Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Week in Review

Mindy here. Well, last week was spring break here in Texas, so we spent the week at the ranch. What a wonderful getaway. A nice change from the norm. And the weather was perfect. However, the multi-inch rainfall that had fallen shortly before we arrived made for some unexpected adventures.

But first, I have to give you a bluebonnet update. This is how things looked when we first arrived. Just enough to get me excited and make me want to take a picture.

After a horrible drought and last summer's blazing temperatures, the rains we've enjoyed this winter have brought some blessed relief. And the timing was perfect to bring out the wildflowers. How I wish I could share the aroma with you.

Our first full day at the farm, as we call it, started off well enough. Then I got a call from my sixteen year old.

"Mom, the Polaris is stuck."

And was it ever.

So, with dad still back in Ft. Worth, my SIL and I had no choice but to arm ourselves with shovels and save the day.

We dug and slurped and slopped through the mud. You know, the kind that grabs hold of you and doesn't want to let go. We didn't think we'd ever get it out.

But after a rather messy workout, we managed to coax the ATV free, only to get it stuck three more times before we made it safety. And all the while my son had to listen to his aunt and I go on and on about why we discouraged him from taking the vehicle out in the first place.

Needless to say, my not-so-little herpetologist wannabe was thrilled by the distraction of a new friend.


By day two, some of the standing water had soaked into the ground, but thanks to uber high humidity, nothing was drying out.

You guessed it, he got us stuck again. This time in our van. Where the ruts are is where the van was. I was just too busy turning the event into a learning lesson to think about taking a pic. And how embarrassing. This may be the country, but no less than three different people stopped to offer help. And help they did, pushing us out of the muck and onto solid ground.

Thankfully, this was the last time anything got stuck. Lesson learned. I hope.

On day three, we visited our friends Smokey and Cheryl, which can sometimes be like going to the petting zoo.

We were greeted by Bella, the calf who thinks she's a dog. She followed us around, not satisfied until we'd pet her.

I always learn something when I go over there. Did you know that if a cow has twins, she'll only claim one of the babies? Three of these little guys were one half of a set of twins. The others were just forsaken by their mothers. So sad. But Smokey takes good care of them. If he can't get another cow to adopt them, he brings 'em home and plays mama until their big enough to be turned out to pasture.

The chickens entertained us, too, scratching around the hay, looking for bugs. Cheryl is so sweet to stock me up with fresh eggs. Man, you wouldn't believe the yolks in those things compared to what you get at the grocery store. Practically orange.

Our Golden Retriever was delighted when the boys finally caught some fish. Dixie is convinced that fish are play things. She'll spend hours walking circles around the trough when fish are in there. She's even been know to jump in with them.

All in all, I'd say it was one of the best spring breaks we've ever had. I love getting away to the country. Oh, and by the end of the week, the bluebonnets were more stunning than ever.

What are you doing for spring break this year?

Happy Tuesday, y'all.


  1. That's an amazing shot of the bluebonnets, Mindy!! I don't think I've ever seen them in person. I think I've found a new favorite flower!

    Looks like a great trip!

  2. It was lots of fun, Missy. Bluebonnets are the state flower of Texas. I'd send you a bouquet, but it's illegal to pick them. I kid you not.

    Lady Bird Johnson founded a huge wildflower emphasis here in Texas, so those spring time drives are really special.

  3. They are beautiful--the blue bonnets--and Mindy of course! Sounds like you guys had a great week.