It was such a beautiful day today! We started out early in the morning to run errands. The PO, the bank, the feed store, the tack store, and a few other places to search for a new rototiller were on the errand list.

I love living in a small town – we stopped in the bank to take care of some business and the assistant manager was there. It was her day off, she was in her bright yellow garden clogs and  tee shirt, and she sat right down at her desk to take care of our paperwork – on her day off!!!!!

I bought a breast plate/collar for my horse yesterday – we are switching over to western tack, and when I got it home, it didn’t fit. A certain horse needs a little exercise!!! I took it back this morning and the owner of the shop is going to lengthen the straps so it fits. I got to meet their baby horses, and found out that they sell horse feed for less than what I have been paying elsewhere. I do love a bargain and supporting local, family run businesses!!!

The search for a rototiller was enlightening – and we decided rather than spend money we don’t have to right now, we’ll get the neighbor to come over and rototill my garden for a fraction of what a new machine would cost. The new one will be on our list of must haves later on, when we actually have extra discretionary income!  :>)

Couldn’t resist getting some lettuce plants and brussel sprouts at the co-op. I’m going to make a cold frame of sorts out of the 2 screen doors we salvaged from the old house on the property. It’s warm this week, but winter is not over yet- even tho I saw a whole flock of robins on my front field yesterday!!!!

We passed a herd of Texas Longhorns that I have always wanted to stop and see, so today we did!! The owner was there – these cattle are just a hobby!! She was telling me about her favorite, “Baby Gurl”, who loves to eat potato chips out of her hand!!!! I would love to have one, but can imagine my horse’s reaction at the sight of those horns!!!!

We stopped at the local diner for a quick bite to eat – our favorite place in town – and it was a buzz of activity on a Saturday. Good food, good folks, cheap prices can’t be beat! And, I even ran into someone I knew – my network is expanding after living here for 2 years. Kinda makes me feel like I belong, when I can see someone I know around town.

On the way home, we passed by the river on our neighbor’s property, so the husband could show me the huge flat rocks the neighbors are allowing him to get out of the water to make a wall outside my basement studio window.

On the drive home, the car windows were open, the warm breeze blowing thru carrying the lovely scent of chicken manure that has just been spread all over our hay fields. That, and the flies that have awakened with the warm weather, are two of  my least favorite country things!! But you have to have some bad with the good!!!

While I was tending to the horses, and cleaning their water trough, the husband had the tractor at the edge of the field. I had mentioned,  while searching for deer antlers yesterday, I had come across an old farm plow, that I wanted moved to the front of the house. It needed to be rescued before the thorny vines gripping it came into full bloom.

Next thing I know, the husband is coming across the field in his big orange tractor with his prize held aloft with heavy chains!

He uprooted the bush that held the equipment captive, and was bringing it back to the barn to clean it up! If you check the last picture in my previous post, you’ll see how overgrown  it was!  It now sits proudly in my front field, a testament to the hard work of farmers who have gone before.

Muck the stalls, feed the feral cat, feed the deer, collapse on the couch!!! The day is over before I realize it!!!

Tonite is daylight savings, so we will spring ahead – and have more daylight hours to enjoy tomorrow!

And, if all goes as planned, tomorrow we will be checking out the two tiny rescue ponies. Fingers crossed that they are all they were advertised to be – and friendly!!!

Texas Longhorns - in Virginia!

Texas Longhorns - in Virginia!

Baby Gurl

Baby Gurl

Baby pigs near the river - we do NOT ride the horses near here!

Baby pigs near the river - we do NOT ride the horses near here!

Tiny signs of spring!

Tiny signs of spring!

The prize!

The prize!

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My "new" lawn ornament

My "new" lawn ornament

All is well , and full of anticipation, at Mountain Meadows tonite…………..

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