Posts tagged ‘clouds’

Ranch “date”

Ranch date – working together

  • water gap repair – soil erosion slowed
  • cool breeze
  • cerulean blue sky fading from east to west to slate blue and then charcoal
  • towering castles in the sky with white tops and gray heavy bottoms
  • violet mountains and coral clouds
  • red ochre baked soil fading to a soft terra cotta
  • pearlescent clouds washed to a silvery gray
  • basso rumble of bulls and tenor bawl of calves, cows answering
  • coyotes “singing”
  • flame sky in east and twilight in west
  • job well done
  • nighthawks talking
  • velvet lips, affectionate pats
  • comfortable silence
    • peace, purpose, holy space
    • dusty clothes, dirty hands
    • content hearts
  • sunset reflectionwater gap2water gapsoniawashflame sky
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Peaceful Pastures

Today has been one of those days….nothing going according to plan, everything taking longer than expected. As I drive out to check on the cows water and see if they’ve drifted into the next pasture like good students, I rehearse in my head my to do list….finish sanding the bedroom floor, review math with boys, emails that need sending, call the butcher, calls that need made, check the goat who is ready to kid any day and on and on. But….as I drive, I am slowly overtaken by God’s creation.
*the splash of white yucca blossoms against pale green sun cured grass
*golden sunshine bathing one foothill while the rest lounge in late afternoon shadows
* cattle lowing to their calves and calming chewing their cud
* the swoop of a hawk as he finds a new perch
*buzzing insects in the brush
* quiet sitting on the porch
* cool concrete on bare feet
* a tiny yellow bird flitting from branch to branch
*billowing clouds stark white against a impossibly blue sky

and I am reminded of the psalmist declaration “Be still and know that I am God”, I hear his gentle whisper in my heart – I know you, I love you, I am – quite fretting, work that needs doing will get done and the rest will wait or fall away, and one word comes stealing over me, calming my fretful heart, echoing in the breeze and the sunshine – Peace

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

Thankful for a Flat Tire

The other night we drove up to the forest to check on our mamma moos and their water situation. Ended up with a flat on the Polaris Ranger. Well, at least you can drive on those…..slowly…. It took us 2 hours to get home, which is usually twenty minutes tops. Of course at first I took a big deep breath. It was late afternoon on a gorgeous April day. My son was concerned at first and fussing at me about not having a portable air compressor, time of day etc.. I told him to quite complaining, we could still make it home. We started noticing the breeze, doves, the spring green up of the grass. Clouds over in New Mexico (yes we can see that far) were actually storm clouds and as we tooled along they went from puffy and white to an actual anvil head cumulonimbus thunderhead to disapating and shredded by the wind. We listened to crickets and then my boy “mooed” his way through the theme for “How the West was Won” and walked behind and alongside. We talked about how that was the pace covered wagons and calvary columns traveled and how long it would take to get cross country. Plenty of hugs and kisses.

The sky changed from blue to peachy pink, to slate blue, to glorious yellow over the mountains as the sun slid away. It was just twilight when we pulled in the gate at home, thankful for a flat tire.