Autumn at the Ranch

I love autumn in Texas, even though I tend to go away for a few weeks every year. Today I walked around and enjoyed the weather, the animals, and all the blooming life around here. I am so glad to have the time to savor the season.

It’s hard to believe something this beautiful is called “Devil’s Claw.”

Some of my favorite flowers show up this time of year, like the devil’s claw above, the delicate and tiny yard asters, and the practically leafless false foxglove. There’s so much pink and purple, if you look carefully.

I even found some dayflowers still blooming in the arroyo and some tievine that’s just hanging on because it’s stubborn.

While I was wandering around looking at the beauty, I spent some nice relaxing time with Apache and Fiona, as well. We walked around together for a long time, then I sent them off to graze in the big pasture. Apache was so polite, not leaving until I sent him off. He’s really doing well.

Of course, I paid attention to the other two horses in the pasture (Dusty has gone to Yorktown to hang out with Kathleen and Granny lives in her pens to keep her digestion under control). Mabel is getting more friendly these days, and I’m not sure why. Not complaining! And Remington will take all the love I can dish out.

Not a bad life, considering where they were last July!

By the way, I’ve been getting reports and little videos of Drew over at his training camp. He’s running around with lots of weird things strapped to him to help him not spook, jumping over obstacles, and climbing up on decks. I hear he is getting quite polite, too. I’m proud of that boy and very glad he is in such good hands. Sara saw him yesterday, and he was very friendly.

I’m doing a good job, Mom!
And look, even my hair’s all happy.

I’m sure feeling a lot less stressed out, even with the house still not sold and the family issues ongoing. I can take some stress just fine, in appropriate doses. Most important, I can remember to enjoy the good things and keep sending out that lovingkindness into the Universe. Shedding my concerns over things outside my control has helped a lot, too.

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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