In earlier American rural life, communities raised barns because many hands were required. These events occured in a social framework with a good deal of interdependence. Members of rural communities often shared family bonds going back generations. They traded with each other, worshipped with each other and celebrated with each other. Barn raisings were an integral part of life and socializing.

In our modern American life, communities don't mean nearly as much as they did back then. It is our family's goal to bring a sense of community back to our lives and those lives that touch ours.

Thursday, May 19, 2011


   Our Wednesday Wonder for today is kittens! Found as an ad in our favorite paper, The High Country Shopper, there were four kittens needing homes. Meme has been wanting some kittens to be around her house for mouser duty. And I secretly think she wants them for a little extra lovin'. But, shhh, don't tell her I said that. ; ) So her and I went to check them out. There were two black and white ones and two orange tabbies. Meme immediately wanted the black and white ones. And after a quick call to Hubby, I came home with an orange tabby. He should know better than to let me ever go look at animals without him. It was a big surprise to the kiddos and boy, were they ever excited. We have determined that Meme has one male and one female, yet to be named, and that our kitten is a male. His name is Crookshanks, after Hermione's cat in the Harry Potter series. Can you tell who named him? Yep, that's right, the kids. Well, Hazel and Autumn are really not so sure about him. Autumn spent most of the evening growling and hissing at anyone who came too close. Hazel went and hid in the bedroom. He is supposed to eventually become a barn cat to keep Adam company, but we will see how that works out. In the meantime, he is staying inside and getting LOTS of love.
M with Meme's female kitten.

So sweet.

Look at that smile. Priceless.

He was so excited. I caught him at a funny
 moment between a smile and a laugh.

Cat napping

Baby Crookshanks and Baby Bump
   We had a blustery, part snowy, part rainy, very windy day around here. Despite all of that, they shipped more cows off this ranch to go summer on the other ranch. It is in the mountains behind Vail. Kinda makes me wish I was a cow. They have it made. I want to summer in Vail. Now there are no cows and calves in the field in front of our house. I must admit, it looks a little lonely out there. This ranch will now be irrigated all summer to raise all of the hay to get the cattle through next winter. A pretty smart setup, if you ask me. All that is left on the ranch is the market cows, which will be sold soon, and the bulls, which will be moved up soon to make the babies for next year. The cycle goes on.

And just because he is so darn adorable, I am including a pic of my T.


  1. Good thing I don't live on a farm, I'd have as many animal as you. Maybe in a couple years. All those animals by myself would be ludacis.( but awesome)

  2. Kittens!! I'm jealous, lol. And our weather has been as crummy as yours - what is up with this spring?!