Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Saying Googbye and New Beginnings

Hey Ya'll !
Lots of things have happened here at More Stars in Comanche. 

Smokey Joe the Night Patrol passed away last fall. We think he followed me and the other "Ranch Patrol" members one day on our morning walk and probably took a short cut through the trees and under-brush. He was probably bitten by a copper head snake. I found him laying in the road late the same evening. He is very missed and there are no plans to to find a replacement for him, as no cat could ever fill his place on this ranch. I don't miss the rats from the barn on my doorstep or the rabbits and birds he would bring us to show his appreciation, but I sure miss him. Smokey Joe was 12 + years old. 


Something New from Something Old
 We didn't have a garden last year, but we certainly are this year! Bermuda grass began taking my garden over several years ago. I fought it hard by hoeing and pulling and tilling until I lost that battle. Ranchman wanted to put roundup on it.....no way was I going to let that happen. So this year it's raised beds. We had enough old leaking water troughs  around the places where we have cattle to get a good start on the raised beds.
 Ranchman got his blow torch after the bottoms of them for better drainage....
He gave one of them a blessing ! I love that guy!   
 So this is the new beginning in the garden. Here in Texas
black-eyed peas and okra are must haves....they will have to go in the ground where the bermuda isn't so thick. It's my intention to show you pictures of the garden progress. 
 The "Ranch Patrol" had their 2nd and final litter of pups the Saturday after Thanksgiving....
6 little angels this time ! We decided to keep one....
Here she is, Baby Bella Buttons, our other "new beginning". 
I know! You can hardly contain yourself because of cuteness overload looking at you with those expressive precious eyes!
She will be part of the Ranch Patrol, so she'll be getting an official "Ranch Patrol" title.

Until next time my friends... May God bless you beyond measure with health, happiness, and a passion for Him.

   

9 comments:

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Sorry about your kitty. It's hard when we lose our pets. No, they can not be replaced. Cute puppy! Good luck with the okra and black eyed peas. Yum! I may be driving thru in early April. I'll wave as I go thru town.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

I always hated losing a cat even if it was just my barn cat. We do not even attempt it here with the road being so busy and close by anymore. Oh my you do have cuteness overload with the new member of the Ranch Patrol. I am sure she takes advantage because of the cuteness factor. I think that is a fabulous idea to reuse to make raised beds. Especially if you are fighting a losing battle with weeds.

Sherridawn said...

I'm loving your raised beds! I'm inspired. I stopped by Cullen's this morning and bought some onion sets. I hope to get them in the ground Friday with the help of the grandkids 😊

the girlfriend gap said...

The robins have been here since Jan 24 but it is still very much winter here. For some reason a huge flock of robins, 50 or more have decided the last couple of years to rest, or reunite on the trees on our street. I'll take it as a message of hope from the good Lord to brighten the dreary winter days. They have always appeared on Sundays : ) Any way your garden talk is making me wish for Spring and seeing your Smokey brought back memories of our cat named Smokey that we had when I was a young girl. I cried and cried when he died. Your little puppy is a heart throb. Take care, Janita

Kath said...

That was sad about Smokey Joe, he was a very handsome cat. Your new little girl, Bella, is adorable, I look forward to watching her grow!

cucki said...

OH dear it's a very sad news :( she was a sweet cat
Lots of love for Bella..hugs and kisses x

KaHolly said...

So sorry about Smokey Joe. He was so lucky to have shared his life with such a loving family. Raised beds are the way to go! Good luck! Sweet pup....hoe could you resist? XO

allthingzsewn said...

So good to see you, sorry to hear about Smokey Joe. There seems to be a lot of pets movin on in the last few months. They sure do leave a whole in your heart for awhile, but God always seem to fill it with another furbaby of some sort. I see you already have one. Bell is a doll. But don't be surprised when another feline wonders in. And yep, you'll let it stay.

Carol S. said...

I'm so sorry about Smokey Joe. He was a beauty! I'm loving your new babies face. So sweet!