From the Ranch

From the Ranch

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Near Perfect Man Has Fallen...

My remark:  How come God never beats you up? I know that I tend to think you are perfect, but surely God sees little flaws that I can't? 

His Reply:  And who says God does not beat me up?  He gave me you right?

 Seeing red, this is gonna cost him...

As soon as I stop giggling...
One time I painted his toenails while he was asleep...

Now where did I put that hot pink nail polish?

Monday, February 24, 2014

Sometimes Life is Hard for All of Us

No matter how difficult the life situation, when I need comfort, all I have to do at Soldier's Heart, is go outside and be still.  There is a beautiful Bible verse that says, "Be still and know that I am God." The birds here offer a constant concert to the Lord; they sing of his love, power, and amazing grace. We live in a corridor that goes from the top of the planet to the bottom, animals of all kinds, including birds and butterflies travel this space, and many live here at the ranch year round. 

Friday, February 21, 2014

Yet Another Cute Little Squirrel Video

He loves petting, and as you will see in this wondrous little video, he loves to "pet" me back.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

True Story...

Billy Graham was returning to Charlotte after a speaking engagement and when his plane arrived there was a limousine to transport him to his home. As he prepared to get into the limo, he stopped and spoke to the driver.

"You know' he said, I am 87 years old and I have never driven a limousine. Would you mind if I drove it for a while?"  The driver said, "No problem. Have at it."

The legend gets into the driver's seat and they head off down the highway. A short distance away sat a rookie State Trooper operating his first speed trap.  The long black limo went by him doing 70 in a 55 mph zone.

The green trooper pulled out and easily caught the limo, then got out of his patrol car and walked up to the driver's door. As the glass was rolled down, he was surprised to see who was driving.

He immediately excused himself and went back to his car and called his supervisor. "I know we are supposed to enforce the law... but I also know that important people are given certain courtesies. I need to know what I should do because I have stopped a very important person."

The supervisor asked, "Is it the governor?"

The young trooper said, "No, he's more important than that"

The supervisor said, "Oh, so it's the president."

The young trooper said, "No, he's even more Important than that."

After a moment,the supervisor finally asked, "Well then, who is it?"

The young trooper said, "I think it's Jesus, because he's got Billy Graham for a chauffeur!"

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

This Made Me Laugh and Laugh!

Oh my, what has TV come to... I just heard on the local ABC news this story... At a local church in Sunday School last Sunday the teacher asked a group of 7 year old boys what they knew about the resurrection. One little boy raised his hand and said, "if it lasts more than four hours you should call your doctor."

Friday, February 14, 2014

I Know Exactly What the Dream Means

If you are a lion, a predator, seeking out prey, and it is a snowy day, you are in danger... from me... Well, that was the best I could come up with anyway...  I got to thinking, this little post could sound like I was being serious...

I get punch drunk when I move households... I get too tired...

I Had a Dream

It is 2:00 A.M., and I just woke from a very vivid and intense dream.  I was with a woman and a young girl, and the young girl became sick at her stomach and threw up. The young girl's room was in a basement, and the woman told her to go lie down in her room until she felt better, and I didn't pay any attention to how the girl took that.  She just went and did as she was told.

In a minute while we were eating I thought, "that isn't good, I am going to go and check on her."  I went back to check on her, and just called from the top of the stairs for her to come up and eat with us.  She rushed up the stairs with relief on her face, and I shut the door to the basement.  There was a little gate hook lock on the outside of the door, and I locked it, and when I did the door exploded open, tearing the lock from the wood, and something I couldn't see exploded out of the basement in a hot rush of air so powerful it blew us across the large room we were in, and we hit the wall.  For a moment I stood terrified, then I became very angry, and I rushed at the door to the basement and charged down the stairs, and it started snowing outside.  Then the dream ended.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

I'm Wonder Woman....

Help Me With a Name!

I'm entering into a partnership with someone who is going to really make a difference at the ranch!  Best of all, I bought a giant old tractor as our third partner. She's still got a lot of kick in her too!  I can't wait to get her home and get some work done on her!  She will need a new battery.  Got to clean her up, clean the rusty spots and hit them with some spray primer, and put a blade on her.  Of course she will have to have a name, can't be Ol' Blue however, we have  horse named Blue, and she would be offended!  So how about a little help, what should I name the new tractor?

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Please, Oh Please, Just Butt Out!!!

I don't know if you are aware or not, but women don't get along as well together as men do.  The same goes with the female creatures on this ranch.  We have a male rabbit, one gelding pony, two male neutered cats, one male pot bellied pig, and a couple of roosters.  Everything else is female.  There is a female donkey, two female miniature horses, three female horses, two female pot bellied pigs, two female dogs, two female ducks, a passel of hens, and one female miniature goat.  Every single female animal on this little ranch is consumed with jealousy!  My attention to each animal is highly sought after, (I do all the feeding, the sweet talking, and the petting here.)  There are all kinds of little actions they use to show just how jealous they are for my attention, but today, I got so mad at one of them...  She just kept butting in...

I was trying to get some video of all the magnificent wild birds that make their home here every winter.  I put chicken scratch out on the old antique buck board wagon, and a little fountain that keeps fresh water bubbling out.  I had put out a feed sack so the bird seed would not fall through the cracks, positioned my camera just right, and turned on the camera to catch a little close up video of the wild birds feeding.  You can hear the cardinals fussing, and me futilely begging for co-operation.  As per usual, Patti, our Australian Cattle Dog, ran through the woods scaring whatever birds that were feeding she off the ground and out of the area.  She is very clever and will watch where I am staring, or pointing my camera, and then take off chasing the object of my attention away.  Then another of the green eyed girls decided she would be the star of my wild bird video, and she hopped up onto my carefully prepared site...


Monday, February 3, 2014

I Made Italian Chilli for Supper!

It is so easy, and perfect on a cold and wet day!    

Just take a one pound roll of Jimmy Dean Regular Sausage, mix with a cup water so when you brown it in a couple tablespoons of butter, it comes out very fine, not in big lumps.  Add chopped onions, red peppers, and green peppers.  I like McCormick's Red Pepper and Garlic seasoning, plus salt and pepper. When that is all nice and brown, pour in two #2 cans of tomato sauce with zucchini, and one can of tomato paste in your stock pot.  Then two cups of water, stir and then simmer for 20 minutes.  Next bring the chilli to a rolling boil, add three fourths a cup of water with three tablespoons of corn starch dissolved in it, stir in until smooth, and simmer an additional 20 minutes.  Sprinkle a little grated Parmesan on top, I didn't have any tonight, so I used mild cheddar, I love cheddar!  Add a green salad, and if you are not on a diet like me, Mrs. Schubert's rolls are great with it!