Prickly Pear Cactus

Cactus at the farm is…well cactus. We have too much of it and it is constantly a thorn in our side. (Pardon the Pun!)

In the spring it has very pretty yellow flowers. In the fall is has beautiful pink “fruit” and nothing is prettier than all the plants with the varying degrees of pink everywhere.

My theory is if you have to endure the cactus at least you can enjoy the “pretty in pink” in August and September when the landscape is brown from the summer sun.

The pink fruit can vary from a light pastel pink to magenta. Some days they are absolutely stunning even though they are not a farmer or ranchers friend!

Prickly Pear Fruits

Outdoor Farm Shower

Outdoor Shower Sign

We have an outdoor shower at farm. It has hot and cold water so we can usually use it from late April to November depending on the year. The shower comes in handy because most of the time farm work makes us ultra-dirty and being able to shower outside keeps the farmhouse clean (Well, that is my story and I am sticking with it). It is nice and big and enclosed so we have all the privacy we need m … [Read More...]

Wordless Wednesday- August Beauty

August Beauty

There is simply nothing better than mama's and babies... … [Read More...]

Sunday Sunflowers

Sunflower 2014

We did not plant any sunflowers this year expecting the continued drought to dry up anything we planted. Who knew we would actually have some summer rain? Had I planted sunflowers they would have been thick and bountiful! That is how it is on the farm; everything is a planting gamble! Have a few "wild" sunflowers in a pasture I shredded yesterday. Love that I was able to get a couple of shots … [Read More...]

Dreamsicle

Dreamsicle

My very summer favorite. Loved them as a child. Love them now. Dreamsicle is my favorite flavor. (This month anyway) They make me happy...     … [Read More...]

Wordless Wednesday

Lazy Summer

Lazy Hazy Days of Summer... This farm momma was very lazy... … [Read More...]

Birthday Fun

Vintage Cowgirl

My birthday was actually two months ago, but I wanted to share these cute gifts from my far away friend. Her gifts always put a smile on my face and in my heart. I love this vintage cowgirl postcard! They don't make them like this these days. Look at how beautiful the colors are. My vintage Montana plate is very close to my heart as Montana is my very favorite place. My heart stays in M … [Read More...]

Mississippi Kite

Mississippi Kite

These beautiful Mississippi Kites visit my friends backyard every summer for mating season. They are small birds of prey and are a hawk. Love their black-grey color combination. Very beautiful bird. I have never seen one. Only sparrows, mockingbirds and cowbirds seem to park themselves at the farm! Thanks to E.S. for these amazing photos for me to post! She always has the best photos of wildlife … [Read More...]

Gus

Gus

Meet Gus. He is new kitty for Son #2 and family. He is good natured kitty who is doing all the fun "kitten" antics. Both kiddos adore him, but "Girlie" especially loves to dress him up! "Girlie" never really did get into the doll scene, but is having a blast dressing up Gus. Gus does not seem to mind. Sweet Gus. Gus all pretty in pink! "Girlie" does love giving Gus all the proper … [Read More...]

Wordless Wednesday Weeds

Purple

Every late spring these weeds pop up in the pastures. Do not know the proper name. Beauty can be seen in everything-even a simple weed. … [Read More...]

Those Ears

Those Ears

We have an abundance of rabbits this year. Jackrabbits everywhere and a few cottontails here and there. Love those ears. … [Read More...]

Farm Flood

Fence Down

After a few years of dry tanks and continued drought we had a surprise this weekend. Rain was in the forecast and we were really hopeful that we would receive a little moisture. We always feel like we are in the "Farm Bermuda Triangle" where everyone around us gets a shower, but we do not. This keeps us from becoming too optimistic! I woke up early on Sunday to find it was raining which caused … [Read More...]

Farm Picnic

Picnic

This is how we picnic! We love the view. We love the rabbits and roadrunners dropping by. Sometimes the cows come watch us eat! Such great joy in something so simple. … [Read More...]

TCU Baseball To NCAA World Series

TCU To Omaha

Of course I am excited for my school. Big 12 baseball champions and headed to Omaha. No matter the outcome- we are PROUD of our TCU baseball team! Love our FROGS! Graphics by Texas Christian University   … [Read More...]

Indian Blanket Beauty

Indian Blanket One

Our Indian Blankets (Gaillardia) are drying up this week much to my dismay. These wildflowers are at the top of my "love" list and every May and June I enjoy their color at the farm. The colors are brilliant. I love the vivid red, orange and yellow combination. They pop up every spring and are found in many states across the U.S. Gardeners can buy seeds and plant in their gardens which is … [Read More...]