May 2008

Inspired by an article in Redbook Magazine, sent to me by a friend :


5  Things I Am Happy About Right Now

  1- Living my dream here in the country


 3-Being alive!

 4-All my family is with me

5-The pair of cardinals feeding each other brunch in the rain, on my deck, as I write!


What things make your top 5 ‘Happy’ List today??  Leave a comment and let me know!!!


“A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience.”…………..Oliver Wendell Holmes



I was very busy yesterday morning, and didn’t have time to check on my horses til after I got back from the post office. I had checked on them late last night, around 11pm and all was well.

When I came home, my son told me the neighbor had called and said there was a horse in my fields. Not being a horse person, my son didn’t feel the need to go check this out! I bolted out the door and as I neared the barn, there was this beautiful brown and white horse standing near my guys outside the fence!

I got a lead rope, and some grain and approached. The fields are knee deep in grass, and I could see two flattened areas where she apparently slept last night. This mare (I checked), was wearing a halter  and was very sweet. She was not, however, very eager to leave her new found friends! Even with the lead rope, sweet feed, and my cajoling – she was not about to budge!!

So, I had to get my two in their stalls, and then she came running to see where they were. I got her in one of the paddocks, keeping mine in their stalls. My sweet John can be a bit of a bully, and he did NOT want her near HIS stall and food.  Missy, had grain, and water and then I took a ride down the road to see if I could find out where she came from- but to no avail!!!  

In the meantime, my husband called a report into the sheriff’s dept, to find there was a lost horse report filed!  The owners had discovered her missing at about 6am, she was in her paddock at 10 pm last night. They filed the report and had been looking for her ever since. I discovered her at about 12:30. My daughter was disappointed – she was hoping this little mare was an early 21st birthday present! But we knew she had been well taken care of and had an owner somewhere!

Wayward animals just seem to find us, no matter where we have lived!! It is like we have a beacon that summons them to our “pet hotel”! This little mare was no different. It turns out, she got thru her fence last night, apparently spooked by deer, and found her way to us. It was almost a mile from here – I have no idea how she found her way to us. The owner came and identified her, she is a 4 year old pinto palomino with papers, and has lived with her owners for about a year. They was very thankful, and walked Miss Kitty down the road a mile back home. The wife – whose baby this mare really was- had been in Staples, making up “Lost” fliers – when her husband called her to say Little Miss Kitty had been found!! The woman screamed and started crying in the middle of Staples- her baby had been found!! She stopped by later to thank us, and to meet Kitty’s new buddies! I know if my horses had gotten lost – I would be just as distraught! They are our babies – very big babies!!

We exchanged phone numbers – in the event Kitty gets out again (which her owners are making sure will never happen again)- chances are good, she will come back to visit her new found friends!!!

Life in the country is a never ending source of joy and surprise. Each morning brings something different and new. New friends, new animals, new sights and smells- we are loving every minute of it!

Little Miss Kitty is back home, and all is well at Mountain Meadows again today………………………………….



As we end another happy day at Mountain Meadows, the daughter brought the reality of  war into our lives today.

She suffers from the same malady I do- the ever popular ‘money-burns-a-hole-in-the-pocket ‘syndrome!

But today, that disease was applied to a very good cause. It seems that the daughter has several friends who are now in Iraq. No matter what our political opinion of the administration, the politicians, or any war in progress, we do owe it to our armed forces to be supportive in whatever way we can.

Unlike the Viet Nam war, and wars the preceded it, where old fashioned, handwritten paper letters were the only form of contact, now soldiers can have immediate access to their friends thru Myspace and email- in the middle of a desert!  Amazing!!

In this instance, the daughter’s friend sent a plea for items they could really use in a “care” package. The daughter, recent recipient of a tax return, and suffering that hole in the pocket syndrome, spent the day, filling that wish list for her friend. She now has a 17 lb box, that can be sent to Iraq, for less than a dollar a pound, to ease the life of a soldier, and let him know that his friends are thinking of him.

I am putting that address here- there are other men and women in that troop, and I am sure they would appreciate a note from “home” or some goodies like magazines, drinks, packaged treats, handiwipes, etc.

Even if you don’t have a very big pocket, or don’t suffer from the same malady the daughter does, you might want to, in some small way, let some soldiers know you appreciate their sacrifice.

Spc. Christopher J. Lynn

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Cop Carver

All is well at Mountain Meadows tonite, in part, thanks to the bravery of our soldiers the world over.

This past Saturday afternoon started out warm and summery. By noon, the clouds rolled in, and I made it home just as the raindrops were pelting my windshield. Any plans for putting the plants in the ground were shot. I had just bought 2 boxes of wonderful vegetables and flowers from a Mennonite family selling by the side of the road. I also got a rain gauge from the $1 aisle in Target to replace the one that cracked over the winter! I didn’t even have time ot get it in the ground before the skies opened up!

It was definitely a welcome rain, and when it stopped, I put the rain gauge out in the front garden-to-be. Later in the afternoon, it started to rain again, and continued on for a few days. We got two inches the first day, and a total of 5  1/2 inches (if my gauge is accurate) over the next few days!

The fields are loving it – the hay is having a growth spurt- which will make it more than ready for the first cut end of this month. The river is fast flowing  with mini waterfalls – very mini, but there nonetheless! The horses are covered with mud, and when I brush them, the remains of their winter coat comes off with the mud. The birds are building nests, and that winter coat will end up lining some nests. The mayapple’s star shaped leaves are starting to cover the woodland floor, the redbud trees are sprouting tiny leaves amid their bright blooms.

After the rain, the trees in the National  Forest surrounding us, filled the gaps with green as all their leaves popped out. Our flowering pear trees lining the drive have all bloomed and sprouted leaves, giving us a glimpse of the canopied allee that will be, a few years from now. The gravel drive pictured above is at Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg. My driveway has a while to go before it looks like that!!

I have been cautioned tho, to wait til May 15th to plant my garden. That is advise I will adhere to, since we just had frost the night before last. I am soooo impatient to get these gardens up and running, but will just have to be content  busying myself with all the other things that need to be done around here!!

And on that note, I will step AWAY from the computer, and get busy!

All is well, and sunny, at Mountain Meadows today!