-L-E.
It ended up with her horse running into a ditch that used to be a swamp while she was hanging over the buckskins neck yelling what she would do for revenge, and me sitting on my horse roaring with laughter.

I Found Another Reptile

I found this little guy slithering across the cement the other day. Ain't he cute?
His name is Elemer.

As soon as I let him go in the grass he disappeared!


Stil Willin the Turtle

Guess what! Grandpa found a turtle crawling across his front yard and brought it over here! I was REALLY exited. The green five gallon bucket next to the cage in the picture is what he came over in. he was real mad an' he hissed and waved his claws (and boy are those things sharp!) when I tried to feed him a worm.(turtles eat cooked chicken or turkey, raw beef, er worms.)So Landon Lawson and me hauled one of Rissa's old bunny cages up from a dusty corner and made what we thought a turtles home at the lake would be like. He's still alive, so we must not've done too terrible a job.

When the girls and I were at Farmers Market one of us said "I'm still willin' to do that if you what too." Then Larissa said, "that sounds like an odd name."

Stil Willin the Villian, I thought.
"I'm gonna name my turtle that." I suddenly decided.

It's real funny to watch him crawl outta his oversized bathtub. I have a video of it, but I don't …

Ranch Animals (Part 6)

Last week I forgot to put the turkeys in the post about the chickens. So I guess these lucky ducks (get it?) will have their very own post. (Uh, besides the bunny.)
Last post I also posted it a day early! Boy, I sure musta been frazzled that day.

I remember when Dad decided that we should try turkey meat. I was probably about six er seven. About ten of then lived out of twenty. We had some black ones, three red ones, a lot of grays, and a white. We always have too much for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The Toms (Male turkeys) were always SO mean. no matter how hard I would beat the snot outta them they would never learn lesson. We've even knocked 'em clean out. Later they come back plotting revenge. Sometimes I'll get my my pony and barrel at 'em full speed. they normally swerve into some trees. that sure does make me madder than a hornet.

It was always fun to see the mamas come into the yard with a dozen or two babies at her side. Dad found in the News Paper that red t…

Ranch Animals (Part 5)

Folks, I'm really dreading saying this. *Inhales deeply....* I reckon I'll have ta slow down to posting somethin' once a week. Or a LEAST fer the summer. *...... And blows out breath*

 This weeks post is 'bout the chickens. See that thing in the picture below? We call them "chicken tractors". Every year we git a hundred butcher chicks, raise 'em up in the summer and butcher them in the fall. We keep 'bout twenty-five in each tractor.

The layin' hens are my job. Ever since I was five years old (stories get stretched....) they've been my job. We used ta have a fence 'round our garden, but fer some reason that I don't remember we took it down.

Mama didn't like my hens scratching up her cucumbers so we ha to put them In a tractor just like the other chickens.

This is my prize Banty rooster, Oliver. He's two thirds the size o' the laying hens! Boy, he sure do think he's he's somethin', strutin' around the lawn. …

Busy, Busy, Busy

Alright, folks. So sorry there won't be another ranch animals post for I don't know how long. On Saturday was my sisters graduation and I meant to do a post about it but life got to busy. Yesterday and today I've been riding hard and fast getting all our cows and calves in to work them. First they get a shot and then an ear tag. If its a bull calf then he gets a band too. It's something we do every year.

That's a lot of ol' cows to chase in, guys!

(All of our cattle in total is a lot.)


Ranch Animals (Part 4)

We have a problem with orange cats. Orange colored felines used to be rare to us kids, but something changed. Now, a couple years later 95% of them are ORANGE. I'm sick and tired of the color.

Four legged fur balls come and go like livestock at a sale here at our ranch. Their purpose is to eat mice, and not cat food that costs money.

It's always fun to go on a search for a new litter of kittens.
Then we tame 'em, and they grow up and get all ugly and not cute.

One time Landon and I stole a mouse from a cat, and we were gonna make it our pet and feed in peanut butter and cheese. But as we were carrying it back to the house Landon dropped it, and while we were looking for it he stepped on it. We tried doing CPR even though we didn't really know how. It died shortly after the failed atempt to revive its  poor, sad little life. We laid it by a cat and slowly walked home in distress for the poor creature.
That was a sad day, but we had chocolate icecream and it made every…