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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FEBRUARY 8, 2013 9:51AM

Sixty-Four Trips Around the Sun

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So this is what you get with sixty-four trips around the sun….not bad. I find, after all this time on the planet, that while I don’t have all I ever wanted, I have all I will ever need and what more can any man ask for.

I was lucky enough, those first trips around the sun, to be under the care of two people who loved me and devoted their lives to seeing that I had what I needed to not only live, but to grow into a well rounded adult.

Even though those first ten or twelve solo trips I made were not my finest, my parents had given me the foundation to rely upon so that I could recover from youthful folly and mistakes and for that I am eternally grateful to them.

Looking back now at the journey so far, I can see that I have so much to be thankful for in this life. Along the way, as I traveled around the sun, I managed to father five beautiful, smart and loving children and I am proud of each and every one of them. They are my legacy to the world and the best things I have ever accomplished. I have so many friends, many due to this medium which I have a love/hate relationship with and for each of them I am so very thankful.

Hands down though, these past twelve trips around the sun have been made a joy because of one person….my wonderful wife, Melinda. She is my rock, my lifeline during times of personal storms and she is the reason I get out of bed each morning with a smile.

So here I am….sixty-four revolutions into a trip of unknown length….and I am right where I was always meant to be. We have our small ranch, Almosta Ranch, were we raise our horses, rabbits, pigs, chickens and lots of dogs. Our days revolve around feeding and caring for all our four legged children and loving each other. Not a bad place to be after sixty-four years. We live, we love, we laugh and we cry. We are all good.

Now, if you will pardon me. It is time to get back in my imaginary rocket ship and continue the journey….onward for another trip around that old man Sun. I hope you all will come along with me.

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Happy Birthday! Keep enjoying the ride. And thanks or letting us into the back seat.
Oh David you made me cry. First off Happy Revolutions. My husbands B-day is tomorrow which gives me pause as to your similarities. There are quite a few...You and Mel are so lucky in so many ways..if only all lives, marriages and relationships lived, loved and survived through so much as you both have. The world would be a far better place indeed. Much love to you both... ~Dee
I love the trips around the sun metaphor. Many more happy birthdays and love, grace and peace to you and Mel. RR.
Beautiful story. May you have many more trips around the sun. Write on!
Happy Birthday!

I dedicate this song to you!
I'll be on the rocket ship just ahead of you, David. Happy birthday, to 5 Kids' Dad.

Wishing you (and Mel) many, many more trips around the sun. Coming up on my sixty-sixth, I'm jusssssst a little ahead of you.
Vroom! All Systems Go! Happy Birthday David! R
Cheers! (Clink) Here's to 64 more. After all 64 is the "new" 35. R
happy birthday, david. or richard, as you were once known by me. :) whichever name your tag says today, it's your day! yay! and that at least one other person is (slightly) older than i around her, well, i'm grateful for that - not quite as grateful as you are for the good and lovely things in your life, but still. sweet essay and gorgeous photo. cheers to another year petting dogs and telling animal stories! smooch.
Happy Birthday (in addition to the FB wishes I sent you). You are, indeed, a very lucky man. Continued blessings on your journey, my friend. :)
All I gotta say is I hope to heck Meal's driving...kinds want you to get around in one piece. Happy B-Day!
Happy Birthday! I hope you had a fun day.
jlsathre....I love the company. The more the merrier.

ThroughMyEyes......Dee, thank you and please tell your hubby: "Happy Birthday" from me and Mel.

Bernadine.....thank you my friend. Those trips around the sun are made better when we are joined by friends such as yourself.

Seer.....Sixty-four more? I don't think I could stand the excitement.

Auntynae....Thanks my friend.

Jeanette DeMain....THANKS! I loved that song. Jimmy Buffet is one of my favorites.

Lezlie.....Thanks, and I got phone calls from all of them this year too!

montanarose....Sixty-six? You have a much younger vocabulary and I always pictured you as about thirty.

Marilyn Sands.....Thank you so much.

Gerald....If sixty-four is the new thirty-five, my new thirty-five still feels OLD.

femme forte.....That picture is of a tree in my front yard and my favorite picture. Mel took it a ccouple of years ago.

Deborah....I agree with you, I am a very lucky man.

PlannerDan....Mel ALWAYS drives, my friend.

phyllis....Yes I did, thank you very much.
Happy Birthday! Here's to 64 more trips. R
Hope you had a great one, Tor. Thanks for sharing.