Just as the sun rises and sets each day, journaling and blogging have brought to my attention that there is a cycle to our life. Last year when I blogged of the ranch happenings they all seemed new and exciting somehow. This year a subject will present itself and I will remember that we have already been there and posted that. Life on a ranch is one of rythym, routine and regularity, and I personally like that. I like having an order to our days, months and seasons. It is good.or the stomach flu that came visiting in the night.
For this season we find ourselves preparing the garden for spring as well as enjoying the fruits of our winter garden, feeding and checking the cows, burros and horses a few times a week, daily caring for the dogs, cats, goats, chickens and 'ole Charlie horse, reading books and blogs, watching movies, enjoying rain one moment and sun the next and through it all we always keep the fire going. The fire warms us and those we bring into our midst.
Recently we also installed a few more items that keep the fire coming. They are personally my new best friends; a water heater that works and 2 propane wall heaters. We are uptown now! I sometimes feel a little guilty to want such luxury, but only for a brief moment, then I relax in the warmth that my new friends bring and enjoy! Of course, I wonder if I will feel the same when I see what is sure to be a higher bill when we get our propane tanks filled.
Occasionally too, something unexpected happens on the ranch. Like the arrival of a new friend on a rainy day or a fence that blows over and imprisons the daffodils in its death like grip
(first photo taken near the ocean, not on the ranch, note the flat horizon!)