Friday, September 12, 2014

They Call It Progress..

Southwest Fire Protection came out yesterday and mowed our lot. It's so dry out here and the fire hazard  is incredibly high. When mowing you have to have a fire truck follow the tractor in case it hits a rock and makes a spark.
This is Dan, the owner SWF and the tractor driver. I'd say he likes dirt, in fact I'd say he loves it!
He spent 10 hours in 100 degree temps mowing while being surrounded in a dirt cloud. He took out Chaparral five feet high and tons of brush. It feels amazing knowing we reduced our fire danger and have a good clearing prior to building. The fire department will be out to check on us too.
 It looks amazing! I love that we can see all of it now and was happily surprised at how few rock piles were hiding... Not many at all! This weekend we are to start the perimeter fencing, I'm excited to get started but not looking forward to working in the heat, forecast calls for 104, yikes!

In other news, Ms. Daisy Mae is now Ms. Daisy Mayhem.  Ahem, she is so sweet but man oh man does she has energy, no prior training and some separation anxiety. Keeping her calm for a week (due to spaying) is not an easy task. She needs to run but for now she's on a leash next to me... Keeping her quiet is our #1 task next to potty training. Puppies are exhausting and it's been only 3 days haha. We'll get there she is a smart and gentle girl who seems to be enjoying all the attention and the indoors.

Happy Weekending Peeps!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ms. Daisy Mae...

I saw this on Facebook, went to meet her and the very next day picked her up from the clinic where she was spayed.
 Here I am driving Ms. Daisy home. Welcome to your new and joyful life little miss.
She is adorable, super sweet, full of energy and worms... She is a ball of energy and you can't even tell she had surgery yesterday! Keeping her calm means keeping her close to me. After a little while she did settle down and enjoyed a nap on her new pillow. I'd say she likes the indoors too.

Her and Duke hit it off immediately, I know he is happy to have a energetic play buddy.   I was worried about him chasing the coyotes off property by himself as well since we laid Jack to rest.

We're off to the vet after morning chores for a check up and to handle those nasty worms, yuck.

Welcome home Daisy Mae we are so happy you're here!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

They Call It "The Wedge"...

It's famous. It's where the jetty meets the sea in Newport Beach, CA. and faces southwest. When big swells come in, it's also where people merge to watch professionals try and ride the monster waves it creates.
 The 25 foot waves were brought by a passing hurricane way out to sea.  I with a couple thousand  others, watched as some of these surfers/boogie boards were able to conquer the waves. It  was pretty incredible to see! Of course, in these conditions the lifeguards were on high alert and working incredibly hard. I saw several people who were way over their heads get rescued as well.
About an hour after sunset and on my home I stopped by their pier, my goodness what a perfect way to end my time there.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Duke. Aka Pookie Pie...Perfect

 A little over a year ago we brought this sweet guy home and he was instantly a perfect fit.  Initially he was a little hesitant but quickly became trustful of us and relaxed. I think animals know when they are in a good and safe place, especially those who have had a rough start to life. 
 He watches over me while I do my chores, chases Coyotes off the property daily and always crosses his legs when laying down... So cute.
 He's a professional snuggle bug who loves attention, ask anyone here and they'll tell you that he spoons perfectly... He's our welcome committee and such a happy and playful guy.
 He's my helper, my buddy and loves to go on trail. He chases rabbits and loves to dig holes chasing gophers.  He has a love hate relationship with a couple huge crows that live in one of the oaks. He has so much energy, the ranch life is perfect for him. By the day's end he's pooped.
What a big part of our family he has become and I am so grateful. Grateful everyday for this sweet boy.

You can read about his rescue here

Happy Hump Day Peeps from our hood to yours

Monday, August 25, 2014

Breaking ground...

This weekend we celebrated the close of escrow on our lot with family and friends. Our version of "breaking ground" done Pasta Sunday style.  We are so excited to get started on this project of ours and I'm looking forward to taking another picture with these special people next year with a house behind us!

Happy Monday, how was your weekend?

Friday, August 22, 2014

In One Day This Happened...

Yesterday morning I enjoyed another beautiful sunrise while out feeding everyone. The day before we had a big storm but as you can see the clouds have moved on and the sun was shining.
By late morning the clouds started to return and by noon the thunder rolled. As the clouds blew over the ranch it made for an insane and gorgeous sunset. It looks to me like a lava flow among the monsoonal flow.

I know this image doesn't look real but it is! For those of you wondering how I edited this one I simply lightened the foreground, straightened the horizon and slightly bumped the pink on the one cloud in the middle that looks like it's rolling. All color and textures are how it looked and was shot.
This is another view of last nights sunset but from behind the house where the horses turnouts are. The colors you see here are NOT the sunset but instead the reflection off the clouds from the south east.  Incredible right!

All in one day I got to soak in these colorful and amazing views while out doing chores and hanging with the animals, I sure love my hood!

God is an amazing painter of the skies huh...

Linking up with SkyWatchFriday

Happy Weekending Peeps!
Jen

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Introducing Samson...

He wasn't sure about the whole trailer thing but with the help of my buddy and some patience we got him in. Loaded and ready to roll into his new life with us at the ranch. Oh my goodness he is a sweet guy!
The music man is such a fabulous "welcome committee". He greeted him with hugs, kisses and letting him know we're happy he's here.
 I didn't want to overwhelm him on his first day here but his legs needed tending too so he received his first bath and socks of his own. I will be getting him different ones for his healing time but for now these will work to keep his wounds clean.
He's settling really quickly too, I think he knows he's in a good place and is enjoying himself. He has met everyone over the fence and will join them after his quarantine time.

He is 6ish years old and the same size and Ms. Punkin Pie but thicker and much stronger, in fact he is super strong. I wanted to go with a biblical name for him as he has a large cross over his body (known as a Jerusalem Donkey) and his forelock is really long...So we have chosen Samson as his name, fitting isn't it?

Welcome home Samson... Sam... Sammie Pie..We are so happy you are here!

I'm linking up with T over at  

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Fresh Starts...

I shot this sunrise the other morning and what a site it was while out feeding everyone. Thank you God for new days and for another opportunity to make a fresh start...

The next couple days will be busy ones around the ranch. Today the music man and I will finish building the second chicken coop for all the new babies and their mamas. Right now they are partitioned off in the main coop while waiting for their own space.   Tomorrow, I will be picking up Jake and I can't hardly wait. I'm excited to get him here so he can start his new chapter in the good life!

Happy Sunday Peeps,
Jen

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Magnetism In Nature...

I believe there is a subtle magnetism in nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright. ~ Henry David Thoreau
Perhaps the world could take a time out. Breath in. Breath out. And spend some time in nature? Impossible I know but a thought non the less...

I'm linking up with T over at
                                                       

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Thus Far...

 
Thus far it's been a productive week. Thankfully I've worked some and played some. The days are moving by quickly and these sweet babies are growing so fast! At two weeks old they've more than doubled in size and Goldie Girl is so attentive to them.
Ms Minnie Pearl is doing a wonderful job as well. Her three little ones are beyond adorable! She has two under her and as you can see one on her back as she was putting them to bed last night. She is my sweetest and gentlest chicken, dog really... yes she is more like a dog. All my girls follow me around but Ms Minnie always tries to get in the house and stays at my side while I'm out working. I'm so happy she has a little family to tend to for a few weeks.
Talking about sweet and adorable... Check out Chancie and his kind eyes, gosh I love this horse!
Ms Punkin decided to wear her dinner last night, she's such a character. One day I'll get it on video, she sticks her head under her hay and then flips some of it out of her feeder.

I'm going to meet another donkey later this week. I've been told he is a super sweet boy and has found himself in desperate need of a new home...

Happy Hump Day Peeps!