Latest Random Shots

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cattle enjoying the green grass before it was gone

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old home in jayton, texas. so sad to see it being allowed to deteriorate

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seen at the abilene chili’s

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a little painting party

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typical summer forecast

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new calves are curious

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so are horses

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super tiny horny toads

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small western hognose

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carolina caught leaving secret notes for mambo

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toads in a foamy puddle

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they seem contented

 

 

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because of early rains, we have sure-enough frogs

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double-yoked boiled egg

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our oldest longhorn

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carolina and coconut on a walk. coconut has a sticker

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latest in farm girl attire

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load of hay

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Belle

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cooking with a little help from coconut

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something chocolate

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on the way to church

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Summer Ride

Friday, August 21 –

A beautiful evening for a ride.

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Evening Feeding

Friday, August 14 –

Stockton was out feeding the cows and horses. I snapped a couple of shots as he threw out the hay.

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Britt Brashear Wedding

Friday, August 7 –

We attended this beautiful wedding at Walnut Tree Weddings just west of Olton. It was a really neat spot. The weather was perfect and it was fun seeing some of my relatives, too.

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Cousin Hannah Visits

Thursday, July 23 –
Cousin Hannah came over to spend the night and spend some time with Carolina.

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More Family Fun

Wednesday, July 22 –

Continuing the fun from yesterday, family members met up in Lubbock for even more food and fellowship with the Hamilton clan.

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More Decorating Updates

Just a couple of shots of a few updates, new curtains and tablecloths that Carolina and I have been working on.

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We’re still waiting on our fabric to arrive for the long curtains for the kitchen window.

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Visitors from the East

Tuesday, July 21 –

Today, my uncle and cousins stopped by for a visit. It’s not often we get visitors from North Carolina, so it was a very special occasion. We had lunch and then spent some time catching up. The kids rode horses, swam and jumped on the trampoline. It was a great day.

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The Miracle Cake

Friday, July 3 –

This is the story of a birthday cake that shouldn’t have been edible, but somehow survived a very unusual baking process.

It begins with a broken stove. My stove went out and we decided not to try and repair it because I didn’t like it that much anyway. I’ve only been using it a short time because the one I really like has been out of commission for a while.

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This is the stove I really like. I paid it out little by little until I had paid the full amount to a man with a little antique/salvage business on FM 1585 in Lubbock. That was about 15 years ago or more.DSC_0175 DSC_0952

It’s an O’keefe & Merritt gas stove from the 40’s or 50’s. You can see there’s a lot of history here.stockton licks fingers windy's camera 9-09 163

Anyway, until I can repair this big stove, we bought this little apartment stove that has a charm all its own.

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So, back to the cake.  Now that I had a stove again, it was time to bake Carolina a birthday cake. Unfortunately, after only about 15 or 20 minutes into the baking, my propane ran out! I called Nathan to see if propane could be delivered, but being Friday, July 3rd before a holiday weekend, they were already out of the office. So I hurriedly kindled a fire in the wood cook stove and hoped it would get hot before the other one cooled down too much. Once it was hot enough, I carefully moved the jiggling half-baked cake to the woodstove and continued the baking.

Here I am with the nicely cooked cake and the hot, hot stove in the background.

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Well, there you have the miracle cake. I wouldn’t recommend this method, but I’m glad it worked out this time.

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So was Carolina.

 

 

Roundup Fail

Saturday, June 20 –

Everyone was geared up to round up and brand some calves today. The cowboys were there, the horses were there, the former cowboys were there, the helicopter was there, the girls were there. Unfortunately, the cows weren’t there. There were several problems that couldn’t be overcome that morning, so we had to reschedule. However, we did get some good photos and video.

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The Jeep Ride *with video*

Friday, June 12 –

Tonight we piled in for a quick ride to the mailbox and back. The skies were overcast. Rain was headed our way, but just now the elements were perfect for a jeep ride.

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Still pictures just don’t do this fun ride justice. Jump in and experience it for yourself first hand.