Life on Almosta Ranch

Stories of ranch life and other silly musings of an old codger

David McClain

David McClain
Doniphan, Missouri, USA
February 08
I am a simple man who has lived a simple life for sixty years. I have not dined with movie stars nor Kings and Queens. I have not walked the halls of power, nor have I been a mover and a shaker. I have, however, been a soldier, a tinker, a jack of all trades. I have raised five children....I have been loved and I have loved. I do not see grand designs nor do I chase afer them. Instead, I listen to the heartbeat of the land and I rejoice in a bird's song in the morning. Do not come here seeking answers for I have none. I do have questions which I will ask you constantly though. I do not believe in aruging so Politics will not be discussed in my blog. I do not care what your personal beliefs are for you are free to believe as you will...please allow me to do likewise. I have never been rich, but I have always been poor. Being poor however has never stopped me from feeling rich. I feel rich because I have the love of a good woman. Melinda completes me. She gives me the peace of mind and soul required to write about life without regrets and without envy of those who might have more. She is my world. Almosta Ranch is our heaven and we are happiy. This is what I want to share with you in this blog.


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DECEMBER 31, 2011 7:25PM

Constants for the New Year

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On the last day of 2011 I find myself doing the same thing I did on the last day of 2010. I’m sitting at my computer wondering if this Winter-besotted land of Missouri will ever be warm again but that is normal, it’s one of the little things that define my life no matter what year it is and one of the things that will never change.

I know that the new year will find me strolling over my land, closely followed by a small white donkey who is begging me to scratch his ears just a little longer. I know that at least once a day, during this new year, I will sneaking my buddy Sherman a few tasty morsels off my dinner plate.

As sure as the sun rises I know without a doubt that at least once during this newly arrived year I will shout at Mel: “Where the heck did you put my clean socks”. To which she will answer calmly: “In your sock drawer dufus. Open your eyes and you might find something.”

Lastly and most importantly for me, I know that this New Year will bring me at least three hundred and sixty five opportunities to daily tell Mel I love her.

No matter what year it is, these things are constant and serve to anchor me allow me to ride out all the other life storms that come with each of these new years. This too is what I wish for each of you…my friends…my family. May you each have the old familiar constants that will serve to see you through whatever 2012 might bring your way.

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Heart Warming! Yes, it is the daily things that define a life. Thank you for sharing yours with us. Happy New Year to you both and all the critters at Almosta Ranch.
I love you, my dear husband. I am one lucky woman to have a man such as you in my life. Every evening before I go to sleep, I thank God that he brought you into my life and every morning I praise God that you are still with me. I will love you from now until forever.... and there is nothing you can do about that !!!!! We have the whole future ahead of us.... you and me sitting on the front porch of our little house watching the animals of Almosta Ranch wandering the pastures. I LOVE YOU and lets try to stay up until midnight this year... so we can bring the New Year in with a kiss !!!!!
Here is to the constants which ground us, David! And may we all have the strength and wisdom to weather the unexpecteds in 2012.

Very best to you, Mel and the inhabitants of Almosta Ranch.
A loving post and a loving reply. What more can you ask.

Happy New Year!
you found the good life David. Lord willing (or Whomever) the bride and I will be building on our land on the western slopes in southwest Colorado...smaller in acerage by far in what you have, but it will be nice to build from the dirt up. I hope you and Mel have a lovely 2012--much deserved.
Only once a day??? No wonder Mel hides your socks in the sock drawer. Happy New Year, youse guys.
David - you are a very lucky man!
Happy new year to you two!!!
May all go well.


Lovely, heart-felt post- my favorite kind! Happy New year to you!
Happy New Year
, I know that this New Year will bring me at least three hundred and sixty five opportunities to daily tell Mel I love her

that made me cry..
To the constants...Happy New Year to you and Mel. ~r
Beautifully charming and heartwarming
All the best to you and those you love for 2012
It's important to recognize the constants so we don't make a mistake and change them. Your life sounds peaceful and wonderful. Happy New Year, David and Mel!

A beautiful, heartfelt post, David. And Mel's comment ... well .... a huge sigh and a smile from me. What love! : )

Now make sure you DO stay up until midnight and welcome in the New Year with that magical kiss!

To be at peace at this time of year is a blessing! R
Love and peace to you and Mel, David. A very heartwarming and lovely post.
What a lovely wish for the coming year. Those familiar routines are welcome anchors indeed. The longer I live, the more important I realize those anchors are. Familiar and comforting. Happy New Year to you and dearest Mel.
It is joy and peace to know who we are and where we belong...wishing you and Mel and the critters of Almosta Ranch the very best of 2012.
Happy New Year David & Mel. you both have a lot to be thankful for.
I don't know what I loved more. Your 365 days of love for your heart, or your heart's reply.

Aw, heck! Made me wee bit sad to know I don't have such strings of the heart and happy that both of you are so Firm in your love of each other and your Almosta Ranch.

Each time I read you I long for outdoors. But, now I'll think of lost socks- fits my home- can relate!
Awww...sniffle. Now I started out my new year all teary. But in a good way as only good people can make us feel.

May your constants remain with you throughout the year and may life bring some unexpected pleasant surprises to you and Mel. You deserve it. Lovely entry.
Such good advice.
Sending you and Mel all the best in the year ahead!
Happy New Year to you and Mel, David -- and give that little donkey a scratch behind the ears for me.
Happy New Year David and Mel. I love the constants. -R-
A happy, healthy 2012 to you and yours.