Crazy weather on the ranch

yeah, that's what this post is about. Want to know what I mean?

Yesterday and Saturday, it was warm out. It felt like spring was on its way. And when I woke up this morning...we had three inches of snow on the ground, and more was coming down.

It's actually sort of nice that it's happening now, but hopefully it will melt before the middle of February. Because that's when we start calving, and it's not much fun to be calving in the snow. But we need the moisture. So it's nice it's snowing NOW, not later.

Sorry, this post really lives up to the name of my blog, doesn't it? =P



the whatifs

What do you do when you feel both so excited and scared?
You know, when you're finally getting to do something you've always wanted to do, but you're having second thoughts?

It's then when you start doubting if you made the right choice.

What if something terrible happens?

What if I don't like it like I thought I would?

What if the people I meet are really not very nice at all?

What if I go, but miss out on everything, for some unknown reason?

And then you have got the whatifs. Which is exactly what i just wrote down.

So you have to start thinking of the good whatifs.

What if it's better than I ever imagined?

What if adventures aren't so scary?

What if you learn a lot?

What if you meet really  nice people, even if there are some mean ones?

What if you don't do it and something terrible happens anyway?

And then there's more good whatifs than bad whatifs, so I can just tell the bad whatifs to go away.

I really did have all those, because of something happening this summer. =D


A close encounter with the chicken thief kind...

Well I have something to report today!

Jack and Matt were checking our chickens last night, and lo and behold a raccoon was in with the chickens. Now to all of you who are thinking: "How awesome!" raccoons are NOT awesome, especially if you have chickens. They eat them.

Now our chicken house is a plastic greenhouse, so it gets a bit cold in winter. Because of this, Dad built another, smaller house in it. Well, when Jack and Matt looked in the chicken house, they could tell something was going on. The coon was jumping all around, and Matt ran up and poked it with a stick. That just riled up the coon more, and it about jumped on Matt's head! It ran up the wall and punched through the inner wall of the plastic and ran out the door.

It hasn't come back.


a poem

When life is tough
and days are dry
the wind blows cold
the rain won't try
you see the dust
and no more grass
and no more hay
a sky like glass
it's hard to trust
easy to fear
what will you do
this coming year
ranch life is tough
sometimes it's true
but God is enough
He'll see you through
remember this
as drought goes on
and trust him always
His love goes on.

Just some thoughts.


just some ramblings from Maya

It's freezing cold here. Colder, actually. And here I am, nice and cozy with the computer in front of me.

But that's just a side note.

We have been investigating more about that really mysterious fort.

There have been no changes.

I'm assuming that's because it's too cold for anyone to be playing outside for very long.

Which means that probably the fort will not be worked on until it gets closer to spring.

Oh! I forgot to tell you before, but I am now a driver-in-training.

It's awesome.



Have you ever seen a bank of clouds advancing like an unstoppable army? Or a whirlwind form above you, the precursur to a tornado? Or a thunderstorm barge its way above you? The mighty power of God is revealed in His Creation.



To Enter Storyteller's Design Contest.

I hope you like it Storyteller!


more from Maya Mitchell

Aannnd it has been forever since I posted. Sorry 'bout that.

I just had this really funny thing happen, and I wanted to tell you about it. So a lot of people here went to Casper, but those of us who stayed home,(Dave, Kirsten, Jack, Michelle and me) were staying with this wonderful lady we call Miss Nellie. She's in her seventies, but she's nowhere near old.

It was getting late, and we were all getting a bit hyper, and we started playing card games. We were playing Skip-Bo>>, and it was getting a bit slow. Kirsten got out some regular playing cards<<,  and was fiddling with them while she waited for her turn to play. All of a sudden Dave said, "hey, let's play progressive rummy at the same time!" So we were playing two games at the same time. It was sooo confusing, but fun too. You ought to try it sometime! =D



I have a lot to catch up on, don't I? I mean, it's not like I usually just disappear for more than two weeks.

Well, first I was sick. =P

And then I was just so extremely busy that I was unable to access the computer. You know, Christmasy stuff.

So here is my official apology.

I am sorry that I have not posted for a loooong time. I hope you will forgive me. I will try to do better in future.

p.s. Happy New Year!