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Wednesday, February 01 2012


Get this song in your head:

Since I don't spend too much time inside the walls of a church, I don't think I'd ever heard it until I watched the movie Secretariat.  They play this song as that horse is freightraining down the backstretch, carrying all the hopes and dreams of so many people with him. It is probably the most uplifting music I've ever heard.  You just can't sit still while you're listening - the music carries you away.

Now, that said, (LISTEN to it, trust me!) this was the song playing in my head Sunday morning at 7:22 am as I was walking my dogs on my new ranch. 

  The sun wasn't up yet. Everyone else was still asleep. It was 28 degrees. I donned a heavy coat, put on my beloved doghair headband and fingerless gloves, and stepped out into Heaven.  


 The bog was frozen.  While playing 'grab-ass', Dillon and Trace crashed through the ice and startled birds bedded down in the rushes. As they winged off, Dillon stopped, mesmorized.  Trace completely missed it. (Genes again)

We came to the first creek crossing. The boys raced through the icy water. I had on rubber boots, so I plowed through.  Lily, however, wasn't so sure she wanted to get wet when it was 28 degrees outside. She stood on the bank and examined the situation.

I called her and to her credit, she gave me the sweetest look - no worries, no anxiety, just total trust.

 And then she plowed right in.

  Because I hadn't filed a flight plan and no one knew where we were, I left my frappuccino on the other side so The Family would know that yes, she WAS crazy enough to cross the creek before breakfast.  Hey, things happen! Be prepared. Carry a gun and a cell phone, and leave a trail of bread crumbs. Or frappuccino bottles. Whichever is more convenient. (but be sure to pick them up on your way back!)

And so, with everyone safely on the other side, we continued our frosty walk, and THAT'S when the first notes of the song, "Oh, Happy Day" started  in my head.

"Oh, happy day!"

Posted by: forensicfarmgirl AT 09:51 am   |  Permalink   |  5 Comments  |  Email
So, when are you open for visitors? If I come to buy soap, can I just "Occupy The Farm" for a short while? You are blessed, and the song fits perfectly!!!
Posted by Beth on 02/01/2012 - 03:41 PM
I'm just SO happy for you & OH! And for all the dogs too as it seems they'll have a wonderful varied playground to run in ;-) It looks like you have a hill that everyone can climb up so they can view the whole place(?) [1-img_5415.jpg] Any more pics coming when you have time to relax? Relax - what's that?
Posted by Terri's Pal on 02/01/2012 - 04:14 PM
OMG! Look at Dillon! He's getting so big!!! I'm so happy for you and OH at the new ranch! If any deserved and dream come true it was you!! Can't wait to read about more adventures at the new ranch!
Posted by WolfTexas on 02/02/2012 - 10:09 AM
Yep! Dillon is growing like a weed! He learned to swim this weekend. We have two large ponds, a smaller one, and a slew of sorts, in addition to the creek, so there was lots of opportunity to swim. In no time, he was fetching sticks from the cold water and having a blast.
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 02/02/2012 - 10:28 AM
I remeber when that song came out (I'm dating myself here) and actually made the pop charts (about the same time that Aretha was a cross-over star). When it came on in "Secretariat" I got goosebumps. It's a powerful song, that fits perfectly with your current excitement.
Posted by EvenSong on 02/02/2012 - 12:42 PM

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