“Eggstra” Small

Monday, April 28, 2014


Guess what we found in the finch cage this morning? The female, creamy, has begun to lay more eggs. Needless to say, we don’t want her to hatch out any more birds right now. So, we took the egg away. Her six fledglings are growing rapidly and eating on their own. If you’re interesting in getting a pair of zebra finch, use the contact form to let us know.

Stockton with the new finch egg.


A comparison picture showing the difference between a goose egg and a finch egg.


Roan Creek Rising

Monday, April 28, 2014


Amid tornado outbreak predictions, Atlanta and Jordan decided to spend the afternoon across the creek at his parent’s home where there was a safe room. Unfortunately, the creek rose very quickly in the constant widespread rainfall and they were unable to get across. Thankfully, however, Jeremiah and Jordan devised a safe way to cross by putting a rope across the river to hold on to while walking on the fallen tree bridge. The tornadoes stayed just south of their area and they were able to go home in the evening.

Kitten in a Basket

Thursday, April 24, 2014


Jordan’s family cat had a litter of kittens not long after Marian was born. Atlanta and Jordan have adopted one. Her name is Violet and she and Carolina had a lot of fun during our short visit.


Carolina tried to carry her around in this basket, but she wasn’t content to stay inside it.



She did find something else to put in her basket. These brightly colored phlox were blooming everywhere in the woods.




Tennessee Here We Come


Nathan and I and the two little kids are making a quick run to Tennessee this weekend. One of the well trucks is in the shop, so Nathan agreed it was a good time to go and see Marian (and Atlanta and Jordan, too, of course). We’re on the west side of Little Rock as I write this. We came through some very heavy rain in Oklahoma earlier, but the sun is out now and everything is so green.


Update: we’re almost there! We should arrive around 4:00. We left at 2:00 this morning. Nathan has driven all the way. I’ve offered to drive, but he says he’s doing okay. Here’s a video I shot as we crossed the Mississippi.

Shannon Ranch Goes WordPress

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I’ve been working on switching over to a regular blog format for the ShannonRanch news for a while now. There was a pretty significant learning curve and a lot of hair pulling for me in getting it done. I’ve been so used to creating my website with Frontpage software which enables me to do anything, move anything, and change anything so easily, that I’ve really been challenged by the blog-in-a-box structure of wordpress. However, with some research and study, I was able to tweak it enough to add a little personality. It’s still a work in progress, but I hope that by using an existing blog format, I’ll feel a bit more connected to my readers. Now you’ll be able to comment, follow me and even sign up to get an email when I post something new. Let me know what you think and any suggestions that you have. Thanks for reading the news.  Windy