Visitor Viewpoint

My grad school best buddy, Steve, whispering sweet nothings to Alfred the Anatolian shepherd, while Carlton wags his tail.

Hi friends. I took a blogging break last week, but at least I got that newspaper article written. Big busy-ness at my full-time job combined with my part-time job, high school graduation, and entertaining guests meant I didn’t sit down at the computer for two whole days! That may be a record.

I really enjoyed the various guests. Yesterday, one of my oldest friends (the first person I met in grad school), Steve, and his husband Guy dropped by. We have visited them a few times in Las Cruces, but they hadn’t been here, so they stopped after visiting San Antonio.

It’s fun to see our ranch through the eyes of visitors. Guy grew up on a farm/ranch, and has worked with horses most of his life (you should see his trophy saddle), so he really appreciated the aspects of the place that most visitors don’t (“ooh, that’s a great cattle working pen with pipe fencing” “ooh, air conditioned tack room”).

Fiona the mini-donkey was declared “precious,” which she already knew.

Both guests loved our dogs, since they also have four (and one’s a cattle dog), and of course they enjoyed Fiona the donkey and the horses. It made me so happy to hear compliments paid to Apache the horse, rather than “He’s rather tubby, isn’t he?” I’m taking good care of him!

Apache photo-bombed my attempt at photographing my husband, Lee, being hugged by Spice.

It really warmed my heart to hear Guy and Steve go on about how lovely our property is, and how much fun they could have on it. Living in New Mexico, they don’t see a lot of green fields or woods. Since they do horse camping fairly often, Guy got excited about bring his horse over here and hanging around with us and exploring the ranch (I’m sure Steve and Lee would be fine left to their own devices!). We see so many interesting parts of the land on horseback that we just wouldn’t see any other way. (The only problem with exploring on the horse is that I’m afraid to take my phone with me, in case I take a tumble, which could happen if a snake or mountain lion spooked my horse).

So, I hope to see them some time when it’s not boiling hot over here. I truly appreciated seeing our part of the world through new eyes.

Weather and water report

Speaking of lots of heat and little rain, yesterday was our first 100-degree day, so I’m glad that all my intense horse activities took place very early. Neighbor Sara and I went out to check out the middle pasture, which is the one with lots of trees, streams, and Walker’s Creek.

We found that it’s getting to be summer all right. The Hermit’s Stream (they one flowing from our dam/springs) has pretty much dried up, as it usually does in the summer. The tanks/ponds are also getting lower, especially the one behind our house. The cattle are in it a LOT now. The horses were glad they didn’t have to step in the gluey clay mud, which is about the only advantage of the annual summer dry-out.

I guess you’ll soon be seeing more photos of brown grass. I’ll still find things to take pictures of, like this white-lined sphynx moth caterpillar (Hyles lineata):




Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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